Suffering injuries after an accident can be traumatic and life-altering. Victims in serious accidents carry the burden of their injuries along with financial losses and emotional distress. If a victim seeks to recover from insurance, adjusters at these companies can be another contributing factor to a victim’s stress following their accident. 

Insurance claims adjusters seek to settle the claims that come before them as efficiently as possible – which usually means as fast and as inexpensively as they can. Adjusters are often aggressive with victims and may pressure them to settle their claims for less than they deserve. 

A personal injury lawyer can protect you from the harmful practices of insurance adjusters and provide many other benefits, including seeking the maximum compensation possible. 

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?

Hiring a personal injury attorney allows you to devote your energy to recovering rather than fighting your insurance claim. A personal injury lawyer will handle your claim almost entirely and become the point of contact for adjusters. 

Attorneys take on many other responsibilities besides communicating with adjusters on your behalf. They also will: 

  • Conduct independent investigations of your claim
  • Organize all accident and police reports regarding your accident 
  • Gather other evidence to prove your case
  • Research laws that can be used to win your case
  • Calculate the value of your claim, including your financial losses and any pain and suffering you’ve endured

Your attorney represents you both in and out of the courtroom – should your case go to trial. Quality personal injury attorneys are experts at both trial work and negotiating settlement deals. Your attorney will ensure that you get the maximum award you deserve from insurance companies pressuring you into settling for less. 

Reasons To Hire a Personal Injury Attorney

It is always in your best interest to hire a personal injury attorney if you are in an accident. However, in some instances, you should ensure that you obtain legal representation to best protect yourself. These situations are discussed below.

Your Insurance Company Is Delaying the Settlement of Your Claim 

Insurance companies are required to act in good faith in their investigation of claims. This means that claims should be investigated promptly. Failure to do so could mean that the company is attempting to run out the statute of limitations on your claim, which could jeopardize your chances of recovering an award. 

In most Florida personal injury cases, victims have four years to file claims founded on negligence. However, there are exceptions to this deadline, such as wrongful death claims. 

You Have Been Accused of Comparative Negligence 

Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule. This rule reduces the amount of your award if you were partially at fault for the accident. Your fault is determined as a percentage, and your compensation is then reduced accordingly. However, you may still recover partial compensation even if your share of the blame is high. 

Your Accident Has Resulted in a Permanent Disability 

If you are involved in an accident that has resulted in life-altering injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for future damages. Valuation of these damages can be difficult and often requires the assistance of medical and economic experts. An experienced personal injury attorney has these resources and contacts to assist in this process.

You Do Not Know How Much Your Claim Is Worth

As mentioned before, the valuation of personal injury claims can be complex and require resources you may not have. Placing a dollar amount on your pain and suffering is challenging. Attorneys who have handled cases like yours know how the courts and insurance companies will value them and can maximize the compensation you may receive. 

Your Child Was Injured in the Accident 

It is unimaginable to be forced to handle a personal injury claim for your child as a parent. Approaching a case without involving your emotions is an impossible task, and doing so can result in handling claims using less logic than having a lawyer handle them. 

Hiring a lawyer can ease the legal and emotional burdens of seeking justice if your child has been involved in an accident. A lawyer will ensure that all legal procedures are correctly followed and that the award for your child is maximized.

Contact the Tampa Personal Injury Law Firm of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, please contact the legal team of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers for a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Tampa. We have four convenient locations in Florida: Clearwater, New Port Richey, and Tampa.

We serve throughout Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County, and its surrounding areas:

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Clearwater Office
1811 N. Belcher Road, Suite I-1
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 787-2500

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Congress Ave Office
2360 Congress Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33763
(727) 591-5610

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – Tampa Office
6601 Memorial Hwy Suite 202
Tampa, FL 33615
(813) 686-7588

Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers – New Port Richey Office
2515 Seven Springs Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL, 34655
(727) 815-8442