Naples personal injury accidents can cause a lot of stress and leave you struggling to pay your bills. Luckily, you have the right to hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries, property damage, and other related costs.
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we fight for the maximum amount of compensation available for all of our clients. Contact our Naples personal injury lawyers today at 800-747-3733 to schedule a time to discuss your accident and to learn more about your options for recovering the money you deserve.
What accidents qualify for a personal injury claim?
Any time someone else’s actions—or inaction—causes you to suffer injuries, you have a right to file a personal injury claim to hold them accountable and recover compensation for your losses. Personal injuries may be the result of many types of accidents; some of the most common accidents that form the basis of a personal injury claim are:
- Slips and falls;
- Car and big rig crashes;
- Truck Accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Defective products;
- Pool and boat accidents;
- Nursing home abuse and neglect;
- Medical malpractice, including nursing home abuse; and
- Dog bites.
If you suffered an injury in a Naples accident and have questions about whether you qualify to file a personal injury claim, contact a personal injury attorney at our firm.
Who is liable for my personal injury damages?
Personal injury claims in Naples stem from a negligence accident. This means another party acted carelessly and caused your injuries. In order to prove negligence, we will need evidence to demonstrate:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care;
- They failed in that duty, causing your accident; and
- You suffered injuries and/or financial damages as a result.
With this evidence, we can build a case to hold the at-fault party liable for their role in causing your injuries.
What if I am partially at fault for my accident?
It is not uncommon in these cases for the at-fault party to claim you contributed to your own injuries. An attorney at our firm can build a strong case against the liable party to minimize any partial fault they allege. Florida has a comparative negligence law that reduces your compensation by your own percentage of fault for the accident and your injuries.
This means if you are 20 percent at-fault for your injuries, you can only recover 80 percent of the full value of your claim. Thus, it is vital that we establish not only the defendant’s fault, but that you did not contribute to the accident, allowing us to maximize the compensation you recover. We do this by presenting thorough evidence and building defenses against allegations of partial fault.
Do I have to file a lawsuit to get the compensation I deserve after a Naples injury?
We will file your claim, present a strong case, and attempt to negotiate a fair settlement. Only when the insurance company fails to offer a fair settlement will you need to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit.
It is important to remember, states set strict time limits on filing personal injury lawsuits. Florida law gives you four years from the date of an injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. This may seem like a long time, but your attorney will need to build a case and file an insurance claim before deciding if a lawsuit is necessary. For this reason—and because claims against some parties may have shorter deadlines—we recommend contacting an attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
Do Naples car accident claims proceed like other personal injury claims?
While most personal injury claims begin with a third-party liability claim, car accidents are different. Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state, so the first resource for compensation after a crash is your own insurance policy. You must carry at least $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage to cover medical care for your injuries caused by the accident.
If you suffer injuries meeting certain criteria, Florida law does allow you to file an additional claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability policy. An attorney at our firm will review the facts of your case and the nature of your injuries and determine if you qualify. If so, we can pursue a claim for the damages not covered by your personal injury protection (PIP) policy.
What kinds of damages are available after a personal injury in Naples?
By collecting documentation of all your expenses and financial losses, an attorney can prove the value of your claim and collect the compensation you deserve. Some of the most common types of damages recovered include:
- Medical expenses;
- Rehabilitation costs;
- Future medical care;
- Ongoing care costs;
- Lost wages;
- Lost benefits and lost future income;
- Property damage;
- Emotional damages, such as pain and suffering;
- Home healthcare expenses; and
- Other accident-related costs.
We must present documentation of these losses to the insurance company to establish a fair value of your case based on these damages. Typically, the insurance company makes an offer, beginning a settlement negotiation process.
How can I contact the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine about my Naples personal injury claim?
At the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, we know how stressful suffering a personal injury can be. It affects your physical, psychological, and financial health. By handling your insurance claim and fighting for the compensation you deserve, we can make recovering from your injuries a little easier. Call us today at 800-747-3733 and let us go to work on your case. We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing until we settle your case.