“Do I really need to hire a lawyer if I have been in an automobile accident?”
At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we have been asked this question asked many times. Our answer is almost always “Yes”. But is that because we are attorneys ourselves, so we are obviously biased? Although it would seem that way, we actually feel this way for some fundamentally sound reasons that become more obvious as you read this article.
Let’s start at the beginning – when the car accident actually happens. As soon as the trauma and adrenaline of the accident starts to wear off, you have a lot on your mind – and that is true even if you have not suffered significant injuries. In addition to your injuries you have to deal with the emotional stress and turmoil; the damage to your vehicle; the handling of your claim(s) with the insurance companies and/or a court of law; and many other issues depending upon your particular situation.
Lawyers like those at our highly experienced law firm can help you deal with many of your post-accident issues. Therefore, we offer you the following information from the website www.dmv.org to help you determine whether hiring an attorney is the right choice for you:
One of the biggest losses after an accident is the loss of property. Your vehicle may be heavily damaged and, in some cases, be considered a total loss.
It’s typically the car insurance company’s prerogative to either:
- Deem your car a total loss.
- Pay for repairs.
First, you’ll need to determine whether your coverage will pay or whether the other company will pay. For instance:
- If you are at fault, you’ll seek reimbursement through your own policy.
- If you are not at fault, you’ll generally seek payment through the other insurer.
- In some cases (e.g., if you live in a no-fault state, or you were in a hit and run), you may seek compensation from your own car insurance company.
Regardless of the company from which you’re seeking payment, you might find their initial claim offer is insufficient to fully cover your repair or replacement costs.
If you don’t have the energy or knowledge to pursue a more substantial claim, you need the services of an attorney to ensure you get what you deserve.
If you are injured as a result of an accident, you need to get the proper medical care right away. If you delay, it can be harder to prove your injuries resulted from the car accident. In addition, in the state of Florida, if you do not go to a doctor within 14 days after the accident, you will most likely not get compensated for your injuries – even if they do not start to affect you until after the 14 days have passed.
Your payment for care will depend on the coverages in your policy. If you are not at fault, your bills will be paid for by the other driver’s liability coverage. If you live in a no-fault state, however, you can seek payment from your personal injury protection (PIP) coverage to get your bills without the delay of negotiation between companies.
You can also seek payment from:
- Medical payments coverage, if it’s included in your policy.
- Uninsured motorist coverage, if you have it and you were hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver (or were in a hit and run accident).
- Your health insurance policy.
When You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
As you seek reimbursement, remember that it’s extremely common to get pushback on these expenses. Insruance companies try to avoid paying more than they need to and will check to make sure all the expenses are valid. Keep all of your documentation and receipts. If you continue to have trouble getting your medical bills paid, seek the counsel of a personal injury attorney.
Attorneys have experience working with insurance providers to get the highest possible settlement amounts for clients.
They also have experience getting compensation for general damages that are difficult to determine, such as:
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
For example, if you’ve lost your vision due to an accident resulting from another driver’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you get general damages in addition to the actual costs of your medical bills.
Statute of Limitations
If you have been injured or you have lost any type of personal or business property due to an accident, don’t wait to get the help you need and deserve.
You have only a short amount of time under local, state, and federal law to file your claim and protect your rights. This time limit is called the statute of limitations, and varies by state.
If you feel you need an attorney to navigate your claim, contact one without delay.
Having the help of an experienced attorney can leave you free to concentrate on healing and moving on with your life.”
This entire article is available at: http://www.dmv.org/insurance/when-to-hire-a-personal-injury-attorney.php
Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne are the right lawyers to get you the best settlement that you deserve based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in an automobile accident. We make sure to ask the right questions of all companies and interested parties in your case. We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.
If a person you care about gets hurt or killed in a car, motorcycle or boating accident, or you simply have a question about a potential personal injury situation that you have not yet had answered, please call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.
At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that motor vehicle accidents happen every day. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an accident, then go to this page on our website:http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.
Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached. With over four decades of experience, that firm is Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne.
Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.