Personal Injury FAQs

What Constitutes a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury refers to physical, emotional, or psychological harm suffered due to another party’s negligence, intentional actions, or strict liability, such as injuries from car accidents, slips and falls, or defective products.

How Do I File a Personal Injury Claim?

Begin by seeking medical attention, then document your injuries and any related damages. Engage a personal injury lawyer to help navigate the legal process, negotiate with insurance companies, and file a lawsuit if necessary.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida?

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is typically four years from the date of the injury, but this can vary based on the specific circumstances and type of injury claim.

What Compensation Can I Receive from a Personal Injury Claim?

Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages, depending on the specific details and outcomes of your case.

Do I Need a Lawyer to File a Personal Injury Claim?

While not mandatory, hiring a lawyer can significantly benefit your claim by providing legal advice, handling complex paperwork, and advocating for your best interests, especially in negotiations and trials. Winning a case on your own is nearly impossible.

What is a Contingency Fee?

A contingency fee means your lawyer gets paid only if you receive compensation from your injury claim, taking a pre-agreed percentage of the awarded amount, and typically requiring no upfront payment.

How Long Does a Personal Injury Claim Take to Resolve?

The duration of a personal injury claim can vary widely, depending on factors like case complexity, negotiation processes, and whether the case goes to trial, potentially lasting from several months to years.

What is Negligence?

Negligence refers to a failure to exercise reasonable care, resulting in harm or damage to another, such as a driver causing an accident by not obeying traffic laws or a business owner failing to remedy hazardous conditions.

Can I File a Claim if I’m Partially At Fault?

Yes, Florida follows a “pure comparative negligence” rule, meaning you can still recover damages in a personal injury case even if you are partially at fault, though your compensation will likely be reduced by your percentage of fault.

What Should I Do Immediately After an Injury?

Seek medical help, document your injuries and the incident, gather witness contact information, and avoid discussing fault or settlements until you consult with a personal injury attorney.

How is Pain and Suffering Calculated?

Pain and suffering are often calculated using a multiplier method or per diem approach, considering physical pain, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life, and may be influenced by case precedents, severity, and more.

What is a Settlement in a Personal Injury Case?

A settlement is an agreement in which the injured party agrees to a compensation amount from the liable party, typically involving a release of further claims in exchange for the agreed compensation.

What to Expect in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Expect a process involving case evaluation, discovery, negotiations, and potentially a trial, all of which your personal injury lawyer will navigate, advocating for your best interests throughout.

What are Non-Economic Damages?

Non-economic damages refer to compensation for intangible losses like pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life, which are not easily quantifiable in monetary terms.

Can I File a Personal Injury Claim Against the Government?

Yes, though filing a claim against the government involves distinct processes and stricter timelines, making it crucial to consult with an attorney experienced in handling such claims.

What if I Can’t Afford Medical Treatment?

Discuss your situation with a personal injury attorney, who may recommend doctors willing to work on a lien basis, where medical fees are paid from your eventual settlement or award.

How Does Insurance Impact an Injury Claim?

Insurance can play a significant role, with insurers often involved in settlement negotiations and potentially being responsible for covering awarded damages, within policy limits.

What Happens if the Defendant Can’t Pay the Awarded Damages?

If the defendant cannot pay, potential next steps include pursuing their assets or insurance, though recovery can sometimes be limited or unavailable, making pre-trial financial investigations crucial.

How to Preserve Evidence in a Personal Injury Case?

Photograph injuries and damage, retain physical evidence, gather witness statements, and maintain records of medical treatments and related expenses to support your personal injury claim.

What is the Role of a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Personal injury lawyers guide you through the legal process, representing your interests in negotiations and court, providing legal advice, managing paperwork, and striving to secure the best possible outcome for your claim.

Can Pre-Existing Conditions Affect My Personal Injury Claim?

Pre-existing conditions can impact your claim, as the defense may argue the injury was not entirely the result of the incident, making thorough medical documentation and skilled legal representation essential to determine the cause and degree of worsening of the injury.

Is There a Minimum Personal Injury Settlement Amount?

There is no minimum settlement amount, as compensation varies depending on several factors, including injury severity, incurred costs, and the circumstances and liability established in the case.

How to Choose the Right Personal Injury Attorney?

Consider factors like experience, expertise in relevant injury law, past case results, client reviews, and your comfort and confidence in their ability to represent your interests effectively.

What Happens in a Free Consultation with a Lawyer?

In a free consultation, the lawyer will typically discuss the circumstances of your injury, provide preliminary advice, and explore the potential for legal recourse, all without obligation or cost to you.

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