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In an accident or injury case, is there a rush to hire a lawyer?
If youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘ve been injured in a car accident, you may wonder how long you should wait before seeking legal representation. For all kinds of accident cases, whether a car crash, trucking accident, tire failure crash, rear-end collision, rollover, gas tank explosion, railroad crossing accident or other type of incident, it is critical that you contact an attorney as soon as possible for several reasons.
The element of the preservation of evidence is one of these important, time-sensitive matters. In a major damages case, experts will need to make an examination of the vehicles involved in the accident before repairs have been made. It is also necessary in certain types of cases for your attorney to document the scene of the accident before it changes. For example, in a tire failure accident, investigators may go to the scene and look for the missing parts of the tire that may have separatedĂ˘â‚¬â€ťlike the debris that you see from trucks lying scattered about the interstate. If this immediate window of opportunity to collect evidence is missed, it can be significantly detrimental to the likelihood of recovering damages in a lawsuit.
It is also important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to insulate yourself from insurance carriers. Agents from insurance companies will frequently attempt to contact the parties involved in automobile accidents to Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“investigate.Ă˘â‚¬Âť During this time, they may ask for recorded statements, or pressure you to sign legal documents. Any of these could dramatically affect or destroy your case. However, once you hire an attorney, insurance companies should no longer contact youĂ˘â‚¬â€ťinsurance carriers must go through your lawyer.
On a similar note, an accident attorney can help ensure that you use the correct form of insurance to obtain medical treatment. In a car crash in Florida, whether or not you have health insurance, PIP (Personal Injury Protection) auto insurance coverage is primary, and is available to pay 80% of your medical bills and 60% of lost wages up to the policy coverage limits, which must be at least a $10,000 minimum. This is important as if you have health insurance coverage (even Medicaid/Medicare), your carrier has a right to receive a reimbursement from your settlement, where PIP does not require such a reimbursement.
In any matter where an attorney may be needed, whether a car crash or other situation, it is always best to call immediately to get advice on what to do--or in some instances, what not to do, before you make mistakes that affect your case. Our firm accepts personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you would owe us neither legal fees nor additional costs unless we recover money damages for you.
Contact the Law Offices of Stephen K. Miller for a free consultation with one of our attorneys if you have been injured in an automobile accident at (866) 496-8752 or via email at Info@ForYourLaw.com.
BY: Stephen K. Miller, Attorney at Law
May 25, 2012
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