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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do after an auto accident?

  • Immediately after an accident if you were injured call 911 and request medical attention. Do not attempt to move around, exit the vehicle if your injury is severe unless remaining in your vehicle places you in additional danger. Movement can exacerbate your injury therefore if you are unsure as to the severity of your injury try to remain immobilized until paramedics arrive.
  • If your injuries are not severe and moving will not place you in any more harm, then call 911 for medical attention, exit your vehicle and determine if your vehicle has come to a stop in a dangerous place such as oncoming traffic or a busy lane. If your vehicle is in a dangerous place attempt to move your vehicle to a safer area if possible. If you cannot then leave your vehicle and move yourself to a safe location until police and paramedics arrive.
  • Once in a safe area and waiting for police and paramedics take photos of your vehicle and the other vehicles involved in the crash. Write down any statements made other drivers.
  • Take down address and telephone numbers of everyone involved in the accident as well as witnesses.
  • Take photos of other driver’s insurance cards and driver’s licenses.
  • When police arrive provide all the requested information and ask for a copy of the police report and take down the police officer’s name and badge number.
  • If you are in pain seek prompt medical attention by either accepting a transport to hospital by paramedics or having a family member drive you.
  • If you receive a call from any insurance company including your own DO NOT provide them with a recorded statement or sign any documents until after you have spoken with a lawyer.
  • If you days later you are experiencing any pain or discomfort seek medical attention immediately. Do not hesitate as waiting too long to receive treatment could result in your claim being barred.
  • Call Reinfeld Cabrera Tison and speak with a highly skilled trial lawyer 954-334-1520

Why should I do after a slip and fall?

  • If you are injured and cannot get up call for help if people are around or call 911.
  • Once help arrives do not make them lift you up, unless remaining on the floor will place you in more danger.
  • Ask the person to call 911 if you haven’t already done so and ask them to stay with you.
  • Get the person to take photos of the scene and of the area you slipped on.
  • Ask the person to identify the object or substance that caused you to fall. If it is liquid try to identify if its water, soap, cleaning supplies or other substances.
  • If you can identify the substance try to identify how it got there.
  • Take down the person’s name, address and phone number so they could be contacted later.
  • If an employee or owner of the establishment you fell at approaches you give them a detail of what happened and ask for their name and copy of report.
  • Once paramedics arrive if you are in pain seek prompt medical attention by either accepting a transport to hospital by paramedics or having a family member drive you.
  • If you receive a call from any insurance company including your own DO NOT provide them with a recorded statement or sign any documents until after you have spoken with a lawyer.
  • If you days later you are experiencing any pain or discomfort seek medical attention immediately. Do not hesitate as waiting too long to receive treatment could result in your claim being barred.
  • Call Reinfeld Cabrera Tison and speak with a highly skilled trial lawyer 954-334-1520

How much does it cost to get a consult regarding my accident?

Consultations are free, there is no time limit and you will meet with a lawyer, not an assistant or paralegal. Our team of lawyers can come to your house, accident scene, hospital or can meet with you at one of our two offices in Coral Springs and Fort Lauderdale.

Do I have to come to your office for a free consultation or can you come to me?

We provide clients the option to choose where they want to meet our attorney for free consultation. We will come to your house, accident scene, hospital or anywhere else you would like us to meet you. Additionally, clients are welcome to come to our office in Coral Springs or Fort Lauderdale for their free consultation.

How far will a lawyer travel to meet with me?

No distance is too far, our lawyers have driven or flown around the country to meet with clients. Whether you live in a different State or down the street from us we will come to you if you request it.

If I want to meet at your office but don’t have transportation will you pick me up?

Yes, we provide a convenient car service that will come to your location, pick you up, and bring you to our office.

Where are your offices located?

We have one office in Coral Springs (10235 W. Sample Road, Suite 207, Coral Springs, FL 33065) and one in Fort Lauderdale (2933 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 201, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309).

We also have satellite offices by appointment only in Hallandale Beach, Miami and West Palm Beach.

Do you have a toll free number?

Our Toll Free Number is 1-855-LAWS-123

How much does it cost to hire Reinfeld Cabrera Tison?

There is no charge to hire a personal injury lawyer. Our lawyers work on a contingency agreement and only recover legal fees from insurance settlement proceeds. If we do not win your case we do not recover any fees.

What if I don’t win my case? Will I still have to pay?

If we do not win your case, you will not owe us any money. We only receive compensation if we win your case, there is zero risk for you.

How much is my case worth?

Case value is very hard to determine without knowing multiple factors. To determine case value a lawyer needs to know the extent of your injuries from a licensed doctor. The lawyer also needs to determine what type of insurance coverage or assets the negligent person who injured you has to cover you for your injuries. Lastly, the lawyer needs to determine how much medical expenses you have incurred and will incur in the future, you lost wages, earning capacity and pain and suffering. Without this information it is very difficult to predict full value of your case. If a lawyer claims you are entitled to a certain amount in recovery without being provided with these facts then you should consider looking elsewhere for representation.

What is negligence?

In order to bring a person injury claim, you as the victim, must have been injured from the negligence of another person. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others. If a person fails to act as a reasonable person would they will be liable for personal injury damages. A lawyer can help you determine if the person that caused your injury was negligent. Give Reinfeld Cabrera Tison a call anytime day or night 954-334-1520 to determine if you were the victim of negligence.

What is the maximum I can recover the negligent party’s insurance company?

The maximum you are able to recover from the negligent person’s injury company depends on what type of insurance policy limits the negligent party purchased. Policy limits can range from $10,000 to $2,000,000 or higher. You as a victim are entitled to the limit of that insurance policy should your injury justify full recovery of the policy limits.

What happens if the person who was negligent does not have insurance?

If the negligence party does not have insurance then you can bring a claim for damages personally against that person. In those circumstances your recovery would be limited to the amount of assets the person has and they would be responsible for paying your damages out of their pocket.

If your insurance policy has UM (Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage) then you are able to bring a claim against your own insurance company for the damages caused by the negligent underinsured/uninsured person.

What happens if the person who was negligent has insurance but it isn’t enough to cover my injuries?

If the negligent party has insufficient insurance then you are able to bring an excess damages claim against the person personally. In those circumstances your recovery would be limited to the amount of assets the person has and they would be responsible for paying your damages out of their pocket.

If your insurance policy has UM (Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage) then you are able to bring a claim against your own insurance company for the damages caused by the negligent underinsured/uninsured person.

How long will it take my case to settle?

Every single case is different because every single person is different and unique. There is no set time limit that a case will take to settle. The length of the case depends on the severity of your injuries and your treatment status. In most cases, insurance providers will not settle a case until you have recovered completely from your injury or have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) which means your condition will remain chronic and you will require continued treatment indefinitely. Therefore, if your injury requires medical attention for a period of 6 months then not settlement offers will be made until 6 months later.

If a lawyer claims he will get your case settled quicker than any other lawyer without knowing the extent of your injuries, treatment status and insurance policy limits, then you should consider not hiring that lawyer.

What is MMI?

MMI stands for Maximum Medical Improvement. If a doctor has determined you have reached maximum medical improvement it means your conditional might remain chronic and that no amount treatment will make your condition any better. Once you have reached maximum medical improvement we are able to make a demand for compensation and settle your case.

How soon can a demand for compensation be sent?

In most cases, insurance providers will not accept a demand and settle a case until you have recovered completely from your injury or have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) which means your condition will remain chronic and you will require continued treatment indefinitely. Therefore, if your injury requires medical attention for a period of 6 months then a demand cannot be sent for 6 months and a settlement offer will be made until 6 months later.

How come your website doesn’t have any Recent Verdicts or Settlements?

The Florida Bar, which is the licensing agency that gives lawyers license to practice in Florida, created Rule 4-7.5. The rule was designed to ensure that advertising is not misleading and does not create unreasonable or unrealistic expectations about the results the lawyer may be able to obtain in any particular case.

In the past, advertising such has this was forbidden, however recently petitions for amendments have been made to possibly allow this type of information. Even so, we at REINFELD CABRERA TISON feel that since every person in unique and every case is different we choose not to publish our results so our prospective clients do not get a negative or positive expectation of a result without first consulting with us.

Why should I chose Reinfeld and Cabrera over the big law firms that advertise everywhere?

REINFELD CABRERA TISON prides itself being a boutique personal injury law firm with no plans to become a large mega law firm. Our mission is simple: to provide hands on personalized service. We want our clients to be able to call their attorney on their cellphone anytime they want, to build a relationship with their attorney, and the attorney’s support staff. This type of personalized approach unfortunately gets lost in the big law firms where clients are regulated to a different attorney every time they call and assistants who have no knowledge your case who treat you as just another case file.

If I am in an auto accident and it is not my fault who pays for my medical treatment?

In Florida, regardless of who is at fault, your own insurance company will pay for medical treatment. This is called Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. If you do not own a vehicle and live in a household with an insured vehicle then that insurance company will pay for you medical treatment.

How much Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits do I have?

In Florida typically you will have $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits, however some policies vary.

Will my rates go up if I use my insurance for medical treatment?

If you were not at fault for the accident then your rates should not increase for using your car insurance to pay for medical treatment.

What if I do not want to use my Personal Injury Protection Benefits?

By law, you are required to use your Personal Injury Protection benefits. If you chose not to use your benefits then your settlement will be offset by amount of PIP benefits you have on your policy. As an example if you have $10,000 in PIP benefits on your policy and you settle for $20,000 you will only receive $10,000 for failing to use PIP.

If my medical expenses aren’t paid by Personal Injury Protection (PIP) will it come out of my settlement?

Yes, if you chose not to use Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or failed to carry Personal Injury Protection Insurance when you were required to carry it, then the insurance carrier is entitled to an offset of $10,000 from your settlement. As an example: if you have $10,000 in PIP benefits on your policy (or should have had $10,000 in PIP benefits but failed to carry it) and you settle for $20,000 you will only receive $10,000.

How do I get a copy of my Police Report?

To obtain a copy of your Police Report you can go to the local police station 3 to 5 days after your accident. REINFELD CABRERA TISON is a full service personal injury law firm that will obtain a copy of your police report for you so you do not have to waste your time.

Should I talk to any insurance company if they call?

No, it is best to contact a lawyer before speaking to any insurance company including your own. Sometimes insurance carriers will ask you to give statements or sign documents that will affect your case. Therefore it is best to speak with an attorney before dealing with the insurance company. Call REINFELD CABRERA TISON 954-334-1520 anytime day or night.

If I use my health insurance to pay for medical treatment do I have to pay them back from my settlement proceeds?

Yes, Health Insurance Companies are entitled to be reimbursement from your settlement proceeds. If you used Health Insurance to pay for any medical treatment related to your accident then advise your lawyer. At REINFELD CABRERA TISON we will contact the health insurance company and try to reduce the amount of reimbursement so you can recover more from your settlement.

If I use Medicare or Medicaid to pay for medical treatment do I have to pay them back from my settlement proceeds?

Yes, Medicare and Medicaid are entitled to be reimbursement from your settlement proceeds. If you used Medicare or Medicaid to pay for any medical treatment related to your accident then advise your lawyer. At REINFELD CABRERA TISON we will contact the Medicare and Medicaid and try to reduce the amount of reimbursement so you can recover more from your settlement

What is the difference between a trial law firm and a regular personal injury law firm?

REINFELD CABRERA TISON is a Trial Law Firm which means that if we cannot settle your case for full value we are prepared to take your case to trial, if necessary. Since about 90% of cases settle before trial, some law firms are not trial law firms. When offered less than full value, those firms will either convince you to settle your case for less than full value or refer you out to a trial law firm such as REINFELD CABRERA TISON where you will have to start your process over with a new lawyer.

Why should I hire a trial lawyer/trial law firm?

If you hire an attorney or firm that never goes to trial then it is likely that the lawyer will accept a low settlement offer instead of going to trial. Additionally, having a trial law firm representing you, gives you more bargaining power as Defendants, as the defendants do not want to go through the cost of trial. As such, they tend to offer more money due to the risk of going to trial.

How long do I have to report an accident?

For auto negligence and slip and falls case, you have 4 years from the date of accident to file a lawsuit or you will be barred by the statute of limitations. There is no specific time limit for reporting your case However, if you do not seek treatment within 14 days of an accident your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits will be denied and your medical expenses will not be paid by PIP.

Do I have a case?

Since every person is unique, every case is equally unique. Therefore, it is impossible to determine if you have a case without consulting with a lawyer. REINFELD CABRERA TISON lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to analyze your case and determine if you a valid cause of action for damages or not. Give a call anytime 954-334-1520

Since you are a trial firm will you take my case to trial?

The decision to go to trial is always yours to make. Once we receive a final offer from the insurance company, we will advise you if we believe the offer is fair or not. Since you hired us, that makes you our boss and it is you choice whether to accept the offer or not. If you chose to not accept the offer, then as a trial law firm, we will file a lawsuit and take your case to trial where a jury will determine the outcome of your case.

How many cases settle before trial?

Statistics show that about 90 to 95% of cases settle before trial. REINFELD CABRERA TISON is a trial law firm therefore we treat every case as though it is going to trial in order to be adequately prepared should trial occur. This ensures that you receive the best representation, without the delays, that occur preparing for trial.

Can my lawyer settle my case without my consent?

Absolutely not, if you chose to hire a lawyer that makes you the boss. A lawyer can only advise you on what they believe is the best course for your case, but the decision to ultimately settle is made by you.

Do I lose my personal injury case if I was driving without a license?

No, if you were not negligent in the crash, then driving without a license is not a valid reason for a personal injury claim to be denied.

Do I lose my personal injury case if I was driving without insurance?

No, if you were not negligent in the crash then driving without insurance is not a valid reason for a personal injury claim to be denied. However, the insurance carrier might be entitled to an offset that could reduce a portion of your recovery.

If I was a passenger in a car who do I recovery monetary damages from?

If you were a passenger in a vehicle, you can recover monetary damages from whoever the negligent driver was. If the negligent driver was the vehicle you were in then you would being a personal injury claim against that driver. If the negligent driver was a vehicle you weren’t traveling in then you can bring a personal injury claim against the other vehicle’s driver and possibly an underinsured/uninsured motorist (UM) claim against the driver’s insurance of the vehicle you were traveling in, if the other car’s driver had insufficient insurance.

How long after a lawsuit is filed is my case set for trial?

Since each person is unique each case is unique, therefore time for trial will vary. Prior to trial discovery needs to be completed by both attorneys which includes exchange of documents and depositions of parties and witnesses. Once this process is completed your case will proceed to trial. Although time varies, trial usually does not commence within 1 year of filing a law suit because of court delays.

Can I still bring a personal injury claim if the accident was partially my fault?

Yes, even if the accident was partially your fault, you are still entitled to bring a personal injury claim. Your recovery will be reduced by the percentage you are found at fault. Therefore, if you are entitled to $10,000 and you are found 50% you will only recover $5,000.

I don’t want to go to trial will REINFELD CABRERA TISON still take my case?

Yes of course, only about 5% to 10% of cases go to trial. However the decision to take your case to trial is yours. If you want to settle your case without taking the case to trial, we will gladly fight for the highest amount of compensation and settled.

My loved one died in an accident, can REINFELD CABRERA TISON take my case?

Yes, Alan Reinfeld, a founding partner of REINFELD CABRERA TISON, is trained to handle probate issues and can assist you in setting up an estate for your loved one and bring a Wrongful Death Action. Just give us a call anytime day or night 954-334-1520

If others were injured in the accident will I have to share my settlement with them?

Depending on the negligent person’s insurance policy you might need to split settlement proceeds with other injured people. As an example: if the negligent person’s insurance policy is 100K per person and 300K per accident, if there are 3 people in the accident then each would be entitled to 100K. However, if there are 4 people in the accident they would each have to split 300K with no one person getting over 100K.

Will I get a rental car while my car is being repaired?

If the negligent person’s insurance policy has rental car reimbursement then you will receive a rental while your car is being repaired. If the negligent person’s insurance policy does not have rental car reimbursement than you will receive a rental car only if your policy has rental car reimbursement.

Will I be required to pay a deductible for rental car reimbursement if I use my insurance company?

No, the negligent personal’s insurance company will cover any deductible through a process called subrogation.

Will I be compensated for missing time from work?

You are entitled to wage loss claim through your own insurance company’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits. You will be paid at 60% your salary. REINFELD CABRERA TISON will also file a claim against the negligent person’s insurance company for additional compensation for your lost time from work.

What do I have to do to move my case along?

Nothing, by hiring REINFELD CABRERA TISON, we will take the case from start to finish and do all the necessary steps for you. This way you can focus on what is important, getting and feeling better.

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