How to Choose the Right Attorney for Your Florida Car Accident

Photo over the shoulder of a man shaking hands with a womanAre you dealing with the aftermath of a car accident? If the crash was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses. To do so, you need a trusted Florida auto accident attorney by your side. 

Choosing the right attorney for your Florida car accident could make the difference between a failed case and your rightful compensation. Look for the following characteristics as you consider different law offices:

Experience with Auto Accident Cases

First and foremost, you need an attorney with a proven track record in auto accident cases. They must have expertise in Florida car accident laws and experience managing cases similar to yours. This experience is invaluable in building a case, understanding possible pitfalls, and determining the best path forward. Look for someone local, someone who has connections in the local legal community. A local experienced car accident attorney will know the local doctors, attorneys, and judges that your case could ultimately be assigned.  Continue reading “How to Choose the Right Attorney for Your Florida Car Accident”

What is Florida’s Modified Comparative Negligence Standard?

States across the U.S. manage negligence in personal injury claims differently. State comparative negligence laws determine the compensation amount, who can receive compensation after an accident, and who must pay the compensation.

As of March 2023, Florida determines negligence using the Modified Comparative Negligence Standard. This new bill has altered litigation across Florida and could impact your ability to receive compensation after an accident. 

Read on to learn more about Florida’s Modified Comparative Negligence standard and how it could impact your personal injury claim Continue reading “What is Florida’s Modified Comparative Negligence Standard?”

Common Injuries in Florida Slip and Fall Cases

Unintentional falls account for tens of thousands of hospitalizations in Florida each year. In many of these cases, a negligent party may be at fault for the resulting injuries. 

Keep reading to learn more about this type of personal injury case, including the most prevalent injuries in Florida slip and fall cases.  Continue reading “Common Injuries in Florida Slip and Fall Cases”

Understanding the Collateral Source Rule in Florida

The Collateral Source Rule in Florida helps determine the value of an injured victim’s compensation for past and future medical bills. It’s intended to ensure that victims receive their rightful compensation for medical expenses, regardless of their benefits or insurance coverage. However, for individuals with Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance coverage, the Collateral Source Rule can be difficult to understand without the assistance of a trusted attorney

Keep reading to learn more about Florida’s Collateral Source Rule and what it may mean for your personal injury case in the Sunshine State.  Continue reading “Understanding the Collateral Source Rule in Florida”

Things to Never Do After a Car Accident

After a car accident, with your adrenaline pumping, it can be difficult to act thoughtfully. But, your actions in the time immediately after a crash can determine your success in obtaining compensation for your losses. One mistake or offhand statement could compromise your insurance claim or ability to win an auto accident case. 

Try to avoid these missteps after a car accident:

Leaving the Scene

If you’ve sustained injuries in a car accident you should, of course, go to the hospital in an ambulance if necessary. But, otherwise, don’t drive away from the crash. Even if it seems like a minor incident, stay put. Unlawfully leaving the scene of a car accident is a criminal offense under Florida law.  Continue reading “Things to Never Do After a Car Accident”

Can You Sue in Florida, as a No-Fault State, for Pain and Suffering after a Motor Vehicle Accident?

Yes! In Florida, a lawsuit can be filed and damages sought for pain and suffering where the driver has sustained a permanent injury! A no-fault state, like Florida, operates under a no-fault auto insurance system as provided by Florida Statutes. This means that state law requires drivers to have personal injury protection, PIP insurance, which only deals with a portion of the driver’s initial medical bills and lost wages up to the PIP coverage amount, no matter who is the at-fault party. 

Below, we will answer common questions regarding PIP insurance that you may have as an auto accident victim.  Continue reading “Can You Sue in Florida, as a No-Fault State, for Pain and Suffering after a Motor Vehicle Accident?”

What’s a Typical Treatment Plan After a Florida Motor Vehicle Accident?

After a motor vehicle accident in Florida, you may wonder about the recovery process ahead. While treatment plans vary significantly depending on the individual and the extent of their injuries, many include:

Physical Therapy

After a comprehensive medical evaluation and diagnosis of your injuries, your physician will likely recommend physical therapy. Physical therapy is widely used to preserve strength and mobility after an injury. Your physical therapist can recommend exercises and complementary treatments, like heat/cold therapy, to support the recovery process. 

Physical therapists can also pinpoint and correct inefficient movement patterns, which often develop after auto accidents. This helps prevent re-injury and chronic pain.  Continue reading “What’s a Typical Treatment Plan After a Florida Motor Vehicle Accident?”

5 Most Common Seat Belt Injuries

Wearing a seat belt while you’re on the road may save your life in case of an accident. They’re legally required for all drivers and passengers in motorized vehicles in Florida, with only a few exceptions. 

While seat belts can keep you from being thrown out of your vehicle, they can trigger some injuries in an auto accident. The most common seat belt injuries include: Continue reading “5 Most Common Seat Belt Injuries”

Medical Errors in Personal Injury Claims

Medical errors can occur following a personal injury incident, whether it be a motor vehicle crash, fall, or any other negligence action resulting in bodily injuries. Understanding what constitutes a medical error, as well as some of the most common medical errors in personal injury claims, can help you better understand your legal rights. 

What is a Medical Error?

A medical error is defined as a “preventable adverse effect of medical care”. It may be a failure to perform a planned action as intended or the use of a wrong action, leading to an unintended result. Medical errors may result in unintended injury, a prolonged hospital stay, or physical disability. Continue reading “Medical Errors in Personal Injury Claims”

Employer Liability for Car Accidents Involving Working Drivers

If a car accident involves an employee on the job, determining liability can be complicated. Is the employer held liable for the damages? What if the employee was driving negligently?

In this article, we’ll answer these key questions about determining liability in a crash with a working driver. 

Is The Employer Liable in a Crash with a Working Driver?

Florida law deems a company, corporation, or other entity (i.e. an LLC) a “person” under law. Additionally, with what’s legally known as vicarious liability, an employer may be held liable for the damages of a victim if their employee can be proven at fault for the crash. This can even apply if the employee was driving their own vehicle, so long as they were “on the job” at the time of the accident (this typically doesn’t apply if the employee was traveling to or from work).  Continue reading “Employer Liability for Car Accidents Involving Working Drivers”