Car/Auto Accident Attorney Tampa


Welcome to the Galewski Law Group, your Tampa injury attorneys available at 855-Stan-the-Man. Your Injury Attorneys want you to know your rights after an accident. Protecting your rights after a car accident or other injury is an important start to obtaining your maximum recovery from the insurance company or the person at fault. In the event of an accident, it is extremely important to preserve the evidence and have the accident thoroughly investigated.Often it is persistence that pays off. In a recent case the insurance company just would not accept that their insured was liable for our client’s injury. After going back and forth with the insurance company for some time, we moved to have them held in bad faith. This would threaten to remove all policy limits from the insurance and make the insurance company liable for all damages regardless of policy limitations. After the bad faith threat was made, we prepared visual demonstrations aids similar to what we would use in trial. This included a digital recreation of the accident and poster-boards to really drive home what should have been a clear case. The extra effort moved a case from a nominal settlement that was offered to a six figure recovery for our client.

To preserve evidence take photos, see a doctor and contact an injury attorney right away. Our Tampa Car Accident Lawyers provide an initial consultation free of charge, and we work on a contingency basis, which means there is no charge to you unless there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Contact us for a consultation and a review of your insurance policy.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What types of claims are most common with auto accidents?

There are a number of possible claims after an car accident that your lawyer may help you peruse. The most common claims associated with automobile accidents include vehicle damage, PIP, uninsured motorist, medical expenses, serious injury or death, loss of income, pedestrian involvement, and defective or malfunctioning vehicles.  It is important to contact an attorney immediately.  If you do not seek a medical consult or treatment timely,you may waive your right to advance the case

How do I know if I am eligible to receive compensation?

The right to compensation depends heavily on the facts surrounding your injury.  Not all injury cases are the same and not all injury lawyers are the same.  You need to contact an injury attorney immediately to take full advantage of the possible coverage for your case.  If you fail to seek treatment you may waive your right to recovery. Actual calculation of your recovery from your injury will depend on the coverage available, the damages your suffer and the party at fault for the accident.  It is best to consult with an accident attorney early to get a complete overview of your possible recovery.  An auto accident attorney can determine the cause of the accident and help you seek medical treatment and handle negotiation with the insurance company. If there is any delay in diagnosis, treatment, or filing of the claim, you may become ineligible to receive compensation. Call a Pinellas Auto Accident Lawyer today to help you with your claim.

How do I prove what damage was caused by the accident?

Your Tampa Accident Attorney will always say the best way to prove that damage was from an accident is to seek legal advice and medical treatment immediately after the accident.  Typically, the burden is on the insurance company to show that an injury was pre-existing, but even a pre-existing injury can be exacerbated by a accident.  The insurance company and the party at fault must take responsibility for their side of the case and should pay compensation for the injury that they cause or the injury that they made worse.  

How long can my insurance company take to settle my claim after my accident?

Your insurance company should act diligently to settle your case. In fact they should settle the matter within 30 days.  This deadline may be extended if you need continuing treatment, additional investigation, factual dispute resolution or other mitigating factors.  One problem often faced in accident cases is that the insurance company wants to present a low offer to settle;  In doing so they may appear to have met their burden to present a settlement.  If their offer is not made in good faith and for a proper value, you may have  aright to move forward with a civil action or declaratiory judgment against them. These legal procedures help your Tampa Injury Attorney to move the case forward and to keep the insurance company honest.   Note that in choosing an Injury attorney you should check the litigation history of the attorney.  There are a number of local attorneys that just will not go to court.  They send demand letters and settle, or refer the case to a different attorney.  If the lawyer will not take your case all the way to court, it is likely that the insurance company knows that in negotiating how much to pay for your accident.  Hire a true litigation attorney and not someone that will just send a letter.

Who decides whether my car is repaired or replaced?

The insurance company has the option to repair or replace your car, or reimburse you for the” actual cash value” (ACV) of your car. The “actual cash value”, or “fair market value” is the amount your vehicle would have sold for immediately before the accident. The insurance company may consider your car a” total loss” if the repair costs equals or exceeds the vehicle’s ACV on the date of the loss. In many instances an insurance company will total a vehicle if the appraised damages equal 80% of the vehicle’s ACV because often, once repairs have begun, additional damages or “hidden damages” are found which would render the vehicle a total loss by definition.

Can I choose my own repair shop?

You can choose your own repair shop provided they are licensed. The insurance company  may have your damages estimated by their own repair shop to ensure the accuracy of the estimate by your repair shop. The insurance company will then work with the repair shop of your choice, to get your car repaired.

Does my insurance company have to use new parts to repair my car?

It is not always possible to replace damaged parts with new parts. The insurance company is required to restore your car to the same condition it was before the accident. Depending on the availability of new parts, the mechanic may have to use reconditioned parts, or after-market parts