Serving the Areas of West Palm Beach, Sunrise, and Ft. Lauderdale

David M. Benenfeld gets paid on a contingency fee basis! There are no upfront costs either. If you’re in an accident, all you need to do is call our office. We’re more than happy to set up an appointment for you to come in, meet with us and get your questions answered. If you can’t come in, we’ll come out to meet with you and answer any questions that you may have so that we can help.

We do this entirely on a contingency fee basis. That means that we don’t get paid anything at all until we get you a settlement. If we get you a settlement, that’s when we charge you. If we don’t get you a settlement, you don’t pay anything at all.

After An Accident Should I Go To The Doctor Or See An Attorney First?

After an accident, it’s a really good idea to see a doctor as quickly as you can. You want to do that just to assess any medical problems that you have, and to make sure you get the medical care you need In addition, you need to make sure that you see a doctor to help you get your no fault benefits increased. Should you fail to see a doctor within 14 days after an accident, you will cause your no fault benefits to be in jeopardy. Certainly, if you don’t know a doctor, we’re more than happy to meet with you and get you squared away with any doctors that you might need.

Does It Help, Or Hinder, Someone’s Case To Keep A Journal Of Events Following An Auto Accident?

It doesn’t hurt at all to keep a diary; it can be very helpful.  If we can’t settle the claim with the insurance company and we have to go to a jury trial, a daily diary that shows the problems you’ve been having on a daily basis is exceptionally useful. For example, “Woke up at 3 a.m., could not sleep because of excruciating back pain. Took medication and the medication kept me awake for 3 hours. Went to sleep at 7 a.m. and tried to get up to go to work at 8 but couldn’t get up because I felt groggy due to medication. Therefore, I had to stay home, called my employer. My employer told me if it happens one more time, I’m going to get fired,” etc. That kind of information is very helpful for proving the kinds of damages you have suffered when you’ve been injured in an accident. It will also work towards showing the kind of impact the accident has had on your life and the lives of your significant others.

What Makes Automobile Accidents Different From Any Other Sort Of Personal Injury Claim?

Automobile accidents are different than slip and fall accidents, they are different than workers’ compensation claims and they are different than negligent security claims. Every area of the law has its own issues and nuances.

For example, in a personal injury claim or an automobile accident, there are no fault insurance issues, as well as property damage, bodily injury liability, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage aspects.  There is also the potential issue of lost wages.

In a workers’ compensation claim, only lost wages applies.  In an automobile accident, you deal with pain and suffering, but in a workers’ compensation claim, there is no pain and suffering.  In every area of the law there are different things to consider and different things that need to be done to preserve your benefits and get you the maximum result possible.

How Long Can an Auto Accident Case Potentially Take to Resolve?

The length of an automobile accident case depends on the insurance company for the other side, what the injuries are, and how long it takes you to heal. For example, if you have an exceptionally serious injury and there is a very small insurance policy available, that claim can typically be resolved even within a few weeks.

If somebody has a very serious injury and there is a very large insurance policy available, that claim will most likely take a while.  The reason for this is that we have to wait to see how someone progresses medically. In the State of Florida, somebody must have what is called a permanent injury in order to recover damages for their pain and suffering or scarring. When someone gets hurt in an automobile collision, we wait for them to finish their medical care with their doctor. The medical care can generally take anywhere from 3 months to a year and a half, depending on whether or not the person needs surgery.

When they’ve reached “Maximum Medical Improvement”, which means they’re as good as they’re going to get, the doctor will assign what is called an Impairment Rating. That impairment rating means there is a permanent injury as long as they get a rating larger than zero. At this point, the injured person is considered able to settle their claim because they have hit the threshold required in the state of Florida in order to recover for their pain and suffering and damages. Again, the time it takes to settle a case depends on the injuries sustained and how long it takes to heal.

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