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Do Not Overlook These Things After An Accident

Being involved in an accident can instantly throw your life into pure chaos. Not only can an auto accident bring serious injuries, but it can also cause you to struggle to find healthy financial footing. Most people assume that when an accident happens, insurance companies quickly pay out what is owed so the inured person can go on with their lives. But the truth is that in most cases, it’s a struggle to get what you’re owed.

Often, insurance companies do what they can to avoid paying you anything. As such, it’s in your best interests to get an auto accident lawyer to help argue for your rights and make sure that you get the compensation you’re really owed. While your lawyer will be your greatest ally during this time, the reality is that you can also keep a few things in mind following your accident. These things could have a huge impact on your ability to get the compensation you are really owed and to help your attorney help you. Some things are easy to overlook, but can have a huge impact on your accident lawsuit and your case. Here are the things you need to remember.

• Seek Medical Help No Matter How You Feel – Those who are seriously injured will obviously seek out medical attention after an accident. But even if you don’t feel like you’re hurt, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident. Under Florida PIP laws, you only have a short time to get medical attention and be covered. And, the sooner you seek help, the more likely it is that your attorney can prove your case. The longer you wait to go to a doctor, the harder it is to link injuries to the accident.

• Take Photos – It’s easy to forget this in the minutes after an accident, but if you have the ability to do so and aren’t seriously injured, it’s a good idea to take photos of your accident. These accidents can help show just what happened and ensure that you’re able to prove your case if it goes to court.

• Keep Records – It’s vital that you keep records of everything. You’ll need to keep medical receipts, bills from repair companies, and even keep track of every hour you miss away from work. All of these things can be used to build your settlement case and prove what you are actually owed.

• Avoid Social Media – Or, at the very least, use social media wisely. A single post can make it harder to get what you’re owed – a photo of you from years ago could be said to be recent, for example. And above everything, don’t make any posts concerning your injuries when using social media. Simply put, use social media intelligently after your accident.

• Don’t Talk To Anyone – You need to avoid talking to the other side at all. Don’t speak to insurance companies or lawyers about your case. If they reach out to you, always direct them to your attorney. Even an offhanded comment could negatively impact your case.

Keep these five points in mind in the days and weeks following an accident. They’ll help make it easier for you to get the compensation that you are owed so you can get back on your feet and move on.


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.

Do Not Overlook These Things After An Accident

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