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When Should You Consider Filing A Personal Injury Claim?

If you’ve been the victim of an accident in Florida and suffered an injury, you should not have to bankrupt yourself trying to fund your recovery. A personal injury claim can help get you the compensation you deserve. But, the thought of filing a claim can be overwhelming, and you may be wondering if you even have enough to make filing a case worth it. If you’re considering filing a personal injury claim in Florida, there are a few criteria that need to be met.

Statute Of Limitations

Most cases have a statute of limitations placed on them, which is a pre-determined amount of time specifying how long after an incident a party has to file a claim. Statutes of limitations can vary based on the crime committed or the type of civil claim being filed. The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida is four years.

This means that you have four years from the date of the accident to file a claim. This does not mean that the case has to be resolved within four years, but that your case must be filed before then. If you fail to file within four years, the court will likely throw out your case before it even begins. If your accident occurred a few years ago, confirm that you’re still within the statute of limitations before considering filing a claim.

Four years grants victims enough time to discover any injuries or sufferings that have occurred as a result of the accident.

Pain And Suffering

Compensation for pain and suffering accounts for non-economic losses you’ve suffered as a result of your accident. According to Florida Standard Jury Instruction 501.2, you can seek pain and suffering damages that came as the result of “any bodily injury sustained by Plaintiff and any resulting pain and suffering disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, mental anguish, inconvenience or loss of capacity for the enjoyment of life experienced in the past, or to be experienced in the future.”

Florida also instructs their juries that there is no exact way to measure damage but instead, ensure the amount is fair and just. If you’ve suffered as the result of your personal injury, you could receive a large sum of money to help make up for your losses.

Unsure If You Should File A Claim?

If you have been suffered a personal injury but have doubts about whether or not you should file a claim, you should contact a trusted personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer has years of experience handling cases similar to yours. They can review your case, and recommend your best course of action.

If a personal injury lawyer does recommend you sue for damages, they will do everything in their power to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. They will work with the defendant’s attorneys to quickly reach a settlement. Allowing a personal injury lawyer to handle your case can help you recuperate medical expenses, lost wages, and compensation for pain and suffering in a timely manner.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

When Should You Consider Filing A Personal Injury Claim?

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