Do I Need a Lawyer to File an Accident Claim?
On of the most common questions people ask themselves following a crash is, “Do I need a lawyer to file an accident claim?” Anything from a minor fender-bender to an auto accident involving moderate injuries does not typically require legal assistance, since Florida no-fault auto insurance laws require you to file a claim against your own policy. However, serious motor vehicle accidents or injuries sustained on unsafe premises, medical malpractice or any number of situations involving the negligence of other parties often require support from an experienced law firm. The lawyers at Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera in St. Petersburg FL provide an honest assessment of your legal needs during your free initial consultation, so it makes sense to seek our advice before taking any action on your claim.
Even no-fault auto insurance claims can require help from law firms
As long as your no-fault insurance policy limits cover the full expenses associated with your injuries and other damages from a car accident, you have a good chance of recovering your losses through a simple insurance claim. However, insurance companies can be more interested in their own bottom lines than in the compensation their policyholders fairly deserve. Some challenges you could face include:
- Full denial for a valid claim
- Repeated requests for information you already supplied
- A lack of a timely response when you follow up on your claim
At the first sign that your insurance company is not treating your claim fairly and efficiently, the experienced attorneys at Salter Healy in St. Petersburg FL can intercede on your behalf to help get your claim back on track.
Support from experienced law firms is generally required for other injury claims
With 195,104 motor vehicle accident injuries and an additional 2,444 fatalities reported for 2010 by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, motor vehicle accidents account for majority of personal injury claims within the state. However, anyone can sustain injuries caused by negligence in countless other situations, such as the following:
- Property owners whose careless maintenance of their premises causes visitors to slip and fall or otherwise sustain a personal injury
- Health care providers — including doctors and surgeons, dentists, hospitals and pharmacies — whose negligence causes injuries to patients
- Boaters whose reckless behavior on the water and disregard for posted warnings can severely injury passengers in their own boats or in collisions with other boats
Each type of accident claim requires extensive knowledge of a differing set of laws specific to the type of incident. With nearly three decades of combined experience and an impressive track record of verdicts and settlements earned for our clients, the personal injury attorneys at Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera can make a significant difference to your case.
Call us for a free assessment to learn how we can help with your personal injury claim
Every accident claim is unique, so the best way to learn if you need legal assistance is to talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the St. Petersburg law firm of Salter, Healy, Bassett & Rivera, our attorneys are dedicated to providing an honest assessment of every case. For complex accidental injury cases, we provide full legal support. Even when we advise you that you can handle your own claim, we will remain available to assist you with insurance challenges. Call our office or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We will come to you if you cannot make it to our offices.