Miami Auto Accident & Injury Lawyers

Panter, Panter & Sampedro is a leading personal injury law firm dedicated to protecting Florida’s families. For over 30 years, our experienced trial attorneys have worked one-on-one with clients to successfully get the justice, recovery and compensation they deserve.

Attorneys Handling All Types of Car & Auto Accidents In South Florida For Over 30 Years

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Traffic collisions and car accidents are one of the leading causes of death in this nation each year. Every day, motorists lose their lives or incur a serious injury as a result of an auto accident or crash. Operating a vehicle under the influence, during inclement weather or while distracted can all play a role in motor vehicle accidents. The car accident itself is only the start of what can be a lengthy process to file an insurance claim, establish fault, and gain closure to move on with your life. 

Panter, Panter & Sampedro has been fighting alongside car crash accident victims for more than 30 years. We have the experience needed to navigate the usually complex legal and insurance process to secure the compensation that victims deserve.

If you have suffered serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision or crash, or lost family members due to a careless driver, you need an auto accident attorney that has been trusted by thousands of clients to fight for their rights.

Connect with our legal team at 305-662-6178 to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.

Auto & Car Accidents Personal Injury Law: After Your Car Crash, Call Panter, Panter & Sampedro

Auto and car accidents and crashes fall under the broad legal category of what is known as personal injury. Personal injury covers physical injuries inflicted to a person’s mind, body or emotions. In order to determine the at-fault party, your likely next step is to file a claim with your insurance company and carrier for the other individuals involved. 

Florida is a no-fault state, which simply means that no matter who is responsible for causing the auto accident, you will be treated under your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits for the first $10,000 in medical bills. A PIP insurance claim opened to treat your injury is intended to enable an auto accident injury victim to begin immediate medical treatment without the need of a court of law to first determine liability.

Even in no-fault states, the injured party may still demand that the responsible party’s car insurance carrier cover additional damages. In this case, if the other driver caused the car wreck, you must also file a claim with their insurance company in order to pay for medical bills and lost wages exceeding the PIP’s maximum benefits. Under a pure comparative negligence doctrine, your restitution will be reduced by the percentage of your responsibility for the collision. 

The Car Accident Lawsuit Process

Filling an accident claim if you were injured in a car crash is often a complex legal matter, especially when it comes to determining fault. With the help of an experienced auto accident attorney, the focus will be on gathering evidence, consulting with experts and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf so that you can focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track.

If necessary, a lawyer may even take your car accident case all the way to trial in order to obtain adequate compensation. Car accident verdicts and settlements can vary considerably depending on the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred as well as the details of the case itself. Hospital bills, car repair bills, quotes from mechanics, and other variables are used to estimate the cost of a specific accident and what insurance companies will pay in most cases.

Common Injuries In A Car Accident or Crash

In many cases regarding medical emergencies, symptoms appear immediately. The American College of Emergency Physicians outlined the following warning signs that indicate the need for immediate aid:

  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Vomiting 
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain that exists for at least two minutes
  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Sudden dizziness or weakness
  • Sudden vision changes
  • Changes in mental status
  • Persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea

Emergency actions must be taken in the event that any of the above signs present themselves in order to immediately remedy more severe consequences such as a traumatic brain injury. Other types of injuries may present only minor symptoms initially or even none at all. These symptoms will typically worsen gradually over the course of the next few hours, days or weeks following the accident, which is why seeking medical attention following a car crash is so important.

File Your Auto Claim Within The Legal Time Limit

You only have a certain amount of time to file a lawsuit for an auto accident as dictated by your state’s personal injury statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim is four years from the date of the incident. Failing to file a claim within that time means that you can no longer obtain compensation, and the liable party will not be responsible for paying any damages for the accident. The earlier you act, the better off you and your case are likely to turn out.

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Our skilled car accident lawyers at Panter, Panter & Sampedro can help you understand your options and seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. We understand the significant effect that an auto accident can have on your life. Let us take care of the heavy lifting while you rest and recover from your injuries. 

Call us today at 305-662-6178 for a FREE CONSULTATION with our experienced South Florida auto accident attorneys.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • No. Each case has its own unique components and therefore, it would be inappropriate to say there is an average recovery for a given case. This includes how much coverage is available from the negligent party and the amount of medical expenses and other economic portions of the claim (i.e. property damage, loss of wages). An individual would also need to consider the non-economic aspects of the case like pain and suffering. Whether there is Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage available is also an important aspect of the case. There are many questions and challenges that should be discussed with an attorney.

  • The first thing you should do when you are involved in a car accident is to call the police. Make sure a report is filed and that the police obtain all the relevant information. It is important to make sure that you gather information such as the other driver’s contact and insurance information, along with the contact information of any witnesses. Take photographs of the accident scene, vehicles, and any injuries received from the accident. Call your lawyer before you speak to your insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver to ensure that you are protected from unscrupulous adjusters or insurance companies. Seek medical attention immediately for your injuries.

  • Yes, the police will need to be contacted after a car accident of any kind. Whether the car accident resulted in only minor damages to the vehicle and no injuries, or it was a major wreck with extensive damages and major injuries, notifying the police is the correct thing to do. They will make sure a report of the incident is on file and will determine the party at fault. This paperwork will be requested by your attorney if legal action is required.

  • If you are contacted by the other driver’s insurance company, you are not required to speak to them. It is typically best to use caution and to only speak to them in the presence of your attorney. If you do have to speak to them without your lawyer present be careful to not cause any doubt about which driver is at fault. You do have a duty to cooperate with your insurance company and that includes notifying them of the accident, the cause of the accident, and any injuries that you have sustained. However, it is always best to consult with an attorney first and have the attorney on the phone with you before speaking to any insurance company.

  • “No-Fault” is a law that requires all drivers to carry a Personal Injury Protection policy. This means that your insurance company will pay your medical expenses and lost wages up to the amount of the policy regardless of which driver is at fault in an auto accident. Medical bills are paid at the rate of 80% of the reasonable charges, in addition to a portion of your lost wages. This is required in Florida and is the primary source of payment for your medical bills in an automobile accident case.

  • Personal Injury Protection covers expenses related to the accident regardless of which driver is at fault. These expenses can include medical bills and lost wages. These policies are also known as “no-fault” and are required in the state of Florida.

  • If you are in an accident with an uninsured/underinsured driver, your policy will pay for a portion of your medical bills and lost wage through your PIP coverage. You can also purchase UM Coverage which means that you have Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage. When a driver is covered under this type of insurance, the company is required to pay for expenses and benefits that would have been available from the negligent drive. Additional questions about loss coverage should be directed to a lawyer, so they can help you navigate the laws surrounding auto lawsuits in Florida and your coverage options.

  • Panter, Panter & Sampedro is among the leading personal injury law firms in South Florida. For more than 30 years, our Board Certified trial attorneys have represented individuals injured by negligent parties in cases of significant size and complexity across various practice areas.

    We are a different kind of law firm, with the legal skill and expertise needed to serve our clients, and an unwavering dedication to family values.

    We believe our success, both inside and outside the courtroom, is defined by what we care about — it’s that simple. Panter, Panter & Sampedro is an award-winning personal injury law firm — but more than that — it is a group of people that genuinely cares about protecting the rights of individuals suffering as a result of wrongdoing and negligence.

  • We can. Call 305-662-6178 or submit a request for your FREE CONSULTATION to speak directly with one of our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers. We will review your case at no charge. To learn more about personal injury, please read below.

    Personal injury law, also known as tort law, is designed to protect you if you or your property is injured or harmed because of someone else’s act or failure to act. In a successful tort action, the one who caused the injury or harm compensates the one who suffered the losses.

    Every tort claim, regardless of its basis, whether intentional, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained, and, if so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? If you can prove liability and damages, our system of justice will award you compensation for your loss.

    Personal injury cases can involve:

  • With a track record of success in working closely with each client, our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for thousands of accident victims and their families over the course of three decades. We guide our clients through the entire legal proceedings, from filing the initial complaint to assisting with the proper distribution of funds once compensation is awarded.

    Our vast trial experience includes substantial verdicts and settlements in cases involving motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, slip-and-fall, catastrophic injuries, wrongful death and more.

    Panter, Panter & Sampedro’s proven team of civil trial lawyers are relied upon by the Miami and South Florida community to protect their rights and ensure justice is served by securing the best verdicts and recoveries possible.

    When our firm takes on a personal injury claim, we aggressively represent our clients and fight for the maximum compensation under the law. Rest assured that no matter how difficult the case, we are prepared to serve as your most ardent legal advocates and welcome the opportunity to hold the culpable parties accountable.  

    Panter, Panter & Sampedro proudly serves residents throughout South Florida — including Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

  • No recovery, no fees.

    We believe that everyone, regardless of their financial status, should have access to sound legal counsel as they exercise their right to pursue justice and redress any harm or wrongdoing.

    At Panter, Panter & Sampedro, all our services are offered on a “contingency fee” basis, which means that any payment to the firm completely depends on whether our efforts result in a financial recovery for our client.

    Any lawyer’s fees for representing the client will be deducted from the final personal injury settlement in the client’s case or from the damages awarded after a favorable verdict, in the event that the client’s case goes to trial.

    In general, attorneys can receive up to one-third of the gross amount of a pre-suit settlement or 40% of the gross settlement recovery once a Defendant files an answer to a lawsuit. These rules are regulated by the Florida Bar, and the following summarizes our contingency fee policy:

    • Client enters into an agreement granting legal authority to the firm to represent the client in exchange for attorneys fees paid in the form of a percentage of the total recovery.
    • The firm assumes all up-front financial costs and risk associated with litigating the case. All of these expenses are paid by the firm, and are only repaid if a recovery is won.
    • The client pays no fees whatsoever, hourly or otherwise.
    • The firm’s contingency fee percentage varies based on the type of case, level of complexity, and the foreseeable resources required to litigate it properly.
    • Every case is unique, but the contingency fee percentage is always clearly agreed upon by both parties and documented in writing upon retaining our services.

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