A personal injury attorney should strive to help a client receive full compensation for his or her claim. At Joe Horrox Law, the main priority is to help clients recover 100 percent of their damages. Only with the help of an experienced attorney can personal injury victims promptly and rightfully receive what they deserve.
The first thing that one should do if they're injured in an auto accident,
or have a loved one injured in an auto accident, is to consult a personal
injury lawyer right away to be advised of that the legal rights are. You
need somebody basically to deal with the insurance adjusters, they should
not be communicating with the insurance adjuster themselves.
Individuals who have been injured in an automobile accident, for example,
we can help them right away because of the no fault insurance laws in this
state, which basically allow the injured person to recover 80% of their
medical bills and 60% of their lost wages up to a total payout in coverage
of $10,000 minus any deductible that the insured chose on the policy. So,
that allows the injured person to get the medical treatment they need and
deserve, and also to get a good bulk of their wage loss paid right away, up
front. Now, the remaining percentages, the 20% of the medical bills and the
40% of your wage loss that is not payable by your own auto insurance
company in an automobile accident in the state, we get that recovered at
the end of the client's case in the at fault party's settlement.
Under Florida law, in order to hold somebody accountable for a given
accident, you have to show that that particular party shares some degree of
negligence or responsibility in causing that accident. If you cannot prove
the other side is at fault, you will not be entitled to make a recovery.
Conversely, if you're able to prove the party's at fault, then you're able
to recover your damages to the extent of that party's fault. For example,
if that party is 50% liable, if that's what they are found, under Florida
law, you're able to recover 50% of your damages.
I have literally met with several thousand accident victims, some of whom
come to me and they say, "Joe, I was injured in an accident but I did have
previous neck or back pain but it's made worse from this particular
accident. Am I able to make a recovery or not?" And what I tell those
specific clients is if the accident you're here on today consulting with me
has made you worse, has made your neck pain or your back pain worse, if
it's a permanent worsening or aggravation of pre-existing medical
condition, then under Florida law, the at fault party is responsible for
paying you damages for that.