At the law firm of Earle & Smith, we talk to clients all over Central Florida who have questions after being in an automobile accident. Questions often arise such as, “Who is responsible for my damages”, “What are my rights?”, and “Do I have a case?”. For specific answers to these questions we recommend that you consult with an experienced attorney. Generally, whether or not you have a claim depends on who was at fault for the accident and if you were injured as a result of the accident. Damages typically include the amount of your past medical bills, the amount of future medical bills, past lost wages, loss of earning capacity in the future, and pain and suffering if your injury is permanent.
At our Orlando law firm, we sometimes talk to clients who didn’t seek an attorney right away because they didn’t think they actually needed a lawyer to help them. They assumed the insurance company would do the right thing and pay them the proper amount for their claim. Some insurance companies are easier to deal with than others, but some companies take an aggressive position and fight valid claims or dispute the amount of a claim to avoid paying full value. Just recently I requested settlement for a client who was injured in a car accident and has several thousand dollars in medical bills. The insurance company’s response to my settlement request – $150. That doesn’t even cover the cost of one doctor visit, much less the cost of several months of treatment that my client needed. If all insurance companies worked just as hard to settle claims as some do to deny claims, we would have far less litigation, but that’s just not the way things are done anymore. Too often, big insurance companies are putting profits ahead of people. So even if you don’t think you need a lawyer, it may be a good idea to talk to one anyway. Consultations for accident cases are free at our firm, so email or give us a call if we can answer any questions you may have about your Florida accident case.