Filing A Personal Injury Claim In Florida
If you have been injured in Florida due to the actions or negligence of someone else, you may find that an experienced personal injury attorney can help you to recover costs associated with the incident. There are several things you can do initially to ensure a successful claim:
- Have your injuries addressed by medical personnel immediately;
- Contact an attorney experienced in personal injury cases quickly;
- Document the event, including all property damage and injuries;
- Organize receipts, accident reports, records relating to time off of work, witness statements and contact information, and photos relating to the incident;
- Initiate an insurance claim with the offender’s company;
- Do not make statements or sign documents until speaking to your attorney.
Time is of the Essence
Filing a personal injury claim can only be done within very strict timelines. The statute of limitations may start at the time of the accident, or at the time injuries were discovered. In either case, the law is inflexible when it comes to filing on time. The type of claim you are filing is also a factor in the time limits:
- Negligence related to car accidents, falls, etc.: 4 years
- Product liability: 4 years
- Assault/Battery: 4 years
- Defamation: 2 years
- Wrongful death: 2 years
- Strict Liability (when someone is responsible for damage caused by a product or animal): 4 years
Damages to Which You May be Entitled:
Besides medical expenses, there are multiple costs associated with an accident or liability issue to which you may be entitled. As the victim, you may be eligible for compensation for lost wages, property damage, the cost of services you might normally have been able to do for yourself (like lawn mowing or child care), damage to your reputation, and mental/emotional pain and suffering. Even the loss of companionship may be compensable. Furthermore, punitive damages may be available if malicious intent was involved.
How Should I Choose an Attorney?
What do you want in legal representation? Someone who is available to deal with your concerns at any time. There is nothing worse than enlisting the help of a professional, only to find that they are completely unavailable when you have questions or concerns. You want someone who truly cares about your situation, who is both compassionate and assertive while fighting for your concerns.
What will my Attorney do from here?
At the Law Offices of Robert W. Elton, we have seen more personal injury cases than you can imagine. We know how to investigate cases, assess the facts, and put together a strong case for our clients. We understand which forms need to be completed, and we know what the courts look for in adjudicating cases. Our experience dealing with insurance companies, their attorneys, and the list of excuses that commonly make their way into these cases is unparalleled. While you concentrate on getting well, we will focus on getting justice on your behalf. Contact our offices in Daytona & Ormond Beach today for your free, confidential consultation.