Monthly Archives: December 2011

Should I Sign a Release Provided to Me by an Automobile Insurance Company Regarding a Florida Automobile Accident?

When a person is involved in an automobile accident, insurance companies often times act quickly to obtain a statement and attempt to resolve the claim with the injured person. A small settlement is offered by the insurance company and a written release is submitted to the injury victim. Many injury victims unknowingly sign away their legal rights when they accept the small settlement and execute the release. Under Florida law, written release can effectively waive the legal rights of an injured person to receive additional compensation for automobile accident related injuries and damages. Many accident victim’s have “buyers remorse” or … Continue reading

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How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

How much is my personal injury case work? This question is often posed to me as a Florida personal injury attorney by a client who has been injured in an automobile accident. At the beginning of most cases, it is difficult to estimate the value or even a value range for a personal injury case. The value of a personal injury case including an automobile accident case depends on a number of factors including the following: the amount of bodily injury insurance coverage, the amount of uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, the availability of PIP (Personal Injury Protection) and Med … Continue reading

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Are There Time Limits Apply to a Florida Automobile Accident Case?

Are There Time Limits Apply to a Florida Automobile Accident Case? The simple answer is “Yes”. One time limit is referred to as the “Statute of Limitations” in Florida. There is a four-year statute of limitations to bring an action against a person or company at fault for injuries sustained as a result of an automobile accident. In cases against the uninsured or underinsured motorist carrier in Florida, the statute of limitations is typically five years from the date of the accident. The Statute of Limitations refers to the time limit that a lawsuit needs to be filed. The failure … Continue reading

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What is Bodily Injury Insurance Coverage Under a Florida Automobile Insurance Policy?

Bodily injury insurance coverage is optional coverage under a Florida automobile accident insurance policy. Bodily injury insurance is sometimes referred to as liability insurance. In other words in order to qualify for payment or benefits under a bodily injury insurance insurance policy there must be fault or liability proved against the the policy owner or a driver covered under the policy. Bodily injury insurance policies covering Florida vehicles range in policy limit value from $10,000 to over $1 million. Because bodily injury insurance coverage is optional and there are varied amounts of coverage, it is impossible to tell how much … Continue reading

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When Should an Automobile Accident Injury Victim Return to Work Following the Accident?

When a person suffers injuries in a Florida automobile accident, there is often times of a dilemma for the injury victim. When should I return to work? Can I perform the duties of my job? Am I at risk for losing my job? Can I afford to stay out at work? When is the doctor going to release me back to work? These are all excellent and important questions that often times arise following a Florida Automobile Accident. As a practical matter, most families rely on the paycheck for the injured person in order to sustain the household finances and … Continue reading

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Where Can an Accident Victim Obtain Medical Care and Treatment Following a Florida Automobile Accident?

An injury victim of a Florida automobile accident will need medical treatment in order to evaluate, diagnose, and treat automobile accident personal injuries related damages. Typically, there are various medical providers in each community who are willing and able to provide medical treatment to injury victims in an automobile accident. There are also many medical providers who avoid these kind of patients because the medical provider does not accept PIP or Med Pay automobile insurance as payment. Furthermore, these medical providers typically do not want to get involve with medical care that may involve subsequent litigation. If a person has … Continue reading

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How Can a Person be Compensated for Injuries and Damages in a Florida Automobile Accident Claim or Case?

Following a Florida automobile accident, an injury victim often times incurs significant bills, economic losses, and personal injuries. If a person is injured as a result of the negligence of another driver, damages and compensation can be pursed by the injury victim. These damages include the following past medical bills, future medical bills, past wage loss, future wage loss, past pain and suffering, future pain and suffering, and loss of earning capacity. Insurance may compensate an injury victim for these damages but the amount of compensation available and payable will depend on the insurance and type of damages involved. With … Continue reading

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When Should a Lawsuit Be Filed for an Automobile Accident in Florida?

When should a lawsuit filed in an automobile accident case in the State of Florida? Because of the complexities of Florida’s automobile negligence laws and insurance regulations, it is often times helpful to have the assistance of a Florida personal injury attorney when dealing with these issues and decisions. Should a lawsuit be filed immediately after an automobile accident? Typically, a lawsuit is not filed immediately following an automobile accident. In most automobile accident insurance cases or claims, it will take time to determine the extent of damages, necessary medical treatment, wage loss, and the extent of medical treatment needed … Continue reading

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Who is Liable for Personal Injuries and Related Damages Caused by an Automobile Accident in Florida?

In Florida, the at fault driver is legally responsible for the damages of the injury victim. In addition to the at fault driver, the owner of the vehicle is also liable to the injury victim under Florida law under the concept of the Dangerous Instrumentality Law. Florida law designated the use and operation of an automobile as a dangerous instrumentality. Therefore, under Florida law both the driver and the owner of the vehicle (even if the owner the vehicle was not present at the time of the automobile accident) are liable for the automobile accident automobile accident personal injuries and … Continue reading

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Is a Parent Liable for the Negligent Driving of a Teenage Child Under the Age of 18?

Is a parent liable for the negligent driving of a teenage child under the age of 18? This is an important legal issue that often times arises subsequent to a Florida automobile accident. The answer to the question is “it depends”. In Florida, a parent is not automatically liable for the negligent acts of the child. It all depends on the facts and circumstances and the type of negligence involved. With respect to an automobile accident, a parent may be liable for the negligent acts of teenage child under the age of 18 if the parent signed the parent consent … Continue reading

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