Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been seriously injured, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are not taken to the emergency room immediately, try to take pictures of the scene and get the contact information of any witnesses. Most importantly, DO NOT ADMIT FAULT or even apologize to anyone involved – as this will be used against you in court.
You don’t. This is why you need to set up an appointment with a personal injury attorney to assess the facts in detail. In the consultation, the lawyer will discuss how the law factors into your situation – and what you may be able to earn in compensation.
It’s tough to gauge an injury immediately after an accident – as your adrenaline will be pumping like crazy. You may not realize you’re injured for a couple days. If authorities ask if you are injured, tell them you don’t know – then consult a doctor.
This depends on your situation. In the state of Florida, you generally have four years to file a case after the date of the accident. If you are filing a wrongful death case, you have two years from the date of death. If you are filing a personal injury case against a government entity, you have two years from the date of the accident.
No! Do NOT speak with an insurance adjuster for anyone else involved in the case. They may seem polite on the phone, but they are professionals at coaxing information out of people to reduce liability. If you get a call from an insurance adjuster, tell them to speak to your attorney. This is a big one!
You can certainly receive benefits from the at-fault party if you have a pre-existing condition. The damages may be reduced, but you can hold the other party liable for making your pre-existing condition worse. These cases can get complicated. Hiring a specialized attorney is absolutely crucial here.
In the State of Florida, the law operates as “comparative negligence”. In a nutshell, this means you can still receive compensation if you are partly at-fault in the accident. However, your recovery may be lessened depending on the circumstances and the jury’s determination.
Most personal injury cases end in an out-of-court settlement between the defendant or their insurance company. However, the timeline is nearly impossible to predict. There are a number of moving parts that are simply out of your hands. Personal injury attorneys are critical here to expedite the process and navigate around delays.
Personal injury lawyers are essential in getting the maximum compensation in the shortest amount of time. They know all the steps, tricks, and ways to negotiate for the highest settlement. Declining to use a lawyer makes you vulnerable – and the chances of winning your case go drastically down.
You should never have to worry about paying personal injury attorneys. A trustworthy lawyer will take your case free of charge. They know they will collect their fee as part of the settlement you receive from the other party. This is called a contingency fee arrangement. Generally, they will take between a 30-35 percent cut of your settlement – but this may be higher if you go to trial and/or the appellate process.