Frequently Asked Questions – Personal Injury/Auto Accidents
If I have been in a motor vehicle accident, do I need to go to a doctor?
If you have been hurt in any kind of accident, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. You may not be able to tell the extent of your own injuries. What originally seem like minor aches and pains can turn into something significant. A doctor can tell you if you are showing symptoms of various types of injuries.
Later, if you bring a legal claim against the parties causing your injuries, you will need documentation of your injuries and what you did to treat them. If you have been injured in an automobile or motorcycle accident or by the negligence of another, call our personal injury attorneys at Valrico Law Group. We can help you.
Will I have to go to court?
It is possible. Many cases settle before a lawsuit is filed by an attorney. While most cases settle, others do go to trial. It will depend upon the facts of the case, the extent of the injuries, the law and the parties involved, including the other party’s insurer. Our team at Valrico Law Group includes experienced trial attorneys who can assist you in returning your life to normal.
If I’m in an auto accident, who pays my medical bills?
If you have been in an automobile accident, your own no-fault auto insurance allows you to collect 80% of your medical bills from your own insurance company, no matter who was at fault. After the no-fault coverage is exhausted, the at-fault driver can be held responsible for your bills.
Have a knowledgeable attorney from Valrico Law Group evaluate your case for free as well as explain your rights and assist you in being made whole again.
If I’m in an auto accident, who pays my lost wages if I miss work?
Similarly to how your medical bills get paid if you are involved in an auto accident, your own no-fault auto insurance allows you to collect 60% of your lost wages from your own insurance company, no matter who was at fault. After the no-fault coverage is exhausted, the at-fault driver can be held responsible for your wages.
If you don’t know who hit you or the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured, your own insurance may be able to cover your damages. Our attorneys can help with these types of cases, too.
If I’m hurt in an accident and it was someone else’s fault, what kind of compensation could I potentially expect to receive?
If you have suffered a permanent injury in an auto accident, not only would you be eligible for compensation of your medical bills directly after the accident, but you can also potentially recover reasonable future medical bills. If appropriate, mental pain and suffering may be compensable, as may permanent disfigurement.
An accident victim can also recover the costs of rehabilitative services such as physical therapy and even be compensated for costs incurred to modify a home for ease of living and ambulation in some circumstances.
An injured person could also recover lost past and future wages and compensation for damage to personal property. If your life has been dramatically altered and you cannot do all the things you enjoyed prior to the accident, loss of enjoyment of life is also compensable in certain situations.
A person’s spouse can also be compensated for loss of consortium, meaning the negative impact the accident and injuries have had upon the married couple’s life, love and affection. In addition, a previous injury will not necessarily bar monetary recovery if the accident aggravated or worsened that injury.