After you have been in a Tampa car accident, there are very specific steps to follow. The first of which is contacting your car insurance provider. The auto insurance agent will want you to provide a verbal or written statement detailing what happened in the collision. The other driver’s insurance may want a statement from you as well. However, you may want to avoid making a statement.
Insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart. If you were to give a statement, the insurance company may twist it to fit their own narrative. They will take this opportunity to reject your claim and downplay the severity of your accident.
This is where hiring a personal injury lawyer can be to your benefit. An attorney will step in for you and negotiate with the insurance companies directly. There are no laws in Florida that require that you consult with an attorney. However, from start to finish it is best to have an attorney handle your case. They will ensure that everything moves properly and that you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet.
Even mild injuries can have long-term effects. Because the reality is, it may be considered mild in the medical field but it is not mild to you. Pain, limited range of motion, and struggling to continue on with life is not a mild change to you.
Working directly with the other driver’s insurance company when you are injured will not get you the results that you seek. You may get some compensation, but you will not get what you need or deserve. It may temporarily help you, but it will not last. Unfortunately, these insurance companies will have you sign a document saying you will no longer pursue any other compensation, and you will be without the help that you need.
Florida does not allow you an unlimited amount of time to file a claim after a Tampa car accident. There is a statute of limitations on car accident negligence lawsuits. If anyone died, that statute of limitations is shorter. And if you have been in an accident, you have only fourteen days to seek medical attention for your injuries. If you seek medical treatment after the fourteen days is up, you will likely see your claim rejected by insurance companies.
Medical bills will pile up quickly, but with the assistance of a lawyer, you will get the coverage you need to recover. A Tampa car accident lawyer, unlike your insurance company, will fight for you and your needs and have your best interest in heart.
If you are in need of a car accident attorney in Tampa, contact us today for a case evaluation.