Proven Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney Ready To Fight For You
Sarasota, Florida's cultural and environmental offerings have peaked in popularity over the past few decades. For the artistically inclined, the Sarasota School of Architecture beckons, while Longboat Key offers sparkling beaches. All of these advantages melt into insignificance, however, the moment you are injured in an accident.
If your accident was caused by someone else's negligence, recklessness, or even malevolence, you are not expected to bear the resulting losses on your own. What's more, you are entitled to a lot more than reimbursement for your medical bills, including:
- Lost earnings;
- Incidental expenses such as child care;
- Pain and suffering (in many cases); and
- Punitive damages (in rare cases).
Most injury victims, who choose to represent themselves to resolve their claim, never know how much their claim is worth.
Compensation for ‘Pain and Suffering'
It only stands to reason that you should be entitled to compensation for the pain that your injuries caused you to suffer. Unfortunately, pain and suffering damages are not available for certain types of claims (workers' compensation claims, for example, and injuries that are not serious enough to allow you to escape Florida's no-fault system).
If your medical expenses exceed $10,000 and you are not claiming under the workers' compensation system, however, you may file a personal injury claim that includes a component for pain and suffering. Most people don't realize that compensation for pain and suffering can easily equal 300 to 500 percent of medical expenses if they retain the right and best among Sarasota personal injury lawyers.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Florida a “fault” or a “no-fault” auto insurance jurisdiction?
Florida is a no-fault jurisdiction at the time of this writing, but that could change soon because the legislature has been making moves towards turning Florida into a “fault” jurisdiction.
In a no-fault jurisdiction, you are generally expected to rely on your own insurance to satisfy a claim, even if the accident was the other driver's fault. In Florida, you cannot sue the defendant unless your injuries cost more than $10,000 in medical expenses or your injuries are permanent.
Can I win a DUI accident lawsuit if the driver was acquitted in criminal court?
It is certainly possible because the standard of proof in criminal court (“beyond a reasonable doubt”) is much higher than the standard of proof in a civil lawsuit. In a civil lawsuit, you only have to prove liability under a “more likely than not” (“preponderance of the evidence”) standard.
What are some common misunderstandings about personal injury claims?
Below are some examples:
- “Cases drag on for years.” Some cases do, but most cases are resolved in a few weeks to a few months.
- “You can save money by representing yourself.” You could save medical expenses by operating on yourself, too – at least in the short run. Neither option is an effective way to save money for a claim of substantial value.
- “The insurance company will pay your hospital bills as they come due.” Not likely. It is more likely that they won't pay you anything until you reach a settlement with them or win a lawsuit against them.
What is a “family exclusion” in an auto insurance policy?
A family exclusion is a clause in an auto insurance policy that denies coverage if you suffer an auto accident injury caused by a family member. This means, for example, that a wife cannot win a claim against her husband's auto insurance policy if she was injured by an accident that he caused. Check your policy language for details.
I was mauled by my neighbor's dog, and I don't want to drive my neighbor into bankruptcy. Is there any insurance that covers dog bites?
Most homeowners' insurance policies cover dog bites. Some of them contain important exclusions, however – injuries caused by pit bulls, for example.
Begin Your Quest for Justice Today
At Holland Law, we are waiting for you to contact us. You don't need to ponder whether you can afford top-tier legal representation. You can afford it because we charge no upfront fees and because we charge nothing at all, ever unless we win compensation for you – either in or out of court (most cases are settled out of court).
Start on the road to justice today by calling our experienced Sarasota personal injury attorneys at (941-306-3601 or by filling out our online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation telephone or in-office consultation on your claim. We serve clients throughout Sarasota, including Paver Park, Hudson Bayou, Harbor Acres, Ringling Park, Jordan's Crossing, and elsewhere.