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What to Do After a Car Accident in Florida

Injured? Get a Fort Myers car accident lawyer on your side.

A car accident can be one of the most frightening and disrupting experiences you can endure during their lifetime, especially if you have been injured. While it can be easy to lose one’s cool following an accident and let panic set in, it is imperative you make an effort to remain calm and collected during this time as what you say and do can have a massive impact on your ability to recover compensation from your insurance company for the resulting damages.

It is important to note that since Florida is a no-fault state, you may only sue the other driver for damages if you are permanently debilitated or disfigured from your injuries. Otherwise, your insurance will be your only source of potential reimbursement.

If you have been injured in a car accident, it is crucial you follow these key steps:

1. Seek medical help: See a doctor as soon as possible, no matter how minor your injuries may appear. Many symptoms of injuries can remain dormant for days following an accident and can worsen over time if left untreated. Seeking medical help early is not only best for your health, but it could also greatly benefit your personal injury claim. Waiting several days or weeks can make it much harder for you to prove that your injuries were indeed a result of your crash. In fact, under Florida’s personal injury protection (PIP) laws, you must seek treatment within 14 days of being injured in order for your medical costs to be covered.

2. Keep thorough records: You will want to keep a record of all evidence related to your injuries and damage to your vehicle. This includes getting detailed photos of your injuries prior to being treated, photos of your car’s damage from multiple angles, names of witnesses, proof of financial losses, medical bills and receipts, correspondence with doctors and insurance companies, and all other information relevant to your accident. Keeping a detailed daily journal of your pain and any inconveniences you should experience from your injuries is also recommended.

3. File a claim with your insurance company: Even if you were not responsible for the accident, it is important you file a claim with your insurance provider. An insurance adjuster will investigate your claim to determine a dollar amount for your suffered damages.

4. Contact a car accident attorney: Dealing with insurance companies after a collision can be a truly uphill battle, as they may attempt to search for a reason to limit, delay, or even deny your payment. A skilled car accident lawyer can represent your interests and negotiate with your insurance provider on your behalf, allowing you to focus on your recovery with peace of mind. In many cases, an attorney may be able to help you secure a settlement that is several times larger than your insurance company’s initial offer.

Trusted Car Accident Lawyers Serving Fort Myers

When faced with the various applicable laws, insurance companies, and legal proceedings of filing a personal injury claim after a car accident, it is important that you have a knowledgeable legal professional by your side. At Your Advocates, our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers have fought and won on behalf of countless injured clients and can maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve. With more than two decades of legal experience and numerous positive client testimonials, we know your rights and we know how to get the results you need.

Our firm offers representation on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay unless we win on your behalf. We also offer free case evaluations to get you started. Call (239) 970-6844 to schedule a free consultation today!

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

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