Can I File a Case After a Minor Car Accident?
Were you involved in a fender bender or a minor car accident resulting in minor damage? If so, you are still entitled to bring an injury case in Florida if you are hurt and not at fault for the accident. Just because the vehicles sustained minor damage, doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve compensation.
Initial pictures do not always tell the whole story. Your vehicle can have underlying damage that can’t be seen from a simple walkaround inspection. Often a rear bumper after a rear-end accident can look completely fine but when the bumper is removed the rear absorber bar is dented and needs to be replaced. This type of investigations shows there was a significant hit. Remember, property damage is only one aspect of an injury claim. The most important aspect are your injuries and the treatment you have received.
After an accident, even a minor car accident, if you are feeling any pain or discomfort, you need to get medical treatment as soon as possible. In Florida, you have 14 days to get treatment after an accident to receive your personal injury protection benefits which pay the first $10,000 of your medical bills. However, even if you do not receive treatment in the first 14 days, you can still bring an injury claim but you just won’t be entitled to your PIP benefits.
Clients always ask, what is my case worth after a minor accident? The answer is, your case value is dependent on numerous factors, which include:
1. Medical Bills
2. Type of Medical Treatment
3. Lost wages
4. Pain and suffering
5. Your credibility; and
6. Who you hired as your personal injury attorney.
HIRING THE RIGHT FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
The insurance companies after a minor accident will always undervalue your claim. They will look at the property damage and argue that there is no way this type of accident could cause your injuries. This why it is extremely important to hire the right attorney. You may be wondering how can you determine who the right attorney is after a minor accident. These are the two important questions to ask your attorney.
1. Have you handled minor car accident cases before?
2. Do you litigate personal injury cases?
The second question is the most important because the insurance companies are going to undervalue your claim and give you low settlement offers. If you do not hire an attorney who litigates and files lawsuits, your case will settle for far less than what it would if you filed a lawsuit. The reason why your case will have more value in litigation is because the insurance company will actually have chance to meet you in a deposition. They will get the opportunity to ask you questions and evaluate your credibility. If the insurance companies like you and believe you are being honest, they will put more value on your injury claim despite of the severity of the impact. The insurance companies will also increase the value of their settlement offers in litigation because of the fear of going to trial and having a jury decide how much you should be compensated.
This is why you need hire a personal injury trial lawyer for your minor car accident. Here at Workman Injury Law, Devon Workman has litigated over 500+ cases and has won over 15 million dollars on behalf of his injured clients. Devon Workman is also considered top 40 under 40 trial lawyers in Florida.
After a minor car accident in Florida, call Devon Workman at 954-361-3997 for your free consultation and get the compensation you deserve.