Space Coast/Satellite Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury law in Space Coast and Satellite Beach allows victims of harmful acts to recover financial compensation for their injuries and losses. Most personal injury cases rest on negligence, or carelessness. If you have sustained injuries and someone else was at fault, our Space Coast/Satellite Beach personal injury lawyers can help you claim the full damages you deserve.
Practice Areas in Personal Injury Law
There are many different practice areas in personal injury law. These include:
- Car accidents
- Premises liability accidents, including slip and falls
- Motorcycle and ATV accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse and neglect
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
Most personal injury claims have a statute of limitations, or time limit, of four years from the date of the accident. However, there are some exceptions to this. For example, wrongful death claims and medical malpractice cases both have a statute of limitations of just two years from the date of the negligent act. Cases that involve a breach of contract, such as a PIP lawsuit or a lawsuit involving uninsured and underinsured (UM) insurance, the statute of limitations is five years from the date of the accident.
Suing for Pain and Suffering Damages
When filing a personal injury lawsuit against another person based on their negligence, you can collect pain and suffering damages. These are known as non-economic damages because they do not have a concrete dollar value in the same way medical expenses and lost income do. You cannot collect pain and suffering damages if you are filing a personal injury protection (PIP) claim with your insurance provider.
Florida does not place a cap, or limit, on these damages in the same way that other states do. However, if you are filing a claim based on medical malpractice, there is a cap of $500,000 placed on pain and suffering damages.
How Much is a Personal Injury Claim Worth?
No one can determine how much a personal injury claim is worth without first fully reviewing the facts of your case. However, there are some guidelines you can use to estimate how much your claim is worth. A personal injury claim will provide compensation for all of your losses, so a calculation of these will provide you with an idea of how much you can receive. Common damages included in personal injury claims are as follows:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship and support
- Funeral and burial expenses, in the case of wrongful death
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Space Coast/Satellite Beach Today
At Shuster Saben Estevez, our Space Coast/Satellite Beach personal injury lawyer will fight for your rights during every step of your case. When working with us, you know you are working with an attorney who can bring valuable experience to your case. Call us today at 877-511-7829 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.