In Florida there were nearly 400,000 car accidents in 2019, with over 160,000 cases resulting in injury. As the most common form of transportation in the state, these statistics are staggering and when faced with damages, injury, and various other emotional stressors, it is completely common to feel overwhelmed.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation ranging from medical bills, automobile loss, lost wages, and emotional distress. The following will serve as a guide regarding initial steps to take after your auto accident:
What Should I Do If I’ve Been In A Car Accident?
- Seek medical assistance. Immediately following a car accident, seek medical treatment. Although you may feel fine, this will ensure that any potential injuries are documented which may assist in your case when seeking compensation for any damages or personal injuries which may have occurred.
- File a police report. A police report will assist in maintaining a fair and accurate assessment of the accident scene and serve as another form of documentation to verify the validity of your case and will serve as further evidence, which can help support any claims and further assist your personal injury attorney in your case.
- Maintain records.Documentation will allow for a consistent and thorough car accident lawsuit. This includes medical statements, auto repairs, time-off requests and doctors notes, among other important documents.
- Clear communication. Allow your attorney to represent you, and do not speak to anyone regarding your case unless instructed otherwise. Refrain from posting on social media regarding your car accident (i.e. no photos, posts, or comments) for anything shared on public platforms may be used against you in your case.
- Trust the process. Your attorney is going to support you to the fullest extent. They will have the necessary experience needed to guide your personal injury lawsuit, and will have the knowledge needed surrounding settlements vs. court bound cases. This expertise will serve you best as you navigate your lawsuit.
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Car Accident Lawsuits
Car accident lawsuits can take place in several steps. Understanding the steps is important to knowing how to proceed if you have a serious car accident. In this content, we’ll discuss the stages of a car accident.Stages of a car accident lawsuit
After an auto accident you may be wondering what your lawsuit will look like. Your attorney will guide you through the procedures and assist you through the process. While each individual case will vary, the steps of an auto accident lawsuit will generally follow a cycle similar to the steps listed below.
The stages of a car accident lawsuit are:
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- Filing A Complaint. This will consist of your claims in regards to your lawsuit. An inventory of your claims will be used for validation purposes. The other party involved in the accident and their insurance group will proceed to respond to your complaint.
- Pre Trial. The opposite party may file motions. The choice to challenge these motions will be presented, and often this may delay the trial. You will be able to respond to any motions that have been filed, and these can range from change of judge, change of venue, and possibly even dismissal of the case.
- Court Date. The next step in the lawsuit process will be setting a court date. The date may be months or even years from the time of filing.
- Mediation. This is the option as mandated by the judge for both sides to negotiate with a fair and unbiased mediator. This agreement would be achieved without bringing the case to trial. If both parties choose not to pursue mediation, the lawsuit proceeds to trial.
- Discovery. Evidence must be presented from both sides ranging from paperwork, documentation, statements from eye witnesses, and any other forms of evidence as necessary.
Although the steps as mentioned may result in trial, often a fair settlement may be reached along the way.
Your attorney will make recommendations and provide guidance as to what course of action will be best for your specific personal injury case. This process may take several months, but please be aware that this is normal and that your attorney is working hard to get your case handled.
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Winning Your Auto Accident Lawsuit
In the state of Florida, personal injury lawsuits require proof of negligence in order to be successful. The following are the most established forms of negligence which must be proven in order to win your case:
Suffering damages ranges from property, emotional, physical, and various other capacities. This can be proven in many tangible forms ranging from injury and medically verified means, vehicle damage, and through other miscellaneous expenses incurred.
While emotional damages are certainly justified, damages such as pain and suffering often create firm cases. Verified evidence of physical injury is an example of damage that is difficult to refute and holds up firmly in court.
Duty of Care
Negligence requires the defendant to have violated the duty of care. Carelessness is obvious in cases such as driving under the influence of alcohol, but may appear in other subtle forms as well that will still serve as the breach of care required to prove negligence. Violation of Duty resulting in injury. If the duty of care was violated resulting in injury to the plaintiff, this is a form of negligence that may be proven in order to win your case.
In order to win your lawsuit and receive compensation for damages, pain, and suffering negligence must be proven. This requires a skilled personal injury attorney who will create the best possible scenario for you to win and receive justice. While you heal and recover, Florin|Roebig will handle the details of your case and advocate for you to the highest possible extent with professionalism, expertise, and care.
Have You Been Injured In An Auto Accident?
If you or a loved one have been injured in an automobile accident, it’s important to reach out to a trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at the law firm of Florin|Roebig are committed to helping our clients get the compensation they need and deserve following vehicle-related accidents. Our commitment to assisting you is unparalleled. We are dedicated to making sure you receive the financial compensation available to you for any losses you have suffered as a result of an auto accident. Give us a call today for a free consultation.