What to Do When Injured in a Car Accident
Car crashes can be scary. You probably won’t see it coming until it’s too late, and the aftermath may leave you without a car at best and severely injured and unable to work at worst.
When you’re injured in a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed, but you’re not alone. Lavent Law helps victims like you get back on their feet after serious accidents. If you have been hurt in an accident and you’re not sure what to do next, we can walk you through the process.
File Your Accident Report
After an accident has happened and your injuries are being treated, you should act fast to report your accident. The Bureau of Motorist Compliance will need a report, especially if you know the other person is uninsured.
The police report should state who is at fault for the accident. While Florida is a “no-fault” state, meaning that your damages are insured regardless of fault, knowing who caused the accident will make a difference in your personal injury claim.
Assess Your Damages
Because Florida is a “no-fault” state, your accident must meet certain conditions to warrant a personal injury claim against the other driver. To sue the at-fault driver, you’ll need to prove that your injuries were severe and beyond the threshold of what the insurance companies will cover.
These severe injuries are typically serious enough to cause severe emotional trauma and physical suffering. Below are some of the conditions that give you reason to file a personal injury claim for a car accident:
- Permanent disability
- Loss of motion or function
- Permanent disfigurement or scarring
File Your Personal Injury Claim
Once you have confirmed that you have a case, you should file for your compensation quickly—personal injury cases in Florida have a four-year statute of limitations, but it’s important to get your settlement as soon as possible.
If you believe you are injured badly enough to warrant further compensation, you will need to gather as much evidence for your claim as possible. Knowing what damages have stemmed from your injuries, such as medical expenses and lost wages, will be an important part of proving your case.
Be sure to prove fault as clearly as possible, as well. While the defendant may try to shift some of the blame on you, which would devalue your case through “comparative negligence,” you need your full settlement to recover from your injuries.
Speak to Our Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident and need to file a claim for compensation, getting help is likely a vital step. Having someone who knows the law on your side can help you get back on your feet and back to your life.
Our attorneys at Lavent Law understand how difficult the process can be. During a free consultation, we’ll walk you through what to do when you’re injured in a car accident. For more information, call us at 305-440-0450 or fill out the form below.