It is estimated that car accidents cost Florida $3.16 billion in costs and fatality-related costs annually. Of those costs, $3.12 billion are lost wages, and $40 million are medical costs. All of these costs result from Florida car accident victims getting compensation for their crash injuries and damages.
When looking for car accident victim compensation, a Florida car accident attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Car Accident Victim Damages
After you have been in a car accident, you are going to suffer losses. Those are called damages or compensatory damages. What that means is that these losses are damages that you deserve to be compensated for.
In car accidents, there are two primary kinds of damages.
- Economic damages: Damages that can be quantified with a dollar value (i.e., medical costs, lost wages)
- Non-economic damages: Damages that can not be quantified but are significant (i.e., pain and suffering, loss of consortium or companionship)
Economic damages from a car accident cover the losses incurred and costs sustained due to the accident. Losses can be as minimal as $5,000 to $10,000. On the other hand, losses can be quite extensive, depending on the damages.
Standard economic damages from a Florida car accident include:
- Medical costs, including medical devices, transportation, and rehabilitation or home-care
- Lost wages, and lost future wages if you can not return to work right away
- Property damages
- Household services you are no longer able to perform
Non-economic damages from a Florida car accident include pain and suffering and mental anguish.
Here are some additional examples of non-economic damages as indicated in Florida statute 627.737:
- Loss of bodily function
- Permanent injury
- Mental anguish (anxiety, PTSD, anger, humiliation)
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium (when a party loses companionship as a result of an accident)
Contact a Florida Car Accident Attorney Today
A Florida car accident attorney can help you get the compensatory damages you deserve when you seek compensation after a Florida car accident. At Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers, our Pensacola personal injury lawyers put lives back together. Call us at (850) 706-4434 for a free review of your case. We’ll fight for you to get every penny for your losses.
Am I entitled to punitive damages?
Punitive damages as punishments are awarded in extreme circumstances in car accident cases. If you can show that severe malicious behavior resulted in the accident, you may be entitled to punitive damages.
What does the no-fault law in Florida mean?
The no-fault law in Florida is for insurance purposes. There is no-fault coverage for personal injury protection in Florida that all drivers are required to have. The at-fault driver will still have to cover some liabilities and property damages for a Florida car accident they may have caused.
The other driver’s insurance company has already asked me to make a statement, and I think they were at fault. What should I do?
Talk to a lawyer. Other than your original phone call to your own insurance company, do not say anything to anybody after the accident until you have shown everything you can to a personal injury lawyer.
Following graduation from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Eric Stevenson held a number of positions including Assistant State Attorney in the First Judicial Circuit of Florida. Eric has been practicing with partner Christopher Klotz since 2015 litigating personal injury and car accidents in Alabama and Florida.