Driving in Orlando can be an intimidating, and sometimes completely overwhelming experience, regardless of whether you drive through Orlando every day, or you are just passing through. It is important that you are aware of some of the risks that come with driving in Orlando, but it is equally important to know that there are people who can help you after an accident.
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From the moment that you are in the accident, there are steps that you can take that will help to get the most out of your insurance claim so that you can focus on your recovery without taking on additional financial worries. A car accident injury claim is intended to compensate you for your actual suffering, and when you are working with an experienced team like the lawyers at Fasig | Brooks, you can be certain that there are people who are dedicated to your case and fighting for your best interests.
We Are Here to Help You Maximize Your Settlement
Some severe auto accident injuries will unquestionably cause lifetime disability, but other injuries require the use of expert testimony to prove that their effects are significant. It may be clear to you that your injuries will limit your activities, perhaps even preventing you from working and supporting your family, but proving it in court requires experience.
While you are recovering from injuries, the last thing that you should be thinking about is how to manage a legal case — that’s what we are here for.
For a free case evaluation after a car accident in the Orlando area, contact us. As soon as you reach out to us, we will be able to discuss the specifics of your accident and start to formulate a plan for your financial recovery.
Why Work With a Car Accident Lawyer in Orlando?
As a leading auto accident law firm in Florida, we have the experience and resources that can help make the strongest case given the severity of your injuries. We’re also continually developing the most innovative and effective ways to make our clients’ cases in court.
There are many different reasons that you should hire experienced lawyers like the team at Fasig | Brooks to help with your case, including the following:
We Know the Law
We’ve handled thousands of cases involving a wide range of injuries, so we’ve developed a keen judgment about how to pursue the best compensation under Florida law.
Knowing the real impact of injuries. We make it a point to understand how a client’s injury affects their lives. We know that each client’s case is unique, so we focus on how the injury affects you.
We Partner With Medical Experts
With more than 30 years in practice, we’ve built a network of respected medical experts who can explain the severity and persistent nature of a client’s injuries to a jury. Calculating the long-term impacts of your injuries can be tricky, which is why it is so important that these calculations are done in partnership with an expert.
We Have the Experience
While each client’s injuries are unique, many have similar symptoms, treatments and long-term consequences. Our car accident attorneys in Orlando are familiar with these injuries, and are extremely attentive to the specific ways they affect each client. We know the real impact they’ve made on your life, and we will fight to get you a fair and just settlement for your suffering.
Types of Car Accidents
Determining the cause of an accident is critical to proving liability and recovering compensation. At Fasig | Brooks, we can help reconstruct your accident and gather the evidence necessary to successfully prove who should be held responsible. Our legal team has over 30 years of experience handling all types of auto accident claims, including:
- Side-Impact Collisions
- Rear-End Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Head-On Crashes
- Single Vehicle Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Collisions
- Lane-Changing Accidents
- Vehicle Rollovers
- Hit-And-Run Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
If you have been seriously injured in a vehicle accident, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm. Our attorney team has the experience needed to navigate the nuances of each accident claim and is prepared to fight for your maximum compensation. We will be able to discuss the type of accident that you were involved in, how it happened, and the rest of these important details during your initial consultation and give you some advice and an understanding of how we are here to help.
Common Injuries After a Car Accident
Again, we understand that while there are many common factors in car accidents, no two accidents are alike. However, there are some very common injuries that victims may sustain in car accidents, including the following:
Whiplash is one of the most common injuries that a person can suffer in a car accident, even at low speeds. This injury is a result of the soft tissues in the neck stretching and tearing when the vehicle stops quickly and the victim’s head is jerked forward and down in a rapid “S” motion. This type of injury generally heals with rest and stabilizing the neck, but can cause serious and lasting impacts on your life and your finances.
Symptoms of whiplash include things like stiffness in the neck and spine, headaches, jaw aches, limited mobility, trouble sleeping, and difficulty concentrating. Since these types of soft tissue injuries do not show up as easily on a scan, they are harder to prove and therefore harder to seek compensation for. Luckily when you are working with a team like Fasig | Brooks, we will be able to make sure that all of your injuries are considered.
Bruising may be the sign of more significant injuries, but simply put, a bruise is the result of damages to the capillaries close to the skin that causes deep blue, green or yellow discoloration colloquially known as a “black and blue.” Bruises, like whiplash, typically heal on their own, but they may be the indication of another injury under the impact site and can cause some serious disruptions to your daily life as you recover.
Bruises are extremely tender to the touch, and depending on where the bruise in on the body, you may find that you have serious difficulty with mobility and other basic functions of your daily life while recovering.
Fractures are very common in impact injuries, and in a car accident, they can be caused by things ranging from seatbelt injuries to direct contact with something like the dashboard or another part of the vehicle’s frame, among others. Fractures must be treated by a medical professional immediately so they can be set and treated properly. If not, a fractured or broken bone can repair itself in a way that causes serious disabilities and impacts on your life.
In addition to the possible issues present if you are not treated properly for your fractured bones, another significant fact is that these types of injuries are extremely painful. Your pain and suffering will factor into the damages that we are seeking for you through this claim because even if they are harder to quantify, they are just as important as economic damages.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
TBIs, or traumatic brain injuries, are a group of injuries that the brain can sustain due to any number of traumas, including impacts from a car accident. These injuries can range from something simple like a minor concussion, with symptoms that do not exceed headaches or trouble sleeping, to significant and permanent injuries like cognitive decline or brain death
Concussions and other TBIs are known as “silent killers,” because the victim may be suffering serious, lasting injuries without visible indications. They may suffer mood swings, changes in personality including irritability and depression, and more. If you even suspect that you may have suffered from a TBI, no matter how minor, it is absolutely essential that you see a medical professional immediately.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Orlando
After you have been in a car crash, you will understandably feel overcome with adrenaline and confusion that may lead you to feel overwhelmed. This is understandable, and completely normal. There are a few things that you will need to prioritize following an accident, but the most important thing of all is to prioritize your safety, Immediately following an accident, assess your own injuries as well as the injuries that your passengers may have sustained. The following steps can provide you with a guideline of what to do from there.
Once you have assessed your own situation, call 911 if you are able to. Otherwise, someone else will be able to do so. If you are able to speak with a 911 operator yourself, you will be able to inform them about any injuries that they can relay to the EMTs that are being dispatched, so that they can give them a better idea of what to expect. Once the police arrive, they will be able to secure the area by diverting traffic patterns and ensuring that the fire department and paramedics are able to perform their jobs safely, and will start investigating in order to write a crash report.
Get Medical Help
One side effect of adrenaline is temporary pain reduction, which may initially cloud your judgment when trying to assess your own situation. The EMTs will be able to give you an initial inspection and will be able to make a suggestion on your immediate next steps, as well as administer any first aid necessary while determining an appropriate course of action. Whether you leave the scene of the accident on your own, or if you are taken to the hospital in an ambulance, it is absolutely essential that you have your injuries examined by a doctor. This medical exam will, of course, help to get you the care that you need, but it will additionally establish a record of your injuries that will be very useful for your injury claim.
Hire a Car Accident Attorney
You will feel pressure to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance as soon as possible, and you may find that your own insurance company representative is not as helpful as you would have liked. Whether or not this is the case for your own situation, the most important thing that you can do is to step back and take your time. Rushing into a claim can lead to mistakes that can seriously impact the amount you finally receive as a settlement. Instead, hire an attorney who can work with both insurance companies with their years of legal experience, so that you can focus on recovery.
Why Fasig | Brooks?
Just like no two accidents are alike, not all law firms are created equal. The award-winning team of attorneys at Fasig | Brooks understands the emotional and psychological distress that you are working through during this time, which is why we prioritize your needs before anything else. Customer service is our primary goal, and we want you to stay stress-free and feeling supported throughout our work together.
At Fasig | Brooks, we’re ready to put our years of experience and network of resources to work getting you what you’ll need to manage your car crash injuries. We offer contingency fee arrangements, which means that you will not need to pay if we do not win your case. Legal costs can be a major deterrent for someone who could really use legal support, which is why we do not want to add to that stress.
In order to get a better idea of how we will be able to work together, contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation. We know you may be in a great deal of pain, or may still be unable to get about easily, which is why we are available for home and hospital visits as well.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orlando Car Accidents
How Much is My Car Accident Injury Case Worth?
In order to get a true idea of what your case is worth, and the amount that you should be seeking as a settlement, we will need to do extensive research into many different factors of your life. This is best done while the insurance company is performing its own investigation after you have filed a claim, which is why it is so important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible.
We will go through the economic and the non-economic impacts that your accident has had, including the obvious things like your medical bills and lost wages, but will also dig into the “intangible” effects, like your pain, suffering, and emotional turmoil that this accident caused.
Should I Settle With the Insurance Company?
There is no guarantee about whether or not your situation will be resolved in a settlement, or if it will need to go to trial. The good news is that in some estimates, roughly 95% of all personal injury cases are settled. What this means is that we will first attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company after we have calculated a fair settlement amount. If we are unable to reach an agreement, we will then need to consider our options and possibly begin to prepare for a trial in the Florida courts.
However, you should never accept the initial offer that an insurance company makes to you. Instead, you should consult with an experienced attorney who can advise you on the next steps to take.
Do I Really Need a Lawyer to File a Car Accident Claim?
There is no requirement for any personal injury victim to work with an attorney in order to file an injury claim, and in fact, insurance companies would love if you handled the claim on your own. When an insurance company receives your claim, the claims adjuster assigned to you will be tasked with identifying every possible reason to reduce your settlement offer. To combat this, you will greatly benefit from experienced and proven legal advice and guidance like you will get from the team at Fasig | Brooks.
Contact an Orlando car accident lawyer at (850) 222-3232 and get the skilled help you need.