A knowledgeable personal injury attorney who knows how to win accident cases
Florida is a beautiful place to live, but unfortunately, the Sunshine State has some of the worst traffic in the nation, and ranks among the very worst states for serious injury crashes. In fact, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Florida recorded 3,104 traffic fatalities in 2020. Broward County, given its large population and congested roadways, such as is certainly a high-risk area. The county reported more than 212,000 persons injured in auto-related accidents, which included more than 8,000 pedestrians. Yet, Florida’s no-fault insurance law can make it difficult to obtain the full compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Broward County car crash, Law Office of Ken M. Frankel, P.A. is prepared to help. Drawing on decades of personal injury experience, we proceed professionally and aggressively to resolve your claim on the best possible terms.
Our Pompano Beach auto accident attorneys handling a wide range of crashes
Our experienced team has represented victims of all types of vehicle crashes, including:
Head-on collisions — The deadliest types of crashes occur when vehicles strike head-on, as when a car strays across the median or enters a freeway via an exit ramp.
Rear-end crashes — Aggressive tailgating
T-bone or side-impact collisions – Cause of whiplash injuries
This experience enables us to fully investigate accident causation and gather the evidence necessary to build a compelling case.
Negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies
Depending on the facts of your case, you may be making a claim with your own insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurer. Either situation places you in an adversarial role with a powerful company determined to limit the amount you recover. With our legal team on your side, you have equally skilled and determined allies to assert your rights. Attempting to negotiate a settlement by yourself sets you up for frustration, as the insurer slow walks your claim to wear you down and force you to accept a substandard offer. We know their tactics and how to overcome them, and we’re not afraid to go to court whenever justice requires.
Parties who might face accident liability
Liability means legal responsibility for having caused the accident and inflicted injury on another person. In an auto accident, the legally responsible party could be:
An at-fault driver — Most traffic accidents are caused by careless drivers making unsafe maneuvers. When a negligent driver causes an accident, he must pay damages, either with insurance proceeds or personal assets.
Car owner — In some cases an at-fault driver might be covered by the vehicle owner’s insurance policy.
Driver’s employer — When a commercial vehicle causes an accident, the company who employs the driver and/or operates the vehicle is liable.
Repair shop/technician — When faulty maintenance causes an accident, companies responsible for upkeep may be liable.
Vehicle or parts manufacturer — When defective auto parts cause accidents, injuries are the responsibility of the manufacturer.
Government entity — When faulty road design, construction or maintenance causes an accident, the government body responsible for the road’s safety can be liable.
Commercial vehicle loading crew — Carriers subcontract the loading of their vehicles to cargo companies. When poorly loaded cargo causes a truck rollover accident, these companies can be liable.
Whenever necessary, our personal injury attorneys consult with accident reconstruction experts to help determine who caused the accident and who is legally responsible.
Pursuing full compensation for serious auto accident injuries
Auto accidents can inflict punishing trauma on the human body. This is especially in high speeds collisions on such busy routes as Federal Highway (U.S. Rt. 1) and Interstate 95. Aggressive drivers passing through busy intersections along E. Broward Blvd and Atlantic Boulevard have also produce devastating crashes. The injury toll for such crashes includes:
Whiplash — This is the term for the damage done to soft tissue with the head is knocked violently in one direction, then another. The tearing of muscles, ligaments and discs can inflict chronic pain and require extensive rehabilitation. Soft tissue damage can also limit mobility, and the pain from pinched nerves can radiate down the extremities.
Internal bleeding — Blunt force trauma can damage internal organs, while puncture wounds can pierce blood vessels. Internal bleeding can induce shocks and unconsciousness, and can ultimately be fatal.
Neck and back injuries — Trauma to the spinal cord can cause temporary or permanent paralysis. If a break occurs in the cervical region, quadriplegia is possible. In the thoracic or lumbar areas, a break can cause paraplegia.
Compressed or cracked vertebrae — Breakage in the bones that make up the spinal column can cause chronic disability.
Crush injuries and broken bones — The force of an impact and the weight of a vehicle can shatter bones beyond repair. Surgery can often repair displaced fractures, but when bones are completely destroyed, even extensive reconstruction cannot restore the patient to pre-accident status.
Burns and disfiguration — Fuel spills can ignite, causing a conflagration that permanently injures and scars an accident victim. Extensive burning requires surgical grafts, but may still be inadequate. Burn victims are more susceptible to infection, which can be deadly. Similarly, shattered glass can ruin an accident victim’s appearance, which is certainly a compensable injury.
Wrongful death — The most catastrophic injury takes the life of the victim. Death can come suddenly, or only after extensive suffering.
Our attorneys consult with medical experts to understand the extent of the harm you’ve suffered and your prognosis for recovery, so we can build a case for the damage award or settlement you deserve.
What is the average settlement for a car crash in Florida?
This is a common question, but ultimately not very helpful. According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, the average settlement for an auto accident is $15, 443. But what does that mean for you? Was the damage to your car average? Are your injuries average? The more pertinent question is “What is the average settlement for injuries of my type?” Though it might sound cold and calculating, there is a “market” or “going rate” for injury claims, based on recent settlements for similar injuries. Accident victims are not privy to this information, which puts them at a disadvantage when trying to negotiate on their own with an insurance company. But our experienced attorneys know how much cases have settled for. We can provide reliable advice about the quality of an offer from an insurer and assert your rights to a full, fair settlement that covers your losses.
Securing full compensation under Florida’s PIP law
Like some other states, Florida has a no-fault insurance law meant to facilitate the settlement of less serious traffic accidents. Florida requires all drivers to purchase Personal Injury Protection, or PIP, coverage, so they are covered for:
Medical services and medication
Surgical services and hospital expenses
Unfortunately, PIP only covers 80 percent of these medical expenses, and there is a ceiling of $2,500 in medical benefits for non-emergency injuries. In addition, PIP pays 60 percent of economic losses, such as lost wages, up to $10,000. Finally, for fatal accidents, PIP pays a $5,000 death benefit.
Obviously, PIP coverage is inadequate for a serious injury that requires extensive hospitalization. So, the law does allow accident victims to sue when:
The injuries are severely disfiguring, or
The injuries are permanent, in that there is loss of bodily function, or
The injuries resulted in death, or
The medical costs exceed $10,000
Suing for personal injury enables you to recover 100 percent of your medical expenses and other economic losses, as well as compensation for your pain and suffering, which can be substantial.
Why you need to hire a Pompano Beach car accident attorney
Whether you file a PIP claim or sue for a severe injury, you are in an adversarial relationship with a party who is determined to pay you as little as possible. Having an experienced advocate on your side forces the defendant to take your case seriously. Our legal team knows how to assemble the evidence necessary to build a winning case. As your representative, it is our duty to maximize the amount of compensation your receive for your injuries. Working with a professional attorney, accident victims generally recover substantially more, even after deducting legal expenses, than they would if they had attempted to settle the case themselves.
Contact our experienced Broward County law firm for you auto accident claim
Call Law Office of Ken M. Frankel, P.A. today at 954-784-0800 or contact our officeonline to schedule a free consultation for your auto accident claim. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin our investigation. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our Pompano Beach office, we can visit you at your home or in the hospital.
Call us today 954-784-0800 to get free consultation for your car accident lawsuit. We are always available to provide professional legal help to people living in South Florida. Hablamos Espanol
Law Offices of Ken M. Frankel, PA
71 Northeast 27th Avenue
Pompano Beach 33062
Mr. Frankel and his team are absolutely amazing! My case went to trial and the outcome was more than expected. His team is very professional and kept me informed every step of the way. I hope to never need his services again, but if I do, he is the man for the job. Thank you again, Mr. Frankel and team!
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