What Compensation Is Available in Pedestrian Accident Injury Claims?
When pursuing a pedestrian accident injury claim, individuals may be eligible for various types of compensation to address the physical, emotional, and financial toll of the incident.
Here are common types of compensation that a victim may seek in pedestrian accident injury claims:
- Medical Expenses: Coverage for current and future medical bills related to the accident, including hospital stays, surgeries, and medication.
- Rehabilitation and Assistive Devices: Coverage for the costs associated with rehabilitation services, assistive devices, or modifications to the home to accommodate the victim's new needs.
- Lost Wages: Compensation for income lost due to the inability to work during recovery. This may include both current and future lost earnings.
- Pain and Suffering: Damages awarded for physical pain, emotional distress, and overall suffering caused by the accident and its aftermath.
- Wrongful Death Damages: In cases where the pedestrian succumbs to injuries, the family may seek compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional distress through a wrongful death claim.
Consulting with a skilled pedestrian accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and pursue the full spectrum of compensation to which you may be entitled.
Pedestrian Accident Statistics in Florida
Here are some pedestrian accident facts for the three biggest cities in Florida:
1. Jacksonville ranks No. 10 in the country for most dangerous cities for pedestrians.
2. Miami saw 29 pedestrians killed, and over 750 injured in one recent year.
3. Tampa pedestrians accounted for 87 of Hillsborough County’s 273 traffic deaths in one year — that’s over 30%.
Some of the most dangerous roads in Florida are the interstates between large cities. But for pedestrian accidents, it’s big, walkable metroplexes in Florida that carry unique threats.
What Kinds of Injuries Can a Florida Pedestrian Accident Law Firm Handle?
A pedestrian accident law firm is equipped to handle a wide range of injuries resulting from accidents involving pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles. Pedestrian accidents can lead to severe injuries due to the vulnerability of individuals on foot when exposed to the impact of a collision.
Here are common types of injuries that a pedestrian accident law firm can handle:
- Head Injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs): Accidents can cause head injuries, including concussions and more severe traumatic brain injuries, which may have long-term consequences.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: The force of a collision can lead to spinal cord injuries, affecting mobility and causing long-term impairment.
- Fractures and Broken Bones: Pedestrians may suffer fractures or broken bones, often as a result of the impact with a vehicle.
- Soft Tissue and Internal Injuries: Pedestrians may experience injuries to skin (road rash), muscles, ligaments, and tendons, such as sprains, strains, and contusions. Impact from a collision can also result in internal injuries to organs, which may require immediate medical attention.
- Amputations and Facial Disfigurement: In some cases, the severity of a pedestrian accident may lead to amputations or the loss of limbs. Pedestrians may also suffer facial injuries, including lacerations, bruises, or disfigurement, impacting both physical appearance and emotional well-being.
Keep in mind that emotional and psychological injuries are also worthy of compensation, just like physical injuries. The trauma of a pedestrian accident can lead to psychological injuries, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Pedestrian accident lawyers are experienced in assessing the unique circumstances of each case, understanding the medical implications of injuries, and pursuing compensation for individuals and families.
Whether the injuries are minor or severe, our skilled pedestrian accident law firm can advocate for your rights and work to secure the compensation needed to move forward.
Help Is Around the Corner
At Osborne & Francis, we have offices throughout Florida in the following locations. Here are some key incidents for pedestrians in each:
• Orlando: Pedestrian struck, killed by a vehicle on Colonial Drive near John Young Parkway in Orlando.
• Lakeland: Police investigated a deadly hit-and-run crash that killed a pedestrian in the 1500 block of Kennedy Boulevard in Lakeland.
• Boca Raton: Pedestrian hit and killed by car, eastbound lanes of Palmetto Park Road closed in Boca Raton.
• West Palm Beach: Pedestrian dies after entering a car’s path on Military Trail, on the border with Palm Beach Gardens.
Contact us in Orlando, Lakeland, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach by calling (561) 293-2600 for representation after a pedestrian accident.
What Does a Florida Pedestrian Injury Attorney Do For Your Case?
A pedestrian injury attorney plays a crucial role in advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals who have been injured in pedestrian accidents.
Here are key responsibilities and actions that a pedestrian injury attorney typically takes on behalf of their clients:
- Investigation and Evaluation: We conduct a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the pedestrian accident. This often means gathering evidence, witness statements, and police reports. During these Investigations, we also determine the party or parties at fault for the pedestrian accident, whether it be a driver, property owner, or another entity.
- Documentation and Negotiation: Our lawyers collect and organize relevant evidence, such as medical records, accident reports, and witness statements. We use this evidence to present a strong case and engage in negotiations with the at-fault party's insurance company to reach a fair settlement.
- Litigation and Representation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiations, the attorney may file a lawsuit and represent the client in court. This includes presenting the case, questioning witnesses, and making legal arguments.
Most car accident cases, including pedestrian injury claims, are settled out of court long before a trial is necessary.
Hiring a pedestrian injury attorney is essential for navigating the complex legal process. Our goal as your attorney is to alleviate the legal burden on you and your family, and maximize the compensation you take home in the interest of fairness and future prosperity.