Russo Law serves clients living in Winter Haven, Florida with car accident injury claims. In addition to auto accident claims, we are accepting cases involving motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, accidents caused by DUI drivers or texting and driving, hit and run, Uber and Lyft, uninsured motorists, and wrongful death. Schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury claim with a Winter Haven car accident lawyer today.
Frequently Suffered Car Accident Injuries
Your personal injury claim can often include any of the following:
- neck and back pain
- early onset of arthritis from sprain/strain injuries
- bulging or herniated discs
- numbness and tingling in extremities
- shooting pains
- broken bones or torn ligaments
- neck and back surgeries
- rotator cuff tear
- injury to the spinal cord
Characteristics Of Florida Car Accident Lawsuits
Florida car accidents lawsuits some of the most commonly filed lawsuits because of the disputes that arise between the people injured and the insurance companies involved. Florida’s car accident laws are complicated and you will need the help of an seasoned lawyer to help you get the most out of your case.
The first thing to be aware of with Florida car accident lawsuits is that the first $10,000 of your medical expenses are paid by your own no-fault benefits. This is an important characteristic because there are two no-fault states in the U.S. The majority of states have a mandatory bodily injury policy.
The quid pro quo for having $10,000 in no-fault benefits available in Florida is that the insurance company gets to demand that you prove that your injuries are permanent before you are entitled to damages for pain and suffering. This is often called the permanent injury “threshold.”
It can be tough to meet at trial even if you had an ER visit and incurred significant medical bills early in your case. If you cannot meet the permanent injury threshold requirement, the jury may award you past medical expenses (which may still be significant) but zero pain and suffering damages.
Aside from medical damages and pain and suffering, the next category of damages is wage loss or a loss of future earning capacity that you may have sustained. Juries are always skeptical when they hear that someone has missed work and is asking to be compensated. Juries are also skeptical of anyone who claims that they cannot work in the future.
To win wage losses or earning capacity in your case, you need credible medical evidence that your injury affects your ability to work in a major way. The decision of whether to include a claim for wage losses or future loss of earning capacity is an important one that you should talk to your lawyer about before filing a lawsuit.
Greater Winter Haven Community
Winter Haven has a growing population of over 48,000 people and is located in the Central Florida corridor with access to US Highway 17 and US Highway 27 to the east. The metro area of Winter Haven includes surrounding areas of Eloise, Wahneta, Jan Phyl Village, Eagle Lake, and Dundee.
Public transportation needs in Winter Haven are met by Winter Haven Area Transit (WHAT) and the Citrus Connection and offers connections to Lakeland, where our office is located. Winter Haven also has emergency medical services available at Winter Haven Hospital operated by BayCare and major medical options available at Bond Clinic and Gessler Clinic for a variety of specialties including orthopedics. Winter Haven has a variety of chiropractors available as well to help with post-accident rehabilitation.
Read more to learn more about specific terms used in Florida car accident claims.
Contact a Winter Haven Car Accident Attorney for a Free Case Review Today
If you or a family member has suffered an injury in car or truck accident, please contact Russo Law to discuss the merits of your case with a car accident attorney. The facts and circumstances of every accident are unique. A consultation with a Winter Haven car accident lawyer is free.
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Quick Auto Accident Answers☑ Is the consultation free?
Yes-the initial client consultation to determine whether you have a case is free. After that, there are no attorney fees or costs unless money is recovered for you.
A number of different factors will determine what your car accident case is worth. The policy limits available along with the injuries sustained and the severity of the accident itself are probably the most important.
More information on the value of a personal injury case in Florida
You generally have four years from the date of injury to file a car accident injury claim in Florida courts. You have five years to file an uninsured motorist claim.
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