Personal injury claims in Ft. Lauderdale
If you have been injured in an accident, the first thing to take care of is your health. Make sure you see a medical professional to make sure your injuries are addressed. Once that is taken care of, you may want to consider filing a personal injury claim. Adam Franzen, of the Franzen Firm, is an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows the Florida laws on personal injuries. He can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
However, since you are the one involved in the accidental injury, you will need to provide some information in order to proceed with the case:
- Evidence regarding the cause of the accident and what damage resulted from it. If you can take photographs that can depict this information, it would be very useful.
- Keep records of your medical bills, including doctor visits, hospital bills, lost work and wages.
- Names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
- Notes of any conversations with individuals who were involved in the accident.
- Notify the parties involved that you intend to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Just because you notify people of your intent to file a lawsuit, it does not mean that you must file a lawsuit. By giving notice, you only preserve your rights and prevent the other parties from defending against a lawsuit by arguing that you waited too long to inform them of your injuries. By notifying the other parties, you simply ensure that you can proceed with negotiations regarding settlement and arbitration at your own speed, without feeling rushed.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Car accidentsrepresent the largest number of personal injury cases in the United States. When an accident happens, it is often because one or more involved parties aren’t following the rules of the road. A careless driver can (usually) be held financially and responsible for injuries stemming from a car accident.
Bicycle accidents are common in Florida for a number of reasons:
- wide and fast roadways
- lack of safety education
- bad drivers
- under-equipped bicyclists
- yearlong riding weather
- lagging infrastructure and laws
There are many Florida laws that pertain to riding a bicycle in Florida and how drivers need to interact with Florida bicyclists. After a Florida bicycle accident, it is important that you understand how these laws could impact your claim for damages.
Medical malpractice claims can arise when a doctor or other health care professional fails to provide competent and reasonably skilled care, and a patient is injured as a result.
Slip and fall cases are another very common type of personal injury case. Property owners (or, in some cases, those who are renting property) have a legal duty to keep their premises reasonably safe and free of hazards, so that people who are on the property do not become injured. The exact nature of a landowner’s legal duty varies depending on the situation and according to the law in place in the state where the injury occurred.
There are also other types of personal injury lawsuits; for example, defamation of character, e.g., slander and libel; dog bites; assault and battery. Contact Adam Franzen to request more information on your legal rights if you are considering filing a claim related to these injuries.
Deadlines for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida
Like every other state, Florida has a statute of limitations, which defines a deadline for the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in civil court against the person or business that might be legally at fault for your injury.
Under Florida’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in Florida’s civil. If you don’t file your case within this time window, the court will very likely refuse to hear it at all. In rare cases, you may not “discover” that you actually suffered harm for some amount of time after the incident that caused the injury, and in those instances the lawsuit-filing window will be extended.
For injury claims against a city, county or state government, the time limit is three years.
Injury attorney Adam Franzen knows the Florida laws on personal injuries.
If you’ve been seriously injured, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney to negotiate a fair settlement, or to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
Don’t let the insurance companies try to convince you that you don’t have a claim! Our law firm can gather evidence to provide that your injuries are serious enough to qualify you for additional compensation through a lawsuit.
Adam Franzen knows the Florida laws on personal injuries and how to represent you if you are in an accident. Call Mr. Franzen at (954) 462-5790, or visit his website to learn more about how he can help you with your accidental injury cases.