FLORIDA PERSONAL INJURY LAW FAQS
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How a personal injury claim works is not something most people think about until they actually need to file one. The laws surrounding personal injury claims in Florida can often be confusing and complicated and may leave you with plenty of questions. The expert personal injury lawyers at Calandro Law are here to answer your questions.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about personal injury accidents. If you are not able to find the answer you are looking for here, please contact us at (813) 563-6463 or schedule a free case evaluation to speak with an attorney today.
Florida Personal Injury Law Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- IWhat Qualifies As A Personal Injury?
- IWhat Should I Do After A Personal Injury Accident?
- IHow Do I Know If I Have A Case?
- IIs There Still A Case If I Do Not Feel Hurt?
- ICan I File A Personal Injury Lawsuit Without An Attorney?
- IWhen Should I Contact A Personal Injury Attorney?
- IHow Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
- IWhat Documents Should I Bring To Meet With A Lawyer?
- IHow Much Is My Case Worth?
- IHow Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Claim?
- IHow Do I Afford My Medical Bills/Lost Wages Before A Settlement?
- ICan I Still Get Compensation Even Though Florida Is A No-Fault State?
- IHow Long Does It Take To Reach A Settlement?
- IWhat Happens If My Case Goes To Trial?
- IWhat Is The Average Settlement In A Personal Injury Case?
- ISeek emergency medical care immediately in the case of severe injury to you or other parties involved in the accident.
- ITake photos and videos of the scene and your injuries.
- IGather a list of witnesses and contact information for witnesses, parties involved in the accident, and first responders.
- IRecord your account of what happened.
- IMake an official police report.
- IDo not admit fault or apologize to anyone involved in the accident.
- IIf you were able to walk away from the accident on your own, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if you do not feel injured.
- ISpeak with an attorney to discuss your options. Calandro Law offers FREE case evaluations.
1. That you or a loved one were actually injured.
2. That the person(s) or party you are filing a claim against was actually responsible.
Calandro Law will evaluate your case for free and let you know if you have a good case for a personal injury claim based on the facts of the accident.
It is always best to get a medical evaluation as soon as possible after an accident even if you do not feel injured. They may be able to identify an injury before it becomes worse, helping the healing process. Additionally, seeking medical attention immediately can help strengthen a personal injury claim.
A personal injury attorney knows how to deal with insurance companies and the tricks they may use to get you to agree to an unfair settlement. It is in your best interest to have an expert personal injury attorney handle your case.
If you have any questions about how payment for your case works at Calandro Law, your attorney will be happy to discuss payment with you. Keep in mind that people almost always get larger settlements with personal injury lawyers on their side.
- IPolice reports/accident reports
- IMedical reports from doctors and/or hospitals
- IWitness accounts of the accident
- IInsurance information, including insurance information for any other parties involved
- IPhotos or videos of all relevant injuries and/or damage
- IAny personal accounts of the accident
There may be different statutes of limitations depending on the type of personal injury case being filed. However, for most personal injury accidents in Florida, you will have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. You will no longer be able to sue for your injuries after those four years unless you obtain a special exception to the Florida statute of limitations.
If you do not have health insurance and cannot afford your medical bills, an attorney can help you find a doctor that will treat you with an agreement for payment to be made out of your settlement. Insurance companies may also be entitled to reimbursement for coverage once a settlement is reached.
Florida is a no-fault state when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. This requires all drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) that covers them up to $10,000 in the event of an accident, regardless of who was at fault. This does not mean you cannot hold the responsible party accountable after an accident.
PIP insurance is a great way to cover immediate medical costs if you are injured in a car accident. It does not cover passengers injured in an accident though and is often not enough to cover the costs associated with serious injuries. A personal injury attorney can help you obtain the full compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and suffering.
If your case goes to trial, your attorney can advise you on what to expect at trial and prepare you to proceed.