Posted December 30, 2022 in Personal Injury
Whether they have been bitten by a dog or injured in a motorcycle accident, one of the most urgent questions that clients have is, “what happens next?” If you have been injured in an accident, your entire life has been suddenly thrown into question. You may be unable to work and worried about your bills. You may be worried about whether you will ever be able to recover fully. These questions can be overwhelming without even considering whether you should pursue a claim.
What to Do if the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance
Posted November 30, 2022 in Car Accidents
Under Florida law, all drivers are required to carry insurance. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that every driver is insured. Many people lose their insurance coverage when they fail to pay their premiums or their insurance coverage may have been canceled for some other reason. Whatever the case may be, the unfortunate reality is that it can cause significant complications with your claim if you have been injured in an accident with an uninsured driver. If you have found yourself in this situation, you should contact an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible.
Why You Need a Lawyer if You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident
Posted October 31, 2022 in Car Accidents
According to the most recent data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, fatal accidents involving large trucks increased by 13% from 2020 to 2021. While the statistics for 2021 have not yet been finalized, this increase comes as a shock after seeing a decline from 2019 to 2020. There were 4,965 fatalities involving large trucks in 2020, while there were 5,601 fatalities involving large trucks in 2021. When you consider that more than 70% of the people killed in those accidents were the occupants of other vehicles, you start to understand why an increase in truck accident fatalities is troubling.
Proving Your Personal Injury Claim
Posted September 30, 2022 in Personal Injury
If you have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Even if you have health insurance, you may have significant out-of-pocket expenses such as copays and deductibles. You may also be entitled to compensation for any lost income as a result of being unable to work or having to miss work to go to doctor’s appointments or physical therapy. Finally, you may also be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. Altogether, the value of your claim can be significant.
Motorcycle Accidents in Okaloosa County
Posted August 31, 2022 in Motorcycle Accidents
Every motorcycle rider knows that riding on our roadways is dangerous. Without the body of a car surrounding them, they risk serious injury and even death if they are in an accident even if they are wearing a helmet and other safety gear. That said, the fact that you accept the hazard of riding a motorcycle does not mean that you aren’t entitled to compensation if you are injured due to another driver’s negligence. If you have been in a motorcycle accident, talk to a motorcycle accident attorney to discuss whether you have a claim.
Injured? Four Big Reasons Why You Should Contact a Lawyer
Posted July 29, 2022 in Personal Injury
Accidents happen every day. While the people involved often walk away unscathed, there are always accidents that result in serious injuries and sometimes even death. When people are injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness, they are entitled to be made whole under the law. This means that they deserve compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
How to Prove Distracted Driving
Posted June 30, 2022 in Car Accidents
Florida’s law banning the use of smartphones and other electronic devices went into effect in July of 2019. Distracted driving is negligent driving regardless of the law, but it can help your case if you were injured in an accident and the other driver is given a ticket for texting while driving. Unfortunately, there are many cases where distracted driving was the cause of the accident but no ticket was issued. And even if a ticket was issued, you will still need to prove that the other driver was not only driving while distracted but that it caused your accident that led to your injuries.
Understanding Damages for Pain and Suffering
Posted June 16, 2022 in Personal Injury
In every personal injury case, the plaintiff (the person who was injured and is making the claim) is seeking monetary compensation for their injuries and other losses. The legal term for this monetary compensation is “damages.” There are two main types of damages in a personal injury case: (1) economic and (2) non-economic. Economic damages or those losses that are represented by a specific dollar amount such as your medical bills. Pain and suffering fall under non-economic damages. Because they are not supported by documentation, they can be much harder to prove.
Seven Mistakes That Can Jeopardize Your Car Accident Claim
Posted May 31, 2022 in Car Accidents
The days following your car accident can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this is also the time that people tend to make mistakes that can do irreparable damage to their claims. Even if you aren’t sure whether you have a claim, it is best to proceed carefully in order to protect your rights. Ultimately, the best thing you can do is talk to a Defuniak Springs car accident lawyer - they can help you find the way forward, even if you choose not to pursue a claim.
Car Accidents and Pre-Existing Conditions
Posted April 29, 2022 in Car Accidents
All kinds of people are involved in car accidents every day, including the elderly and the unwell. Unfortunately, people with pre-existing conditions face unique challenges when it comes to pursuing a claim for compensation. The Niceville car accident lawyers at Powell, Powell & Powell want you to know that you are not alone, and we have the knowledge and experience you need to make a full recovery.
Injured in a Pedestrian Accident? What You Need to Know
Posted April 15, 2022 in Personal Injury
Pedestrians who are struck by motor vehicles typically suffer severe injuries, and tragically, many of these accidents result in death. Unfortunately, there is a great deal of misinformation that surrounds these accidents, particularly as to whether the pedestrian was at fault. If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, the best thing you can do is speak with a Crestview personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. They can review your case and help you understand your rights.
FLHSMV Releases 2021 Crash Data
Posted March 31, 2022 in Car Accidents
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) recently released its crash data for 2021. While the data is considered “preliminary” and finalized data has not been published, it does provide a snapshot of trending motor vehicle accidents across Florida and in Okaloosa County. Analyzing the data is a sober reminder that motor vehicle accidents are one of the most common causes of serious injuries and deaths in our area. If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, a Crestview auto accident lawyer can help you get back on your feet.
What to Expect at Your Free Consultation
Posted March 18, 2022 in Personal Injury
The initial consultation is an important step in choosing the right lawyer for your case. As a result, it is important to come to the meeting prepared to ensure you make the most of the meeting. It is also important to have a sense of what you can expect - while every lawyer will of course hope that you will retain them, there is certain information that you can expect to receive about your case when meeting with a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer from our firm.
Do You Need a Lawyer Even Though You Have PIP Coverage?
Posted February 28, 2022 in Car Accidents
As with a handful of other states, Florida is a “No-Fault” accident state. This means that the personal injury protection (“PIP”) coverage that is included with your automobile insurance covers any bodily injuries that you suffer as a result of a car accident, regardless of fault. Compare this to other states where you must pursue a claim against the at-fault driver for your injuries.
Bitten by a Dog? What You Need to Know
Posted February 14, 2022 in Personal Injury
Despite the media’s coverage of vicious dog attacks, people often fail to recognize just how serious dog bites can be. Children and the elderly are especially vulnerable - children due to their size, the elderly because they are far more likely to be knocked down and suffer broken bones and other serious injuries. If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. A Crestview personal injury lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.
Why You Should Talk to a Fort Walton Personal Injury Lawyer if You Fell on Someone Else’s Property
Posted January 31, 2022 in Personal Injury
Slip and fall accidents are often ridiculed but the reality is that they can result in serious injuries. These injuries can require extensive medical treatment and lead to lost income and other issues. In those situations, you may be entitled to compensation but, unfortunately, these cases can be much more difficult to pursue than many people expect. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, a Fort Walton personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the claim process so that you can get the compensation you need.
Weather-Related Car Accidents
Posted January 17, 2022 in Car Accidents
While Florida drivers do not have to contend with snow and ice common during winter in other states, weather can still play a factor in many accidents. In these accidents, there is a tendency to think that no one is at fault. While weather can cause some accidents that are simply unavoidable, this is not always the case. If you have been injured in a weather-related car accident, a Fort Walton car accident lawyer can review your case and determine whether you have a claim.