An auto accident can turn your life upside down. You don't expect to get in a crash, so the aftermath can leave you feeling frustrated, overwhelmed and alone. Eric Canter is a compassionate, driven attorney with more than two decades of experience. You can rely on him to provide clear, honest and practical information about your accident claim. Serious vehicle crashes usually result in catastrophic injury, and you deserve the compensation you need in order to heal and to move on from this event. At ECanter Lawyers South Florida Injury Lawyers, we are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For a free evaluation of your claim – day or night – please call 561-447-4500.
Auto Accident Claims in South Florida
Our law firm handles all types of crash claims, such as:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Bus accidents
- Boat accidents
- Train accidents
- Bicycle-motor vehicle accidents
- Plane accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- ATV accidents
The potential catastrophic nature of these accidents cannot be overstated. As an attorney who has been fighting on behalf of accident victims for more than 20 years, Mr. Canter has witnessed just how severely these accidents can impact a life. He has seen how a severe injury can leave a person in pain, possibly disabled, unable to work and therefore no longer able to earn an income. These are all things that should be compensated in an accident claim.
"No-Fault" Insurance In Florida
In Florida, all drivers are required to purchase Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, as part of their insurance policy. PIP is often referred to as "no fault" insurance, and you may have even heard Florida referred to as a no-fault state because of PIP coverage. In fact, you may find yourself held liable for personal injuries you cause in an accident, regardless of your PIP coverage. Or, if you are injured in an accident, you may ultimately find this PIP coverage is limited in its ability to pay for your losses and expenses.
Florida legislators enacted PIP requirements in an attempt to prevent and reduce personal injury claims. As such, drivers in our state are required to carry $10,000 in PIP coverage. Although it varies based on deductible, generally PIP will cover up to 80 percent of medical expenses and up to 60 percent of lost wages. PIP is called "no fault" because it pays for your medical bills and lost wages regardless of who caused the accident that injured you – under certain circumstances.
PIP coverage applies when the injuries are not considered "permanent." If your injury and the other driver's injury are not permanent, and if your medical expenses and lost wages do not exceed $10,000, then PIP coverage generally prevents you from suing each other; however, when your medical bills and lost wages exceed $10,000, then the no-fault law does not apply and you may pursue a personal injury claim.
If, however, your injury is considered "permanent," then the limitations of PIP coverage do not apply in the sense that you are not subject to no-fault rules: You may pursue a claim against the responsible driver. Here are the current definitions of a permanent injury according to Florida law:
- Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
- Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement
- Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement
If you aren't sure where you fall in this web of insurance scenarios, please call Mr. Canter. He has decades of experience in Florida accident law and he can help you decide what to do next.
Can I Pursue Compensation For My Auto Accident Injuries?
Every day, Mr. Canter goes to bat for people in situations similar to yours – people who have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a crash caused by someone else's negligence. He has the skills, experience, knowledge and passion to pursue your claim vigorously, never resting until the best possible outcome has been obtained.
In an accident claim, compensation may be awarded for the following things and many others:
- Emergency room bills and all other medical expenses
- Costs of physical rehabilitation and job re-training
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- Pain and suffering that has ensued
Whether your accident was caused by a drunk or distracted driver, or someone else who was behaving carelessly, Mr. Canter is personally committed to your case. Sometimes, a defective road design or defective vehicle component is to blame for a crash. If you aren't sure if you have a case, we urge you to call us now. Day or night, we are available to take your call. After evaluating your situation, we can let you know whether you have a claim and what all of your options are. You can rely on Mr. Canter to be honest, forthright and practical in providing guidance and recommendations. He is not only a skilled and aggressive attorney, he also believes in treating you as you deserve to be treated: as a human being deserving of compassion, who is going through a tragic and overwhelming situation. Mr. Canter will make sure you know what is happening with your claim every step of the way, and he is always available to address your concerns or questions about your case.
If you are searching for an experienced, skilled auto accident attorney in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach or any of the surrounding areas in South Florida, Eric Canter is ready to stand at your side, fighting vigorously for full compensation on your behalf. For a free case evaluation, please call ECanter Lawyers South Florida Injury Lawyers at 561-447-4500.