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It is hard to act and think with full judgment right after suffering from a personal injury because of an accident. Searching for the 6 personal injury cases in Florida will give you an idea what and what not to do right after an injury. But aside from your health, you must also think about a personal injury claim. In this article, you will learn some of the important things you need to do when you file such claim in Florida.

The First Things to Do

Your health must be on the top of the list. If you have already taken care of yourself and health, then it’s time for you to protect your rights by filing a claim. There is no one-shoe-fits-all way of doing this. But the following are some helpful personal injury claim steps you can follow:

  • Collect as much evidence as you can, such as photographs. This will help you pinpoint the damage done and the person who caused the accident.
  • Keep track of the happenings right after the accident. In your notes, you can include the hospital visits, the medical bills and other things you deem important.
  • Having witnesses in your favor is very helpful. So make sure to gather contact information of the witnesses, if at all possible.
  • If you cannot gather contact information, you can just take notes of the conversations you have with the people who have witnessed or are involved in the accident.

Time Limit for Giving Notification

While there is no specific limit set for the filing(this is not accurate, there is a 4 year statute of limitations), particularly for individuals other than a government agency, it is always better if you file or that you give notification about such filing as soon as possible. You must act quickly to increase your chances of resolving the personal injury claim as fast and as efficiently as possible.

Notifying the other party does not automatically mean that you will pursue with filing a lawsuit. This is just a way of preserving your rights and getting ahead of the other party. By doing this, you can ensure that you will have the law and odds at your side. This will also give you the edge regarding the settlement and speed of the negotiations.

Time Limit of the Lawsuit

It is very important that you file your claim as soon as possible. There is a maximum time provided by law, which you can find under “statute of limitations”. You must file the personal injury claim lawsuit within the period prescribed by law to avoid being barred from bringing the suit to court.

If You’re Against a Government Agency

If you are going to file against a government agency or employee, you better hurry. In this case, you only have a limited time to file the claim. Usually, the prescriptive period for this is from 30 days up to a year. You must file within this time frame in order for you to recover the compensation for any damage or injury.

If you really want to pursue your plan on filing a personal injury claim, it is always better to arm yourself with well-versed, experienced and highly skilled lawyers. To make sure that you will be justly compensated for the injury inflicted and damage caused, and in the soonest time possible, hire the professionals at Roy & Associates. We are always ready to provide our services and expertise and win cases for you.

Dave Roy has been practicing law in Florida for more than 20 years. He enjoys taking on cases from the “average Joe” and is experienced in personal injury, family law and criminal law—particularly DUI defense.

Dave attended the University of Miami School of Law where he became the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Miami School of Law newspaper, The Res Ipsa Loquitur. He founded Roy & Associates, P.A. shortly after graduating from law school and has been helping people achieve justice ever since.

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