Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
If you were involved in a minor, low speed, collision that only resulted in a few hundred dollars in property damage, you generally will not need a car accident attorney. However, if your accident involved injuries to any person, disputed fault or major property damage, you should hire an attorney as soon possible. It is always important to act quickly after a car accident. If you are not sure whether or not a Tampa car attorney is appropriate for your case, call us for a free, no obligation, case review.
Three Situations When You Should Hire an Attorney
- Fault is disputed: In some car accident cases there are good faith disputes over fault; in other cases, an at-fault driver may be dishonest in an attempt to shirk liability. Regardless, you need an attorney whenever fault is disputed. In Florida, the pure comparative fault system is used for apportioning car accident liability. Essentially, the liability for each party is determined by the percentage of the accident that was their fault. This means that if you get unfairly blamed for even a small percentage of the accident, it can take money directly out of your pocket.
- Medical attention was required: All Floridians know that medical expenses can add up quickly. If anyone sustained an injury in your car accident, you need an attorney immediately. First, if another person was injured, you need to make sure that you protect yourself from receiving a disproportionate share of the liability. Even more important, if you or a loved one was injured, you deserve full and fair compensation for your damages. If you do not act quickly, you can put your legal right to compensation at risk. An experienced attorney will keep the insurance companies honest and help you get what you truly deserve.
- The insurance company is not treating you fairly: It is an unfortunate fact, but, insurance companies will often try to lowball car accident victims. Fundamentally, the company will make more money if they pay you a smaller settlement offer. You should always be skeptical when speaking to insurance adjusters, as they may not have your best interests at heart. They are experienced professionals, hired by the insurance company to try to coax information out of you. They are looking for information that they can use against you in order to limit your accident recovery. You should say as little as possible to insurance adjusters. It is best to let an attorney deal with them. Further, if you have even the slightest feeling that you are being treated unfairly by the insurance company, get a car accident attorney on the phone immediately. The moment you hire an attorney, you can be sure that the insurance company is going to take your case more seriously.
Contact an Experienced Tampa Car Accident Attorney
The experienced car accident attorneys at Pawlowski//Mastrilli Law Group will work aggressively to make sure that you recover the fair accident compensation you deserve. We will not let you be held responsible for the negligence of another driver. If you have suffered an injury in a Florida car accident, or have any general questions, please call our office today at (813) 803-6518 for more information.