Whether riding a scooter, rollerblading, skateboarding, or traveling on foot, you are considered a pedestrian. Pedestrians have good reason to want to travel around Navarre to enjoy the great weather and beautiful scenery, but there are risks that they must be aware of — and know how to respond to if they are hurt. Drivers pose a significant risk to pedestrians, but other pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, and even maintenance issues can pose a threat to pedestrians’ safety as they travel around town. While most pedestrian trips around Navarre are perfectly safe and enjoyable, there is always the risk of being involved in an accident caused by someone else’s recklessness, negligence, or even malice.
In 2020, there were a total of 29 pedestrian crashes and two pedestrian deaths reported to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. While these numbers are low, they do not guarantee that you will not be one of the few hurt or killed each year in Santa Rosa County. Therefore, it is essential to understand that there is legal help if you or a loved one is either hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident. The team at Fasig | Brooks is here to help you get the money you deserve after an accident. While no amount of money will ever undo the damage caused by an accident, there is no reason for a victim to take on the financial burden of someone else’s dangerous behavior.
Contact Fasig | Brooks For a Free Consultation Today
Our personal injury law firm offers a free consultation to victims of a range of accidents. We can discuss the specifics of their situation and provide clear and valuable legal advice on how to move forward. If you have been involved in an accident, we encourage you to reach out to us as soon as possible to learn more about how personal injury cases work, how we have helped many clients in the past get the money they deserve, and how you stand to benefit from partnering with our team. You do not have to go through this process alone.
Our priority is to provide our clients with exceptional legal representation while giving them the time and space necessary to focus on recovering — both physically and mentally — from such a harrowing and painful experience. The sooner you contact us for a free consultation, the sooner we will be able to begin our work together. The insurance company will not work diligently to get you the money you deserve, and you will benefit from an ally who is willing to do what it takes to work towards a fair and comprehensive settlement or award.
Calculating Damages After a Navarre Pedestrian Accident
One of the key benefits of working with an attorney after a pedestrian accident in Navarre is getting expert support while calculating the actual damages you are owed. There are plenty of resources online that can help you get an understanding of what compensatory damages are, but the actual process of both identifying all damages and then accurately calculating them requires years of experience. In addition to calculating these damages, the next step will be to negotiate with the insurance company to either reach a settlement agreement or move forward with a full lawsuit in the Florida courts. Regardless of the actual process, the reality is that these negotiations can be contentious and aggressive and can feel nearly impossible for even the most experienced negotiator while recovering from serious injuries.
Compensatory damages are divided into two distinct categories, each of which is equally important but vary significantly in both the way to identify them and the manner of calculation. The following are brief explanations of each, but to gather all information about the damages you have suffered, you will want to connect with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Economic damages pertain to any impact of an accident that has set and measurable dollar values associated with it. The most common of these damages include the cost of repairing or replacing property, the cost of a victim’s medical care, and the impacts on the victim’s earnings. In instances of catastrophic or permanent injuries, economic damages include the cost of ongoing care and the long-term impacts on a victim’s earnings.
The key to effectively calculating economic damages is an eye for detail and understanding how to connect specific outcomes to an accident. Unfortunately, there are many economic damages that a victim may fail to recognize that a detail-oriented attorney will be able to gather and quantify.
Non-economic damages are more complicated to identify and calculate when compared to economic damages, because these damages do not have set or measurable dollar values. The most common non-economic damages include the pain and suffering that a victim endures because of their injuries. As you can imagine, calculating a dollar value for something like “depression” can feel almost impossible for someone who is not experienced with personal injury law — especially while they are trying to deal with severe injuries and the turmoil that a significant accident can cause.
Personal injury attorneys have several methods to quantify and calculate these subjective, experiential damages effectively. They will choose the best method based on your situation and how to get you the money you are entitled to. Once these damages are calculated, your attorney will then need to negotiate aggressively to close the gap between the insurance company’s initial offer and the calculations that your lawyer has arrived at. You will be able to discuss the calculus that goes into determining a fair amount to settle for versus when to push forward with a lawsuit. You will be able to continue to stay informed and involved in these decisions as negotiations move forward.
The first step is to contact our law firm for a free consultation, which we encourage you to do as soon as possible.