68 year-old Wilfredo Lima was standing on the sidewalk located at West 49th Street and 18th Court in front of Westfield Mall in Hialeah, Florida when a truck ran into him. The impact was so great that it pinned him against an electrical pole. The truck had crashed into an SUV at the intersection causing it to veer onto the sidewalk. Mr. Lima was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where doctors were forced to amputate his leg. He remains there in critical condition.
As a result of the car accident, not only will Mr. Lima endure the pain and suffering of the physical injuries sustained because of the negligence of a third party, but he will also likely face the expenses of lost wages and massive medical bills. Many times serious injuries resulting from the car accident do not present themselves immediately; serious lumbar and spinal injuries, neck injuries, brain injuries and/or other significant illnesses may take time to progress and become noticeable.
A victim must prove four things when brining a car accident claim; (1) duty, (2) breach, (3) causation, and (4) damages. The victim must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty to drive his/her vehicle in a responsible manner. The victim must also prove that the defendant's actions, i.e., running a red light, texting and/or talking on the phone while driving, driving intoxicated, speeding or failing to obey any other traffic law, was a breach of said duty. After The Izquierdo Law Firm has established that the defendant had a duty and that he breached said duty, negligence is established. However, for the victim to recover, he must also prove that the damages sustained were caused by the defendant's negligence. Often times, the insurance company will try to claim that the injuries were pre-existing and were not caused by their insured's negligence. Insurance companies will also try to claim that the victim was negligent in some way and that they should be barred from recovery. Because an insurance company is in the business of making money by trying to avoid paying out claims, it is essential that you retain Mr. Izquierdo as your attorney. He works closely with an expert medical team to establish that the injuries sustained by our clients were a result of the defendant's negligence. The Izquierdo Law Firm will make sure that the insurance companies do not avoid liability or issuing just compensation.
If you are injured in an automobile accident, you should seek representation from our experienced team at The Izquierdo Law Firm. You should not have to fight alone when you are surrounded by parties whose interests will be well protected by a team of attorneys. Insurance companies deal with complex automobile related litigation on a daily basis. Usually, an insurance company will try to present settlement papers right away in order to limit their liability. It is important that you do not sign any documents prior to seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney like Mr. Izquierdo. To safeguard your rights, please contact The Izquierdo Law Firm for a free consultation.