Do I Need a Lawyer After My Tampa Car Accident?
The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide on any lawyer, ask the lawyer to send you free written information about his or her qualifications and experience. Being prepared before an accident can make the difference between an adequate or nominal settlement for your personal injury case. So, to answer the question, of course it is wise to hire a lawyer with experience in personal injury, to guide and council you, as you make your way through this hard and stressful time. Your lawyer will work hard for you. However, you are the boss, and as the boss, you will make the final decision regarding the settlement of your claim for the money your insurance company offers. Of course, your lawyer will help advise you based on his experience and the current status of Florida law A lawyer must represent his/her clients competently, zealously, expeditiously, and in a fiduciary type manner.
When you meet with your lawyer he/she will have many documents for you to sign. Please do not be intimidated. The lawyer will need these documents in order to show he/she has been given the authority to represent you regarding this accident.
Remember, if there is something you do not understand regarding a particular document, or anything else for that matter, do not be afraid to ask your lawyer to explain it to you again; I am sure your lawyer will be more than happy to explain it, until you understand it.
Regarding payment to your lawyer for his/her legal services, the lawyer is entitled to 33.3 percent, plus costs, if able to settle your case without litigation plus cost. The lawyer will be entitled to 40 percent, plus costs, if your case must be litigated; however, if there is no recovery, the client will not pay any attorney fees or costs. Finallym there may be one or more Statute of Limitations applicable to your particular case, and your failure to bring a claim within the statutorily provided for period may act as a bar from being able to present your claim at a later time. That is why it is advisable to retain your lawyer in a timely fashion in order to prevent the barring of your claim.
What should you expect from the lawyer you hire?
- Free initial consultation, at a place of your convenience, such as the hospital, your home, the lawyer's office, etc
- To keep you informed about your case so you can always make informed decisions
- Help you get your car fixed
- Help you get a rental car
- Help filing out insurance forms
- To have access to a private investigator, in order to obtain photos of the accident scene, witness statements, and accident reconstruction
- Protect your interests at all times
- Review all documents before your signature
- Help you, if needed, to find a medical provider to treat your injuries, and accept payment for your treatment from your personal injury settlement.
Get Help With Your Car Accident Case Right Now
The call is free, the consultation is free, and we will make house calls. We will be happy to arrange an initial consultation at your convenience. It is our goal to provide you with the knowledge that you will need to better understand your personal injury claim. We will explain possible resolutions to your problems, help you understand what the law is, let you know what to expect, and make sure that you understand what path you need to take to resolve your problem.
There is never a cost to contact us. All consultations are completely free. If you hire us, there are no fees or costs if we make no recovery for you.