Have you recently been in a car accident in West Palm Beach?
In 2011, there were 227,998 total auto accidents in Florida – 11,548 of those occurred in Palm Beach County. Michael Steinger of Steinger, Iscoe & Green is committed to fighting for and protecting the rights of auto accident/personal injury victims.
Why Retain a West Palm Beach Accident Lawyer?
If you’ve just been in an auto accident, chances are your first thought is not about hiring a lawyer – but it should be. The Insurance Research Counsel indicates that auto accident victims who retain an attorney receive, on average, 3 1/2 times more compensation than if they dealt with the insurance company on their own.
Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney is also very important if:
*The injuries you sustained from the accident may have long-term affects
*Other involved drivers were uninsured or under-insured
*There is dispute over which driver was at fault
*You are being pressured by claim adjuster(s) to quickly agree to a settlement offer.
Steinger, Iscoe & Green, West Palm Beach ‘s Personal Injury Lawyers, specialize in auto accidents. Since 1997, we’ve fought for the rights of over 18,000 personal injury clients, in the West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie & Fort Myers communities.
What to Do After an Accident
1. Collect the Facts:
*Try to get contact information from anyone involved in or witness to your accident.
*Get the insurance information from the other involved parties
*Draw a diagram or write a detailed account of the car wreck
*Talk to the police – get a copy of their report
2. See Your Doctor
A visit to your doctor can determine if any damage was caused by the accident or if the accident caused additional damage to prior injuries – Because some injuries take time to present, it is in your best interest to seek medical care, even if it doesn’t feel like you were injured.
3. Contact a West Palm Beach Auto Accident Attorney like Steinger, Iscoe & Green.
The Benefits of Hiring a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
While it is possible to negotiate with the insurance company to settle your claim without the aid of a personal injury lawyer, insurance companies typically offer lower settlement amounts to those who are going it alone.
A personal injury attorney who serves the area where your accident occurred is knowledgeable regarding the personal injury laws for that jurisdiction as well as being able to give you fair representation in court, should you need to dispute your claim through the courts system.
How to Choose the Right West Palm Beach Injury Lawyer to Represent You
During a free initial consultation, you can determine if the attorney is the right one for your case. Some typical questions to ask:
*How many personal injury claims have you successfully settled?
*Do you typically represent the injured person or the insurance company, in personal injury cases?
*Do you think my case will go to trial?
*Do you charge a retainer fee?
*Do you accept cases on a contingency basis?
Choose a law firm that specializes in personal injury and auto accidents and has the resources it takes to win your case. Many personal injury attorneys, including those at Steinger, Iscoe & Green, work on a contingency basis – meaning they only get paid if they get money for you.
Information your West Palm Beach Accident Lawyer will Need
*Your name, driver’s license and car insurance policy number
*Date, Time and Location of your auto accident
*Weather conditions at the time of the accident
*Names, driver’s license numbers and insurance policy numbers of other driver’s involved in the accident
*Copies of police report, any traffic citations issued at the accident scene and information regarding any charges of Driving Under the Influence. (DUI)
If you are unsure whether you need an attorney or not, call Steinger, Iscoe & Green @ 800-582-4551 for a free initial consultation. We are committed to protecting and fighting for your rights as an accident victim.
Steinger, Iscoe & Greene
1645 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, Suite 900
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401