Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyers

Car accidents, no matter the cause or severity, are frustrating. For starters, a car accident completely turns your day upside down, and that’s in the best case scenario. Worse yet, you may sustain serious injuries. That said, an automotive accident where the other driver flees the situation will always add another layer of aggravation to an already bad situation.

Hit-and-run accident claims often hinge on whether or not the hit-and-run driver was found. For instance, if the other driver remains unidentified, then you may be stuck negotiating your compensation with your own insurance company. And of course, this contingency breaks down into further sub-contingencies based on the nature of your accident. Did the accident involve a vehicle of your own? Were you a pedestrian or cyclist at the time of the accident? All of these questions are relevant in determining exactly whom you should seek compensation from if the police never find the offending party.

But, maybe you’re luckier and the police identify the driver. Generally speaking, the case may go in the following directions: the driver pleas to a lesser charge, a judge dismisses the case, or the court reaches a verdict of guilty or not guilty. Of course, some of these outcomes do not necessarily lead to the halt of legal pursuit. If the court finds the offending driver not guilty, you may still have grounds for pursuing a civil lawsuit. Additionally, the dynamics of hit-and-run accident cases are much different when the offending driver is never found. Now a completely different set of questions become relevant. It gets a little hazy.

The Ward Law Group has almost 20 years of experience with consistent, positive outcomes. Simply put, the Wards will take care of all these mental gymnastics for you. Rest assured—whether you speak English or Spanish—you will get the compensation you deserve for your claim, no matter how complicated your case.

Common Types of Hit-and-Run Accident Claims that We Settle

It is often said that more than one hit-and-run accident occurs in the U.S. every given minute. And these numbers are only getting higher. In fact, 2016 saw more than 2,049 deaths from hit-and-run accidents in the U.S. alone. That is literally the highest number of fatalities ever recorded for this category.

Naturally, around 65% of hit-and-run related deaths happened in cases in which a motor vehicle struck a pedestrian or cyclist. However, these accidents come in many different variations. Some of the most common include:

  1. Bicycle Accident: Sadly, most drivers do not recognize that cyclists hold the same rights and responsibilities as automobile operators. A negligent driver may force a cyclist off the road or slam into the rider before fleeing the scene. If the police can identify the driver, then you may be able to obtain compensation from the driver for pertinent damages. Otherwise, your claim will have to be settled through your personal auto insurance policy.
  2. Pedestrian Accident: In the U.S., a fatal pedestrian accident occurs every 1.6 hours, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If the driver is at fault, then there are a myriad of civil and criminal consequences that may befall them. In fact, most states consider fleeing from the scene of a pedestrian accident as a felony and almost always a guaranteed prison sentence in all the others.
  3. Drunk Driving: An at-fault driver always faces additional consequences if they were under the influence of impairing drugs. These cases almost always involve an arrest and a conviction. Additionally, these offending drivers receive more jail time, higher fines, and more severe driver’s license penalties.

Of course, these are just to name a few.

Types of Hit-and-Run Accident Injuries & Compensation

Hit-and-run accidents are a very broad category of motor vehicle accidents; so, each individual case varies widely in many respects. For one, it would honestly be easier to list injuries that you couldn’t get from a hit-and-run accident than those that you could. That said, common injuries associated with all forms of motor vehicle accidents include:

  • Lacerations
  • Herniated Discs
  • Disfigurement
  • Lethal & Nonlethal Brain Injuries
  • Damage to the Spinal Cord
  • Whiplash
  • Broken Bones
  • Internal Organ Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • …and more

Whenever you suffer a serious injury as the result of third-party negligence, you should always seek the legal counsel of an experienced attorney. This is especially true if the at-fault driver is not found, and you have to take up compensation with your insurance company. These corporations have endless resources to keep you from getting the settlement that you deserve. However, with the right legal team in your corner, you may be entitled to the following forms of compensation:

  • Property Damage: This is broader than it sounds. Most people think of the vehicles involved when they hear property damage, but it encompasses so much more. The law considers everything from your clothes and cellphone to valuable earrings as property damage.
  • Medical Expenditures: Hopefully your accident does not lead to injury, but if it does, you are most likely looking at a slew of medical bills. This ranges from hospital stays to any necessary treatment administered for your injury.
  • Loss of Earnings: This is not limited to wages lost while recovering from an injury. It also accounts for potential wages lost if the injury is permanent.
  • Psychological Distress: Some victims are eligible for compensation if the accident causes significant emotional impairment or psychological trauma.

A Team You Can Count On

The Ward Law Group has won millions of dollars across hundreds of cases for victims of personal injury. Time and time again, the team has proven excellent levels of competency and consistency when it comes to settling high-profile cases. Join us on the winning side. Contact the Ward Law Group today!

Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After a Hit-and-Run Accident

If you or a member of your party are able, you should always immediately start by documenting as much of the accident as possible. Assuming that your smartphone or camera is still working, photos are a very useful form of evidence and with good reason. With current technology, photos are very hard to misinterpret. Make sure to take photos of the entire scene, especially everyone’s injuries and personal property damage.

Report the incident to the police and retrieve a copy of their accident report as soon as possible. During this time, it is important to keep track of any bills incurred from the accident. This includes personal property repairs, automotive parts replacements, and medical expenses such as prescription medications. In the event that the hit-and-run involves a pedestrian, make absolutely certain to save the clothes that you were wearing when the accident happened. You may also want to document your injury recovery period as time goes on.

Be sure to get in touch with a hit-and-run accident attorney to discuss the particulars of your case. He or she will be able to tell you all of the legal routes that are accessible for your given claim. Be sure to share all of the evidence you have accrued thus far with your legal team. This will help them cultivate a strategy to maximize your settlement.

How The Ward Law Group Can Help

If you have recently sustained injuries from a motor vehicle accident, and have yet to seek legal advice, please contact The Ward Law Group immediately. Our team will do everything in our power to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve. Remember, this is true regardless of whether or not the at-fault driver is identified. Either way, you’ll need legal assistance as you process insurance claims and/or lawsuits.

The Ward Law Group is here to help you with exactly this, regardless of whether you speak English or Spanish as your primary language. Our bilingual team of legal advisors is incredibly passionate about providing legal services to our Spanish-speaking clients. Don’t let language prevent you from seeking legal assistance. The Ward Law Group has you covered!

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Jany Martinez-Ward is a wizard!

I have no idea how she cut through all the hassles and nightmare situations but she figured it out! I never thought I would have a chance at claiming what was rightfully mine when all the cards seemed to be stacked against me.

The staff is also courteous and professional with a broad knowledge in their field. I would highly recommend The Ward Law Group to anyone in need…

- Christopher H.

A sincere interest in helping you!

This was the only firm I found that was willing to hear me and try to help me despite my position. Other firms went straight to weighing the odds of making money out of it and then discarded me without having any kindness toward the fact that I was injured and needed help…

Extra points as they all speak English and Spanish!

- Nela G.

Definitely recommend this law firm 200%!

Ward Law Group is the BEST law firm! The car accident attorney, Jany Martinez Ward, goes above and beyond to help her clients, and she’s passionate about the results. Their customer service goes beyond measure. Ancelys is always resolving all my issues and answering all my questions.

Jany Martinez Ward and her team are definitely heavenly sent!!!

- Eddie N.

The best personal injury law firm out there!

They helped me from the very beginning to receive the best medical attention, therapy, and legal advice.  Great service and super great energy as people. They never give up and are always ready to fight for the good cause.

I would recommend their service without hesitating. They won my case and thanks to them my injuries were treated. We won our case – settled for what we expected plus more!

- Oswaldo R.

Jany Martinez-Ward is the best car accident attorney in South Florida!

The Ward Law Group is an extraordinary firm that rendered absolutely impeccable service to me throughout the entire process of obtaining my car rental and fixing my vehicle. They fought to make sure that I received great compensation for my case while delivering the absolute best service possible. I would recommend this law firm 100% to anyone involved in a car accident!

- Ashley Z.

Best decision of 2017!

Late last year during hurricane Irma, I was heading home from work when an irresponsible driver T-boned me. I had heard of the Ward Law Group from a very close friend and decided to give them a call. I began treatment promptly after speaking to their investigator, Jonathan, and it was a complete success. My case manager, Amalia, along with her assistants, Karen and Lucy, helped my case go along smoothly and because of them, I received optimal results.

- Alex L.

Very thorough with long-distance service!

This law firm was very professional and thorough! I was living in North Carolina throughout the process and although they are located in Florida, they made my experience very pleasant and straightforward! Cindy was in constant communication with me and would explain all the details needed for my case! Cindy never hesitated to help and answer all my questions from start to finish!

- Diego G.

You can count on my recommendation!

I am very thankful to the Ward Law Group. My case was a bit old, but still within the statute of limitations, which meant we all had to work as quickly as possible. Special thanks to Javier, my first point of contact, who listened very carefully to my long, long dissertation and always provided me with a positive attitude. You can count on my recommendation for any future client!

-T. Lopez

Great fit between knowledge & competitiveness!

My experience with the Ward Law Group was impeccable from beginning to end. Each and every person in our process was professional, respectful, and knowledgeable.

It’s not easy to strike that balance between knowledge and competitiveness. Ward Law has it. Thanks!

- Gonzalo S.

Amazing law firm! Amazing team! Amazing results!

Amazing law firm! Amazing team! Amazing results! Beautiful office!

My case manager was Francis and she did a phenomenal job on my case. I will definitely recommend this firm to anyone. Thank you Ms. Ward!

- Willy M

Phenomenal, dedicated, gets work done!

At first, I was having a hard time with my previous adjuster… Then, God sent me Francis, and all I can say about her is “wowww.” She is phenomenal, dedicated, and above all, she gets work done. I will definitely use the Ward Law Group again if needed.

- Gaby R.

Personalized & professional attention!

If you ever need a lawyer to fight for your rights, The Ward Law Group is the one. You will receive their personalized & professional attention.

- Luis C.

All around amazing!

The Ward Law Group made sure that I got the medical care I needed and kept me informed the entire way. They showed that they truly care about their clients.  I only wish I knew about them when my husband was in a car/motorcycle accident last year. Dealing with other lawyers had left me with a negative outlook on the whole process. But it’s safe to say The Ward Law Group restored it.

- Susana L.

Works day & night to take care of you!

I was blessed to have this wonderful team behind me through this journey. Thanks to Ancelys’ and Jany’s hard work, we won the lawsuit. Lawsuits come with mental anguish that can translate into depression or anxiety. My case was long and filled with constant roadblocks. This did not deter The Ward Law Group in the least. If anything, I felt it made them work harder. This team is so multifaceted, they were able to help me with every aspect of my case.

- Jamie L.

Would recommend them with my eyes shut!

This was the first time that I have ever had such an amazing experience with a law group. They have been very supportive and not just regarding my car, health, and financial compensation. In less than 5 months, they satisfactorily solved all of my problems, one by one.  I would recommend them with my eyes shut. Amazing job!

- Lili V.

Definitely the lion in the room!

Gregory Ward is definitely the lion in the room. He takes pride in defending his clients and carries a powerful family energy. Greg has the wisdom and force to show his magnificent mane and ferocious roar when working his cases. He protects his clients as members of his family. Greg shows strength and a willingness to win the case. Professionalism and honesty. I recommend The Ward Law Group highly.

-Anon

Fought tooth & nail for our case!

I can’t even begin to say how amazing this group of people is. Back in March of 2016, I was involved in a car accident with another person. Since then, The Ward Law Group has fought tooth and nail for our case.  They never ceased to amaze me. We could email Ancelys at 11pm and she wouldn’t hesitate to answer. We are fortunate to have come across such talented professionals. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

-Kayleen B.

Above & beyond “excellent!”

Being in an accident is very stressful and not just the emotional part of it. My car was damaged and I sustained some injuries to my spine. Since the moment I contacted The Ward Law Group, everything was so much easier. They have gone above and beyond “excellent.”  I highly recommend that if you are ever involved in a car accident that you immediately contact The Ward Law Group to assist you in the whole recovery process.

-Gloria C.

Increased settlement over 10x the initial amount!

The Ward Law Group provided excellent support and clinical accommodations throughout the entirety of my case. Their responses were prompt with regard to my case or any questions about therapy also. They did an absolutely extraordinary job with my settlement as well, being able to increase the initial settlement offer to over 10 times the amount! I really can’t say enough good things about the way I was treated and how my case was handled.

- Eric M.

Peace during a stressful time in my life!

I highly recommend The Ward Law Group without any reservation and I thank them for giving me much peace during a stressful time in my life. The Ward Law Group put my mind at ease every step of the way and handled my case efficiently and professionally. Very few times we actually find good lawyers who work because they enjoy helping others. Much gratitude!

- Maggie K.

Professionalism & speedy turnaround!

The Ward Law Group is just amazing. The day of my accident was confusing, but they walked me through all the details step-by-step and answered all my questions that day and even during the weeks thereafter. No matter the question, they had an answer. I recently used their services again for a civil matter and experienced the same professionalism and speedy turnaround.

-Victor M.

Secured over $100K for my car accident!

I want to thank The Ward Law Group for their excellent treatment, including my accident lawyer Jany Martinez Ward and her work team. Cindy, Lucy, Karen, and Amalia were all there for me when I needed it the most. They fought for me and were able to secure me $100,000 for my automotive accident. I am eternally grateful for the work that they did – 5 Stars! THANK YOU, Ward Law Group!

- Kevin R.

Effortless for me!

Such a great experience. The entire process from beginning to end was almost effortless for me, the client. They handled the majority of the process/legwork and kept me informed along the way. Francis handled my case and she is extremely professional and courteous as well as great at explaining the next step along the way. Would recommend to anyone. Thank you Jany Martinez Ward! So pleased with my outcome.

-Kathy G.

What a success story!

What a success story! The Ward Law Group was so professional and informative with details. At the end of my case, I was very satisfied with the process and my results. Gregory and Jany were very sweet and personable. They made me feel comfortable which is very important due to me being in a major car accident while pregnant. I highly, highly recommend them! Thank you, WARD LAW!

- Pamelha M.

VERY good compensation; very professional!

I got into an accident at the beginning of the year. I was hit by a truck from the rear side. I called The Ward Law Group the next day and came to their office. They treated me with the most utmost respect and were very professional. They made everything easy and helpful. At the end, I received a VERY good compensation. I am very happy with their services and highly recommend them to anyone involved in any type of motor vehicle accident. Thank you to the accident attorney Jany Martinez-Ward!

- Franklin A.

Angels waiting to help those in need!

This law firm is the best you can find. Service is amazing. They are always available. Super attentive and ready to do anything in their power to achieve the objectives that will be needed to obtain success. Don’t hesitate to call this firm if you are ever in a situation involving a personal injury. We won our trial thanks to Jany and Greg Ward. You can’t get a better firm than them for this type of service. They are truly angels waiting to help those in need.

-Mariana R.

Greeted me like I was family!

I want to thank accident attorney Jany Martinez-Ward. The whole process was amazing. My car was a total loss and they helped me with that process. When it was time to pick up my check, I went to the beautiful office they have in Miami Lakes. The receptionist greeted me like I was family. I love how they offered me some Cuban coffee – MY FAVORITE! I am extremely happy with my results. Amazing, professional team at Ward Law. I recommend this firm to anyone who is involved in a car accident.

- Jacqueline A.

Amazing, fast, & effective!

The Ward Law Group is amazing, fast, and very effective. I was in a car accident this year and they really helped me out. I had the pleasure of meeting Jany Martinez-Ward who was my attorney. She is awesome. I also worked with Karen and Lucy and they are two of the nicest ladies I have ever met. They took really good care of me. I recommend this law firm to anyone who really needs help.

- Steve W.

Impeccable guidance!

I am very pleased with the service at Ward Law. From beginning to end, their friendliness, availability, walkthrough, and council has been impeccable. I needed guidance and here I found an efficient guide. Thanks again.

-Miguel M.

The best all around!

I want to thank the Ward Law Group for such a positive experience handling my case! Amalia, Karen, and Lucy went above and beyond, always keeping me up-to-date on my case and getting back to me as fast as they could with any questions I had. Very professional, compassionate, and efficient team. I would highly recommend! Extremely satisfied with their service. Thank you again, Jany Martinez Ward and the entire team for everything. The best all around!

- Nathali H.
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