Waiting too long after an accident may doom your ability to get compensated for your injuries. In the state of Florida, like in other states, there are “statutes of limitations” which set forth the amount one has to file a lawsuit after an incident occurs.
For negligence cases, such as auto accidents, premises liability and other injury cases, the state of Florida has a four-year statute of limitations. What this means is that a person has four years from the date of an accident or negligent act to file a lawsuit for damages.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, however, you shouldn’t wait until those four years are nearly up before contacting an attorney to get the help you need. From a purely logistical standpoint, you never want to feel rushed into action. Hurrying things along usually comes with mistakes and could lead you to miss key details for your case.
Negligence cases should be investigated as early as possible to make sure all potential liable parties are found and notified of the potential claim. With the proper notification, all potential parties to the claim will informed of their potential liability and will be instructed to keep any information or evidence they may have regarding the incident. On the other hand, if you delay beginning this process, you risk losing what could turn out to be vital evidence forever.
Another important reason you should contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident is because the more time that passes between your injury and the day your case is brought before a jury, the easier it will be for a defense attorney to allege that the injuries have been fully healed. In doing so, they will be able to sow doubt in the jury regarding your need for damages to compensate you for your pain and suffering.
While the vast majority of cases will not ever go before a jury, it is this eventuality (and how it might play out) which will have a great deal of weight in determining what the defense will offer you to resolve your claim.
Finally, by hiring a lawyer as soon as possible after your accident you will be adding an expert to your team without having to pay for it out of your pocket. Most accident attorneys do not get paid until your case is resolved and will not charge you for costs or fees unless your case results in a successful outcome. A competent attorney will also help guide you through the process to ensure the best results for you. Your attorney will handle the procedural aspects of your case so that you will only have to worry about getting the right medical treatment.
If you have been involved in an accident, call/contact The Guzman Firm, PLLC, for a free case evaluation. We look forward to helping you get the money you deserve!