Talking, Texting & using the Internet while driving cause people to become inattentive. This is the reality of driving today. When involved in an automobile accident it is important to know what your rights are. Having someone guiding you during what can be a difficult time is essential to a full physical and financial recovery. We will help you in matters concerning automobile accident, slip and fall, wrongful death and products liability.
If you are involved in a car accident, first and foremost you should call 911. If no one is injured, you still need to call so that they send a service aid to make a report of the crash for property damage purposes. You need the report for your insurance company as fault is usually assigned in the report. You should take pictures of the accident scene. These can be essential if there are any errors in the crash report. The state of Florida is a No-Fault state, this means that regardless of who caused the accident, each person’s insurance company is responsible for paying the medical bills under Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Under PIP, you only have 14 days from the date of the accident to seek medical treatment. Treatment can be sought at a Hospital, Urgent Care, with a Chiropractor or Orthopedic doctor. If you do not treat within this time period, your insurance company will not pay for your medical bills.
Florida law requires everyone to have PIP on their policy but not Bodily Injury (BI) coverage. Bodily Injury coverage is the policy that goes into effect if someone is hurt. If the at fault party has BI coverage, then the injured party can make a claim for pain and suffering against that policy. We can assist you in navigating through this process. We can find out if the person that hit you has BI coverage and if so how to maximize your recovery. We can also assist you if you are a tourist as you have rights and can still be compensated for your injuries.
Many people don’t know but in a Personal Injury case, your attorney only gets paid if he/she wins the case. Your attorney is only allowed compensation dictated by The Florida Bar Rules of Professional Conduct – Rule 4-1.5 Fees and Costs for Legal Services ( 33.33% pre litigation and 40% in litigation ) – if the case is won. In the event your attorney is unable to recover financial compensation, you will not be held financially responsible for your attorney’s fees.
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