The legal advice offered by an experienced auto accident lawyer can save you time, frustration, and a lot of money. However, if you wait too long, your injuries may worsen, and you could lose your right to ever recover damages.
Are you unsure if you should call a Florida auto accident lawyer after your accident? Listed below, are a few of the most common examples of when an accident attorney can benefit you.
- An insurance company requests medical records from before the accident
- An insurance company has made you a lowball offer
- An insurance company is offering a structured settlement rather than a total lump sum
- It’s difficult to prove that you lost wages
- It’s unclear who is responsible for an accident
- More than one party may be liable for the accident
- You require assistance negotiating a fair settlement
- You’re unsure how to calculate your damages
Contact the auto accident lawyers at Schrier Law Group today for a free consultation – we can help. Continue reading to learn when you should call an attorney after a car accident.
Should You Always Call a Lawyer After an Accident?
Accident victims who seek skillful legal representation typically fare much better in settlement negotiations. Accident law experts recommend seeking legal representation when:
- An insurance company denies your claim
- Liability is unclear
- The case may require expert investigators or witnesses
- The insurance company is making lowball offers
- The injured party is a minor
- The other party has filed a lawsuit against you
- You are injured and have significant medical bills
- You are not at fault or partially at fault for the accident
- Your quality of life has been affected by your accident
- You are temporarily or permanently disabled because of the accident
Waiting to call an attorney could harm your claim. For negligence lawsuits, there is generally only a four-year time limitation for when you must file a lawsuit within. If a family member or loved one tragically died, due to a negligent driver in a car accident, then you often only have two years from the date of the death to file a lawsuit for wrongful death.
According to Florida Statute 627.736, (the Florida Pip Statute), you only have 14 days to see a doctor after an auto. accident. If you fail to seek medical treatment promptly and within 14 days, after you sustain injuries from an auto accident, the Pip insurance company will almost always legally deny paying your hospital and your medical provider’s bills that would typically be paid by your Pip Insurance Company under Florida’s no fault laws.
What is Comparative Negligence?
If there is an accident, then comparative negligence leads to the division of monetary compensation, from each careless party, based on the fault that each party is found responsible for. If the total value of your negligence case was determined to be worth $200,000 and two drivers caused the accident, (one driver was determined to be 80% at fault and the other driver found to be 20% responsible), each driver would contribute a proportional percentage of their fault for the accident. ($160,000 & $40,000 respectively).
Insurers use comparative negligence to determine how much blame or fault to accept, before paying you for your claim & case. Florida’s comparative negligence statutes award damages for accidents proportionally based on the determination of the degrees of each party’s negligence.
What if the Driver Leaves the Scene After an Accident in Florida?
Under Florida Statutes, Sections 316.061-316.063, individuals who leave the scene of an accident that involves bodily injury, property damage, or death violate the law. If one leaves the scene after causing an injury, it is a felony in Florida.
A person can be convicted for leaving the scene of a Florida accident if they:
- Operate a vehicle involved in an accident, and it led to severe injury or death of another person or property damage.
- You were aware, or you should have been aware that you were involved in an accident, but you still fled the scene.
- You willfully chose to leave the scene without providing identifying information to the other person or calling the police.
- You failed to offer much-needed assistance to another individual involved in the accident.
A knowledgeable Florida accident attorney can support those who are victims of hit and runs and those who have been falsely accused.
How Can an Auto Accident Lawyer Help Me?
Hiring an auto accident attorney can improve your chances of recovering money damages in your case. Personal injury law experts recommend hiring a lawyer when it’s not apparent what your damages are or who is at fault.
Negligence and liability aren’t always easy to establish. For that reason, hiring a skilled investigator could make a big difference in your case. It’s important to note that once you’ve accepted an offer from the insurance company, you most likely will also forfeit your right to ever pursue additional damages.
With that in mind, it’s in your best interest to consult an attorney before settling your own case or before signing any papers given to you by an insurance company.
Contact Schrier Law Group Today
Your attorney will protect your rights, explain your legal options, and guide you through the auto accident claims process. Auto accident attorneys handle many matters, including investigating your case, gathering evidence, dealing with insurance companies, filing lawsuits, negotiating, and representing you in court if negotiations fail.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to file an auto accident claim. Call 1-800-700-PAUL today to schedule your free initial case review.
Schrier Law Group is a well-known and highly regarded Statewide Personal Injury, Wrongful Death & Insurance Litigation law firm.
For over 40 years, this firm has aggressively and compassionately represented those who have been the unfortunate injured victims of negligence and wrongful death accidents or incidents. Unfortunately, too many avoidable accidents occur, especially in Florida.
When the careless actions of another result in someone getting hurt or even killed, the “negligent” party’s insurance company often hire good lawyers so that they can avoid paying the injured accident victim or the wrongfully killed victim’s family the appropriate amount of compensation.
Clients often tell us that The Schrier Law Group secured more money for them than they ever could have imagined. We take great pride in coming up with creative legal strategies to win our client’s cases, but we also enjoy answering our client’s questions and developing relationships that last a lifetime because they are based on the trust that we have earned along the way.
While we have been and continue to be hired to secure the most money for our clients, from just about every part of Florida, we take great pride in changing the negative perception, one client at a time.
Whether your case is against another driver, another person, or against a large corporation, clients hire The Schrier Law Group in order to secure the most money for their case. Get the most money for your case and do not become an ignored victim. Schrier Law Group can be reached at (800) 700-7285. Call us for a free case evaluation. Justice for you and your family can start now.
Schrier Law Group is not surprised to let you know that the state of Florida alone has over 400,000 car accidents per year. These accidents bring about over 250,000 injuries and over 3,000 fatalities. All of these accidents can usually be blamed on the negligence of one of the drivers involved.
When these accidents occur, you need a personal injury attorney that will aggressively back you in a court of law. The Schrier Law Group in Florida is the team that brings their years of personal injury expertise to the table. If you need an attorney to aggressively represent you after being injured due to the carelessness of another personâ€™s actions, then call Schrier Law Group today.
What Types of Cases Does a Personal Injury Attorney Take
Personal injury is a very broad term that encompasses all injuries that have been caused due to the negligence of another. Examples of these situations are:
- Auto Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
- Wrongful Death Claims
- Construction Accidents
- Pool Injuries & Drownings
- Product Liability Claims
- Boating Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Work Accidents
All of these are examples of accidents that can happen when another person is being careless. Many of these accidents can leave you with a long period of pain and recovery. This means a lot of lost wages and time. You deserve to be compensated for the loss of wages, medical bills, psychological impacts of the accident, lost time, and the price of having to suffer through it all.
The Schrier Law Group handles many personal injury cases, and Schrier Law has the resources necessary to help you and your family score a successful outcome in any personal injury case. It is important that you have your rights defended by someone who knows the law. Contact the Schrier Law Group for a personal injury attorney in Florida today!
One of the most complicated and heartbreaking types of cases are wrongful death lawsuits. These cases involve proving that due to someone’s negligence or intentional actions, your loved one has been lost. Not only are you trying to regain stability in your family after the death of a close relative, but you are attempting to sue for an amount that is “equivalent to your loved one’s life.”
In order to help guide you through the process of a wrongful death case, you’re going to need an attorney that’ll back you in an aggressive manner while you and your family recover. The Schrier Law Group has personal injury attorneys that will pursue the person or persons who acted with negligence in the death of your loved one.
What Types of Situations Call for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
A wrongful death lawsuit can be pursued in any situation where a loved one is lost due to the negligence of another. Examples of this situation include:
- Automobile and/or Truck Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Boating Accidents
- Work Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Criminal Actions/Murder
- Defective Products/Improper Labeling
Regardless of the situation, if you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another person, then you are entitled to a wrongful death lawsuit.
What are you Compensated for?
The list of damages that need to be recovered for the loss of a direct loved one is almost impossible to put a price on. However, these damages are usually calculated based on a few different variables. These include:
- Financial support: When you have lost current and future financial support as a spouse or child, we will do everything possible to get the maximum amount of compensation.
- Costs associated with death: Including medical expenses as well as funeral, burial or cremation expenses will be compensated should you be successful with your case.
- Pain and suffering: The pain and suffering of both the victim and family members is often taken into consideration when making this determination.
- Spouse’s damages: We will fight to recover compensation for loss of companionship and protection as well as pain and suffering from the date of the accident that ultimately resulted in the death of your partner.
- Children’s damages: When there are minor children of a decedent who died as a result of a deliberate act, we will seek damages for lost parental companionship, guidance, and instruction as well as mental pain and suffering.
- Parental damages: When you lose a child due to someone’s negligence, we will recover compensation for pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages: Because someone acted in a manner that was considered intentional or grossly negligent, we will seek the maximum punitive damages under the law. Not only is this important for the family of decedents, but it also sends a clear message their behavior was
Thousands of auto accidents happen every day throughout the United States. All of these situations are always going to have a person at fault. However, this determination over fault could be very complicated. All of it comes down to either one party admitting fault or finding out who was negligent in the accident. That is where the importance of never saying sorry following an accident. An apology is basically you declaring you are at fault. That means you are going to be responsible for the accident.
Information to Gather Following an Accident
There is a lot of things that need to be done following an auto accident. However, the information you gather at the scene of the accident is most useful in the future if a case erupts. Here is a list of information you should be gathering:
- Report the Accident to the police. After doing so, record the time, date, and parties involved.
- Obtain witness information but never admit fault. Regardless if you are at fault at not, any indication that you may have been in the wrong may be used against you in a court of law at a future date. Never apologize.
- Take pictures of the accident. Make sure to take very clear pictures of any damage to your vehicle and the other person’s vehicle. The more pictures the better. Making sure that their license plate is in at least one of the pictures is recommended as well.
- Gather personal information for the parties involved. Name, phone numbers, insurance information, license plate numbers are all very important for your insurance company.
- If you require any medical care at all, make sure to take note of all even slight injuries. If medication, treatment, or surgery is required, then you need to keep all of the bills from medical treatment. These may be compensated to you in the future.
Regardless of the accident or if you are at fault, never apologize for the incident. You will be immediately seen as the person who was most likely being negligent prior to the accident.