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Why You Need an Experienced Injury Lawyer if You are Involved in a Car Accident


Clearwater personal injury attorney Jennifer A. Burns of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. weighs in on the importance of legal counsel when filing a claim

CLEARWATER, Fla. (PRWEB) August 23, 2018

More than 202,000 car accidents have already been reported in Florida this year, resulting in more than 128,000 injuries, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Individuals who have sustained injury often wonder whether to try and deal with the insurance company and settle the claim on their own or hire an attorney.

"Individuals who have suffered serious or long-term injuries as the result of a car accident are advised to consult with an experienced car accident attorney for the most desirable outcome," said Jennifer A. Burns, leading personal injury attorney at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. in Clearwater, Florida. "A qualified attorney advocates on your behalf -- communicating with the insurance adjuster and healthcare providers, obtaining the evidence needed to prove liability, gathering the necessary medical records to demonstrate damages, and effectively negotiating the most satisfactory settlement in your case."

In Florida, car accidents involving injury, death, or property damage greater than $500 must be reported immediately to law enforcement officers who will file an official police report. In cases where there is only minor car damage and a police report is not required, the driver must file a crash report within ten days of the accident.

"Florida follows a no-fault insurance system for car accidents and each driver's medical bills must be submitted to their own insurance company first," continued attorney Burns. "You can only file a personal injury claim against the other driver if the accident is serious. Injured parties have four years from the date of the accident to file the claim, according to Florida's statute of limitations."

To learn more about the protections provided by Florida's personal injury law, or if you have been involved in an automobile accident, contact the skilled personal injury attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. Located in Clearwater, Florida, the law office of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. has been serving the Tampa Bay area community for 47 years. Innovative strategies and savvy litigation skills make the firm Tampa Bay's premier legal team, with a proven track record of success and a reputation for excellence. For more information about Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A., visit the firm website at or contact the office directly at 877-728-9653.

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