Accidents can have devastating consequences for victims, as well as their family and friends. The physical and emotional pain and suffering, long hospital stays, medical expenses, and significant time off work can take a huge toll on everyone involved. For many families, the steep medical bills and lost earnings resulting from an accident lead to a desperate financial situation. Luckily, the victims of Fort Lauderdale personal injury accidents can often obtain compensation to cover their damages.
If you or someone you love suffered injuries in a car, truck, or motorcycle crash accident; a slip and fall accident; or other accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to file an insurance claim to collect compensation. We can help. At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we have extensive experience handling all types of accident claims in the South Florida area, including Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Boca Raton, Pompano Beach, and Hialeah.
Call our office at 800-747-3733 to schedule a free case evaluation with a personal injury lawyer in South Florida.
What types of accidents support a Fort Lauderdale personal injury claim?
Personal injuries occur in a wide variety of ways. Almost any way someone else’s careless actions can cause you harm can support a personal injury claim. Some of the most common personal injury accidents in Fort Lauderdale include:
- Boat Accidents
- Brain Injury
- Child Injury
- Defective Products
- Electric Shock
- Head-on Collisions
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Rear-end Accidents
- Side Impact Collisions
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Spinal Injury
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Truck and Big Rig Accidents
Do I have a valid claim?
Almost all South Florida personal injury claims center on negligence. If you can show another person acted negligently and this caused your injuries, you likely have a valid personal injury claim.
Per Florida Statute § 95.11, you have four years from the date of your injuries to file an injury lawsuit. However, the statute of limitations may be shorter in some cases, so it pays to contact us as soon as possible after your accident.
How can I prove the other party caused my South Florida injuries?
Proving negligence requires providing evidence that:
- The other party owed you a certain level of care, such as to keep the floor of a restaurant free from spills or to obey all traffic laws;
- The other party failed to provide this level of care;
- This caused you to suffer injuries in a fall, crash, or other accident; and
- You suffered actual physical or financial injuries in the accident
Proving negligence is critical to winning your personal injury case. However, in many cases, both parties contribute to an accident. If you acted in a way that contributed to your own injuries — texting while walking, for example — it might affect how much compensation you can obtain. Florida law recognizes a pure comparative fault theory, which means you can still recover compensation even if you were 99 percent at fault. However, your percentage of fault will reduce your settlement.
What can I expect when filing for compensation for my Fort Lauderdale personal injuries?
In many cases, we can recover compensation for your injuries by filing a third-party insurance claim based on the at-fault party’s auto liability, homeowner’s, or business insurance policy. After analyzing your case, we go to work collecting evidence and calculating the value of your claim. Evidence varies from case to case, but may include:
- Accident reports
- Eyewitness statements
- Your medical records
- Medical bills
- Documentation of missed work and lost wages
- Pictures of the scene and your injuries
- Video of the incident, if possible
Based on this evidence, we send a demand to the insurance company. This demand lays out the case for compensation and provides proof of your economic losses and documentation to support the requested amount for noneconomic damages. In most cases, the insurance company contemplates this offer and comes back with a lower amount. This begins negotiations, which continue until we reach a fair settlement.
Occasionally, we cannot reach a fair settlement without taking further legal action. If the insurance company refuses to offer enough compensation to cover your losses, we can file a lawsuit to recover the necessary compensation. This sometimes prompts it to offer a higher settlement amount. If not, the court can decide on your case and award any deserved compensation.
How can the Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at Anidjar & Levine help me?
At Anidjar & Levine, we have a full team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts ready to investigate your case and represent you in and out of the courtroom. Our South Florida personal injury attorneys provide aggressive, effective representation in both mediation and in trial.
We always try to settle personal injury cases before trial if the insurance company will agree to an adequate payout. Like you, we want to resolve the matter as quickly as possible. However, if the insurance company or liable party refuses to agree to a fair settlement, we will file a personal injury lawsuit to get you the compensation you deserve.
We believe in providing each client with individualized, detailed attention. Our attorneys are available to clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A member of our team is always available to answer any questions that arise. We devote our full resources to getting you the maximum compensation possible in your case.
Get help from the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine today.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine provides free consultations and case evaluations. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no legal fees unless we win compensation in your case. If you suffered injuries because of another person’s negligence, call us at 800-747-3733 to schedule a free consultation with a South Florida accident claims attorney today.