Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a commercial vehicle wreck? The experienced St. Petersburg personal injury trial attorneys at Salter, Healy & Rivera & Heptner are here to help. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation. In the meantime, here are three questions about truck accident claims in Florida that will give you a better understanding of how these cases typically work.
How Much Is My Florida Truck Accident Claim Worth?
When it comes to determining the value of your truck accident case, there are a few different factors that must be looked at. The first is how serious the injury was, and how much the medical costs will be. This doesn’t only include the medical costs in the immediate aftermath of the injury, but also all future treatment and physical therapy related to the injury.
If the truck accident causes you to miss time from work, all your lost wages will be factored into the case value. Finally, you will also be reimbursed for emotional damages, which is difficult to put an exact monetary value on. That is where our lawyers will use their skills as trial attorneys to successfully negotiate a favorable settlement and obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
How Long Will My Florida Truck Accident Case Take?
We start out with pre-suit, that’s prior to filing a lawsuit. During that time period, she would be getting treatment for her injuries that she sustained as a result of that truck crash. At the end of it, we would submit a demand to any insurance carrier that’s responsible for her injuries. If they don’t do the right thing – and they typically don’t – then we would file suit. The litigation process can be lengthy.
Should I Accept the First Settlement Offer?
We typically recommend that you do not take the first settlement offer that the insurance company gives you because it is typically below what your case is worth. Usually, we need to push that case downfield. If we have to litigate, we have to show that we’re prepared with our depositions, prepared with our discovery, and with a potential trial, if we have to do that. That way, even if we’re on the courthouse steps, the insurance company will see that they need to be reasonable and fair.
If you have any more questions about truck accident claims in Florida, please contact our office to schedule a free consultation.