Over a quarter of a million car accidents occur in Florida each year, causing hundreds of thousands of injuries and thousands of deaths. The most tragic aspect these statistics is that the vast majority of car accidents are preventable, if only drivers would pay attention and drive safely according to the road and weather conditions and the traffic around them. Recovering all the compensation due to you in a car accident can be a complicated matter, but the lawyers at Eighmie Law firm can help you understand the process and represent you every step of the way, helping ensure that you get the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Compensation for Car Accidents under Florida Law
Florida has a no-fault insurance law in place, which means that if you are hurt in a car accident, your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance will compensate you without you having to prove that someone else was at fault in causing the accident. However, PIP coverage only pays 80% of your medical expenses and 60% of your lost income, up to a total of $10,000. Even worse, unless you had an “emergency medical condition” and sought treatment within 14 days of the accident, you can be limited to only recovering $2,500 from PIP. And even though you do not have to prove another’s negligence, you still have to prove your own damages in order to get compensation for your injuries.
If you were seriously injured in the accident, Florida law does allow you to sue the negligent driver or at-fault party for damages. In this instance, you may be able to recover the full amount of your present and future medical expenses, present and future lost income, pain and suffering, loss in quality of life, and more. However, what you think is a serious injury may not be the same as how the law defines a serious injury. Basically, a serious injury for the purposes of recovering your damages means one of the following:
- a significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- a significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
- a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability
“Serious injury” under Florida’s no-fault law is both a medical definition and a legal one. At Eighmie Law Firm, we know how to work with medical experts to understand your medical records. If you are seriously injured in a car accident, we work to see that you are fully compensated under the law. Contact our Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce personal injury protection (PIP) attorneys today.
Get Help with Your Car Accident Claim
Insurance companies hire adjusters and lawyers who spend all of their time trying to keep payouts as low as possible by undervaluing claims or finding ways to shift the responsibility away from their insured and onto other parties, including yourself. You need attorneys on your side who are equally familiar with car accident claims and who are dedicated to seeing that you get the compensation you need. The Port St. Lucie car accident lawyers at Eighmie Law Firm are trial lawyers with over 20 years of experience. If you have been injured in a car accident along Florida’s Treasure Coast or Palm Beaches, call Eighmie Law Firm at 772-905-8692 for a free consultation. We have offices in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Stuart, and if you cannot come to us, we can come to you at your home, in the hospital, or wherever is most convenient. There is never a fee unless and until we recover for you.