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First Steps in Personal Injury Claim

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, following these steps can keep you out of additional danger, assist you in your recovery, and help to preserve vital evidence.

Follow These Steps

Step 1: Get to Safety
Accident scenes are dangerous. Just because you’ve already been struck by another car doesn’t mean that it can’t happen again — even in the next few moments. Be safe. Either stay in your vehicle if it’s safe to do so, move your car to a safe place, or if remaining in your car is dangerous, get yourself and your passengers away from it.
Step 2: Check for Injuries
You should perform a personal assessment to determine your own injuries and then check on passengers in your vehicle. If you can safely evaluate the condition of other passengers without exposing yourself to hazards, like oncoming traffic, you can check on them as well.
Step 3: Call 911
Call 911 to alert emergency responders to the scene or designate a passenger to do so. It’s important that you remain as calm as possible when speaking to the 911 dispatcher. They will ask questions about your location, the description of the vehicles involved, the number of passengers, and the apparent injuries. All of this information is vital for them to dispatch the appropriate personnel and resources to the accident scene.
Step 4: Take Pictures / Videos
It’s essential for a car accident attorney to be able to recreate the scene of an accident as accurately as possible. Taking photographs or a comprehensive video of the scene can preserve details that will be lost once police cars, fire rescue vehicles, and tow trucks arrive. Back up your phone or camera to another device to make sure that the evidence is safe. You may share the photos and videos with the police, but you’ll want to retain copies.
Step 5: Seek Medical Care
The paramedics will examine you on the scene of the accident. If they recommend it, you should ride with them in an ambulance to the hospital. Otherwise, follow up with your doctor at the earliest convenience. First responders are able to detect some types of injuries, but they are limited by the equipment that they can carry in their vehicles. Your doctor can provide a full assessment of your health and can begin a baseline for any new injuries that have occurred as the result of the accident. Delaying treatment can adversely affect your case, and more importantly, impact your recovery.
Step 6: Exchange Information
Florida police require your driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance at the scene of an accident. If you don’t have any of these documents with you, don’t panic. As long as the police can verify that you are a licensed, insured, registered driver, the consequences are relatively insignificant. Exchange your contact and insurance information with other drivers. Answer the police questions, but do not admit fault.
Step 7: Call Your Insurance
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in the state of Florida, it’s more than likely covered by insurance. Your insurance should cover your medical bills. That does not, however, mean that you will get a full and fair settlement from your insurer. Your insurer may try to minimize or deny your claim. Do not accept payment or sign a waiver before speaking with an experienced, Florida car accident attorney.
Step 8: Contact 1800-Injured
When you consider that you could be facing hospital bills, follow-up appointments, physical therapy, the cost of medication, lost wages, vehicle damage, and pain and suffering, you’ll see that it’s unlikely that your insurance company will come close to a full and fair settlement. When you connect with an attorney in the 1800-Injured referral network, you can work on your recovery while your attorney negotiates with the insurance companies and healthcare providers. By fighting for a larger settlement while negotiating with network doctors to keep your expenses to a minimum, car accident lawyers work to help clients maximize their settlements.

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Personal Injury FAQs

None of the attorneys from the 1800-Injured network require an out-of-pocket fee. In a contingency fee contract, you and your lawyer are in agreement, meaning that the lawyer will not get paid any fees unless you win your case. As compensation for your attorney’s services, you usually agree to pay your attorney from the proceeds of recovery: The following fee structure is usually applicable:

  • 25% With regard to any recovery governed by the terms of limitations of Florida Statute Section 768.28, this shall be the fee for services without suit in the event a suit is filed or demand for arbitration is made or if an appeal is taken from the lower court by either side or if garnishment for any proceeding after judgment has to be brought to collect the judgment or any portion thereof. This is the attorney’s fee only for any proceeds obtained pursuant to Florida Statute Section 768.28.

As to all other proceeds obtained from any other Defendant, the following shall apply:

  • 33.3% of any recovery up to $1,000,000.00 through the time of filing of an answer or the demand for appointment of arbitration; or
  • 40% of recovery up to $1,000,000.00 through the trial of the case; and
  • 30% of recovery between $1,000,000.00 and $2,000,000.00; and
  • 20% of recovery in the excess of $2,000,000.00.

In the event that the defendant admits liability at the time of filing an answer and requests trial only on the damages, the following fees schedule shall apply:

  • 33.3% of any recovery up to $1,000,000.00 from that Defendant through trial; and
  • 20% of any recovery from that Defendant between $1,000,000.00 and $2,000,000.00 and
  • 15% of any recovery from that Defendant in excess of $2,000,000.00

In the event that an appeal is taken from the lower court by either said an additional 5% of any recovery is to be added to the above-stated percentages.

Some agreements may require you to pay for costs and expenses in addition to certain fees. These have to be paid, even if you lose your case and your attorney decides not to collect a fee. When your case settles, your attorney provides you with an itemized bill, which shows all costs and expenses, in addition to any fees if the case is won. Any attorney who has represented you must sign this statement. Your attorney will answer any questions you have about any expenses and fees.

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Any reduction in your vehicle’s value becomes part of the claim.

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As soon as you call us, we connect you with a personal injury attorney who can send out a representative to meet you. The representative will discuss all the details of the accident and post-accident process and answer any questions you may have. This can take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour. Once You are finished, the representative will have you sign a retainer if you want to open a case, and they will take the paperwork back to the office. Within a few hours, you have an attorney and your case has already started.

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Our network of attorneys have over 35 years of experience and know the best approach to get you every benefit that you’re entitled to. With a team of legal and medical experts behind your back, they can guide you through the process and inform you of everything you may need to do in order to maximize your claim so you’ll have the best possible chance of making a full and fair recovery.

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A personal injury case can take anywhere from a few months to over 14 months, depending on the severity of the accident and injuries, as well as the type of accident. The length of the post-accident process greatly varies depending on the insurance companies, the accident impact, the treatment process, and the number of parties involved. As long as you don’t skip visits and follow the attorney’s and doctors’ advice, your case should move along without extra complications.

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In Florida, you won’t be able to go back to your insurance company to get compensation for costs that pile up after the settlement has been decided. Since many insurance companies will try to force you to sign a car accident settlement as soon as possible, it’s better to contact us immediately after the accident to avoid losing your benefits. Attorneys and medical experts in our network take care of everything, so you can focus on recovery and your life responsibilities.

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Our network of attorneys work hard to get you the compensation you deserve, including lost wages for the time you are incapable of working due to injuries or post-accident conflicts. When you are unable to work, the lost wages from time away from work are added up to your claim settlement.

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Gap insurance covers the gap between what is owed on your vehicle loan and its current market value. In case of an accident, your insurance company will only pay your vehicle’s market value if they decide that your vehicle is totaled. For example, if your car’s current market value is $20,000, but you owe your lender $24,000, the $4,000 difference between your loan balance is the “gap” that is covered by the additional rider. Keep in mind that to use gap coverage, your claim must be covered under comprehensive or collision, and your vehicle must be considered a total loss.

Gap insurance claims do not cover car payments in case of financial hardship, job loss, disability, or death, nor does it cover vehicle repairs, diminished vehicle value, any necessary down payment for a new vehicle, or any loans.

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