Personal injury claims in Ft. Lauderdale
Personal injury cases are legal claims brought by those who are alleging injuries from an accident due to the wrongful or negligent conduct of another person or entity. A viable personal injury claim involves proving that the other party had a legal duty to exercise reasonable care and the duty was breached. Typical types of personal injury actions include slip and fall incidents, medical or professional negligence or malpractice, product defect, toxic tort and auto accidents.
If you’re filing an insurance claim or lawsuit over an accident or injury, you’ll need to be familiar with laws in your state that might affect your case. There are a few key Florida laws to keep in mind when it comes to personal injury. The Franzen Firm is completely knowledgeable in Florida laws concerning personal injury cases.
What is the Discovery Process?
Discovery is a pretrial procedure in which the parties request and disclose records, information, and documents related to the accident. Both parties can demand answers to interrogatories, which are a series of written questions. You must respond to the questions, or you can object to any that your attorney thinks are improper.
Documents might also be requested, such as records of your medical care and expenses, lost income, property damage, photographs, police reports, insurance policies, and other relevant records. You may also be deposed, where you would have to orally answer under oath questions posed by the opposing attorney. The questions can address all aspects of your claim. Your attorney will accompany you and advise you during this process. In many cases, you will have to submit to a medical examination by a doctor of the other attorney’s choice.
Deadlines for Filing an 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.This entry was posted on Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 2:00 pm and is filed under Blog. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.