What to Ask for in a Car Accident Settlement
You’ve been in a serious vehicle crash, and you’re in physical pain, you’re drowning in medical bills, and you haven’t been back to work since the accident—what do you do?
You’re probably worried about the financial impact this wreck is causing in your life, but you may also be worried about your physical health and whether you’ll ever recover emotionally from this trauma. How will you recover your losses?
When injured in a minor car crash, you would probably file an insurance claim with your own no-fault insurer, but what do you do when your injuries are serious?
What you may want to do is file a personal injury claim. Understanding that process and what to ask for in a car accident settlement can be confusing. Let’s take a look at the process of recovering damages in a personal injury case in Florida.
Serious Auto Wrecks
The state of Florida allows seriously injured car crash victims to leave the no-fault auto insurance system and file a personal injury claim. A vehicle wreck attorney can help you determine whether your injuries are serious enough to warrant a personal injury claim rather than a no-fault claim.
Damages You Can Request in an Auto Accident Settlement
Once it’s determined that you meet the serious injury definition, you must then investigate the cause of your collision and figure out who was responsible. This is not as easy as it sounds because many different parties could have played a role in your crash. After responsibility is determined, you must then gather evidence to prove your case.
Evidence like witness statements, police reports, photos and videos, and medical documentation will all help prove that you weren’t responsible for your wreck. This evidence will also demonstrate how extensive your injuries are and illustrate the damages you’ve suffered.
When you’ve been seriously injured in a car crash caused by a negligent party, you can ask for the following damages in an auto wreck claim:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages and lost earning potential
- Mental trauma
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
Connect with a West Palm Beach Car Accident Lawyer
Now you know what to ask for in a car accident settlement. If you need help filing an auto injury claim in the West Palm Beach area, contact an attorney with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo.
We will discuss your car wreck case with you during a free case assessment. Fill out and submit the contact form on this page, or call us at 561-659-6366.