Auto accidents can cause severe, debilitating and permanent injuries. Such injuries very often result in significant financial losses to the individuals involved and their families. The law provides an injured person with the right to recover his or her damages from the at-fault party of the accident. These damages can include, but are not be limited to, medical expenses, lost wages, vehicle repair, and other economic losses. Individuals are also entitled to recover for the pain and suffering caused by their injuries. Although a monetary recovery can never repair the damage which is done to the individual, it can at least ease the financial burdens created by an automobile accident.
The insurance company for the individual who caused the auto accident will start its investigation immediately. It is the insurance company’s responsibility to try to limit the recovery of the injured person to the lowest possible amount. Please take note that the insurance company is not on your side despite anything that might be said to the contrary. After being involved in an accident, refrain from giving any recorded statements or speaking with the insurance company about your losses and injuries until you consult with an attorney.
The insurance company will try to get you to settle as quickly as possible. Many times, the amount of money may be tempting, however, taking the initial settlement will likely prevent the possibility of any additional recovery.
The insurance company’s purpose, in this quick settle technique, is to avoid responsibility for future medical expenses, lost wages and other damages that are likely to develop. This is a trap which an injured person needs to avoid. When a person is injured in an auto accident, it very often takes months to completely assess the person’s injuries. At that point, the person may need surgery or other extensive treatment. The injuries may leave the person permanently disabled even after corrective surgery. Therefore, the true value of a claim can only be assessed after a firm prognosis has been established by a physician, chiropractor, or surgeon. Florida has a strict window of time in which a lawsuit may be filed on an automobile accident claim. There is absolutely no need to rush to a settlement with any insurance company. By settling too soon, you may regret it if/when your injuries become progressively worse.
It is important to consult with an attorney before signing anything from either your insurance company or the other party’s insurance company. We offer a FREE Case Evaluation for all automobile accidents. We handle cases throughout the state of Florida. If you think that you might have a potential injury claim, please call our office directly at 727-784-8191 or 1-866-LAW-FRAN. We are available to meet with you in your home, work, or multiple locations throughout the state to make things easier for you. You can also use the form on this page to instantly submit your request for a FREE Case Evaluation.