Florida Car Accident Attorney
Victims of motor-vehicle crashes are often entitled to compensation for healthcare bills, lost income, and other damages. If you intend to bring a claim for damages, it is important that you first speak to a Florida car accident attorney for guidance.
At Capaz Law Firm, we offer free, no-obligation consultations where we will review the facts of your case and determine whether you can file a claim. Call us today at 813-440-2700 to schedule your free case evaluation.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Florida
The days and weeks after a car accident can be a confusing and difficult time. As a victim, there are certain things that you can do to maximize the chances of getting the compensation to which you are entitled. At the top of the list are to seek medical attention and then to contact a car accident lawyer.
Seek Medical Attention
It’s critical that you seek medical attention after an auto accident, even if emergency medical personnel did not recommend ambulance transportation. Many car accident injuries can remain asymptomatic for several days after an accident, and it’s extremely important to make sure that you get a diagnosis and start treatment as soon as you can. Furthermore, when you seek medical attention, it will result in the creation of an official medical record detailing your injuries. You can use this record as evidence when it comes time to file your claim.
Follow Your Doctor’s Recommendations
As a victim, you should stick to your doctor’s orders as closely as you can. For example, if your physician recommends physical therapy, attend your sessions and engage in any recommended at-home exercises or treatments. Similarly, attend all follow-up appointments your doctor suggests. If you do not, the other side could argue that you are not as injured as you are claiming to be or that you are failing to take steps to mitigate your injuries.
Do Not Provide the Insurance Company with a Recorded Statement
If the at-fault party’s insurance company reaches out to you and asks for a recorded statement, politely decline and tell them you are in the process of retaining an attorney. Insurance companies use these statements as opportunities to get victims to say things that they can use to justify minimizing their settlement offers or denying their claims completely.
Reasons to Hire a Car Accident Lawyer
It is strongly recommended that you retain a car accident lawyer in Florida to represent you after a wreck, even if you are sure your case is going to settle out of court. Auto insurance companies do everything they can to settle cases for as little as possible, and without the representation of an attorney, you may be pressured into settling your case for far less than it is actually worth. Some ways that insurance companies take advantage of unrepresented accident victims include:
- Making unreasonably low initial offers to make later offers look better
- Making overly broad medical record requests in order to characterize new injuries as pre-existing conditions
- Asking victims leading questions in order to get them to say things that they can use to justify lower settlement offers
- Making false statements about victims’ legal rights
Once you have legal representation, insurance companies know these tactics will not work and are often willing to make a fair offer sooner.
Call Us Today to Speak with a Florida Car Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in a car accident, it’s in your best interests to retain legal counsel as soon as you can. At Capaz Law Firm, we are seasoned trial attorneys who have decades of combined experience representing the rights of injured victims. We will review the facts of your case at no cost to you and will never collect legal fees unless we obtain compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free case evaluation, call our office today at 813-440-2700 or send us an email through our online contact form.
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