Car accidents in Florida can cause a variety of problems for the people involved in the accident. At the very least, they have to stop, check their cars for damage and speak with the other driver. Even if there is no damage, the person still has to go through an inconvenience. However, many other car accidents result in significant damage to vehicles and injuries to the drivers and passengers in the vehicles.
In Florida, the damage and many of the medical costs may be covered by one's own insurance policy. The general rule is that the victim cannot collect for any damages beyond those. Nonetheless, like many rules, there are exceptions. One of these exceptions is for pain and suffering.
A victim can sue for pain and suffering arising out of injuries suffered in a car accident, if a few requirements are met. The injury must result in a) significant and permanent loss of function of a body part; b) a permanent injury, based on a reasonable medical determination; c) significant and permanent disfigurement or scarring; or d) death. If any of these requirements are met, the victim can sue the person who caused the accident for pain and suffering.
The amount of money recovered for pain and suffering can vary though, depending on the type of injury. To win a lawsuit for pain and suffering, the victim will need sound medical attention and diagnosis to win. Determining whether an injury is permanent is not always clear when the person is first injured.
Many people in Florida are in car accidents each year. The severity of these accidents can vary greatly, as well as the injuries suffered by the victims. Damage to vehicles and medical costs for non-permanent injuries will be paid for by insurance. But, if a victim has a permanent injury, they may be able to obtain compensation for for pain and suffering on top of those other expenses. Experienced attorneys understand the devastation of permanent injuries and may be able to help one to become whole again.
Source: Fl.us, "Florida Statute 627.737," accessed on Jan. 18, 2016