Loxahatchee Personal Injury Attorneys

December 09, 2019

by Donaldson & Weston

personal injury lawyer

It goes without saying that a serious injury can upend a person’s life in countless ways. Besides dealing with physical pain, you may also be struggling to cope with emotional distress and the immense anxiety that comes with having an uncertain financial future. If you are facing steep medical bills and other costs due to another person’s careless misconduct, our Loxahatchee personal injury attorneys are ready to review your case in a free consultation and help you make informed decisions.

Each tort claim is unique, so you should be very skeptical of any legal insight you get from friends, family, or the Internet. The best way to get answers to your questions is to speak with a skilled and well-credentialed accident lawyer. At Donaldson & Weston, we don’t charge anything for the consultation, so you have nothing to lose by meeting with a member of our legal team.

We have won numerous six- and seven-figure settlements and verdicts in cases of varying complexity. To schedule a no-obligation case review, call our personal injury attorney at 561-299-3999.

Personal Injury Claims We Handle in Loxahatchee, Florida

  • Auto Accidents
  • Collisions Involving Intoxicated Motorists
  • Boating Injuries
  • Spinal Injuries
  • Elder Abuse & Neglect
  • Bike Accidents
  • Errors at Pharmacies
  • Serious Burn Injuries
  • Motorbike Crashes
  • Civil Assault
  • Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse
  • Brain Trauma
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injury Cases

What Kinds of Economic Damages Might Be Recoverable?

There are two categories of damages that might be recoverable after a personal injury: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages encompass both the objectively verifiable costs stemming from the accident (economic damages) and the subjective consequences of the accident (non-economic damages). Punitive damages are awarded in cases that involve intentional misconduct or gross negligence in order to prevent similar egregious behaviors from happening in the future and to punish the defendant.

There is a multitude of costs that might be included in the settlement calculations as economic damages. Generally speaking, any reasonable and necessary costs you incur as a result of the tort might be recoverable. Personal injury victims may have the right to pursue economic damages they have already incurred as well as those that are reasonably certain to accrue in the future.

Depending on the circumstances, the following economic damages may be available:

  • Healthcare bills;
  • Loss of income;
  • Loss of future earnings;
  • Property damage; and
  • Other economic damages like domestic help, child care, transportation, and home and vehicle modifications.

What Kinds of Non-Economic Damages Might Be Recoverable?

In some scenarios, the claimant’s injury must meet the “serious injury threshold” in order to bring a bodily injury claim against the liable party. This is because Florida is a “no-fault insurance state.” If, for example, you were harmed in an auto accident, your first source of compensation would be your Personal Injury Protection coverage. PIP pays out benefits for medical bills and lost income regardless of who caused the crash. PIP might also pay out benefits for loss of consortium and funeral costs if the accident results in wrongful death.

As you can see, PIP coverage does not pay for the non-economic damages incurred by the policyholder. Therefore, it is essential that you find out if your case meets the serious injury threshold since this might make you eligible for certain kinds of damages that would otherwise not have been available.

To meet the serious injury threshold, the injury must have resulted in one of the following:

  • Substantial or permanent loss of a critical bodily function;
  • Permanent injury other than scarring or disfigurement;
  • Substantial and permanent scarring or disfigurement; or
  • Death.

In the state of Florida, the following non-economic damages may be available to personal injury victims:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Emotional distress; and
  • Loss of enjoyment in life.

Our Loxahatchee personal injury attorneys have many years of experience representing clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries. We know what it takes to obtain compensation for both economic and non-economic damages, and we can take the necessary steps to maximize the potential value of your case.

If the insurance company refuses to pay a fair settlement early in the proceedings despite being presented with strong evidence of liability, causation, and damages, our lawyers will not hesitate to proceed to litigation. We work closely with a wide array of medical and technical experts who can provide credible deposition. We also have extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution and trial. Insurance companies throughout the state know that a skilled personal injury attorney aren’t afraid to go to court, and our reputation as tough litigators often gives us an edge during settlement negotiations.

What Evidence Might Be Needed to Prove the Value of My Damages?

You won’t be able to recover compensation for your damages unless you can prove the kinds of damages you have incurred and their value. The best evidence of damages will depend on the types of injuries you’ve sustained, their permanence, whether you had a pre-existing injury, and a variety of other factors. But generally speaking, the following evidence often plays an important role in proving damages:

  • Financial records to prove the amount of income you were making before the injury;
  • Medical records that show the types of injuries you’ve sustained, your symptoms, and the treatments your doctor has prescribed;
  • Medical bills that show the costs you have incurred as a result of the injuries;
  • Your personal injury journal, which should describe the severity and frequency of your symptoms, and the ways in which the injury is affecting your quality of life;
  • Pictures of visible injuries;
  • The deposition of an economist;
  • The deposition of various medical experts; and
  • The deposition of a vocational expert.

Call Us Today at 561-299-3999 to Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney in Loxahatchee

Far too many personal injury claimants accept a settlement early in the proceedings only to find out later that they received an unfair payout. Don’t let this happen to you. Our attorneys will help you compile all available evidence of liability and damages and will use prove negotiation strategies to fight for the highest possible compensation. For a free case review, send us a message or call our personal injury attorney at 561-299-3999.