After you suffer a personal injury, it’s normal for panic to set in. You’ve been injured—how will you pay your medical bills? What will happen if you need to take time off of work? Who will take care of your family while you recover? It all seems especially unfair when someone else is responsible for your injuries, yet you seem to be shouldering the burden alone.
It doesn’t have to be like that. With Boca Raton personal injury lawyer David I. Fuchs on your side, you can focus on recovering while he works to secure the compensation you deserve. He brings over three decades of personal injury experience to the table, and his in-depth knowledge of personal injury law makes him the obvious choice for your unique case.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Lawyers Handle
Personal injury is a sizable area of law, covering a wide range of case types, serious injuries, and accidents. Because of this, it’s important to choose a Boca Raton attorney with experience in your type of injury case. You don’t want your case to be the first time an attorney handles your type of claim.
Some types of personal injury cases we handle include but are not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Slip and fall cases
- Animal bites
- Medical malpractice
- Catastrophic injuries
Essentially, any type of injury that is caused by someone else’s negligence could warrant a personal injury lawsuit. You should always discuss your options with a skilled legal representative, to determine the best path forward.
Proving Liability & Fighting for Compensation in Personal Injury Cases
There are several components to any personal injury case. Your dedicated injury lawyer in Boca Raton will start by looking at the details of how your injury occurred and what role the other party (or parties) played in it. This involves proving liability. To prove liability, you must demonstrate that the other party had an obligation or duty to you.
In a car accident, for example, the other driver has a general obligation to everyone on the road to drive in a safe and legal manner. From there, you must show that they did not fulfill that duty. To continue the example, they ran a stop sign while texting. You have to show that this action caused the accident and that the accident led to your injuries.
After proving liability, your injury attorney will move on to proving the extent of your injuries and the losses they have caused you. Depending on which type of claim you have and the nature of your injuries, you may be able to get compensation for:
- Medical bills. This includes bills for ambulance transportation, medication costs, copays, surgical fees, and other related costs.
- Future medical expenses. If your injuries are serious enough to require lifelong or ongoing care, you may get compensation for the costs you’ll incur in the future.
- Lost wages. Whether you spend one day or one year away from work because of your accident, you should be compensated for it in your settlement.
- Lost future wages. When an accident leaves you so severely injured that you can no longer work or you lose promotion opportunities, you may get compensation for lost future income.
- Property damage. This includes car repairs or the cost of a totaled vehicle.
- Pain and suffering. Nothing can take away the pain you’ve experienced because of an accident, but you should still be compensated for it. The amount you get for pain and suffering is usually based on the cost of your medical expenses and the severity of your injuries.
- Mental anguish. Victims often struggle with mental health issues after a major injury. This type of compensation is for those who develop PTSD, anxiety, depression, or other issues after an accident.
Note that Florida has a comparative negligence theory. This means that you may receive less compensation if you are partially to blame for the accident. For example, consider a car crash that causes you $100,000 in losses. The court finds you to be 30% responsible for the accident. You would receive $70,000 instead of $100,000. A seasoned attorney in Boca Raton could help you understand how this system applies to your personal injury case.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
At this point, you might be wondering why you need a personal injury attorney. If you have personal injury protection (PIP) insurance—which is required in Florida—why would you need an injury lawyer to make sure you get paid? Your insurance company is on your side, right?
Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. Even when your own insurance has to pay out, they often drag out the personal injury case process, deny a claim for no apparent reason, or otherwise cause you extra stress. When you bring a dedicated injury lawyer in Boca Raton to the table, they are far less likely to engage in unethical practices and more likely to pay what you are owed promptly.
On top of that, it’s likely that you’ll need to go after the other party’s insurance company to get compensation above and beyond the limits of your own PIP plan. A civil lawsuit allows you to seek compensation for expenses that your PIP does not cover.
If you do begin the personal injury lawsuit process, you can expect the other party’s insurance company to do everything they can to limit the amount they payout. Their main priority is their profit margins, and the easiest way to boost profits is to limit the amount they payout to injured victims. They might claim that you are to blame for the accident, downplay your injuries, alleging that you are lying, or otherwise run your claim off the rails.
When you hire David I. Fuchs as your legal representation, you don’t have to worry about these underhanded tactics. With more than 30 years in personal injury law, he is completely familiar with how insurance companies run down settlement amounts and what it takes to hold them accountable. He will not encourage you to take an unfair settlement just to avoid court.
He will do everything in his power to secure a fair settlement through negotiation, but if the other side just won’t negotiate in good faith, he is more than ready to take your personal injury case to court.
Contact a Boca Raton Personal Injury Lawyer about Your Case
With his extensive knowledge of personal injury law, David I. Fuchs is ready to fight for you. He knows that serious bodily injury can derail your future plans, leaving you anxious and stressed. You don’t need to worry about the legal side of your accident on top of the stress you already have.
To meet with a Boca Raton personal injury lawyer, contact our office today. Attorney Fuchs can assess your case and outline a plan for pursuing compensation from the negligent party.