Coral Gables Car Accident Lawyer
Coral Gables is a beautiful city just outside of Miami, known for the Venetian Pool, the Biltmore Hotel, and other beautiful historic landmarks. Whether you’re heading to class at the University of Miami or just passing through on U.S. Route 1, car accidents can happen at any place and at any time.
If you’re injured in a wreck in Coral Gables, the experienced car accident lawyers at Steinger, Greene & Feiner know how to help you get the compensation you deserve. We’ve helped recover over $1 billion on behalf of our clients. If you receive a settlement offer from the insurance company, give us a call before you accept it. We may be able to get you more money, but once you accept the offer, you forfeit your right to seek greater compensation.
Give us a call at (786) 220-2990 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation today with a Coral Gables car accident lawyer.
We also have a proven track record of winning past client cases, including the following Miami car accident verdicts and settlements:
- $835,000 Car Accident Verdict for a collision caused by a Police Officer serving the City of Delray Beach
- $700,000 Car Accident Verdict for a client involved in a highway accident; the insurer incorrectly claimed that some of the damages resulted from a pre-existing condition, which our attorneys were able to disprove.
- $610,000 Car Accident Settlement for a client injured in an accident with no independent eyewitnesses; our Miami attorneys were nevertheless able to demonstrate that the accident occurred because of negligence.
- $250,000 Car Accident Settlement for a client who was rear-ended at high speed, necessitating surgery and causing significant pain and suffering.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve After a Car Accident in Coral Gables
Under state law, if you’re registered to drive in Florida, you must carry personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. This insurance policy will cover 80 percent of your emergency medical bills, along with 60 percent of your lost wages. In total, you are entitled to up to $10,000. If your medical treatment is considered non-emergency, you’re entitled to only $2,500 for your bills.
If your lost wages and medical bills exceed $10,000, you may be entitled to further compensation via a personal injury lawsuit. This lawsuit may help you recover compensation for a variety of different losses you suffered, whether those losses are monetary or not. During your free consultation, our Coral Gables car accident attorneys will review your case and help you determine what damages you may be entitled to, including:
- Past and future medical bills, including rehabilitation costs
- Fast and future lost wages
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Lost employment opportunities and earning capacity
- Physical disfigurement
- Mental anguish
- Temporary or permanent disability
- And more
Some of these damages are considered “economic,” meaning they have to do with the real money you lost. Economic damages can usually be proven with documentation like receipts, invoices and bills. However, damages that have nothing to do with money are called noneconomic, and they are more difficult to prove. To prove noneconomic damages, your Coral Gables car accident lawyer may use doctors, psychologists, and other experts and witnesses to prove that you deserve these damages.
What to Do After a Car Accident in Coral Gables
After you’ve been in a car accident, your first step is to always take a breath and remain calm. Freaking out will always make things worse! Check yourself for any injuries. If you have any major injuries, especially to your head or neck, don’t move! Moving can worsen your injuries. If you don’t have any serious injuries, check on any passengers in your car. If your car is still operable, pull over to the shoulder of the road. If it’s not, and you’re not seriously injured, try to safely get out of your vehicle and get yourself and your passengers to the side of the road. However, if you can, try to check on the passengers in the other vehicle as well.
Be sure to call 9-1-1 as soon as possible, and request an ambulance. Even if you don’t think you have serious injuries, you should be evaluated by a medical professional. Otherwise, if your injuries become apparent later on, the other driver’s lawyer could claim your injuries happened after the wreck.
While you’re waiting for first responders to arrive, take as many photos as you can of the damage to your car, the other car, road conditions, nearby road signs, weather conditions, and any other details you may think are important. Too many photos is way better than too few! Be sure to also get a picture of the other driver’s license plate, and if possible, a picture of their license. That way, they can’t claim they weren’t involved in the accident. Either before or after the first responders arrive, be sure to trade insurance and contact information with any other drivers involved.
You’ll also need to call your insurance company to report the accident. However, don’t give more information than you need to! The insurance company will record the call to find any reason to give you less compensation. Simply tell them where and when the accident happened, and who was involved. If they ask for more information, simply tell them you need to speak with your lawyer before saying anything else.
After you’ve been evaluated by the EMT, follow their orders, even if it means going to the emergency room. Your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance will cover some of your costs, and a personal injury lawsuit can help you recover the rest of your expenses. After being treated, be sure to go to your regular doctor in the next few days to follow up. Follow any and all orders you get from your doctor. Finally, be sure to call a Coral Gables car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You have two years after the accident to file your lawsuit. But the sooner you talk to a lawyer, the sooner they can start building a case on your behalf and help you get the compensation you deserve.
How Our Coral Gables Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your injuries under Florida’s comparative negligence statute. However, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage you are found at fault. When our lawyers review your case, they will help determine how much you could be held at fault for the accident to give you a realistic estimate of how much compensation you may be owed.
Our goal is to settle your case with the insurance company out of court. Settling out of court is preferred because it’s generally a much faster process, so you can get paid faster. But if the insurance company refuses to offer you a fair settlement during out-of-court negotiations, we are more than capable of taking your case to court to get you the compensation you deserve.
At Steinger, Greene & Feiner, our attorneys have decades of combined experience helping clients get compensation after they’ve been injured. We can help you, too. And don’t worry, you owe us nothing up front. We only get paid if we win your case. So give us a call at (786) 220-2990 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation today with a Coral Gables car accident lawyer.