Even if you are a safe driver, a negligent motorist can cause you to suffer injury, property loss, or even the loss of a loved one. If you were the victim of a car accident in Ocala due to a negligent driver, you may be able to file an insurance claim or take legal action to recover compensation.
If you would like to know more about your legal options, a car accident lawyer with Bogin, Munns & Munns is available to help. We can discuss your case during a free consultation.
Potential Compensation after a Car Accident
When we take on your case, we can calculate your economic and non-economic damages to make sure we are seeking fair compensation on your behalf.
Potential economic damages include:
- Lost wages if your injuries prevented you from working
- Medical bills, including immediate cost, as well as long-term care expenses
- Property damage to your vehicle or other personal property
- Reduced earning capacity if your injuries will prevent you from returning to work or performing in the same capacity
Potential non-economic damages include pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. We can help assign a dollar value to these losses by using a couple of different calculation methods.
Wrongful Death Damages
In the worst of cases, a car accident in Ocala leads to the loss of a loved one. If this happened to you, we can file a wrongful death insurance claim or lawsuit to pursue damages.
You may qualify to recover:
- Your loved one’s medical expenses
- Your loved one’s pain and suffering
- Burial and funeral costs
- Loss of inheritance
- Loss of consortium
Compensation from a wrongful death case may help you in your loved one’s absence. We can handle the legal process so you can grieve your loss in peace.
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How Negligence causes Car Accidents
Car accidents range in severity, from fender benders that cause no injuries and minimal property damage to more serious accidents that can be fatal. Sometimes, driver negligence leads to accidents that prove preventable if the driver had afforded others the lawful duty of care.
When we investigate your case, we will work to gather evidence of the other driver’s liability. We may discover that they breached their duty of care by:
- Driving distracted
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Making an improper lane change
- Disobeying traffic signs
- Operating a commercial vehicle without training or certification
- Failing to yield the right of way
These are just a few examples of the many reasons car accidents occur. We will get down to the bottom of who caused your injuries and how their negligence contributed to the accident.
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Car Accident Injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that for every person killed in a car accident, at least nine other individuals are hospitalized. The CDC also reported that over 2.5 million were in emergency rooms following a car accident in 2015.
Some injuries that can result from car accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Chronic widespread pain
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Spinal injuries
Some injuries will require not only immediate treatment, such as surgery, but also long-term care, such as rehabilitative therapy. Depending on the severity of the injuries, a victim could be facing months or years of medical expenses.
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What to do if You are in an Accident
There are a couple of things you can do to protect your health and your right to compensation after a vehicle collision.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you did not seek medical attention immediately after your car accident, do so as soon as possible. You want to prevent the chance of your injuries worsening.
Additionally, medical documents can serve as key pieces of evidence when proving and calculating your damages. Without medical documentation of your injuries, an insurer may suggest that you do not have a claim or that you contributed to your injuries. They may use a lack of documentation to undervalue or deny your claim outright.
Report Your Accident
If you did not call the police to the scene of the accident, you can still report the collision to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). If you or the other driver suffered injuries or have at least $500 worth of property damage, you must report the crash within ten days. You must also report any crash that resulted in a fatality.
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Affording a Lawyer
We understand how stressful dealing with your injuries must be, and we want to help you determine your options and take action. We may be able to take on your case on a contingency-fee basis. This arrangement means that you will not have to pay us any out-of-pocket fees to begin, and we only collect our payment if we secure compensation for you.
We can discuss your case during a free consultation to see how one of our lawyers can help after a car accident in Ocala.
Contact Us Today
If you or a loved one was the victim of an Ocala car accident caused by a third party, you have a right to pursue compensation. You may be experiencing a mountain of medical bills and lost wages from your inability to work. The car accident lawyers at Bogin, Munns, & Munns handle cases like yours. We can help you file a claim or lawsuit.
We are available to answer any questions you might have about the legal process. Call 352-690-7400 today for a free consultation.