There is nothing that ruins someone’s day as much as an auto accident. This is most especially true when the incident is not their fault. Unfortunately, most people don’t stop to consider if they should hire an attorney immediately after the occurrence or if they should wait to see if any problems occur.
For example, should you seek out your auto accident attorney on the same day, or within 48 hours of the accident? Should you, instead, wait to see if the guilty party is going to deny your claim? Regardless of the seeming sincerity of the other driver at the scene, it is vitally important that you contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible.
Consider that many people experience a serious “rush” of adrenaline during and immediately after an incident and fail to recognize the signs of injury until a full day later. If your injury is not noted at the scene of the accident, you may find it very difficult to get any sort of compensation for it afterward. This means that you should make a very concerted effort to identify and contact an auto accident attorney as soon as possible. They can ensure you get compensation for unreported injuries, and they can handle a great deal of the negotiation process too. They are going to be dedicated to getting a fair settlement from the other driver (and their insurance company) even if the situation is a bit more difficult than it might have been.
Remember, however, that while selecting your particular auto accident attorney in Ft. Lauderdale you will need to be sure that they have experience in personal injury as well as traffic related issues. You might also want to ask them about their experience in the court system in the area. For instance, ask them for a brief listing of the towns in which some of their clients live in order to know if they are familiar with the judges and other attorneys in the district.
Why is this important? If your attorney is familiar to, and with, the local court system it will make it much easier for them to navigate the entire process. If, on the other hand, they are not regularly practicing in that particular area it could fail to yield the best results. Choosing a qualified and experienced attorney is the most important step in getting the results you need.
David Benenfeld, Esquire has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1994. He specializes personal injury law in the Ft. Lauderdale and Miami, Florida area. Visit InjuryLawService.com for more information on a personal injury lawyer, auto accident attorney or Workers’ Compensation lawyer.