Were you or a loved one seriously injured in St. Petersburg and have questions about what mistakes to avoid after a boat accident? The experienced lawyers at Salter, Healy, Rivera can help you recover maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact our office today to arrange a free consultation and case review.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Boat Accident | Not Seeking Medical Attention
One common mistake that people make is they don’t document what happened. It’s important in a boating accident, like any other accident, to get law enforcement involved and have them take a report and document what happened on the water. The next thing that people do is, frequently, they try to avoid going to the doctor, hoping that things are going to get better in a period of days or weeks. The problem with that thinking is that the insurance company is going to use that against you to try to argue that you weren’t seriously injured. It’s very important that you immediately seek medical care, once you’ve dealt with law enforcement and made sure everybody’s safe, and go to an emergency room, a walk-in clinic, or other appropriate medical professional, to treat and document the injuries that you sustained in your boating accident.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Boat Accident | Speaking to the Insurance Company
The next mistake that people commonly make is, once they’ve gotten that medical care, they call the insurance companies and give a recorded statement. It’s a huge mistake to call an insurance company before you hire an attorney because insurance professionals are highly trained to get information from you that will help minimize your claim, so that they pay less than what’s fair for the injuries that you sustained. It’s very important that you call an attorney first and let the attorney deal with those insurance professionals. Attorneys that handle personal injury cases in their practice know how to deal with these insurance professionals.
Mistakes to Avoid After a Boat Accident | Hiring the Wrong Attorney
Don’t hire the wrong attorney. That’s a huge mistake. Make sure that the attorney you hire exclusively handles personal injury cases, has experience with boating accident cases, and is a board-certified civil trial lawyer, according to the Florida Bar. If you find a board-certified civil trial lawyer who handles personal injury cases, that person is among 1% of the attorneys in the state and is a specialist in civil trial law.
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If you have been seriously injured in a boating accident by the negligence of another, you deserve compensation in its fullest. Our St. Petersburg boat accident lawyers are here to protect your rights and defend your case. Call our office today to get a free consultation and find out how we can help you.