Serious Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Injuries
If you have been injured in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale you might be surprised at how limited your ability is to recover medical expenses, lost wages and compensation for pain and suffering. In fact, unless you have been seriously injured you will not be able to be compensated for pain and suffering.
You can thank Florida’s no-fault insurance for limiting your right to collect compensation from the negligent party who caused the car accident. Enacted in the 70s, Florida’s no-fault insurance was designed to simplify the process of paying for medical costs (and limiting the insurance company’s exposure) by eliminating the assignment of negligence. If you are injured in an auto accident your insurance company, not the negligent party, pays for your medical expenses up to $10,000.
There are exceptions to this process for certain types of car accident injuries and if you qualify you will want to consult with Fort Lauderdale’s leading car accident lawyers at Martin, Lister & Alvarez.
If You Are Seriously Injured You Can Seek Compensation
There are injuries and then there are injuries. If direct medical expense and lost wages are the only items considered, $10,000 probably is sufficient to cover 80% of the injuries caused by automobile accidents in Florida.
However, if your injuries result in:
- Permanent disability
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Loss of a bodily function
Then you have the right to sue for compensation. Whatever you do, do not try to settle this case with the insurance company yourself. We of course would like you to contact us for a free consultation but if not us, contact another experienced and reputable personal injury law firm. The objective of the insurance company is to pay as little as possible, preferably nothing, and their initial "we want to help you" approach is used to gather information to use against you.
As soon as you receive a permanent injury prognosis you should call Martin, Lister & Alvarez. An experienced, empathetic car accident attorney will listen to your story, obtain the relevant details and then offer his or her opinion regarding the merits of your case. We pursue car accident cases aggressively and have great success with obtaining settlements and judgments for our clients.
Time is critical in these cases. The more time that goes by the more difficult it is to obtain evidence, statements, documents and other critical information. If you have a serious car accident injury, call us today!