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This would all depend on the case and the insurance company. Some insurance companies are known to fight everything, while other insurance companies can be a little more reasonable.
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Definitely. There are procedures as well as laws that have to be followed, and unless the person does this on a daily basis, it is somewhat hard to navigate through it and get what they are entitled to.
Most personal injury cases reach a settlement, it is usually in the client’s best interest to try to reach an out of court settlement if the insurance company evaluates the claim reasonably, unfortunately that does not always happen.
Liability and damages are the two main factors. When somebody calls our office, the first thing we would look at would be how the accident happened and whether the person calling our office as a potential client was potentially liable or whether there was a 100% liability on the other party.
The initial consultation is free. A client can talk to an attorney for free just to see what their case may be worth or, whether they even had a case, or just what to expect.
We tell the client to get information from the person who is calling, regarding who they are and what company they are with, along with their phone and extension number.
No, the client would never have to provide this; we would provide the medical records once a demand was made.
Evidence would be very important in a personal injury case. The person would need to start gathering all forms of evidence from day one, whether it was in the form of witnesses at the scene, photographs of the property damage at the scene, or photographs of people who were involved in the accident.
I do not really tell clients to keep a log of what is going on with them other than providing calendars for them to write down appointments for when they have to go to their doctors.
The biggest challenges would probably be the lack of funds while going through the process and generally waiting for things to happen.
We would like to have the case as early as possible. Most of our clients are actually referred to us by prior clients so they know to call us right away.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Florida is 4 years for bodily injury and 5 years for UM, meaning uninsured or underinsured motorist.
Under Florida law, the person will lose their PIP benefits if they do not receive medical treatment within 14 days of the date of the accident.
Unfortunately PIP would not be responsible meaning the personal injury protection. However, this would not affect the person’s claim for the bodily injury, against the individual who actually caused the accident.
This can be difficult. There is PIP, meaning “Personal Injury Protection” benefits that could pay a portion of the person’s lost wages while they were out of work, but that would only be up to a maximum of $10,000 and the medical bills would also be paid from that amount.
It is very important for the person to follow medical treatment recommended by their doctors; whether they recommended physical therapy or medications or referrals for diagnostic testing or specialists.
Yes, it would definitely factor in. Insurance companies always look at pre-existing conditions to see if they can say everything was already there before the accident occurred.
It can be overcome, but it can be very problematic. If the person had an accident and treated for their injuries consistently for a few months but then all of a sudden did not treat for 6 months to a year, it would be understood they did not need the treatment or else they would have sought it out and received it.
Yes, this is a service we provide. Things can become very difficult, which is why we try to find out at the very beginning what the insurance amount is and if the client has health insurance, so we can let the client know they need to be careful because there is only a certain amount of insurance.
The biggest place we see people making mistakes is social media. They might post things on Facebook, or use social media in a way that might show they were physically better off than they actually are.
The other mistake people make is not attending doctor’s appointments or by not following doctor’s recommendations.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a personal injury attorney. The first of them would be the attorney’s practice areas.
The biggest thing that potential clients should run from is an attorney who promises a specific amount of money or a specific amount of time to get that money.
Between Susan Rene, the other attorney in the office, and myself, we have over 20 years of experience.
People tend to believe that insurance companies will pay them and do the right thing because they have been paying premiums for so long.
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