When a car accident is serious enough to leave you in a coma, you are almost certainly going to face huge medical bills, lost time at work, and a long recovery when you wake up.
It’s something no one should have to go through, but, if you have, you likely need a lawyer to represent you while you pursue compensation.
Call as Soon as You Can
In Florida, a statute of limitations applies to how long you can sue after being in an accident. If you have already been in a coma for a while, when you wake up, you should hire a lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you have the chance to make your case for compensation.
If you are near the statute of limitations or have exceeded it, an attorney can ask the court to make an exception, but there are no guarantees.
Who Caused Your Accident?
If the car accident that left you in a coma was someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation to help you with the expenses related to your accident.
Your lawyer will help you determine whether someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior caused your collision. He or she may review photographs, witness statements, police reports, and medical records to find the at-fault party.
Car accidents are not always another driver’s fault, however. For example, if your vehicle rolled over, the vehicle’s manufacturer or the entity responsible for maintaining safe road conditions could be found responsible. Your lawyer will examine all possible angles to determine who to pursue for compensation.
What Your Settlement Might Cover
Filing a lawsuit is the best way to collect compensation beyond what your personal injury protection insurance will pay after your accident. Given the often long-term nature of comas, you are likely going to need money to pay for medical care well into the future. That means your needs are likely to exceed your own insurance coverage limits.
When suing someone, you can seek compensation for the following economic damages:
- Long-term medical costs
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation services
- Emotional therapy and mental health services
- Hospital stays
- Wage losses to date, as well as long-term wage losses if you are unable to return to work
- Caregiver expenses
- Financial losses and expenses your family suffered while you were in a coma
You can also receive money for the pain and suffering your coma and other injuries have caused, as well as lost quality of life. Money for non-economic damages like these can be negotiated during settlement talks or awarded at a trial, depending on the nature of your case.
Get Legal Help
When someone else’s negligence has severely injured you, you need someone to stand up for you and aggressively work to get the compensation you need to recover. Protect your legal and financial rights by working with Lavent Law.
You deserve to be compensated, so call (305) 440-0450 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page to speak with a Miami car accident coma lawyer.