How can I afford to pay a lawyer and my medical bills after a car accident?
The Cost of a Car Accident Lawyer and Medical Bills
A car accident is stressful. An accident leads to many things that need to be done, and time is of the essence. However, it is important to know how much you will have to spend for an attorney, for medical costs, and for your car. Our accident attorneys have over 30 years of experience, and we can help answer all of your questions.
How much does a Car Accident Lawyer cost?
Generally, car accident lawyers operate on a contingent fee basis. This means, that they will not charge you a legal fee until you have reached a settlement. Therefore, it is essentially “free” and nothing comes out of your pocket. The personal injury lawyer will be paid out of the money that the opposing party agrees to pay as a result of the accident. Therefore, no money is needed to hire a personal injury attorney.
Who pays for Medical Costs after an accident?
Some people may be hesitant to see a medical provider right after an accident due to the costs. However, it is extremely important to not wait on this. Under Florida Law, PIP (Personal Injury Protection) will cover the first part of your medical bills.
This PIP is a mandatory part of your car insurance and will pay up to $10,000 of medical bills. A medical provider must determine that your injuries are an Emergency Medical Condition (EMC). If your physician determines that your injuries are not a result of an EMC, then you can qualify for your PIP to cover up to $2,500 towards your medical bills.
Who ends up paying more than what the Florida PIP pays?
Many clients think that their attorneys are paying for their medical bills after a car accident until a settlement is reached. This is not the case. A personal injury attorney will manage your medical bills and keep track of how much is owed to each physician, but he will not be paying your medical bills.
When will my medical bills be paid?
Medical bills will be paid once a car accident settlement is reached with the opposing party. A portion of the settlement will go to pay for outstanding medical bills. If the medical bills are excessive, a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer may help to reduce these; however, this depends upon many factors.
How can I be sure that my medical bills are paid?
During the course of treatment for injuries sustained from a car accident, it is common to receive bills and other information from your medical providers in the mail. Be sure to give all of these documents to your car accident lawyer.
Additionally, make sure you tell your lawyer who you are seeing for your medical injuries. Often clients do not tell their lawyers or forget. An attorney must know which doctors you are seeing for your car accident injuries. Additionally, doctors must know that you are there to see them for your car accident injuries. Make sure to not assume that a lawyer or doctor knows you are there to see them as a consequence of your car accident.
Talk to an experienced car accident lawyer
Lulich Attorneys and Consultants have been helping car accident victims for over 30 years. Our firm understands the stressful process that a car accident entails can help make that process much easier for you.
As a courtesy to our clients, we offer Free Consultations. That means we will not charge you anything for asking us questions about your case or to determine if you have a case. Call today for your Free Legal Case Evaluation. Our firm has offices in Sebastian (772-589-5500) and offices in Vero Beach (772-774-7771).