Is hiring a personal injury attorney worth it?
Is hiring a personal injury attorney worth it? Yes, it‚Äôs 100% worth it. Studies show personal injury lawyers get 3 1/2 times more money than someone without a personal injury lawyer. You should call a personal injury lawyer immediately after your accident. This way, they can file a personal injury claim on your behalf while you are recuperating and can ensure you follow the right steps which are complicated and full tricks and traps set up by the insurance system. You wouldn‚Äôt perform surgery on yourself without a doctor, why would you think you can handle an injury claim or lawsuit on your own either? Hence the old saying, “A man who is his own lawyer, has a fool for a client.”
A personal injury lawyer will guide you through the process of getting you the correct medical help you need to have a valid claim and the maze of records and information that will have to be provided in order to get compensation. A personal injury lawyer will deal with the insurance company and their adjusters and lawyers on your behalf so you do not say and do the wrong things that can jeopardize the value of your injury case. A lawyer can send letters, collect bills, files lawsuits, prepare you for deposition, and at the end the case can negotiate liens and medical bills to put more money in your pocket. This is not something you can or should do on your own. It is stressful and you need to focus on getting better.
If you are looking for a the best personal injury lawyer for your case by doing an internet search for the best car accident lawyer Miami, or whatever city you are in, ¬†you will find all sorts of companies and law firms out there claiming to be the best car accident lawyers. A Google search using those key words will return ads or links that are not even law firms. You may find lead generator websites that refer you to lawyers who pay for advertising or placement on their lists. Some are medical clinics and chiropractors. At Perkins Law Offices we are real lawyers who handle real cases. We do not make self-serving statements that we are the best car accident lawyers in Miami. We let our results and past clients do the talking. Just look at our website or on Google for testimonials and reviews from real clients who are very happy with our results. We are also recognized by independent publications such as Super Lawyers, Legal Trend, AVVO, Million Dollar Advocates, and the Daily Business Review Most Effective Lawyers issue.
Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury and wrongful death cases in Florida.¬†¬†They are usually caused by to someone being negligent or reckless behind the wheel. Common allegations we see are improper lane changes, careless driving, reckless driving, failing to keep a proper look out, driving too fast for conditions, failing to perceive hazards, disobeying traffic signals, rear end collisions, texting while driving, and driving under the influence. We have handled accidents involving all type of motor vehicles, including cars, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, golf carts, ATV all terrain vehicles, SUV’s, tractors, 18 wheelers, dump trucks, mail trucks, trash trucks, buses, scooters, electric scooters, electric bicycles, Segways, personal mobility devices, bucket trucks, forklifts, Uhauls, box trucks, van, commercial vehicles, construction equipment, etc.
The key to having successful motor vehicle accident case is when¬†the other person or company who is at fault or is mostly at fault for causing the accident and your permemant injury has bodily injury (BI) liability insurance or assets to pursue. ¬†Unfortunately, the majority people in Florida are driving around with very low (BI) insurance policy limits and often times no insurance at all. Studies show that 20% of drivers in Florida are uninsured. Many drivers who buy the bare minimum amount of insurance limits the law requires, think they are “fully covered”. ¬†That could not be farther from the truth.
In Florida the minimum amount of insurance required by a vehicle owner is only $10,000 in PIP no fault limits. Bodily injury (BI) insurance is not mandatory coverage in Florida. Bodily injury (BI) is the only type of motor vehicle liability insurance coverage you can pursue against the at fault driver’s or vehicle owner’s policy for causing your injury. In other words, if the at fault vehicle driver/owner does not have (BI) bodily injury there is no liability insurance coverage to pursue that can be paid to you.
If you own a car you are required to only carry PIP which is limited up to $10,000 and cannot be paid directly to you. It is meant to cover your medical bills if you are in a vehicle accident whether the other party has insurance or not. PIP benefits are re considered primary in any car accident in Florida. PIP can only be paid directly to your medical providers in most circumstances, not to you directly and it does not ever cover pain and suffering. It is its not even guaranteed you can qualify for the full $10,000 because you must qualify for PIP by following certain steps immediately after an accident, including having a qualified medical provider declare you sustained an emergency medical condition (EMC). Due to the high price of hospitals and medical care, if you sustain a serious injury in a car accident, this PIP amount may not even cover but a couple days in a hospital, much less costs of surgeries, ongoing treatment, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If the at-fault driver has no insurance or inadequate insurance to collect from directly, you may be able to pursue your own insurance policy benefits if you paid extra for uninsured or underinsured motorist (UM) protection on top of your PIP. ¬†Again, most people think they are fully covered, but they usually do not have UM coverage because it is not required by law and costs more to have on your policy. ¬†Most people reject UM coverage when they initially apply for a policy by signing a UM rejection form.
If your car accident was caused by a vehicle that is owned by a business or the driver who was in the scope of employment for a company, there is a better chance that the company or business will have liability insurance or perhaps has some assets that may not be protected from lawsuits. If the vehicle is owned by a large corporation like Amazon, FedEx, UPS, Coke, Walmart, Publix, etc it may be self insured or have very high limits and assets to pursue.
Perkins Law Offices will help¬†you understand the different insurance policies and benefits at play. ¬†We will find any and all coverage available or parties liable for the accident to get you the money you are entitled to. Call 855-741-52917 or email [email protected] for a free case review. We do not charge you any attorney fees unless we recover money for you.
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Perkins Law Offices regularly helps people who are seriously injured in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, bicycle accidents, scooter/moped accidents, vehicle on pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, hit and runs, chain reaction collisions and motorcycle lay downs cases. ¬†Vehicle accidents can cause catastrophic, life altering injuries and death. But even smaller impact collisions can cause injures that interfere with your enjoyment of life.
Miami Car Accident Attorney. Below is a list of rules you should follow if you are in a car accident:
1. Call Police¬†so a crash report will be filed.
2. Remember¬†as much as you can about how the accident happened:
- The speeds of the vehicles.
- The lanes of travel the vehicles were in.
- The direction of travel of the vehicles.
- Where the impacts were
- What the other driver and witnesses said at the scene.
3. Take pictures¬†of the accident scene, the vehicles and your injuries if you are not too injured to do so or immediately transported to the hospital.
4. Get names and contact info¬†of any witnesses that may help prove your case.
5. Seek medical treatment immediately.¬†Even if you do not have insurance or a regular doctor. Car Insurance companies will not take your injury case seriously if you do not get treatment immediately or if you have a gap in treatment dates. ¬†Even your own insurance company may not pay your own PIP benefits you don go to a hospital or doctor immediately.
6. Do not talk to anyone¬†about the car accident or injuries other than your attorney or doctor after the accident other than police. You do not want to talk with an insurance adjuster or investigator, sometimes even from your own carrier because they are not there to help you. ¬†Make sure you talk to Perkins Law offices before speaking to anyone or giving any statements about the accident or your injuries.
7. Keep track¬†of all of your ¬†damages such as medical bills, lost time and wages from work. Make sure you tell Perkins‚Äô injury lawyers every detail about your injuries and how the injuries effect your life.
Miami Car Accident Attorney. The few minutes after a car crash can literally make the difference between winning or losing your case, even when the accident is not your fault. Our Miami car accident law firm recommends that everybody, whether driving or riding a passenger, always wears one‚Äôs seatbelt, no matter how far you are driving. It can be a critical mistake to think people do not need to wear a seatbelt if they are just driving around the corner. Studies have proven that a person has a 400% greater chance of surviving an accident if they are properly seat belted.
8. Disclose¬†to Perkins Law Offices about any prior accidents, lawsuits, claims or other personal things that may affect your case. ¬†Do not worry, everything you say to Perkins Law Offices is confidential and protected by the attorney client privilege.
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