In Florida, each year approximately 3,000 people die due to traffic crashes. Many more each year are seen in Florida’s emergency rooms following serious car accidents. According to a recent a report, accidents cost $164.2 billion, each year.
If you sustained injuries in a motor vehicle crash due to another’s carelessness, you may recover money damages for the harms and losses you sustained from the at-fault party.
Evaluating a personal injury compensation claim
In order to determine whether you have a claim, an effective accident injury attorney should quickly establish that another party’s careless or negligent conduct caused your harms and losses. This is oftentimes initially done by your attorney evaluating the damage to the vehicles, visiting the scene of the crash, reviewing the crash report, interviewing witnesses and through evaluation of traffic laws.
Documenting Harms and Losses
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, your personal injury attorney will review your medical and employment records and meet with you to discuss the demand for payment from the at-fault driver and his insurance company. In addition to payment for past, present and future medical bills and lost time from work, you are also entitled to compensation for disfigurement, loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, pain, inconvenience, among others.
Sources of Compensation for your Harms and Losses
All too often, Florida drivers do not maintain bodily injury coverage, meaning coverage for you if they case a motor vehicle accident. If that is the case, your attorney will determine if you maintain uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to pay for your harms and losses. If neither applies, your attorney will look into the financial condition of the at-fault driver to determine if he/she has the ability to pay a judgment relating to your harms and losses.
What to Look for When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Hiring an accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash is critical, but hiring the right attorney is equally as important. The size of an attorney’s phone book ad does not coincide with the skill of the attorney. Here are a couple important factors to consider when hiring an injury attorney:
1. Ask attorneys and friends or family for a recommendation,
2. Ask the attorney how many personal injury cases he has litigated,
3. Ask the attorney what his/her game plan is for your case,
4. Ask the attorney about his/her caseload. If an attorney has 200 cases, that is probably a sign that he/she will take in most cases and not have much time to spend on your individual case.
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