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Legal Help After an Auto Accident
Auto accidents impact the lives of millions of Americans each year. Some result in property or vehicular damage, while others result in serious injury or even death – causing life altering situations for those involved, as well as their families. According to the National Safety Council, roughly 40,000 people die each year in motor vehicle accidents and 4.6 million roadway users become injured enough to require medical attention, at an estimated cost to society of $432 billion annually.
Seeking the help of an experienced personal injury attorney will ensure you get the compensation you deserve in the event of an auto accident.
When to Seek Medical Help
Too often, we see victims of a car accident wait until the pain becomes unbearable before seeking medical treatment – resulting in a loss of rightful benefits. The signs of injury after an auto accident may not always be apparent, but seeking medical attention is paramount to your case, both for medical and legal reasons.
Once an accident happens, the clock starts ticking. From the time of a collision, you have 14 days to seek medical attention – otherwise you risk the loss of your full $10,000 in PIP benefits. Waiting longer than 14 days to see a doctor means you may only be able to recover $2,500 of your PIP benefits, and in some cases, can disqualify you from receiving any amount. Though you may feel fine after an accident, receiving medical attention can uncover injuries that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Often times, the signs of an injury will not show signs for a few weeks. Common auto accident related injuries can include:
- Herniated Discs
- Internal Bleeding
- Spinal Cord Damage
- Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury
Do not hesitate – after a crash, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
When to Pursue Your Claim
Before speaking with the at-fault driver’s insurance adjuster, seek the advice of a car accident attorney. In Florida there is a limited window of time to file a lawsuit, which varies depending on the type of case being filed. Taking the initiative to partner with an auto accident attorney as soon as possible can be the determining factor in maximizing the value of your claim.
Your attorney will work with you on ways to prepare for these interactions, and coach you on areas you are unsure of. Divulging certain details of an event or relaying incorrect or incomplete information to an insurance adjuster can have negative impacts on the settlement of your claim.
Why You Need an Auto Accident Attorney
Working with an experienced auto accident attorney will ensure you get the most from your insurance claim. The insurance company of the at-fault driver’s sole purpose during this time is to resolve your claim as quickly as possible with as little payout to you. Because of this, the insurance company may try to pressure you into settling on a less than ideal agreement, and even defend the at-fault driver with their own legal team. Choosing an attorney with an extensive background in these types of cases is important to maximizing your settlement.
Before Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney, Ask the Following Questions:
- How long have you practiced personal injury law?
- How many auto accident cases have you taken to trial?
- How many auto accident cases have you previously handled?
- Do you have experience representing victims of auto accidents with injuries or sustained medical problems resulting from a crash?
- Do you have the financial resources to go up against large insurance companies?
- Are you the attorney who will be working on my case through trial if necessary?
Matthews Injury Law: Experienced in Auto Accident Cases in Florida
The experienced team of attorneys at Matthews Injury Law has fought for the justice of hundreds of injured citizens across the state of Florida. For example, we know that summer is the most dangerous time to be on the road, Florida’s texting and driving laws don’t always protect against distracted driving, and that the effects of an auto accident can leave lasting impressions on the lives of victims and their families. We’ve represented clients in high-profile cases, as well as victims no one knew. In each case, we work personally with individuals to navigate them through this stressful time in their life, and we help obtain the compensation deserved. Our team of personal injury attorneys will fight to recover everything our clients our deserve, and we are willing and able to take auto accidents cases to trial when insurance companies refuse to treat our clients fairly.
If you or a loved one has fallen victim to an auto accident, do not hesitate to contact the inexorable attorneys at Matthews Injury Law. Choose a time that fits your schedule and set up a free consultation by clicking here.
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