If you were injured in a car crash in Clay County, it’s important that you understand your rights. Under Florida’s no-fault system, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills and lost wages regardless of who was to blame for the accident. If you suffered serious injuries, you may be able to step outside the no-fault system and sue the at-fault driver for damages, including compensation for your pain and suffering.
Navigating the claims filing process can be challenging without the help of a skilled attorney. At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we provide comprehensive legal counsel to those injured in serious motor vehicle accidents throughout Clay County. At our Orange Park office, we provide the personal attention you deserve and the aggressive legal advocacy you need.
As previously mentioned, Florida follows a no-fault system when it comes to car accident claims. This means that you do not have to prove that the other driver (or another party) was at fault for the accident in order to recover compensation. Instead, you can turn to your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which is a mandatory element of your Florida auto insurance policy, for compensation. However, PIP insurance is limited and may not cover all of your damages.
It does not cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering or lost quality of life, that result from the accident. Additionally, PIP insurance does not cover the full cost of your medical care or lost income; rather, it only covers up to a designated percentage of your damages.
It is possible to recover compensation for all of your damages following a car accident in Florida. One of the most common ways to do this is to step outside the no-fault system and sue the other driver (or involved party) directly. To do this, you will need to prove that your injuries meet the state’s “serious injury” threshold.
Our Orange Park car accident attorneys can help you determine whether you have grounds to go outside of Florida’s no-fault system and sue for damages. In every case, our attorneys offer unique, personalized legal strategies aimed at securing the best possible outcome for each individual client.
If you have qualifying “serious injuries” and wish to pursue a personal injury claim against the other driver (or party), you will need to prove that they were at least partly at fault for the accident. In most personal injury cases, Florida follows a rule of pure comparative fault. This means that you do not have to prove that the other person or party was entirely at fault for your injuries, only that they were somewhat to blame.
You are still able to bring a claim for damages if you were partly (or even mostly) at fault for the accident. However, the amount you can recover will be reduced in direct proportion to your at-fault percentage. For example, if a jury finds you 20% at fault for the accident, and your total damages amount to $100,000, you would only be able to recover up to 80% of that total amount, or $80,000.
Major car accident claims are anything but straightforward. Often, it takes the experience and skill of a proven legal team to secure the full amount of compensation you are owed. When you work with our Orange Park car accident lawyers, we will handle every detail of your case so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
We work with a team of 6 in-house investigators and over 100 support staff members, all of whom help us develop sound legal strategies and powerful cases on behalf of our clients. We also make it our goal to provide every single client with the personalized care, attention, and dedication they deserve. When you trust your case to our team, you are not just a number—we treat you with the service and respect you deserve. We even offer our clients our attorneys’ personal cell phone numbers so that they can always get in touch with their legal teams when they need them most.
If you or someone you love was recently involved in a car accident in the Clay County area, don’t wait to contact the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. for a free consultation. In most cases, you only have four years from the date of the accident to bring your claim. However, this time limit could be even more limited depending on the circumstances of your case.
Our firm offers contingency fees, meaning you do not pay unless we win, and we provide legal services in Spanish, Russian, and German. When you need help getting back on your feet after a serious auto accident, trust the neighborhood attorneys at the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A.