Boca Raton Car Accident Attorney
Automobile accidents are a leading cause of injury in Florida. Every year, roughly 200,000 people are injured and over 2,000 more are killed in crashes throughout the state. Unfortunately, Florida law is designed to limit lawsuits and limit the amount you can recover for your injuries in a car accident. Nevertheless, with over 180 years of combined personal injury litigation experience, the Boca Raton car accident attorneys at Lavalle, Brown & Ronan, P.A. work to get you the full amount of compensation applicable to your case, including seeing that your medical bills are paid, and compensating your for lost income, pain and suffering and other damages.
Recovering Compensation Under Florida’s No-Fault/PIP Insurance Law
Florida has a no-fault system with Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance designed to compensate you for your injuries without having to go to court, but also designed to limit the amount you may receive. Unless you suffered a serious injury that meets one of the criteria in the law, your recovery may be limited to only receiving 80% of your medical expenses and 60% of your lost wages, up to a total of $10,000. And unless you had an “emergency medical condition” that was promptly treated, the most you can recover is $2,500. However, if your injuries are severe, you may be able to sue the other driver for pain and suffering and other damages in excess of the $10,000 PIP limit.
Although the Florida Bureau of Motorist Compliance can help you recover compensation for your injuries, their help is limited to enforcing a judgment by suspending the negligent driver’s license, tags and registration until the judgment is satisfied. It is still your responsibility to obtain a final judgment from a Florida court against the at-fault party. Only then can the Bureau assist in the case where the negligent driver did not carry either the required Personal Injury Protection and property damage insurance or bodily injury coverage. Contact our Boca Raton car accident attorneys for more information.
Our Boca Raton Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help
Phrases such as “emergency medical condition,” “medically necessary” and “significant and permanent loss” are found throughout the Florida PIP law. While these may look like medical terms, they are actually legal terms with legal meanings. While your doctor can diagnose and treat your injuries, your doctor cannot tell you whether you can sue the other driver or are limited to the PIP amounts. At Lavalle, Brown & Ronan, P.A., we can help determine what level of compensation is due to you based on all the circumstances in your case and can help you get the maximum recovery available. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Boca Raton auto accident, contact our office at 561.395.0000 for advice and representation from Boca Raton auto accident attorneys with decades of experience recovering compensation for injury victims.