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Can a West Palm Beach Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Help Me?

At Gonzalez & Cartwright, our West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorneys understand how important this question is to accident victims. That's because pedestrian accidents are among the most serious cases we handle at our firm. Even a minor accident between a pedestrian and a moving vehicle can result in long-term physical, emotional and financial difficulty. It's natural to have a lot of questions if you or a loved one was injured or a loved one was killed in a pedestrian accident, including whether you need an attorney. The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about pedestrian accidents. If you don't see your question below, contact our firm today at (800) 608-2965 for a free case consultation.

Do I need to hire an attorney after a West Palm Beach pedestrian accident?

Although you're not required to hire an attorney after a pedestrian accident, you run the risk of getting less money to pay for your losses by pursuing a claim on your own. Pedestrian accident claims can be complicated. Perhaps the driver was drunk, texting and driving or speeding at the time of your accident. While your case may seem clear-cut, insurance companies for at-fault drivers often attempt to minimize liability. Adjusters are trained to find ways to keep payments out of your pocket. They might even deny your claim and argue you were at fault. That's not fair. Our experienced, results-driven attorneys have experience negotiating with insurance companies to secure the full compensation injury victims need after an accident.

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What types of damages can I recover after a pedestrian accident?

The damages or compensation you may be entitled to receive after a pedestrian accident will depend on many factors. No two pedestrian accidents are exactly the same. An experienced attorney can evaluate your case and help you pursue your options. Depending on the circumstances, injury victims may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, cost of future medical care, lost wages and loss of future earning capacity. Other potential damages include compensation for pain, suffering and emotional distress and in rare cases punitive damages, which are meant to punish drivers who acted with gross negligence or intent to harm accident victims.

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Can I negotiate for more money for my pedestrian accident in Florida?

Yes. In many cases, you can and should demand more money for your pedestrian accident. That's because the true cost of such accidents often adds up to much more than what most insurance companies offer injury victims. As a result, you could end up paying for many accident-related expenses out of your own pocket.

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What if I was partially at fault for my pedestrian accident in South Florida?

Florida is a pure comparative fault state. That means pedestrian accident victims may still be entitled to compensation even when partially at fault. The law is complex, which is why it's important to seek the advice of legal counsel. Talk to a lawyer before admitting any fault in an accident. Insurance companies typically will try to use any admission of fault by a victim as a reason to deny a claim or severely reduce compensation. Call us at (800) 608-2965 for more information.

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How much does a pedestrian accident attorney cost?

At Gonzalez & Cartwright, we understand how difficult life can become after a pedestrian accident. We don't think you should have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses for legal fees. As contingency fee lawyers, you only pay us when we win your case. Discover the difference a West Palm Beach pedestrian accident attorney can make today. We're ready to stand up for you. Contact our firm at (800) 608-2965 today for a free case consultation.

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Can I file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida for my pedestrian accident?

Yes. In many cases, filing a lawsuit might be the best way to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your pedestrian accident in Florida. That's why you should discuss this option with an attorney at our law firm as soon as possible.

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How long do I have to take legal action after a pedestrian accident in Florida?

In general, you have four years from the date of your accident to take legal action in Florida. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. Four years might seem like a long time. But what many people might not realize is the longer you wait to file a lawsuit or take other legal action, the harder it often becomes to win your case. That's because evidence can disappear over time. People's memories can also fade. That's why it's important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your pedestrian accident.

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