A car accident can put you in a scary situation, especially if you have been injured or if your car is beyond repair. If someone else caused the crash, it can be especially frustrating.
Knowing what to do in an accident, from the initial collision to filing a claim for any serious injuries, can help you keep calm during the process and get the help you need fast. Getting you fair compensation is our priority, and we can guide you through the process.
First Steps: Immediately After the Accident
Your first step, of course, should always be to seek medical care if you’re injured. Even if you have no outward signs of injury, it’s best to allow the paramedics or doctors to examine you for any signs of internal damage.
When possible, you should then obtain your crash report and send it to the Bureau of Motorist Compliance. Because Florida is a “no-fault” state and requires all drivers to have some insurance, you’ll need to go through the proper channels to ensure you get full compensation for your damages.
Your insurance company should be alerted, as well—especially if you know the other driver doesn’t have insurance.
Assessing Your Damages
If the insurance companies cover all your damages, you should receive the compensation you need to deal with your injuries. Florida requires all drivers to have a minimum amount of coverage, which prevents many court cases for car accidents and covers all drivers, regardless of fault.
Unfortunately, you might have suffered injuries that have caused significant pain and suffering, which can negatively impact your life and prevent you from working and doing the things you love. When this happens, you may need to file a personal injury claim.
Filing a Claim
To file a car accident claim in Florida, you must provide evidence that your damages meet the criteria for a serious injury. This is usually an injury that leaves you incapacitated, permanently disabled, or otherwise unable to live your life normally.
For instance, a serious accident could lead to limb loss. On top of the medical expenses associated with amputation, this can be emotionally traumatizing and physically painful, and it could prevent you from working ever again.
In these cases, you may need to file a personal injury claim to get the compensation you need for the injuries you have suffered.
Getting the Help You Need
While many Florida car accidents don’t require further legal action, your case may be serious enough to warrant a personal injury claim. If so, you may need help, and Lavent Law is ready to fight for you. Car accidents are difficult, but with our firm on your side, you can get the help you need to get back to your life.
We offer free, no-strings-attached consultations so you know exactly who’s working on your case and how we’ll get your compensation. For more information, call us at 305-440-0450 or fill out the form below.