After you are in a car accident, you probably wonder some of the following:
- how to get your vehicle fixed;
- how to keep your insurance company from raising your insurance premiums;
- how to get your medical bills and treatment covered; and
- maybe even how to make ends meet if you’re seriously injured.
Personal injury law exists to make sure you have access to the funds you’ll need to get back on your feet and take control of your life again. We will tell you how to collect the most from insurance companies after a car accident in Florida.
COMPENSATION FROM A CAR ACCIDENT IN FLORIDA
As a no-fault state, the first place you turn to after a car accident is your own insurance company. Your carrier will often deal with the other driver’s insurance company to get the damages covered, but you will deal with your own company. If, however, you have suffered severe, permanent damages or injury from the crash, you are entitled to file suit to get further compensation.
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS
A statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit after you discover an injury. In Florida, this statute is four years from the date of the accident. This means if you suffer an injury that takes three years to show up but the injury can still be traced directly back to the accident, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit to recover for the injury.
WHAT CAN I COLLECT FOR…?
When you are in an accident that leaves you with serious property damage or personal injury, you are entitled to compensation for the property damage and any injury. You may be entitled to compensation for a wide variety of issues resulting from the accident. Some of these issues can include:
- Medical bills,
- Doctor’s visits
- Damage to your vehicle
- Loss of income from disability
- Loss of potential future income
- Loss of consortium (marital relations with your spouse)
- Loss of care if you are someone whose caregiver was injured
- Emotional damages
- Pain and suffering
HOW TO COLLECT THE MOST FROM INSURANCE COMPANIES AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN FLORIDA
First, ask for a free consultation from a qualified attorney.
When you are in an accident, keep detailed records of everything from the scene of the accident to every doctor’s visit and interaction you have with anyone regarding the accident. Never sign anything and never apologize. Immediately contact a qualified personal injury attorney in Florida if the accident occurred in Florida. Fred Koberlein helped defend insurance companies prior to opening KLO. Fred knows the tactics that the insurance companies will attempt to lower what they pay you and what they pay for.
Insurance companies often engage in strong-arm tactics to avoid paying out the full amount to which a victim is entitled. A qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer knows all of the ins and outs of Florida injury laws and knows how to stand up to bullying insurance companies.
A personal injury lawyer in Florida will help you stand up for your rights and will make sure that not only are you protected from confusing and harsh tactics by the other side, but that you get the compensation you need and deserve to get on with your life. If you have been in a Florida car accident and need help, call us today for a no-obligation consultation at no charge or email us your questions.