If you’ve been involved in a serious car accident in Tampa, you need an experienced lawyer by your side. An attorney can advise you before you speak with your insurance company, keeping your best interest in mind and ensuring you get treated fairly. A lawyer can also help explain your insurance benefits including PIP and other policies you may have. Immediately after an accident, it’s important to get prompt medical treatment for any injuries you may have. Next, you should contact a car accident lawyer, preferably before you speak with anyone else about your accident, especially the insurance companies. Insurance companies notoriously look for ways to deny insurance claims or to pay less than what is necessary to cover damages. Your attorney can discuss your claim with you before you call the insurance company, or can speak with the insurance company for you. When going against these big companies, it’s better to have an attorney by your side representing your best interest. If you’ve already filed a claim and your claim was denied or was undervalued, a car accident lawyer can review your case and help you re-file. Your attorney can help to build a stronger case for your claim by reviewing your medical records, the police reports, vehicle information and other evidence from the accident like photographs, witness statements and any available surveillance video. In the event you and your insurance company cannot reach a fair agreement, your attorney will then determine whether to pursue a lawsuit against the insurance company and other parties who were at fault for the accident.
Generally speaking, you must seek medical treatment within 14 days of your accident for PIP to cover any of your medical costs. If your accident caused you to have an emergency medical condition, PIP will cover 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages. However, if your injuries are not considered an emergency medical condition, PIP benefits are usually limited to $2,500. If you suffered serious and permanent injuries, you may also be able to sue the at-fault driver to get compensation for costs not covered by your PIP benefits. A car accident attorney can review the details of your case to determine the best course of action for helping you get the compensation you need.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident in Tampa, contact the Capaz Law Firm now. An experienced personal injury attorney will work aggressively to help you get the fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more. We are committed to representing victims who have been injured in car accidents due to the negligence of others. Call (813) 440-2700 for your free consultation.
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