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Choosing a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
I got a call recently from someone who had been injured as a pedestrian. That person wanted a male lawyer and my partner, who’s a male, was out of the office. They wanted to know what my credentials were and how they could be sure that I was the best lawyer for their case. They got off the phone and researched me. They called back in about a half an hour. One of the things that we recommend everyone do is to research lawyers, know what their credentials are, know what their prior training is, know what their rating is by Martindale-Hubble. The highest rating is an AV rating. The highest rating you can get from Avvo is a 10 out of 10 rating. You should research all of those things and look for prior clients’ comments and ratings. That’s how you make sure that you have the right lawyer, and the best lawyer for your case.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
We’re often asked, “What mistakes should I avoid after a pedestrian accident?” in other words, being hit as a pedestrian by a motor vehicle. The first mistake is not seeking immediate attention for your injuries. The second mistake is in speaking to the at-fault insurance carrier before talking to a lawyer. You should contact, thirdly, an experienced lawyer who can guide you through the process, handle the contact with the adverse insurance company, so that you can get maximum compensation for your injuries.
Pedestrian Accident Injury Claims
When you don’t own a motor vehicle in Florida and you’ve been involved in an accident on your bike, you don’t have any PIP benefits. Unless you have health insurance, then there’s a concern about how your medical bills are going to be paid. There are ways to investigate that, to see if you can get the coverage of the at-fault driver, their PIP benefits, or if you have a resident relative that has coverage, you can get their coverage. The main thing is that you want to get to an attorney who can help make sure that not only do you receive treatment for your medical injuries, but that also you get compensation from the at-fault driver.
Pedestrian Accident Benefits
In the state of Florida, there are many benefits that are available to you as compensation if you’re hit as a pedestrian. If you own a car, then your injuries still arise out of the use of another motor vehicle because you’ve been hit by one. You have your personal injury protection benefits coverage that’s available to you, and you can seek treatment for your medical injuries under that coverage. If you don’t own a motor vehicle and you don’t have your own auto insurance coverage, you may also be able to collect and seek treatment under the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage, their PIP coverage, and you may also have a resident relative – you have to be a blood relative or have a legal relationship to that relative – who owns a car, and you may be entitled to get their PIP benefits as well. The main thing you have to do is seek an injury attorney who can investigate all of those avenues for you so that your injuries are compensated and that your medical providers are able to get paid for the treatment that they render to you.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured while walking and have questions about your pedestrian accident claim? Don’t ruin your pedestrian accident case before it even begins! Contact a Tampa pedestrian accident lawyer at Morgenstern and Herd today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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