If you were involved in a car accident, of course you want to recover the maximum amount of compensation possible for your losses, injuries and expenses, including medical bills, lost income, automobile and property damage and more. Florida’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance laws limit recovery to 80% of injuries and 60% of lost income, regardless of who was at fault.
However, if serious injuries occurred, additional compensation may be pursued. Delray Beach Personal Injury Attorney Eric Luckman has more than 31 years of experience serving injury victims and offers a complimentary consultation to discuss your case.
Florida’s Extreme Accident Statistics
Unfortunately, there are an excessive number of motor vehicle accidents, injuries and deaths in Florida. According to the most current Florida crash statistics provided by Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2013:
- 316,943 – Florida traffic crashes
- 533,555 – Drivers involved
- 868 – Average daily crashes
- 2,224 – Fatal crashes
- 2,402 – Fatalities
- 140,074 – Injury crashes
- 210,887 – Injuries
- 174,500 – Property damage only crashes
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage
If you were involved in an accident with another vehicle and the negligent driver does not have insurance or does not have an adequate amount to cover your injuries, your own uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage will cover the gap between the amount paid and the amount due. Even if you do not have uninsured/underinsured coverage, your attorney may still be able to successfully pursue compensation from other sources, such as your own insurance company or the other driver’s homeowner plan or personal assets.
Serious Injuries from Accidents
In cases of permanent injury, scarring and/or disfigurement, your attorney may pursue compensation through negotiation with the negligent party’s insurance company. If an adequate offer is not tendered, Attorney Luckman will not hesitate to vigorously pursue a court award in viable cases.
Serious injuries include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – coma, head injury, loss of brain function
- Paralysis – partial or full loss of movement and motor skills
- Spinal cord injury – loss or limitation of motor control, movement
- Burn injuries – often requires years of painful skin grafts and treatment
- Amputation injuries – full or partial loss of limbs
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement – facial and/or bodily
- Other – discuss with Attorney Luckman
Types of Compensation
Economic damages are computable and include present and future medical expenses such as hospital and emergency room treatment, surgery, therapy, medication, short and long term at-home care, etc. In addition to medical expenses, compensation may be pursued for present and future lost income and loss of earning capacity.
Noneconomic damages include physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship and other marital-related compensation.
Punitive damages may be sought when the negligent party acted in an egregious, extreme, dangerous, reckless or malicious manner. Punitive damages are sometimes awarded in cases of impaired driving.
Wrongful death compensation may be sought by the surviving heirs of the deceased. This includes the spouse, children, parents, and those dependent upon the deceased.
South Florida Personal Injury Attorney Eric H. Luckman, P.A.
Attorney Eric Luckman is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar and has been serving accident and injury victims for more than 31 years. He earned the distinctive “AV” Martindale-Hubbell rating, an indicator of a lawyer’s “high ethical standards and professional ability,” and was named as a “Florida Super Lawyer” in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014.
Attorney Luckman’s practice areas include personal injury, insurance and disability claims, long term care claims and insurance law. There are no legal fees in contingency fee cases and no fees at all unless your case is successfully resolved through negotiation or court award. For a complimentary case review, call Attorney Eric Luckman at (561) 737-3133.