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Car Wreck Lawyer in Palm Harbor

Car Wreck Lawyer

In February of 2022, the driver of a Hyundai Accent attempted to make a left onto Alderman Road from Bentley Drive in Palm Harbor, Florida. At the same time, a Ford Mustang was traveling at a high speed along Alderman Road. This confluence of events resulted in the Ford Mustang crashing into the left side of the Hyundai Accent.

This tragic Palm Harbor car wreck ended in two deaths and one serious injury. Both the driver and passenger of the Accent died almost instantly, while the driver of the Mustang was admitted to Bayfront Health.

This tragedy only worsened for the victims and family members when it came time to pay for medical bills and funeral expenses. Nobody wants to deal with insurance companies during the best of times. But dealing with them while suffering the loss of a loved one or a serious injury is just about impossible.

Don't suffer alone if you face mounting hospital or funeral bills due to a Palm Harbor car wreck. Speak to a Palm Harbor car wreck lawyer from Morgan and Morgan to schedule your free case evaluation today.

What to Do After You’ve Been in a Palm Harbor Car Wreck

There is a moment after a car wreck where everything just stops. Sounds fade into the background, and your entire focus shifts to yourself and your immediate surroundings as you try to regroup. It is frightening, but it is also a moment of calm.

The moment doesn’t last, though. And as reality crashes down upon you, you find yourself facing one of the most stressful situations you will ever be in. And that stress doesn’t last just a moment. It can last for days, weeks, months, or even years.

The choices you make in the immediate aftermath of a Palm Harbor car wreck can stay with you for the rest of your life.

Get Immediate Medical Attention

The first and most important action you should take is to seek immediate medical attention. 

Serious injuries are common in car accidents. And injuries like head injuries or whiplash may not be apparent without a medical examination. You can be certain that your injuries will be treated as quickly as possible if you seek immediate medical attention.

Additionally, your Palm Harbor car wreck lawyer will probably need your medical records to ensure you get money from the insurance companies. Those medical records must be complete, and you will get more-thorough records if you get medical attention early. 

At Morgan and Morgan, we always find it easier to get compensation for our clients if they have been treated by a doctor immediately after being in a car wreck.

Retain a Personal Injury Lawyer from Morgan and Morgan

After you have received medical attention, the next action you should take is to hire the services of a car wreck lawyer in Palm Harbor. Insurance companies have an army of lawyers working for them, and they are poised to pounce on any little mistake you make. 

One wrong form or one wrong statement could cost you thousands or even millions of dollars in compensation. A Morgan and Morgan attorney will ensure you don’t make any costly mistakes.

In addition to avoiding mistakes, our team of experienced attorneys can also relieve you of tons of stress. When you are trying to file an insurance claim, no matter how much paperwork you fill out, it always seems like there is more waiting in the wings. 

Our attorneys will gather all of the necessary evidence, communicate with the insurance companies, file all of the motions with the courts, and even communicate with the billing departments of your doctor if needed. 

When you are recovering from a serious injury sustained in a Palm Harbor car wreck, this is exactly the assistance you need.

Never Accept a Settlement Offer Without Speaking to a Lawyer

Insurance companies want to pay as little as they can. If an insurance company can get away with denying your claim, it will. But when it can’t, the company will often quickly make a lowball offer to get rid of your claim quickly. Never accept this inferior offer without speaking to your car wreck lawyer in Palm Harbor.

After a serious car accident, you might be eligible for a lot more compensation than you realize. Serious injuries can have lasting harm like:

  • Loss of wages, both current and future
  • Lasting harm to future opportunities in your profession
  • Need for long-term care or therapy
  • Need for assistance services
  • Need for a lifetime supply of assistance devices
  • Permanent pain and suffering

Insurance companies aren’t just responsible for paying for immediate medical expenses and vehicle repair costs. They are also responsible for the long-term costs associated with your Palm Harbor car wreck. 

By accepting a lowball settlement offer, you may be eliminating your chance of getting paid for long-term expenses directly attributable to your accident.

Recovering Compensation for a Palm Harbor Car Wreck

You’ve taken the right action to protect yourself and your future. Now you want to know what comes next.

If everything goes right, the insurance company looks at your injuries and the damage to your vehicle and makes a fair settlement offer that pays for all of the expenses you will incur from the accident. 

Even if the offer doesn’t cover everything, it is often good enough to accept if it covers the vast majority of your expenses and is made quickly. Unfortunately, that situation is quite rare.

More often, the insurance company will either try to deny your claim or offer significantly less compensation than you deserve for the accident. That is when you need a Morgan and Morgan lawyer fighting for your rights. 

We know how to find the evidence that proves the severity of your injuries and the long-term damage you will suffer. We also have a reputation for success in the courtroom that convinces many insurance companies to significantly raise their offers.

If that still isn’t enough to convince the insurance company to play ball, we have no hesitation about going to court. All of our car wreck attorneys have significant courtroom experience, and we are willing to fight to the end to get you compensation. 

From the first motion to the last appeal, your car wreck lawyer in Palm Harbor will work tirelessly to get you the money that you deserve.

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Get answers to commonly asked questions about our legal services and learn how we may assist you with your case.

  • How Much Does a Car Wreck Lawyer in Palm Harbor Cost?

    At Morgan & Morgan, we only get paid if we win you money. This starts the moment you walk in the door. You get a free consultation and case evaluation before we even decide to take your case.

    If we decide to take your case, we will cover all of your court expenses throughout the process. Only at the very end — after you have received payment from the insurance companies — do we take our cut. If we are unable to get you money for any reason, you never pay us a cent.

  • Should I Accept a Settlement Offer From the Insurance Company?

    Until we see an offer, that is hard to determine. But as a rule of thumb, if the insurance company makes a fair offer, you should probably accept it. A trial is never a sure thing. And a settlement offer means you will get the money a lot more quickly than you would get an award from a trial.

    With that being said, trial rewards tend to be much higher than settlement offers. They usually take years longer, especially if the insurance company appeals. But assuming a jury decides in your favor, there is a good chance you will get much more money from a trial than from a settlement.

    We’ll advise you based on what we feel is best, but the final decision is yours to make.

  • How Long Will a Trial Take?

    Even a short trial will probably take at least a year to complete. And that is assuming there are no appeals. Including discovery, pre-trial motions, the actual trial, and any appeals, a trial can potentially take a decade or more to complete.

  • Can I Receive Compensation Even if I Am at Fault?

    Assuming you have the correct type of insurance, you are still eligible for compensation, even if you are at fault. Insurance companies can’t deny you the insurance you paid for, even if your mistake caused the accident. 

    You may face higher premiums in the future, but that doesn’t have any impact on the compensation you get for the Palm Harbor accident you were involved in.

  • Can You Help if I Am Charged With a Crime Due to the Accident?

    At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys practice civil law. While we can give you basic advice if you are charged, we do not handle criminal cases. We will help you find a qualified Palm Harbor criminal attorney to handle the situation if you are charged. And we will share information with your criminal attorney that might help you in that case.

  • Can I Get Disability Insurance Payments After a Car Wreck in Palm Harbor?

    Social Security disability insurance provides compensation both for temporary and permanent loss of income due to disability. 

    Your Morgan & Morgan lawyer can tell you whether you qualify and can help you apply for payments. We can also help you with your appeal process if you are denied the disability compensation that you deserve. Your lawyer will provide additional information during your initial consultation.

  • Can I Get Fired Due to a Car Wreck?

    As a rule of thumb, if you miss work due to a temporary disability, your employer can’t fire you. However, there are exceptions to this rule, especially if the accident happened while working due to negligence.

    However, if you lose your job due to an accident, you may be eligible for additional compensation. If you lose your job — or even if you lose your benefits due to an accident — tell your lawyer. Your lawyer will advise you of your rights and may be able to get you additional compensation.

  • What Happens if I Discover Injuries From the Accident at a Later Point?

    Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on making personal injury claims. If you discover additional injuries from a car accident within that four-year time frame, you can freely file a lawsuit for compensation. However, if it is beyond that four years, it may not be possible to file a lawsuit, or you may be limited in what damages you can receive.

    Every law has exceptions. So speak to your attorney even if you believe you are beyond the statute of limitations.

  • Get the Money You Deserve With a Morgan & Morgan Palm Harbor Car Wreck Lawyer

    A car wreck is likely to be one of the worst moments of your life. In an instant, everything gets harder and more painful. 

    While a Palm Harbor lawyer can’t do anything to make your injuries less painful, an attorney can make the financial aspects of your recovery less painful. And that matters a lot when you need to focus your attention on other important matters.

    If you or a loved one has been in a car wreck in Palm Harbor, you need experienced legal representation as fast as possible. Contact Morgan & Morgan today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced car wreck attorney.

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