If you suffered injuries related to a car accident, contact our legal team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at 800-896-1221 to visit with a Hollywood car accident lawyer and understand how you may be able to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Car Accident Law in Florida
The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department reported more than 400,000 traffic accidents that involved nearly 700,000 drivers. If you’ve been injured in an encounter with an automobile, speak with a Hollywood car accident lawyer with Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at 800-896-1221 to discuss the facts of your case and to assess if you might be eligible for compensation.
Under the law, drivers in Florida must maintain a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection insurance (PIP), along with $10,000 in property damage liability (PDL). The state of Florida requires that victims of car accidents receive compensation for their injuries first from their own insurance company before attempting to receive compensation from the other driver’s insurance company. In addition, Florida requires that a victim also needs to contact the police to file an accident report.
Insurance Company Settlements
Insurance companies often work hard to settle claims quickly or for amounts that are unfair to the victim and will not cover their medical bills, lost wages or pain and suffering. No law in the state of Florida quantifies exactly how long an insurance company has to settle an insurance claim due to a car accident. If your insurance company refuses to settle your case in a timely manner, contact a Hollywood car accident lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at 800-896-1221 to negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf.
Additionally, if an insurance company fails to either accept or reject a valid insurance claim from a victim without offering any reason, this violates Florida Statute § 634.336. Insurance companies oftentimes must provide victims with additional compensation if a court discovers they did not accurately or fully investigate your claim.
Oftentimes, insurance companies act in bad faith with respect to paying victims fair settlement amounts. In Florida, those dealing with insurance companies acting in bad faith have protection under Florida Statute § 624.155. Determining if an insurance company is legally acting in bad faith is a complex legal process, and may require the assistance of a car accident lawyer.
Florida Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is a deadline imposed by the state of Florida and refers to the time in which a victim has to file a lawsuit. This is a deadline by which a victim must file a claim with the Florida court, or forever lose their opportunity to do so and receive compensation for their injuries. According to Florida Statute § 95.11(3)(a), if you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident, you have four years from the date of the accident to a file a claim in court. This seems like a long time, but after medical issues and developing a full investigation of a car accident, this time passes quickly. If you lost a loved one in an auto accident, you have two years from the date they passed away to pursue a wrongful death action. We know no amount of money can erase the heartbreak of losing a family member, but it can ease your financial stress.
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Building Your Personal Injury Case
It is important to understand that every car accident is unique and therefore deserves individualized attention. Building a personal injury case requires an understanding of the applicable personal injury laws in the state of Florida. Building a personal injury case often requires the following:
- Strong and fair negotiation with insurance companies
- Establishing the value of vehicle or property damage
- Determining the full costs of medical bills, surgeries, and therapies
- Calculating pain and suffering
Our Hollywood car accident lawyers assist with the development of a strong personal injury case. They will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, make determinations regarding an independent investigation of the car accident, and hire expert witnesses if necessary to ensure that your claim has the greatest chance of monetary recovery and success.
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Types of Compensation
After experiencing a car accident, you may suffer physical pain or even the loss of your vehicle. We can help you build a strong personal injury case to receive compensation for medical bills, loss of wages, the loss of possible future wages, physical therapy, medical assistance devices, or pain and suffering. Additionally, you may have the right to receive compensation from an insurance company regarding the losses suffered to your vehicle or any other personal property damages. Determining the amount of compensation a victim of a car accident may receive can be a complex legal process.
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Contact a Hollywood Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured or killed in a car accident in Florida, and your insurance company is not providing compensation as required under the law, contact a Hollywood car accident lawyer at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, at 800-896-1221 to negotiate with your insurance company on your behalf. Remember that the deadlines to file a personal injury case in Florida are strict, and if you fail to file within the established timeframes, you will lose your right to receive compensation for your injuries and losses. Our car accident lawyers can help you understand your legal rights and help you build a strong personal injury case, with an independent investigation and expert witnesses if needed. Call us today to set up a free consultation regarding your case.
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