Written on Apr 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM
When Should you use a Personal Injury Attorney?
There are thousands of personal injury (PI) attorneys in the state of Florida that are on-call and chomping at the bit to receive your business. The difference between them and us is simple: we want to give you the facts when it comes to hiring a personal injury attorney. When is the right time to call, and what circumstances would require you to find a PI attorney?
You should hire a PI attorney whenever you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, that’s when. Contrary to popular belief, this does not just mean car accidents, though they are generally the most common type of client found in a PI setting. This includes motorcycle accidents, DUI accidents, slip and falls, and wrongful death. You should never handle legal matters on your own. This is because insurance companies, whether car or otherwise, are only looking out for their bottom line and the preservation of their business.
Since it is most common, we will use car accidents as an example. If you’ve been rear-ended in Florida, the presumption of negligence almost always falls on the other driver for not using due care and maintaining control of his or her vehicle. Any injuries you incur as a result of the accident are owed by the other driver’s auto insurance company. This includes physical injuries and impairments, as well as mental suffering and anguish and loss of enjoyment of life.
Most of the time, you may not even be aware of what you are entitled to: since Florida is a no-fault state, you go through your own auto insurance to assist with medical costs, wage loss, and mileage for doctor appointments. By utilizing a PI attorney here, you are imbued with knowledge and a buffer between you and the car insurance representatives who would otherwise be barraging you with calls and questions. When you’re injured, you have enough to worry about. That’s why it’s called personal injury—because everyone’s experience is different, and should be handled that way.
What Exactly do PI Attorneys Handle that I Can’t do Myself?
More than you would think. Generally, personal injury attorneys know the tricks insurance companies play in order to deceive you into settling your case for an unseemly amount, or signing paperwork that pays little to nothing for your vehicle repairs. Simply put, a PI attorney’s job is to act on your behalf, and not allow anything with your injuries or claim to fall in the cracks or go unaddressed.
Here are a few things PI attorneys do to go the extra mile for you while you’re injured:
- Ensure you have no upfront medical bills to pay during your case
- Stay on top of insurance companies to expedite your car repairs
- Facilitate reimbursement from your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) for mileage and lost wages
It is important to know the benefits of a personal injury attorney and how it can augment the results of your case in receiving compensation for your injuries. Unlike other firms, we at Lowman Law Firm are PI attorneys invested in your case, and in your recovery.
Many of these factors may sound confusing, especially when you are injured after an accident. Make sure you contact us for a free consultation on what you are entitled to for your case—no strings attached.