Car accident settlement in Florida
A Florida car accident settlement may be based on the extent of the damage you suffered if another party was at-fault for your accident. There are no fixed figures for how much a car accident settlement is worth. Instead, car accident settlement payouts may be based on the value of damages such as medical expenses, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
If you were involved in a car accident in South Florida, the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato may be able to help you file an insurance claim and fight for a settlement. If the responsible party’s insurance company does not make you a fair settlement offer, we can also file a lawsuit and take them to trial.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today at (954) 633-8270. Our team can help you understand the liability and insurance rules that may apply to your case and how we may be able to fight for compensation on your behalf.
Types of Insurance Claims You May File
How you pursue car accident compensation in Florida may be based on the severity of the damages you suffered and the types of insurance coverage you carry.
Florida is a no-fault state. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), drivers of vehicles with at least four wheels must purchase a minimum of $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Property Damage Liability (PDL) coverage. After a car accident, you may be able to use your own PIP policy to pay for 80% of your medical costs, up to $10,000. PDL coverage is used to pay for property damage caused to another person. Accordingly, if another driver was at-fault for your accident, you may be able to file a PDL claim against their insurance company.
If your damages exceed the amount of your PIP coverage or the responsible party’s PDL coverage, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to attempt to collect further damages.
When we work together on your case, the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can help you file a PIP claim, a PDL claim, and/or a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
To help support your claim, we can also collect evidence of the responsible party’s liability and of the value of your damages.
Economic and Non-Economic Damages
Depending on the details of your case, you may be able to recover both economic and non-economic damages after a car accident in Florida.
Economic damages are those that can be easily quantified. They are sometimes called special or compensatory damages. Economic damages may be awarded to accident victims to compensate them for the financial losses they suffered in an accident
Examples of economic damages may include:
- Medical treatment expenses
- Lost income
- Property damages
Non-economic or general damages, on the other hand, are harder to quantify. They
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Other forms of non-physical damages
The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can collect evidence of the value of your economic and non-economic damages when we represent you. This may include medical receipts, vehicle repair estimates, pay stubs or wage slips, and testimony from medical experts.
For a free case review with a member of our team, call us today at (954) 633-8270.
Car Accident Settlement Worth
What your car accident settlement may be worth may depend on the full value of your damages. Accordingly, if the responsible party’s insurance company contacts you after your accident with a settlement offer, you should make sure that the amount is not too low.
By accepting a settlement offer, you may have to sign a release that forfeits your right to sue the responsible party for further damages later on. This means that if you accept a settlement offer and realize later on that you have more accident-related expenses, you may be unable to recover additional compensation.
If an insurance company makes you a low settlement offer, you can refuse it and attempt to negotiate for a higher amount. Or, you can sue the insurance company and allow a judge to decide if you deserve compensation and how much.
The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can handle this entire process on your behalf, including all communications and settlement negotiations, when we represent you.
Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato Today
The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can gather evidence, submit paperwork, and meet legal deadlines in your case when we represent you. Our caring and attentive staff can keep you updated on your case during our together so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today at (954) 633-8270. We may be able to answer your questions about your case, your legal options, or the potential cost of a car accident settlement in Florida.
The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato may be able to represent you on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments required.