Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accident Lawyer

Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident in Florida, which resulted in injury, you should call a lawyer who handles car accident cases. It is a good idea to call an experienced attorney early in the process as the aftermath of a car accident is difficult to navigate without representation. Ideally, you should contact an attorney before giving the insurance company a recorded statement. Goldman Law, P.A. offers a free consultation to assess whether you have a viable car accident claim.

WHY GOLDMAN LAW?
Sarah Goldman Geise has over 10 years of experience handling personal injury matters. She has litigation experience on both sides of a personal injury case as she is a former insurance defense attorney. For years, she defended multi-billion dollar corporations and insurers against those they had injured. As a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer, she brings that knowledge and experience to the injured victims.

Sarah has recovered millions of dollars for injured victims throughout Florida. She displays the perfect balance of compassion and advocacy. She prides herself on being available to her clients and understands the struggles of being an accident victim. While she knows that in many cases, no amount of money will compensate an injured person. Sarah fights hard to make sure that her clients get just compensation.

CAR ACCIDENT FAQs

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM INVOLVED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT?

STEP 1: CALL 911
It is a good idea to report the accident immediately so a report can be generated. Tell the presenting officer how the accident happened. If there are any witnesses, get their contact information and provide it to the responding officer.
2: TAKE PHOTOS OF THE VEHICLES
Pictures will be helpful for all aspects of your claim.
STEP 3: GET NECESSARY MEDICAL ATTENTION
This is the most important aspect of a personal injury claim. Car accidents can be devastating for your body and it is important to get to the right type of doctor to begin the healing process.
STEP 4: CALL AN ACCIDENT ATTORNEY BEFORE GIVING ANY RECORDED STATEMENTS
If you have been injured in a car accident, Goldman Law offers a free consultation. It is important that you DO NOT give any recorded statements without first contacting an accident attorney.

WHEN SHOULD I HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?

If you have been involved in a car accident in Florida, which resulted in injury, you should call a lawyer who handles car accident cases. It is a good idea to call an experienced attorney early in the process as the aftermath of a car accident is difficult to navigate without representation. Ideally, you should contact an attorney before giving the insurance company a recorded statement. Goldman Law offers a free consultation to assess whether you have a viable car accident claim.

WHY SHOULD I HIRE AN ATTORNEY AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

Car accidents are usually traumatic and often you need to focus on recovery; but that is difficult when you have insurance companies calling you, medical bills stacking up and unpaid lost wages. An experienced attorney can navigate the insurance coverages, negotiate your medical bills and liens, recover for time missed from work, recover future time missed from work and recover past and future pain and suffering. Essentially, this allows you to focus on what really matters- your recovery!

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MY MEDICAL BILLS

In Florida, if you seek treatment within 14 days of the accident, your own insurance company typically pays your medical bills at 80% and your lost wages and mileage (to and from doctor appointments) at 60% up to a $10,000 limit while your case is progressing. Your health insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid may pay some of your medical bills. If insurance makes payments, they have the right to be paid back for any payments made related to your accident injuries. The at fault driver/owner is ultimately responsible for your damages. Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, we pursue the at fault driver’s insurance company for your medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, future pain and suffering and any other damages that the law may allow. Additionally, if we are able to get the full policy limit from the at fault driver’s insurance, we will assess whether there are any other insurance coverages that we can pursue on your behalf.

WHY DO I HAVE TO USE MY OWN INSURANCE TO PAY MEDICAL BILLS?

Florida is considered a “no fault” state. This does not mean that fault for the accident will not be determined. No fault simply means that no matter who is found at fault for the accident, your insurance company will pay some of your claimed damages under your PIP coverage. If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, the at fault driver/owner is ultimately responsible for your damages. At Goldman Law, P.A., we pursue the at fault driver/owner’s insurance company for your medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, future lost wages, pain and suffering, future pain and suffering and any other damages that the law may allow. Additionally, if we recover the full policy limit from the at fault driver’s insurance, we will assess whether there are any other insurance coverages that we can pursue on your behalf.

WHAT IS PIP INSURANCE?

PIP stands for Personal Injury Protection and is often referred to as “no fault coverage.” By statute, everyone in Florida who has an active car insurance policy may qualify for pip benefits after a car accident regardless of fault. PIP benefits typically pay up to a total of $10,000 for the following expenses:
80% of reasonable, related and necessary medical bills if medical treatment is sought within 14 days of the accident
60% of lost wages
100% of replacement services, such as childcare, housekeeping and yardwork
80% of prescription expenses
60% of transportation costs
Up to $5000 of death benefits
*Please note your PIP benefits may have exclusions and/or be subject to a deductible

HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE PIP INSURANCE?

By statute, everyone in Florida who has an active car insurance policy may qualify for pip benefits after a car accident, regardless of fault. If you were a passenger or a pedestrian and do not own a vehicle, there are several other ways to qualify for PIP, including the following:
If you do not own a car, you may qualify for PIP benefits through a resident relative that has car insurance.
If you do not own a car and your resident relatives did not have insurance, you may qualify for PIP benefits under the insurance for the vehicle you were a passenger in.
If you do not own a car, your resident relatives did not have insurance and you were a pedestrian that was hit by a car, you may qualify for PIP benefits under the at fault vehicle’s insurance.
If you owned an operable car and did not have active insurance at the time of the accident, you will not qualify for PIP benefits.

WHAT DO I DO ABOUT MY PROPERTY DAMAGE?

Often, it is faster for you to navigate your property damage claim on your own. However, at Goldman Law, P.A. we can assist you with the process and provide you with the necessary steps to get your vehicle repaired or totaled. Additionally, we may be able to assist you with a diminution in value claim, which is the amount of value your vehicle lost because of the accident.