The Association for Safe International Road Travel says that 2.35 million Americans suffer injuries in serious car crashes every year. Almost 250,000 of these automobile accidents occur in Florida.
Most people don’t realize a single, serious car crash can impact their lives forever. Automobile accidents can have severe, life-changing consequences. Some survivors spend months recuperating in a hospital. Others accident victims endure catastrophic injuries that permanently disfigure or disable them. Some even lose their jobs. Most are left with astronomical medical and personal bills that they can’t pay.
A negligent driver’s actions can devastate your life. You’ll need compensation to help you recover. Unfortunately, most insurance companies try to deny victims fair settlements.
Were you involved in an automobile crash? Trust the experienced Palm Beach County car accident attorneys at Meldon Law to help victims receive the justice they deserve. Our legal team will work hard to get you the compensation you’re entitled to under the law.
Trust Experienced Palm Beach County Car Accident Attorneys
Meldon Law gets results for our car crash victims in Palm Beach County. We’ve worked hard for more than 40 years to get victims the compensation they deserve. Our founder, Jeffrey Meldon, belongs to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We’ve obtained millions in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Meldon Law has also received 10.0 ratings from Avvo’s Lawyer Directory.
Company Car Ran a Stop Sign ($995,000 Judgment). Meldon Law recovered $995,000 for one client after a Ford Credit company vehicle ran past a stop sign and hit a client’s car. Our client suffered cervical fractures, a broken right arm, a shoulder injury, and a frontal lobe brain injury. We obtained a $995,000 settlement for our clients.
Toddler Run Over by Car Pulling Out of Driveway ($305,000 Judgment). An automobile backed out from a driveway and ran over an 18-month-old toddler. The young child suffered several catastrophic injuries including a closed supracondylar femur fracture, a closed rib fracture, lung contusions, and abrasions.
Head-On Collision with a Drunk Driver ($137,500 Judgment). Meldon Law recovered $137,500 for a client who suffered cervical spine injuries and many abrasions.
Note that these results are specific to the factual and legal circumstances of each case; our firm cannot promise a specific settlement or judgment in your case.
Damages that Car Crash Victims Endure
Victims can suffer serious damage in an automobile accident. They include:
Property damage: Automobiles sustain serious damage during car crashes. Your vehicle may need extensive repairs at a body shop that cost thousands of dollars. You can lose access to your car for days, making it difficult to commute to and from your job. Even worse, you may need to buy a new automobile if it’s totaled.
Short-term physical injuries: People who survive severe crashes suffer trauma to their bodies. Some accident victims need extensive stays in the hospital.
Long-term injuries: Catastrophic injuries are severe, permanent, physical damage to a person’s body. Accidents can cause the following trauma:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Crushed and broken limbs
- Back Injuries
- Neck injuries (Whiplash)
- Internal injuries
- Severe burns
The lifelong damage is so severe, most victims are unable to work.
Wrongful death: Automobile crashes can also kill. Many people lose loved ones every year due to a serious car accident. You could lose your children, even your spouse. An attorney may be able to help you recover damages that will provide an income for your family after this tragedy.
Lost wages (past and future): Crash victims need time to recover from their serious injuries. After a significant crash, you may miss work days due to your recovery period or doctor’s appointments following the crash. Your post-crash emotional state can leave you unprepared to return to work. You can lose your job if you miss too many days at work. This can place a terrible financial burden on your family.
Pain and suffering: Accident victims suffer tremendous pain due to their injuries, following a crash.
Emotional damages: Some people suffer more than physical injuries during a car crash. They also endure psychological injuries. Accident victims may fear driving an automobile because it reminds them of the crash. They may also suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Higher insurance premiums: Your insurance company may raise your rates following a crash if you’re found at fault in the accident.
Traffic tickets: Most victims must report accidents when they occur. The officer will determine who is at fault and may hand out tickets. You’ll have to pay fines and fees, and these tickets can raise your insurance premiums. This incident will impact your driving record. It will also affect your ability to secure driving-related jobs.
How Insurance Companies Limit their Liability
These are three tricks that insurance companies use to reduce the settlements that car crash victims receive.
1. Insurance companies pretend to be on your side to keep you from filing.
Insurance companies will attempt to take advantage of car crash victims who aren’t represented by legal counsel. Claims adjusters will try to limit their liability; as a result, injured people can lose financial help that could help them recover from their crash.
The claims adjusters will act as though they’re on your side. The insurance companies teach adjusters to act friendly so they can gain crash victims’ trust and gather evidence. They check up on victims to see how they’re feeling. The adjusters ask for records to undermine your claim. These professionals are trying to run out the clock. Most victims have three years to file an accident claim before the statute of limitations runs out. After that period, most victims can’t sue for recovery.
2. The insurance company asks for statements to undermine victims.
Insurance companies will tell crash victims they must provide a statement about their injuries and damage. They claim this will expedite the claims process. Unfortunately, the insurance companies use these statements to assign fault to the victim. They are also used to discredit crash victims and limit the insurance company’s liability.
3. They use your social media pictures to limit their liability.
Another way that insurers limit liability is by getting access to a victim’s social media account. They’ll use photos of victims working, playing in sports games, or socializing to bolster their claims that you’re not injured. They do this to limit their own liability.
Don’t speak to the insurance company first. Your first step is to seek the counsel of an experienced law firm like Meldon Law. We have qualified personal injury attorneys that can help with your case.
What Rights Do You Have Under Florida Law?
Florida is a no-fault state. In Florida, comparative negligence is used to determine fault in accident cases. This means that each at-fault person is liable according to his or her responsibility. The state requires car drivers to carry a $10,000 personal injury protection (PIP) and a $10,000 property damage liability (PDL) policy. An insurance settlement may not be enough to cover your losses if they’re extensive. Under Florida law, you can sue for compensation if your accident occurred due to another driver’s negligence. Examples of negligence include:
- Aggressive driving
- Dangerous roads
- Defective car parts
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Traffic violations
The Meldon Law attorneys can help identify other negligent acts that led to your collision. We can find out whether negligence played a role in your losses. We can also help you recover:
- Lost income,
- Medical bills,
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional suffering, and
- Other damages.
How Can I Pay for An Attorney?
Meldon Law attorneys work on a contingency basis. We won’t charge you a fee until we’ve won a settlement or judgment for you. We’ll collect our fees from any settlement you receive. Our firm also offers payment plans for other customers through Lending USA.
Get a Free Consultation at Meldon Law
Were you involved in a serious automobile accident? Our veteran car accident attorneys will speak to you about your case. Meldon Law has helped many accident victims in Palm Beach. We can use our resources to help you get the largest settlement you’re eligible for under the law. Contact us online today or call us at (352) 580-1028. We get justice for our clients, and our experienced Palm Beach County lawyers will get results for you.