The car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine can help you with your injury claim from a collision in Buenaventura Lakes, Florida. We can talk to you and let you know if you might have a claim for financial damages.
We can evaluate the situation, collect evidence (eyewitness testimony, police records, photos, and videos) and deal directly with the insurance company so that you do not have to do so. If the insurer refuses to pay a reasonable settlement amount, we can file a lawsuit on your behalf. When we take care of your claim, you can focus on your recovery and leave the rest to us. Call a Buenaventura Lakes car accident lawyer today at 1 (800) 747-3733 for a free consultation. There is no obligation.
Pitfalls of Handling Your Buenaventura Lakes, Florida Car Accident Claim on Your Own
Florida law does not force you to work with a lawyer on your car accident matter, but it can be to your advantage to do so. Here are but a few of the things that can go wrong if you try to take on the insurance company on your own:
Insurance companies are multi-billion-dollar corporations that make profits by paying injured people as little money as possible to get rid of their claims. If you have not been hurt in a car accident before, you might not have any idea of whether the claims adjuster is making a fair offer to you.
The adjuster does not have to tell you that the settlement check is not cash in your pocket. You will have to pay all of your medical bills out of that one check. Sometimes people accept checks that do not even pay those bills, and they have to pay the rest out of pocket. People often discover later that they should have gotten much more money for their injuries.
Settling Before Completing Your Medical Treatment
You cannot know definitively what your future medical needs will be until you complete your treatment and your doctor releases you. People can go through a round of physical therapy only to find out that the treatment did not achieve what the doctor had hoped. The injured person might have to undergo surgery to gain a better result.
If you already settled with the insurance company while you were still in physical therapy, you will have to pay for the surgery out of your pocket. The insurer will not pay you another cent after you settle with them.
Also, you might go through all the prescribed procedures and not achieve 100% of your previous function. Facing a lifetime impairment is bad enough, but not getting fair compensation for it makes the situation even worse. If you settled your case before realizing that your recuperation would not be entirely successful, the insurance company will not pay you more money for the disability you now have.
Giving a Recorded Statement
Insurance adjusters usually contact people who get injured in car accidents and ask them to give recorded statements. The adjuster might tell you that the statement is your opportunity to tell your side of the story. In reality, the statement is not for your benefit.
The insurer can take your words out of context to mean something that you did not intend. The company does this to have an argument for paying you less money than you deserve.
Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company after a car accident. Let your lawyer handle this issue. When a lawyer represents you, the insurance company is not supposed to contact you directly. If the adjuster calls, tell him to talk to your lawyer.
Missing the Deadline
Injured people generally have a limited amount of time to take legal action to pursue compensation for their losses under Florida law. If you miss the deadline, the law can bar you from ever going after financial damages for your injuries.
Posting on Social Media
You should never post any comments or photos about the car crash on social media. People are used to sharing the details of their everyday lives on social media but doing so can backfire on you if you have an injury claim. Insurance companies can harvest your posts and use them against you. Talk with us about the safe boundaries for using social media when you have been hurt in a car accident.
How Much Compensation You Can Get for Your Buenaventura Lakes Car Accident Injury Claim
We cannot throw out a number for the amount of financial damages you can get for your car accident injury claim because every case is different. Four people in the same car will have four different amounts of damages. The compensation you can recover will depend on the facts of your situation.
Some of the damages we have won for our car accident cases include:
- Medical expenses, for the reasonable cost to treat your injuries.
- Lost wages, for the time you spent away from work without pay because of the crash.
- Equipment and modifications, like crutches, wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, home modifications, and adapted vehicles.
- Diminished earning capacity, if your injuries prevent you from making as much money as before.
- Rehabilitation center and long-term care for catastrophic injuries like spinal cord damage or head trauma.
- Disability, if you cannot work to support yourself because of your injuries.
- Pain and suffering, for the physical discomfort and emotional distress.
- Other intangible losses, like disfigurement and loss of enjoyment of life.
- Wrongful death, if your close relative died from car accident injuries.
A Buenaventura Lakes car accident lawyer can evaluate your facts and let you know which types of damages you might be able to pursue in your situation.
Getting Legal Help for Your Buenaventura Lakes Car Accident Injury Claim
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we help people who have suffered harm at the hands of others. We take pride in delivering attentive, personal, caring legal services to our clients. You will never be a number to us.
A Buenaventura Lakes car accident lawyer will work hard to get you all the compensation you deserve so that you can rebuild your life. We want you to experience a full and fair recovery.
You will not have to pay upfront legal fees because we handle car accident injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This arrangement means that our legal fees will come out of the settlement or award at the end of the case. We do not get paid until you win.
Call us today at 1 (800) 747-3733 to get started. The initial consultation is free. There is no obligation.