Auto Accident Lawyer in Vero Beach, FL
What are the steps the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA, advise you to take after an auto accident?
What our firm has learned through experience is that most people, very honest people, who have been in a serious accident are usually able to get out of the vehicle. They have so much adrenaline coursing through their body that their body and brain will not allow them to start to feel pain immediately one way or another. Victims may start to feel some pain if they are there long enough, say 30 minutes or so. However, unless they have a broken bone or very serious injury, many people, even if they are in pain, will not even notate to an officer or to a paramedic that they are having a medical issue.
We have learned that doing this is the worst thing a person can possibly do. They should tell the truth. If they are having any pain, say exactly what the pain is, even if it is slight discomfort. Later on, if they do not, it will come up in the argument from the other side that there were no comments or complaints of pains or injuries at the scene.
Another thing that is very important is to take photos at the scene. They should take photos of where their car is and the damage to both cars. If the cars have been left where the accident occurred, take photos immediately and take as many as possible, because those cannot be replaced. More than likely, in the future, somebody is going to argue as to which way the cars were positioned, and a picture says a thousand words. Those would be the most important things to do just after an automobile accident occurs.
Why does someone need an attorney for an auto accident?
The bottom line is that the insurance companies will try to resolve cases without attorneys, and it will come down to possibly offering a sum of money to try and resolve it initially. Usually, the reason that auto accident attorneys are used is to protect your interests. The first thing is many times, if you are in a serious automobile accident, you may not know for months if an injury is going to resolve or go away, or if it is going to get substantially worse.
For example, you may suffer from a herniated disc as a result of an accident. You could have a tear in the disc wall, but the material inside the disc will not start to leak out for quite some time. As it leaks out, you could start to get severe pains and actual pressing and crushing of a nerve, which is a very severe injury. All these things take time, and the representation of an attorney to protect your interests as to how the case will go forward is imperative from the beginning all the way through your case. An experienced auto accident attorney will advise you what your rights are, one way or another.
You were just an individual who was in an accident and you are being contacted by the other person’s insurance company or your own insurance company. They are contacting you to get as much information as they can which, obviously, will be as an end result favorable to their resolution. Those are issues that come up in almost every case. Everyone has the right to know what their rights are and be represented so that they are on equal footing with the insurance company.
What does a person need to bring to their initial consultation at the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA?
The initial consultation should involve any type of insurance information they have of their own and the other driver’s, any photos that were taken at the scene, or of the vehicles, or of their injuries, and the names of any witnesses. If they have a police report, they should bring that along together with any medical treatment records they have to date. A list of the places where they have been medically treated previous to seeing the attorney should also be made available so those records can be obtained.
Why should someone choose the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA to represent a family in an auto accident?
The background knowledge of the opposing side and the amount of experience our firm has in the injury field makes us qualified to serve clients as efficiently as possible. Vero Beach Auto accident attorney Bregoff handles all cases personally. He deals with his clients directly in every aspect of the case from beginning to end. We feel this makes a more successful result for the cases of people who come to our firm.
What is a personal injury?
A personal injury usually encompasses anything from, in a worst-case scenario, a wrongful death claim where somebody was injured to the point that they passed away, to the realm of different areas of automobile accidents where you were not at fault for the accident and you were injured. Personal injury also includes a dog bite injury where you were bitten or attacked by a dog, or a trip and fall or slip and fall case in which you were not at fault and, for whatever reason, you had fallen or tripped at a specific premises and injured yourself. Then lastly, you also have marine accidents, where somebody was injured in a boat through no fault of their own and has sustained injuries.
What difference does an attorney make on a personal injury case?
The actual background knowledge, experience and training of an attorney can make a large difference as to how a case proceeds and how a case resolves. The opposing side, being a prosecutor in a criminal case, or an insurance defense attorney or insurance adjuster in a personal injury case, already knows the background and experience of an attorney they are dealing with in these cases. They look into it. They ask questions, and they come to find out exactly what this person knows. Has he had trial experience, both in the criminal field for a criminal case or injury cases in the civil realm? Also, the rapport you have with these prosecutors or insurance adjusters or insurance defense attorneys, as to how you relate to them can prove beneficial. In most cases, our firm does not like to be argumentative. It is very clear in the time that we have been practicing in this area of law, since 1991, that sugar gets you a lot farther along than vinegar. You can retaliate in a proper way and inform the prosecution or an insurance adjuster or insurance attorney exactly how this case will probably go along without offending someone. Most of the time, if cases are handled in that perspective, you will end up with a positive outcome for the circumstances of a case.
What type of cases does the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA, handle for personal injury?
When did the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA, first start taking on personal injury clients?
Well, our firm actually started in the personal injury field in 1995, working on the defense side. Then the decision was made to represent people who were injured and make our own decisions on moving forward with cases, and how to handle cases against the insurance company. We now have two offices.
What would someone need to bring with them to the first initial consultation with the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA?
As it relates to personal injury, depending on the type of personal injury, the most common are automobile accident cases. So, for automobile accident cases, the things that you really would need to bring would include the police report, any medical treatment records that you may have for treatment that you have received up to the point of the appointment, along with your insurance card, any information you have as to claim numbers, adjusters’ names, phone numbers of adjusters and the names of any witnesses.
As it relates to other injury type cases, again, it is similar. You would want to have the names of any witnesses and any reports filled out. If you tripped in a store and you filled out a report, you are going to want a copy of the report that was filled out. You are going to want to bring any photos taken at the accident. Specifically with slip and fall and trip and fall cases, it is very important, if at all possible, to try and get a photo of where you tripped or where you slipped because, often, the conditions that created you to fall are going to be changed. Either something on the ground is going to be swept up or a board sticking up is going to be fixed, and that no longer is going to be a piece of evidence, unless a picture is taken of it. Those are the type of pieces of information would be vital to a first meeting.
What does the Law Offices of Keith Bregoff, PA, offer that makes you stand apart in personal injury?
In the realm of personal injury, what really makes us stand apart the most is that Keith Bregoff worked for an insurance company for 11 years handling every different type of personal injury case, from the other side. He knows how the insurance company is going to approach a case. He knows where they are going to look to find weaknesses in the injured party’s case, where they may deny certain allegations, and how they will proceed. Most importantly, with the insurance companies, you need to substantiate what you are alleging. Unless they have worked for the insurance company, many attorneys will send in documentation, which clearly, if you are looking at it from the insurance side and being asked to pay a large sum of money, is going to be inadequate. Mr. Bregoff has experience working on the other side.
When our firm does what is called a demand to try and settle a case, all the holes and gaps and questions that we know the insurance company is going to try to argue are going to be addressed so that they do not become issues in the case. That is just from year after year after year of experience seeing every scenario that insurance companies use and argue that continues to this day. By at least addressing those issues ahead of time, it puts the insurance company in a much different posture on how they will move forward with your case.
Then the last thing is, which we feel is the most important, is that Mr. Bregoff deals with every single client personally. He picks and chooses his cases. When he takes the case, he takes the case knowing that he is going to be the one who is going to contact the client personally. Mr. Bregoff is the one who is going to be the only one to converse with the insurance company; and he is going to be the only one to deal with the insurance defense attorney.
We think that makes a large difference in the case because it is the personal injury attorney who is putting the face on what the case is, and the person’s injuries, and how they are affected by them. It will not be an assistant who will deal with some of these issues. It will always be Mr. Bregoff dealing directly with the opposing side. Our firm feels that it is important to always deal with clients directly, not through the secretary, not through the paralegal, but through our attorney.