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Florida Car Accident: Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

Getting injured due to a Florida car accident can lead to huge expenses for medical treatments and vehicle damage. Along with the pain you are experiencing, you have to worry about the bills you incur.

As a no-fault state, Florida requires all drivers to have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. That means that no matter who is at fault in the accident, your insurance provider will be paying for related expenses depending on your coverage limits.

To ensure that you get proper compensation, there are certain mistakes you need to avoid. Here are some of the most common:

Not Getting Medical Treatment

It is a must to seek medical treatment immediately after getting injured in an accident. Not only will it be critical for your health, but the records and diagnosis will serve as proof when you file a claim with your insurance carrier. If you get severe injuries, you can use these as supporting documents in case you decide to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

Not getting proper treatment and not attending your appointments with your doctor will make it harder for you to get approval for your claim. In the case of a lawsuit, the other party may use this information against you.

Lying in Your Claim Application

When filing an insurance claim, you have to ensure that all details are true. Do not provide false information as it can lead you to a disadvantageous situation. Your claim payment may be reduced, or you may even not get anything.

If you decide to pursue a case, the defendant’s side may use the fact that you have provided misleading statements or false information about the accident. This simple mistake is something that some people do not take seriously but should.

Waiting Too Long to File a Case

Some victims find themselves needing to file a case to get proper compensation for the injuries they incurred due to the negligence of the person at fault of the accident. If you are planning on doing the same thing, make sure you file within four years after the accident. That is because the state has a statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits. Work with an experienced auto accident lawyer to help you navigate through the legal process.

Not Thinking About Possible Surveillance

Whether you are only filing a claim or are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you have to watch out for possible surveillance. The insurance provider or defendant’s party may look for ways to downplay the damages you are claiming to have experienced. To do this, there is a possibility of them hiring an investigator to take photos of you and conduct surveillance. They will likely look for proof that you are capable of performing physical activities that dispute the severity of the reported injuries.

Signing Away Your Rights

Before signing anything, it is best to consult a car accident attorney first. Ask them to review the document and discuss what you should do next. This way, you will not end up signing your rights away.

How Justice Pays Can Help

If you get involved in a car accident, you will have to take certain steps to get compensation or successfully file a claim. At the same time, you may need to focus on your recovery from the injuries you have incurred. The best way to face this situation is to have someone who knows what to do, and that is a car accident lawyer. If you need help after an auto accident in Florida, contact Justice Pays.

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.

Florida Car Accident: Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

Goldman Babboni Fernandez
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