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Time is of the Essence – The Importance of Timing in Personal Injury Cases

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The phrase “time is of the esssence” is often included in legal contracts and it basically means that participants in the agreement must adhere to the deadlines for performance of specific duties. For example, if you sign a document to purchase a house there will likely be a date for closing and you will have to deliver the money for the purchase by that date. If you don’t you may lose your deposit and possibly be sued for the full purchase price.

When you buy insurance for your vehicle and a policy is issued you should read it baecause there are likely several references to timing and they should not be ignored. For example this is from an actual auto insurance policy: “Benefits will be paid only while the insured person is alive and only if the disability commences within 20 days of the accident and…..”

After an auto, motorcycle, or truck accident many injury victims are anxious to settle and recover monetary damages as soon as possible. They may be in a financial bind due to their inability to work or because of medical bills and there is an urge to rush into a settlement. In cases like this it’s often best to seek legal advice and remain patient.

Insurance companies will sometimes reach out to an injured person and offer a check but a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney can guide people to a conclusion that may, in the end, be far more substantial.

These are guidelines to consider after being involved in an accident:

  • Dont communicate with any insurance company without first consulting with an attorney.
  • Do not accept an offer or sign documents without asking advice from an attorney.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to an insurance company or anyone else.
  • Don’t post things on social media about your accident.

It’s also important to be aware of several Statutes of Limitations regarding personal injury and medical malpractice cases. An attorney can make sure these important laws are adhered to.

Remember that personal injury attorneys usually do not charge anything until your case is concluded. We work hard to protect your legal rights and always do everything possible to make sure you receive the maximum monetary compensation for your injuries, property damages, and pain and suffering.

Questions? We are available to speak with victimes of accidents 7 days a week at (954) 356-0006.

Auto Accident Insurance Delays and Denials

Auto Accident Insurance Delays and Denials • Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys

Auto Accident Insurance Delays and Denials

You’re a safe driver, and you’ve always paid your auto insurance premiums on time. But when you are involved in an accident, it seems like your friends at the insurance company aren’t in a hurry to help you get your car fixed, pay for your injuries, or give you any help at all. We can help.

One of the first things that happens after an accident is the insurance companies involved start to play the blame game. They often delay issuing payment for damages and will try to stall while they also try to limit what they will pay. They may deny your claim entirely.

Auto Accident Insurance Delays and DenialsEveryone who is involved in an accident that involves significant damage to property or any injuries at all should consult with a personal injury attorney. Keep in mind that many injuries do not become apparent until days or weeks after the accident.

Believe it or not, some insurance companies will delay paying benefits to people who are injured and cannot work so they can offer a lower settlement and hope for an acceptance because the victim is desperate. This sounds callous but we see it happen. Of course not all insurance companies engage in these tactics, and sometimes delays are due to “processing” and other technicalities but that doesn’t help the person who needs to pay bills.

You may need someone to deal with the insurance company, or you may need someone to actually move forward with a lawsuit. Either way, it’s best to get legal advice. Keep in mind that there are limitations on time about when you can file a lawsuit and if you miss that window while haggling with your insurance company you may lose your right to sue.

The Law Firm of Lazarus and Lazarus has been working with victims of accidents in south Florida for over 25 years. We have dealt with every insurance company and heard every imaginable excuse why they can’t pay what they should pay for injuries and damages. We don’t accept excuses, we get results.

Please call us if you have any questions about an auto, truck, or motorcycle accident. We’re here to help: (954) 356-0006

Auto Accident Insurance Delays and Denials