Each year in Florida, there are about 400,000 traffic accidents, including about 17,000 in Pinellas County. Many of these collisions result in serious injuries like broken bones, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries.
Soft-tissue injuries like strains, sprains, and whiplash can cause excruciating pain and require lengthy rest. Car accident injuries may require hospitalization, rehabilitation, and future therapy and surgeries. The costs of emergency room visits, medical care, and lost earnings due to being unable to work can cause severe financial hardship.
If you suffered injuries in a St. Petersburg car crash caused by another driver’s negligence, you have the legal right to pursue compensation for your medical bills and expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering. Although it is possible to proceed with a personal injury claim without a lawyer, it may be challenging to obtain the maximum damages you deserve. A skilled and experienced St. Petersburg car accident lawyer can help you protect your legal rights and be fairly compensated.
Get Medical Care Right Away
After an accident, do not delay in reporting the accident (so that a police report can be made), and seeing a doctor. Without a prompt visit to a healthcare provider, it will be difficult to establish your injuries resulted from a collision. If your treating doctor recommends you follow-up with a specialist or another doctor, be sure to follow-through with recommendations.
Insurance Companies Will Want To Pay You As Little As Possible
When you report an accident to your insurance company, the adjuster is the representative that ensures your claim is legitimate. When you are introduced to them, they will be identified as someone providing you customer service and helping you resolve your claim quickly. Although there are different types of adjusters w. also an employee of a company, and paid to compensate you as little as possible.
St. Petersburg car accident attorney Constance D. Coleman has seen the lengthy efforts insurance adjusters have taken to minimize car accident claims and compensate injury victims as little as possible. We encourage all people involved in car accidents to proceed with extreme caution when providing information to an insurance adjuster.
Adjusters will often ask for a recorded statement under the guise of confirming details or speeding a claim along. It is often implied that providing a recorded statement is a task that will help your claim. You are not required to provide a statement and can tell the adjuster that you would like to wait. Even statements like “I feel fine today” may be used to blame you for your injuries, or suggest your injuries were not as serious as you claim. Sometimes adjusters throw in “impossible” questions about speed, reaction time, or distance traveled. It is always advisable to avoid these questions and allow communications with insurance adjusters to be handled through your personal injury lawyer.
Get a Free Consultation
To learn more about your legal rights following a St. Petersburg car accident, contact our St. Petersburg, Florida law office at 727-214-0400. If we represent you, we will not charge any legal fees unless we recover money for you.