Jacksonville Car Accident Lawyer
When you get behind the wheel of your vehicle, or into the passenger seat of someone else’s vehicle, you have every right to expect that the drivers that you are sharing the road with will take as much care to drive safely as you do. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and you may find yourself in a car accident with someone who was driving negligently or recklessly or is otherwise at fault for the crash. When you are injured in an accident that someone else caused, you have rights and deserve compensation above and beyond what the insurance company will offer you. Fasig | Brooks is here to make sure you get what you deserve.
Every day, thousands of cars travel in and around Jacksonville without incident, but for every driver who is responsible and safe, there is another driver who may be engaging in dangerous behavior such as texting while driving, driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and more. Safe drivers do not deserve to be burdened with the financial impacts of an accident that someone else caused. This is common knowledge, which is why most people are aware of the fact that they can file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company, but few people realize how aggressively an insurance adjuster works to limit your settlement amount.
For a free case evaluation after a car accident in the Jacksonville area, call (850) 222-3232.
Hire a Jacksonville Law Firm to Get the Money You Deserve
The award-winning team at Fasig | Brooks is here to help victims of all types of personal injuries get the money that they truly deserve, and not just the money that the insurance company or defendant would like to pay. Your injuries are serious, and the economic impacts of this accident deserve to be acknowledged and fairly compensated. We are here to help.
Read more below to learn about some general information relating to Jacksonville car accident injuries, claims, and settlements, but contact us as soon as possible for a free initial consultation about your specific case. The following information is intended to give you an idea of what you can expect moving forward, but once you are working with our team we will be able to go deep into the specifics and build a custom case for you.
Why Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?
The reality of an insurance claim is that you do not need an attorney to carry out the process. Simply contact the insurance company, submit a claim, work with the insurance adjuster, and wait for a check. Easy, right? This is exactly what an insurance company wants you to believe. The easier the process is, the less likely it is that a victim will hire an attorney who can truly fight back.
Professional Claims Advice
From the moment you file a claim with an insurance company, a team of people spring into action and begin to analyze every detail of your case. This investigation will involve submitting a range of documents, likely undergoing an independent medical examination, making statements to the insurance company, and more.
Every communication that you have with the claims adjuster will be examined for ways to leverage against you, even seemingly innocent or innocuous statements being used as “proof” that you do not deserve a full settlement. The stress of considering each statement and worrying that you may impede your own claim can have a significant impact on the time that you should be spending focusing on recovery.
Each step of the way, your attorney from Fasig | Brooks will either handle the communications for you or provide you with advice on how to handle yourself. This will be especially helpful during your independent medical exam when a doctor contracted by the insurance company will examine your injuries in an attempt to diminish their impact, and therefore save money for the insurance company.
Once the investigation of your claim is concluded, the adjuster will return to you with an offer for a one-time settlement. Insurance companies rely on a victim’s stress about their short-term financial situation to accept this amount, in exchange for signing a waiver that blocks the victim from seeking any additional compensation or taking any additional legal action against the insurance company or their client for this accident, regardless of whether or not there is a significant change. In most cases, the insurance company will attempt to position this offer as the best you can do, but this is rarely, if ever, the case.
When you have an attorney who is handling your case, the entire time that the insurance company was investigating your claim, your attorney was performing their own investigation and calculations. You will be shocked to see the discrepancy between the initial offer and the amount that your Jacksonville car accident lawyer has calculated.
Once this offer is submitted, your lawyer will be able to take the offensive and begin a series of aggressive negotiations, the goal being to reach a settlement agreement while avoiding a time-consuming and costly court case. This is one reason why it is acceptable to take a lower settlement amount than what you may be entitled to at the outcome of a trial. If your attorney is able to successfully negotiate an agreement, then you will be able to accept the settlement and move on with your life, financially supported.
Emotional stress has been proven to have a significant negative impact on recovery from physical injuries, and you can be certain that your claims process will be nothing if not stressful. When you have a trustworthy, proven attorney who is fighting for your rights, though, you can focus on the important things like your health, family, and recovery with confidence. Any sort of insurance claim can be tedious, especially when your financial security is on the line.
In order to get a better understanding of what we mean by stress relief, contact our Jacksonville law firm today to speak with a car accident lawyer during a free initial consultation. During the consultation, you will be able to see what we mean when we say that we focus on customer service because your comfort and confidence is the absolute most important factor in our work together.
Common Car Accident Injuries
We understand that no two accidents are alike, and no two injuries are alike for the victim. However, there are some common types of injuries following car accidents, and we have a team of highly-experienced medical experts who we work with in order to quantify the financial impacts of these injuries, along with others.
Some of the most common injuries from car accidents include (but are not limited to):
- Spinal injuries
- Fractured and broken bones
- Bruises and hematomas
- Internal bleeding
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Sprains and tears
- Sensory loss or damage
Whether or not you see injuries that resemble your own listed able, contact us as soon as possible to learn about how we can help you. Regardless of the nature of your injuries, the most important thing is to understand and prove the impacts that these injuries have had on your life, and quantify those impacts in terms of a cash award.
What to Do After a Car Accident
The most important thing that anyone can do after a car accident is to remain calm and assess the situation. This is easier said than done since adrenaline makes it difficult to slow down when you may need it most. While it may seem that there are a lot of different things that you need to do immediately following the crash, your main priority should be your own safety and health, and the safety of your passengers. Take a look at these steps for what to do in the moments and days following a car accident.
Whether you or someone else calls 911, this is an essential first step to make sure that you and the rest of those involved in the accident get what they need. Once 911 has been notified, they will be able to dispatch Jacksonville firefighters, police officers, and EMTs who will be able to secure the area, address injuries, mitigate additional hazards, and begin to write a report.
If you are able to, and you witnessed the other driver engaging in unsafe behavior leading to the crash, inform the police as soon as possible. They will interview everyone involved, as well as any eyewitnesses who have stayed to provide a report, and your observations will play an important role. The sooner you are able to give your account, the more accurate it is likely to be since memories fade quickly.
Get Medical Help
Whether or not you need to take an ambulance to the emergency room, you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. Your injuries will play a central role in determining the amount of money that you deserve for a settlement, and the more official documentation you have that proves your injuries, the stronger your case will be.
More importantly, you will get the care that you need in order to make a recovery. As the victim in this situation, we will be pursuing compensation for your medical bills; therefore, it is important that you keep your stress down about your medical bills and simply focus on making a full recovery as soon as possible. We will worry about the financial impacts.
Hire a Lawyer
Many people think that they should wait until after they have filed their insurance claim before thinking about hiring an attorney, but the sooner you hire legal counsel the better support and the better your chances of a fair settlement will be. From the moment you first make contact with the other driver’s insurance company, agents will take action to start reducing the settlement that they will offer you, and every statement and document that you submit will be explored and examined as they attempt to save themselves as much money as possible.
From the moment you hire the Fasig | Brooks team, we will handle every communication possible, and advise you on how to proceed with any processes you must do on your own (such as your independent medical exam).
Frequently Asked Questions About Jacksonville Car Accidents
How Much is My Settlement Worth?
In order to calculate the true cost of the damages you have suffered, we will need to go through a range of details and facts, starting with the most obvious measurable impacts such as your medical bills and your lost wages. In addition to these basic economic impacts, we will also work to identify all other measurable financial impacts that you have endured, including things like services that you have hired that you would have otherwise been able to perform on your own, and any short- or long-term disability payments that you may require.
In addition to economic damages, a personal injury case also accounts for non-economic damages, which are impacts that do not have price tags attached to them. This includes things like the actual pain and suffering of an injury, as well as any emotional turmoil that you have endured. Since these damages are more abstract, it is important that we are able to build a strong argument for the amounts that we are seeking.
Should I Accept a Settlement Offer From the Insurance Company?
While many car accident cases are settled without needing to file a claim with the Florida courts, it is extremely important that you do not accept any offer without first consulting with an experienced attorney. As we have mentioned a few times already, an insurance company prioritizes their own financial interests over the needs of victims, meaning that they will attempt to settle your case as quickly as possible, for as little money as possible.
Instead of accepting the first offer and suffering the rest of the impacts on your own, we will be able to fight for your rights and negotiate a settlement amount that you truly deserve. In most cases, settling a case is the goal; however, we will not settle until you get what you are entitled to.
Will I Need to Go to Court for My Car Accident?
In some estimates, roughly 5% of personal injury claims actually make it to trial. Before we even file a lawsuit, we will first attempt to negotiate directly with the insurance company or the defendant in order to reach an agreement without relying on a judge or jury to make a decision. Trials are expensive and time-consuming for everyone involved, so unless your accident has very special circumstances, a settlement will be the priority.
Contact a Jacksonville car accident lawyer at (850) 222-3232 and get the skilled help you need.