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February 18, 2020
When you’ve been injured and someone else was at fault, getting the justice and compensation you need can make a big difference. But where should you start?
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a complicated process, especially if you may be implicated in the fault for your accident. Working with the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, you can be sure you’re going in prepared. See below for more information on the steps to filing a successful personal injury lawsuit.
After you’ve been hurt in an accident, the most important thing to do is to make sure you are safe and healthy. Then, if you need to pursue compensation, you will collect the information you will need for your case. This may include evidence like photos of the accident, your injuries, and any other damage sustained during the accident.
You will also need to assess your damages. You can typically expect to hear from your insurance company about vehicle damage and medical bills after an accident, but certain non-economic damages should also be considered. For example, your accident might have caused significant mental or emotional distress, which can affect your life as much as a physical injury.
Finally, once you have the information you need and have spoken to an attorney, you will likely need to file a complaint. Your personal injury lawyer can help you understand how and where to file your complaint.
In the state of Florida, you should have four years to file your lawsuit for a personal injury, but you can have as little as two years if you are seeking damages for medical malpractice. These deadlines are referred to as statutes of limitations.
Negligence laws and fault are another major factor in your lawsuit. While Florida is a no-fault insurance state, meaning you will be compensated for a car accident regardless of who caused it, we also observe comparative negligence for other personal injury suits. If you are implicated as negligent in your case, your settlement value may decrease proportionately.
Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be a stressful, confusing process. That’s why we’re here to help. At the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, we want to make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your damages.
If you believe you have a viable personal injury claim but are having trouble filing your lawsuit, contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation with a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer by calling 561-659-6366 or filling out the form below.