There are some basic steps that everyone who has been injured or a loved one was killed will need to go through when determining if negligence did contribute to the accident.
1. Write down everything you can remember about the situation that caused the accident or event.
2. Get contact information for every witness you know was there when the event took place.
3. Report the incident to the proper authorities: this might be health care professionals, law enforcement, and others who can be a part of the documenting process.
4. Take pictures of the injuries to not only yourself, but pictures of others who may have been involved and may have been injured. Take pictures of any property damage or of faulty equipment that you believe may have contributed to the accident.
5. Contact an attorney to evaluate your claim and help you make a determination if this is a claim you wish to pursue. It’s best to speak with an attorney before you make a written or verbal statement to insurance companies.
Remember, the statute of limitations in Florida is four years from the time of the injury. If you don’t file in court within that period of time you will give up your right to collect a settlement.
Your attorney, we will help you determine if the other party:
1. Had failed in a duty to keep you from injury.
2. If the failure to prevent injury resulted in your injury.
3. If you suffered damages as a result of the situation.
In Florida, personal injury suits cannot include accidents that involve automobile accidents unless the accident is serious. A serious accident in Florida is defined as:
1. There is a significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function.
2. There is a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability not including scarring or disfigurement.
3. There is significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement.
4. Finally, death is a factor in determining if a car accident is deemed serious.
Personal injury lawsuits are generally filed when someone else was responsible for your injury. If that is proved, you are entitled to be compensated for your losses, and those losses could include:
• Medical expenses, whether in the past, future, or current.
• Lost wages, including time at medical appointments and therapy.
• Property damage caused by the incident.
• A permanent disfigurement or disability.
• Emotional distress which can include anxiety and/or depression.
• Interference with family relations.
• Other losses that can are found to be a direct result of your injury.
The attorneys at Toral Law can help you determine if your accident qualifies for a personal injury lawsuit. Come meet with us and let us do the hard work to help you get the satisfaction and peace of mind you deserve.
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If you or your passenger has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, experienced spinal cord Injury or traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident or if you would like more information about wrongful death or other serious injury cases click here to contact a Toral Law personal injury attorney. Or call Toral Law at 1 (800) 867-2552. Toral Law was listed by Newsweek as one of the top twenty leaders in personal injury law.