Joe Osborne & Greg Francis, Personal Injury Lawyers & Founders of Osborne & Francis

Florida Rear End Accident Attorney

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Ryan Fletcher

Why Do You Need a Florida Rear-End Accident Lawyer?

Rear-end car accidents are the most common type of automobile collision. Far from being “just a fender bender,” these crashes cause real, long-lasting injuries and losses. A Florida personal injury lawyer can help you recover.

Rear-end accidents are notorious for causing neck, back, and spinal cord injuries. These are serious conditions that affect a person’s mobility, earning capacity, and joy of life.

 

A rear-end accident attorney can help you secure a comprehensive settlement depending on the circumstances of your case. These settlements are typically aimed at compensating you for the damages and losses you have suffered due to the accident, including medical bills, lost income, and the stress and suffering endured by you and your family.

 

When navigating the legal system after such a destabilizing incident, having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney by your side can make all the difference. At Osborne & Francis, we understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that rear-end collisions can take on individuals and families. With our proven track record of success, we are dedicated to handling the heavy lifting on your behalf, and securing you the compensation you deserve.

Contact our Florida rear-end accident attorneys at (561) 293-2600 today — we have offices in Boca Raton, Orlando, and Lakeland, and are here to help. Read on for more information about rear-end collision lawsuits.

What Kind of Settlement Can a Florida Rear-End Accident Attorney Help You Secure?

Here are some common types of settlements our Florida rear-end accident attorneys can help you obtain:

 

  • Medical expenses: If you have incurred medical bills as a result of the rear-end accident, our attorneys can help you seek compensation for current and future medical expenses. This can include costs related to hospital stays, surgeries, medication, rehabilitation, therapy, and any other necessary treatments.
  •  Lost wages: If the injuries sustained in the rear-end accident have caused you to miss work or lose employment, our lawyers can help you pursue compensation for your income loss. This includes both past and future lost wages, because certain injuries can affect your ability to return to work at all in your career field.
  • Pain and suffering damages: Rear-end accidents can cause significant physical pain, emotional distress, and overall suffering. Our attorneys can advocate for compensation for your pain and suffering, taking into account the severity and duration of your injuries and their impact on your quality of life.
  • Property repair costs: If your vehicle or other personal property was damaged in the rear-end accident, your Florida car accident lawyer from Osborne & Francis can assist you in pursuing compensation for the repair or replacement of the damaged items.
  • Additional damages: Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, an attorney may help you pursue additional damages such as loss of consortium (marital health), loss of enjoyment of life, or “punishment” aka punitive damages if the negligent party's actions were particularly egregious.

 

It's important to note that every rear-end accident case is unique, and the potential settlement amount will vary based on the specific details and factors involved. An experienced Florida rear-end accident attorney will thoroughly evaluate your case, consider the extent of your damages, and negotiate a settlement that fairly compensates you for your losses.

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So you've been in a car accident. What happens next? There are many things that you should do but here are the three most important:

Number One: See a doctor immediately. 

A broken bone is easy to see, but some injuries are not. The most common injuries from car accidents happen in the neck, back, or head. The only way to diagnose and treat them is by seeing a doctor. A doctor can help ease the pain, provide medication, reassure you of how your injury may impact your daily life, and tell you what not to do to make it worse.

A visit to the doctor can also give you legally protected time off to recover and rest your body after an accident, and it documents and provides the evidence you may need for your case. Even a five-mile-per-hour car accident can cause a serious injury. So whether you've had a severe accident or a minor collision, see a doctor. And if you don't have medical insurance, let us know and we'll make sure that you receive the proper care. 

Number Two: Write everything down.

Even if it seems small, during times of stress or injury it is common to forget the little details. Make sure you keep note of the pain that you're in. With neck, back, and head injuries, sometimes simple activities such as walking up the stairs or picking up a toddler may cause severe pain. 

You may not be sleeping well at night. Documenting how much you sleep and how often you wake up due to pain is also very important. And lastly, if you have any cuts or bruises, take daily photos as you heal. This will provide visual evidence of the injuries that you've suffered. 

Number Three: Do not speak to an insurance company until you've spoken to a lawyer.

Please understand that the insurance adjuster works for a billion-dollar corporation and not for you. Their interests are solely for their insurance company, and their goal is to provide you with the least amount of financial settlement as quickly as possible. When you do speak with them, remember they will record the conversation. Why do they do this? Because they've been trained to ask questions that may confuse you. So talk to us before you talk to them. 

So remember: See a doctor, document everything, and call us before calling the insurance company for your free private consultation. We are here for you. Real tough lawyers fighting real tough issues.

In situations where a rear-end car accident causes or contributes to the death of a loved one, many families also have the option of suing for wrongful death. Funds from a wrongful death lawsuit can cover economic concerns like lost income, as well as emotional harms like the loss of a spouse, parent, or child. Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 to discuss your circumstances in a free, respectful, and private consultation.

What Injuries Can a Florida Rear-End Collision Attorney Handle?

 

A rear-end collision attorney can handle a wide range of injuries that may result from such accidents. While each case is unique, here are some common injuries that a rear-end collision attorney can assist you with:

 

  • Whiplash: Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in rear-end collisions. It occurs when the head and neck are forcefully jerked forward and then snapped back, causing strain or damage to the soft tissues in the neck. Symptoms may include neck pain, stiffness, headaches, dizziness, and reduced range of motion.
  • Back and spinal cord injuries: Rear-end collisions can result in back injuries, such as herniated discs, fractures, or spinal cord damage. These injuries can cause severe pain, numbness or tingling, loss of sensation, paralysis, or even long-term disability.
  • Brain injuries: The sudden impact of a rear-end collision can cause head injuries ranging from concussions and contusions to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). These injuries can lead to cognitive impairments, memory loss, headaches, dizziness, and changes in mood or behavior.
  • Internal injuries: The forceful impact in a rear-end collision can cause internal injuries, including damage to organs, internal bleeding, or bruising. These injuries may not always be immediately apparent and may require medical evaluation to diagnose. Damage to reproductive organs can drastically impact a person’s life and future.
  • Facial injuries: Injuries to the face, such as lacerations, fractures, or dental damage, can occur due to the impact of the collision or contact with the steering wheel, dashboard, or airbags. These can cause traumatizing disfigurement and difficulty with vision, hearing, speaking, eating, and social interactions.

 

Also keep in mind that psychological trauma is also an injury sustained during rear-end car accidents in Florida. The scratches can lead to conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues that your settlement should cover in full.

 

A skilled rear-end collision attorney understands the intricacies of these injuries and their potential long-term effects. We can gather medical records, consult with medical experts, and build a strong case to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.


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Contact a Florida Rear-End Collision Lawyer

 

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that rear-end accidents can take on your life, and we are committed to helping you rebuild and move forward. You can trust our team to fight tirelessly for your rights, standing by your side every step of the way.

 

Why Hire Osborne & Francis

 

With our in-depth knowledge of Florida's personal injury laws and decades of experience in handling rear-end accident cases, we are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the legal system. Whether negotiating with insurance companies or advocating for you in court, our goal is to maximize your compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

 

Our commitment to our clients is unwavering. We strive to not only achieve favorable outcomes but also to provide compassionate support and guidance throughout the entire legal process. We will thoroughly investigate your case, gather evidence, consult with experts if necessary, and build a strong claim on your behalf.

 

If you or a loved one has been involved in a rear-end car accident in Florida, don't hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation. Let us put our experience and expertise to work for you, allowing you to focus on your recovery while we handle the legal complexities. Contact Osborne & Francis at (561) 293-2600 today, and let us fight for the justice and compensation you deserve.

Frequently Asked Questions

Florida Rear-End Accident Lawsuit FAQs

Should I accept the insurance company's settlement offer?

You should not accept an offer from an insurance company before speaking with your own attorney. It is crucial to consult with a lawyer first, because insurance reps may pressure you to settle for an amount that is lower than what you may actually be entitled to receive. An attorney can assess the value of your claim, negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, and help you make an informed decision about accepting or rejecting a settlement offer.

What evidence is important in a rear-end accident lawsuit?

Evidence that can be crucial in a rear-end accident lawsuit may include police reports, photographs of the accident scene, witness statements, medical records and bills, expert opinions, and any other documentation related to the accident and your injuries. An attorney can help gather and analyze the evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.

How long does a rear-end accident lawsuit typically take?

The duration of a rear-end accident lawsuit can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the willingness of the parties to negotiate, and the court's schedule. Some cases may be resolved through settlement negotiations, which can take a few months. If the case goes to trial, it can take significantly longer, potentially extending to a year or more.

How long do I have to file a rear-end accident lawsuit in Florida?

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits, including rear-end accidents, is generally four years from the date of the accident. While this may seem like a long time, it's essential to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident. Evidence must be gathered right away before it is lost or degraded, and there may be specific deadlines that apply to your case that must be met in order to secure the maximum result.

 

At Osborne & Francis, we are dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation to individuals who have been involved in rear-end car accidents in Florida. Whether you've suffered from whiplash, spinal injuries, or any other form of harm, our skilled team is here to help. Contact our Florida offices at (561) 293-2600 — allow us to guide you through the legal process to the justice and compensation you deserve.