People are involved in serious and fatal accidents every day in the U.S. In 2019, the year for which the most recent data is available, 33,244 individuals suffered fatal injuries in motor vehicle accidents and hundreds of thousands of others sustained injuries.1 After an individual has been involved in an accident, whether it involved a motor vehicle or they slipped and fell on someone else’s property, they are always advised to consult with a Tampa, FL personal injury lawyer, and for good reason.
Personal injury attorneys help accident victims understand their legal rights, including whether their injuries entitle them to compensation. They can also assist them in recovering any compensation they may be due, whether it is from the insurance company and/or the at-fault party. Unfortunately, there are individuals who neglect to retain a FL personal injury attorney following the occurrence of an accident, usually for one of the following reasons:
- The cost.
A common misconception many people have is that they won’t be able to afford a lawyer to help them after an accident. But the truth is, many attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means they only collect their fees if they win the case. Therefore, an individual may actually be able to retain a Tampa, FL personal injury attorney without having to pay a large sum of money upfront.
- They aren’t sure if they have a viable case.
Although insurance companies are generally the first place an individual turns to for financial relief, they may not be able to obtain the full amount of compensation they are due by filing a claim. Sometimes, insurance companies will undervalue claims or even deny them. In other cases, the at-fault party may not have enough insurance coverage available to pay for the damage their policyholder caused.
When situations like these arise, an individual may be able to file a civil lawsuit against one or more parties in an effort to recover the compensation they are due. if an individual isn’t sure whether they have a case, they can always schedule an initial consultation with a Tampa, FL personal injury attorney who can confirm whether they have the ground to sue.
- They’re worried about the lawsuit process.
Although hiring a lawyer might seem like a big step for an accident victim to take, many cases can actually be settled out of court. In fact, if the at-fault party is willing to take responsibility for their actions and pay for the damage they caused, an accident victim may not even have to step foot in a courtroom.
While a personal injury lawyer can certainly help an accident victim get their case settled prior to having to go to court, sometimes it is actually in the victim’s best interest to let their case play out as they may be awarded more than if they were to accept what the at-fault party is willing to pay to close the case.
Speak With a Tampa, Florida Personal Injury Attorney Today
If an individual was involved in an accident that wasn’t their fault and they aren’t sure whether they need to hire a lawyer, they can always contact The Reyes Firm. The attorneys at The Reyes Firm offer free consultations and would happy to help an individual determine if their legal assistance is needed.
The Reyes Firm can be reached at:
3302 North Tampa Street
Tampa, Florida 33603
Phone: (833) 422-3329