Car Accident Lawyer Serving Ocala
Medical bills and lost wages can add up to a small fortune after a serious car accident. But the most devastating impact of a collision is often the emotional trauma endured by victims and their families. If you or someone you love was injured in a motor-vehicle crash due to another person’s negligence, the car accident attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky are available to evaluate your Ocala Car Accident Case for free to try to help you determine the most strategic way to proceed with your claim.
We have recovered more than $75 million for our clients in successful settlements and verdicts. . Call us today at (352) 269-5979 to schedule a free consultation.Why Should I Hire an Experienced Car Accident Attorney serving Ocala?
Insurance companies are well aware that claimants who represent themselves typically may not be willing to take their cases to trial. This often may translate into a low settlement offer. But having a dedicated injury lawyer by your side may tell the insurance company that you are taking the claims process seriously.
A skilled accident attorney can handle correspondence with the insurance company so you don’t end up making a statement that can be used against you.
Your claim probably won’t get very far without strong evidence to prove negligence, liability, and damages. Your injury attorney will know the types of evidence to gather and how to use them to try to prove your claim. Claimants who represent themselves often overlook crucial evidence, opening the door to potential disputes.
Within days of an accident, it is not uncommon for important evidence to be erased, destroyed, or otherwise become unavailable. Immediately after your initial consultation at Frankl & Kominsky, our personal injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate your crash and try to gather the evidence needed to try to prove negligence and liability. This may include:
- The crash report;
- Surveillance footage;
- Dashcam footage;
- Toxicology reports;
- Photos of your injuries, property damage, and the crash scene; and
- Records from the at-fault driver’s cell phone service provider.
There are many other types of evidence that we may use to strengthen your claim. For instance, if you were hit by a commercial truck, our attorneys will try and evaluate the truck’s Event Data Recorder, or “black box,” to find out if the driver violated the Hours of Service (HoS) Regulations, was speeding, or broke another traffic law before the crash.
If your collision was caused by a defective auto part, we will investigate similar accidents and the cause of the defect to identify all potentially liable parties. We will also interview eyewitnesses and, if necessary, we will arrange testimony from an accident reconstruction expert.How Much is my Car Accident Claim Worth?
The answer to this question depends on the severity of your injuries, the types of damages you incurred, and many other factors. Florida law allows personal injury claimants to pursue compensation for both compensatory and exemplary damages, also called “punitive damages.”
Compensatory damages include objectively verifiable losses (economic damages) and intangible losses (non-economic damages). Punitive damages are rarely awarded, but they may be recoverable if the defendant acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence.
The accident lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky will try to help you pursue compensation for all potential damages for your Ocala car accident claim to which you may be entitled, which may include:
- Vehicle repairs;
- Past and future medical treatment;
- Lost income;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Home care;
- Home modifications;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of consortium;
- Loss of enjoyment in life;
- Physical impairment or disfigurement;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Exemplary damages.
Exemplary damages are only recoverable when a defendant acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence. Examples of cases when punitive damages may be awarded include:
- The defendant was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
- The defendant fled the scene and engaged in other reckless behavior;
- The defendant was driving at a reckless speed before the crash;
- The defendant was engaging in criminal behavior when the collision occurred; and
- A victim in the car accident died, and the defendant has been charged with manslaughter.
If you were seriously hurt or lost a family member in a car accident in Ocala, contact Frankl & Kominsky to discuss your case. Call us today at (352) 269-5979 or use our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation.