Auto Accident Lawyer
in St. Pete & Pinellas Park, FL
Florida Auto Accidents and Personal Injury: Important Steps for Protecting Your Future
There are more than 17 million licensed drivers in Florida and the sunshine state welcomes more than 120 million visitors each year. Every time you get behind the wheel, you risk encountering a driver who is distracted, drunk, or aggressive. Within the past year, there were more than 250,000 injuries from Florida auto accidents and more than 3,000 fatalities. When the reckless behavior of another driver results in catastrophic injuries for you and your loved ones, take action to protect your financial future and contact a Florida personal injury attorney.
Important Steps to Take Following an Auto Accident
Seeking immediate medical attention is your first priority. Even if you feel fine, still seek medical attention. Internal injuries that are invisible to the naked eye can result in more serious problems and possibly death.
It is important to document the accident with pictures and by obtaining contact information from witnesses. Should your injuries prevent you from doing so, ask a bystander to help.
Do speak with law enforcement. The official police record of the accident can serve as valuable documentation for your case. The police may wait to speak with you once you enter the hospital if your injuries are severe.
Don’t speak with representatives from insurance companies. During this stressful and emotional time, it is important that you not accept low-dollar amounts to settle your case. The insurance companies are looking out for themselves—not you—and they want to settle the case quickly. While their initial offer may seem like a lot of money, chances are it isn’t enough to cover your future medical needs.
Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney
The painful and emotional time immediately after an accident is no time to make important decisions. Securing legal representation is vital to protecting your best interests. Knowing you have someone on your side allows you to focus on your health and your family.
At Oldham and Delcamp, our legal team believes in holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm they cause to others. Our experience provides us with knowledge regarding future medical costs of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and other serious injuries. Auto accident victims with catastrophic injuries like these often require extensive therapies, expensive medications, mobility equipment, and much more.
For example, the estimated lifetime costs for a patient with a spinal cord injury can reach into the millions each year. While each case is different, however, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If we are unable to reach a fair settlement for you, we are unafraid to go to trial.
Professional and Personal Approach to Your Personal Injury Case
Each case is different and many factors are present in the calculation of damages which determines what value will ultimately be sought from the party at fault. The trial attorney at Oldham & Delcamp are happy to take the time to speak with you, review your damages, and determine a plan for pursuing recovery. Often pre-suit settlements are favorable but if a fair and equitable agreement cannot be reached, we are prepared to file suit and proceed to a jury trial.
About Oldham & Delcamp
We understand the physical, financial, and emotional toll a car accident places on your life. Our legal team treats all clients with the respect and compassion they deserve. We stay in communication with you throughout the process so you are never wondering about the status of your case.
When another driver chooses to text and drive, drink and drive or runs a red light, their impact on your life is disastrous. No one should pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses resulting from an accident that was no fault of your own.
Sadly, many auto accidents result in a fatality. If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another driver, you may be entitled to a wrongful death claim. While it doesn’t replace your loved one, it may protect your family’s financial future.
Call the office of Oldham and Delcamp Trial Attorneys today at 727-201-5458 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online. Oldham and Delcamp serve Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Citrus, Hernando Lake, and Marion Counties.
Don’t delay—the sooner we review your case, the sooner we can decide upon the best course of action for you. Time is of the essence due to the Florida statute of limitation for filing your case. Fight for the justice you deserve by contacting us as soon as possible. We can help as your slip and fall lawyer, DUI law and auto accident attorney.