Jacksonville Car Accident Attorney
Have You Been in a Serious Auto Wreck?
Have you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a car crash? Since 2016, Raymond Ravis Attorney at Law has helped those who have sustained severe injuries obtain fair settlements to cover their losses. Jacksonville car accident lawyer Ray Ravis has over two decades of experience in injury law and has recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
A serious car accident can lead to both current and future medical expenses, lost wages, and a loss of earning capacity. These expenses can quickly overcome the minimum personal injury protection (PIP) coverage requirement of $10,000. Furthermore, accidents can create unrealized costs that greatly affect your personal life. We will help you fight for compensation that will cover all your accident-related costs if you have been seriously injured in Florida.
Common Causes & Effects of Car Crashes
Some of the most common types of automobile accidents where injuries or death could warrant a consultation with an attorney include those caused by:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Poorly designed roads
- Defective auto parts
- Other forms of negligence behind the wheel or elsewhere
Rear-end collisions, side-impact and sideswipe collisions, rollovers, and head-on collisions all have the potential to result in serious injuries. In the state of Florida, an injury must be considered “serious” in order to file a car accident claim.
Accident victims (and/or their families) who have suffered any of the following should seek legal advice about their options for a fair recovery:
- Burns and scarring
- Head or spinal cord injury
- Loss of limb
- Permanent disability
- Wrongful death
However, injured motorists or passengers may also need legal assistance to assist in recovering from aches and pains that linger after the accident, such as joint, muscle, back, neck, and bone injuries, knee damage, and whiplash. Contact us to learn more about whether your injury is serious enough to warrant a claim.
Compensation Available After a Car Wreck
To obtain compensation for non-economic damages, you will need to file a liability claim against the individual who caused your accident. However, you are only eligible to file if your injuries qualify as “serious.”
Florida law considers injuries to be serious when they involve:
- Bone fractures
- Significant disfigurement
- Full disability for 90 days or more
- Significant limitation of bodily functions or systems
- Permanent limitation of use of body organs or members
Florida’s minimum personal injury protection coverage of $10,000 won’t cover some of the worst injuries that can result from car accidents, such as those above. Therefore, car accident victims may be allowed to sue for additional damages from the at fault party.
Compensation may include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death damages
- Punitive damages
Do I Call Off Work?
If you have been hospitalized or are otherwise seriously injured, notify your employer immediately. Discuss with your doctor whether or not you will need time off of work. You can recover lost wages as part of your car accident claim, so take all the time you need to recover rather than attempting to work through a serious injury.
How Do I Go About Getting a Car Rental?
You may already have rental reimbursement coverage on your auto insurance policy, which will allow you to rent a car through your insurer. You may also be able to use the at fault driver’s rental reimbursement coverage in the event they possess it, but you do not. Their insurance company must compensate you for any rental cars necessary after a crash.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
Victims of auto accidents don’t just need to go to the doctor within 14 days of an accident—they need to go to the right doctor, one who can make the proper diagnosis and who is prepared to deal with the insurance company. While new laws are designed to prevent auto insurance fraud, the effect they are having is to limit personal injury protection coverage for anyone who has been in an accident.
While an at-fault driver’s insurance company may be offering to settle, it could be in order to avoid taking responsibility for the long-term costs, leaving those to you. Also, sometimes the other driver’s insurance company won’t cover your injuries or damages, even if the other driver was given a ticket by the police. It’s important to understand the potential costs of an accident before dealing with an insurance company.
Contact a lawyer to discuss your legal options and learn about your rights. Many accidents involving minor injuries like whiplash or scratches and bruises can be handled without legal care. However, when an auto accident involves serious, disabling, or catastrophic injuries in the state of Florida, retaining legal representation is very important. The other party's representation and the insurance company will likely be fighting to get out of paying you, which is why hiring your own Jacksonville car accident lawyer is essential.
At Raymond Ravis Attorney at Law, we advocate for our clients and aim to take the burden off your shoulders while you recover. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help.
Helping You Recover Your Life
After an injury, all hope can seem lost. Attorney Ray Ravis is here to ensure you get the support, attention, and results you need to move forward with your life after an injury.
20+ Years of Legal Experience
Not only do our attorneys have the knowledge and resources to successfully defend your case, but they also know how the insurances companies think and operate, making us skilled in defending the rights of the injured.
Personal Attention & Results
At Raymond Ravis Law you are not a number: you are a person who deserves justice. When you work with us, you get customized strategies and a lawyer who cares about you AND your case.
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We have the ability, experiences and resources of a large firm, yet we still manage to provide that custom one-on-one service to each of our clients.