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Car accidents happen when you least expect it and may result in anything from minor damage to serious injury. If you were injured in an accident, you may be left wondering what to do during this stressful time. You need a qualified St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer who will fight the insurance company to get the compensation you are owed after a car accident. At McNulty Parker Law, PLLC, Anita fights vigorously to get clients the compensation they deserve.
Florida’s 14 Day "PIP" Rule
Since Florida is a no-fault state, your insurance company is required to cover your medical injuries and expenses, regardless of who was at fault in your car accident. Florida law requires a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage for all car insurance policies. Many people opt for additional coverage, so the amount of protection can vary depending on your policy.
This coverage becomes extremely important after a car accident for covering the cost of medical expenses. It is important to understand that you must receive medical treatment for your injury within 14 days of your accident to receive PIP compensation from your insurance company. If you do not seek treatment within 14 days, your insurance company may deny your claim.
What to Do After a Car Accident
A car accident is a stressful time, but what you do immediately after an accident can have an impact on your personal injury case. Of course, your main concern should be getting treatment for your injuries. If possible, gathering some information can be extremely helpful in pursuing compensation for the damages associated with your injury.
Steps to take after a car accident include:
When you meet with a personal injury attorney, it is helpful to bring information and documentation related to your accident and injuries. This may include a copy of the police report, witness information, pictures and video, expenses related to the accident, insurance information, and any other documents that you may have received from the other party and the insurance company.
Contingency Fee Agreements
A contingency fee agreement in personal injury cases means that you are not required to pay any fees unless you receive a settlement or a jury verdict in your personal injury case.
It is important to understand the difference between fees and costs when speaking with an attorney. Costs associated with your case may include filing fees, expert witness fees, and deposition fees. In some cases, a personal injury attorney may cover all of the costs and deduct them from your settlement when they deduct their fees.
At McNulty Parker Law, PLLC, Anita offers a free consultation to enable you to have your case evaluated by an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer, ask questions, and receive advice regarding your specific situation. She will explain the legal process and contingency fee arrangement, so you know what to expect. Anita always takes the time to thoroughly discuss the facts of each case with her clients, giving both you and your case the time and attention it deserves.