A car crash can occur on any road at any time of the day. With more and more people visiting Florida and/or calling our state their home, it is not surprising to learn that the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported that over 390,000 traffic crashes occurred statewide in 2016 alone. While many of these accidents only involved minor injuries and damages, over 3,000 of these crashes resulted in fatalities and more than 17,000 involved incapacitating injuries. In particular, the large number of cars, trucks, buses, SUVs, motorcycles and other vehicles traveling on roads and highways throughout South Florida, including popular tourist destinations such as Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, put people at risk for serious accidents every day.
Based in Boca Raton, Florida, the Hollander Law Firm is committed to helping people who have been hurt in all types of motor vehicle accidents. Our firm’s founder, Gregg M. Hollander, is a devoted personal injury attorney with over 25 years of experience representing the residents of South Florida. He focuses 100 percent of his practice on helping victims and their families recover the monetary compensation and justice they deserve when the unfortunate happens.How our Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer can Help
At the Hollander Law Firm, we know just how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of any accident, let alone a serious car crash. The financial challenges associated with medical bills and lost income, along with ongoing pain and suffering, can take a serious toll on victims and their families. If you are living this nightmare, you do not have to go it alone. As a veteran car accident lawyer serving clients in the Boca Raton area, Attorney Gregg Hollander is here to help take the burden off your shoulders. He is a caring and compassionate lawyer who will take the time to answer your questions and address any concerns that you may have. He understands the importance of securing financial wellbeing for you and your family and he will personally represent you at every stage of your case, whether it be at the negotiation table, or in mediation, arbitration or trial proceedings.Common Questions Car Accident Victims Ask
I recently suffered physical injuries in a car accident. Do I really need an attorney?
When you are hurt in a car accident, it is best to seek advice from an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible. Even if you think your injuries are minor, filing a claim and collecting compensation to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other damages can be a complicated process. Insurance companies are notorious for delaying, denying and reducing payments to injured parties. The process can become even more complex when you are filing multiple claims with different insurance carriers. A competent Boca Raton accident lawyer can take the appropriate steps to get you the full compensation you are entitled to under the law.
What should I avoid doing after an accident?
If you have been involved in a car collision our firm has developed a Car Accident Checklist outlining the many different things you may need to do in the aftermath of an accident. In addition to reviewing these step by step items, you also need to be very careful about what you say. While the scene can be very chaotic and emotional, you should never say “I’m sorry” when an accident happens. Even if you are not at fault for the crash, uttering these words can be used as an admission of guilt later on. You also need to watch what you say to insurance company representatives. It is always best to consult with a team of qualified Boca Raton accident attorneys before you have any conversations with an insurance adjuster, and you should never agree to provide a recorded statement to an insurance carrier after a car crash occurs.
What is a Compulsory Medical Examination (CME)?
A compulsory medical examination is a medical exam that is performed by a physician who is being paid by the insurance company. While the insurance companies often refer to these as “independent medical exams” or IMEs, these exams are not “independent” because the insurance company is generally requiring an evaluation in order to reduce your damages or find a way to show that your injuries aren’t as bad as your own medical team has diagnosed. If you have filed an injury claim associated with a car accident, the insurance company can require you to submit to a CME performed by their own doctors. If an insurance company has requested a CME, it is important to consult with a qualified attorney before the medical exam takes place. A car accident lawyer at our Boca Raton-based law firm can carefully review the situation and take the appropriate steps to ensure that your legal rights are fully protected.
While some car accidents only involve minor damages that can be easily repaired, a serious motor vehicle crash can be devastating. Depending upon the severity of the accident, drivers and passengers can suffer very serious personal injuries and even death. Although the types of injuries can vary greatly, some injuries are more common than others. Below are some of the common types of injuries that we see victims suffering from when a motor vehicle crash occurs:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs)
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries and Paralysis
- Internal Injuries
- Facial Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Fractures and Broken Bones
- Wrongful Death
While some of these injuries may appear immediately after an accident, other symptoms may not surface until days or even weeks after the accident. This is why it is critical to be seen by a medical doctor as soon as possible after your accident. Your primary care doctor will perform a comprehensive initial exam and will most likely refer you to a specialist who can provide a more thorough evaluation in order to properly diagnose your injuries. Failing to seek out medical attention immediately following an accident can hurt your case. The insurance company may attempt to argue that your injuries were not that severe since you waited to get checked out and you may not have the medical records you need to properly support your claim. In addition, a delay in seeking medical treatment can cause a minor injury to develop into a much more severe condition.Recovering Damages After a Motor Vehicle Accident
Recovering damages after an automobile crash is rarely an easy task. The laws in Florida addressing damages are complex and insurance companies will do everything they can to limit what they have to pay to the victims of an accident.
If you have been hurt in an accident in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or another city in South Florida, it is important to receive advice from a car accident lawyer experienced in handling car accident cases. Regardless of whether your attorney helps you reach a fair settlement of your auto accident claim with the insurance company or takes the case to court, there are two basic categories of damages that are available in auto accident cases:
- Economic Damages. Economic damages (also known as “special” damages) are the damages that can be easily calculated following the car accident. These damages are designed to make the victim whole again and typically include medical expenses, lost wages and the costs associated with replacing or repairing your motor vehicle.
- Non-Economic Damages. Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are not easy to put a dollar figure on. These damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium.
Beyond economic and non-economic damages, a third category of damages, known as punitive damages, may be appropriate in very specific types of cases. Unlike economic and non-economic damages which are meant to compensate accident victims, punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant.
In Florida, punitive damages are only allowed in cases that involve gross negligence or intentional misconduct on the part of the defendant. Florida Statute 768.72 provides in part that the defendant in a civil action can only be held liable for punitive damages where there is clear and convincing evidence proving that the defendant had actual knowledge that the conduct was wrong and had a high probability of causing an injury or damage to the plaintiff and/or the conduct was so reckless or lacking in care that it amounted to a conscious disregard for or indifference to the life and safety of other people.
Under Florida law, punitive damages are generally limited to the greater of $500,000 or three times the amount of compensatory damages. Florida Statute 768.73. In certain cases, the statute provides that the cap may be increased to the greater of $2 million or four times the amount of compensatory damages. And in situations where the fact finder determines that the defendant had the specific intent to cause harm to the plaintiff and did in fact harm the plaintiff, the cap on punitive damages is eliminated entirely.Need Legal Advice in Connection With a Car Accident Claim?
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car accident, it is important to seek assistance from a Boca Raton car accident lawyer as soon as possible When you schedule a free consultation with the Hollander Law Firm, Attorney Gregg Hollander will carefully review your case and explain all legal avenues that may be available in your case. Attorney Hollander is a dedicated accident lawyer who will listen carefully and provide clear and straightforward answers to your questions. We also encourage you to review the following sections of our website to learn more about car accident claims and your legal rights.
- Types of Accidents. Whether you were hurt in a rear end crash, rollover, DUI, distracted driving or any other type of car collision, the Hollander Law Firm can help. We understand that any kind of auto accident can result in serious injuries and we are here to help you collect the monetary compensation you need to recover and move forward with your life.
- Insurance Available for Car Accidents. When you are involved in a car crash, figuring out how the insurance process works can be overwhelming. Our Boca Raton auto accident attorney will explain your options and guide you through each step of the claims process.
- Florida Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents. In the state of Florida, motor vehicle accident claims are generally subject to a four-year statute of limitations. This means that if you’re injured in car, truck, SUV or motorcycle accident, you will only have four years from the date of the accident to file your claim unless your claims falls within the limited categories of exceptions.
- Statute of Limitations and Notification When Suing Governmental Entities. In Florida, the statute of limitations for car accident and other personal injury claims against city, county and state governmental entities is reduced to three years. A car accident lawyer at our Boca Raton area law firm can review your case to make sure you do not miss any deadlines.
- FAQs. If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car crash, we know that you probably have many questions. In an effort to help you better understand your legal rights, we have prepared a list of some of the most common questions that clients ask about car accidents.
- Blog Posts. Although car accidents happen all the time, they often involve unique and complicated legal issues. We invite you to review our blog posts to learn more about car accidents and other types of personal injury cases.
- Car Accident Checklist. While no one ever wants to think about being involved in a car crash, it is important to be prepared. Our car accident law firm has developed a checklist to help make certain that you know what to do should an accident happen in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale or anywhere else.
- Car Accident Locations Served. The Hollander Law Firm represents clients across the South Florida area. Our laws firm is based in Boca Raton, Florida but we offer convenient office locations in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale to meet the needs of car accidents victims and their families.
Call our law offices today at 888-751-7770 to schedule your free car accident consultation.