If you’ve been in a car accident in Southern Florida, Florida law allows you to file a personal injury claim if your injuries and losses were caused by someone’s negligence or willful act. For example, if someone deliberately drove into your car in a road rage incident or because they were driving under the influence, you may have a claim.
Seeking a claim if you have one often makes sense, but every situation is unique. There are some circumstances where you might decide that filing a lawsuit may not be in your best interests. Some of these can include:
- Minor damages. Filing a claim takes time and money. If your losses were very minor because there was minor property damage and you did not sustain an injury, you may decide against filing a claim.
- No injuries. A common reason to file a claim is because medical bills can be substantial after a car accident. If your injuries lead you to miss time at work, a lawsuit can also help you recover lost wages. If no one was injured, however, you may decide you don’t want to file a claim.
- Your costs are covered. If insurance covers all your losses fairly, you may not need to go to courts to resolve the issue. However, you may still choose to work with a car accident attorney to negotiate with your insurer to make sure all your losses are covered.
- Fault is not an issue. If everyone involved agrees on who was at fault, you may not need to prove liability in front of a court. In these cases, a car accident attorney may negotiate with insurers, instead, to get you fair compensation.
How Can I Make the Right Decision After a Car Accident?
It’s not always easy to know whether filing a lawsuit is the right choice after a traffic crash. The first step might be to find out whether you have a claim at all. Consulting with an experienced car accident claims attorney lets you understand your options.
Even if you think you don’t want to file a lawsuit, it can make sense to consult with a lawyer. He or she can explain the likely costs of your collision and can review your options with you before you make any decision.
If you do decide a lawsuit is the right choice, an experienced attorney can handle all the details for you. Attorneys at Flaxman Law Group also work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay legal costs until and unless we recover a settlement for you. If you’re hesitating on filing a lawsuit because of the time and expense involved, contact us to find out how we can help.
Even if you decide not to file a lawsuit, an attorney can help you make an insurance claim. He or she can work to help you avoid common mistakes that can mean you get less compensation.
If you’ve been in a car crash anywhere in South Florida, phone the Flaxman Law Group at 866-352-9626 to speak with a live representative 24/7. Book a free, no-pressure consultation with an attorney in our Miami, Homestead, or Hollywood offices. With 60 years of experience and more than $100 million recovered for clients, we’re here to help those who have been injured.