Do I Have a Case Even Without Damage to My Vehicle?
Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Sep 29, 2020 in Auto Accidents
You may still have a case even if there was no damage done to your vehicle after an accident. You could be suffering from other related-damages and left dealing with physical and psychological injuries. You may have delayed symptoms or anxiety each time you are in a vehicle. A car accident can result in more devastation than personal property damage.
With that being said, you may also be questioning if you could be eligible for compensation for these losses. The answer is generally yes. To ensure your rights are protected, we recommend scheduling a free consultation at Gordon & Partners. We know what it takes to build a strong case for compensation.
Pursuing Compensation for a Crash Without Vehicle Damage
When you file an insurance claim or lawsuit after a car accident, you may be able to pursue multiple damages. If the crash caused serious damage to your vehicle or totaled it, you may be eligible to obtain compensation to cover the costs of repairs, a rental or replacement.
When there is no vehicle damage but you have suffered bodily injury, you may be eligible to obtain compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This is why it is important to work with a lawyer who can help prove the extent and severity of your injuries.
Many car accidents happen a low speeds, such as crashes in parking lots or private property. If you were rear-ended at a traffic light or stop sign, you could suffer a concussion or a back, neck or spine injury.
No visible damage to your vehicle does not mean that an accident never happened or that the other driver is not at a fault. Sometimes near misses or no-contact car accidents can cause damage or injury.
It is important to note that Florida is a no-fault state. This means that each person’s insurance company pays for their own damages in an accident. This is true regardless of who was at fault.
If an accident causes you more damage or injury than the limits of your policy, you may have the right to take legal action for additional damages by filing a lawsuit.
Comparative Negligence in Florida Car Accident Cases
Florida also follows a comparative negligence law. This law allows anyone injured and partially to blame for an accident the ability to seek damages. However, your award amount would be reduced according to your percentage of fault.
For instance, say you were found 30 percent legally liable for an accident and there was $50,000 in damages. Your percentage of fault would be reduced by 30 percent or $15,000. In the end, you would only be able to collect $35,000 in damages.
Protecting Your Rights After a Crash
Even without damage to your vehicle, there are certain steps you can take to protect your right to pursue compensation after a car accident. It is important that you contact the police and file a report. In Florida, you are required to report a crash if it results in injury, death, or more than $500 in property damage, among other factors.
Be sure to take photos of the scene, any visible injuries, and collect as much information as possible from the other party involved and any witnesses present, such as insurance details and statements.
It is also important to seek immediate medical care to have a doctor assess your injuries and provide a treatment plan to aid in your recovery. Taking these steps would help to support any claim made.
We Are Available to Help 24/7
If you have been injured in a crash without vehicle damage, a West Palm Beach car accident lawyer from our firm is ready to fight for your rights. We have a dedicated team of investigators and support staff at your disposal should you have a valid case. This can be determined in a free, no-obligation consultation.
You have nothing to lose by calling us to discuss your situation. We charge no upfront fees for our legal services. We do not get paid unless we help you obtain compensation through a settlement or verdict.