If you were involved in a rear-end collision in Jacksonville, Florida, you might be entitled to compensation for the accident. You should talk with a lawyer as soon as possible if anyone else caused the wreck, even partially. The insurance company’s adjuster will swoop in and try to get a recorded statement from you. Do not be fooled into thinking that the adjuster is on your side. His or her job is to settle the case for as little money as possible, even if that leaves you with a stack of bills you cannot pay.
At the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine, we have a legal team that is familiar with rear-end collision accidents. We can help examine your case and obtain proper compensation for your damages. Our law firm also offers free case reviews, with no obligation. Call 1-800-747-3733 to schedule a meeting today.
Dangers of Talking to the Insurance Adjuster
If you are concerned about how to pay your medical bills from the wreck, you might be tempted to talk with the insurance adjuster in hopes of getting money quickly to help you defray these costs. Here are two reasons you should let your lawyer handle the insurance adjuster:
Twisting Your Words
If you do not have a lawyer going to bat for you, the adjuster might ask you questions about the crash and record your responses. Things that you say in the recording can be twisted or taken out of context. For example, the adjustor might ask if you stopped short before the accident. Depending on your answer, the adjustor could try and place the blame on your for the collision.
Settling Too Early
You should not settle your claim before you know the full extent of your injuries and the impact they will have on your life. People frequently make the mistake of accepting quick money from the insurance company without realizing that they will never get any more compensation for their injuries.
Let’s say that you realize a few days after the crash that your neck is bothering you, and the pain continually gets worse. You seek medical attention and find out the injury is whiplash. You will need specialized medical care in the upcoming weeks to recover.
Once you settle with the insurance company, you waive the right ever to go back and seek more compensation. Until you have fully recuperated, you should not sign anything from the insurance company or accept any type of settlement.
Meeting with a lawyer at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine before talking to the insurance adjuster can help you decide the best, and most monetarily responsible route.
Damages You Can Claim for a Rear-End Collision
There are a variety of damages to claim in a rear-end collision accident in Florida. Our legal team will work with you to develop the dollar amount of damages and pursue it effectively.
It is crucial to obtain medical care as soon as possible after an accident. Conditions like whiplash have very few symptoms but can worsen over time. Therefore, if you wait too long, it can be more difficult to connect the injury with the accident and put your claim at risk.
All reasonable and necessary medical costs are compensable, including for the initial trauma care, diagnostic work, ambulance, emergency room, urgent care center, specialists, your treating doctor, prescriptions, surgery, hospital, and physical therapy. We can also include the costs of future medical care you will need because of your injuries sustained during the accident.
We can help you recover lost wages due to the accident itself, the initial medical care, recuperation, therapy, and follow-up treatments. Depending on the extent of your injuries and how well you recuperated, you might not be able to perform at your previous job. You might have to cut your hours, take a lower-paying job, or change your career path.
Disability and Disfigurement
Unfortunately, sometimes people suffer injuries so catastrophic that they cannot work again after a rear-end collision. If the wreck left you unable to work, we would include this aspect in your damages claim. You can also seek to recover monetary damages if you sustained disfiguring injuries in the rear-end collision.
Pain and Suffering
These intangible damages are the law’s attempt to let you get compensation for what you endured, in addition to the economic losses. Merely paying your medical bills does not make you whole for what you suffered due to your rear-end collision.
Contact a Rear-End Collision Lawyer Today
Florida follows the legal principle of comparative fault. So, as long as someone else was also partly to blame for the wreck, you could at least get some of your damages compensated. The law will reduce the number of your losses relative to the proportion of your negligence.
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