If you’re struggling with the after-effects of a car accident, then you already know that it means more than pain and suffering and costly medical bills.
Serious injuries also lead to days or weeks of missed work — and even property loss.
If you need help getting back on solid ground, 1-800-Injured is here to connect you with legal and medical teams who can help you get the care and compensation you deserve. Personal injury law is complex, and trying to take on the system when you’re at your most vulnerable can lead to even greater financial loss.
Whatever you do, don’t sign any statements or verbally admit fault for the accident. Things happen quickly on the road, and it’s not always easy to determine who’s legally at fault, regardless of whether you feel responsible. You need an experienced lawyer who can help you present the facts of your case. 1-800-Injured is an attorney and medical referral service that connects car accident victims with lawyers in their area.
Please call us at (813) 291-3628 (1-813-291-3628). We will connect you with experienced attorneys, based in Coral Springs, who can help you navigate choppy legal waters and help you get all the financial compensation for your car accident that you’re entitled to by law.
Frequently Asked Questions About Coral Springs Car Accidents
The following are just a few of the many questions that car accident attorneys answer during free initial consultations and throughout the course of the work that they do while fighting for a fair settlement for their clients. Keep in mind that none of the following answers are meant to be taken as legal advice, and are simply meant to give you a better idea of what you can expect while working with your attorney in regards to the specific question.
Do I need to work with a car accident attorney to file an insurance claim?
There is no legal requirement for you to work with an attorney at any point in a personal injury claim, and you can even file a lawsuit without a licensed legal professional representing you, but neither of these options is recommended at all. Keep in mind that from the moment you first submit your claim, you will be going up against a massive insurance company with years and decades of legal support focused almost solely on limiting the amount that claimants receive.
How much will it cost to hire an attorney after a car accident?
Many people are dissuaded by the prospect of having to pay for an attorney, but you will be relieved to know that most personal injury attorneys work with what is known as a contingency fee. Essentially, a contingency fee means that the attorney will take a percentage of the final award, and will not get paid if you do not win. This means that you will not need to worry about paying legal fees while you are being represented by an experienced, aggressive lawyer who is fighting for what you deserve.
What if I am partially responsible for the accident I was in?
In some states, being even 1% responsible for an accident would be grounds to have a claim invalidated entirely, but Florida uses a rule known as pure comparative negligence to allow for victims to seek compensation even if they did contribute to the crash, for example by failing to take actions to avoid a crash. Under this rule, fault is assigned to everyone involved in the crash by percentage, and the victim’s final award is simply reduced by the percent that they are found to be responsible for the crash. However, the insurance company will leverage this rule to save themselves money by trying to get you to accept more fault than you are responsible for, which your lawyer will need to push back on aggressively.
Should I wait until after I get the first offer from the insurance company to hire an attorney?
Initiating an insurance claim on your own is easy enough, but keep in mind that from the moment you first inform the insurance company that you were in an accident with their client, they spring into action to identify every possible reason to limit your settlement. What this means is that every communication you have with the claims adjuster, every piece of information that you provide, and every document that you submit will be scrutinized by insurance professionals to justify the smallest possible offer. By the time you have received the initial offer, your attorney has lost days or weeks where they could have been building a comprehensive counter-offer, so hiring them before even filing a claim is typically the best approach.