Pedestrian Accident Attorney Jacksonville
Walking around in Jacksonville can be a hazardous activity, as indicated by 2016 having the highest number of pedestrian fatalities since 1990, with 35 pedestrian fatalities out of a total of 149 crash fatalities that year. Part of the issue is simply that Jacksonville is not designed with pedestrians in mind, and there is an additional lack of public transit, protected bicycle lanes, or alternatives to driving for those wishing to travel around the city. This combination of factors leads to the indisputable fact that Jacksonville, for all of its benefits, is a dangerous place to get out for some fresh air on foot.
However, this does not mean that people will be able to avoid travel by foot at all times, meaning that there will always be a risk of pedestrian accidents and fatalities. Since this is the unfortunate reality, there will always be a need for experienced personal injury lawyers in Jacksonville who specialize in these types of injuries or wrongful deaths.
If You Have Been Hurt, Contact Us Today
The team at Fasig | Brooks is here to help you get the compensation that you are entitled to while giving you the support that you deserve throughout this entire process. Our history of successful cases representing the victims of pedestrian accidents, among other personal injuries, is a great indication of the level of service and protection that you will get as one of our valued clients.
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Read more below for some general information on Jacksonville pedestrian accidents and injury claims, and contact us as soon as possible to request a free initial consultation about your situation. During this consultation, we will be able to go over the details of your accident, including the steps that you have already taken, and will be able to give you a better idea of how we can help you move forward.
Seeking Compensation After a Pedestrian Accident in Jacksonville
One of the most important things after any serious personal injury is understanding how you will pay for the financial impacts that the accident has caused. This is the central issue that we will be focusing on in our work together, and will be preparing to fight as aggressively as possible in order to get you the money that you truly deserve. Insurance companies prioritize finding as many ways as possible to limit justify limiting your settlement amount, and without the right legal support, these negotiations will be exceptionally difficult.
Calculating Economic Damages
The foundation of a personal injury claim is the economic damage that a victim endures. Economic damages are, simply put, any financial impacts of an accident that can be easily measured in terms of monetary value. They include things such as medical bills and all associated costs (physical therapy, prescription medication, copayments, etc.), as well as any impacts on the victim’s income. If the victim sustains long-term injuries that will affect their ability to earn an income comparative to their earnings before the accident, this loss of income will also be included.
In addition to these major financial impacts mentioned above, we will also identify any minor or secondary financial impacts on your life, such as any services that you may need to hire in order to perform routine tasks like grocery shopping, laundry, or house cleaning. Since you would have otherwise done this work yourself, you should not be liable to cover the costs.
Calculating Non-Economic Damages
Once we have identified and calculated all of the economic damages that you deserve to be compensated for, we will then move on to calculating the non-economic damages. As the name suggests, these damages do not have actual dollar values associated with them, making it more difficult to quantify but just as important for your case and your needs. Regardless, they are equally important to your case and it is important that you receive the money you deserve.
Non-economic damages include things like the actual pain and suffering of an injury, as well as any emotional, psychological, of physiological damages that you must endure. In order to determine the dollar amount that you deserve for these damages, there is a range of methods that we will be able to use. Regardless of the method, our main goal will be to reach a figure that is fair to you.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents in Jacksonville
The following are just a few of the many important questions that we commonly go through with our clients and potential clients, both during our initial consultation and throughout our work together.
Is there a time limit for filing a claim after a pedestrian accident in Florida?
Under Florida Statute 95.11, a victim of a personal injury has four years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the responsible party, after which they will have little recourse. There are rare instances when the statute of limitations can be extended, but it is highly unlikely and should not be relied on.
Although it may seem like four years is a long time, we will need to use this time in order to attempt to negotiate a settlement before we are forced to file a lawsuit. If we begin working on your case too late, we will not have many options other than a lawsuit.
Will my pedestrian accident claim need to go to trial?
Most personal injury claims are settled before a trial, but this should not be confused as a guarantee that your claim will not need to be presented to a judge. We will use the time that we have in order to negotiate directly with the insurance company in an attempt to reach a fair settlement agreement and resolve your claim before the Florida courts become involved unless there are specifics of your case that causes us to prefer the courts.
There are many specific details that we will need to go through before we decide the appropriate course of action for your unique case, which we will do at the outset of our work together and will continue to adjust our expectations as new information develops. The goal of all personal injury claims is to get the victim the money that they deserve as quickly as possible, without accepting less than is fair.
How long will it take to get a settlement?
Like all other details of any personal injury claim, it will take some research before we are able to get a reasonable estimate of the time required to settle your case. If your case is extremely complicated and there are many parts of the negotiation where neither side can reach an agreement, this is one indication that your settlement may take longer than a simple case.
Contact us now to speak with us about your situation, so that we can get a better idea of what we can expect as we move forward fighting to get you the money that you deserve.