Whether you’re heading down the A1A or heading to Manatee Lagoon, driving in Riviera Beach can dangerous. Car accidents happen almost every day in the area. While many of these accidents are just fender benders, any car wreck can lead to serious injuries that can leave you incapacitated.
If you’ve been in a collision, you may be left unable to work, and your medical and other bills may be piling up all around you. While your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy will pay for some of your expenses, the fact of the matter is that many wrecks may lead to medical bills and other costs that are well above what PIP pays.
If you’ve been in a car wreck, you have legal options. At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. Give us a call at (561) 566-5021 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Riviera Beach car accident lawyer today.
How Much Compensation You May Seek After a Car Accident
Every driver registered in Florida is required to carry PIP insurance. With PIP insurance, part of your medical bills and other expenses are automatically paid for, regardless of who is at fault for the wreck. Specifically, PIP insurance will pay for 80 percent of your medical bills and 60 percent of your lost wages, up to a combined $10,000. However, if your medical treatment is considered non-emergency, you are only entitled to $2,500.
If your expenses exceed $10,000, you may have the right to seek greater compensation for the costs above that threshold. While $10,000 may seem like a high number, consider that if you’re in a wreck that required a CT scan, x-rays or other testing, your emergency room visit can cost upwards of $30,000 or more. When you talk to a Riviera Beach car accident attorney at Steinger, Greene & Feiner, we can help you determine how much compensation you may be entitled to.
Generally, this compensation (or damages) is divided into two categories: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages specifically relate to the real money you lost because of your car accident. This could include your medical bills, property damage, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and more.
Noneconomic damages are more ambiguous. These damages cover things like pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement or paralysis, mental anguish, and more. Our lawyers may get the help of doctors, psychologists and other experts to prove you deserve noneconomic compensation.
In rare instances, punitive damages may be assessed as well. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant, and can only be assessed if they acted with intentional misconduct or gross negligence. If the judge awards punitive damages, they will be capped at either $500,000 or three times the sum of economic and noneconomic damages combined, whichever is greater.
How a Riviera Beach Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
In 2017 alone, there were more than 16,000 car accidents in Palm Beach County. If you were in one of the collisions, you may be wondering just how you’ll pay for your medical bills and other expenses. After all, PIP only covers so much of the costs you might incur after your wreck. The good news is, if you were in a wreck that isn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our Riviera Beach car accident lawyers have recovered over $1 billion on behalf of our clients. We know what it takes to successfully negotiate with the insurance company.
Before you accept any settlement offer from the insurance company and forfeit your right to seek greater compensation, call us at (561) 566-5021 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with a Riviera Beach car accident lawyer today.