Were you injured in an accident? Did your injury result from the malpractice or negligence of another party? At Menendez Trial Attorneys, we offer you a free initial consultation to evaluate your chances of compensatory damages.
Whatever the result of your accident, you will find professional, dedicated, and reliable legal representation at Menendez Trial Attorneys. With over three decades of experience in Florida law, we have fought many legal battles as we’ve helped our clients obtain the settlements they deserve.
We Represent Personal Injury Victims
Our law firm represents victims suffering from any type of accident-related personal injury, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including auto, and motorcycle accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Aviation, boating, and watercraft accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Water and pool accidents
With the increased crowding of roads and waterways, accidents happen more frequently these days. Florida alone sees around 200,000 motor vehicle collisions per year. The consequences can range from mild property damage to a catastrophic injury that alters the entire course of the victims’ lives.
At Menendez Trial Attorneys, we will carefully examine your situation and document any relevant evidence that can help us construct a strong case for you. We can represent you and provide support as you seek compensation and justice for your injuries.
Accident Injury Cases: Types of Compensatory Damages
Most damages awarded in personal injury cases are compensatory—that means that the victim receives reimbursement for any losses they suffered because of the injury.
“Losses” can include economic damages, such as loss of wages or medical bills, which are relatively simple to calculate, as well as mental or psychological damages, such as emotional trauma, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering.
Psychological or mental damages are sometimes more complicated to prove, so they require a competent, experienced attorney to present the case and argue for a fair compensation amount.
Here are the common types of damages that personal injury victims may expect to recover:
We seek compensation for all medical care costs related to your accident: emergency treatment and transport, hospitalization, medications, rehabilitation programs, outpatient therapy, and any other expenses. The compensation will also take into account the prognosis of future medical expenses.
Loss of income
An accident may result in missed days at work and loss of wages. Furthermore, it may have long-term medical effects that will impact your earning capacity, such as unemployability due to disability or the need for special accommodations in the workplace. Any expected future hospitalizations or rehabilitation programs may also interfere with your ability to work. Fair compensation should include a reasonable estimate of the future lifelong earnings the victim anticipated, if not for the accident.
Loss of property
Loss of property includes, for example, the costs associated with repairing or replacing a vehicle that sustained damage in an accident.
Loss of enjoyment
Sadly, many personal injury victims will be unable to return to the lifestyle they enjoyed before the accident. These activities may include traveling, sports, or other hobbies that the victim enjoyed before the injury since they played an essential part in their quality of life.
Pain and suffering
For many victims, personal injuries may result in chronic lifelong pain and mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, or insomnia. Some accident victims may be diagnosed with PTSD, which may significantly impact their long-term quality of life and earning capacity.
What to Do After an Accident
After an accident, you may be confused or in pain, and it can be hard to think clearly. However, you can immediately take a few steps after an accident to protect your legal rights and help you recover a personal injury claim later.
- Stay at the scene and gather all available evidence. Take as many relevant photos and videos as you can: for instance, images of the accident scene, the injuries, and any vehicle or property damage. Make a note of the exact location, date, and time.
- Obtain names, contact information, and insurance information of the other party or parties involved in the accident.
- Get names and contact information of any witnesses and law enforcement representatives that arrived on the scene.
- Contact your insurance company and inform them of the accident.
- Obtain medical attention as soon as you can and keep a detailed medical record of your injuries.
- Do not sign anything or enter any agreements before you consult an accident attorney with personal injury experience.
Personal Injury Claims: FAQ
Do I need an accident attorney?
Without legal representation, you may find that your insurance company attempts to refute or minimize your claim, downplay the extent of the damage, or state that you were responsible for the accident. It is best to stick to dry facts when reporting the accident to your insurance company and engage the services of an experienced accident attorney for the rest of the negotiations.
How much compensation can I expect to get?
Your level of compensation will depend on your case’s specific circumstances and the extent of the damage.
How do I choose an accident attorney?
Be sure to choose a reputable and qualified attorney to represent you. Look for qualities such as:
- Extensive experience practicing personal injury law
- A successful track record, including trial experience
- Experience in negotiating with insurance companies
- Attentive, personalized service and excellent client reviews
How much time do I have to file a claim?
The sooner you file a claim, the better. Immediately following an accident, it is easier to obtain relevant evidence and witness statements crucial in presenting a strong case. In addition, according to the Florida statute of limitations, you must file a personal injury claim within four years of the accident.
Why Choose Menendez Trial Attorneys
Are you looking for a Coral Gables personal injury attorney or catastrophic injury attorney? With us, you get dedicated representation based on 30 years of legal experience. Let Menendez Trial Attorneys fight for you.
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