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I Don’t Feel Hurt. Should I Still Go to the Doctor?

Someone bumps your car on the roadway. Maybe they did not stop soon enough and rear-ended you. Or perhaps they turned too sharply and nicked your front bumper. You look at your car and don’t see any damage. Does that mean it is okay?

Even when there is no visible damage, your car might now be misaligned. The contact could have punctured something that is now leaking. Your wiring could have been compromised or your car’s computer could begin to malfunction. Damage to your car, like damage to your body, is not always obvious right away.

You would be wise to have your car checked out by a mechanic. You would also be wise to have yourself checked out by a doctor.

As a personal injury attorney, I have seen clients suffer more than necessary from injuries caused by someone else because they decided to not seek medical attention right after an accident. As a result, their health and livelihoods suffer, as does their personal injury claim against the negligent party responsible for their injuries. If you have been injured in Lake Wales, Lakeland, Winter Haven, Davenport, or Haines City, Florida, Tonya Stewart Law can help.

What Injuries Are Common After an Accident?

The force of impact on a 130-pound person at five miles per hour is more than 165 pounds. At 10 miles per hour, it’s more than 660 pounds. Either of those can render injuries, and both will cause a rush of adrenaline that could mask those injuries.

Many car accident injuries can be somewhat predictable, based on factors such as the speed at impact, location of impact, and whether you were wearing a seatbelt or airbags deployed. Emergency room physicians know where to look, even when you don’t think you are injured.

Common injuries that may not be immediately felt include soft tissue injuries to the muscles, tendons, and ligaments, including whiplash, hairline fractures of bones, and concussions or other traumatic brain injuries. The fact that these injuries are not felt right away does not mean they are minor.

Why Should I Seek Immediate Medical Attention?

You should seek medical care immediately after an accident for the sake of your health and well-being. Emergency personnel, ER, and urgent care physicians know what to look for and how to treat injuries right away. Some injuries may not be apparent to you for hours, days, weeks, or even months. Early intervention is critical to your ability to recover. Delay treatment and you may never be able to reverse the damage.

If you file an insurance claim, you will need to have documentation of a medical diagnosis that relates the cause of your injury to the accident. You will need the documentation to claim benefits for medical expenses and lost wages under your auto policy’s personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. If your injuries end up rising to the level that allows you to file a third-party insurance claim against the at-fault driver’s policy, you will also need medical records documenting the cause and extent of your injuries and the cost of treatment.

Insurance companies, whether yours or the other driver’s, have incentives to deny claims. The less money they pay out, the more profitable they are. They will use any reason they can find to deny your claim. If there is a space of time between the accident and the initiation of medical treatment, this gives them a reason for denial. An insurance company may assert that an injury not diagnosed for days or weeks after the crash may have been caused by any number of unrelated incidents.

Is There a Reason to Complete a Treatment Plan Even Though I Feel Better?

Following through with the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor is crucial to your health and to a personal injury claim. It is similar to being prescribed antibiotics for bronchitis. If you stop taking them as soon as you feel better, instead of completing the entire course, you may not actually kill the infection and you can relapse. For the sake of your own recovery, you should adhere to and complete the treatment plan.

Furthermore, failure to comply with the plan gives the insurance company another reason to question the value of your claim for damages. The company will attempt to blame any long-term or permanent health issues on your lack of compliance with the recommended treatment plan.

Experienced Legal Guidance You Can Trust

It is not impossible to assert a personal injury claim in cases where the victim did not seek immediate medical attention. It does, however, make the claim more challenging than it needed to be. At Tonya Stewart Law, I am always up to the challenges my clients face when fighting for fair compensation for their injuries and other damages. I have demonstrated to my clients again and again that I have the knowledge and experience to seek and garner results.

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence in Lake Wales, Lakeland, or any of the surrounding communities in Florida, call my office to schedule a free case consultation. Even if you delayed medical treatment, do not delay reaching out to me.

5 Insurance Adjuster Tactics You Should Be Aware Of

Accidents that result in a personal injury can be a traumatic experience, especially car crashes. In 2020 alone, there were over 200,000 injuries sustained as a result of auto accidents in Florida. If you’ve recently been in an accident it’s important your insurance claim is monitored closely to ensure you get the payout you deserve. Unfortunately, insurance carriers are always looking out for their bottom line, and if they can get you to accept a lower offer—they will. This means it’s up to you to make sure they do their due diligence and follow through on your claim.

If you’re in need of legal counsel with your recent insurance claim, call my office today for experienced guidance you can trust. Our offices are in Lake Wales and Lakeland, Florida, but I serve clients throughout the area in Winter Haven, Davenport, and Haines City.

Common Insurance Adjuster Tactics

Here are five common insurance adjuster tactics to look out for:

1. Lowball First Offer

It’s in the best interest of the insurance provider to get your claim settled quickly and to limit their liability. One way they do this is by lowballing their first offer to you, hoping it’ll be accepted. However, if they get back to you too quickly, they likely haven’t spent enough time investigating to understand the total expenses, and you may be left paying future medical bills related to your accident that went overlooked by the adjuster.

To combat this, it’s essential you wait until you’ve reached your maximum medical improvement (MMI) before settling. This is the point where medical intervention isn’t likely to produce further improvement.

2. Long Delays

Like most states, Florida law requires that insurers respond to communication regarding a claim within a specific period of time. However, some adjusters will sit on a claim and not take action, hoping you’ll rush to accept the first offer they eventually do send to help cover expenses. You may notice the insurance company failing to respond to communication about your claim, or only responding after a long time.

3. Failing to Conduct a Thorough Investigation

Insurance adjusters have a lot of claims to work through, and the faster they can reach a settlement and move on to the next one, the better their bottom line. However, this almost never results in a better deal for you. Adjusters will often perform a cursory investigation of your case without looking into all the evidence thoroughly and underestimate the severity of your accident or your injuries. If you ever feel that the adjuster is ignoring or dismissing evidence, that’s a red flag that you’re likely to get a bad faith estimate and they’ve failed to take into account your cumulative expenses.

4. Misrepresentation

Policies are often lengthy and complex and without experienced interpretation, they can cause confusion and doubt. Sometimes an adjuster will purposely misrepresent the policy’s coverage, claiming it doesn’t cover particular damages when it actually does. This is a tactic that’s unfortunately seen all too often.

5. Making Threatening Statements

Lastly, there are some unscrupulous adjusters who will actually make threatening statements in the hopes you’ll get scared and accept the first offer they put on the table. If your adjuster tells you they’ll close your case if you don’t accept their offer, or says they won’t negotiate anymore with you, you need legal representation to help you fight this unethical practice.

What is Your Attorney’s Role in Settlement?

The last thing you need to deal with when recovering from the emotional and physical strains of an accident is a pushy insurance adjuster who doesn’t have your best interest at heart. When you work with Tonya Stewart Law PA, you can take care of your health while I fight for the best settlement. I have the experience and skill to recognize common insurance company tactics and I know how to fight back.

Getting Experienced Legal Counsel

You don’t have to face insurance companies alone. If you’re in the Lake Wales or Lakeland, Florida area, contact me today to set up a consultation about your recent personal injury claim. I can help you fight these unfair practices and won’t rest until you get the total damages you’re due.

The Personal Injury Claims Process in Florida

In 2018, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 403,626 motor vehicle crashes, which resulted in 236,157 injuries. For those involved, these injuries can be physically and financially life-changing.

If you experience an accident in Florida, whether vehicular or not, you need to know what comes next. You need to know your rights and how they can be protected. Here at Tonya Stewart Law, I am dedicated to seeking justice. I serve clients in Lake Wales and Lakeland, Florida, as well as in Winter Haven, Davenport, and Haines City. Call Tonya Stewart Law today for experienced legal support with your personal injury claim.

Personal Injury in Florida

In Florida, a personal injury is an injury that happens physically to you. This means that while there can be property damage, there must also be physical harm to the person involved.

Here are some examples of what constitutes a personal injury in Florida:

  • Dog bites and other animal attacks
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Faulty products that cause physical injury when using them

Florida Laws Addressing Personal Injury

There are several laws in Florida that address personal injury. It’s best to understand these laws prior to filing your personal injury lawsuit.

The first law that is advantageous to look at is “no-fault insurance.” No-fault insurance, which corresponds to car accidents only, is when the insurance company representing the injured party helps cover certain expenses resulting from the crash, such as medical bills and lost income. The no-fault insurance does not take into account who was at fault in an accident. Unless a “serious injury” occurs in an accident, no one is found liable. Therefore, most minor car accidents use the no-fault insurance rule.

A second law to remember is the “pure comparative negligence” law. This law dictates that the damages you receive in a personal injury lawsuit can be reduced by your culpability, i.e. “fault,” in the accident. For example, if you were found 15% at fault, then the total damages would be reduced by 15%.

In Florida, there is a statute of limitations regarding when you can file your personal injury claim. From the time of the accident, you have four years to file a claim. If you fail to file the claim within this time, your case most likely will not be heard. There are only rare exceptions to this rule.

The Claims Process

When filing a personal injury claim, the process may look something like this:

  • Hire a personal injury attorney. Assuming you have lost time at work, have medical bills that are expensive, or have an injury like a broken bone, it is important to hire and consult with a personal injury attorney.
  • Notify the other party. You will begin the claims process with your attorney and notify the other party that you are intending to file a claim. You would then submit the claim.
  • Discovery stage. Assuming the case was not dismissed, you would then enter the discovery stage. This is where you gather documentation about the accident, including medical papers, insurance information, and more.
  • Negotiate. After the discovery stage, you can try to settle the claim without going to trial.
  • Trial. If you cannot negotiate a settlement, the claim would then go to trial. The trial would then result in a verdict, which can be appealed.

The claims process can take, in total, upward of three years. Of course, it can take shorter if the case is not too complex.

Damages That May Be Recovered

Several damages can be recovered in a personal injury lawsuit in Florida. These include:

  • Economic damages. This includes medical bills and lost wages due to missed work.
  • Non-economic damages. This includes pain and suffering damages.
  • Punitive damages. This includes damages that are used to punish those responsible for your injury. In Florida, punitive damages have a cap, which is three times the amount of the economic damages, or $500,000. It will depend on which number is greater.

Getting the Experienced Legal Help You Need

When navigating a personal injury claim process, it is important to get the experienced legal help you need. Sometimes these cases become more complex than you would have thought. It pays to have an experienced attorney on your side helping you through the entire process.

If you reside in or around Lake Wales or Lakeland, Florida, call Tonya Stewart Law today to see how I will strive to seek justice for your claim.

Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

According to the Florida Department for Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), in 2019, there were about 401,863 traffic crashes statewide, resulting in nearly 254,821 injuries and 3,179 fatalities. Being involved in a car accident can be a painful and emotional experience. When you are hurt in a negligent auto accident, you are within your rights to seek fair financial compensation for your injuries and damages.

The moments immediately following a traffic collision can be confusing. However, it is possible to inadvertently hurt your case or your ability to recover damages by what you do or what you do not do. At Tonya Stewart Law, I’m committed to providing experienced legal services and strong representation to victims of auto accidents and their loved ones. As an experienced Florida personal injury attorney, I can fight compassionately to protect your rights and help recover rightful compensation for your injuries. I’m proud to serve clients throughout Lakeland, Lake Wales, Davenport, Winter Haven, and Haines City, Florida.

Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

The period following a car accident can be overwhelming. With heightened emotions and the prevalence of misleading information, it is easier to make irreversible mistakes, especially without proper guidance or representation. Here are some common mistakes to avoid after a car accident:

Not Seeking Medical Help Right Away

The first thing to do after an accident is to seek immediate medical help. Call 911 to get medical treatment for injuries to yourself or other victims. Even if you don’t feel the full extent of your injuries immediately, seeking medical assistance from your doctor is crucial to assess your condition and avoid possible complications. Injuries do not always manifest themselves right away and may not exhibit symptoms. It’s always recommended that you allow a medical professional to determine the extent of your injuries and document it in a medical report.

Not Calling the Police to the Scene of the Accident

Pursuant to Florida Statutes section 316.065,

The driver of a vehicle involved in a crash resulting in injury to or death of another person, or damage to any vehicle or other property in an apparent amount of at least $500 shall immediately give notice of the crash to the local police department.”

A violation of this shall be punishable by fines and a possible jail sentence.

Always get a copy of the police report to help in the process of recovering claims from the insurance company or filing a lawsuit.

Admitting Guilt

When you admit fault after a car accident, you are putting yourself at risk of having a personal injury lawsuit filed against you. Cooperate with the police to give accurate details of what occurred but never admit guilt or say anything to incriminate yourself. Let an official investigation determine fault.

Not Taking the Time to Gather Evidence/Pictures

Seeking compensation for your injuries and damages requires as much evidence as possible. Therefore, ensure that you obtain relevant information and required pieces of evidence, including the other driver’s information, license number, insurance policy, police report, accident scene photos, and witness statements. Also, you should document your personal account of the crash, gather medical reports, medical expenses, medical treatments, and doctor’s appointments.

Waiting Too Long to File a Claim/Lawsuit

Another mistake to avoid is waiting too long to file an injury claim or lawsuit. If you wait too long and eventually exceed the statute of limitations, you may be barred from bringing forth your case or recovering damages. Moreover, the longer you wait, the easier the possibility of forgetting the necessary details or losing important documents.

Giving a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company

Giving a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster before consulting with your attorney is not advisable. The claims adjuster may use your statement against you, use your statement to reduce your compensation, or ask contradictory questions to create inconsistency.

Accepting the First Offer from the Insurance Company

Some insurance providers use bad faith tactics such as lowballing or offering significantly low first settlement offers. When offered considerably less money than the true worth of your injury claim, you should never accept it.

Not Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Dealing with an insurance company after an auto accident can be very frustrating. An experienced car accident attorney can help you file personal injury claims or negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance provider. Having an attorney on your side is crucial to improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your injury claims.

Hiring an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney

A car accident caused by another person’s negligence can affect you financially, physically, and emotionally. However, you don’t have to go through it alone. Hiring a knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorney is crucial to protect your rights and to avoid costly mistakes when pursuing fair compensation for your injuries.

Tonya Stewart Law is dedicated to offering experienced legal guidance and compassionate representation in auto accident and personal injury matters. As your legal counsel, I will:

  • Fight compassionately to protect your rights and represent your best interests
  • Review the details of your case and conduct a detailed, private investigation
  • Gather all relevant information, necessary evidence, and required documentation
  • Prove fault and establish liability
  • Determine and estimate case-value
  • Handle all communication and negotiations with the insurance company
  • File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary, and hold the responsible party liable

Contact Tonya Stewart Law to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. I will offer you the detailed legal guidance, support, and compassionate representation you need to pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries and damages. I’m proud to serve clients throughout Lakeland, Lake Wales, Davenport, Haines City, and Winter Haven, Florida.

Truck Accidents & Wrongful Death

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 4,761 people were killed in traffic crashes involving large trucks in 2017. With death toll numbers that high, it’s no surprise that truck accidents are often severe and result in significant injury or death. Unfortunately, losing a loved one can be an emotional and heartbreaking experience. If you believe that the actions of a negligent truck driver were responsible for the death of someone you love, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your loss.

At Tonya Stewart Law, I’m dedicated to offering outstanding legal services and compassionate representation to clients involved in wrongful death and auto accident casework involving semi-trucks and 18-wheelers. As an experienced Florida wrongful death attorney, I can help you file a wrongful death claim and attempt to pursue fair financial compensation to cover outstanding medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost income, burial expenses, and loss of consortium. I will offer you the comprehensive legal guidance and support that you need during this difficult period.

My law firm, Tonya Stewart Law, is proud to serve clients throughout Lakeland, Davenport, Lake Wales, Haines City, Winter Haven, and Florida.

Why File a Wrongful Death Claim?

The death of a family member is among the most heartbreaking things to deal with in life, especially when the accident was avoidable. A death that has occurred due to another person’s negligent or reckless actions can be classified as wrongful death. The purpose of the wrongful death claim is to hold the responsible party liable for what should have been a preventable accident that caused another person’s death.

Although no amount of compensation can bring back your loved one or fill the void left behind in their absence, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can provide you and your family with the adequate financial assistance you need to cover certain expenses, such as funeral costs, medical bills, burial expenses, lost wages, and loss of consortium.

Through a wrongful death lawsuit, the victim’s family can hold the responsible party liable and seek financial compensation. Also, it may help prevent future negligence and ensure that adequate safety measures are put in place to prevent other families from experiencing a similar loss.

What Constitutes a
Wrongful Death in Florida?

Pursuant to Florida Statutes Chapter 768 Section 19, a wrongful death claim may be filed when the person’s death was caused by, “the wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, including those occurring on navigable waters.

To establish a wrongful death claim in Florida, the plaintiff must prove these three elements:

  1. The defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased person.
  2. The defendant breached that duty of care, thus, causing the accident.
  3. The defendant’s breach of duty of care directly caused the wrongful death.

Who Can Be Held Liable in a Truck Accident?

Depending on the circumstances that led to the accident, there are a number of different people who can be held liable for an accident. With that in mind, the following people may be held liable in a truck accident:

Truck Driver

Often the most likely to be accused of liability, the truck driver may be responsible for an accident for a number of different reasons including breaking the law, driving while fatigued, speeding, or a lack of proper training.

Truck Company

The trucking company that hired the driver may also be held responsible for a truck accident that occurred as a result of a number of different oversights, including inadequate safety inspection, setting unrealistic expectations, or hiring unqualified drivers.

Truck Manufacturer

While the truck driver and truck company are often accused of negligence, the truck manufacturer or parts manufacturer can also be held liable if the truck accident was caused by a defective part, such as mechanical failure or faulty brakes.

Cargo Loaders

Many accidents are the result of loose or unsecured cargo that shifts during transportation. In these instances, the person who loaded the cargo may be held liable for failure to properly inspect, balance, and secure the cargo, especially when equipment or boxes fall off the truck and cause an accident.

Maintenance Personnel

Additionally, if the accident was caused by a failure to perform routine maintenance or a failure to perform expected safety checks of the engine, brakes, fluids, or electronic systems — the maintenance personnel can be held liable for the accident.

Who Can File a Wrongful
Death Claim in Florida?

Under Florida law, the following people can file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent:

  • The personal representative of the deceased person’s estate
  • Family members, including the surviving spouse, children, or parents
  • Any blood relative or adoptive sibling

What Are The Time Limits for Filing a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida?

According to Florida Statutes section 95.11(4)(d), a Florida wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date the death occurred.

What Damages Can Be Recovered in Florida Wrongful Death Cases?

The following damages may be recovered in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Medical costs incurred before the victim’s death
  • Loss of support, companionship, guidance, or consortium
  • Lost income, benefits, and other earnings
  • Funeral expenses and burial costs
  • Damages for pain and suffering
  • Mental and emotional pain and suffering
  • Lost “prospective net accumulations” of the estate

How a Wrongful Death Attorney Can Help

The death of a loved one can have devastating, long-lasting consequences on your mental, financial, and emotional health. If you believe that a truck driver’s negligent actions led to the death of someone you love, it is critical that you consult with a knowledgeable Florida wrongful death attorney for proper guidance and help in pursuing fair compensation.

Tonya Stewart Law is committed to offering experienced legal guidance and protecting the rights of wrongful death victims and their surviving family members. As your legal counsel, I will review your case, carry out a thorough investigation, and gather all of the necessary evidence to pursue justice on your behalf. I will work hard to establish that the death of your loved one was caused by the defendant’s negligent and reckless conduct and help you seek rightful compensation for your loss. With me on your side, I’ll do everything I possibly can to improve your chances of getting a favorable outcome in your wrongful death lawsuit.

Hire an Experienced Truck Accidents & Wrongful Death Attorney in Lake Wales, FL

If you have lost a loved one, spouse, parent, or child in an auto or truck accident, you have a right to hold the responsible party liable. Contact Tonya Stewart Law to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. I will offer you the comprehensive legal guidance, support, advocacy, and compassionate representation you need in your wrongful death lawsuit. I proudly serve clients throughout Lakeland, Davenport, Lake Wales, Haines City, and Winter Haven, FL.

Who to Sue after a Semi-Truck Accident

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018, there were approximately 121,000 injury crashes involving large trucks or buses in the United States, of which nearly 176,000 persons were injured. Semi-truck accidents are usually serious and can result in severe injuries, such as fractures, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, back and neck injuries, property damage, and sometimes fatalities. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a semi-truck driver’s negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to seek damages.

Tonya Stewart Law is committed to providing comprehensive legal services and compassionate representation to clients in personal injury and accident cases involving trucks, semi-trucks, or 18-wheelers. I will fight vigorously to protect your rights and help you pursue fair financial compensation to cover medical expenses, lost income, future medical treatment, pain and suffering, or loss. I’m proud to serve clients throughout Lakeland, Lake Wales, Davenport, Winter Haven, and Haines City, Florida.

Insurance Requirements in Florida

Florida is a no-fault state. Regardless of who was responsible for the accident, victims must file an injury claim with their own insurance company after an auto or truck accident. Residents, motor vehicle owners, and drivers in Florida are required to purchase a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy.

What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP)?

PIP is no-fault insurance coverage that covers medical bills, lost wages, and death benefits after a Florida accident. Regardless of who was at fault, the PIP policy will cover:

  • 80% of actual medical expenses up to $10,000 limit
  • 60% of your lost wages subject to a $10,000 limit

Also, victims may be entitled to $2,500 worth of injury benefits for non-emergency medical treatments. However, if the medical expenses and lost wages exceed $10,000, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Assessing Liability in a Florida Truck Accident

There may be several parties involved in the liability for a truck accident. To establish liability, understanding who may be at fault for the accident is important. The party responsible for the truck accident may include:

The Truck Driver

The driver of a commercial truck, semi-truck, or 18-wheeler may be held responsible for an accident if he or she;

  • Breaks the law
  • Drives while fatigued
  • Drives distracted (texting, on a phone call, or changing the radio station)
  • Lacks proper training
  • Performs poor vehicle maintenance
  • Was speeding
  • Was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

The Trucking Company

The trucking company who hired the driver may be held responsible if the accident occurred due to:

  • Inadequate safety inspection
  • Hiring unqualified or unlicensed drivers
  • Setting unrealistic expectations that pushed the driver to meet delivery deadlines
  • Encouraging drivers to break federal safety regulations

The Truck Manufacturer

Additionally, the truck manufacturer or parts manufacturer may be held responsible if the accident was caused by a defect. For instance, the truck parts could malfunction, thus, causing a mechanical failure, faulty brakes, or tire blowout.

The Cargo Loaders

Furthermore, cargo loaders who fail to properly inspect, balance, and secure the cargo may be held liable when boxes or equipment fall off the truck and cause injury or property damages.

Maintenance Personnel

Designated maintenance personnel may be responsible for inspecting tires, checking the engine, fluids, brakes, electronic systems, and performing other necessary truck inspections and maintenance. If the accident was caused by a failure to perform any of these takes sufficiently, the maintenance personnel may be held liable.

What Steps Should I Take Next?

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, the steps you take following your accident could affect the outcome of your personal injury claim. It’s important to:

  • Remain calm, and don’t let your emotions take control
  • Get to safety
  • Call 911 or emergency personnel and seek medical assistance for your injuries
  • Report the accident to a law enforcement agency, such as the nearest police station or judicial officer
  • Collect relevant information such as the trucker’s license number, phone number, and the name of the trucking company
  • Obtain a police report, accident scene photos, and witness statements
  • Document all of your medical expenses, medical treatments, and doctor’s appointments
  • Notify your insurance company
  • Hire a knowledgeable truck accident attorney to help you file injury claims or negotiate a fair settlement with the insurer

The sooner these steps are taken following the accident, the easier it will be to access the necessary information. With the passage of time, details are easily forgotten and reports misplaced.

If you’re representing a family member who lost their life or became incapacitated due to the semi-truck accident, the right step is to retain a knowledgeable attorney immediately to hold the responsible party liable through a wrongful death or personal injury lawsuit, where applicable.

Your Personal Injury Attorney’s Role

Getting into an accident with a semi-truck or 18-wheeler can be a devastating and painful experience. It can have significant, long-lasting ramifications on your physical, financial, and emotional health. Thankfully, you don’t have to go through it alone. Hiring a knowledgeable Florida personal injury attorney is crucial to protect your rights and help pursue your rightful compensation.

At Tonya Stewart Law, I have devoted my career to protecting the rights of truck accident victims and providing compassionate representation in personal injury and wrongful death matters. As your attorney, I can:

  • Review every aspect of your case
  • Conduct a comprehensive, private investigation
  • Gather all necessary pieces of evidence and documentation
  • Establish fault and liability
  • Determine case-value
  • Negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company
  • Fight to represent your best interest and ensure the right people are held accountable

If you or a loved one were involved in a semi-truck accident, contact Tonya Stewart Law to schedule a free one-on-one consultation with an experienced Florida truck accident attorney. I will offer you the comprehensive legal guidance and dedicated representation you need to pursue fair financial compensation for your injuries, damages, or loss. I proudly represent semi-truck accident victims throughout Lakeland, Lake Wales, Davenport, Winter Haven, and Haines City, Florida.