Personal Injury Questions And Answers
Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer will ensure that your rights are protected and that you are not being taken advantage of. Most insurance companies are quick to cut a check that also releases them from any future claims, but a good personal injury attorney knows that injuries can linger, and that not every injury is one you can heal physically.
There is no fee up front, and we don’t get paid unless you do. There’s nothing to lose by choosing one of our lawyers. You’ll have peace of mind that your injury will be taken care of.
What do I do when an insurance company calls me about my injury?
If an insurance company is calling you about your injury, they are already aware that they are on the hook for it and will try to close the claim as quickly as possible by cutting you a check that releases their responsibility to your injury. Don’t fall for it. Don’t answer any questions and call a personal injury attorney as soon as you hang up.
You should get representation as soon as possible if your personal injury was caused by the negligence of another party or entity. Insurance companies are concerned more with their bottom line than with just compensation for your injuries.
Let us make sure they are being held accountable.
Should I call the police at the scene of a personal injury?
Whether you should or shouldn’t call the police on the scene of your personal injury depends on the personal injury. Any type of vehicle accident should be reported to police, as well as anything causing an ambulance to be called or serious injury. It’s safe to call the police regardless so there is a paper trail of how your accident occurred and the conditions surrounding the accident.
If your accident was due to a negligent matter like a dripping roof making the floor slick, it’s easy for that to be mopped up and made like it never happened. In these situations, it’s best to ask people around to take pictures of conditions even before police arrive.
What is a wrongful death in Florida?
Florida Statutes section 768.19 says that when a death occurs due to wrongful act, negligence, default, or breach of contract or warranty of any person, and if the person who died could have pursued damages had they not died, then the negligent person or party is deemed liable for the wrongful death of the person.
This means that the family of the deceased may pursue damages against the liable party for the cost of medical leading up to the death, non-economic damages, as well as the potential for punitive damages.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a personal injury?
According to the Florida statute of limitations, injury to a person may be claimed up to four years after the accident occurred to file a civil lawsuit to seek compensatory damages for negligent accidents. If you miss the filing deadline, your case will be dismissed no matter how severe it is, unless the person pursuing damages was incapacitated, or the defendant tried to avoid being served.