Even the most careful drivers can be injured in a motor vehicle accident. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, over 300,000 car accidents are reported each year. While some people walk away from minor accidents unharmed, some car accidents could leave you with serious injuries, life-changing complications, or a diminished quality of life.
If you were injured in a car accident, you might need surgery, rehabilitation, or extensive therapy. Even though these medical treatments may be necessary for your recovery, they can be stressful and expensive. If someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you might be entitled to compensation from the responsible party or their insurance company. But how do you know whether you have a legal claim and if so, when is the right time to file a lawsuit? In most cases, the answer to this question is “right away”, read on to find out why.
You don’t have unlimited time to file a lawsuit.
If you are receiving medical treatment or therapy for your injuries, you don’t have to wait until the end of your treatment to file a lawsuit. You should probably consult with a personal injury attorney sooner rather than later. Typically, lawsuits must be filed within a specific timeframe or statute of limitations. If you miss this critical deadline, you can be barred from filing suit and recovering damages forever.
In Florida, a negligence case should be filed within 4 years of the date of your accident, but it is never a good idea to wait until the last minute to bring your case forward. The longer you wait after an accident, the harder it is for your attorney to build a case. Car accident cases are much easier to handle when you have a clear memory and not much time has passed. Consulting with an attorney early puts you in the best position to bring a successful claim and recover the money you deserve.
Speak with an experienced lawyer before you accept any insurance settlement.
After a car accident, you may receive a settlement offer from the other driver or their insurance company. It may even be tempting to accept the money, but you should always consult with an experienced attorney before you do. Sometimes the money offered by an insurance company can be far less than what you are entitled to. In most cases, once you cash the insurance company’s check, you could lose the right to sue the other driver for any compensation related to the motor vehicle accident.
Take your time in recovery and build your case.
When you are injured in a car accident, your primary focus should be on recovery. You shouldn’t have to deal with the added stress of insurance companies, claims processing, or the complex legal system. When you consult with an attorney, you will be better equipped to understand your rights and the potential outcome of any lawsuit.
Hiring an attorney can reduce the stress and financial pressure caused by an accident and help you focus on your health. While you are healing from your injuries, your attorney will be fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Don’t delay finding out what you could be entitled to. Contact us at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers to Demand More!
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