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After an accident there are critical decisions to make. Seemingly small details can a huge impact on your case. By following a few simple steps, you can help ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Don’t let a simple mistake wreck your injury case.


Auto accidents have been steadily rising since the 1990’s, partially due to the increase in overall vehicles on the road. Accidents can result in substantial personal and financial hardship. It is critical that you contact an attorney anytime you have suffered any injury, as a result, of an automobile accident. You will need legal assistance, someone who believes in you and will fight for you. There is no shortage of attorneys in Northwest Florida, which can make selecting an experienced injury attorney challenging. Instead of turning your injury claim over to a big law firm, consult with me, James R. Barnes. I am all too familiar with large law firms that are eager to flip your injury claim quickly so they can move on to the next case or, in some cases, your claim can become stagnate because a large law firm can’t keep up with the volume of claims they are servicing. In any case, I know I can make a difference with your injury claim because of my passion and commitment. I have dedicated myself to giving each and every accident victim my personal attention, fighting to get the proper compensation they deserve.

I have been practicing law in the state of Florida for twenty years and have personally handled over a thousand personal injury claims for my clients. I have also worked for insurance companies that defend auto claims and I know where they are vulnerable. Having worked on both sides of accident claims, I have the tools to increase the chance of a successful outcome.

Steps to take after an accident:

  • Do not decline medical treatment if you have been injured.
  • Only discuss the accident with the police and do not admit fault or liability. Make sure a police report is filed and get report copies.
  • Get the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers and insurance information of all involve.
  • Report the accident to your insurance agent as soon as possible, but do not make any statements about the severity of your injuries. Leave that up to your doctors.
  • Do not give a recorded statement to the other side’s insurance company.
  • Do not sign any insurance paperwork without the advise of an attorney.

The above tips are not a comprehensive list of all that should be considered if you are involved in an auto accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, please contact James R. Barnes at 850.444.7444.

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