I Got Into A Car Accident, Should I Call An Attorney?
While you are not legally bound to hire a lawyer if you get into a car accident that you are not at-fault for, hiring a lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve and help you avoid being blamed for the crash. After a car accident occurs, you will have a long to-do list: going to the mechanic to get your car fixed, visiting a physician for rehabilitation, and even potentially rescheduling your work. Hiring a car accident lawyer helps you protect your rights and get the compensation you rightfully deserve, which allows you to focus on what is important: Your health, your recovery, and your loved ones. South Florida Attorneys is a top personal injury attorney in the South Florida area. If you are the victim of a car accident, call South Florida Attorneys for a free initial consultation today!
Why You Should Consult With A Lawyer Prior To Filing An Insurance Claim
To receive compensation for the damages inflicted during a car accident, the party involved needs to file a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault driver, their own insurance company, or both. Here at South Florida Attorneys, we can guide you and make sure you file claims to the right party. Under Florida state law, the at-fault driver is responsible for your injuries and property damage. However, your own insurance policy, through its PIP (personal injury protection) provision, also covers your bodily injury. We do not recommend negotiating with, or even speaking to, the insurance company without first speaking with a lawyer. The goal of the insurer when dealing with their insurance policy holders is always to pay them the least amount of money they can get away with. Insurance companies are not in the business out of the kindness of their own hearts; they will always try to lowball you, even if you have been faithfully paying premiums for years. The insurer can easily twist any statement you make and use it against you to get away with a lower settlement or even deny your claim. South Florida Attorneys can prevent you from stepping into some common traps insurance companies set.
We Can Help You Figure Out Damages Are Owed You
Do you know how much compensation is owed you after a car accident? Maybe you received an estimate for fixing your car, or the bill from your hospital visit after the accident just arrived in the mail. Depending on your specific situation, there are various damages you may be eligible to file for. Examples include:
- Lost wages
- Future expected medical costs
- Lowered earning capacity
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
South Florida Attorneys can analyze the details of your accident and let you know the damages you would be able to successfully pursue. If you were involved in a more serious accident, the law stipulates you to take specific steps in reporting the accident to proper authorities. Even though Florida law doesn’t require you to inform the police if the accident was minor, you may want to still do so because it can help with filing an insurance claim or lawsuit later down the line.
Contact Us Today
At South Florida Attorneys, we will guide you through the claims process and advise you on what steps to take if you were involved in a car accident. Call South Florida Attorneys today for a free initial consultation with a personal injury attorney!