When you have been in a car accident, you will suffer property damages and losses and costs from any injuries incurred. In addition to the injury costs, you may suffer other damages due to this trauma and crisis. All of these factors related to your injuries will impact the compensation you get after a car accident.
It can be easy to feel like you don’t have much of a claim after an accident, though. Other drivers, insurance companies, and witnesses may try to make you feel like your problem isn’t that big. At Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers, we don’t let that happen. There are several ways your injuries will impact your compensation.
Severity of Injuries
The severity of your injuries will always be a significant factor in the compensation you receive. The more severe your injuries, the greater the compensation you could receive. From brain trauma to fractures, you get compensation for your economic losses. It’s that simple.
You might have a broken bone and think it’s not that big a deal right now. You might then find out in six months that you’ll have a limp for the rest of your life and never work at the same union job again.
You don’t know the impact of your injuries now. Car accident injuries have a way of impacting your life, and there is compensation for that.
Lost wages are another damage that some people wave off, thinking they will be back to work in no time. You don’t know that right now.
In one year, Florida experienced car accident compensation that was $40 million in medical costs and $3.12 billion in lost wages. Lost wages are a big deal. You are owed that compensation when you are injured in an accident.
The law recognizes that the severity of your injuries and the severity and trauma of a car accident could impact your life. Sometimes the severity of your injuries does not just result in a bill for an X-ray for that broken bone.
Florida statute §627.737 discusses your rights to damages and punitive damages when you have injuries that will impact your life,
“A plaintiff may recover damages in tort for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience because of bodily injury….”
Every element of your car accident injury will affect how much compensation you receive after your accident. We can help.
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When you have been in a car accident, it is easy to feel like the world is against you. That comes with the trauma of this crisis. At Stevenson Klotz Injury Lawyers, our personal injury attorneys see clients like you every day. We will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (850) 706-4434 for a free review of your case.
What do I do if the other driver didn’t stay for the police?
Leaving the scene of an accident you are involved in is illegal, as defined by Florida statute § 316.061. It starts as a second-degree misdemeanor and could mean something more serious if severe bodily injuries occurred. You are still entitled to compensation when this happens. Hire a personal injury lawyer who can work with the police to help you find the driver and make them pay.
Can I still make a claim or file a lawsuit if I was a passenger?
You still suffered damages and losses as a result of an accident you weren’t at fault for. Give us a call, and we’ll help you sort this out.
What is the first thing I should do after an accident?
Call for medical help. Too many drivers wait because they want the police report or documentation, but you need to call for medical. You don’t know the severity of your injuries yet, which plays a significant role in your compensation.
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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.