When you get on a wreck on SR 19, the third call you should make —
after 911 and your insurance company — is to an auto accident lawyer.
Florida law is a finicky thing, and you want to be very certain that you
don't lose out on a single dollar that you're entitled to.
It's easy to feel helpless and frustrated at what seems like a devastating
loss: your car, of course, but if you were injured in the accident, you
may also find yourself unable to work or otherwise disabled. Insurance
companies, left to their own devices, will find an excuse not to pay you
— or take months on end delaying the payment for whatever reason
they can find. Similarly, if you can't get them held accountable in
a court of law, the person responsible for the accident certainly isn't
going to pay you a red cent.
But when you've hired a car accident attorney, Florida's complex
legal system becomes
their problem, not yours. You'll still need to do quite a significant number
of things — but your lawyer will be there guiding you through the
entire process. Without one, you're going to pay for your part of
the accident out of pocket. With one, you have an ally to help you cover:
- The cost of repairs to your vehicle.
- Or the cost of a new vehicle if your old one was totaled.
- Medical bills for any injuries or illnesses related to the accident.
- Compensation for work you missed due to said injuries or illnesses.
- Additional compensation if you were partially or completely disabled due
to the accident.
- In certain circumstances, you can also obtain compensation for any pain
and suffering you underwent due to the crash.
The attorney's job is not to help you
profit from your accident — merely to make certain that you don't suffer
losses. Without a lawyer, you are almost certain to lose money if you're
in a dire automobile accident. Get one on your side, and you can save
yourself a good chunk of those losses.