If you’ve sustained injuries in an accident that was someone else’s fault, you have the right to be compensated for your damages and losses. The experienced Dade City personal injury lawyers at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers fight hard for injury victims. We have helped victims throughout Florida get the compensation to which they are legally entitled.
Dade City is proud of its historic Floridian image. Our proud town started as a center of agriculture, which gradually shifted to the service, government, and retail jobs that support our economy today. The Pioneer Florida Museum celebrates that history with a living history exhibition that sprawls over sixteen acres. The annual Pioneer Days Festival also celebrates our proud history.
As fun and educational as the Pioneer Days Festival is, the event can also be risky. Our city also hosts many other annual events, and the Kumquat Festival, Church Street Christmas, and the Country Christmas Stroll can increase the risk of auto accidents and injuries. Our half marathon and Battle of Brilliance bicycle race can also lead to accidents and injuries. And every month, many families enjoy our Classic Car Cruise-In, another fun event with the potential for auto accidents and injuries.
You might not think of Dade City as a hotspot for dangerous car crashes. After all, public records show one fatal accident in our city in just one recent year and just two in another year. However, fatal accidents are not the only ones that disrupt lives and cause devastating losses to families. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Floridians are involved in auto accidents, many of whom suffer debilitating injuries from which they will never fully recover.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports over four hundred thousand Florida car accidents in each of two recent years. Over three thousand deaths occurred each year due to these accidents, and over 150,000 injuries occurred each year as well. That is hundreds of thousands of Florida families suffering the consequences of medical bills, painful rehabilitations and recoveries, lost wages, career disruptions, and other life-changing consequences.
It is not just collisions between two passenger vehicles that lead to injuries. Many accidents involve motorcycles, bicycles, scooter riders, or pedestrians. These victims are even more susceptible to injuries because they do not have the same level of protection as motor vehicle operators. A vehicle has seatbelts and airbags. Even the steel frame of the vehicle absorbs the force of a collision by crumpling in designated areas.
Motorcycle riders, bicyclists, and scooter riders often have only a helmet for protection. Pedestrians are completely exposed and experience the full force of impact with a vehicle, as well as a secondary impact with the ground or nearby objects. Such vulnerability is why pedestrians are more likely to sustain severe or fatal injuries in an auto accident.
Car accidents in Dade City occur for different reasons. Sometimes a driver commits a simple traffic violation, such as running a red light or failing to make a full stop at a stop sign. Other times the infraction is more serious, such as drunk driving, drugged driving, and other forms of impaired driving. These criminal violations often lead to fatal injuries.
An accident may take place because a driver was not paying attention while behind the wheel. Smartphones are a leading source of driver distraction. The law does not allow for these forms of negligence. If an accident caused by a negligent driver left you injured, you have the legal right to compensation for your injuries and losses.
Of course, auto accidents are not the only way people can sustain injuries in Dade City. Dade City residents may receive injuries at their place of employment. Job-related injuries are more likely in dangerous industries, such as construction and manufacturing. Medical malpractice, which is negligence on the part of a doctor or other healthcare professional, can be a patient’s source of injuries.
Elderly patients are especially vulnerable to medical injuries due to preexisting conditions, so we hold healthcare providers to high standards of care when treating elderly patients. It is important to identify nursing home abuse and neglect, as well.
Our law firm also regularly takes on claims stemming from these injury-causing incidents:
Whatever the type of accident, it is crucial to work with a personal injury lawyer experienced with that particular type of case. Different cases present different legal issues and different types of injuries. A minor car accident, for example, will cause different injuries than neglect in a nursing home. Your attorney should be familiar with the issues surrounding your specific type of accident and your particular type of injuries.
Some injuries are purely accidental, and no one is at fault, such as spraining your ankle while running or playing a sport. However, many injuries happen because another party acted negligently to cause the accident in question. Determining who might be liable for an accident is the first step to recovering for your injury-related losses, and an experienced Dade City personal injury attorney can help with this process.
Different types of parties can be liable for personal injuries, including:
The liable party will determine which claims your attorney will file on your behalf. These can include auto insurance claims, property insurance claims, claims against general business insurance policies, and more. Claims against the government have specific procedures to follow and shorter deadlines, so it is important not to delay seeking legal assistance from a personal injury lawyer in Dade City.
Many injury victims do not realize the long-term costs and losses they will bear as a result of the accident. The insurance company might attempt to pay only the medical bills you have already incurred and ignore other losses deserving of compensation. You need the services of an attorney who can tell you what your claim is worth and make sure your legal rights are protected.
Many injury victims require continuing medical care for their injuries after an accident case has settled. Some victims will require ongoing treatment for the rest of their lives. If these expenses are related to the accident, the defendant must pay for them.
Of course, it is impossible to know precisely what your medical bills will cost months or years from now. Your attorney will work with the appropriate experts, such as economists and life care planners, to provide evidence of the cost of your future medical expenses.
Medical care also includes any assistive devices you might need, such as a wheelchair or walker. Rehabilitative services are also considered medical care and include physical therapy, chiropractic services, vocational and occupational therapy, speech pathology, and other rehabilitative services made necessary by the accident.
In cases of debilitating injuries, your ongoing medical care might require an in-home nurse or physical therapist. If your injuries have left you immobile, you will need help to get around the house. Such costs are related to the accident and so can be part of a personal injury claim.
Home healthcare is expensive. Insurance companies and their lawyer will almost always fight such a claim, arguing that it is unnecessary or overpriced. Your attorney will work hard with credible experts to provide persuasive evidence of the cost and necessity of any home health services you require.
Permanent injuries will require modifications to your home, such as a wheelchair ramp or a shower large enough for access with a walker. You might need lower countertops or level floors. These changes are expensive, and if they are related to the accident, the defendant is responsible for providing compensation.
An experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to get the right evidence to support such claims. Experts can testify to the cost and necessity of the modifications. Your attorney can demonstrate that other options (for example, moving to a single-story home) are either not feasible or more expensive than the modifications.
For many victims, lost wages are not limited to the immediate period of recovery right after an accident occurs. Some injury victims will never return to work. Others can return but are limited to reduced hours or restricted job responsibilities. These limitations almost always result in lower wages than what the victim could earn before the accident. These changes to a victim’s earning capacity are also considered lost wages that must be compensated by a negligent defendant.
Calculating a lost earning capacity almost always requires expert witnesses. Your attorney might bring in a vocational expert to testify about what you can earn in the job market with your new limitations or an economist to calculate the differences in your earning capacity before and after the accident. The calculation will account for inflation over the rest of your career, as well as other employment benefits like health insurance and employer retirement contributions.
Tangible losses, such as those related to permanent or debilitating injuries, are very evident and have value in a personal injury claim. Unfortunately, insurance companies almost always try to downplay your intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, because they are subjective and difficult to calculate their value.
Here are just a few of the many intangible losses that can receive compensation:
The value of an intangible loss is different in every case and largely dependent on the facts of your particular situation. For example, a pregnant woman cannot take pain medication or get chiropractic care due to the risk of harm to her baby, increasing her pain and suffering.
For an elderly patient suffering from osteoporosis, recovering from a broken bone could take longer and be more painful than if they were younger and healthier. Injury victims should never accept an insurance company’s valuation of their intangible losses. You need an experienced attorney who is on your side to determine the fair value of your claim.
It is vital to work with an experienced lawyer who knows how to handle cases involving your type of accident and injuries.
The Dade City personal injury lawyers at Nicoletti Walker Accident Injury Lawyers have helped many Florida injury victims get the compensation they deserve. Call (727) 845-5972 or write to us using our confidential contact page for your free consultation. We will fight hard to protect your right to compensation. Don’t delay—the sooner you have an attorney fighting on your side, the better protected your legal rights will be.
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NICOLETTI WALKER ACCIDENT INJURY LAWYERS – DADE CITY
37751 Meridian Ave.
Dade City 33525