Automobile Accidents

Automobile accidents can disrupt lives in an instant – and sometimes disrupt them permanently..

Florida is a “no-fault” state when it comes to automobile accidents, which means that an individual’s own insurance covers injuries and damages in the event of an accident. However, if injuries or damages are serious, Florida allows victims to sue for appropriate compensation.

Permanent injuries, significant disfigurement or scarring, and enduring loss of important bodily functions all qualify as cause for legal action in the event of an automobile accident. Family members can also sue on a victim’s behalf in cases of death.

Compensation can also include economic damages, such as reduced future income, loss of appraised value to real property, and construction repairs.

Hunter Law, P.A.’s automobile accident attorneys will help you determine whether you have a viable case related to your automobile accident and advocate for compensation for long-term damage, medical care, and pain and suffering.

What to Do First to Assist Your Auto Accident Attorney

It’s important to contact a lawyer quickly after a collision. However, there are some things that are naturally going to come first: such as, exchanging insurance, reporting the crash to your own insurance company and having yourself cleared by a doctor. You can help your lawyer and your case by doing the following between the time of the accident and the time you seek representation.

If you are at the site of the collision

  1. Allow emergency responders to inspect you if you are injured in any way, before attempting to leave your vehicle. Call them yourself if you are unsure if the accident has been reported
  2. Collect as much information as possible from the crash site. Make sure you get insurance information from the other driver, and their license plate number just in case. Take photos of the crash with your mobile phone from as many angles as you can.
  3. Contact your insurer when you are done inspecting the crash site. Do not admit fault when speaking to your insurer, even if you suspect you may be responsible for the accident. The other driver may also have been violating the law.
  4. Schedule a complete medical examination. Not all injuries are apparent at the time of the accident. This is particularly true of injuries that involve the head, neck and spine.

     

If you were taken directly to the hospital

  1. Request a complete examination, including scans. Notify your doctor that you have just been involved in an automobile accident, and ask them to recommend any tests that you should have. Ask for records of all tests that are done, and make copies that you can leave with your lawyer
  2. Report your accident to your insurance company if you were not able to do so at the site of the collision. Do not admit fault. If you do not remember the crash, do not attempt to guess at details. Don’t provide any details if you are uncertain of their accuracy.
  3. Contact a friend or professional who can take photos of the crash scene while it’s still fresh. Request copies of the police reports, if that is your only option for investigation.

Common Injuries from Car Accidents

Accident claims are often filed so that the recovered funds can be used to cover medical costs. Catastrophic injuries can result from car accidents, including many that require physical therapy, comprehensive corrective surgeries and lifelong management. If your medical exam has revealed any of the following injuries, you should mention it to your car accident lawyer.

Spinal Injuries involving the back, neck and head: Few injures are more serious than those involving different areas of the spine. Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in car accidents, and can involve a significant amount of pain and recovery time. More serious injuries to the spine can result in permanent conditions including paralysis.

Limb Damage: Damage to the arms and legs are often professionally threatening in addition to being incredibly painful. Damage, including broken bones and nerve pain, can make working difficult or even impossible for up to years after the injury. A car accident case may be the only way to cover the costs of long-term unemployment in addition to the medical bills.

Brain Injury: Even mild brain injuries can cause serious pain. Severe or Traumatic Brain Injures (TBIs) can lead to lifelong physical and mental anguish. It may not be possible to restore full motor function in all brain injury cases, and that can mean lifelong challenges in daily life and in the workplace.

Wrongful Death: Car accidents are among the most common causes of death in the United States. Negligence is involved in many of these deaths, making those who caused the accident accountable to the loved ones left behind when negligence results in deaths.

Is a Lawsuit Possible?

Personal injury suits can only be filed under certain conditions. In Florida, you must be covered by PIP to drive legally. Those benefits will cover a portion of any losses from the car accident, including damage to the vehicle and medical injuries. Suing is an option after PIP benefits have been exhausted, and if the crash resulted in a permanent injury.

Other factors may determine whether you have standing to sue. If you want the most accurate answer, you’ll need to speak to a Tampa car accident lawyer, and provide all the details that are requested. Our lawyers can tell you if you have a case and what your case may be worth based on the injuries or expenses involved.

Don’t be concerned if you think you don’t have the funds for a lawyer. All of our car accident consultations are completely free of charge.

Florida is a “no-fault” state when it comes to automobile accidents, which means that an individual’s own insurance covers injuries and damages in the event of an accident. However, if injuries or damages are serious, Florida allows victims to sue for appropriate compensation.

Permanent injuries, significant disfigurement or scarring, and enduring loss of important bodily functions all qualify as cause for legal action in the event of an automobile accident. Family members can also sue on a victim’s behalf in cases of death.

Compensation can also include economic damages, such as reduced future income, loss of appraised value to real property, and construction repairs.

Hunter Law Group’s personal injury attorneys will help you determine whether you have a viable case related to your automobile accident and advocate for compensation for long-term damage, medical care, and pain and suffering.

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