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Are you wondering what to do after a car accident to ensure your rights are protected? The time immediately following an auto accident is stressful, and emotions can run high for all involved. However, it is important to follow a certain protocol to protect yourself financially and legally. The lawyers at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner have created a list of helpful tips for you to follow. Trust in our 60 years of combined legal experience and follow this guidance if you are ever in a car accident.
Here are some tips you should be sure to follow in the aftermath of an accident:
Remember — always be cooperative with the police and polite with the other driver, but do not say anything that could be interpreted as an admission of fault. Even a simple, “I’m sorry” can damage your case.
Naturally, when the negligence of another party causes injury to you or a loved one in a car accident, you have the right to expect compensation for the medical treatment you receive after the incident. In many cases, you can turn to your own no-fault insurance policy for reimbursement at no additional legal cost. However, serious injuries can cause you to incur numerous other expenses related to your injuries, such as the following:
At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, we work with medical professionals to determine the long-term expenses you can expect and develop a detailed plan that helps identify the full costs of your injuries. If there is evidence of intentional misconduct or gross negligence, we can pursue punitive damages in accordance with Florida negligence law.
Bringing a personal injury claim to Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner carries no up-front costs. Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner operates on a contingency fee basis; we do not charge for our services unless we win a settlement or award for your case. At that time, we deduct for the costs of litigation and take a fee based on a percentage of the damages.
One of the first questions we’re asked about a lawsuit is invariably “How long will it take?” We understand that your accident has probably caused some economic hardship, and we want to settle your case as quickly as possible, providing we can settle it fairly. When liability and damages are clear, cases can move quickly. However, serious injury cases tend to take longer, because insurance companies are loathe to settle for large amounts. Often insurers drag out the process to wear down the plaintiff. Fortunately, we are an established firm with the resources to maintain a suit all the way through trial to a verdict. When we recommend a settlement, it’s because we believe it’s in your best interests. Otherwise, we’re prepared to go to court and fight.
At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, we are dedicated to ensuring our clients involved in accidents understand the full range of available legal options and what to expect during the legal process. Call our office or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our St. Petersburg, FL car accident lawyers. We will come to you if you cannot make it to our offices.