A Suncoast community is reeling after a tragic car accident kills three senior citizens and seriously injures others who were standing in a parking lot.
The accident happened Sunday morning at the Sugar Creek Country Club on 26th Avenue East in Bradenton as a driver was backing out of a parking spot. Members of the club were leaving a seasonal church service that meets at the clubhouse, when a small crowd of people gathered to visit in the parking lot. That’s when, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, a white Tahoe driven by 79-year-old Doreen Landstra, lunged into the crowd. Three people were killed and four others were seriously injured.
The crash is still under investigation, but troopers believe Landstra, who was backing out of a parking spot, still had the SUV in reverse when the accident happened. Killed in the accident were 72-year-old Margaret Vanderlaan, 70-year-old Wilhemina Paul, and 80-year-old Johanna Dijkhoff, all Bradenton residents.
Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents happen frequently in Florida. In 2009, pedestrian deaths made up almost 19% of all traffic fatalities in the state that year, including all car and bicycle crashes.
Our deepest sympathies go out to the families involved in this tragedy. Accidents like this impact the entire community. That’s why it’s important to have an attorney who can work with the families of those hurt with compassion and sensitivity, but also aggressively fight for their rights to compensation with insurance companies.Comments
A 78-year-old pedestrian was killed this week when a car lurched out of a parking spot and hit her as she walked on Siesta Key. 78-year-old Carol Goodwin died at the scene of the accident, which happened Wednesday morning in the 8700 block of Midnight Pass Road.
Troopers say Goodwin was walking on the sidewalk on the west side of Midnight Pass when the incident happened. The driver of the vehicle that hit her, 35-year-old Maria Fernandez, was stopped in a nearby parking lot, when for unknown reasons, she pressed the gas, launching the vehicle through bushes and onto the sidewalk, hitting Goodwin. The car continued across the road, eventually stopping when it reached the shoulder.
Troopers charged Fernandez with driving without a license causing death or serious bodily injury.
Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Carol Goodwin. Crashes like this one are especially tragic because they're so unexpected and random in nature. What follows next can be a complicated process of determining who is liable for the wrongful death. When a driver involved in an accident doesn't have a valid license, it's likely they also don't carry an auto insurance policy. If that's the case, the next logical step is to find the owner of the car and see if they have an active insurance policy covering the vehicle involved in an accident. Pursing a wrongful death case in a situation like this can be challenging to investigate and litigate. That's why surviving dependents should contact an experienced personal injury and wrongful death attorney to represent their interests as soon as possible to make sure no one is allowed to walk away from their liability.
If you or someone you know was involved or killed in a crash with an unlicensed driver, contact Buckman and Buckman, P.A. Our attorneys can evaluate your case and help you pursue a thorough accident investigation and deal with insurance issues on your behalf. You can reach Buckman and Buckman, P.A. at (941) 923-7700 or fill out our online contact form.
Suncoast bikers are pushing for changes to Florida’s driver license laws, several weeks after one of their fellow bikers died in a traffic accident.
52-year-old David “Tipper” Yarzab died New Years Day when he was hit by an elderly driver, who failed to yield the right of way. Yarzab, a manager at the Sarasota Yacht Club and avid motorcycle rider, died at the hospital. This past weekend, his friends rode to celebrate his life and raise awareness about the importance of drivers checking twice for motorcycles on the road. They are also working to garner support for a new bill in Yarzab’s honor. “Tipper's Bill” would instill non automatic license renewals for people over the age of 70. The driver that killed Yarzab was 85 years old.Comments
An car accident in Venice leaves a driver seriously injured. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 68-year-old Virginia Bonker was driving north on Tamiami Trail, when the driver of another car pulled out in front of her. Troopers say the second driver, 79-year-old Marguerite Miller failed to yield the right of way before pulling off from a stop sign. Miller's car hit the left side of Bonker's truck, causing it to spin across the median and flip into a ditch near the entrance to the Jacaranda Crossings shopping center . Bonker was taken to Blake Medical Center with serious injuries. Troopers charged Miller with violation of a right of way from a stop.
Accidents like this one are fairly common. In fact, it's one in a rash of recent crashes in Sarasota County in which one driver is charged with violation of right of way. But while this might seem like an open and shut case for the police who file charges, it could be much more complicated when it comes to the insurance investigation. That's because an insurance investigation can assign degrees of responsibility in an accident.. That's why even in what may appear to be a clear case, it's important to have your personal injury attorney investigate the crash.
For more information on how the personal injury attorneys at Buckman and Buckman, P.A. can help you, please call our offices at (941) 923-7700 or fill out our online contact form.Comments
A tragic start to the New Year as an accident claims the life of another Suncoast motorcyclist. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 52-year-old David Yarzab died Wednesday afternoon when a car pulled out in front of his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Troopers say Yarzab was riding southbound on US 41 in Nokomis, approaching the Waterfront Too restaurant near Lychee Road. That's when a sedan driven by 85-year-old Polley Lawrence pulled out of the restaurant parking lot, right into Yarzab's path. Yarzab's Harley hit the left side of the car. He was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. The driver was charged with violation of right of way.
Our sympathies go out to the Yarzab family and to all the people whose lives Mr. Yarzab touched in the Venice community. In accidents like this, it’s important to hire a personal injury attorney right away to protect the family’s standing in a wrongful death claim. According to Florida law, a wrongful death is caused by “the negligence, carelessness or reckless actions of another party.” In Florida, this gives family members of the victim the right to take legal action and potentially recover damages because of the death of their loved one. Those damages can vary depending on several factors, including loss of current and future earnings, financial support, funeral expenses, mental pain and suffering, and other things.
If your family is dealing with the aftermath of a tragic wrongful death from a motorcycle accident, you should contact your attorney right away. If you don't have one, then the personal injury attorneys at Buckman and Buckman, P.A. can guide you through the entire process. They promise to work directly with you at all times. For more information, contact Buckman and Buckman, P.A. at 941-923-7700 or click on the link to our online contact form.Comments
A left turn accident kills a motorcyclist over the weekend in Bradenton. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 62-year-old Louis R. Grossi was hit and killed while riding his motorcycle early Sunday morning. Grossi was riding eastbound on 30th Avenue East approaching 4th Street East when 50-year-old Anna Woodward turned her SUV left into his path. Unable to stop, Grossi tried to swerve out of the way, but ended up colliding his bike with Woodward's SUV. He later died at Blake Medical Center. Woodward, who also suffered minor injuries along with a 55-year-old passenger, is charged with failure to yield the right of way.
Making a left turn is one of the most dangerous maneuvers a driver can make on the road because they're crossing into the path of oncoming traffic. And when a driver pulls out in front of a motorcyclist, the injuries to the biker are usually very serious or even fatal because there's not enough time for riders to stop or swerve. That's why drivers have a responsibility to make sure their path is clear to cross.
In 2010, improper left hand turn accidents resulted in more than 30 deaths and 3,300 injuries, according to a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report. In fact, improper turns were the 10th leading cause of traffic deaths that year.
In accidents like this one, it is so important for the family to immediately contact a personal injury attorney. The charges filed against the driver are just the beginning. In fact, more serious charges could follow. Typically when someone dies in a traffic accident, the Florida Highway Patrol will produce a "Comprehensive Fatality Accident Report" after their investigation is complete. That report will include the investigator's conclusions about the facts of the accident and who is at fault. Troopers may then recommend sending the case to the State Attorney's office to decide whether to file additional criminal charges.
Your attorney should keep track of the traffic investigation and also follow the insurance adjustor's investigation. Often the insurance investigation depends on gathering different kinds of evidence than the police will gather. Your lawyer understands the difference between both investigations and advocates on behalf of the family.
The Personal Injury attorneys at Buckman and Buckman, P.A. promise to work directly with you at all times. You will never have to communicate with your lawyer through a paralegal. For more information contact Buckman and Buckman, P.A. at 941-923-7700 or click on the link to our online contact form.Comments
A weekend hit & run accident in Nokomis seriously injures a woman and leaves authorities looking for the driver of the car who hit her. 51-year-old Connie Davis of Venice is recovering in the hospital after crashing head-on into the side of a car that investigators say ran a stop sign. The crash happened at 11:50 p.m. on Saturday at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Rubens Drive in the Sorrento East neighborhood. According to investigators with the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver of a Lincoln Continental drove westbound on Rubens Drive and failed to stop for the stop sign at U.S. 41. The car kept going right into Davis’ path, as she drove northbound on U.S. 41. Her motorcycle crashed into the left side of the car, and she was thrown from the vehicle. Authorities continue looking for the suspect driver, who fled the scene on foot after the collision.
If you can’t find the driver who hit and hurt you, you can file your claim with your own insurance company. You don’t have to wait until police track down the missing driver in order to get the compensation you need. Instead your own uninsured motorist (UM) coverage could pay some of the medical bills if you’re put out of work. Motorcyclists cannot elect to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage on their insurance policies, so they have to rely on the uninsured motorist (UM) or bodily injury (BI) coverage. HOWEVER, if you have a stacked car insurance policy for another vehicle in your household (maybe for your spouse), you can then get Personal Injury Protection from that policy. But again, it gets complicated, so having an attorney fight this fight for you is a good idea because the insurance company won’t tell you how to get the most compensation for your injuries.Comments
An 8 year old girl was killed in a tragic car crash on State Road 70 near Myakka on Sunday. 4 others were seriously hurt and helicopters flew all 5 people involved to trauma centers. The accident happened around 4pm on Sunday. According to FHP reports, Devin Gilmore and passenger Allison Gilmore were headed eastbound in their Chevy Aspen when he lost control and went into the oncoming lane. Gilmore's vehicle crashed head on into a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by Kevin Moore of Bradenton. Also in that car was 42 year old Melanie Prouix and an 8 year old little girl who was killed in the crash. Devin Gilmore faces a charge of Failure to Use Due Care.
According to a social media website, a family member of one of the accident victims posts that the crash was caused by "hydroplaning on a wet road." If this is what happened, then the charges David Gilmore faces are not criminal; "failure to use due care" is a traffic infraction and is treated as a moving violation, even when the accident is deadly as in this case.
Florida traffic laws say that even if a driver isn't going over the speed limit, they have a duty to decrease their speed if there's any type of hazard present, like driving on a narrow road, going around a curve, or driving in bad weather or rain. In these situations, following the speed limit isn't enough. Drivers are expected to compensate for the increased danger to continue driving safely.
4 accident victims are hurt and one little girl is dead. This is an extremely complex and tragic accident scene, and it requires a meticulous investigation, but not for the reasons you'd think. The FHP's role is to figure out what happened and who to charge, if anyone. Your attorney's job is to make sure the insurance company treats you fairly. Those are completely different types of investigations.
In a personal injury claim, each party can be assigned a degree of blame. The insurance company for Devin Gilmore could try to use the slippery road, or a defect in the road's construction as a cause for the accident rather than the driver's negligence. Deflecting blame is a tactic insurance adjusters use to reduce the amount of their liability. This is where a meticulous crash scene investigation becomes important. Your personal injury lawyer can present evidence based on skid marks, crush damage to the vehicles, the debris field, and even meteorological data to show who is responsible for their clients injuries and wrongful death.
Our sympathies to the families involved in this tragic accident. We know the last thing a family wants to deal with at this point are the questions and phone calls involved with the investigation. That's why we represent our clients with compassion and understanding during this time.
It's our job to deal with insurance companies so the family can have the time they need to grieve and recover. For more information about your rights in any type of vehicle accident, please contact us. We'll review your situation and tell you honestly and directly if you have a strong case and what to do next.Comments
A Sarasota motorcyclist was killed in a crash at the intersection of Bee Ridge Road and Swift Road on Monday. According to the FHP report, 26 year old Michael Hicks was driving his motorcycle north on Swift Road on the inside lane. James McFarland was driving his Dodge Dakota in the opposite direction, in the left turn lane. Witnesses told FHP that Hicks went through the intersection as the light was turning red. That's when his motorcycle struck the right side of ) the Dodge. Hicks was airlifted to a hospital but he died from his injuries. No charges are pending at this time.
The FHP report relies partly on eye witness statements saying Michael Hicks ran through a red light at an intersection. Eyewitnesses are notoriously bad at remembering and reporting information accurately. They tend to piece things together in a way that helps them makes sense of what happened rather than as a sequence of events. Anxiety and stress can also transform what a witness thinks they may have seen from what may have actually happened. Just because a witness says he or she saw Michael Hicks drive through the intersection doesn't mean that's actually how it happened. Only an independent investigation by experts in traffic accidents can determine what really happened.
The FHP report in the accident above cites that no charges were filed; possibly because the investigating officer believed motorcyclist Michael Hicks was at fault. That's also probably the perspective the insurance company will take when Michael Hick's family asks about wrongful death compensation. In a case like this, the accident report is not the final verdict. There is a huge difference between a police accident investigation and an insurance investigation. FHP's job is to determine in black and white what happened based on the laws of the road. An insurance investigation places different amounts of responsibility on each of the drivers for their actions. It's your lawyer's job to represent Michael Hick's estate against the insurance adjustor, not the Florida Highway Patrol.
Every accident is different, but when someone is hurt or tragically killed in a car or motorcycle crash, it's important to have an attorney represent you or your family's interests. Buckman and Buckman, P.A. is a Personal Injury law firm with decades of litigation experience handing car and motorcycle accident claims against aggressive insurance companies. Please tell us about your situation and we promise to give you an honest and direct evaluation of your accident -case. Call (941) 923-7700 or contact us online.Comments
Two people are seriously hurt in a three car pileup on US 301 near 15th Street East in Bradenton Monday. FHP reports say that Aquilla McGuire Walker’s car got hit from behind and then pushed into the car in front of her, driven by Margaret Duffy of Sarasota. What happened, according to the report, is that Robert Henry of Bradenton didn’t slow down along with the traffic in front of him. That’s when he slammed into the back of Walker’s Chevrolet. Both Walker and Henry were taken to the hospital in serious condition. A 13 year old passenger in Walker’s car was also hurt, but FHP reports they were minor injuries. Henry will be charged with careless driving in the multi-car crash.
This Bradenton car accident looks like an open and shut case, right? Maybe not. Once the insurance company gets involved, blame gets spread around. Anytime more than 2 cars are involved in a crash, the insurance companies will do their best to spread out liability among everyone involved, including the victims. Aquilla Walker appears to be the clear victim in this investigation, but the insurance carrier for Duffy’s car could try to place some of the accident damages on Walker, since it was her car that caused the damage to Duffy’s car. It seems completely unfair, especially since the only one facing charges is the man who FHP says caused the crash in the first place. But that’s the point. A police investigation rarely has anything to do with an insurance investigation. The insurance adjustors look at an accident scene differently than the police do. And that’s why anyone hurt in a 3 car crash needs a personal injury attorney to conduct an independent crash scene investigation.
When your lawyer looks at a car accident scene, they’re investigating to find evidence that can make YOUR case stronger when fighting a claims adjustor. The insurance company looks at these accidents as a statistical analysis of liability. Your personal injury attorney looks at how the accident impacted your life and your health and fights to make sure you are protected. The personal injury trial attorneys at Buckman and Buckman believe the strongest representation is based on a strong investigation. They are experienced at digging up every piece of evidence to present in court to a judge or jury. The more work we do on the front end to create a strong case, the more likely the insurance company is to settle your accident case before it gets to court. In the end, we really just want to get you compensated at the highest amount possible for your injuries in the quickest amount of time.
Amiee Buckman and Drake Buckman offer free personal injury case evaluations and work exclusively on a contingency basis for accident cases. That means you only pay for their legal services if they win or settle your case. Please contact our offices for a case review by calling (941) 923-7700. You will always reach one of us, and will never be handed off to a paralegal. We encourage you to look through our website and get to know us by the work we doComments
Four children and two adults were hurt in a Bradenton car accident March 20th. The two-vehicle accident on Sixth Avenue East and Third Street East involved a car and a nursery school van. The crash happened late Wednesday afternoon. Manatee EMS called three ambulances to the crash scene to take the 4 injured children and 2 injured adults to a nearby hospital.
It’s the worst phone call a parent can get; news that your child was in a car accident. When you trust someone else to drive your child, you expect them to be safe and responsible. But sometimes accidents do happen, no matter how many precautions are taken. As a parent, your first response is to make sure your son or daughter is okay and to let them know you’ll be with them through the whole ordeal. The emotional strain is a lot to handle. At this point, the last thing a parent wants to deal with is tracking down driver’s names, getting insurance information, and playing crash scene investigator. That’s what your attorney should be doing for you.
Insurance companies will treat car accidents with injured children differently. In some cases, the blame for the accident will be spread among several people, depending on the situation. For example, if your child wasn’t buckled in properly, the driver will assume part of the responsibility in the investigation, even if they didn’t cause the crash. These variables can create an extremely complicated crash investigation that should be handled by an experienced personal injury attorney.
Evaluating injuries and the appropriate compensation for children different than for an adult. If your child is seriously injured, their medical care and rehabilitation could last for years. Another factor in accidents involving children is how to figure out compensation. This will likely be based on more vague “non-economic” factors, since a minor doesn’t hold a job or support a family.
If the insurance company offers you an accident settlement right away, that’s a sign of a problem. Insurance companies are in business to make money and limit claims. They only offer to settle when it is in their best interest. Don’t let the insurance companies dictate what your child will receive and how they will be cared for. You can take control of the situation with a lawyer who is working for you, not the insurance companies.
For more information on how the personal injury attorneys at Buckman and Buckman, P.A. can help your family with a child injury case, please call our offices at (941) 923-7700, or fill out our online contact form. We can fight the insurance companies and look out for your child’s best interest.Comments
A woman riding her scooter on University Parkway is hit from behind and thrown onto the roadway where she died. The accident happened at 1:30am on Tuesday morning near the Whitfield Avenue intersection. According to the SarasotaPatch.com, 33 year old Nicole Moore was driving her Volvo “at a faster rate of speed,” didn’t see the scooter in the lane in front of her, and crashed into the back of it. The scooter driver was wearing a helmet, but died from the injuries. The FHP says charges against Moore are pending. They are not releasing the scooter accident victim’s name until they’ve told the family about her death first.
This accident happened on one of the most traveled roads in the Sarasota and Manatee areas. That’s a good thing for the attorneys who will investigate this case for the victim’s family. Intersections with a lot of traffic often have traffic cameras. Nearby stores are also a good source to find video of Moore as she ran over the scooter driver. At Buckman and Buckman, we’ve handled cases on the University Parkway corridor and are familiar with the danger spots for drivers. We know how to investigate local accident scenes completely because we know the area so well.
Often insurance companies look for a quick way out of their financial responsibility when someone is hurt or killed in a car accident. The first thing they do is offer a quick settlement while the family is still grieving. This is never a good time to negotiate with a huge corporation because emotions are so raw. An experienced personal injury attorney, like those at Buckman and Buckman, can make sure these claims adjustors never bother the family.
Because our attorneys handle your case instead of a paralegal, we get results more quickly since there’s less red tape. We also practice Estate Planning, which is helpful to a family in a wrongful death case. They only have to deal with one law firm; one attorney to settle their loved one’s estate and also file a wrongful death claim.
For more information on how Buckman and Buckman can help your family get through the tough time after a fatal crash, contact our law firm at (941) 923-7700 or fill out our online accident case evaluation form.Comments
A terrible car accident kills a well-known PE teacher and seriously hurts a 22 year old man. The crash happened Friday morning on US 41 near the USF campus in Sarasota. FHP reports that 35 year old Dan Giguere of Bradenton lost control of his car and drove into the path of oncoming traffic. That's when Gigure's Nissan slammed into 22 year old Mijail Hurtado-Chavez's Ford Ranger pickup truck as it was driving in the center lane. Giguere was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The impact seriously injured Hurtado-Chavez, who was taken to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton.
An accident like this one is just that, an accident. No one meant for these events to happen. It is a single moment in time when two people's lives are now forever entwined in a tragedy. Family, friends and students will feel deep sadness over losing a mentor like Dan Giguere. Those who love and care for Mijail Hurtado-Chavez now begin the long process of helping him heal and recover. It's understandable for Hurtado-Chavez to feel sadness about the circumstances of this accident, but it's also important to protect himself by filing a claim with the insurance company immediately.
Filing a claim against the insurance company of the person who died in a crash in no way hurts that person's family finances or their reputation. It simply protects Hurtado-Chavez's future. There's no reason to feel badly about making sure you are treated fairly by an insurance company. Remember, a personal injury claim against the insurance policy is not related to the FHP accident investigation. The two events are separate. Whatever caused Giguere to lose control is not the issue. Hurtado-Chavez's family should now focus on making sure his medical bills are paid and recovering lost income from the time he's spent out of work. That's why responsible drivers like Giguere and Hurtado-Chavez carry auto insurance. It's a policy that takes the risk away from the survivors and places the financial liability on the shoulders of the insurance company.
For more information about what to do next after you've been hurt in a car accident, contact Buckman and Buckman at (941) 923-7700 or fill out our online contact form. You will always work directly with our experienced attorneys, never a paralegal. That's because we believe your case is an important one and you deserve to work one-on-one with the lawyer who represents you in court.
A head on car accident on River Road in Venice leaves one man dead, a woman critically injured, and two others hurt. It happened Tuesday night when 33 year old George Tindall's Mustang drifted across the center lane on River Road. He was killed after his car crashed head on with 21 year old Ariel Bryant's Dodge Neon and then slammed head on into a minivan on the road behind the Neon. The driver of the minivan, 20 year old Brittany Thomas of Port Charlotte, was critically hurt in the accident and paramedics had her airlifted to the trauma unit at Blake Medical Center. Police report that Brittany Thomas, Jordan Bryant, and a passenger in Bryant's car were all wearing seat belts, but George Tindall was not. FHP completely shut down River Road to all traffic while investigating the crash scene.
Even though the Florida Highway Patrol conducted an accident investigation, it's important to have your own attorney investigate the scene to uncover exactly what happened and who was at fault. That's especially important in an accident as complicated as this one, involving 3 cars, a head on collision, a fatality, and the possibility of dangerous road conditions. Many comments posted on the Sarasota Herald Tribune news report talk about how dangerous it is to drive on River Road. People mention how narrow and dark that stretch of roadway is and why they're uncomfortable driving on it. That's important information that an accident victim's attorney can use in their case investigation.
Brittany Thomas has a long road ahead as she recovers from this serious accident. Her family will have to deal with medical bills, insurance claims, car repairs, filing claims for lost wages, and dealing with multiple insurance companies. The good news is that Brittany's attorney can take on most of that burden on behalf of the family. That gives them the time and money to focus on getting Brittany better. That's why it's important to find a personal injury attorney who will work directly with the family. No one should have to continually communicate with their lawyer though a paralegal or a law clerk. Only direct and constant communication with their attorney will take the confusion out of an already complicated personal injury case.
For more information on how Buckman and Buckman can help your family after a car accident, please call our offices at (941) 923-7700, or fill out our online contact form. You will always work directly with our attorneys, never a paralegal. That's because we believe your case is an important one and you deserve to work one-on-one with the lawyer who represents you in court.Comments
A car accident at the intersection of Cortez Road and 75th Street West in Bradenton injures 3 children. According to the FHP, 21 year old Coby Hickman tried to turn left onto Cortez Road but didn’t see an oncoming car, driven by 30-year old Donna Pearson. Hickman’s pickup truck struck the front left side of Pearson’s Chevy Caprice in the intersection. Inside Donna Pearson’s car were 3 children: 10 year old Tavares Patterson, 6 year old Onicka Patterson, and 4 year old Julian Patterson. The 6 year old girl was taken to All Children’s Hospital with critical injuries. The 4 year old boy had serious injuries and went to Blake Medical Center, along with the oldest brother, who had minor injuries. None of the children were wearing seatbelts when the crash happened. Hickman, of DeKalb, Illinois, got a ticket for failure to yield to the right of way of oncoming traffic while making a left turn.
In a case like the one above, there are many variables in how an insurance company will compensate the children who are hurt. The insurance adjustor could try to divide up responsibility for the children’s injuries because they were not using seatbelts. That means the negligent driver’s insurance company will place a portion of the blame on the driver who the kids were riding with. This is where things can get extremely complicated depending on the relationship of the children’s driver. If that person is a parent, then a personal injury lawyer will handle the case differently than if the driver is a friend or babysitter.
Sometimes an insurance company may try to either settle with the family immediately, or wait to evaluate the long term impact of a child’s injuries. In either case, the family should talk to a child accident lawyer right away. The insurance company rarely offers to settle unless it’s in their best interests, not your child’s. The statute of limitations in Florida law can be tricky for minors. In Florida, a child has 4 years from the date of injury to file lawsuit.
When children are hurt in accidents, sometimes their lives are changed forever. They could need more compensation to pay for their care than an adult would with the same injury. If the child has a brain injury or spinal cord injury, the family has to plan for a lifetime of rehabilitation, medical care, and special education. All these costs add up quickly. And because a minor isn’t working or earning income, the damages for their injuries are based on “non-economic” factors. That’s why it’s critical to work with an attorney who has experience handling personal injury cases involving kids.
For more information on how Buckman and Buckman can help your family with a child injury case, please call our offices at (941) 923-7700, or fill out our online contact form. We deal aggressively with the insurance company but handle these cases with a great deal of compassion for the family, because we’re parents too. Our prayers are with the families of the Patterson children during difficult time.Comments