3000 Gulf to Bay Blvd #200 Clearwater FL 33759
“Choosing the right lawyer is no accident.”
Can I use my health insurance to pay my medical bills from my car crash injuries?
No auto insurance for other person in auto accident? We can help! We investigate, and search for who owns the car, work related, or who is the real owner? How many policies exist? At fault party, no insurance?
Scott Swope is a managing member of the firm. He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Florida and the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. She is a member of both the Clearwater Bar Association and the St. Petersburg Bar Association. He has successfully represented hundreds of accident clients.
Scott Swope is a former traffic Homicide Investigator with the Sheriff’s office.
In many traffic accident cases, witnesses or other drivers will claim one of the accident vehicles did not have it’s lights on during a night time accident. This claim supports a contention that another driver, or pedestrian, could not see the approaching vehicle and take reasonable evasive action.
The rear-ending of one vehicle by another is a common accident situation. If the struck vehicle is parked, stopped, slowing or backing up, the questions of what, if any, lights were on is immediately raised. When the collision occurs on through roadways, it may be necessary to determine whether or not the hazard lights were operating. Examination of the lights on the rear of the struck vehicle may provide the answers to these questions.
Our attorneys are well-qualified to handle your car accident claim. The accident lawyers at Swope Law, P.L. have helped hundreds of accident victims throughout the Tampa Bay Area in the last 15 years. Each client meets with a lawyer at the initial free consultation. To enable our clients open access to their lawyer, our clients receive their lawyer’s cellular telephone number and personal email address.
Most accident law firms only handle personal injury legal matters. At Swope Law, P.L., our lawyers are experienced in handling a wide range of legal matters, including debt collection claims, foreclosure defense, contract claims and defenses, real estate litigation, business litigation, and landlord/tenant law. Many times, our accident clients’ injuries prevent them from working which can result in a whole host of additional legal problems. Most accident law firms will refer their clients out to other lawyers to handle these ancillary legal matters. At Swope Law, P.L., we will assist our clients with any legal matter that is within our abilities. Many times, we are able to handle these other legal matters without collecting a fee from our clients up front.
CAR ACCIDENT DO’S:
1. Take Pictures. Take lots of pictures. Take pictures of all cars involved in the accident. Take the pictures from multiple angles and multiple distances. Take pictures of the roadway, skid marks, and debris on the roadway. Take pictures of applicable street signs such as stop signs, no-turn signs, etc. If you have bruising, cuts, scrapes, or abrasions, take pictures of them every day until they go away.
2. Get the Names of Witnesses. Independent witnesses could be your only way of proving who was at fault for the car accident. The insurance company will almost always claim that you were at fault, or at least partially at fault. Get the witnesses’ name, address, and telephone number.
3. Go to the Right Doctor, Right Away. Don’t delay. Timely documentation of your injuries is critical. If you don’t go to the doctor within 14 days after an accident, you may lose $10,000 in PIP benefits. Not all doctors are created equal. Most doctors are excellent clinicians and do wonderful work for their patients. However, not all doctors know how to properly handle and document treatment arising from a car accident. Many primary care physicians who routinely handle colds, checkups, cholesterol monitoring, and other general medical treatment are ill-equipped to handle car accident injuries. There are many doctors who specialize in treating people who have been injured in car accidents. Those doctors include chiropractors, orthopedists, neurologists, and pain management specialists. We prefer doctors whose practices are a blend of car accident victims and managed care patients. We do not recommend treating with doctors who only handle car accident claims. Also, be cautious about going to the emergency room. Hospital emergency rooms are extraordinarily expensive and can use up most or all of your available personal injury protection insurance benefits in a single visit. Obviously, if you have a life threatening injury you should go to the emergency room. For a list of some quality doctors we have worked call today.