If you've been involved in an accident in Florida it is difficult to know where to start. There are a number of mistakes after Florida car accidents that could ruin your chance for the compensation you deserve.. Here are some top mistakes that you need to avoid:
1. Waiting to See a Doctor
Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident to make sure that your injuries are documented by a Doctor. If it is not in a medical record it does not exist in the insurance companies’ mind.
2. Not Getting the Police Involved
Contacting the police is absolutely crucial in documenting what occurred, the parties that were involved, weather conditions, roadway conditions, witness names and addresses.
3. Immediately Apologizing for the Accident
Admitting fault could be used against you in a court of law. Talk with the lawyer to be certain of fault. Let your lawyer guide you through this process.
4. Signing A Release
Some insurance companies will attempt to resolve the case as quickly as possible, signing a release will forfeit your rights to compensation. Many victims of automobile and motorcycle crashes don’t fully appreciate the extent of their injuries, the time that will be required to recover, the amount of wage loss that will be suffered and the cost of all treatment at the time they sign a release. Always consult a lawyer before signing a release. Victims of automobile and motorcycle crashes only get one bite out of the Apple.Don’t make a mistake consult a lawyer!
5. Not Covering Every Symptom or Complaint When Meeting With a Doctor
Always tell your Dr. about every symptom or complaint during an appointment. Insurance companies read medical records to determine what is wrong with you. If your complaints are not recorded by your Doctor in an insurance company’s mind they do not exist. For that reason, it is critical that you always tell your Doctor exactly what symptoms or complaints exist. This should be done without exaggeration.
6. Sharing Info on Social Media
All the information that is posted on social media may be admissible in court. Don’t give the insurance companies any extra help, don’t post.
7. Fearing a Trial
Going to trial or seeking fair compensation for an accident case is a last resort when settlement negotiations break down between your attorney and the insurance company. Many times juries see through the insurance company’s smoke and mirrors and award just compensation and full compensation for your injuries. Insurance companies rely on your fear to cheat you out of fair compensation. Don’t be afraid to go to court!
Consider some of these mistakes that are regularly made by Florida drivers during automobile and motorcycle insurance claims. Work at preventing these mistakes by retaining a qualified lawyer.
The Law Offices of J Stanford Morse P.A. has been representing victims of automobile and motorcycle crashes for over 40 years. No attorney’s fees or costs are charged unless we get you money. Call Mr. Morse at 727-347-7737.