Ashley Goggins Law, P.A. has the experience necessary to help you recover the damages that you are legally owed. Jacksonville attorney, Ashley Goggins has dedicated her practice to helping victims of automobile accidents recover damages for the excess medical bills and property damage bills that often follow a horrible accident. As the victim of a car accident in Jacksonville, not only are you facing certain economic losses, there are non-financial losses that affect all victims of car accidents and motor vehicle accidents, as well. Pain, suffering, emotional trauma – are all losses for which we can help get you monetary compensation.
A person who is hurt in a car accident caused by a dangerous driver may file a negligence claim in Florida state court. The claim alleges four specific elements:
The defendant owed the victim a duty of care;
The defendant breached the prescribed duty;
The defendant’s behavior directly caused the accident in which the victim was hurt; and
The victim was forced to incur quantifiable damages as a result.
A defendant’s duty is generally determined by its relationship with the victim. Every Florida resident has a duty of reasonable care in most ordinary circumstances, whether driving or simply walking down the street. This obligation requires each of us to avoid unreasonable behavior that may endanger people in the vicinity. In some cases, such as those involving bus companies or other common carriers, the defendant may owe a higher duty of care.
A breach is simply a failure to behave in in accordance with the applicable standard of care. For instance, a person who reads text messages while driving or gets behind the wheel while too exhausted to drive has likely breached the duty of reasonable care.
Causation consists of factual and legal components. It can be summarized as establishing that the victim would not have been hurt if the defendant had acted with the appropriate level of care, and that the accident was a reasonably foreseeable result.
A plaintiff who files a successful negligence case likely will be entitled to compensatory damages. These can account for any costs or losses that resulted from the defendant’s carelessness. Therefore, a car accident victim often will seek damages for physical pain and suffering, medical bills, the costs of future treatment, lost wages, damage to a vehicle, and other related expenses.
Like other states, Florida has a strict time window within which an accident victim can file a lawsuit against a party responsible for his or her injuries. This is known as the statute of limitations, and failure to comply with it generally will bar the right to seek compensation. Moreover, evidence in motor vehicle collision cases can decay or disappear quickly, so you should not hesitate to seek legal advice promptly to preserve your rights.
The Legal Process
In the event that you've been involved in a highway, residential, or other roadway accident, Jacksonville personal injury attorney Ashley Goggins will guide you through the complex legal process. He'll assemble the proper documents and other resources, such as witness statements, expert testimonies, driver statements, accident reports, and more. These materials will be vital to proving that a party has broken the law, has operated a car while intoxicated, has partaken in reckless driving, or is otherwise at fault for the crash.
When it comes to an automobile accident, we know that compensation is not one-size-fits-all. We can help you or your loved one file a Personal Injury Policy claim. This is an opportunity for victims to receive quick compensation while working toward future reimbursement for personal, professional, financial, physical, and/or emotional compensation. These short-term reimbursements might be particularly important if you've found yourself suddenly unable to work or to care for your dependents.
Potential Compensation for Automobile Drivers
Typically, victims of car crashes are unaware of the types of compensation that might be owed to them. A properly managed lawsuit will seek to recover one or more of the following:
Medical Expenses: Any driver or passenger injured in an automobile accident should visit the doctor. Sometimes problems that seem minor at first lead to severe consequences down the road. Doctor's fees, imaging costs, surgical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and all other hospital or clinic bills incurred due to roadway accidents fall into this category.
Lost Wages: If you've suffered a personal injury, it's possible that you'll be unable to work for some time. In this event, newly incurred expenses will not be your only concerns. How will you pay your rent, mortgage, car loan, or childcare expenses? Being able to afford groceries, toiletries, and other everyday items can become daunting, as well.
Pain and Suffering: While nobody can undo a tragic past, the legal system does its best to award compensation for limited-lifestyle circumstances and other issues related to pain and suffering.
Mental Anguish: Unfortunately, physical pain is sometimes only the beginning of a victim's suffering. Catastrophic collisions can trigger emotional and psychological distress. Although it can be more difficult to prove, emotional pain is a tangible hardship. Anxiety and depression can be real hurdles for survivors of roadway accidents.
Loss of Consortium: For the layperson, loss of consortium is one of the lesser-known types of compensation, but our seasoned legal professionals will know when and why to seek this. If a victim's distress is so great that he or she can no longer maintain the same marital or other family relationships, a driver or passenger might qualify for loss of consortium.
Funeral Expenses: Sadly, thousands of Floridians pass away while driving or riding within the rushed traffic of the greater Orlando area. In the event of a fatal accident, family and friends may seek to recover funeral costs.
Are you hoping to settle outside of the courtroom? Alternately, perhaps you need to persuade a jury. Have you lost a husband, wife, mother, daughter, father, son, or another beloved family member, and you're struggling to even think straight? No matter your circumstances, if you've been involved in an accident, either as a passenger or a driver, or if you've lost someone you love, the compassionate professionals at Ashley Goggins Law, P.A. will lend an experienced helping hand.
Did you know that even if you're partially at fault for an accident, this might not preclude you from some amount of compensation? These are the types of details with which the professionals at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. can help.
CONSULT AN EXPERIENCED PEMBROKE PINES LAWYER FOR AN AUTO ACCIDENT CLAIM
The aftermath of a car accident case may be financially stressful as well as physically painful. You may be dealing with insurance companies while worrying about paying medical bills or getting back to work. Ashley Goggins Law, PA is comprised of a team with significant experience helping injured residents of Jacksonville take legal action. We can handle your claim from beginning to end, allowing you to focus on your recovery. To see if we can help you, fill out our contact form online or call (904) 903-4522.