What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in An Accident

Personal Injury Can Happen to Anyone at Any Time
Personal injury is extremely common. On average, 1 in 3 people are involved in an accident at some point in their lives. Personal injury is a category of injuries that includes the many ways people can be hurt, disabled, or suffer wrongful death. Whether you’ve been in a car or truck accident, had an injury at work, or had any other sort of injury occur as a result of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your medical bills, time lost from work and pain and suffering.

Accidents happen every day in all types of settings. Slip and falls, dog bites, bicycle and scooter accidents, and boating accidents, are just a few of the everyday accidents that may cause personal injury. Personal injuries from medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and pharmacy error or malpractice are also considered personal injury cases.

Car Accidents: Car accidents are the #1 cause of personal injury in Florida. Our team of experienced accident lawyers is expert at handling collisions, rollover accidents, and any accident involving a car.

Motorcycle and Scooter Accidents: The types of personal injury caused by motorcycles and scooter accidents are among the worst our personal injury attorneys have seen, especially since Florida repealed the universal helmet law in 2000 for riders over the age of 21.

Truck Accidents: Our personal injury attorneys handle 18-wheeler accidents, semi-truck jackknifing, truck-car collisions and more.

Boat & Jet Ski Accidents: With the popularity of boating in Lake Santa Fe, the Suwannee River and other bodies of water in North Central Florida, we’ve found that those who operate a watercraft while intoxicated or distracted cause many boat-related accidents every year.

Interstate Accidents: Our car accident attorneys represent clients injured on all the major interstates in Florida.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: Both pedestrians and bicyclists have legal rights on the road. Lance Avera, one of the top accident lawyers in Gainesville, represented a client whose foot was run over by the Defendant driver while attending a parade. Lance won a settlement against an insurance company in the amount of $500,000 in an auto claim where the policy limits were only $25,000.

Dog Bites & Animal Attacks: Personal injury from animal bites and other lacerations are unfortunate, common accidents.

Slip-and-Fall Accidents: We handle slip-and-fall accidents, negligent security and other cases.

Product Liability: Avera & Smith are experts at obtaining multi-million dollar verdicts to compensate the victims of products who have harmed the consumer.

Wrongful Death: You may deserve compensation if your loved one died because of the negligence of another.

What to Do After You’ve Been Injured in an Accident

  1. Get medical care immediately. After the accident, do not miss follow up appointments with your doctor or ignore medical recommendations, treatments, prescriptions or other advice. This could cause serious problems with your case later.
  2. Never withhold information or lie to either your doctor or your attorney. It is crucial that you are completely honest so that you get the settlement you deserve.
  3. Never sign any release of personal information forms, medical authorization forms or any other insurance company documents without first consulting your attorney.
  4. Never agree to a recorded statement with any insurance adjuster without first speaking to your attorney. Remember, insurance companies are not on your side. Their goal is to pay nothing or as little as possible in settlements, regardless of the how badly you have been injured in an accident (or in the worst case, death from an accident or medical malpractice.)

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