Drivers in Lakeland, Florida area, like other areas of the country, are more careless than ever before, due in large part to a never-ending source of distractions available to those who should be focused on the road. What happens when someone else’s poor driving choices cause you to get in a car accident? You turn to a trusted car accident lawyer for help getting the compensation you deserve. Learn more about the car accident claim process and contact Darla K. Snead, P.L. to discuss your options.
After surviving a traumatic motor vehicle collision, choosing the right Lakeland personal injury attorney is critical. A lawyer will not only thoroughly explain what compensation options are available to you, but also protect your rights throughout the entire process.
The personal injury attorneys at Darla K. Snead, P.L. work hard to settle cases before filing a lawsuit. You deserve a team of skilled negotiators with a proven track record of success in resolving cases. Any attorney’s fee will increase with litigation. Costs can be substantial – and deducted from any amount you are awarded. With strong negotiators on your side, you can focus on recovering from your injury – and receive fair compensation as well.
Lakeland injury attorneys like Darla K. Snead and Michael H. Dulin understand how Florida’s laws can affect your compensation and will help you build a strong case position with the insurance companies and court. You never have to worry about settling for less because they will fight to ensure any settlement or judgment you receive is fair and just for your situation.
It’s hard to react calmly and productively after an accident, but panicking and lashing out at the other driver doesn’t get anything done. What you do in the minutes and hours after a car accident matters.
If you did not cause the accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the other party. Much comes down to determining liability. An investigation may indicate that one party is 90% responsible for the accident and the other party shares 10% of the blame. It may come out to a 50%/50% liability split. Regardless, you may be able to get compensated if you are less liable than the other party. Your award would simply be reduced according to the amount of fault you share.
Many types of compensation are awarded in personal injury cases. During your consultation, we’ll discuss what you may be entitled to, including:
Note that under Florida law, drivers must have at least $10,000 of personal injury protection coverage.
When scheduling your initial consultation, your Lakeland accident attorney will let you know what documentation to provide. You should also be prepared with any information you think could assist your lawyer in representing your case, even if they did not ask for it. You never know what may prove useful during your case, so do not hesitate to share anything you think is pertinent.
Below are what you can expect to need at your first meeting with your personal injury attorney:
Additionally, it is important to discuss with the attorney how the accident has affected your ability to work or any limitations on your daily activities. The attorney will want to know in detail what physical problems you are experiencing and how often you are experiencing those problems. Therefore, it is helpful to keep a calendar or notes on how you feel on a daily basis.
Besides providing details about your life before the accident, and the expenses and losses you have suffered, you should have some questions prepared to determine if your Lakeland accident attorney is a good fit for your case.
Consider some of these examples of questions:
These are just a few questions that could have a significant impact on your personal injury claim. Make sure that whoever you choose to represent you is someone you are comfortable with and trust. Your recovery is dependent upon their skill and capability to effectively represent your legal interests.
After hiring a Lakeland personal injury lawyer, you can expect to sign several agreements regarding fees, representation, and records authorizations. While these steps are essential to your case, the next phases of your car accident claim will begin. Below are the stages of at-fault accident cases.
Choosing the right car accident lawyer for your needs is crucial. You need an attorney with substantial experience going up against insurance companies, fighting for clients’ rights, and securing fair settlements.
With almost 50 years combined experience, including corporate representation of insurance companies and their at-fault drivers, Darla K. Snead and Michael H. Dulin know all of the tricks that insurance companies use and how to fight back. From securing evidence and creating a clear timeline of your accident to calculating damages and demanding a fair amount from the other party, they are ready to stand with you throughout your case and help you get what you deserve.
You might wonder why it’s so important that you choose an attorney who knows how to work with insurance companies. This is because the vast majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court. It’s likely that your case will never even reach the courtroom. However, the insurance company is not going to pay without a fight. Their goal is to protect their shareholders by paying out fewer claims and lower amounts. That means that even if their client was clearly negligent in a crash, they’ll do whatever it takes to pin some blame on you.
Bringing a lawyer into the conversation completely changes the insurance company’s strategy. They know that they can’t intimidate or lowball a Lakeland car accident attorney the same way they can an accident victim. Through multiple rounds of negotiation, Ms. Snead and Mr. Dulin will fight aggressively to secure a fair settlement that covers your losses from the accident.
You can expect Ms. Snead and Mr. Dulin to be with you throughout the entire process. When you have questions or concerns, they’ll be there to update you, answer your questions, and provide insight. Our team will handle the legal side of your claim so you can focus on resting and healing.
The earlier you reach out to a Lakeland car accident lawyer, the sooner they are able to start building a case for you. Take the first step now by reaching out to Darla K. Snead, P.L. You can contact us online or call our office to get started.