Being involved in a car accident in the State of Florida can be incredibly expensive, even if your insurance covers some of the damage. As a result, many injury victims wonder whether they will be able to represent themselves rather than hiring a car accident attorney.
However, if you don’t know how the legal system works for personal injury cases, you could do something to harm your claim. In addition, due to their negotiation skills and knowledge of injury law, an experienced attorney will likely be able to help you win more compensation than you could by representing yourself. This often far exceeds the amount that you’ll pay to a lawyer, thereby justifying the cost – especially if you choose a law firm that works on a no-win-no-fee basis, such as The Law Place.
Here at The Law Place, our team of qualified attorneys represents clients all over the State of Florida to recover damages after being involved in a car accident. We can help you to explore your legal options and also help you to win the compensation you deserve.
To speak with one of our qualified car accident and personal injury lawyers in a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today on (941) 444-4444.
When Can You Represent Yourself in a Car Accident Case?
Whilst you can technically represent yourself for any type of personal injury case or car accident claim, regardless of the scope and complexity of your circumstance, this isn’t something we recommend. Instead, we’d always recommend working with a qualified personal injury lawyer to get the best possible results.
However, many individuals choose to represent themselves when making a personal injury claim following a car accident if their case is relatively straightforward. This could be the case, for example, if:
- You are making a simple claim through your insurance company to receive benefits from your Personal Injury Protection insurance.
- The other driver involved in your accident admits fault and will pay damages to you via their insurance company.
- You have not received any complex or severe injuries.
- You are not facing any liability for the accident that occurred.
How Easy Is It to Represent Yourself in a Car Accident Case?
The more straightforward your case, the easier it is to represent yourself following a car accident. However, this does not mean that it is a simple process.
As a minimum, you’ll need to do enough research to properly submit a claim to your own insurance company in order to receive your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, as according to Florida’s no-fault state law laid out in Florida Statute 627.7407, this is the first place you should go to pursue compensation following a car accident. You’ll also need to fill out paperwork, submit evidence of your expenses and be able to negotiate the claims process for compensatory damages with your insurance company.
However, if your medical bills and lost wages far exceed what is covered by your PIP insurance, as in many personal injury cases, you’ll need to file a claim against the at-fault driver or even pursue a lawsuit against them. This is a much more complex legal process that takes an experienced attorney with years of experience.
This is all made more difficult for those who have suffered serious injuries during a car wreck or crash. For accident victims who may be suffering severe physical and emotional pain or disability, the added stress of navigating the legal system of a personal injury claim can simply be too much.
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help?
To make sure you receive the best possible outcome and the maximum possible compensation, you should hire a car accident lawyer. This type of legal professional will help you with a number of key areas, including:
Liaising With Your Insurance Company
Insurance companies often make it difficult to receive fair compensation as they will usually try to get you to downplay your injuries. For example, even informing them that you feel well following your accident can lead them to argue that your injuries are not serious enough to receive the maximum pay-out.
In the State of Florida, with the legal minimum PIP cover of $10,000, you will only receive a maximum of $2,500 for medical bills for non-life-threatening injuries or up to 80% of medical costs for serious bodily injuries.
Working with a personal injury lawyer will ensure that you don’t do anything to harm your claim and will make sure you receive the right amount of compensation for your case. In addition to negotiating a fair settlement, they’ll also handle all paperwork required by your insurance company in order to submit your claim.
Negotiating a Settlement
If your medical bills or property damage exceed your PIP cover, you’ll also have the option of pursuing a claim against the at-fault driver.
During this process, your attorney will work with the insurance company of the negligent driver to negotiate a settlement agreement. This is an amount of compensatory damages that will be paid to you. However, you’ll also likely be required to sign a document to waive your right to file a lawsuit at a later date.
If you are not skilled in legal negotiation, you could miss out on receiving a higher level of compensation.
Helping You to File a Lawsuit
If your case is more complicated or you require a significant amount in compensation, you’ll be able to sue the at-fault driver. To do this, you’ll need to work with a lawyer who is trained in litigation, as this is an incredibly complex legal process that takes many years of experience to carry out.
By taking your case to court, you could receive compensation for:
- Pain and suffering.
- Wrongful death.
- Long-term medical expenses.
- Lost wages.
- Loss of consortium
Contact The Law Place to Speak With a Car Accident Attorney Today
If you’ve been involved in a traffic accident and are seeking compensation or thinking of pursuing a car accident claim, get in touch with The Law Place today.
If you’re unsure about how to justify the cost of hiring a lawyer, we’re offering a free case evaluation to help you understand your legal rights and to give you an idea of how much compensation you could achieve by working with us. In addition, we work on a no-win, no-fee basis. So, you won’t pay any upfront costs and won’t pay a cent to us unless we win your case.
Our team work around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on your behalf. We can liaise with insurance companies, handle all paperwork and support you through this difficult time if you have become injured in a car accident.
To book your free consultation, call us today on (941) 444-4444.