You are not legally required to hire a lawyer when involved in a car accident. However, if you’re looking for someone to handle all the legal pitfalls that may arise, this is when an attorney will come in handy. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, hiring a personal injury lawyer might be your best move.
Your dedicated team of attorneys can help you avoid liability and determine if you’re eligible to get compensation. After suffering a car accident, you can be left with car repair expenses and high medical bills. You might have to take time off work for doctor visits and physical therapy. You might even be left with a permanent disability.
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Your Lawyer Will Determine How Much Compensation You Can Receive
Hiring a car accident lawyer, even if the accident wasn’t your fault, will keep you out of legal trouble and boost your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. You might have your mechanic’s estimate in hand or an itemized bill from the hospital but that doesn’t cover the full scope of your financial burden. You may be eligible to collect:
- Punitive damages
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
While there are many routes available to collect compensation after an accident, that doesn’t mean they all apply to your specific case. You could waste time and money trying to pursue the wrong kind of compensation. The car accident lawyers at Anidjar & Levine Law Firm can apply an expert level of attention to the details of your case to decide which damages you have the best chance of winning.
Should You Speak to an Attorney Before You Contact Your Insurance Company?
It would be a mistake to call your insurance company before hiring a lawyer. The insurance company’s primary focus will be to pay out as little as possible. They may use your words against you in order to say you were at fault and don’t deserve the full amount you’re seeking. Or they may even deny your claim. Hiring a personal injury lawyer can keep you from falling into the pitfalls that often beset drivers after they’ve been in a car accident.
After a car accident, you need to file an insurance claim with your insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company, or both. In Florida, the at-fault driver responsible for the accident has to cover the cost of your property damage and medical expenses but your insurance may cover these costs as well.
It can be difficult to determine when to file a claim with your insurance and when to file a claim with the other driver’s insurance. This is just one reason why you should speak with your personal injury attorney first. The Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine can make sure your claims are filed to the right insurance company.
What Else Should You Know Before Getting Started?
Immediately after a car accident, you should call the police to file a full accident report. In Florida, you are legally required to file a police report after a car accident if anyone was injured, a car was towed, or either car was damaged. You also need to contact the police if you suspect the other driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Be sure to take your own pictures of both cars to document any visible damages.
After filing a police report, the next thing you need to do is visit your doctor for a complete medical examination. Even if you feel perfectly fine, you may have sustained injuries in the car accident. Some injuries aren’t immediately apparent and can worsen over time.
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Talking to a Car Accident Lawyer About Your Accident
You need to know what type of claim to file, which insurance company to make a claim with, and how to get the settlement you deserve. The attorneys at Anidjar & Levine will fight to get you the full settlement you need to cover the costs resulting from your accident. Call us today for a free consultation.