Do I have to report a car accident to my insurance company if I didn’t cause it?

In short, yes. While there is no law on the books in Florida that requires you to report a minor accident to your insurance provider, virtually all carriers contain a clause in your agreement that all accidents be reported to them within a relatively short amount of time. Furthermore, if you plan to pursue any compensation for injuries, you will have to do so through your own insurance company.

I’ve heard that Florida is a no-fault insurance state. What does that mean?

Being in a no-fault insurance state means that you are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance on top of your typical auto insurance. If you are injured in a car accident, even if it wasn’t your fault, your PIP insurance will be where your compensation comes from. Essentially, you will file a claim against your own insurance provider instead of that of the driver who caused the accident. In extreme cases of catastrophic injury, you may be able to sue the other driver for additional damages.

Is the owner of the store where I slipped and fell responsible for my medical bills?

It is very possible. All property owners are legally obligated to maintain safe conditions on their properties and take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents. Unless you were acting recklessly or against safety rules, they are most likely liable for your medical expenses.

My child got hurt in the neighbor’s swimming pool, but he didn’t ask permission before going in. Can I still file a personal injury claim?

It depends on the details of circumstance. Had your child been invited to use their pool previously? Is your child old enough to understand the concept of trespassing? Was the pool fenced or easily accessible? The answers to these questions impact whether or not you have a viable personal injury claim. Contact us today at (407) 877-7317 to discuss your situation.

I was injured using a product I purchased, but I’m not getting any response from the manufacturer. What can I do now?

In many cases, a strongly worded letter from an attorney is enough to get the ball rolling and elicit a settlement offer in lieu of being taken to court. If this doesn’t work, we will file a defective product personal injury claim against the manufacturer to force them to address the problem.

Who can file a wrongful death lawsuit in Florida?

Surviving spouses, children, and parents of the deceased are allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit, as well as any other family members who were partially or fully dependent on the deceased.

My kid was bitten by the neighbor’s dog, but they deny responsibility because the dog got out without their knowledge. Can I file a personal injury claim?

Yes. Florida is a “strict liability” dog bite state, meaning that the dog owners are responsible for their dog at all times, in public or private. Their not knowing their dog had escaped does not let them off the hook for responsibility.

Do you represent plaintiffs, defendants, or both in personal injury cases?

Cressman Law Firm, P.A. exclusively represents personal injury plaintiffs.

I can’t meet during normal work hours. Do you offer any evening or weekend appointments?

Yes. We are happy to make special accommodations for our clients who can’t meet during the normal 9-5 work day. Simply give us a call and we’ll find a time that works for everyone.

 

We will also come to you if you are unable to make it to our office. Just let us know what you need and we will do our best to make it happen.

Does your firm offer free consultations?

Yes! Call us today to schedule your free consultation with an effective and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

Cressman Law Firm, P.A. provides comprehensive personal injury legal counsel to Winter Garden, Orlando, Orange County, and central Florida clients. If you or a member of your family has been injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence, contact our office today at (407) 877-7317 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced and compassionate personal injury attorney.