How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
According to the Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a) injury victims have four years to file a claim before the statute of limitations ends. This means you have four years from the date of your injury to file a claim or you may lose your right to pursue compensation. Florida does recognize some exceptions to this rule such as in cases where the defendant intentionally tried to conceal themselves or the claimant was under a form of legal disability. An attorney from our firm can let you know if you qualify for an extension to the statute of limitations.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case
There are three types of damages available in a personal injury claim:
Economic damages, as the name suggests compensates for financial losses associated with suffering an injury such as medical expenses and missed days at work. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for abstract losses such as pain and suffering and mental anguish. The last type of damages, punitive, differs from the first two in that their main purpose is the punish the negligent party rather than compensate the injured party. As such they are not often awarded.
What Can I Expect During the Initial Consultation?
Generally, we will initially speak with you over the telephone to learn a little about your case and to see if we are the right lawyers for your case. If it looks like we might be able to help you, we will usually schedule an in-office visit. In some situations, we will come visit you.
During the meeting, we will look at any documents you have that relate to your case. These include accident reports, medical records, pictures, and anything else you may have collected. We will talk with you about the litigation process and how we may be able to help. If it becomes clear that your case is one where we can help and you decide that you would like us to be your attorneys, we will enter into a retainer agreement that governs our services and your role in the case.
After the initial meeting, we will schedule a further meeting to take down detailed information that we need to assist you in your case. This information includes names of doctors and witnesses, work history, educational background, and general information that helps us understand what makes you and your situation unique.
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