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There are several important reminders about what to do or not do if you are injured in a Florida accident, be it a car or motorcycle accident, slip and fall or any other situation where you are injured, or there is a death.
The first step of course is to get immediate medical care if that is needed. If emergency or immediate care is not needed, then medical care can be discussed with your medical professional or lawyer, although it is your choice as to, where and how to obtain care. If you need to choose medical care, it may be best to use a medical provider who is familiar with your type of case.
For example if you have been injured in an auto accident in Florida, it may be beneficial to use a medical provider who has experience dealing with auto accident injuries. And there's a certain process involved in making a claim for an auto accident for example with an insurance company. So it would be helpful if the doctor is familiar with that process. But the most important the question of course in choosing a doctor is whether they have experience with your type of injury.
If emergency or urgent medical treatment isn't needed, the next most important thing is to take pictures of any accident or incident scene. It is also very very important that the names and addresses and contact information for any witnesses to the event be obtained. Similarly it is a very good idea to obtain as much insurance information as possible for all of the people and vehicles that were involved in the accident.
It is also important that you contact a Florida accident attorney as soon as possible if you are involved in an accident. Important legal rights can be preserved by an attorney who is experienced in injury matters. Sometimes time is not on your side and immediate action needs to be taken to preserve your rights. Evidence may need to be obtained, such as video of an incident and there me be limited time to get it. Or, there may be a need to get witness statements before the witnesses disappear for example. A lawyer can certainly help in this process.
There may also be deadlines under the Florida insurance laws to seek medical care, such that a claim can be made for the accident. And there are deadlines under the law for filing a case or claim. These are matters that a competent Florida accident lawyer can make sure that you are aware of. Your lawyer will be able to help determine what insurance is available to you to make a claim for. And a Florida injury lawyer can be very helpful in helping you get your car fixed , or get a replacement vehicle if it is totally destroyed. As well, the lawyer is there to help if there is opportunity to recover lost wages for you in the event that you cannot work because of your injuries.
Sometimes people feel that they are to blame at least in part for the accident and that there is no point in making a claim. That is not necessarily so. In Florida there is a concept called "comparative negligence" which means that you they still be able to collect money for an accident even if you were partially to blame. That is something that an experienced Florida accident lawyer can discuss with you.
It is important to understand that you do not get money just because you have been involved in or injured in an accident. It needs to be shown that another party was at least partially to blame. (negligent) A Florida accident lawyer can help determine whether there are any legal theories upon which you can make a claim for money damages. You may be able to make a claim for injuries, pain and suffering, or wrongful death etc. Sometimes it is not obvious that someone else will be responsible for your injuries, so it is worth talking to a lawyer in this regard.
So if you have been injured in an accident in south Florida, be it Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach or West Palm Beach, please call experienced injury attorney Arnie Gruskin at 1-800-BAD PAIN days, nights or weekends.