After a car accident, we recommend hiring a lawyer as soon as possible. Without a lawyer, you may put your legal rights – and your right to seek fair financial compensation for your injuries. The sooner your attorney can get to work building your case, the sooner you can submit your claim to the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Although you may not experience symptoms at the crash scene, you may sustain serious injuries that leave you unable to work and in need of long-term medical treatment. Getting a financial settlement for your injuries may be the only way to ensure that you get the medical care and support you need to recover and get your life back on track.
Why Do You Need to Hire a Lawyer Immediately After Your Car Accident?
The sooner you can put a car accident lawyer to work on your behalf, the better the outcome of your case can be.
The evidence from a crash can degrade over time. So, the sooner your lawyer can start to analyze and collect information, the more complete and accurate your claim can be.
The other compelling reason to hire a lawyer right after a car accident is to protect you from doing or saying anything that may compromise your right to file a claim.
You must report your accident as soon as possible to your insurance company. If another driver had fault for the accident, that person’s insurance company may also ask you to make a statement on the record – typically a recorded statement.
Unfortunately, you may not realize how even the most benign statements can give the insurance company ammunition to deny your claim,
Why Do I Need a Lawyer After My Car Accident?
Although no laws or regulations require you to retain the services of a car accident lawyer in Florida, having an attorney offers several significant benefits.
A car accident lawyer can protect your legal rights and ensure that you can pursue a legal claim for financial compensation.
If you sustained serious injuries, a long-term or permanent disability, you will need a way to pay for your care and any medical treatments you will need in the future.
Likewise, if you cannot work for some period of time, or if your injuries have permanently compromised your ability to earn a living, you need a settlement to ensure you can pay your bills and care for yourself (and your family, if applicable) in the future.
Although you could attempt to assemble your claim and submit it to the at-fault driver’s insurance company, you will have a difficult time getting paid. The insurance company and their lawyers do not care about your well-being. They care about minimizing their liability.
When injury accident victims try to work directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, their lawyers often attempt to either deny the claim or offer a token settlement. And, if you agree to a small settlement, they will require you to sign away any future legal right to seek compensation.
In addition, you may inadvertently make statements to the insurance company that they can interpret as an admission of liability. Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure your protection.
What Kind of Settlement Can a Car Accident Lawyer Get Me?
If you contact a car accident lawyer immediately after your accident, they can get a jump on gathering evidence and building your claim.
Your claim will typically include all of your medical bills, care costs, and lost wages. If your injuries will prevent you from working in the future, your lawyer will calculate the value of your future lost income and loss of earning capacity. If you will need ongoing treatment, your lawyer will also include your estimated future medical and care costs.
Your claim may also include pain and suffering, as well as the value for any permanent disability or long-term injuries.
How Will My Car Accident Lawyer Prove the At-Fault Driver’s Liability?
To prove that the other driver has responsibility for your injuries and damages, your car accident lawyer will demonstrate the four legal elements of negligence.
- Duty of care– Motorists owe a duty of care to the public and to others who share the road with them. This includes the duty to follow the law, obey speed limit signs, and not drink and drive, etc.
- Breach of duty– If another motorist drives drunk, texts and drives, drives aggressively, etc., they violate their duty of care.
- Causation– If the at-fault driver’s breach of duty led to an accident, and that accident caused you to suffer significant injury, their breach makes them legally liable for your damages.
- Actual damages– After establishing the at-fault driver’s negligence, your lawyer must provide proof that you sustained actual (provable) damages. Your attorney will demonstrate actual damages by providing copies of your doctor bills and other evidence to prove your lost wages, future medical treatment needs, etc.
If Florida, you can schedule a no-cost consultation with the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine, so you can make an informed choice about your future. Contact our office at 800-747-3733 to learn more.