Franklin & Stites Downtown Orlando meeting roomSince 2008, car accident compensation recovery has been our primary expertise. Each case is examined thoroughly to ensure nothing is missed and attorneys Franklin & Stites go the extra mile to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. We chose to take in only a limited number of cases each year because it allows to spend more time with our clients.

After an auto accident, the last thing you want to worry about is if you can pay your medical bills or not. When you set up a free consultation with the Orlando Car Accident Lawyer we take the time to go over all your options and possible outcomes for your case. Not every case needs to go to court...but when it does, we are ready to fight for you. Our law firm has been fighting large insurance companies for over half a decade and will continue to for years to come.

Limited Caseloads Keeps Detail in Focus

Orlando, FL Law Office of Franklin @ StitesWe don’t take on every viable case we are presented with. Here at Orlando Car Accident Lawyer, you can enjoy meeting with our attorneys one on one. We are a small law firm and have decided to keep it that way so we only take on a limited number of clients per year. We feel maintaining a small client base allows us to spend quality time with each client and case. Examining evidence and preparing for court dates is a lengthy process that takes focus. If we take on too many cases at a time the professional focus will start to degrade and our percentage of successful compensation recovery would drop.

No Obligation: You Don’t Pay Unless We Secure You Compensation For Your Automobile Accident

A common misconception is hiring an attorney will cost a enormous amount of money. Our Orlando law firm works by charging a contingency fee. This means if you hire us, we do not charge you anything unless we are successful in getting you paid for pain and suffering. There is no down payment, no monthly payment, or any payment for that matter until we secure you compensation. It does not matter if you are rich or completely broke, you can hire us with no obligation. Our goal is to get you the most compensation possible since our payment is a small percentage of the total settlement. Insurance companies profit from denying legitimate claims and assume most will not bother with a lawyer.

What Is My Car Wreck Worth?

This is a tough question that varies greatly on a case by case bases. It all comes down to four things:

Ideally, all four things should line up in order to have a successful settlement or litigation. Below are a few examples.

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“After A Car Accident Injury, The Road To Recovery Can Be Costly. We Just Work To Ensure They Pay For It.”

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Personal Injury?

Case Scenario 5: The Catastrophic Auto Accident

Case Scenario 1: The Ideal Personal Injury Claim

The amount of money demanded by an attorney will have to be reasonable. If there was only minor bruising it would not be reasonable to demand $500K from the insurance company. Pain and suffering damages are variable but most likely a jury would not award someone half a million dollars for seatbelt bruising. However it is better to have the insurance money available than not have any at all.

Case Scenario 4: No Injuries

Case Scenario 3: Blame is Uncertain

When there is not a clear understanding of who caused the accident there is comparative blame. One driver may have rear ended another driver only because the other driver’s brake lights are not working. Or you were rear ended but the police were not called and there were no witnesses. The other driver tries to say you backed into him. These are tough cases to prove in court.

If you hire the wrong kind of attorney, your attorney drops the ball, or you do not hire an attorney at all your case can be compromised. It’s up to your accident attorney to determine when to settle and when to take your case to court. You could have serious injuries and a fantastic case but if you hire unqualified representation, your case will not make it too far. The advantage of a smaller firm is we are able to spend more time dedicated to each case.

Case Scenario 2: Wrong Attorney/No Attorney Present

Further Analysis of Worst Case Scenario:

The above example is the absolute worst case scenario and it’s accidents like these that are why we are required to carry auto insurance. Let’s say a person is involved in a life debilitating accident where they may never walk again but the driver at fault had little to no insurance coverage. Unless the injured driver has uninsured motorist coverage  or the at fault driver has assets to go after, there is not much that can be done. The only way to get around policy limits is the incredibly rare instance where the insurance company will try to deny paying out for a legitimate injury. This is when the blame is highly apparent, the evidence is there, but the insurance company will offer nothing or a laughable amount nowhere near policy limits. This is known as a bad faith claim and if it can be proven in court, can be worth millions. Most of the time insurance companies are smart and if the cost of the injuries exceed policy limits they will not hesitate to pay out policy limits.

Ideally, the insurance policy limits will meet or exceed the needs of the car accident victim’s injuries. This mean the money will be there to pay for the victims injuries. We help get you to the right doctors so you can heal.

With a personal injury case the victim actually has to be injured. Even if you are a little sore after an accident we highly recommend getting checked out by a medical doctor. An MRI will usually show any internal injuries such as a herniated disc.

A good case will be where the other driver will be 100% at fault. An example would be if the other driver rear ended you at a red light. A police report was written and there was others who witnessed the accident.

You hired a experienced injury attorney who is able to present evidence to the insurance company and court if needed. They gather medical and police reports, bills associated with the accident, and accident witnesses. Most cases like these are settled prior to ever reaching court.

Actual Injuries clear and proven with medical records.

The at fault driver has bodily injury protection insurance that meets or exceeds the cost of the victims injuries.

Blame is clear. There was a police report and witnesses showing one car  hit the other.

Actual Injuries clear and proven with medical records.

The at fault driver has bodily injury protection insurance that meets or exceeds the cost of the victims injuries.

This diminishes your attorneys ability to present evidence if there is none to show. This is why it is always recommended to contact the police after any car accident.


The at fault driver has bodily injury protection insurance that meets or exceeds the cost of the victims injuries.

Blame is clear. There was a police report and witnesses showing one car  hit the other.

You hired a experienced injury attorney who is able to present evidence to the insurance company and court if needed. They gather medical and police reports, bills associated with the accident, and accident witnesses. Most cases like these are settled prior to ever reaching court.

Fault is clear. There was a police report and witnesses showing one car  hit the other.

Catastrophic injuries have been sustained. This includes loss of limbs, extreme scarring, paralysis, and even death. These are injuries are more commonly seen with motorcycle accidents.

You hired a experienced injury attorney who is able to present evidence to the insurance company and court if needed. They gather medical and police reports, bills associated with the accident, and accident witnesses. No amount of money will be worth what the victim has gone through and will continue to experience.

The driver at fault did not have car insurance or had bare minimum coverage. Even if the driver had bodily injury limits of $100,000 that would most likely be eaten by medical bills very quickly.

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Auto Accident Example #1

Let’s use, for example, John Gooddriver is sitting at a red light when he is suddenly rear ended by Tammy Texter.  The police came our and gave Tammy a ticket for careless driving and texting while driving. Blame was just established because not only did Tammy hit John from behind, she was also ticketed, thus reinforcing the case that Tammy was the at fault driver.

Meanwhile John was taken to the hospital for whiplash and a broken wrist. The medical records and doctors report show John’s severity of injuries and confirm that John was legitimately  injured. The police visited John at the hospital and gave him Tammy Texter’s insurance information. John see’s that Tammy had high car insurance limits that will most likely cover what hospital bills his PIP coverage would not be able to pay for. John hires a automobile accident attorney in Orlando who spends time thoroughly collecting evidence. His attorney takes pictures of his John’s car, his injuries from the crash, police reports and medical records. The evidence is copied, packaged up and presented to to Tammy’s insurance company with a demand for compensation.

The insurance company does investigating of their own and determines if they should offer a settlement or take it to court. If the evidence is obvious and the insurance company is smart, they will counter offer the settlement demand. If the settlement offer is reasonable, the case can be taken care of without ever reaching court. However, if Tammy’s insurance company refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, a lawsuit must be filed and the claim is taken to court where the evidence is presented to a judge and jury. With a clear cut case like John and Tammy’s the jury would most likely award John compensation for the car accident that was clearly Tammy’s fault.

Variables that would have influenced the outcome:

Variable #1: If Tammy Texter was uninsured or underinsured during the collision. No matter how severe John’s injuries were, no insurance coverage means no money.

Possible Outcome: Hopefully John Gooddriver had uninsured motorist coverage. If so, that should pick up where Tammy’s lack of insurance left off. An attorney can possibly go after Tammy’s homeowners insurance or John’s personal car insurance or even health insurance.

Variable #2: If John Gooddriver did not suffer any significant injuries. Or he was injured but never attempted to seek treatment.

Possible Outcome: If there are no injuries good for John, luck was on his side. The car insurance companies usually handle repair or replacement of the vehicles. With the case where John was injured but did not seek treatment, it would be hard to argue that he was injured without proper medical records.

Variable #3: If John Gooddriver was found partially at fault because both of his brake lights were out at the time of the auto accident. Florida is a comparative blame state, which mean blame is given by percentage to each driver when there is not a clear cut liability.

Possible Outcome: This make the case more difficult but as long as John’s accident attorney can prove that Tammy was more at fault then John, it is possible to obtain compensation.

Variable #4: John unknowingly hires a incompliant attorney for his case. His attorney misplaces key evidence, submits a weak demand to Tammy’s insurance company, and misses important court dates.

Possible Outcome: John may have had a clear cut case but if he places his trust in a law firm that does not specialize in auto accidents he will most likely not receive any compensation for his injuries. Research attorneys before you sign up with them. Find out what they specialize in and search their records of compensation recovered.

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The 4 Influences That Make or Break a Personal Injury Claim

There are four factors that will significantly influence the outcome of a personal injury case. They are:

Below is a visual representation of what goes on behind the scenes of a personal injury firm. Most people do not have a clear understanding of what happens after they hire an attorney for their car accident. The Orlando law offices of Franklin & Stites make an extra effort to include their clients in the process. We not only answer questions but also thoroughly explain what is going on.

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