If you or a family member has been injured due to someone else’s careless behavior – whether in a car accident, a hospital, a place of business, or in some other setting – you may be wondering if you can sue the negligent party. You might have many important questions about your situation: Do you have a legitimate case? Can you get financial compensation for your injuries? Do you need an attorney in order to sue someone? Whom can you call for help?
If this sounds like you, this blog post could be helpful, but talking with an experienced personal injury attorney could be even more beneficial.
In Florida, you are not required to have an attorney in order to file a personal injury claim, but your chances of understanding the law and legal procedures, winning your case, and getting the compensation you deserve are much greater if you are working with a knowledgeable attorney.
Understanding Florida Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury is anything that harms you physically, mentally, or emotionally. It occurs in many different types of situations, including auto accidents, slips and falls, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse.
If you have been injured in a particular situation because of someone else’s actions, they could be held liable for the damages you suffered. With a personal injury claim, you (the plaintiff) have to show that someone else or a particular entity (the defendant) was responsible for causing your injury. To recover damages or obtain compensation for your loss and suffering, you will also have to show that the injury you sustained has actually caused losses, such as financial costs associated with medical treatment and lost earning capacity, pain, and emotional suffering.
This compensation is intended to help you recover the physical, mental, and emotional well-being you had before the personal injury occurred. It can include special damages, such as money spent on medical treatment or repairs to property, as well as earning lost because of missed work time. It can also include general damages for pain and suffering, emotional stress, and a family’s loss of companionship.
An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to determine how much compensation you deserve based on a complete assessment of the general and special damages you have sustained. He or she will pursue all possible types of compensation and help you obtain the maximum amount for your injuries and other losses.
Winning Your Case
Winning your case can depend a lot on knowing the law and following correct legal procedures. Experienced personal injury attorneys know the details they need to research and include to build a winning case, the forms they need to file with the court, and the time frame they need to adhere to in order to be within the time limit (statute of limitations) set by state law.
Working with an experienced personal injury attorney is especially important when insurance company attorneys are involved. Insurance company attorneys will work hard to limit your damages and thereby save money for their clients. They may try to pay you only a small fraction of what you deserve, or your settlement could be reduced by other people filing claims against you in multiple party cases. With a skilled personal injury attorney fighting for your rights, you are much more likely to win.
Getting the Compensation You Deserve
If you’ve been seriously injured and/or if your case is complicated, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your rights and help you obtain the compensation you deserve. You might not be aware of all the parties who might be liable for your injury, all compensation you might be entitled to, or the defendant’s insurance company might be working aggressively to underpay or not pay you at all. Whatever the case, a personal injury attorney can usually help you get three to four times more than you would receive without legal representation.
In conclusion, you don’t have to have an attorney to file a personal injury claim with an insurance company or in court. However, to win your case and get the compensation you deserve, you should definitely consider seeking legal representation.
An experienced personal injury attorney will build a strong case to get you the full compensation you deserve. And you can seek his or her advice without worrying about payment, since personal injury attorneys only get paid when you win your case or settle outside of court.
For a free consultation with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney, please call Malik Law at 407-500-1000 or submit our Free Case Evaluation form online.