Millions of individuals in the U.S. are injured in an accident or slip and fall every year. Those who do not know or understand their rights may end up with a lower settlement than they could have received. Even worse, they pay for their own losses out of pocket. The Law Offices of Charles H. Leo, P.A. encourage Orlando residents to learn their legal rights after an accident so they will be fully compensated for their injuries. Read more about these rights below.
The right to fair compensation
You have the right to be compensated for your injuries if you were involved in an accident that was not your fault. This includes compensation for any relevant medical bills, transportation costs to and from your health care providers, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You should not have to pay for someone else’s negligence, and you should not be taken advantage of by insurance companies.
The right to discuss options with a lawyer
You have the right to speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case before you speak to an insurance adjuster. Insurance companies and providers are not on your side and will try to get you to say things that could damage your claim or be used against you in court. An experienced attorney can protect your rights and help you get the maximum compensation you deserve.
The right to conduct your own investigation
You have the right to investigate the accident yourself or hire someone to do it for you. This includes taking photos of the scene, talking to witnesses, and gathering any other evidence that may be helpful to your case. Never rely on a police report alone, as these are often inaccurate. The Law Offices of Charles H. Leo, P.A. encourages clients to gather as much evidence as possible so we can build a strong case on their behalf.
The right to choose your medical care
You should always see a doctor as soon as possible after an accident to document your injuries and get the treatment you need. As such, you have the right to choose your own medical care and providers. No one is required to see a doctor chosen by their insurance company, and you should not be pressured into doing so. Everyone deserves to have the best doctors and specialists treat their injuries so they can get on the road to recovery.
The right to have your property replaced
If you have been in a car accident, you have the right to have your vehicle repaired or replaced. In the meantime, you are entitled to the use of a rental car so you can continue to get around. If your car has been totaled beyond repair, you are entitled to the fair market value of your vehicle. The Law Offices of Charles H. Leo, P.A. will fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can get back to driving.
The right to reject settlement offers
You have the right to accept or reject any settlement offer made by an insurance company, no matter the amount. Insurance companies are always in the business of making money, not paying out claims. They will often try to take advantage of accident victims by offering them a lowball settlement. Never accept an offer without speaking to a personal injury lawyer first. You have a much better chance of getting a fair settlement if you have our team on your side.