You are not required to hire a lawyer after a car accident that was not your fault. But doing so can help you get compensation for which you are eligible, and avoid liability for the crash.
After a car accident, you may have to get your car repaired, visit a doctor for rehabilitation, or be forced to miss work. A car accident lawyer can protect your rights and help you win compensation, allowing you to focus on what matters — your recovery, your health, and your family.
Why You Should Speak With a Lawyer Before Filing an Insurance Claim
To get compensation, you must file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, your insurance company, or both. The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can help ensure you make such claims to the right party.
According to Florida law, the at-fault driver is responsible for your property damage and injuries, but your own insurance policy — through its personal injury protection, or PIP, provision — covers your bodily injury too.
It is unwise to negotiate with — or even talk to — the insurance company without speaking with a lawyer first. The insurer’s goal when dealing with you is to find a way to reduce or eliminate what they have to pay you.
The insurer may twist any statement you make and use it against you to justify offering you a lower settlement or denying your claim. The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can keep you from falling into some of the common traps that ensnare drivers when they file insurance claims.
A Lawyer Helps You Figure Out What Damages You Are Eligible to Collect
Do you know how much compensation you might be due after a car accident? Perhaps you got an estimate to fix your car, or you just received the bill from your post-accident hospital visit. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you could file for various damages. For instance:
- Future expected medical costs: Medical bills we can reasonably anticipate you will incur in the future due to the accident.
- Lost wages: Time you had to miss from work while recovering from your injury or receiving medical care.
- Reduced earning capacity: If your injury impacted your ability to do your job and earn a living on a short-term or long-term basis.
- Pain and suffering: You could potentially be eligible for thousands of dollars.
- Punitive damages: If we can show that the other driver was behaving recklessly or maliciously.
The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can examine the details of your accident and determine which of these damages you would be able to pursue successfully.
A Lawyer Can File a Lawsuit or Negotiate an Out-of-Court Settlement
The at-fault driver should be responsible for your damages, but insurance only pays up to the driver’s policy limits. Beyond that, you might have to pursue the driver on an individual basis for any additional compensation you deserve.
To do this, we recommend working with a lawyer to spearhead the process. Your attorney can calculate the value of your claim, pursue the responsible party outside of court, and, if necessary, file a lawsuit and try your case in front of a jury.
For a free consultation with the accomplished legal team at The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, call 800-747-3733 today.