Ft. Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyers Providing Skilled, Compassionate Representation to the Injured
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries in an accident, it has likely caused significant issues in your life, from chronic pain to financial distress. You have the right to file a personal injury claim against the negligent party to recover compensation for your losses. While you can file personal injury claims on your own, enlisting the help of a lawyer with extensive personal injury experience and knowledge of the law in Florida can considerably streamline and simplify the process. Spending less time worrying about your legal issues gives you more time and energy to spend on your healing journey and your family.
We take pride in providing comprehensive legal services to our clients and handle a wide variety of injury cases including, but not limited to:
- Car and truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog bites
- Boating accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Premises liability (slip, trip and fall cases)
- Product liability
If you’ve been in an accident and don’t know where to turn, contact our helpful Ft. Lauderdale injury lawyers in Florida today at 954-370-5152 or toll-free at 833-HIRE-RTR (833-447-3787) to schedule a no-obligation case review and to find out more about your legal options.
How Can a Personal Injury Impact Your Life?
All personal injuries have the ability to upend your world. Whether you’ve experienced a motorcycle crash, a slip and fall accident, or any other unfortunate accident, it has the potential to be physically, emotionally, and financially life-altering. The physical challenges alone can be immense. Some of the severe injuries an accident victim may have to contend with include the following:
- Back, head, and neck injuries
- Broken bones or sprains
- Cuts and bruises
- Head trauma, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Severed or crushed limbs
Healing from injuries can be a long, expensive process, and some injuries may even require life-long treatment. Even if you are lucky enough to have good health insurance, you may face an enormous financial burden. Catching up on your bills may feel impossible if you’ve had to miss work while recovering or if you’ve become unable to return to your job due to your injuries. Victims face further challenges in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, panic disorder, and other mental health issues stemming from the traumatic incident.
Sadly, insurance companies do not have much compassion for the suffering of victims. Instead, they are most concerned about their bottom line and minimizing losses. At RTRLAW, we believe you deserve fair and full compensation for all the damages you’ve suffered, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Why is it Crucial to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney as Soon as Possible?
Every state has laws limiting the time in which a victim can file a personal injury claim, known as the statute of limitations. In most cases, unless there are exceptional circumstances, the court will not hear your case once the statute of limitations is over, and you will be unable to recover damages for your injuries. In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims, including car accidents, premises liability incidents, and dog bites, is four years from the date of the injury. However, for medical malpractice cases and wrongful death lawsuits, the statute of limitations is typically only two years from the date of the victim’s passing or when the medical malpractice was discovered.
While this sounds like a long time to file a claim, this interval can pass quickly when you are working hard on your recovery. In cases where the defendant is a government entity, the filing period can even be as short as a couple of months, so time is of the essence.
Contacting a trusted personal injury attorney at the earliest possible date ensures that all necessary filing deadlines are met for your claim, and your legal rights are safeguarded. It also gives your attorney ample time to investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build the strongest possible case on your behalf.
Are You Eligible to Seek Damages if You Were Partially At Fault for Your Accident?
Accidents can happen due to a combination of different actions, and sometimes victims are found to have played a role in the incident. However, this does not prevent you from recovering damages for your losses in Florida because of the state’s comparative fault rules. Under comparative fault, a victim can seek compensation for damages caused by an accident as long as they are not 100% responsible for it. However, the amount awarded will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
For example, say you were injured in a car accident, and the court awarded you $100,000 for your losses, but you were found to be 20% at fault for the crash because you were speeding. Your award would then be reduced by 20%, or $20,000. So, the maximum you could recover for your injuries would be $80,000.
Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but any mistakes made by the victim do not absolve the defendant from their role in the accident. However, insurance companies are keen to shift fault onto a victim in an attempt to reduce the amount of their settlement. An experienced personal injury attorney from RTRLAW can ensure that you do not get unfairly blamed for your accident and that you receive the full compensation you need to support your recovery.
What Compensation Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help You Recover?
A major benefit of retaining a skilled personal injury lawyer is their experience calculating the full range of losses you have experienced due to your injuries. While this may seem like a straightforward task, it involves identifying all the ways your life has changed due to your accident and anticipating how it will continue to impact you far into the future. Compensation for personal injuries is usually divided into three categories.
- Economic damages: Whether it’s a reduction in income or an extra expense you have to pay, any financial losses you experience due to your injuries are considered economic damages. Lost wages, current and future medical bills, loss of future earning capacity, property replacement or repair, and more are part of this category.
- Non-economic damages: The harm caused by an accident can go far beyond your finances. Pain and suffering, mental anguish, scarring, and disfigurement are all considered non-economic damages. The severity of the injuries you’ve suffered and how long they are expected to affect you can play a role in determining the extent of these damages. Still, compensation can vary widely depending on the claim.
- Punitive damages: While reasonably uncommon, the court may assess punitive damages if they believe that the defendant acted with malice or gross negligence. These damages are awarded above and beyond any other compensation because they are meant to punish the responsible party for their harmful actions.
What Can RTRLAW Do for You?
At RTRLAW, we focus on building the most robust claim possible for you and attempt to negotiate settlements with insurance companies to adequately cover all of your losses. Our lawyers are skilled communicators and negotiators who will work tirelessly for the best possible outcome in your case. While most claims can be settled out of court, when necessary, we will aggressively pursue legal proceedings and litigation to get our clients the justice and compensation they deserve. Your RTRLAW attorney can also act as an intermediary between you and the bill collectors, insurance adjusters, and others who may be attempting to reach you during this challenging time, allowing you the stress-free time and space you need to heal.
RTRLAW brings you the benefit of more than 34 years of experience with tens of thousands of successful personal injury cases and hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation recovered for our clients. We have a proven track record of helping our clients recover damages for their losses that help them get back on their feet again. At RTRLAW, we know how difficult the time after an accident can be, so we are here to support you and provide a solution to your legal issues, so you can get back to what’s important. For a no-obligation case review , call us at 954-370-5152 or toll-free at 833-HIRE-RTR (833-447-3787) today!