A serious injury has the potential to leave you physically, financially, and emotionally devastated. It is wrong to have to suffer like that, particularly if the injuries resulted from an accident where you weren’t at fault. If you sustained a personal injury, you may suffer significant financial losses.
If you are in this situation, you should get in touch with the Daytona Beach personal injury lawyers at Florida Lawyers 360 today to discuss your case. We will aggressively fight to recover compensation for your expenses and other losses. Our initial consultation is free, and you pay nothing unless we win your case.
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What Should I Do After an Injury?
Here are the steps you should take after an injury:
Get Medical Treatment If Needed and Keep Records of All Treatment
Seeking medical treatment immediately can help increase your chances of making a complete recovery. It also allows doctors to document your injuries and note that they were the result of the accident in your medical records.
Take Photos/Video If You Can
After a car crash, you should take photos and/or video footage of the accident scene. You’ll want to take shots and video of the vehicles, the accident scene, and any trees or other objects that may have contributed to the accident and subsequent injuries. It is also a good idea to take photos of your injuries. In the case of a workplace accident, photos of faulty machinery or a spill that caused you to fall would be important.
Get Names and Numbers of Any Witnesses
Ask any witnesses that saw the accident what they remember. Note down their contact details so that your personal injury lawyer can get in touch with them later.
Report the Incident
Report the incident/accident to the relevant authority. If it is an auto accident, you should report it to the police. If it is a workplace accident, you should report it to supervisors. After you report the accident, you should ensure that you have written a report to help you advance your claim.
Never Admit Fault
Only discuss the incident with your lawyer and doctor. Whenever you talk about the case, your lawyer should always be present. Don’t admit fault and don’t apologize for the accident. Avoid posting about the incident on social media or even telling friends and co-workers about it.
Call a Personal Injury Lawyer
If your injuries were the result of another party’s negligence, contact a competent personal injury lawyer such as those at Florida Lawyers 360. The lawyers will help you pursue the compensation you deserve and will be with you each step of the law.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
While it is possible to handle a personal injury case yourself, it isn’t wise. A personal injury lawyer Florida Lawyers 360 has the skills and experience to help you with the following:
Case Preparation/Filing a Lawsuit
The lawyers will first conduct a thorough investigation after accepting your case. If the case cannot be settled upfront with the responsible party, your lawyer will work with you to file a lawsuit seeking compensation.
Personal injury lawyers are used to negotiating with insurance companies and will review the policy details and use their experience to negotiate the most suitable settlement based on the specific circumstances in your case.
Trial Preparation and Representation
If your lawyer is unable to reach an amicable settlement with the responsible party, the case will go to trial. If that happens, the lawyer will prepare for the trial and provide representation in court to increase the chances of securing a favorable verdict.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
Here are the 3 types of damages you can recover in Daytona Beach personal injury cases:
Economic damages are also known as special damages and are awarded to victims to recover the financial losses associated with their injuries. They are intended to relieve some or all of the plaintiff’s financial burden. They may include:
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Personal care costs
- Cost of living with a disability
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are also known as general damages and are less tangible compared to economic damages. They aren’t as easy to assign a monetary value to compared to economic damages since they encompass general pain and suffering. They may include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Mental distress
- Loss of companionship
Punitive damages are typically awarded to punish the defendant for gross negligence or intentional misconduct. The punishment is intended to deter others from engaging in similar conduct. In Florida, punitive damages are rarely ever granted.
How Is Liability Determined?
Liability is determined by proving the following 4 elements:
- Duty of Care: The defendant must have owed you a duty of care. A duty is an obligation to conform to a standard of conduct.
- Breach of Duty of Care: You are also required to show that the defendant breached that duty of care. A breach of duty of care is doing something wrong or failing to do what a reasonable person would under similar circumstances.
- Causation: You must then prove that the responsible party, by breaching its duty of care, caused you damage or harm.
- Damages: Besides the 3 elements of negligence above, you are also required to prove that you suffered from an actual, tangible injury that can be remedied by monetary damages.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
Under Florida law, the amount of time that you have to file a personal injury claim, which is known as the statute of limitations is 4 years for most types of personal injury lawsuits. That means that you have 4 years from the date of the accident/incident to file your claim.
How Much Will a Daytona Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
You may be reasonably worried that you cannot afford a personal injury lawyer. Fortunately, most lawyers, including those at Florida Lawyers 360 take personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis. Simply put, the lawyer doesn’t collect a fee unless they get compensation for you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle at Florida Lawyers 360
We help clients who’ve been hurt in various ways. Some of the cases we handle include:
- Car Accident: Our car accident lawyers can help you pursue the full damages you are entitled to if you are ever hurt in a car accident in Daytona Beach.
- Workers’ Compensation: If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, our workers’ compensation lawyers will ensure that you receive the maximum possible compensation.
Call Florida Lawyers 360 for Your Free Consultation
If you have suffered a personal injury in Daytona Beach that was the result of someone else’s negligence or malicious act, get in touch with the legal team at Florida Lawyers 360 as soon as possible for your free initial consultation. As an experienced Florida personal injury law firm, we can help you file a lawsuit and demand compensation for your injuries or losses. Call (954) 448-7355 or contact us online today!