Car crashes can be devastating, even when they don’t cause debilitating, disfiguring or otherwise life-altering injuries. From lost wages and missed professional opportunities, to weeks (if not months) of therapy and medical care, these events can have a significant and incredibly negative impact on your overall quality of life.
Fortunately, living in a no-fault state like Florida means that Tampa and Clearwater residents can always have up to 80 percent of their medical bills, and 60 percent of their lost wages covered by their personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.
The good news is that a Tampa car accident attorney can help you hold the liable party accountable for these costs and more. With our help, you can limit your losses and even get compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.
Many car accident victims mistakenly believe that they’re able to handle the claims process all on their own. If this thought has crossed your mind, you should know that car insurance companies have highly experienced legal teams that exist solely to protect their own financial interests.
When you fight for your right to fair compensation for your losses, including pain and suffering, you’ll ultimately be going up against a number of seasoned professionals who are well-versed in the various strategies for minimizing your settlement amount by getting you to verbally undermine your own claim accidentally. They may even try to get your claim dismissed entirely.
The portion of your losses that PIP won’t cover could wind up being solely your responsibility if you aren’t careful. Even a single misstep when submitting documentation, talking with a claims adjuster or following your treatment plan can ultimately derail your entire case. Aligning yourself with highly qualified legal professionals who are committed to representing your interests and who can take on the insurance company lawyers will level the playing field, and ensure you have a true advocate who is looking out for your rights and needs.
There are many benefits in working with a car accident attorney. For starters, Florida residents who obtain legal representation to handle their car accident injury claim are better able to focus on their recovery. The legal help and guidance they receive provides peace of mind.
An attorney can also assist in the collection and release of important medical records and other key documents that might be important evidence in your case. In cases where fault is difficult to establish, attorneys also have the ability to gather critical evidence, hire their own investigator to determine fault, and speak with expert witnesses.
Most importantly, a trained attorney who specializes in car accident claims will be able to assign a fair and all-inclusive dollar value to your losses. It can be difficult to determine an appropriate amount of compensation for things like pain and suffering, missed professional opportunities, lost wages and secondary medical charges. Your attorney will make sure that no area of loss is overlooked.
Finally, your lawyer will speak with and negotiate with claims adjuster on your behalf. This way, you’ll never be in danger of accidentally saying or doing something that jeopardizes your final settlement outcome.
The first step in successfully pursuing a car accident settlement, particularly in a no-fault state like Florida, is determining who was actually responsible for the crash. By consulting with a car accident lawyer before pursuing your claim, you can find out whether or not your case is a viable one. This will ensure that you aren’t wasting time and money on a pursuit that’s unlikely to have a successful end. It will also give you access to knowledgeable legal guidance that can help you establish the right treatment plan without causing lasting financial distress.
At the Tampa law firm of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos, we are committed to giving each and every one of our clients comprehensive assistance so that they’re fully supported throughout all stages of the legal process. From determining the validity of your case and helping you learn your legal rights, to making sure that you get fair compensation for all of your losses, we can help minimize the short and long-term effects of your car accident. Working with us gives you a far greater chance of success than choosing to submit and pursue an injury claim on your own.
Contact Tragos Law today for your free consultation.