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What can you expect when dealing with insurance companies?

After suffering injuries in an accident, you will more than likely turn your attention to filing claims seeking compensation for your injuries and property damages. Other than knowing to make a call to the insurance companies involved, you may be like other Florida residents who are not quite sure what the claims process actually entails. Knowing what to expect may take at least some of the frustration out of the process.

As is the case in many Florida accidents, you may file two insurance claims. If the crash was the fault of the other driver, you may file a third party claim with the insurance company of the other driver. If that person does not have enough insurance to cover your losses, you may file a first party claim with your insurance company. The type of claim you file could also depend on the type of accident in which you were injured.

In general, insurance companies expect you to file claims within 24 hours of the incident. Then, they expect you to wait. You may be required to submit information regarding your claim while the company or companies look into it. You will then be made an offer based on the result of that investigation. In many cases, if a way to deny the claim or make a low settlement offer presents itself, the company will more than likely take the opportunity.

You can appeal these decisions, and if not resolved to your satisfaction, you may need to take additional legal action. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, and do not typically look out for your best interests. Therefore, it may be to your advantage to seek the advice and assistance of a Florida attorney who can help you pursue recovery of the restitution to which you are entitled.

Source: FindLaw, "Insurance Claims After an Accident: The Basics", Accessed on Sept. 1, 2017

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