How Does an Attorney Help After a Car Accident?
What to expect from the insurance company after an accident
Many people assume they can handle an insurance claim on their own after a car accident in Longwood or Orlando, FL. Even if they are injured or sustained serious property damage, they think the case is straightforward because the other driver clearly caused the crash, or perhaps an insurance company made a financial offer to settle the case as quickly as possible.
In many cases, however, victims who try to seek justice on their own quickly get in over their heads. Often, the drivers that cause car accidents change their stories and deny any wrongdoing. And if the offer from an insurance company seems too good to be true, it probably is. Insurance companies often don't offer enough to cover the true cost of an accident. A fast-talking claims adjuster may try to convince you that your case is worth little more than the offer on the table. You may be left with the feeling that no one is going to take your accident seriously.
We understand what you're going through. Whether your case is big or small, Attorney Scott M. Miller will take the matter seriously. Call the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC today for a free consultation. There's no obligation. There's no pressure. We'll simply listen to you, answer your questions and discuss your rights. If you decide to hire us, we will work tirelessly for you to get you the money you need and deserve.
How can the Law Offices of Scott M. Miller, PLLC help me after my accident?
- Tips to Strengthen Your Claim After the Car Accident
- Hiring Experts to Support Your Claim
- Pursuing Maximum Compensation for Your Losses
We don't take a one-size-fits-all approach to building strong legal cases. If we represent you, we will take the time to learn all about your case. That way, we can work with you to design a strategy that suits your unique legal needs.
Tips to Strengthen Your Claim After the Car Accident
Worried about whether you have a strong legal case involving your auto accident? Evidence builds strong cases. That's why it's critical that you have as much information as possible to support your claim. Here are some suggestions that may help you on your path toward justice:
- Photographs of accident - When auto accidents become a case of "he said, she said," photos of damage to the vehicles, injuries and the scene of the accident, including skid marks, road signs, weather conditions and debris on the road, can clear up any confusion.
- Statements from witnesses - Witness statements are among the strongest pieces of evidence in car accident cases. If you talk to witnesses, make sure you get their full names, addresses and phone numbers to contact them later.
- Police accident report - Verify that information is correct in your Florida Traffic Crash Report. Learn more about these important documents on our page entitled, "How to Interpret a Florida Car Accident Report."
- Copies of medical records - If you or anyone else was injured in your accident, make sure you or your lawyer obtains copies of the medical records for such treatment. Documentation of medical treatment can be critical when pursuing compensation for your accident claim.
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Hiring Experts to Support Your Claim
Statements from experts in their field can make a dramatic difference in the outcome of your case. When a respected professional analyzes the evidence and provides expert testimony, juries and judges take their opinions very seriously. So do insurance companies. That's why they often hire them to support their interpretation of the facts.
In the case of a car accident, expert analysis often includes examining the skid marks created by the vehicles involved in the crash. The exact location of the skid marks and their size tells a lot about an accident. Experts know how to analyze such evidence.
When needed, we will consult with accident reconstructionists, engineers and other knowledgeable professionals who can help provide a full picture of what happened. We also typically work with medical experts who can evaluate the client's injuries and help determine costs of future medical treatment or rehabilitation. Depending on the circumstances, we may reach out to other experts who can help support a compelling case. After we conduct hear about your case, we can then determine which experts may be needed.
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Pursuing Maximum Compensation for Your Losses
"Damages" refers to losses in an accident. Many accident victims only focus on compensation for bills and expenses immediately after an accident. While it is important to be fairly compensated for such items, it's also important to remember that the financial impact of an accident can last years or even a lifetime.
The following are some of the typical expenses that accident victims need to be compensated for after an accident:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Future medical care
- Physical therapy
- Lost future income
- Pain and suffering
In cases of wrongful death, surviving family members may be entitled to recover compensation for medical and funeral expenses, loss of the deceased's expected earnings, loss of benefits as well as non-monetary losses such as damages for survivors' mental anguish, loss of companionship from the deceased.
In some cases, we pursue punitive damages, which are awarded as a way of punishing the individual or company that engaged in bad conduct and caused the accident. Punitive damages also send a message to the community that the negligent behavior which caused the accident will not be tolerated.