When should I contact an attorney?
After suffering an injury due to the negligence of another the injured party often has many questions. They often wonder who will pay their medical bills, what can they do if they’re physically unable to return to work or what compensation they are entitled to receive for their injuries. An experienced attorney can help answer all of these questions and the injured party can then focus on what is most important, recovering from their injuries.
A statute of limitations sets the maximum time after an event in which legal proceedings must be initiated or the claim is forever barred. In Florida the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is four years after the date of the accident. Although an injured party has four years in which to file a lawsuit for injuries sustained due to the negligence of another, many steps should be taken prior to before a lawsuit is filed to preserve evidence for trial and ensure the injured party receives 100% of the compensation the deserve.
The Trial Professionals were recently contacted by a woman who suffered a serious injury after she slipped in a puddle of water caused by a leaking refrigeration unit while shopping at her local supermarket. The insurance carrier for the supermarket assured the woman they would do everything necessary to ensure she received the medical care necessary for her rehabilitation. After two years of physical therapy and countless doctors’ visits the insurance carrier only offered to compensate the injured woman less than 10 percent of her outstanding medical balance and disregarding all the other damages she sustained as a result of her injuries.
Stories like these are not uncommon. Injuries resulting from another person’s negligence often take several months or years to completely resolve. Unfortunately, risk management departments and insurance carriers are not looking out for the best interests of the injured party. Rather, they hope to conclude any potential claim as quickly and inexpensively as possible. It is not uncommon for insurance carriers to pressure an injured person into signing documents that preclude the injured party from bringing a lawsuit in the future if their injures do not improve or worsen. Contact an experienced trial attorney immediately after an injury to discuss you legal rights.