Some traffic accidents do not result in injuries or they result in minor injuries that heal in a few weeks. However, some traffic accidents result in severe, traumatic injuries that require hospitalizations, surgeries, and physical therapy. During recovery, an accident victim may be unable to work due to his or her injuries. This can be very frustrating for the accident victim. It can also be very troubling and it can cause a great deal of anxiety as the accident victim tries to make ends meet without an income.
If you are out of work due to a traffic accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your lost wages, in addition to your other damages. Contact our office now for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys. Learn what your rights are under Florida’ personal injury laws from our attorneys before you agree to any settlement with the insurance company for the other driver.
Follow The Advice Of Your Physician
It may seem tempting to ignore the advice of your doctors and return to work sooner; however, this is typically not in your best interest for two reasons. The first is your health and well-being. In order to recover from your injuries, you must follow your doctor’s orders. Until your doctor feels you are able to return to work, you need to focus on your recovery.
The second reason is that you do not want to sabotage your personal injury case. In order to recover compensation for your injuries, your attorney must prove that the other driver caused the accident AND you suffered injuries as a direct result of that accident.
If you do not follow your doctor’s orders regarding your treatment and recovery, the insurance company for the other driver may argue that you were not really injured as severely as you claim. The insurance company might also allege that the severity of your injuries is your own fault because you did not follow your doctor’s instructions.
How Long Will It Be Before I Receive Money For My Traffic Accident?
Unfortunately, you will not receive any money for the traffic accident until the case is settled. You cannot receive partial compensation in a traffic accident. The only exception is property damage. We can settle the property damage portion of the claim without jeopardizing the claim for personal injuries.
Insurance companies know that accident victims who are unable to work may be desperate to receive money for their claim. An insurance company can use this to its advantage by offering a low amount to settle the case now in hopes the accident victim will be so desperate he or she will take the money and sign a release. Once a car accident case is settled and you sign a release, you cannot come back and demand more money even if you discover your injuries are far more severe than you previously thought.
You should always wait until you have reached maximum medical recovery before settling a car accident claim. You do not want to find out after you have released the parties from any further liability that you need expensive surgery or ongoing medical treatment. If you have already settled your claim, you will be responsible for paying any future medical bills.
Do Not Make A Mistake With Your Traffic Accident Claim
The traffic accident attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you fight for your right to receive a fair and full settlement for your traffic accident claim. Contact our office today at 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney.