What Steps Should I Take If I Have Been Injured And Need To File A Claim?
The first step you should take if you have been injured, especially in an auto accident, is to see a doctor as soon as possible. You must seek treatment within 14 days, but the sooner the better. The closer the healthcare visit is made to the accident, the easier it is show the injuries were caused by the collision. You could see a doctor, or visit the ER, an outpatient clinic, or urgent care center. If you don’t see a doctor within 14 days, you will not qualify for PIP benefits. You need to have a doctor who can testify within a reasonable degree of medical probability that the injuries you’re complaining about were caused by the collision or the incident that caused you to suffer the injuries. Read More
What Evidence And Witnesses Are Critical For My Personal Injury Case?
If it’s an auto accident, it’s important to try to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses who are involved. Sometimes, you’re too injured to gather that information, and you have to rely upon what the police officers obtain and put in their report. The police are often able to identify people who may have seen how the collision occurred. If it’s a slip and fall and there is anyone around who saw what happened, or if there are any objective witnesses, then it’s important to get their names, phone numbers, and addresses if possible. Your lawyer will want to take the statements of these witnesses as soon as possible so that their memories are fresh. Secondarily, you want to get photographs of the scene and/or the vehicles involved. Read More
Does The Severity Of An Injury Ensure The Likelihood Of A Larger Settlement?
The severity of an injury usually can determine the likelihood of a larger settlement. However, you also have to factor in whether there is complete liability on the other side or whether there is comparative negligence. If there’s comparative negligence, then your recovery would be reduced by the percentage of fault attributed to you. Read More
What Types Of Injuries Do Motorcycle Riders Sustain From An Accident?
Motorcycle riders can sustain all kinds of injuries from an accident, such as broken bones, road rash, and head injuries. What happens if someone was not wearing a helmet or other safety gear in a motorcycle accident? In Florida, you are not required to wear a helmet or other safety gear while riding a motorcycle. However, it does impact your case if you get involved in a motorcycle accident. The defendant can argue that the injuries would not have been as severe if the rider or passenger was wearing a helmet or safety gear. Read More
What Are Some Common Examples Of Slip And Fall Injury Claims?
Some common examples of slip and fall injury claims include unseen holes, short steps, cracked sidewalks, and slippery substances on the floor. In any slip and fall case, the issue is whether the defendant created the problem or knew that it existed long enough to prevent it. Did they fail to warn you? Was it a hazard that was not easily seen, and therefore like a trap for the unwary? There are all kinds of slip and falls. Read More