Florida Car Accident FAQs
We've outlined 7 steps to take if you are injured in a car accident. To Briefly summarize the steps are:
- Seek emergency medical treatment
- Contact law enforcement
- Follow up on your medical treatment
- Contact a Florida car accident lawyer (even if you don't hire one!)
- Report the accident to YOUR insurance company
- Keep a journal of your recovery
- Keep track of missed time at work
For more information, checkout our 10 questions you should ask if you get into a car accident in Florida.
What should I do if the insurance adjuster calls me?
Insurance adjusters are not your representatives. It is their job to try to pay as little as possible on behalf of the insurance company for each claim. Without speaking to counsel first, you might leave out pertinent information or mischaracterize something that could hurt your claim. Even if you don't hire a car accident lawyer, it's best not to give the insurance adjuster any information until you are clear minded, ready to present the facts of your claim, and you know what your damages are.
If you've been injured at all in an car accident, you should at least get a medical evaluation so that your ailments can be documented in a medical report. If you think your pain is not that bad, don't forego an exam, it could turn out to be much more serious later and failing to seek attention early can reflect poorly on your injury case.
Should I go to the hospital after a car accident?
As we have outlined previously, the highest settlements are often for what are considered hard injuries such as broken bones. Generally, the more injured you are, the more medical expenses you have, the more lost wages you have, the higher your settlement should be. Every case is different though and there are no guarantees.
Do I even need a car accident attorney?
Not every car accident claim requires the use of an attorney. Claims that involve only personal property damage can probably be settled on your own. However, it doesn't hurt to consult with an attorney. You need to protect yourself in case injuries manifest later. We offer free car accident consultations and we'll help you find the right attorney even if we can't take your case.
Will it Impact My Case If I Do Not Immediately Seek Treatment?
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If An Injury Does Not Manifest Until Later, What Are My Options for Filing a Claim?
If you have immediately apparent injuries or injuries that manifest later due to the car accident, then not seeking immediate medical attention will most likely impact your case negatively.
A common occurrence is when a victim of an car accident has seemingly minor injuries and they can feel fine after the accident. Instead of taking the ambulance to the hospital, they get a ride home. Later on, however, the pain manifests. It could be that night, or days later.
Once the adrenaline from the accident wears off and your body starts to feel pain, you might realize you have a claim for auto accident damages in Florida. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as pain manifests if you haven't already been treated.
When seeking medical attention, it is important to tell your doctor that you have been injured in an auto accident and that the accident is listed as a cause of the pain. Medical providers and insurance companies use specific coding when treating injuries and auto accident victims tend to receive similar types of care.
So if you have sustained a back injury, neck injury, or other type of injury in an auto accident, it is important that the physician notes that in your medical records.
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