Understanding What to Do in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Everybody has a general idea of what the term "personal injury" refers to. You can’t turn on the TV without see a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer proclaiming he or she will "fight for you" but rarely will those ads describe just what you should do and how "personal injury" works in Florida.
As a leading Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm, we thought that a quick explanation of the process might be helpful.
At the heart of every personal injury lawsuit (excluding automobiles) is a test that must be met before you can sue. That test is:
- Had a duty not to injure you but failed to in that duty; and,
- The failure of that duty is directly related to your injuries; and,
- You suffered damages
Based on this test you can see that not all personal injuries can result in a lawsuit because some injuries will result in no or minimal damages. In cases where there are real damages, you can see where you are going to need effective legal arguments to prove a "duty" and you will need through investigative services to prove failure of a duty is directly related to the injury.
The Sooner You Engage a Proven and Experienced Personal Injury Attorney the Better
There are two types of injuries; those that are obvious at the time of the event and that need treatment and those that don’t manifest themselves for days (concussions, blood clots etc.). Our advice is to err on the safe side and get checked out medically even if you believe you haven’t been seriously hurt.
We also advise that you get as much documentation at the time of the accident as possible. Cell phone photos, names of witnesses may all prove invaluable to your case. Report the incident to the appropriate authorities or the representative of the property involved (premises liability).
Contact a personal liability law firm immediately for a case review.
If you are injured you will want to recover damages for medical costs, time off work, ongoing and future medical treatment and anxiety, your best bet to achieve this is to consult an experienced personal injury law firm like Martin, Lister & Alvarez, PLC. They can evaluate your case and advise you of the best course to take and give you an idea of what your case might be worth.
Personal injury cases can become very complicated. Work with a law firm that specializes in personal injury to level the judicial field.