Palm City Car Accident Lawyers

In less than a second, a serious car accident can turn your life upside down, causing severe injuries and putting your financial future in jeopardy. Beyond the pain and inconvenience of being injured, you may be experiencing tremendous stress and emotional anguish. The Palm City car accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston understand what you are going through, and we are here to help you fight for justice and the compensation you deserve.

With decades of combined experience and refined legal strategies, our attorneys have helped victims of wrongful death and personal injury recover multimillion-dollar payouts in complex, high-stakes cases. We will treat you as if you are our only client, giving your case personalized attention from the day you contact our office to the day your case is finalized. Call us today at 772-266-5555 for a free initial consultation.

Important Elements to Prove in a Palm City Car Accident Claim

If your claim is successful, the amount of compensation you might recover will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity of your injuries, whether you were partially at fault, and how your injuries have affected your life. Florida law allows personal injury claimants to pursue compensation for the following damages:

  • Medical Expenses: Car accident victims may be entitled to compensation for all medical expenses associated with treating their injuries. Your claim can account for any ambulance fees, hospital bills, copays for follow-up visits, and prescription medication costs you incur. It can also include expenses for ongoing care like physical therapy, as well as anticipated procedures that might be necessary down the road.

  • Lost Income: Personal injury claimants can pursue compensation for any income lost while recovering. If you’re unable to return to work at all, even after reaching maximum medical improvement, you may also be able to recover funds for lost benefits and loss of earning capacity.

  • Property Damage: If your property was damaged in the accident, the cost of repairing or replacing it can be included in your claim.

  • Other Verifiable Costs: It’s not uncommon for victims of personal injury to need assistance when it comes to running their household or taking care of their kids. Fortunately, your claim can account for domestic help, childcare, and other reasonable and necessary expenses. Other covered costs might include transportation to and from doctor’s appointments and home and/or vehicle modifications.

  • Pain and Suffering: The pain and suffering that car accident victims endure can be debilitating. At Donaldson & Weston, we can help you determine how much compensation to pursue for pain and suffering, and we can gather the evidence needed to demonstrate the intangible ways your injuries have affected your life.

  • Emotional Distress: The emotional impact of getting hurt in a motor-vehicle collision can be just as devastating as the physical pain and suffering. For this reason, emotional distress is a potentially recoverable damage in Florida car accident claims.

  • Loss of Enjoyment of Life: If you’re unable to participate in favorite pastimes following the accident because of your injuries, you may be able to hold the liable party financially accountable for loss of enjoyment of life.

  • Loss of Consortium: Loss of consortium refers to damages that the spouse of the injured party incurs. If the accident victim is unable to have normal marital relations while recovering—or permanently—because of the injuries he or she sustained, the spouse may be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium.

  • Punitive Damages: Although most car accident claims do not warrant punitive damages, there are scenarios in which they are awarded. In the state of Florida, a claimant may be entitled to punitive damages if the liable party’s conduct constituted intentional malice or gross negligence. Examples of car accident cases that might yield punitive damages include those involving hit-and-run collisions and drunk driving. Purposely striking a pedestrian or cyclist would also be considered intentional malice and would therefore warrant a punitive award.