Obtaining Compensation For Personal Injuries
It is the Dunn Law Firm’s unyielding belief that those seriously injured in accidents resulting from negligence are entitled to fair compensation for the costs they incur and the pain they endure.
Did you know that victims in a personal injury case could be entitled to any of the following:
- Medical costs already incurred
- Future medical costs
- Lost income due to missed work time
- Lost potential for future income
- Inability to participate in or enjoy certain activities
- Loss of quality of life
- Potential for future health conditions that stem from their injury
- Long-term emotional or physical distress.
- Loss of support or replacement services
- Scaring and Disfigurement
- Inability to lead a normal life
Mr. Dunn understands how a crash or a catastrophic injury can change a victim’s life forever. Let him put his experience and knowledge to work for you and enable him to guide you along the path to social, occupational and medical recovery.
Selecting an auto accident attorney
It is imperative to call a personal injury lawyer in the case of an auto accident. Take it from Mr. Dunn, having worked as a serious bodily injury adjuster prior to becoming a lawyer, the insurance companies are looking for any possible way to deny your claim and save money. They are not looking out for your best interests. The last thing you would want to do is agree to an inadequate settlement and sign away your rights. Let Mr. Dunn use his insider knowledge of the insurance industry to fight the insurance companies so you don’t have to.
What to do if you are in an accident
When you are in an accident, it can be a shocking event. You may be in severe pain, and worse, you may be confused as to what to do in this mess.
The absolute first thing to do is call for help. Seek immediate medical care if needed. Remember to stay calm, take pictures, take audio, and video. In the modern world, nearly everyone has cell phones. Use your cell phone to document everything you can about the scene, as soon as you can. You want to capture the position of the vehicles, witnesses, landmarks which could be a reference point later, or skidmarks. The sooner you can take these photos, the better.
After making sure you are not in harm’s way anymore, you should call an attorney with a strong knowledge of the insurance industry and the tricks they play. The sooner you get an experienced advocate on your side, the sooner that puts the at-fault insurance company on notice that they will not take advantage of you. The attorney can also get to work immediately, investigating the case to determine the extent of damage and injury and what coverage is available. Florida law only requires vehicle owners to provide minimum insurance of $10,000 to $20,000. This can be very inadequate depending on the nature of your injuries. Mr. Dunn aggressively looks for financially responsible persons and other organizations based on vicarious liability. This means money for compensation can be obtained from corporations, employers, partnerships, and independent contractors.
Car Accident Negligence and Bodily Injury Claims Under Florida Law
In order to be eligible for compensation from a driver who caused a collision, the victim needs to show negligence. Negligence means a failure to drive safely and with proper precaution. All drivers on the road have a legal duty to drive with reasonable care that does not risk injury to others. You do not need to prove the harm was intentional, merely negligent.
Various factors such as speed, time, distance, impaired driving, etc are all important to prove negligence. Thus, it is important to interview witnesses as soon as possible after the accident in order to document their observations for trial.
Further, proving you have a permanent injury must be supported by objective medical evidence. It is not sufficient to just say you are injured. At Dunn Law Firm, Mr. Dunn will gather all the evidence needed to best support your case and maximize the compensation allowed under law.
Florida is a “comparative negligence” state. This means that more than one driver can be negligent at the same time. If proven, it can be a basis to reduce monetary recovery at trial. This is why it is important hire an experienced advocate to use all resources available from the time of impact to the time of trial in order to protect your case.
Dealing with injuries
Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can range from minor, to catastrophic or life threatening. Regardless of the severity, it is imperative to find an attorney to represent you in order to preserve evidence in your case and put the insurance company on notice of the injury. It is also important to seek the medical treatment required to get you back on the long road to health.
It is important to note also that injuries may be psychological as well in motor vehicle accidents. The crash may leave you with life-long anxiety or post-traumatic stress, especially in cases of serious bodily injury or death.