Your Tampa Auto Accident Lawyer

When you’re in an accident, you’ll want a lawyer with experience in the area. As a Tampa auto accident lawyer, David A. Papa has over 20 years of success getting his clients the settlement they need.

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Your Helping Hand Through a Stressful Time

After a car accident, there is a lot of stress and financial costs to deal with. There is the insurance company to negotiate with, financial bills to pay, injuries to recover from, and more. No one should have to go through it alone. Tampa auto accident lawyer, David A. Papa can help you through this stressful time and get you the justice you deserve.

Next Steps After An Accident

Your next steps after a car accident are important ones. Taking the right actions can help set you up for the best defense and maximize your settlement. After your accident, you should do the following:
Seek Medical Care
If anyone on the scene is injured, the first thing you should do is get medical attention. Even if it’s only a small injury, you need to document the treatment for your insurance claim later.
Inform Your Insurance Company
Your car insurance company covers medical expenses, car damages, and other costs, so you need to report the accident as soon as you can.
Document With Photographs and Videos
At the scene, you need to document the interior and exterior of both cars, road conditions, location, weather, and any injuries if you’re able. These photos and videos will be evidence when negotiating your insurance claim later.
Report The Accident To The Police
If the accident was severe, if you don’t know who caused it, or if anyone was injured you will need to call the police. When they arrive on the scene, be sure to also ask for their names, badge numbers, and the case number on the report for later.
Call a Tow Truck
If your car isn’t safe to drive, you need to call a tow truck to transport it to an auto repair shop. Also record the truck driver’s information and document the towing cost as well.
Call Your Lawyer
Even before you call your insurance company, you should contact your Tampa auto accident lawyer. Your lawyer will instruct your next steps and advise you on what you should and shouldn’t say to your insurance company, the police, and other driver.
When you learn what you should do after your accident, you should also learn about what you shouldn’t do. Our Car Accident Tips include what you should and shouldn’t do after your accident and can help set you up for the best legal defense.

How We Protect You

If you think your insurance company has your best interest in mind, they don’t. Their priority is making a profit, and that’s often at the expense of your settlement. However, there is someone on your side: David A. Papa. Here are some of the ways he can protect you from your insurance company’s tactics and ensure you get the best outcome.

Prove You Weren’t At Fault

Though it’s illegal in Florida for insurance companies to raise your rates after a car accident, that doesn’t apply if you were at fault. A Tampa auto accident lawyer like David A. Papa can help prove you weren’t at fault and protect you from higher rates.

Fight a Denied Claim

To pressure you into a lower settlement, sometimes your insurance company may deny your claim even if it’s completely legitimate. If they do that, they can be held liable for acting in bad faith. In these cases, your lawyer can file a complaint and you may be granted punitive damages.

Negotiate a Higher Settlement Offer

Another way David A. Papa can protect you from your insurance company is by negotiating a higher settlement. A lot of times, insurance companies offer lower offers as quickly as they can, hoping that their clients are desperate enough to accept it right away and not ask for higher. Your lawyer is familiar with this tactic and will know not to settle for less than you need.

Get the Most Out of Your Settlement

With a Tampa auto accident lawyer on your side, you can get almost three times the settlement that you would if you didn’t have a lawyer. At Papa Injury Law, we always work to get you the amount you need. Here are some of the ways we can do that for you.
Prevent Mistakes
After a car accident, you may feel overwhelmed and sometimes that may result in you saying the wrong thing that can be used against you later. An auto accident lawyer can prevent you from making these mistakes by advising you and advocating for you when you have to talk to the police or your insurance company.
Prove Your Claim
One of your first actions after a car accident will be to file an insurance claim. Once you do this, you then have the responsibility to prove that the amount you asked for is justified. To do this you have to meet a “burden of proof,” which includes:

  • Duty of Care: The at-fault driver had a duty to prevent accidents and injuries.
  • Duty Violation:The at-fault driver didn’t fulfill their responsibility, which caused injuries and damages.
  • Cause and Effect: Their negligence was the direct cause of your injury and damages.
  • You Suffered Damages: Because of the at-fault driver’s actions and the resulting accident, you have suffered from lost wages, medical expenses, damage to your car, etc.

While you have to meet this burden of proof, you don’t have to do it alone. A car accident lawyer is familiar with these criteria and will be able to provide the right evidence to justify your claim. As a Tampa auto accident lawyer, David A. Papa is familiar with these standards and will be able to work with you to get you the settlement you need.

Cover All Expenses
When you’re asking for your settlement amount, you might include the bills you have now, but that’s not enough. Car accidents often have hidden costs that aren’t apparent until further down the line. These costs could include chiropractic care, mobility aids, therapy, physical therapy, and more. An experienced lawyer knows to take these future expenses into account along with your present expenses to make sure your settlement covers everything you need.

Accessible Legal Care

At Papa Injury Law, we believe that everyone deserves to have access to quality legal care. That’s why David A. Papa makes himself available to his clients whenever they need it. Always just one call away, he’s available 24/7. He also makes sure his clients never have to worry about the cost. At Papa Injury Law, we work on contingency fees which means we don’t charge until after you win. You focus on recovery, and we’ll take care of the rest.

The Tampa Auto Accident Lawyer That Has You Covered

For over 20 years, David A. Papa has had success getting his clients the settlement they need, and he wants to help you too. The care you need and the justice you deserve is just a call away. Contact us at Papa Injury Law for your free consultation.

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