Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be a traumatizing and stressful experience, especially if you are seriously injured or lose a loved one as a result of a crash.
In addition to their injuries, car accident victims also suffer the burden of large expenses, including hospital bills, medical treatments and medication, childcare, loss of personal time with loved ones, and missed time from work. A successful personal injury claim can reimburse you for these expenses, and statistics show that accident victims typically see a much higher recovery when they hire a lawyer.
Fighting For Car Accident Victim Legal Rights
Attorney Richard Bokor is dedicated to holding people responsible for causing personal injury to others and has helped accident victims in Florida recover large settlements and verdicts for more than 40 years.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in Florida contact attorney Richard A. Bokor at (813) 251-1000 to schedule your free legal consultation.
Damages Recoverable in Car Accident Claims
There are essentially two types of damages that are recoverable in a car accident claim; economic damages, and non-economic damages. Past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and the cost of necessary household services are examples of economic damages. Non-economic damages include losses that are more subjective, such as mental and physical pain and suffering, humiliation, emotional distress, and even damage to a person’s reputation.
Dealing With The Insurance Company After Your Automobile Accident
Insurance companies want you to believe that handling auto accident claims is a simple matter that does not require the assistance of a personal injury attorney who specializes in personal injury accidents. But you should know that insurance adjusters are trained to reduce the amount of a settlement that you are paid. The only way to make sure that you get a fair settlement or award is to have a car accident attorney who understands the insurance system, is well prepared and experienced in trying these cases in court, and of course, will do everything possible to fight for your rights.
Although insurance companies and many lawyers consider automobile accident claims routine, that just isn’t true. Every car accident and every individual injured in an auto accident is unique. Attorney Richard Bokor knows that a wide variety of injuries can result from a car wreck. Auto accidents may be caused by the negligence on the part of another driver or the design and condition of the road or highway.
Automobile Accident Injuries
Neck sprains and strains, commonly known as whiplash, are the most frequently reported injuries in U.S. insurance claims. In 2007, the cost of claims in which neck pain was the most serious injury was about $8.8 billion, or 25 percent of the total payout for crash injuries.
Part of providing excellent legal services for victims of motor vehicle collisions is understanding their injuries (such as whiplash, back injuries, neck pain, shoulder injuries, etc.) and medical treatment (chiropractic, injections, physical therapy, massage, etc.) needs. Mr. Bokor will often consult with medical experts from all over the country. These physicians may review medical records; examine clients; assess any relevant pre-accident medical history; or act as expert witnesses during trial. A complete understanding of the medical situation helps us to maximize client’s financial compensation for medical bills, injuries, etc.
How Can Richard Bokor Help Me?
Studies by the Insurance Research Council have shown that on average, automobile accident injury claimants who hired a lawyer received a settlement that was 3 and a half times more than they would have if they had tried to negotiate on their own. Insurance companies are in business to make profit; their largest expense is paying out claims, which means that they have a strong incentive to try to convince accident victims to take lower payouts.
Most car accident victims don’t understand their legal rights, and the insurance companies use this to their advantage during the negotiations process. At the Law Office of Richard Bokor P.A., we focus treat our clients like part of our family. When you hire us, you can expect:
Personalized Care. We want to give each of our clients the time and attention they deserve.
Commitment to Justice. We want to make sure each of our clients gets the best settlement or verdict possible. We take the extra time to get the best possible results for our clients.
Constant Communication. We don’t just want the best results for our clients–we want to make sure they understand the process from start to finish.
What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
Every car accident case is different. The total amount of money that you will receive depends on a number of factors including:
Medical Expenses. You are entitled to seek compensation for those medical bills.
Non-economic Damages. You may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other damages.
Lost Earnings. Compensation for wage loss is usually based on how much money you would have earned if you had not been injured.
At-fault Driver’s Insurance. If the at-fault driver was carrying a policy with low limits, you’re unlikely to receive anything over those limits, unless that driver has significant assets.
Your Insurance. If you carry Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) coverage, your chances of being compensated fully are much higher.
Litigation. Insurance companies want to avoid the risk of a jury awarding a large verdict to accident victims at all costs. A willingness to file a lawsuit puts additional pressure on the insurance company to settle the case.
Attorney Richard Bokor is dedicated to achieving the best possible result for each and every one of our clients.
Causes of Car Accidents
Impaired Driver. Drunk driving accounts for approximately 32 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
Unlicensed Driver. One in every five fatal car crashes in the US involves a driver who does not have a valid license. You must have a valid driver license to legally operate a motor vehicle, motorcycle, moped, or motor-driven cycle on public roadways in Florida.
Red-Light Running. In 2014, 709 people were killed in the US and an estimated 126,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running.
Rollover Accidents. Rollovers are rare but deadly. Vehicles roll over in 2 percent of all crashes, but these crashes account for more than a third of passenger vehicle occupant deaths.