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Car Accident Damages That May Be Available in Florida

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Dec 04, 2015 | 0 Comments

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When you are in a car accident that results in injury or death, your whole world is turned upside down. You have a long road of recovery ahead of you, and you know that the other driver is responsible for helping pay for that road, but what kinds of damages or payments are you entitled to receive? Here is an overview of the kinds of car accident damages that you can claim, and a little about each kind of compensation.

Medical Expenses

The first, and most obvious kind of compensation to which you are entitled, is payment of your medical expenses. While your injuries could amount to just a few bruises or cuts, you could also end up with paralyzing or debilitating injuries. In some cases, symptoms may not appear for some time after the accident. The expenses to which you may be entitled include:

  • Direct medical bills
  • Ambulance fees
  • Physical therapy
  • Healthcare consultation
  • Permanent disability
  • In-home rehabilitative services or caregiving
  • Cognitive therapy (for brain injuries)

Wrongful Death

If you lose a loved one in an accident and another driver was at fault, you may be entitled to wrongful death compensation. This can be in addition to medical costs accrued before your loved one passed away, such as if they were hospitalized and in a coma.

Lost Wages and Opportunity

When you are injured in a car accident and it causes you to miss work, you are entitled to compensation for your lost wages. In addition, if the injury costs you opportunity in the future, such as long-term disability or losing out on a potential promotion, you may be able to sue for lost opportunity because of your inability to work.

Loss of Companionship

If you are married, your injury could interfere with your ability to show affection or intimacy with your spouse. In legal terms, this is loss of affection or loss of companionship. If sexual activity is damaged, the term is loss of consortium. This can occur even if your loved one dies in an accident.

Pain and Suffering

Finally, if the injury causes you significant physical and/or mental distress or anguish, you can seek damages for pain and suffering. This can be the hardest to value and prove, but juries generally consider your age, the type and seriousness of the injury, how serious your pain is, and your future prognosis for recovery. Anxiety and stress related to these factors are also considered.

Car Accident Damages

If you suffer a car accident that results in serious injury in North Florida you should immediately get in touch with a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney. Insurance companies and the other driver's lawyers will try to pressure you into settling for less than you deserve, or into signing papers that waive your rights.  North Florida can be categorized as including counties such as Columbia County, Florida, Suwannee County, Florida, Levy County, Florida, Madison County, Florida, Baker County, Florida; and cities such as Lake City, Florida, Live Oak, Florida, Macclenny Florida, Madison, Florida

Don't let this happen to you. An expert car accident injury attorney can make sure that your rights are protected and you get the compensation you deserve. For more information, read up about how we can help you, and give us a call for a free consultation today or email us through our contact page.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Jr.

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.

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