- How much the accident is worth depends on who is at fault, how it happened, what your injuries are, and whether your injuries are permanent.
- In Florida, unless you have permanent injuries or scarring, you give up your right to go to court.
- Success comes from preparing to go to trial although these injury cases rarely go to trial.
The most frequent question we get about any type of injury is, “How much is it worth?” The answer is, “Every case is different.” It’s dependent on several factors. Some of them, not all of them, include questions such as, “Who is at fault?” and “How did it happen?” “What are your injuries? and more importantly, “Are there any permanent injuries?”
In a Florida motor vehicle crash, you must prove that you have a permanent injury or permanent scarring to be entitled to recover money for your injuries other than out-of-pocket expenses. Florida has a mandatory insurance policy for all registered vehicles of a minimum of $10,000, which is called Personal Injury Protection (PIP), or No-Fault Insurance. The insurance company of the at-fault driver pays for a portion of your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages up to a certain amount. When looking at your claims, the insurance company cannot take fault into account. Because you’re getting those PIP benefits, the trade-off is you give up your rights.
There’s a statutory definition within the Florida laws about having a permanent injury determined by your doctor after you complete treatment. We will not know what your case is worth until we see the final reports from the doctors, have spoken with them, and get a determination of how seriously you’re injured. Some of the other factors include what your lost wages were, your loss of earning capacity, and loss of business opportunities. There are a lot of different factors that go into determining what a case is worth. Most of these cases will never go to trial.
Success lies in preparing to go to trial and the other side knowing it. That’s when you get settlements that match the value of the case or come close to it. When considering what a case is worth, I look at it from the perspective of trial and what I can prove.
If I try a case in front of three different juries, chances are I’m going to get three different dollar amounts as to what the case is worth. If I try it in front of 10, I’ll probably have 10 different figures. In any case, there is going to be a high, a middle, and a low range. Once I know what all the factors are and where this particular case falls within the factors, I can give it a range.
Then I can tell a client, that’s a really good offer. You should consider taking that offer or that’s not such a great offer. I would not recommend taking it. But the client always decides to accept or reject any offer at Your Injury Law Group. We work for the clients. Clients don’t work for us.
Can Any Personal Injury Attorney Handle My Trucking Accident Injury Case?
I often say, “You get what you pay for.” It’s not a matter of how much you are paying because the payment is probably the same as most other firms. Firms pretty much charge typically the same rates. The difference is: What are you getting? The difference is: How much experience does the firm have?
You can hire any attorney to handle your case, but my question is this, “Do you want someone learning how to handle a trucking accident case on your trucking accident case, or do you want someone who has already learned, someone who has the experience and has the knowledge and knows what needs to be done and can take care of it that way?”
At Your Injury Law Group, our emphasis is on you, the client. To do that, we make sure that we have everything we need: the team, the personnel, the attorneys, the assistants, the investigators, and the paralegals.
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