Hollywood Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering an injury is one of the most stressful, life-changing experiences you can face. Data from the Florida Department of Health found that our state’s injury rate was nearly 12% higher than the national average. Car accidents in Florida can occur as a result of someone else’s negligence. There are several factors you will be forced to reckon with, including mounting medical bills, severe pain, discomfort, and even a reduced income if you are no longer able to work. The repercussions of an incident like that cannot be erased, but the resulting challenges can be overcome by holding the at-fault party accountable.
If you are searching for an experienced, compassionate Hollywood personal injury lawyer to litigate your case, look no further than The Law Offices of Scott Sobol. Attorney Scott Sobol’s approach to personal injury cases involves a multistep process that can help you receive compensation for wrongfully caused pain, suffering, and injury. He has helped thousands of clients in Hollywood, Davie, and throughout the state of Florida.
Practice Areas of Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida
A personal injury covers a wide range of potential case areas. This is due to the fact that, under the law, a personal injury includes any harm that would not have occurred if not for the negligence of another person or entity. Given the nature of accidents and the injuries they can cause here in Hollywood, there are a wide range of potential types our firm handles. Throughout many years of practice, our firm has helped clients injured as a result from the following:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Boating accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Wrongful death
- Nursing home abuse
Like all other states, personal injury cases in Florida have specific rules that must be followed in order to properly bring a claim for damages. This is where the advocacy of our experienced personal injury lawyer is vital to making sure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
What Is the Process of a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
When it comes to filing a personal injury claim in Florida, the law allows the injured party to recover damages from the at-fault party-after establishing a few important details. While the at-fault party is generally liable for damages if they acted negligently and caused your injury, Florida also operates on a “comparative negligence” system, which by law says that any contributory fault that you played in the accident reduces the amount awarded to you. This is typically calculated using a percentage.
Another extremely important element of the personal injury claim process involves Florida’s “statute of limitations”, or the deadline in which to file your lawsuit. In Florida, personal injury claims have a two-year statute of limitations from the date of the injury. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to file a lawsuit.
When filing a personal injury claim, there are generally three options: filing a claim with your own insurance company, filing a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance, and filing a lawsuit.
Filing a Claim with Your Insurance Company
Once you’ve been injured, the first step is to file a claim with your insurance company. This will provide important context and documentation (medical records, insurance estimates, police reports, etc.) should you move into the litigation phase of your case.
Filing a Claim Against the At-Fault Party’s Insurance Company
Typically, the next step of the process is to make a demand to the at-fault party’s insurance company and try to settle the case before a lawsuit is filed. This may make more sense with a smaller claim or one that can likely be settled quickly. However, when there is a lot at stake or serious injuries are involved, the case will not likely be settled before the lawsuit is filed. Ultimately, the decision to settle or not to settle is up to you.
Filing a Lawsuit
While every case is different, personal injury cases can be very complex. They involve several phases of negotiation, litigation, and ultimately, trial. One your lawsuit is filed, the discovery process begins, which can be complicated and time-intensive. Each side may object to specific questions or requests for information, stretching the process out.
However, if the case ultimately does go to trial, it can be a long and costly process. Additionally, juries can be unpredictable. Throughout the process, our firm will make sure to keep you updated and work with you to achieve the best possible outcome.
What Damages Can You Recover From a Florida Personal Injury Claim?
Most likely, bringing a personal injury claim means that you have suffered significant injuries, ones that usually require medical treatment and cause a fair amount of mental anguish and stress. What you are able to recover in a personal injury claim, officially known as “compensatory damages,” are intended to compensate you for what was lost due to the accident or injury. Common damages available in personal injury claims include the following:
- Medical treatment/bills
- Loss of Income
- Property loss
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
- Loss of consortium
Just how much you’re able to recover depends on the skill and experience of your lawyer.
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Skilled Legal Representation in Hollywood, Florida
The personal injury process is a difficult one, rife with hardships from start to finish. However, working with The Law Offices of Scott Sobol can make the process a little easier. He has represented thousands of Hollywood, Florida area clients in personal injury cases, and can make sure you get the compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation, contact our office at (954) 440-2000 or by filling out this contact form.