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Bradenton Has More Than It’s Share Of Hit And Run Accidents Pitting The Injured Against Their Own Insurance Companies


Manatee County and especially Bradenton seems to suffer from a disproportional amount of hit and run accidents or accidents where the at-fault driver is uninsured.

While this is of no fault of the driver injured in such crashes, the injured party who does have insurance is often forced into a legal battle with their own insurance company, having to fight for adequate coverage.

In cases where an innocent driver is severely injured, that person’s insurance company will often attempt to avoid paying enough financial compensation to cover medical expenses, any needed on-going physical therapy and certainly not compensate their policy-holder for loss of quality of life, reduce future income and a host of other issues resulting from a crash that will negatively impact life.

Often when someone was injured in a hit and run crash, after the at-fault party has fled the scene the injured person is forced to retain a lawyer to pursue fair compensation from their own insurance.

The Value Of An Attorney In Hit And Run Crashes

For a personal injury attorney, lawsuits filed in hit and run cases against the policy-holder’s own insurance company come with unique challenges. Often the injured party’s insurance company will attempt to not pay the maximum uninsured drivers coverage, particularly if the injuries are less than catastrophic (such as a loss of a limb).

In many cases PIP coverage and uninsured coverage amounts will not be sufficient to compensate the injured party’s medical needs and they must also make a health insurance claim. Again the insured may encounter a reluctance to cover the amounts needed for large medical bills.

Additionally, a personal injury attorney can negotiate with providers to reduce the amount of the medical bills in such situations to market norms and prevent any ‘price gouging’ at the injured party’s expense.

A personal injury attorney will also be needed in such cases to make sure the injured will receive the maximum coverages from health insurance is available,  however after a settlement has been reached with the auto insurance company, the health insurance company will attempt to get pay-back for the amounts payed from the auto insurance settlement further complicating the issue.

Once again it will be up to a personal injury attorney to negotiate the amount of pay-back down, what makes this practice extremely distasteful is the knowledge that most people will go many years without ever needing to make a health insurance claim, paying many thousands of dollars into the system that has boasted record profits on wallstreet, yet they will be unwilling to simply provide the coverage with no strings attached.

While it’s not clear why there have been so many hit and run crashes in Bradenton, as you can see, having an attorney to help negotiate for a fair deal after a hit and run or uninsured motorist accident is essential.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Bradenton Has More Than It’s Share Of Hit And Run Accidents Pitting The Injured Against Their Own Insurance Companies

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
Murphy & Walsh




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