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Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s irresponsible actions, whether by negligence, recklessness, or malice, then you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and the resultant financial impacts on your life. In order to get the money that you deserve from this unfortunately and frustrating situation, the best step to take is hiring a personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale who can take your case and fight for the money that you deserve. Depending on the type of accident you were involved in, the extent of your injuries, and many other specific factors, your case can take a variety of directions.

Regardless of the cause of your accident, the team at Friedland & Associates is ready to speak with you during a free initial consultation so that we can learn more about how we can most-effectively work together to get you the justice you deserve. Take a look below to get a general overview of what to expect from a personal injury case, and contact us as soon as possible to schedule your free initial consultation.

During your free consultation, we will be able to discuss your accident specifically, give you a general idea of how we can help you move forward, and discuss a variety of the impacts that your accident and injury have had on your life. Knowing that there is a clear path forward through this complicated time in your life is a great way to get the peace of mind that you need in order to focus on your personal recovery and getting your life back on track. Take a look below to get some general information, and contact us as soon as possible.

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Types of Personal Injury Cases in Florida

The following are a few examples of common personal injury cases that Friedland & Associates represents. However, it is important to note that this is not a comprehensive list of examples, and if you do not see a situation similar to your own, contact us now so that we can speak directly about your own injuries.

When you are injured in a car accident that someone else causes, you will need to initiate a claim with their insurance company in order to get compensated for your injuries and the associated financial damages. However, insurance companies work aggressively to limit the amount that they pay for any given accident, and your case will be no different. By hiring a personal injury attorney, you will have strong legal support for negotiating your settlement agreement or pursuing a lawsuit if negotiations fail. Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without consulting an attorney.

In order to initiate this type of claim, we will first need to provide evidence that the other driver was responsible for the accident, whether by speeding, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a variety of other failures to keep you from harm. It is important that you start working with a lawyer as soon as possible since each step of your claims process will provide opportunities to maximize your chances of a successful settlement. In addition to contacting a lawyer, you will need to undergo a medical exam from a trusted doctor in order to document your injuries and provide clear evidence that they are a result of the accident.

When a patient undergoes a medical procedure, no matter how routine or complex, they have the right to expect the medical professional and organization to act in their best interests with the goal of minimizing unnecessary risk and injury. Some examples of medical malpractice cases stem from failures to keep a patient safe, such as prescription errors, surgical mistakes, failure to properly diagnose an illness, or other situations that cause unjust harm.

There is a damage cap of $500,000 for non-economic damages in a Florida medical malpractice case, but there are no caps to the amount of damages you can claim under economic damages. You can learn more about the difference between economic and non-economic damages in the following section. Do not sign anything or agree to any settlements before consulting an attorney, because doing so may waive your ability to seek any future legal action.

A slip and fall is just one type of premise liability that holds a property owner or manager responsible for injuries sustained on their property. In order for an injury to qualify for a slip and fall case, you must be able to prove that the owner or manager was either aware of the hazardous situation or that they should have been aware of it, and that they failed to properly fix the problem before you were injured.

Some common examples are wet floors in grocery stores, broken or faulty stair treads, or broken handrails. Regardless of the specifics of the accident, we will need to show that there was a reasonable expectation for the owner to help you avoid your injuries. In a case like a wet floor, we will need to show that there was time for them to become aware of the hazard and either put out a “wet floor” sign, mop the area, or correct the leak that was causing the wet floor to begin with. If they took no actions and you were injured, then they are likely liable for your damages.

As a pedestrian in Florida, there are many laws designed to protect you from harm as you travel from one place to another. Unfortunately, Florida is very dangerous for pedestrians. Between 2008 and 2017, over 11% of all fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States occurred in Florida. If you were injured as a pedestrian and need to file an insurance claim, the best chance of getting the money you deserve is by working with a personal injury attorney who can handle this process and fight for the money you deserve.

Simply being the pedestrian in an accident does not guarantee that you are the victim, so it is important that we are able to establish a clear timeline of the accident and prove that the driver of the vehicle you were struck by was acting in a way that put you at risk. Once we are able to establish that the driver was at fault, we will be able to proceed with calculating the damages that you have suffered.

Calculating Damages After a Personal Injury

Personal injury damages are complicated to calculate and depend on a multitude of variables in order to reach a final determination of how much a victim deserves. Insurance companies representing defendants, or the defendant themselves, will work aggressively to limit the amount of money that they must pay for your accident, which is why it is so important that you have an attorney representing your side of the story.

Compensatory damages are classified as either economic or non-economic in nature, which we will explain in the following sections.

Economic damages are the basis for most personal injury cases because they encapsulate the measurable financial impacts that the accident has caused. They include a wide range of factors, from your medical expenses and impacts to your earning ability, and a variety of things in between. Any financial impact that you have suffered as a result of your injury deserves compensation from the party who caused your injury, and your personal injury lawyer will go through every detail of your lifestyle in order to identify every aspect of your claim.

In terms of your medical expenses, we will start with things such as hospital bills, surgical costs, and charges for an ambulance if you needed to be transported from the scene of the accident. In addition to these initial costs, these damages will include things like costs of medications, co-payments, physical therapy, and more. While your medical costs will comprise of a significant portion of your economic damages, your personal finances will also play a significant role in the total amount.

Any impact on your work life or earning capacity as a result of your accident and injuries is equally the responsibility of the party who caused your accident. Missed days of work, even if you used paid time off or vacation days to cover them, are counted as economic damages. In fact, you will additionally seek compensation for your PTO or vacation days, since they are effectively the same as income. If you suffer long-term issues that impact your earning capacity or your ability to return to work in your former capacity, then we will identify a variety of solutions for these impacts and include them in these damages.

Economic damages are relatively straightforward to calculate, although they do require some expertise in recognizing what factors can be included in the final amount. On the other hand, non-economic damages are very complicated and subject to a lot of disagreement between a victim and the defendant, simply because of the abstract nature of these damages.

Non-economic damages include things like the actual pain and suffering that a victim endures following an accident, as well as the emotional impact that these injuries have on them, like anxiety, depression, and fear. In order to reach a dollar amount that these damages are worth, there are a number of methods that an attorney may employ in order to provide clear, understandable reasoning for their calculations.

One of the most common methods of determining non-economic damages is by using a multiplier. This multiplier is a number selected along a scale that is intended to show the severity of your injuries in a way that is clearly understandable to the plaintiff, a judge, or a jury. Once you and your attorney have considered all of the non-economic damages that you have suffered and you choose a multiplier that you feel adequately illustrates these damages, the multiplier is applied to your economic damages. For example, if you endure $100,000 of economic damages and a multiplier of 3x for non-economic damages, then your non-economic damages will amount to $300,000.

Settling With an Insurance Company

If you are working with an insurance company in order to get compensation for your injuries, then you will have a variety of opportunities to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. In many cases, it can make financial sense to reach a settlement without a trial in order to reduce costs for both parties, and avoid negative press on behalf of the plaintiff. Once the claims adjuster assigned to your case completes their investigation, they will return with an initial settlement offer. In exchange or this settlement, you will need to waive your rights for any future legal action.

Instead of feeling trapped by this offer, you and your attorney will be able to counter this offer with a figure of your own, including calculations and justifications that clearly illustrate that you know the value of your case. Insurance companies leverage the inexperience of victims who do not have legal representation by preying on their stress and worries about mounting medical bills and their lack of understanding about how these processes work. Instead of simply accepting this low offer, your lawyer will fight back while you are able to prioritize your recovery.

Contact Us Now

The sooner you reach out to our firm, the sooner you will be able to begin fighting for the money you truly deserve after your accident. During your free initial consultation, we will be able to provide examples of past clients that we have helped in similar situations like your own and give you more confidence for the future. It is our goal to help you minimize stress so that you can focus on your recovery with the confidence that we are fighting for your financial wellbeing. It has been repeatedly proven that emotional stress can have serious measurable impacts on your physical recovery after being wounded, so when a lawyer is handling these steps for you, you are increasing your chances of a successful recovery.

To begin prioritizing your physical and financial wellness after a serious accident, contact us as soon as possible.

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