Securing the Maximum Amount for Your Florida Accident Claim
If you were in a car accident, you know they can be traumatic, upsetting events. Often individuals are healing from an injury and have no idea how to file a car accident claim. Florida is a no fault state, that means insurance is handled in a specific way. If you are coping with medical bills, personal injury, and property damage, you need a legal professional on your side.
When you are in a crisis situation, it is not the time to try and learn all the intricacies of Florida law. While you focus on improving your health, an attorney can negotiate with insurance companies or move forward with a lawsuit for you. The lawyers at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience.
When You Seek Treatment Matters
It is important to see a doctor or healthcare professional in the aftermath of a car crash. In fact, being timely throughout your claim process is best, both for your physical health and for boosting the possibility of securing the maximum settlement amount.
One thing a lawyer will keep in mind for you is the statute of limitations where you live. In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit for compensation in connection with a truck or car accident is four years. This four year timeframe begins from the date of the accident. While four years may seem like a long period, in reality it takes time to gather documentation to build the best case.
Some of the documentation gathered could include hospital records, police reports, witness accounts, doctor assessments, treatment plans, photographs, and more.
Deciding on a Financial Value and Settlement Offers
When your lawyer looks over all the evidence collected, they will be able to give you an idea of the value of your accident claim. Compensation for the following could be factored into their assessment:
- Invoices from doctors and hospitals.
- Physical therapy expenses.
- Emotional stress and suffering.
- Prescription medication costs.
- Wage loss and future income reduction.
Sometimes an insurance adjuster will contact you with a settlement offer while your attorney is reviewing documentation. Do not agree to any amount without discussing the call with your Florida car accident attorney. Unfortunately, many companies offer low amounts and encourage victims to settle so they can avoid the expenses of trial. A fair settlement offer is possible, but it is more likely if the issue is negotiated by a professional. Lawyers know when an offer is just and it is in everyone’s interests to settle. They also know when going to trial is best.
Were you injured in a Florida car accident? Do not accept a low amount when you need a full compensation package to pay all of your expenses. When another is negligent, you are not responsible for all of the fees connected to a collision. Get the most from your accident claim, talk to an experienced personal injury lawyer at Roman & Roman to understand your rights. We serve clients in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa.