Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How to Know if You Should Call an Attorney after an Accident

Automobile accidents can be very scary experiences for everyone involved. If you have never been involved in a car accident before, the entire claims experience can be even more overwhelming.

If you have sustained injuries and damages in a St. Petersburg motor vehicle accident, you should consider retaining a skilled and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to represent you in your case. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Dolman Law Group can offer you some peace of mind and may be able to help you obtain the compensation you need and deserve under Florida law.

The first thing you should focus on after being involved in a Florida car accident is seeking medical treatment and recovering from your injuries. The second thing you should do is to seek the services of a skilled personal injury lawyer. An experienced attorney can help to streamline the negotiation, settlement, and litigation processes for you, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

How to Know Whether a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney May be Right for You

If you have sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident and are thinking about taking legal action, it is best to proceed forward with a knowledgeable attorney on board. Florida personal injury law is complex, filing deadlines apply, and time may be of the essence. A personal injury attorney may be able to assist you in some of the following ways:

  • Recommending treatment options and referring you to healthcare providers and specialists who offer that kind of treatment
  • Obtaining copies of your medical records and bills (and submitting them to the insurance company)
  • Negotiating with insurance adjusters on your behalf
  • Filing suit on your behalf in a timely manner
  • Pursuing cost-effective alternative dispute resolution options, such as mediation or arbitration
  • Representing you at trial if your case does not settle

First Steps to Take after Being Involved in an Automobile Accident

The first thing you should do after being involved in an auto accident is to contact the police by calling 9-1-1. You should also exchange insurance information with the other driver and obtain contact information from any eyewitnesses to the accident.

Finally, you should seek immediate follow-up medical care at a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility. This is true even if you are not in serious pain following your accident. It is important to seek follow-up medical care because pain and symptoms do not always manifest themselves immediately. In fact, in many cases, symptoms do not become evident until days – or even weeks – after the date of the accident. In short, it is better to be safe than sorry and to

go ahead and seek medical treatment.

Learning More about Treatment Options

If you have been injured and are contemplating filing a claim or lawsuit for personal injuries, a Florida personal injury attorney may be able to recommend treatment and/or refer you to a specific healthcare provider or specialist.

An attorney may also be able to refer you to a healthcare provider in order to obtain a permanency evaluation. A good permanency evaluation will establish the level of permanent whole body impairment that you sustained as a result of the accident.

Knowing Whether or not to provide a Recorded Statement to an Insurance Company’s Adjuster

A Florida personal injury lawyer will be able to offer you some advice on recorded statements. Contrary to their generally friendly demeanor when dealing with you on the phone, insurance adjusters are not working for you. Rather, they are working for their insurance companies and are not interested in fully and fairly compensating you for your injuries or making you whole. Although the adjuster may make it seem like a recorded statement is mandatory, that is not the case.

You should never provide a recorded statement to an insurance company’s adjuster without first contacting an attorney – or without having the attorney physically present (or on the phone with you) during the recorded statement.

Making Sure that Claims and Lawsuits are Filed in a Timely Manner

The State of Florida enforces a four-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases, including motor vehicle accidents in which the driver or passengers sustain injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence. This means that absent some limited exceptions, such as disabilities, the injured plaintiff must ordinarily file a claim or lawsuit within four years of the date on which the injury or injuries were sustained. Otherwise, the plaintiff is forever barred from seeking monetary recovery for those injuries or from filing a claim or lawsuit.

An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to ensure that a claim or lawsuit is filed in a timely manner and that the proper parties are brought into the case. For example, if the driver of another vehicle was negligent in causing an accident, the owner of that vehicle may also be liable for damages caused to the injured plaintiff, under Florida agency law.

The owner of the other vehicle could also potentially be liable for negligent entrustment of the vehicle to the driver. This might be true in a case where the driver was known for driving recklessly on a previous occasion or received a citation or conviction for reckless driving in the past.

Proving Negligence in a Florida Car Accident Case

If you have been injured as a result of another driver’s negligence on the roadway, you may be entitled to legal compensation under a negligence theory of recovery. In order to prove negligence, you must successfully demonstrate that the defendant driver failed to act in a reasonably prudent manner, thereby causing the accident which led to your personal injuries and damages. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will be able to assist you with meeting your burden of proof in a personal injury auto accident case.

Contact a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case

Florida auto accidents sometimes create more questions than answers. A skilled Florida auto accident personal injury lawyer will be able to streamline the process for you and can represent you throughout settlement negotiations, litigation, and trial. If the insurance company refuses to place a favorable settlement offer on the table, our experienced attorneys are not afraid to take your case to trial.

To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a personal injury attorney, please call us today or contact us online.

Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 222-6922

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