Car Accident FAQ
Have you been in a car accident, and are unsure of how to handle the situation? We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions about car accidents for you to reference, but suggest that you contact us as soon as possible. When you work with Friedland & Associates as your Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyers, you can be sure that you are bringing your case to the Florida court system with strong representation.
Take a look at these questions and answers, and schedule your initial consultation now in order to get started on the process of recovering the damages you deserve.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
The first thing you should always do after a car accident is to make sure to get to a safe area, but DO NOT leave the scene. Even if there are no apparent injuries or damage to vehicles, you may be charged with leaving the scene of an accident, which will make a personal injury case very hard.
Contact the authorities, and seek medical attention if you have been injured.
What Should I Do If I Have Been Injured In a Car Accident?
See a doctor immediately if you have been injured in a car accident. Even if you believe that your injuries are inconsequential, it is important that you establish a record of contact with your doctor in case your symptoms worsen.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
A personal injury case relies on a few key factors:
- The other person caused the accident by acting negligent
- You sustained an injury as a result of the accident
- The injuries caused financial impacts
If you believe that your accident meets these basic criteria, or are unsure, contact us immediately to discuss your potential case and your rights in a personal injury case.
What Happens After My Car Accident?
After your car accident, you will need to deal with your immediate medical concerns, and then begin the extensive paperwork that comes with a claims process. You will need to speak with your insurance company, and also begin to deal with the other person’s insurance company.
The claims process is complicated, but worth the additional effort. The insurance company will make you an initial offer, and may act as if it is the best you can get. This is not the case.
Is There a Time Limit For Filing a Car Accident Claim?
Florida law states that there is a four year statute of limitations on a personal injury claim stemming from a car accident, but we recommend that you begin the process well before you near the cutoff. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the insurance company will argue that you can not prove your injuries resulted from the accident in question, and will complicate your case.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
There is no law saying that you need to hire a personal injury attorney to represent your case, but it is highly suggested. After a car accident, an attorney in Fort Lauderdale will be able to manage the case while you focus on recovery. The process is complex, and having the help and guidance of a professional will reduce your stress significantly throughout this period of your life.
Do I Need To Pay My Insurance Company Back For Medical Bills?
Your insurance company will recover any payments that they made for your medical bills before you are able to collect damages for yourself. Once you have paid your insurance company back, you will be able to begin paying yourself and your legal fees. This is why factors beyond medical bills are important to collect in a claims process, like lost wages, or pain and suffering.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Contact the team at Friedland & Associates today to speak with a legal professional about your rights, and what to expect during a personal injury case.