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If I Got Hurt, Can I File A Personal Injury Lawsuit?

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Anyone who has been injured recently or has lost a loved one in an accident may be wondering about options for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Since personal injury law is a broad area of the law that encapsulates many different kinds of accident and injury scenarios, it may indeed be possible to sue the responsible party in order to seek financial compensation for your losses.

The easiest way to know if you have a valid lawsuit is to seek legal advice from our personal injury attorneys who can evaluate your case. In the meantime, the following are some questions you can ask yourself to gain a better understanding of the likelihood of filing a successful personal injury lawsuit.

When Did the Accident Happen? 

The first question you should ask yourself is this one: when did the accident happen? You will need to answer this question in order to determine if the statute of limitations has run out, meaning that your claim would be time-barred under Florida law. If you were injured yourself, you will likely have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you lost a loved one in an accident, the statute of limitations is different, and you will likely have two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party.

Where Did the Accident Happen? 

Next, you will want to think carefully about where the accident occurred. If the accident occurred on any kind of government property (from a local park to a federal building), you will need to take into account additional considerations for seeking compensation. If the accident happened while you were at work, you will likely be ineligible to file a lawsuit and instead will need to seek compensation by filing a workers’ compensation lawsuit. And if it happened in your own home, it may be more difficult to show that another party is responsible for your injuries, depending upon the circumstances.

How Did the Accident Happen? 

Finally, how did the accident happen? This is a key question and will be central for determining whether you have a strong personal injury case. In short, if another party’s negligence or wrongdoing caused your injury, you may be eligible to file a claim. Similarly, if your injury resulted from a defective product, you could be eligible to sue the designer, manufacturer, or another party related to the construction or sale of the dangerous product.

Seek Advice from Our Personal Injury Attorneys in South Florida 

At Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC, our experienced Boca Raton personal injury attorneys have years of experience representing injured plaintiffs and their families in a wide variety of injury claims and lawsuits. One of the advocates at our firm can assess your case today. Contact Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith PLLC for more information about how we can assist you with your personal injury lawsuit.

Resource:

leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0095/Sections/0095.11.html

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