Car Accidents

Do I need a car accident attorney?

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be one of the most stressful and difficult events that occurs in someone’s life. Medical bills piling up, talking with insurance companies, and treating with doctors for your injuries can be overwhelming. If you’ve been in an automobile accident, it’s important to find an auto accident attorney with years of experience in helping accident victims receive compensation for their injury claims. At The Orlando Injury Law Firm all of our potential clients receive a free consultation where they will speak with an attorney who will give them an honest and upfront analysis of their injury case.

Should I hire a lawyer for a minor car accident?

Here in Central Florida, and even more specifically Orlando Florida, car accidents cases are common place. However, every case is different. The types of car accident cases can range from small fender benders with minor injuries, that result in recoveries of a few thousand dollars, to more severe crashes resulting in brain injuries or possibly a wrongful death action which can result in millions of dollars for the client.

Car accident victims in the State of Florida can receive compensation for both economic and non-economic damages and in some rare cases punitive damages.

Examples of Economic Damages:

  • Lost Wages
  • Medical Bills
  • Loss of Earning Potential
  • Transportation Costs
  • Property Damage

 

Examples of Non-Economic Damages:

  • Pain and Suffering
  • Mental Anguish
  • PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Permanent Scars
  • Lack of the Enjoyment of Life

 

Florida is a no-fault state, which means every driver in the State of Florida is required to carry PIP insurance, also known as personal injury protection. The Florida PIP statute F.S. 627.736 requires every driver carry a minimum of $10,000 in PIP benefits. These benefits will pay 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages up to the $10,000 limit.

Unfortunately, Florida is one of the leading states in the entire country for the number of uninsured drivers on our roadways. Now while we require by law that all drivers carry PIP insurance, Florida drivers are not required to carry liability coverage. This can create the awful situation where you are involved in an accident that is not your fault, however the person who was at fault does not have a policy that would cover the injuries you sustained in the crash. The most effective way to protect yourself from this situation is to purchase uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (UM) from your own insurance company. This then allows your own insurance company to step into the place of the at-fault party and provide you with compensation for your injuries.

Our car accident attorneys here at The Orlando Injury Law Firm are ready to fight for you. We believe in providing close personal attention to our clients. We understand how hard of a time this can be and we’re here to take away the legal burden and allow you to focus on healing.

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