Tampa Personal Injury Law Firm
Personal injury law covers a wide spectrum of case types like car accidents and boat accidents, slip and falls on someone else’s property, dog bites and more. A plaintiff in a personal injury case must show:
- The defendant had a duty to the plaintiff
- The defendant breached (failed to fulfill) that duty
- The failure to fulfill that duty was the cause of plaintiff’s injuries
We know that sounds like a bunch of legal jargon, but basically, if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, and instead due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. Our personal injury attorneys will work with you and explain exactly the evidence that’s needed to prove your claim and help you along the way.
Damages must also be proven. Common damages in personal injury case include things like:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Property damage
The goal, at the end of the process of a personal injury case, is to make sure you’re fully compensated for the injury you’ve suffered. Our focus isn’t on just getting your medical bills and other direct expenses paid. You may also be entitled to recover additional damages also known as pain and suffering. Our experts will examine your personal injury case to determine what the best-case scenario is for your specific incident.
There is a time limit to filing a personal injury claim in Florida
By Florida law, a personal injury victim has up to four years to file a lawsuit. Many states allow only two years from the date of injury, but Florida’s personal injury laws are more lenient to our citizen’s benefit. Even though you may feel like that is plenty of time, it’s never a good idea to wait. Many things can happen over the span of four years that could impact your ability to prove your case. Key evidence could be lost or destroyed and witnesses to your injury could become unavailable or even have trouble remembering critical details of your accident the longer time passes. The quicker you seek counsel after your accident, the better chances you provide your attorney to put together all of the evidence necessary to help you prove your case. This will put you in a much better position to negotiate for a favorable settlement or proceed to trial.
What should you do immediately upon injury?
You should seek medical treatment as soon as possible after suffering an injury. Besides the obvious reasons to be seen and treated by a doctor, this action puts you in a better position to prove your personal injury claim because:
- The medical records become evidence
- You’ll be able to show that the injury didn’t occur at a different time
- You’ll protect yourself against any claims that your injuries were exacerbated by failing to seek immediate medical treatment
- Get any witness’ names and ways to contact them
- Get photos of the scene where the accident occurred
If you are severely injured, it’s doubtful that you’d be able to do that, which is okay, and perfectly understandable. Your immediate needs would be to get care for yourself and see a personal injury law firm at your next possible availability. From there, your attorney will work to get ahold of witnesses and begin establishing evidence.
Verdicts, Mediation, and Settlements in Personal Injury
Your personal injury case can be resolved in a myriad of ways including a settlement, by mediation, or by going to trial. The best approach to personal injury cases is dependent on each individual case, what types of damages the injured party is seeking, and others. Mediation is now a more palatable way many injured parties have chosen to go versus the stress and expense of going to trial. Our experienced personal injury lawyers will work with you to figure out what approach could lead to the best outcome for your situation.
If you’ve been injured, remember, talking to a personal injury lawyer right away is your best course of action
The faster you get an experienced personal injury attorney on your side, the better chances you have to line up all of your necessary ducks in a row when it comes to proving out your injury case. Ready to take the next step in your injury situation? Call us at 1-877-430-9299 or fill out our free consultation form.