What Are The Risks Of Having Any Contact With The At-Fault Person’s Insurance Company After The Accident?
When you talk to the other driver’s insurance company, anything you say can and will be used against you. They are very good at seeming like your buddy. Hey, we’re so sorry about what happened. We’re going to take care of everything. Your neck, we’re going to take care of it, but it doesn’t really hurt that bad, right? They will record that conversation. If someone is trying to play nice with them, it’s going to hurt their case
We never recommend talking to the other party’s insurance company. They’re not talking to you to give you all the money they have or to ensure you get 100% well. They’re talking to you to cover their own interests and the interests of their insured. If you hire us, you won’t be talking to the insurance company.
How Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Claim In Florida After My Accident?
In Florida, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Your claim should be filed earlier. Filing a claim could be as simple as notifying the insured you have a claim against them.
Filing a lawsuit is not that simple. If not filed with within four years, you lose that claim and the right to file the lawsuit. Usually, a case takes between one and two years to complete, depending on what your injuries are. Sometimes, it takes longer for complicated cases or more complicated injuries.
It is important to hire a lawyer quickly. We can oversee your case and advise you on the best way to proceed at each step of the process.
How Are Future Costs To Be Calculated In A Personal Injury Settlement When It’s Not Clear Necessarily What Those Future Costs Might Be Or What The Healing Process Would Be?
The process of calculating the value of a case is a complicated one and shouldn’t be one the client has to worry about. There are many factors at play:
- How much insurance are we dealing with?
- What insurance can we attribute to the accident?
- Is there underinsured or uninsured coverage?
- What other areas can you receive coverage in?
The factors in each case are different. These are all things we look into. That’s why it’s important to hire a lawyer.
In trying to look at the formula to estimate how much your case is worth, it’s completely pointless to try to calculate at the start of the process. We don’t know what your full injuries are or what treatment is going to look like. What will an MRI show? Will you need injections? If so, how many? Without this information, there is no way of knowing.
Don’t trust the amount a lawyer may tell you your case is worth the first time you meet them. There’s no way a person could ever know that. We have to work the case to get a determination of what the case is worth. Part of our client communication includes this calculation, explaining why your case is worth x and what factors go into the equation.
Does The Severity Of The Injury I Have From My Car Accident Ensure The Likelihood Of A Larger Settlement?
The amount of property damage shouldn’t dictate how much you settle for, but the more apparent the accident is, the more the insurance company is afraid of your case. The insurance company will look at how much property damage was done, and the actual dollars of damage sustained by the vehicle. These are factors they use to calculate the amount of money they offer you. Often that’s not a good calculation.
They put greater value on the case when the property damage is more obvious, but that doesn’t mean we do. Modern vehicles are made better than they were 40 or 50 years ago. They can take the impact of a collision better, but that impact gets transferred to the person inside the vehicle. We put value into the true injuries that were caused by the accident.
For more information on Personal Injury Law in Florida, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (850) 220-2098 today.
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Medical and rehabilitation expenses
Pain and suffering