Step-by-Step Guide To Filing A Personal Injury Claim After A Sarasota Car Accident

Demanding compensation after being harmed in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence is not only reasonable but also your right. However, the process could be tedious and confusing if you do not know where to start and what to do next. Even with evidence, the case would unfortunately not unfold by itself. To file a personal injury claim, here are the steps you could follow to keep you on track and your priorities set.

Step 1: Call A Personal Injury Attorney - Getting in contact with a trusted personal injury attorney is the first and one of the most important things to do before you could proceed with anything. Having a professional who is knowledgeable about car accidents and personal injury cases will be very helpful not only in winning your case and making sure that you get the compensation you are due, but it would also ensure that you are not taken advantage of by anyone.

Step 2: Let Your Insurance Company Know - As a no-fault state, Florida’s laws require all car owners to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. The PIP automatically covers a person’s medical treatment following a car accident regardless of who is found at fault. This ensures that the people involved will get medical treatment without any delays.

However, the PIP has its limits and does not go beyond medical attention. It does not cover property damages, vehicle repairs, and even other extra treatment that may already be too expensive and exceeds the initial coverage limit. In these cases, it is your car insurance or health insurance provider’s turn to cover for you. Let them know of the accident as soon as you can to get at least all the insurance benefits that they offer. Delaying or prolonging this step could lower the value of your coverage.

Step 3: Prepare All Important Files And Documents - From hospital receipts to police records, it is critical for you to gather these kinds of important files to build your case. These will solidify your claim and prove that the injuries and other damages you suffered rightfully deserve to be compensated. In addition, the files will help the court gauge the right amount that you are due, avoiding being lowballed by settlements and negotiations with the other party or insurance providers.

Step 4: Finish Your Treatment - If you suffered from injuries that are quick to heal, it is best to finish your treatment first so that your entire record and dues can be included in your documentation. The total amount of your medical bills plus the overall health evaluation during your treatment affects your personal injury claim. Finishing your treatment also makes the process faster.

However, if the victim unfortunately suffered from more serious injuries and trauma that require long-term treatment, the case could be an ongoing trial. Nevertheless, present everything that you have on file and with the help of your lawyer, go through with the proceedings.

Step 5.  File Your Claim - After everything is done, the only thing left is to file your claim and let everything fall into place. While you are recovering from the accident, your legal counsel will take charge of the rest. When filing a lawsuit, take note of the deadline. It is always advisable to file as soon as possible when you are already feeling better to ensure that your claim is strong and indisputable.

Throughout all these processes, your local personal injury lawyer will guide you on what to do for every step. This is why it is the very first thing you must do after an accident.

Video FAQ:

Can Hiring A Lawyer Affect Your Insurance


Client Testimonials

Attorney David Goldman has been exceptional in the process of helping me through the case. He has always been easy to reach, whether by phone or email, and has thorough knowledge and explains clearly in depth so you feel safe and confident in your lawyer

I used Michael Babboni and his paralegal, Nicole Moore for a legal matter. They went above and beyond my expectations. During the entire process there was constant communication with both Michael and Nicole. They were extremely organized and on top of my case, which I am very grateful for. Michael truly had my best interests at heart and he was very genuine. I plan on referring Michael to all family and friends and will continue to use him in the future.

I dealt most with Mr. Fernandez. I didn’t know a lot about this process. He took the time to speak with me individually, in person, to explain everything. It was very helpful to actually know and understand the process and what to expect. He closed my case quickly, which was nice that it was not prolonged! I appreciated his hard work and getting me what I felt I deserved after my car accident. I highly recommend him to anyone who needs an honest and reliable lawyer to assist you with your case!

I hired Mr. Walsh after an automobile accident this past March. He and his entire staff were extremely professional. They kept me informed every step of the way and settled my case in a timely manner. Thank you so much for your help.


Law Offices Near You

Sarasota Office



2822 University Parkway Sarasota Florida 34243

Bradenton Office



1215 Manatee Ave West Bradenton Florida 34205

St. Petersburg Office

St. Petersburg


6446 Central Avenue St. Petersburg Florida 33707

Lakewood Ranch Office



9040 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch Florida 34202

Venice Office



3986 S. Tamiami Trail Venice Florida 34293

Englewood Office



2960 S. McCall Rd Englewood Florida 34224

Punta Gorda Office

Punta Gorda


122 Nesbit St, Suite 113, Punta Gorda Florida 33950

Port Charlotte Office

Port Charlotte


3986 Tamiami Trail Port Charlotte Florida 33952

Arcadia Office



10 South DeSoto Avenue Arcadia Florida 34266

Fort Myers Office

Fort Myers


8359 Beacon Blvd Fort Myers Florida 33907

Lakeland Office



5137 S. Lakeland Dr. Lakeland Florida 33813

Get personal attention from a lawyer with decades of experience.