After an injury, your first thoughts might be about recovering. But as you get better, you might begin wondering who is going to pay your medical bills? What about all the money you lost because you couldn’t work? How much is a personal injury case worth anyway? A Florida personal injury lawyer can help determine the answers to these questions and more. The compensation you might receive depends on several factors.
Blame is sometimes difficult to place in a personal injury case. However, this is an important element in a Florida personal injury case.
Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means that an injured party’s compensation might be reduced by their percentage of blame for the accident.
For example, a jury awards Joe $50,000 in damages for injuries sustained in an automobile accident. However, the jury also finds that Joe was 10% at fault. Joe’s $50,000 recovery will drop by $5,000 because of the percentage of fault assigned to him.
When estimating how much your case is worth, your attorney will consider who is at fault for your injuries.
Evidence of Damages in Florida Personal Injury Cases
Simply stating you had $100,000 in medical bills and lost wages is not enough. You must have evidence that you suffered the damages you are claiming.
For example, some of the common damages incurred in personal injury cases include:
- Current and future medical expenses,
- Lost wages, and
- Lost earning ability.
Medical bills and salary records could help prove these damages. Injuries like mental distress, anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder are available but might be more challenging to prove.
Some cases tend to be worth more because there’s more damage. In addition, though, there has to be a way for the responsible party to pay you.
Insurance Coverage Affects Florida Personal Injury Compensation
The person who injured you might have insurance to cover their negligence, especially when car accidents are involved. You and your attorney should be able to review copies of any pertinent insurance policies, paying particular attention to policy limits. If your injuries exceed policy limits, the person who caused your injuries might have other assets to cover your damages.
Your Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Can Explain All This in More Detail
Your situation is unique. Your attorney will review the facts of your case and the damages you have incurred before estimating how much your case is worth.
If you have been hurt because of someone else’s negligence, you need help from top-rated, hard-working representation. At Shapiro|Delgado, our attorneys put their injury law experience to work for you. And we handle cases on a contingency basis, which means we don’t get paid unless you do.
We represent clients throughout Florida, including Sarasota, Bradenton, Tampa, Saint Petersburg, Pinellas County, and surrounding communities.
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