Helping seriously injured victims of Florida car accidents recover financial compensation for damages they suffer in car accidents.Florida Car Accident Damages
Seriously injured victims of all types of personal injury accidents, including car accidents, are entitled to seek financial compensation from Florida juries. The items of damages which a jury considers for personal injury victims, in the past (that is from the date of their accident until the date of a jury’s deliberation) and in the future (from the date of the jury’s verdict forward) include:
- Bodily injury, pain and suffering, disability
- Medical bills, including hospital, ambulance and doctors
- Loss of income and/or earnings
- For a non-injured spouse, loss of services, comfort, society and attentions
Basically, these elements of damages summarize the specific amount of money an injured accident victim is legally entitled to seek as compensation for the damages they suffer due to someone else’s negligence. In summary, Florida car accident victims seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include lost wages and medical bills. While non-economic damages are so-called intangible damages, which a jury may assign any amount they believe is fair and just.
There are different standards for awarding damages in car accident cases, as required by the Florida “No Fault” Act. While the No-Fault Act requires a person injured in a car accident to first seek payment of their medical bills and/or lost wages from their own insurance company, not the person who caused the car accident. This is commonly referred to as Personal Injury Protection or PIP.
Once your own $10,000.00 of PIP coverage is used up, or exhausted, then the person who caused the accident is responsible for any additional reasonable and necessary medical expenses and documented lost wages, in the past and in the future. In car accidents cases, before awarding money for pain and suffering, so-called non-economic damages, a jury must determine that a car accident victim sustained either a permanent injury or significant permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Usually the determination of a permanent injury in car accident cases is based in large part upon a treating doctor’s testimony, and objective documentation of such injury, including x-ray or MRI findings. Of course, the insurance company for the person who caused the accident will hire their own experts to present testimony that such injuries are either not permanent or were caused by something other than the car accident, including any prior injuries or accidents.
If you or a loved one was injured in a Florida accident and is seeking damages from the person who caused that accident, we ask you contact us at Law Offices of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A. ONLINE OR CALL US Toll Free at (888) FLA-LAW8, or at (954) 693-0073 (Broward – Fort Lauderdale), (305) 821-7333 (Miami-Dade), (561) 514-3535 (the Palm Beaches) or (305) 296-6300 (the Florida Keys) to arrange for a FREE NO OBLIGATION CONSULTATION.