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A Basic Overview Of Your Rights After An Accident

Accidents can occur at any time, from out of nowhere. And no matter what type of accident you are involved in, the process of recovering can be difficult. Whether you are involved in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, an auto accident, or some other type of accident, knowing your rights is incredibly important – otherwise, your recovery could be even more difficult.

A Heavy Financial Burden

The reason that recoveries after accidents are so complicated comes down to one thing – money. Anyone injured in an accident should be able to focus on their physical health and wellbeing, but instead, you end up trying to keep your financial stability in place. Things like lost wages due to missing work, property damage repair costs, and medical bills all add up to create a huge financial burden that can add stress to your life and make it harder

Compensation For Your Injuries

In a perfect world, overcoming that financial burden would be straightforward – the insurance companies representing those involved would pay off what is needed to cover the high costs, the injured parties can focus on their physical recovery, and all is well. But it isn’t always that simple. Instead, insurance companies try to avoid paying out a dime more than they have to. They’ll often push around those who are hurt, refuse to pay them anything, or offer them settlements that are so low they barely cover the medical costs – let alone the other expenses of an accident.

But under Florida law, you do have the right to compensation. If you can show that your injuries were caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against them or their insurance company to get the financial restitution you deserve. If you’re being offered a settlement offer that is lower than you should be receiving, or if you’re being refused any kind of payment at all, contacting an attorney to prove your case is something you will need to do as soon as possible.

Proving Your Case And Getting You Paid

Your personal injury lawyer will be instrumental in getting you the compensation that you deserve. The average person has little understanding of the complexities of the legal system, and even less time to focus on arguing with an insurance company or their lawyers. Instead, you need a pro on your side.

A good personal injury lawyer will prove that you are owed compensation by showing that your accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of someone else. They’ll use a variety of tools to do so, as well. Some of the things they may apply to your case to show that you’re owed compensation include:

• Security camera footage
• Witness statements
• Accident reports
• Information from medical records
• Mobile phone records
• Driver histories
• Property histories
• And more

It’s important to bear in mind that your lawyer may need time to get you what you are owed – but if you deserve compensation, they will work hard to make sure that you get the restitution that is right for you. They’ll be your greatest ally during your recovery and will be absolutely vital when it comes to fighting for your rights and making sure that you are able to get back on your feet.

Don’t feel pushed around by insurance companies, and don’t’ feel like you have no rights. You have more than you might realize, and financial recovery may be closer than you realize.


Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

A Basic Overview Of Your Rights After An Accident

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