"Whether it's a whiplash, serious injury or wrongful death case, we pride ourselves on representing you with the personal service and aggressive representation that you expect and deserve!" -Attorney Ron Sholes
Jacksonville Car Accident Lawyer
Car Accidents in Duval County
If you were injured in a car accident in Duval County, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Navigating the claims filing process can be difficult, however, especially when you are already dealing with getting proper medical care and taking time off work to heal.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we have over 100 years of combined experience representing injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed. We understand what you are going through, as well as the challenges that lay ahead. Our Jacksonville car accident lawyers are prepared to negotiate with the insurance company and, if necessary, take your case to trial in their effort to secure the maximum compensation you are owed.
How to File a Car Accident Claim in Florida
Florida is what is known as a “no-fault state.” This means that it operates under a no-fault system in which those injured in motor vehicle accidents must typically turn to their own insurance providers—rather than the insurance providers of the at-fault drivers—for compensation. Under this system, you are required to carry personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance. PIP coverage is available regardless of fault, meaning you can still be compensated for your damages even if you were partly, mostly, or completely at fault for the accident.
While PIP insurance makes it easier for you to be compensated after an accident, it does come with several notable limitations. In Florida, PIP insurance only covers part of your medical expenses and lost wages, not all of them. Additionally, it does not cover non-economic damages, including pain and suffering, whatsoever.
The only way to be fully compensated for both your economic and non-economic damages after a car accident in Florida is to go outside the no-fault system. To do this, you will have to prove that you suffered a “serious injury,” as defined by state law. You can also go outside the no-fault system by proving that your damages amount to more than $10,000, which is the highest amount an individual can recover through PIP insurance in the state.
Proving Your Injuries Are “Serious”
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we believe that you deserve to be compensated for all of your damages, including your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, future lost earnings, pain and suffering, inconvenience, and lost quality of life. Our Jacksonville car accident lawyers can help you prove that your injuries meet the state’s criteria for “serious injuries” and help you step outside the no-fault system to recover full compensation.
For an injury to be considered “serious” in Florida, it must meet one of the following requirements:
- The injury involves permanent, significant scarring and/or disfigurement
- The injury results in permanent, significant loss of an “important” function
- The injury causes significant impairment of a body part or function
- The injury is permanent (or reasonably likely to be, as confirmed by a medical professional)
Filing a Standard Injury Claim
If you wish to go outside the no-fault system, and you have grounds to do so, you may bring a standard personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance provider. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence rule, you will need to prove that the other driver (or another third party) was at least partly at fault for the accident that caused your injuries.
This might involve proving that the other party:
- Violated traffic laws/rules of the road
- Was distracted or drunk while driving
- Failed to yield the right of way
- Made an unsafe or unlawful turn
- Was speeding
- Engaged in reckless or aggressive driving behaviors
- Passed unsafely or unlawfully
- Failed to stop at a red light or stop sign
- Merged into your vehicle
Our Jacksonville car accident attorneys work with a team of 6 expert investigators and more than 100 support staff members who help reconstruct the accident and determine how it occurred. This allows us to see who was at fault and helps us prove liability for your damages. From there, we aggressively negotiate with the appropriate insurance company for a fair settlement on your behalf. If the insurance company refuses to settle, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial.
Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we demand and fight for the full compensation our clients deserve. Because every case is different, we employ a personalized approach and look for innovative legal strategies tailored to our clients’ unique needs, concerns, and goals. When you choose our firm to represent you, you receive a high level of attention and care from a dedicated team of legal professionals.
We are truly your neighborhood attorney, committed to helping you get back on your feet and to making our communities better, safer places for all. We provide legal services in Spanish, Russian, and German, and we do not collect any fees unless we win your case.