Meeting With A Personal Injury Attorney
In the aftermath of personal injuries, it may take weeks or even months before you are well enough to deal with the fallout of what has happened and the impact it may have on your family and financial affairs. Unfortunately, it is at this time that insurance companies often offer settlements. Before signing any documents or accepting a settlement offer that is significantly less than what you are likely to need to make a complete recovery, speak with our Florida personal injury attorney first.
Your Initial Consultation
Your initial consultation in our office is free, and we use this time to discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident and how your injuries occurred. Items you may want to bring to this appointment include:
- Copies of any accident or injury reports that were filed at the scene of the accident;
- Statements from doctors, hospitals, or other providers, regarding the injuries you suffered;
- Copies of paystubs showing your average earnings;
- Notes you may have taken regarding your accident, or any pictures you took at the scene.
Based on the information you provide, we will review the circumstances of your case, to determine the types and amount of compensation you may be entitled to. The National Safety Council (NSC) advises that there are generally a variety of different costs that should be considered, such as ongoing and future medical expenses, potential future losses in earnings, and financial impacts due to any potential inability to fulfill tasks and duties around your home and for your family.
We Can Advise You On Dealing With Insurers
In personal injury cases in which the reckless actions of another are to blame, you may be entitled to compensation through their insurer. You are likely to be contacted by an insurance representative within days of your accident, in order to get a statement regarding your injuries and how they occurred.
Preferably, you should discuss your case with an experienced personal injury attorney prior to making any statements, to protect yourself against saying anything which could be used to deny your claim. Tactics these companies often use to reduce the amount they have to pay out include:
- Blaming you for being partially responsible for the accident or your injuries;
- Disputing the severity of the injuries you suffered;
- Downplaying future impacts you are likely to suffer.
While your insurer may pressure you to accept an immediate settlement, it is important to realize that under Florida statutes of limitations, you have up to two years to resolve your claim. You have only one chance to get the compensation you need, and talking with our attorney first can help to ensure you get the maximum amount you are entitled to.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Rather than rushing to accept a settlement for less than you deserve, contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III first. We can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If an appropriate settlement cannot be reached, we can advise you on your rights to compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. To discuss your case with our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney, call or contact our office online today.