Even a seemingly minor car accident can feel physically and emotionally overwhelming, especially in the immediate aftermath. It can feel disorienting and be difficult to know what steps to take, let alone how best to proceed.
The first step should always be to obtain any necessary medical treatment. Even if you are confident that you didn’t sustain injuries, it’s always best to be examined by a medical professional after an accident. Many people don’t feel their injuries until days or even weeks following an accident, and it’s important that you preserve a record of having sought out medical treatment.
Florida Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations in Florida allows you 4 years following an injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a loved one dies following an accident, the statute of limitations for a wrongful death lawsuit is 2 years following the date of their death.
Why You Should Contact an Attorney Soon
Understandably, focusing on your physical recovery following a car accident can occupy much of your time and energy. Many people find it daunting to consider any legal steps while they are recovering physically from their injuries. However, it’s best not to wait.
Very soon after your accident, you will be contacted by insurance companies and will need to reach out to your own insurance company. While this may seem routine, what you say and how you proceed from that point can impact your claim to compensation for your injuries and damage to your vehicle.
Even though the state of Florida grants you 4 years following an injury to file a claim, contacting an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible following an accident can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. The sooner you act to initiate your car accident claim, the more options you will have to recover compensation. As time passes, people’s memories often become hazy, eyewitnesses may move and become difficult to contact, and evidence can get lost or be destroyed.
If you act quickly, your attorney may be better able to help you do the following:
- Offer an accurate recollection of the accident
- Recover evidence, including accident scene photos and eyewitness accounts
- Document your recovery, including medical bills and notes about the impact of your injuries on your personal and professional life
A reputable car accident attorney will also be able to save you the significant stress and hassle of negotiating with insurance. Insurance companies are motivated to spend as little money settling your case as possible. Working with an attorney from the beginning can help ensure that you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries.
At Mitchell & West LLC, we understand how overwhelming filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim can be after a car accident. We are committed to helping you and your family get through this devastating event and recover the compensation you need to move forward with your lives.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact us online or call us at (305) 783-3301 to schedule a free consultation.