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Auto Accidents – Getting Compensated For Injuries

If you have been in a car accident in Tampa, Florida, and sustained injuries in the crash, you may have more legal options than you realize for pursuing compensation.

The state of Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state under FL § 627.7407. This can make it easier to recover compensation for car accident injuries of a minor nature.

It does also mean, however, that there are additional hurdles that need to be cleared before you can collect a payout for more serious automobile accidents that are caused by a distracted, careless, or drunk automobile operator.

FL § 627.736 allows you to file a claim based on your personal injury protection policy, also called PIP, after an accident occurs. PIP policies should cover the following:

  • Your medical care related to the accident
  • Some of your lost wages

This type of policy, however, will only provide coverage up to the policy limits. It also only provides coverage as allowed under the no-fault laws in the state. For injuries that are more serious in nature, it is unlikely that this policy will be enough to cover your losses and expenses in total. Having a Tampa car accident lawyer on your side is essential for this reason.

If you have been in a car accident in Tampa, Florida, and sustained injuries in the crash, you may have more legal options than you realize for pursuing compensation.

The state of Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state under FL § 627.7407. This can make it easier to recover compensation for car accident injuries of a minor nature.

It does also mean, however, that there are additional hurdles that need to be cleared before you can collect a payout for more serious automobile accidents that are caused by a distracted, careless, or drunk automobile operator.

FL § 627.736 allows you to file a claim based on your personal injury protection policy, also called PIP, after an accident occurs. PIP policies should cover the following:

  • Your medical care related to the accident
  • Some of your lost wages

This type of policy, however, will only provide coverage up to the policy limits. It also only provides coverage as allowed under the no-fault laws in the state. For injuries that are more serious in nature, it is unlikely that this policy will be enough to cover your losses and expenses in total. Having a Tampa car accident lawyer on your side is essential for this reason.

If you have been in a car accident in Tampa, Florida, and sustained injuries in the crash, you may have more legal options than you realize for pursuing compensation.

The state of Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state under FL § 627.7407. This can make it easier to recover compensation for car accident injuries of a minor nature.

It does also mean, however, that there are additional hurdles that need to be cleared before you can collect a payout for more serious automobile accidents that are caused by a distracted, careless, or drunk automobile operator.

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FL § 627.736 allows you to file a claim based on your personal injury protection policy, also called PIP, after an accident occurs. PIP policies should cover the following:

  • Your medical care related to the accident
  • Some of your lost wages

This type of policy, however, will only provide coverage up to the policy limits. It also only provides coverage as allowed under the no-fault laws in the state.

For injuries that are more serious in nature, it is unlikely that this policy will be enough to cover your losses and expenses in total.

Having a Tampa car accident lawyer on your side is essential for this reason.

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If you have been in a car accident in Tampa, Florida, and sustained injuries in the crash, you may have more legal options than you realize for pursuing compensation.

The state of Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state under FL § 627.7407. This can make it easier to recover compensation for car accident injuries of a minor nature.

It does also mean, however, that there are additional hurdles that need to be cleared before you can collect a payout for more serious automobile accidents that are caused by a distracted, careless, or drunk automobile operator.

READ MORE…

FL § 627.736 allows you to file a claim based on your personal injury protection policy, also called PIP, after an accident occurs. PIP policies should cover the following:

  • Your medical care related to the accident
  • Some of your lost wages

This type of policy, however, will only provide coverage up to the policy limits. It also only provides coverage as allowed under the no-fault laws in the state.

For injuries that are more serious in nature, it is unlikely that this policy will be enough to cover your losses and expenses in total.

Having a Tampa car accident lawyer on your side is essential for this reason.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accidents

How Can ALG Help You?

ALG has experience dealing with the ins and outs of auto accident claims and has dealt with a variety of insurance companies. With experience gathering evidence to support your claim, ALG will fight for you.

If unable to settle, your attorney can take care of filing the paperwork necessary to start a court case. They can also deal with defense attorneys on your behalf.

In addition to gathering evidence to support your case, ALG may call in professionals who can help us get a better understanding of the severity of injuries, as well as future care needs and costs associated with ongoing care and treatment.

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    The purpose of the investigation done by the Law Offices of Action Legal Group is to document and identify as many damages that you can get compensation for as possible. This refers to the expenses and other losses you suffered because of your car accident and the associated injuries.

    If your injuries meet the state’s serious injury threshold, these are the damages that could be recoverable.

    Some of the common types of recoverable damages in a car accident in Florida include:

    Ongoing care

    • Ongoing care

    Medical care, both past, and future

    • Medical care, both past, and future

    Lost wages

    • Lost wages

    Other expenses related to injury

    • Other expenses related to injury

    Diminished earning capacity

    • Diminished earning capacity

    Out-of-pocket expenses

    • Out-of-pocket expenses

    Property damages

    • Property damages

    Repair or replacement of your vehicle

    • Repair or replacement of your vehicle

    Pain and suffering compensation

    • Pain and suffering compensation

    Specific types of treatment and therapy

    • Specific types of treatment and therapy

    All of the things on this list, as well as others, can play a role in determining the value of your auto accident settlement.

    Note that ALG may also need to work to limit the impact of factors that could reduce the value of your claims, such as accusations of comparative negligence and other variables.

    Once a fair settlement value that covers your accident-related damages is understood, ALG can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto liability policy provider and attempt to negotiate a fair payment.

    Action Legal Group will provide strong representation and be aggressive in pursuing a fair payment throughout the process. ALG will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

    How An Attorney Advocates for You?

    The attorney that you hire is your advocate. They act on your behalf throughout the entire claims process, and they act for your benefit.

    They negotiate with the automobile insurance company and fight for you in court if a lawsuit is needed.

    They will aggressively pursue your cause in front of the judge, the jury, and other attorneys, telling your side of the story and making sure it is heard and that you receive compensation for your losses.

    Your attorney should be experienced, articulate, and working for you aggressively to obtain a reasonable and fair resolution to your case.

    Our Process Here At Action Legal Group

    The legal team at ALG gathers evidence to support your case, which can include:

    Relevant medical records

    • Relevant medical records

    Bills and receipts

    • Bills and receipts

    Estimates for expenses

    • Estimates for expenses

    Documentation of other losses or other expenses

    • Documentation of other losses or other expenses

    Documentation showing time away from work

    • Documentation showing time away from work

    In some cases, documentation from professionals who can help give a better understanding of the severity of our client's injuries, as well as future care needs and the cost of ongoing care, as well as other factors

    • In some cases, documentation from professionals who can help give a better understanding of the severity of our client's injuries, as well as future care needs and the cost of ongoing care, as well as other factors

    The purpose of this investigation is to document and identify as many relevant damages as possible. This is in reference to the losses and expenses that are suffered because of your accident and the associated injuries.

    These are the recoverable damages if your injuries meet the state’s serious injury threshold. Some of the common recoverable damages in a Florida car accident include:

    Ongoing care

    • Ongoing care

    Total Costs for immediate and long-term medical care

    • Total Costs for immediate and long-term medical care

    Other accident injury-related expenses

    • Other accident injury-related expenses

    Diminished earning capacity due to the accident

    • Diminished earning capacity due to the accident

    Lost wages

    • Lost wages

    Other out-of-pocket expenses

    • Other out-of-pocket expenses

    Vehicle replacement or damage repair

    • Vehicle replacement or damage repair

    Other property damages

    • Other property damages

    Damages for pain-and-suffering

    • Damages for pain-and-suffering

    The knowledge and experience that The Law Offices of Action Legal Group has can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your car accident.

    Our lawyers have a successful track record of helping victims of car accidents in Florida.

    To schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a team member from Action Legal Group, contact us at 813-296-6401 today.

    How Should I Go About Getting Compensation For My Accident & Injuries?

    People have two ways to get the compensation they need after an automobile accident occurs.

    The first way is to file a claim based on your personal injury protection policy.

    The second is to meet the state’s serious injury threshold and file a claim based on the at-fault driver’s auto liability plan.

    After we review the details of your case, we will have a better concept of which of these options will be the best for your situation. Sometimes, your only option is to file a claim based on your Personal Injury Protection plan.

    This type of no-fault insurance coverage is designed to provide compensation for losses such as covering:

    A portion of your medical care, up to the limit on your policy

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    • A portion of your medical care, up to the limit on your policy

    A limited amount of lost income or wages

    • A limited amount of lost income or wages

    Keep in mind that under the state’s no-fault auto insurance laws, PIP coverage is required to drive legally.

    You should have at least a $10,000 policy to compensate you for covered losses after an accident with minor injuries. ALG can help you file this claim and provide the needed documentation.

    $10,000 can be enough in some cases to cover a trip to the emergency room. It can help cover a few x-rays, a cast or splint, and other minor medical expenses.

    If your treatment gets more serious, it is possible to exceed your PIP policy limits quickly. If this happens, things can get more complex under the state’s no-fault auto accident laws.

    In some cases, when one of our lawyers provides a free case evaluation for what the victim of an accident thinks is a minor one, it is discovered that they may be eligible to hold the at-fault driver liable.

    This means they may be able to recover a wider range of damages.

    Steps that are then taken can include:

    Obtaining copies of relevant medical records to confirm the assessment

    • Obtaining copies of relevant medical records to confirm the assessment

    Providing explanation of the possible legal options to the accident victim

    • Providing explanation of the possible legal options to the accident victim

    Doing an investigation of the accident to prove cause, liability, negligence

    • Doing an investigation of the accident to prove cause, liability, negligence

    If this occurs when ALG is reviewing your case, we will need to take additional steps in order to:

    Demonstrate the other driver was at fault in your accident

    • Demonstrate the other driver was at fault in your accident

    Prove that you meet the state’s serious injury threshold

    • Prove that you meet the state’s serious injury threshold

    These things will allow us to pursue damages by filing an insurance claim based on the at-fault driver’s liability automobile insurance plan or by filing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court.

    What Damages Can I Collect For A Car Accident?

    People who are involved in a car accident in Florida could be eligible to recover compensation for a range of damages.

    Under the law in Florida, car accident victims are entitled to compensation for both economic losses and non-economic ones.

    The term economic losses refer to actual monetary depletion, while the term non-economic losses refer to damages that cannot be quantified in dollar terms directly.

    Unlike many other states, Florida does not put a cap on the amount of money that can be recovered in non-economic damages.

    Your lawyer from the Action Legal Group will help you take on the responsible parties in the accident, as well as the insurance company, to recover the full amount of your economic and non-economic losses.

    To have a strong car accident claim and get the best outcome, you need a lawyer who can build a compelling, thorough, and evidence-based claim on your behalf.

    The Action Legal Group will collect bills, receipts, and other documentation, to prove the full value of your losses.

    Then, this information will be used to determine the fair value of your claim. This will then be used to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

    The total value of damages received can depend on your specific situation, but ALG can frequently recover cash to pay for things such as ambulance transportation from the scene, inpatient care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation, emergency treatment, multiple types of therapy, in-home nursing care, prescription drugs, and more.

    Also, damages can be recovered for adaptive equipment, lost wages past and present, vehicle repair costs, pain-and-suffering, rental car costs, and ongoing and future care that is related to the accident.

    How Can I Maximize My Car Accident Settlement?

    There are numerous ways to maximize your personal injury claim.

    These include things like finding witnesses, documenting the injuries you have in detail, and keeping documentation of medical records, police reports, witness information, insurance information, and more.

    Documenting the limitations your injury imposes on your daily life is also important. It is also essential that you follow the treatment plan your medical providers give and that you do not miss scheduled appointments.

    Doing so can decrease the legitimacy of your claim to the adjuster who is also evaluating it.

    Can ALG Help With Other Types Of Compensations?

    If you have a family member that has passed away in a vehicle crash, ALG can offer the guidance and support you need to recover compensation.

    ALG can help you hold the motorist who is at-fault responsible for their actions, pursuing compensation for both the economic and the non-economic damages that are suffered because of the death of your loved one.

    Regardless of whether your car accident is minor or more severe, the Law Offices of Action Legal Group can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

    The Florida car accident attorneys in our group have a history of winning claims for clients, and we would like to put that experience, as well as our knowledge and resources, towards your case.

    Should I Speak To The Insurance Companies After The Accident?

    It is recommended to avoid speaking with insurance companies at all after an accident occurs.

    It can be compared to talking to the police if you are a suspect in a crime.

    Even small slip-ups in the way that a person words things can be taken out of context or twisted to show that less money is deserved than what you are claiming.

    Many professionals recommend passing the insurance company off to your lawyer instead of dealing with them on your own, allowing you to avoid this type of risk.

    The Law Offices of Action Legal Group is prepared, ready, and eager to speak with the insurance companies on your behalf.

    To set up a case evaluation for free, with a member of our team, call now.

    Do You Have To Go To Court For A Car Accident?

    You may have to go to court for a car accident if you are looking to recover compensation for your Tampa car accident.

    It is not always necessary, however.

    Many drivers recover damages without stepping into a courtroom.

    This can be because the other party and their insurance company agreed to pay a fair settlement out of court, and it can also be because a lawyer can fight the case in court without testimony from the driver.

    Each person’s claim can play out differently, with some people needing to go to court and others not.

    There are multiple factors used to determine whether appearing in court is necessary to collect compensation.

    Some of these factors can include the severity of the accident, the amount of money at stake, the evidence backing your claim, and whether or not the insurance company agrees to a settlement that is fair outside of court.

    Action Legal Group helps people from Tampa and the surrounding areas, who are victims of automobile accidents recover compensation from the responsible party and their insurance provider.

    We can help you get paid for your bodily injury and property damage if the other driver in the accident was negligent. Even if you were partly at fault for the crash,

    ALG can help you recover partial compensation based on Florida’s comparative liability law.

    In many situations, ALG can settle auto accident claims for the full amount outside of court. This often happens because the insurance provider realizes that the evidence backing the claim is strong and that they would likely lose a court battle.

    To avoid a long and protracted process that can end up costing them more money in legal fees, settling can be their best option.

    The Law Offices of Action Legal Group will not avoid going to court if it means that you will receive less compensation than you deserve.

    Spending a couple of hours in a courtroom is most often preferable over possibly giving up thousands or tens of thousands of dollars in compensation. For most people, it is an easy decision to make.

    Learn your legal options and get more information on whether you have to go to court for a car accident in Tampa, St Pete, Clearwater or any other locations in Central Florida, with a free case evaluation from the Law Offices of Action Legal Group today. Contact us at 813-296-6401.

    What If The At-Fault Party Doesn’t Have Car Insurance?

    There are many stresses associated with getting into a car accident.

    For most people, emotional pain, severe bodily injury, financial stress, and others top the list.

    Unfortunately, many car drivers in Florida do not have insurance policies on their vehicles, and this can increase stress levels even higher.

    What if you get into an accident with an at-fault party who doesn’t have car insurance?

    You have several options for recovering compensation if you are involved in an accident with an at-fault party who does not have an automobile insurance policy.

    This can include filing a claim with your PIP policy, collecting on your policies collision coverage, filing an uninsured motorist claim, or suing the driver who hit you personally.

    The option that is best for you to take can depend on the unique circumstances of the accident.

    Speaking with a car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident is recommended.

    This is the best way to determine how to move forward and attempt to collect compensation from an uninsured motorist.

    ALG has helped hundreds of car accident victims in South Florida recover compensation, including many who were involved in accidents with uninsured drivers.

    To be clear, Florida is not a state that makes it legal for people to drive without automobile insurance.

    If the driver who hit you did not have an active automobile insurance policy at the time of the accident, they were breaking the law.

    This can be used against them when legal action is taken. The challenge is whether or not the driver has the financial means to pay out-of-pocket for the damages caused.

    Regardless of whether they do or not, ALG can help you pursue compensation.

    It is still possible to recover compensation for property damage and injuries if the at-fault driver in an accident does not have a car insurance plan.

    The lawyers at the Law Offices of Action Legal Group can assist you. Proudly serving clients in Tampa and around the state of Florida, you can set up a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a team member today by calling 813-296-6401.

    Determining If You Need A Car Accident Lawyer

    Not all accidents in Florida indicate that a personal injury lawyer is necessary; particularly minor ones may not have a need.

    This includes accidents that do not result in any injuries or severe vehicle damage. That said, accident victims in Florida should know that they have the right to work with an experienced attorney after being involved in any type of accident.

    If you are unsure of whether you should have an attorney, contact Action Legal Group.

    An attorney can be beneficial for many reasons.

    They can provide strategic guidance, as well as advice, in addition to investigating your wreck thoroughly and filing the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

    • They can provide strategic guidance, as well as advice, in addition to investigating your wreck thoroughly and filing the necessary paperwork on your behalf.

    If an insurer disputes your claim or wants to offer you an amount that is lower than your total damage costs, your attorney will negotiate using their full knowledge of the law and outcomes of cases similar to yours that have already happened.

    • If an insurer disputes your claim or wants to offer you an amount that is lower than your total damage costs, your attorney will negotiate using their full knowledge of the law and outcomes of cases similar to yours that have already happened.

    The services offered by your attorney can be valuable in many ways, but they can be especially beneficial if you have suffered serious injuries. These injuries can include, but are not limited to:

    Bones that have been broken

    • Bones that have been broken

    Disfigurement that is severe

    • Disfigurement that is severe

    Limited use of your body for 90 days or more that is significant

    • Limited use of your body for 90 days or more that is significant

    Permanent loss of, or loss of use of, organs or appendages

    • Permanent loss of, or loss of use of, organs or appendages

    In any of these cases, your auto accident claim can be filed against the liability insurance provider of any of the drivers who are partially responsible for the accident.

    Liability claims can provide more types of damages coverage than no-fault insurance can, such as a higher percentage of lost wages and/or compensation for suffering and pain.

    Hiring a lawyer may be a good idea in other situations, as other types of cases can involve complex negotiations and/or intricate legal concepts.

    This can be especially important when insurance companies are disputing your claim. Consider speaking with and hiring a lawyer in the following situations:

    If you are being accused of fault for an accident

    • If you are being accused of fault for an accident

    If your vehicle repairs are estimated to be thousands of dollars or more

    • If your vehicle repairs are estimated to be thousands of dollars or more

    If an insurer alleges that your policy does not cover your damages

    • If an insurer alleges that your policy does not cover your damages

    If an insurer requests access to your medical history

    • If an insurer requests access to your medical history

    If an insurer denies your claim or is looking to reduce its value severely

    • If an insurer denies your claim or is looking to reduce its value severely

    If your accident involves an employee driver

    • If your accident involves an employee driver

    If your accident involves a company vehicle

    • If your accident involves a company vehicle

    If your accident involves complex circumstances or multiple parties

    • If your accident involves complex circumstances or multiple parties

    How Can A Car Accident Attorney Help?

    Car crash attorneys in Florida can help you overcome your losses, regardless of how minor or serious, the crash is.

    The attorneys at Action Legal Group can handle your Personal Injury Protection claim after relatively minor accidents, helping reduce stress while ensuring that your insurance provider pays out in full.

    This PIP claim may allow you to recover some damages, possibly up to the maximum limits of your plan. This can include:

    The costs of medical care related to the accident

    • The costs of medical care related to the accident

    A portion of wages lost

    • A portion of wages lost

    A significant impairment that affects important body parts

    • A significant impairment that affects important body parts

    Permanent injuries

    • Permanent injuries

    Significant disfigurement or scarring

    • Significant disfigurement or scarring

    Other accident-related expenses

    • Other accident-related expenses

    Action Legal Group can also take cases against the drivers who cause you to suffer serious injuries or have left your loved ones requiring ongoing care for the rest of their lives.

    We know the path to getting back to a normal life after life-altering injuries occur can seem impossible. Action Legal Group can help ensure your finances are one less worry.

    With a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, we can determine if we need to pull your medical records to confirm whether you meet the state’s serious injury threshold.

    With car accidents resulting in wrongful death, Action Legal Group can pull your family member’s death records to evaluate your case.

    If an at-fault driver is found to be responsible for reckless or careless behavior while driving, the compensation collected through a fault-based claim can be much larger than payouts for a PIP claim.

    Action Legal Group can help you determine which type of claim to pursue.

    Is Getting A Car Accident Attorney Worth It?

    Getting an auto accident attorney can be worth it, particularly for people who are involved in an accident that resulted in injury.

    Injuries people often get car accident attorneys for include fractured bones, limited use of one or more body parts or organs, significant disfigurement, limited use of a body function or other body system, or injuries that cause disability.

    These injuries, as well as others, are compensable and may be best approached and maximized using a personal injury attorney.

    An experienced injury attorney will handle claims processes that are sometimes unclear to ensure that the compensation for your accident claim is commensurate with the injuries suffered.

    Employing a car accident attorney ensures that your rights remain protected, but also that you pursue the compensation you deserve and need to cover accident-related losses.

    Selecting the right team lets you focus on recovering and getting better.

    Action Legal Group is that team. Everything else is taken care of by our team, providing legal care that is not only responsive but also goes the extra distance.

    Choosing A Car Accident Lawyer

    You will want to select a car accident lawyer in Florida with a working knowledge of all of the laws that pertain to your case.

    Beyond that, selecting an auto accident lawyer to research the laws associated with your case, as well as prior case outcomes that reveal legal strategies that are relevant, is essential.

    The right car accident lawyer will document and investigate all of your accident damages. This includes your full medical costs.

    Also, the lawyer you select should have a reputation for working with their clients closely.

    Getting a lawyer that listens to your demands and negotiates on your behalf tirelessly is important.

    In addition, your lawyer must understand strategies that help clients win cases, whether they are won in court or out of court.

    Any number of lawyers can claim to have each of these qualities, but one that is truly qualified will have accolades from their clients, their community, and their peers as well.

    In addition, they will have awards from all three. Also, they have a history of transparent client testimonials that are authentic.

    Having a reputation that is in good standing with the State Bar and the local community is also important, as is having a record of winning settlements on behalf of their clients, as well as other verdicts.

    The combination of all of these things creates a track record that is verifiable and can indicate that a Florida car accident attorney is worthy of your trust.

    Which Type Of Lawyer Deals With Car Accidents?

    While any attorney that is licensed in your state can handle your auto accident claim, personal injury attorneys specialize in cases that involve injuries suffered as a result of a car crash or other vehicle accident.

    Experienced personal injury attorneys are familiar with the details and nuances involved in getting the largest possible compensation for your injuries.

    Personal injury attorneys are inherently familiar, through education and experience, with the conditions associated with your claim.

    They are best served in providing you with the necessary guidance to get the greatest compensation possible.

    Also, these attorneys understand the treatments necessary to getting back to full health and the costs associated with them.

    How Much Are Car Accident Settlements?

    Victims of automobile accidents can receive varying settlement offers, which are dependent on the severity of the injury, witness testimony, suggested fault, past medical expenses, future medical expenses, the age of the injured party, and the effects the injury has on the person’s everyday life, among other things.

    Insurance providers use mathematical formulas to determine a suggested case value and settlement amount.

    Using this number, the company will offer your attorney a certain sum to settle your case.

    This is done through an adjuster or an attorney from the auto insurance provider.

    Action Legal Group does business on a contingency fee basis.

    This means that you only pay us if we win your case. The fee that ALG receives comes in the form of a percentage of the settlement for the verdict amount obtained.

    How Long Do Car Accident Claims Take to Settle?

    Many variables determine how long a car accident claim takes to settle. The many factors can include, but are not limited to:

    The complexity of the case

    • The complexity of the case

    The severity of the injuries

    • The severity of the injuries

    The severity of the property damage

    • The severity of the property damage

    The responsible parties identified in the case

    • The responsible parties identified in the case

    The value of the claim

    • The value of the claim

    How strong the evidence is

    • How strong the evidence is

    The skill of the attorneys you hire

    • The skill of the attorneys you hire

    People want to get paid as quickly as possible for their car accident injuries.

    After a serious car accident, they could be faced with expensive medical bills and other injury-related costs.

    Adding to the stress of the situation, sometimes people have to miss work to recover. All of this stress can compound both the emotional pain and the physical pain that is already being suffered.

    Meeting with a car accident lawyer immediately after your accident can help ensure that your case gets settled as quickly as it can.

    While the first thing you should do after an accident is receiving any necessary medical care, the next thing on your list should be to schedule a consultation with an attorney who can go over your legal options with you as well as what to expect from your claim.

    In Florida, the statute of limitations for many of these types of cases gives you four years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit and collect compensation for personal injuries.

    This deadline only applies to take the case to court, but pursuing an insurance claim while you still have the option to file suit is essential.

    Filing your suit earlier can provide a major incentive for the auto insurance provider to offer a fair payout to avoid dealing with a possible lawsuit.

    Pursuing auto insurance claims after the statute of limitations has run out gives the insurance company a larger amount of leverage.

    This is because you may no longer have legal recourse if they decide to deny your car insurance claim.

    Maximizing your ability to provide an incentive for the insurance company to offer a settlement that is full and fair out-of-court can help you to a positive resolution while enabling the auto insurance provider to avoid a legal battle that could be both long and costly.

    Depending on these factors, lawsuits may take anywhere from several months to a year or two.

    Action Legal Group can help you get compensation for your car accident in Florida.

    The lawyers at the Law Offices of Action Legal Group have a successful track record of helping accident victims across the State of Florida.

    Call and get scheduled for a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a team member. There is no obligation.

    How Long Do You Have To Get A Lawyer After A Car Accident?

    Unlike many other types of cases, hiring a personal injury attorney quickly can be imperative to maximizing the value of your case.

    A portion of your case will come down to the nature of the treatment you have received, one the treatment was given, and the ability to identify witnesses who were at the scene of the accident.

    By hiring a personal injury attorney quickly, you provide them with the best possible opportunity to achieve the largest possible compensation for your claim.

    How Much Does A Lawyer Charge For A Car Accident?

    Personal injury lawyers will typically work on a contingency fee basis.

    What this means is that you will not pay your attorney until, and unless, you are compensated for your loss.

    The guidelines regarding agreements that are “contingency fee” are generally outlined by the State Bar Association in the state you are making your personal injury claim in.

    These contingency fee agreements are discussed with your personal injury attorney at length before you commit to representation from the prospective attorney.

    What Do You Do In A Minor Car Accident?

    Documenting all things related to the vehicle accident is essential to do while the information is still in your mind.

    Also, you should visit a doctor as soon as reasonably possible. You should do this even if you do not feel or see an immediate injury.

    People’s adrenaline rises when an accident occurs, and they may not feel pain until the excitement has died down.

    A medical professional will be able to properly assess injuries and give a professional opinion, which could be vital if you decide to pursue legal action against the party that is at fault.

    Once you are emotionally and physically able, you should file a claim with your insurance provider. This is a contractual prerequisite for obtaining coverage under your policy.

    What Causes Car Accidents In Florida?

    Negligent drivers are one of the leading causes of automobile accidents in the state of Florida.

    Millions of traffic citations were issued in 2018, and in other years as well.

    Negligent driving can include driving while distracted, speeding, drowsy driving, tailgating, driving while intoxicated, drug use that includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs, performing illegal driving maneuvers, texting and driving, and more.

    Not only that, but due to Florida being a popular vacation hotspot with unpredictable weather patterns, there are many other variables that can cause accidents.

    With many people being unfamiliar with the roads and driving in the state, and many potentially dangerous weather conditions, safe driving in the state is essential.

    If you have received an injury in an automobile accident and were not at fault in the accident, call our car accident attorneys allows you to focus on your recovery while we focus on fighting for your best interests and handling your case.

    The knowledge and experience that The Law Offices of Action Legal Group has can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your car accident.

    Our lawyers have a successful track record of helping victims of car accidents in Florida. To schedule a free, no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation with a team member from Action Legal Group, contact us at 813-296-6401 today.

      FREE CASE EVALUATION

      Find Out What Your Case Is Worth

      How Can ALG Help?

      There is a lot of work that goes into negotiating an insurance settlement and trying a personal injury lawsuit. After you have been in a car accident, taking on this time-consuming work may be the last thing you want to do, assuming you’re able. An attorney can do it all for you.

      Whereas this may be your first time dealing with the ins and outs of an accident claim, injury attorneys have dealt with all manner of claims and a variety of insurance companies.

      They have experience obtaining the necessary evidence to support your claim, including gathering police reports, witness statements, medical records and bills, and employment and lost wage information.

      Your attorney will also be able to organize the evidence and prepare a settlement demand letter to the insurance company.

      If you are unable to settle your accident case, your attorney can take care of filing the necessary paperwork to start a court case and can deal with the defense attorneys on your behalf.

      Having someone knowledgeable handling the hard work of your case eases the burden on you, which is especially important if you have been seriously injured and are trying to recover from your injuries.

      Our legal team gathers evidence that may include:

      Your relevant medical records

      • Your relevant medical records

      Bills, receipts, and estimates

      • Bills, receipts, and estimates

      Documentation showing time away from work

      • Documentation showing time away from work

      Other documentation of any related expenses or losses

      • Other documentation of any related expenses or losses

      In addition, we may call in experts who can help us get a better understanding of the severity of our client’s injuries, any future care needs, the cost of their ongoing care, and other factors. This could include:

      Medical experts

      • Medical experts

      Economists

      • Economists

      Care planners and specialists

      • Care planners and specialists

      The purpose of our investigation is to identify and document as many of your compensatory damages as possible. This refers to the losses and expenses you suffered because of your accident and injuries. These are your recoverable damages if your injuries meet the state’s serious injury threshold. Some common recoverable damages in a Florida car accident include:

      Medical care, both past and future

      • Medical care, both past and future

      Ongoing care

      • Ongoing care

      Other injury-related expenses

      • Other injury-related expenses

      Lost wages

      • Lost wages

      Diminished earning capacity

      • Diminished earning capacity

      Property damages (including repair or replacement of your vehicle)

      • Property damages (including repair or replacement of your vehicle)

      Out-of-pocket expenses

      • Out-of-pocket expenses

      A third-party liability automobile insurance claim also allows you to pursue pain and suffering damages. This is why it is so important for us to document the severity of your injuries and the pain you suffered. It is difficult to put a monetary value on the suffering you endured in the accident, because of treatment and therapy, and emotionally as you try to get back on your feet.

      • A third-party liability automobile insurance claim also allows you to pursue pain and suffering damages. This is why it is so important for us to document the severity of your injuries and the pain you suffered. It is difficult to put a monetary value on the suffering you endured in the accident, because of treatment and therapy, and emotionally as you try to get back on your feet.

      All of these things play a role in the value of your car accident settlement. In addition, we may need to work to limit the impact of any accusations of comparative negligence or other factors that might reduce the value of your claim.

      Once we understand a fair settlement value that covers your accident-related damages, we can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s auto liability policy insurance provider and attempt to negotiate a just payment.

      We will provide strong representation and aggressive action throughout this process, fighting for the settlement you deserve.

      An Attorney Advocates for You

      Perhaps the most important way an attorney can help you with your car accident case is by being your advocate. This means that your attorney acts on your behalf and for your benefit throughout the entire claims process (negotiating with the automobile insurance company) and even in court if a lawsuit becomes necessary.

      He or she will be your champion before the judge, jury and other attorneys, making sure that your side of the story is heard and that you are compensated for all of your losses.

      Having an experienced and articulate legal team working for you is essential in obtaining a reasonable and fair resolution in your car accident case.

      We proudly serve clients in Tampa and Chicago. To set up a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our staff today, call us at 813-296-6401.

      Auto Accident Checklist

      Document everything at the scene of the accident

      Take photos and/or video of all vehicles involved, including the accident scene.

      • Take photos and/or video of all vehicles involved, including the accident scene.

      Write down the exact address/location of where the accident occurred, including details such as the direction you were driving, the direction of the vehicle(s) which caused the accident, and be sure to write down key details of the accident scene, such as number traffic signals, stop signs, etc.

      • Write down the exact address/location of where the accident occurred, including details such as the direction you were driving, the direction of the vehicle(s) which caused the accident, and be sure to write down key details of the accident scene, such as number traffic signals, stop signs, etc.

      Collect the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses. These eyewitnesses may have seen details you are not aware of that could potentially strengthen your legal case.

      • Collect the name and contact information of any eyewitnesses. These eyewitnesses may have seen details you are not aware of that could potentially strengthen your legal case.

      Collect information from the other drivers involved in the crash

      Name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company and member or policy number, license plate number, ownership details of the vehicle they were driving.

      • Name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company and member or policy number, license plate number, ownership details of the vehicle they were driving.

      Call the police

      Even if the auto accident is minor, a police report may be critical in establishing who is at fault, and could be a key piece of evidence in your legal claims.

      • Even if the auto accident is minor, a police report may be critical in establishing who is at fault, and could be a key piece of evidence in your legal claims.

      Contact your insurance company

      Be sure to write down the name, title, and contact information of anyone you spoke with at your insurance company, and include the date of all conversations.

      • Be sure to write down the name, title, and contact information of anyone you spoke with at your insurance company, and include the date of all conversations.

      Seek medical attention or medical evaluation

      Often times injuries caused by an auto accident will need immediate medical attention. However, significant injuries may not present until hours or even days after an accident.

      • Often times injuries caused by an auto accident will need immediate medical attention. However, significant injuries may not present until hours or even days after an accident.

      We recommend seeking medical evaluation even if you feel you were not seriously injured.

      • We recommend seeking medical evaluation even if you feel you were not seriously injured.

      Document all of your injuries with photos or video.

      • Document all of your injuries with photos or video.

      Obtain copies of all your medical reports, including copies of medical imaging reports such as MRI, CT scan, X-rays or bone scans.

      • Obtain copies of all your medical reports, including copies of medical imaging reports such as MRI, CT scan, X-rays or bone scans.

      Keep track of all vehicle repair expenses, medical expenses and lost wages

      Be sure to keep all vehicle repair estimates and expenses, expenses for rental vehicles, and transportation expenses such as Uber, Lyft or public transportation.

      • Be sure to keep all vehicle repair estimates and expenses, expenses for rental vehicles, and transportation expenses such as Uber, Lyft or public transportation.

      Document all medical expenses. Medical expenses also include any prescribed medications, medical devices such as crutches or cervical (neck) support, doctor and physical therapy visits.

      • Document all medical expenses. Medical expenses also include any prescribed medications, medical devices such as crutches or cervical (neck) support, doctor and physical therapy visits.

      If you missed work due to your injuries, be sure to keep a detailed log of missed work days and lost wages.

      • If you missed work due to your injuries, be sure to keep a detailed log of missed work days and lost wages.

      Remember: Do not sign any document until you have talked with an attorney, and never tell anyone the accident was your fault.

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