Two Questions Every Accident Victim Has – and Why No Attorney Can Definitively Answer Them Up Front
If you have found yourself injured in one of the many car accidents that occur every year in the Sunshine State, your initial focus should be on your health. After you have obtained medical care, your next thought may be about the other driver or drivers who you believe caused the accident that led to your injuries. In this circumstance, many accident victims choose to pursue a personal injury claim. You have every right to seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries if they have been caused even in part by someone else’s negligent actions.
But like many other accident victims, you likely have two important questions in mind when pondering whether to pursue a claim: how much time will be involved and how much compensation you can expect. Today we will go over why there are no simple answers to these questions.
How Long Will My Case Take?
To put it simply, there is no such thing as an average amount of time for settlements, even when you are discussing two sets of similar injuries that occurred in the same kind of collision. This is partially because injuries that may initially appear to not be serious may in fact turn out to be and require much longer to heal than initially anticipated. As there are no do-overs with settlements, you don’t want to settle your case until your medical team determines you have reached a place where your injuries aren’t expected to worsen or improve any time soon. In addition to the medical factor, there are also many things outside of anyone’s control including how long courts can take to process cases. In general, cases tend to settle more quickly when injuries are less serious, not permanent, and fault between the parties is not disputed.
How Much is an Average Case Like Mine Worth?
There are also many factors involved that can affect the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. For example, the state of Florida follows a comparative negligence standard which means that while contributing to an accident doesn’t stop an accident victim from recovering altogether, it does mean that your damages will simply be reduced in proportion with the percentage of fault. It is also important to be mindful of the insurance companies and policies that come into play. In reality, no one can say exactly how much your case will settle for or what outcome would be decided in court until it actually happens. However, speaking with an experienced attorney who can go over the specifics of your case with you is the best way to get a general idea of how much you may be able to expect should you pursue a personal injury claim.
Allow Us to Help
If you or someone you love have suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful behavior, do not delay. You should turn to an experienced personal injury attorney as early in the process as possible who can inform you of your existing legal rights and help you exercise them in order to maximize your compensation. As the Miami personal injury attorneys at Payer & Associates, we have significant experience helping people like you hold the accountable parties responsible for their actions. We have the knowledge and skill set that you can rely on to help you get the compensation you deserve. We offer free initial legal advice so begin by contacting us today for a no-obligation, no-cost consultation.