Car Accident Attorney
Have you been injured in a car accident? High out-of-pocket spending for medical care can lead to a large debt. For Example, fixing a broken leg can cost up to $7,500, and the average cost of a 3-day hospital stay is around $30,000, source: healthcare.gov.
Therefore, patients may delay or forgo needed medical care because of the cost, risking their health. First, our Car Accident Attorney will assist you in getting the medical care you need through PIP, health insurance, or the at-fault party's insurance. Then we will fight to get you the financial support you need to recover fully.
William John DiPetrillo, Personal Injury Attorney, has over 24 years of experience in car accident cases, which will help you get the best result.
Please call to receive a free consultation for your car accident case. Hire us. We only get paid if we win your car accident case.
Personal Injury Practice areas include Car Accidents, Bicycle accidents, Pedestrian accidents, Birth Injuries, Motorcycle accidents, Truck accidents, Wrongful death, slip and fall injuries, or any other accident where you are injured because of the fault of another.
Car Accident Attorney
After suffering injuries in a motor car accident, there are several factors that might significantly influence any car accident settlement or verdict. Some of those factors can be pivotal in determining the amount of any settlement or verdict...READ MORE
What should I do if I get in a car accident?
Please keep the following factors in mind, if you are involved in a car accident
You should report the accident per the 2021 Florida Statutes listed shown below.
Seek medical assistance immediately after the car accident. If you experience any pain or discomfort, ask the 911 operators to send paramedics and the police.
Another driver may be assigned 100 percent of the blame for an accident in a rear-end collision where the victim waited for a red light to turn green. This accident might generate evidence such as a police accident report, traffic, dash-cam, surveillance camera footage of the crash, passengers, eyewitness statements, and photos of the vehicles involved.
Is your injury permanent? Nearly all strains or sprains involving muscles, tendons, and ligaments will heal in six to eight weeks. These damages are not as compensable as permanent injuries, such as severe traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, traumatic amputations, burns, and Fractures.
Expect the opposing insurer to look at these in exacting detail. Please do seek medical assistance immediately after the crash. If you experience any pain or discomfort, ask the 911 operators to send paramedics and the police. The paramedics will treat you at the scene and transport you to the emergency room of a local hospital.
It might be alleged that you are partially to blame for the car accident. Whether or not that's proved, you'll still recover compensation for your injuries, but any settlement or verdict would account for the percentage of fault assigned to you.
You’re likely to be contacted by the opposing insurance firm shortly after your car accident “just to determine if you’re feeling any better.” That’s just a pretext for trying to get a recorded statement from you about how your accident happened. Never give an opposing insurer a statement of any kind without an attorney being present on your behalf. The law doesn’t require you to provide one. That opposing insurer's representative already knows how the accident happened. They possess a duplicate of the police report. If that person says your claim is denied and closed for want of a statement, contact a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer immediately. Upon being retained, they will contact the opposing insurance company.
An opposing insurer will do everything possible to devalue your injury claim. Until you retain a quality and experienced personal injury lawyer, protect your claim or lawsuit by keeping these five factors that could impact your car accident settlement in mind at all times. William John DiPetrillo & Associates, P.A. will advise you further. We have over 24 years of experience in car accident settlements and is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar Association.
Car accident Lawyer: We will get you the medical care and financial support you need to recover fully.
William John DiPetrillo, Managing Attorney
Other car accident resources:
- Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles: Florida Insurance Requirements. Involved in a Crash?
- Florida Bar Association: What’s an example of negligence in a car accident?
Car Accident Settlement Process Explained
We will try to settle your claim, but we will take your case to trial to get what you need to recover fully.
First, we will need to gather the necessary evidence to support your claims, such as medical records, medical bills, witness statements, photos, video, expert witness reports, and testimony. This evidence is then used to create a demand package and lays the foundation for negotiations with the insurance company.
The insurance provider may make an initial settlement offer, which marks the beginning of negotiations. At this point, both parties will negotiate an acceptable resolution. If the company denies your claim or doesn’t make a fair offer, we will then file a lawsuit
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) highlights the following Risky Driving behaviors that could result in car accidents:
- Drunk Driving & Drug-Impaired Driving - Per NHTSA ,in 2019 one person died every 52 minuets form drunk driving accidents in the United States, a total of 10,142 deaths. Additionally, 56% of serous injury and fatal accidents tested positive for drugs, based on trauma center studies, Oct-Dec 2020.
- Distracted Driving – 3,142 people died in distracted driving incidents in 2019, per NHTSA.
- Speeding - 9,478 3,142 people died in speeding related incidents in 2019, per NHTSA.
- Drowsy Driving – 697 people died in drowsy driving related incidents in 2019, per NHTSA.
How long does it take to receive an offer of compensation in a personal injury case?
The time it takes from reporting a personal injury claim to settling it depends on the details involved in your case. For example, We have had pedestrian personal injury claims be paid out within four weeks of filing the claim. However, not all cases are the same. The “ devil is in the details.” “Usually, you can expect the matter to be settled a few weeks after treatment has concluded. This allows the physicians to complete their final report and a reasonable processing time for the insurance company.
If you have suffered an injury due to another's actions or negligence. We can help.
- We Offer Free Consultation – we will evaluate your case for free.
- We have seen a lot in over 24 years – we have a wide breath of talent and knowledge on our team to tackle even the most difficult cases.
- We are offer personalized approach to your issues. Even if the case is similar to another, you are not. We tailor our legal strategy to your needs.
- A member of our team is always available to our clients.
- We are committed to transparency throughout our relationship as your legal representatives.
- We can go to Court anywhere in Florida and our associates provided coverage throughout the United States.
- Talk to us. You will see the difference.
We will get justice from the at-fault parties if you have been injured in a car accident because of another's negligence. Our car accident injury attorneys will assist you in getting the medical care you need through PIP, health insurance, the at-fault party's insurance, and the monetary settlement you need to recover fully.
We can and will work with any medical provider. However, we have developed strategic alliances over the years of thoroughly trained and experienced physicians providing the complete spectrum of musculoskeletal care from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation. This empowers us to ensure access to a reasonably high standard of medical care while fighting to get you the monetary settlement you deserve.
Experience matters. Let us be there for you.
An accident or incident report will go a long way to assigning blame to the at-fault party.
Having a medical professional document your injuries and treatment is very important. The insurance company will question everyhting in an effort to mitigate costs or deny your claim
We will get you the financial settlement you need to recover fully.
To oversimplify, the simple formula of success for insurance companies is to take in as much as possible, in the form of preiums etc., and pay out as little as possible. The first offer is often unreasonably low.
We can get you lost wages compensation and include this information in determining the present value of future negative impact to your future income stream, in cases where this is relevant.
The only party with a vested interest to help you is your car accident attorney. Do believe the calls to check on your wellbeing or requests for statements from the at-fault parties or their representatives, including the at-fault party's insurance company.
Opposing counsel and insurance company representatives will comb your social media and perform other investigations hoping for an opportunity to challenge your claim. Just stay off social media until your case is settled.
Florida requires that any car accident lawsuit be filed within four years of the accident, Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a). A wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault parties must be filed within two years by a deceased's immediate family member. In a Wrongful Death case, the "clock" starts on the date of the person's death, Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(d), shown below.
2012 Florida Statutes
Limitations other than for the recovery of real property.
95.11 Limitations other than for the recovery of real property.—Actions other than for recovery of real property shall be commenced as follows:
(2) WITHIN FIVE YEARS.—
(3) WITHIN FOUR YEARS.—
(4) WITHIN TWO YEARS.—
Serving South Florida since 1997
Our Managing Attorney, William John DiPetrillo, is an experienced Trial Lawyer who has resided in South Florida since 1969. He attended the University of Florida, where he played on the rugby team. William "Bill" DiPetrillo graduated from the University of Florida in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Then he went on to study law at the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in1997. Then Mr. DiPetrillo assisted in teaching and speaking for the bar exam.
Mr. DiPetrillo is a member, in good standing, of the Florida Bar Association and has been President of his law firm in South Florida for over twenty-four years.
Additionally, Mr. DiPetrillo had earned all financial degrees with EF Hutton and received his stock, insurance, options, and futures licenses.
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