What Do I Do After a Car Wreck?

Steps to Take After A Car Accident in St. PetersburgImmediately following a car crash, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and begin the process of collecting fair compensation. These steps include:

  • Photo documenting the scene – use your phone or a camera to get pictures from multiple angles
  • Get contact info – get the license number, insurance info, and contact info from all involved drivers. Get the contact info and names of all witnesses
  • Get vehicle info – license plate and VIN numbers from involved vehicles may prove useful
  • Contact police – file a report and cooperate, but never so much as suggest you are to blame
  • Cooperate with emergency personnel – allow EMTs to do their job, allow police to do their job, get the name and badge/ID number of each person you talk to

As soon as you are released from the scene of an accident, make an appointment with your doctor. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury may both take days or even months to show symptoms. At that point, it will be too late to take measures to prevent long-term disability.

Severe Injury

If your injury is severe, you will obviously not be able to get out of your car to start snapping pictures and taking names. In these cases, a personal injury attorney should be contacted right away. By contacting a personal injury attorney quickly, your accident can be investigated thoroughly, allowing for a better chance of full compensation. Waiting to take action can make getting full compensation difficult. Calling an attorney immediately is the best way to protect your rights.

Even if you are able to document the scene and gather evidence, it is a good idea to talk to a lawyer. Bring the information you gathered at the scene to your free consultation to learn if your claim qualifies for legal action. Taking a claim to court will almost certainly result in a settlement or verdict that is more in line with your actual damages.

What We Do

My Price Lawyers is a referral network for high-quality, affordable attorneys. We don’t believe you need to sacrifice service and experience for affordability. The personal injury lawyers in our network all handle these cases on a contingency basis. This means if you don’t make a recovery, they don’t get paid. No legal or court fees. No out-of-pocket expenses at all. If you don’t get a settlement, your attorney doesn’t get paid.

You literally have nothing to lose by calling our Lakeland, Florida office for a free case referral to a qualified attorney who is prepared to take your case as far as needed to secure the total compensation you deserve.

If you live in or around Tampa, Florida and are in need of an affordable personal injury attorney, please call My Price Lawyers at 800-475-7005 today. We work with attorneys throughout the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater areas of Florida.

Infographic: National Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month and a great time for parents to consider steps that can help prevent serious or fatal injury to small children. The infographic below provides data on infant and child safety. You can help protect your child from injury by:

  • Choosing age-appropriate toys
  • Reading instructions for use and care
  • Being cautious of warning labels
  • Checking toys and other products daily to ensure they are holding together

It is also a good idea to register new products with the manufacturer. If recalls are issued, you will be notified directly and have more time to react.

Please remember, children should be supervised by a responsible adult who can remain attentive and close at hand. This one step can help prevent a majority of fatal accidents involving children.

If your child is harmed through the negligence of someone else, call 800-475-7005 to be referred to a qualified and affordable personal injury attorney.

My Price Lawyers is a referral service of experienced attorneys serving the Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Lakeland areas of Florida.

Baby Safety Month 2018 Infographic

Florida Simplified Divorce Qualifications

Expedited Divorce in FloridaThe process of divorce is not a fast one. In fact, the average divorce in Florida takes about 10 months – and that’s when no children are involved. Add in decisions about custody and support for children and the length of time can extend to 16 months or more.

As one of the top 10 states for divorce, Florida’s family court system handles multiple cases a day, but with an average of 4.2 divorces per 1,000 marriages, new cases can face long delays before they’re heard, further adding to the amount of time it can take to get divorced in the Sunshine State.

Florida has an expedited divorce process – one that may only take a few months – but certain qualifications have to be met for couples to qualify for this simplified divorce process.

Who Qualifies for a Simplified Divorce in Florida?

To qualify for a simplified divorce in Florida, a couple must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Both spouses agree that the marriage cannot be saved
  • No minor or dependent children are a product of the marriage
  • The wife does not have any minor or dependent children born during the marriage
  • The wife is not currently pregnant
  • Both spouses agree on asset, property, and liability division
  • Neither spouse is seeking alimony
  • Both spouses agree to give up the right to trial and appeal
  • Both spouses are willing to go into the clerk’s office to sign the petition
  • Both spouses are willing to go to the final hearing

If you do not meet all of these qualifications, you cannot file for an expedited divorce in Florida. This means that you may need to hire an attorney to help ensure your best interests are protected during proceedings.

Average Cost of Divorce in Florida

Cost of Divorce in FloridaAn expedited divorce will be significantly less expensive than one involving attorneys. According to Martindale Nolo Research’s 2015 divorce study, the average cost of divorce in Florida is $13,500, with attorney’s fees accounting for approximately $10,700 of the total cost. When a contentious battle over child custody is involved, costs increase to an average of $20,300, with attorney’s fees accounting for an average of $17,100.

Divorce can be exceedingly expensive and may even drive some separating couples deep into debt, but going into a contentious divorce without an attorney is never a good idea. The affordable family law attorneys that are part of the My Price Lawyers network provide quality, experienced, and dedicated representation for people in the Tampa area who are considering or have already filed for divorce. Contact us today for a free case referral.

Call 844-718-0758 to be referred to an affordable divorce attorney in Tampa, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, or surrounding areas of Florida.