If you are involved in a relatively minor car accident in Florida and did not suffer any injuries, then you may only need to deal with the repairs to your vehicle. Likely, you would file an insurance claim against the person that damaged your vehicle and have your vehicle repaired at a reputable body shop without the assistance of an attorney. However, if you suffered catastrophic injuries or even minor injuries, it is not required to hire an attorney, but likely a wise decision. Personal Injury Attorneys understand the laws, rules of evidence, and strategy involved in prosecuting an injury case. Often, there are many scenarios which can come into play after a car accident involving injuries in which an insurance company may decide whether to negotiate the claim or defend it. Some factor to consider are the following:
- In a car accident in Florida, the defense can dispute who is at fault for the automobile accident, regardless of who received the ticket. An insurance company may decide to place some fault on you, thus diminishing the value to your claim. In the alternative, they can decide to place all the blame on you and ultimately require a jury to decide who is at fault for the accident despite your contention that the other driver caused the accident.
- Insurance companies often dispute what they believe is the value of the claim. They take into consideration your age, past automobile accidents and injuries, and your likely future medical treatment, among other facts. An experienced personal injury attorney should be knowledgeable in what the value of your case may be based on all of those factors as well as factors unique to your case.
- Insurance companies often develop positive working relationships with personal injury attorneys whom they have worked with in the past. These past relationships can help to get cases settled. It is not uncommon that we find that when an individual is not represented by an attorney or represented by an attorney who has not previously had experience with personal injury, they often have a difficulty with the insurance company as the insurance adjuster will try to use that lack of experience to their own advantage. An experienced Personal Injury Attorney will know what pitfalls to avoid with insurance adjusters.
The hiring of a Personal Injury Attorney when you have been injured in a car accident in Florida can often be the best decision. At Pacin Levine, P.A. we operate on a contingent fee basis on all personal injury claims. This means, if we do not recover for a client, then our client do not pay any attorney’s fees or costs. When you hire Pacin Levine, P.A. you are hiring Attorneys who not only have experience fighting the insurance companies, but also Attorneys with past experience working for the insurance companies.