What should I do if I am in a car accident?
If you are in a car accident in Broward, Dade and/or Palm Beach Counties, where someone has been injured, you should immediately call 911, report the accident and request an ambulance. It is very important that you get a police report. Often, the person who caused the motor vehicle accident will ask you not to call the police and ask you to just handle it ‘between the two of you’. This is a terrible idea! There is a very good chance when you call that person they will never answer the phone! The smart thing to do is have the police come to the scene, investigate the accident and record all proof of insurance for all motor vehicles involved in the accident.
Why do I need a lawyer?
If you are a victim of a car accident you need a lawyer because as businesses insurance companies are primarily concerned with making money. Insurance companies make money by collecting premiums, not paying out personal injury settlements. Studies have shown that claimants represented by attorneys net far more money than claimants that attempt to represent themselves. Jarrett Blakeley has handled thousands of claims and you haven’t handled any. Hire a professional for help in this serious, life-changing matter.
What is a Personal Injury Case?
Any physical or mental injury you have suffered because of the negligence of another person and/or corporation. Common personal injury cases are car accident claims, slip and falls, truck accident claims, boat accident claims, pedestrian accident claims and bicycle accident claims. Personal injury cases can be large or small. A broken finger or a bulging disc in your neck is obviously not as big as a case involving a broken leg, a herniated disc in your neck or a case involving paralysis.
If I am in a car accident should I call the police?
Yes. Call the police. You need them to investigate your accident and you need a police report. You can have a personal injury car accident case without an accident report, but it is often much harder to prove to how the accident happened and even obtain the Defendant’s insurance information without one. Ask the police officer to make a report and get the report number.
Should I speak to the other driver’s insurance company about the accident in which I suffered a personal injury?
No, you should call a personal injury attorney to communicate with the adverse party’s insurance company. We can set up the claim for you. It is in your best interest to speak with an attorney before you make contact with the Defendant’s insurance company, or any insurance company for that matter.
How long after a car accident should I contact an attorney?
Immediately. An attorney will guide you in obtaining evidence immediately after the car accident, give you advice and communicate with the insurance companies for you.
Do you handle Wrongful Death cases?
Blakeley Law Firm does handle these tragic cases on behalf of the estates of deceased claimants. These are the most tragic cases of all and you need a professional to guide you through what is always a very difficult time.
Do I need to pay my attorney?
Blakeley Law Firm is paid on a ‘Contingency Fee Basis” meaning we do not get paid unless you do. Our fee and expenses are deducted from your settlement amount. Blakeley Law Firm will not even hold you liable for costs in the event it becomes impossible to settle your case. We only get paid a percentage of your settlement so, you will never receive a bill from us!