24 May The First 45 Days After Retaining A Car Accident Attorney
I want to start off by saying that every car accident claim is different. The steps mentioned below typically pertain to a client who has just retained a car accident attorney shortly after their accident. Each law firm handles their cases differently, so it is not a one-size fits all process. However, here are some of the steps I take after a client hires me.
After retaining a car accident attorney, clients often ask what is next. In the first 45 days, a lot of things are happening all at the same time. One of the most important reasons to obtain a car accident attorney is that you are only one person. Often times, you need a team that is going to work for you to make the most out of the beginning of your car accident claim. That is where myself and my staff comes in.
Collecting evidence should begin the moment you retain an attorney. I ask my clients to provide me whatever they may have in their possession and then begin the search on anything else I may need. This could include but is not limited to collecting reports, photos, witness statements, surveillance footage of the accident and sometimes visiting the scene. Every case is different, so the collection of evidence varies. However, it is important to collect evidence quickly as it could be lost.
Sending Out Letters Of Representation
Putting the insurance company on notice that you are represented by legal counsel is crucial. This is typically done by your attorney sending out a letter of representation. The insurance company attempts to collect as much information as possible from you early on so they can build a case against you. If you are represented, they cannot contact you and must contact your counsel. Based on your car accident attorney’s experience, they can advise the insurance company of what they need to know while protecting your claim.
Finding Insurance Coverage
A car accident attorney will do everything they can to find any insurance coverage that may be available and any collectible assets. (Collectible assets are very rare to come by as Florida laws offer significant protections.) In the letters of representation as mentioned above and in accordance with Section 627.4137, Florida Statutes, the insurance carriers must provide certain insurance information within 30 days.
Seeking Treatment & Documenting Injuries
Seeking treatment and documenting injuries as soon as possible is crucial in an auto accident claim. Most important, we want to make sure that you are healthy and that you get the treatment that you need to feel better. Documenting those injuries properly is important because that is how the insurance companies value your car accident claim, based on the documentation. Therefore, be sure to treat as quickly as you can with a qualified medical provider.
Handling Property Damage
Not all law firms assist with property damage. I make sure that I provide as much assistance as possible in getting you a rental car, if available, getting your car evaluated for damages and either getting it repaired or getting you proper compensation for a total loss. As of writing this article, property damage can take time as insurance companies can be short staffed and there are supply chain issues. However, that does not stop us from reaching out to the adjuster to get status updates and keeping you informed.
EXPERIENCED CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
You need someone that is going to stand up for you when it comes to your car accident claim. I understand that the process after getting into a car accident can be difficult and stressful. You likely have questions and few answers as to the next steps to take. Allow me to be there for you from the beginning. I offer a FREE no-obligation consultation where we can discuss your claim. I will review your accident claim with you personally at one of the office locations in Tampa, Zephyrhills, Saint Petersburg, Brandon, Clearwater, Plant City or Sun City Center. Cannot make it to me? I will come to wherever is convenient to you at NO charge. You deserve to be compensated and I want to get justice for you!
Contact Car Accident Attorney Kevin L. Sullivan II TODAY at (813) 598-4868 for a FREE no-obligation consultation. I look forward to assisting you with your claim!