What Do I Need To file A Personal Injury Claim After A Car Accident?
Motor vehicle collisions are a frequent occurrence, but unfortunately, these accidents often result in significant physical injury. While the recovery process can be daunting, the experienced, award-winning attorneys at the Shiner Law Group are standing by to help you file your personal injury claim and get you the favorable, substantial results you deserve.
If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, contact our attorneys by phone or visit us online to review your legal rights and options in a free case review, as you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Understanding the Recovery Process
Florida joins several other states in adopting no-fault laws, which means that in the event of an accident, you must pursue financial relief through your own insurance company regardless of fault. Drivers in Florida are required to maintain a personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage of $10,000; however, as some accidents may cause victims to quickly exhaust this limit, an attorney can help you file your claim to pursue economic and non-economic damages.
Recovering financial compensation can be a complicated process, especially in the absence of legal representation. Our firm not only assists with handling auto insurance claims, but we can help you navigate insurance coverage issues, identify third-party defendants, mitigate efforts to stall recovery, avoid traps and pitfalls, and file your claim.
Successful litigation in a car accident case is dependent on the quality of evidence, and victims can significantly bolster their financial recovery potential by following the basic steps in the event of an accident:
- Seek medical attention: A thorough medical prognosis can help your attorney better quantify your economic and non-economic damages. Many insurance companies will attempt to undermine the recovery process by attempting to shift fault, attributing injuries to preexisting conditions, or downplaying the degree of injuries sustained.
- Gather relevant evidence. If conditions permit, victims should move safely away from the crash site and gather critical evidence, such as images of damage or road scuffs. Additionally, documenting eyewitness contact information and road and weather conditions can help prove causation.
- Hire an experienced car accident attorney. By hiring a car accident attorney, you will have the resources to move beyond the accident without substantial medical debt. Claimants in a car accident can pursue legal action for property damage and personal injury, including, but not limited to, medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and wrongful death.
Special Considerations: Product Liability & Statute of Limitations
Car accidents in Florida are adjudicated under the state’s negligence standard, which requires the claimant to prove the defendant owed and breached their legal duty of care. In cases of product liability where a faulty component contributed to your accident, an experienced attorney can you help file a personal injury claim against the product’s manufacturer. Additionally, your attorney can assist you with complex incidents involving Driver’s Ed students, commercial trucks, and motorcycles.
Florida law, per the state’s statute of limitations, permits car accident victims to file their claim within four years from the date of the accident or two years in cases of wrongful death. Victims are encouraged to pursue legal action early, as your attorney can account for past and future expenses, as well as the quality of evidence.