Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Florida
Personal injury laws in Florida cover any accidental, intentional, or harmful act and offer solutions. Numerous cases of personal injuries require legal assistance when the at-fault party denies the injured party’s rights.
According to the laws and regulations of Florida, an individual can make a personal injury claim within four years of receiving an injury. This duration is two years for medical malpractice.
What are the Grounds for Determining a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
Intentional Behavior: Fraud, assault, battery, trespassing, false imprisonment, and invasion of privacy
Negligence: Failure to provide reasonable care or act rationally
Strict Liability: When the direct action of an individual causes an injury to another
Our lawyers at Dsouza and Strachan Lawgroup litigate numerous cases of medical malpractice and personal injury every day. Here are some of the most common types of negligence that lead to a personal injury.
- Car Accidents: Bodily Injury, Personal Injury Protection, Under-Insured Motorist
- Premises Liability: Slippery substances, elevated cement, holes, etc.
- ATV and Motorcycle Accidents
- Semi and Tractor-Trailer or Truck Accidents
- Pedestrian Injury or Death: Serious injury or loss of limb(s)
- Cruise Ship Injuries: Sex assaults, slip, and fall accidents
- Swimming Pool Injuries: Drowning
- Construction Defect, Trip and Fall, and Slip and Fall
- Medical Malpractice
- Negligent Security: death, rape, gunshot injury
- Workplace Injury and Wrongful Death
- Worker’s Compensation
- Electrical Contact and Electrocution
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- University and Business Death and Injury Cases
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Contrecoup Injury and Concussion
Do’s and Don’ts
Here are some dos and don’ts to follow when you or your loved ones sustain a personal injury.
- Seek medical assistance as soon as the injury/accident occurs
- Contact the police to document the accident. If you fail to take this step, the party at fault can use it against you in court.
- Report the injury/accident to your insurance company
- Get information from the other party. This information may include the phone numbers, addresses, driver’s license, and registration info, and details about the vehicle
- Collect the contact information of witnesses. Remember that passengers do not count as witnesses in an auto accident
- Click pictures of the accident scene, the vehicle, and its surroundings. Always have a disposable camera in your glove box for documenting these incidents.
- Collect any material evidence that could prove the other party’s fault.
- Document other information, such as the weather, the location of the injury/accident, and other details.
- Flee the accident or injury scene
- Delay contacting your insurance company or a personal injury attorney
- Talk to the person or party at fault or give a statement in the absence of a personal injury attorney. Anything you say to the insurance agents or anyone else about the injury can go against you in court.
- Sign any official documents without checking with your attorney
Filing a personal injury claim in Florida can be risky if you don’t hire a professional or experienced personal injury lawyer. In some cases, injuries due to an accident or medical negligence can lead to lifelong disability. That’s why it is crucial to file a personal injury claim to receive the compensation you deserve.
When you suffer an injury in Florida, the chances of winning a claim depend on how well your attorney can prove the at-fault party’s negligence. Whether you receive a minor bruise or a serious spinal cord injury due to an accident, contact Dsouza and Strachan Lawgroup in Florida today. Our expert and professional personal injury lawyers can help you file a winning personal injury case. Get in touch with us today to find out more about filing a personal injury claim.