How Do I Know if I Have a Personal Injury Case

Although each and every personal injury case we see is different, we’ll share five factors that make a case. If you have questions about them and would like to discuss your personal injury with an experienced attorney at our law firm, please call or text us: (904) 251-1111.

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Factor #1: You have an injury.

As a personal injury law firm, we represent those who have sustained an injury that has made a negative, sometimes detrimental, impact on their life. However, being injured isn’t the only factor that qualifies the injured person for a case. The following four factors also need to be met.

Factor #2: You were involved in an accident or other event where another person was negligent. 

This is a two-part factor. First, there must be another party involved in the event and, second, negligent behavior must be involved. For example, if a driver drifted left of center and hit your vehicle, then that person’s negligent behavior led to the accident.

Factor #3: Negligent behavior caused your injury.

There must be cause and effect. It’s not enough to have an injury and have been involved in an accident or other event, the accident caused from another person’s negligence must have resulted in your injuries.

Factor #4: The injuries have led to harm that should be compensated. 

Injuries due to an accident often require initial medical attention, as well as ongoing treatment, which can result in a pile-up of unpaid medical bills. Oftentimes, injuries can also lead to loss of income.

Factor #5 You file a claim within the statute of limitations.

In the state of Florida, you typically have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim—and, if the claim isn’t filed within that time frame, the court may well refuse to hear your case. 

Contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer

Because there are several elements in a personal injury claim—and because each situation is unique—it makes sense to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. During your consultation, you can share the details of the accident and your injuries. It’s likely that the personal injury lawyer will have questions to ask, as well. 

Bring any evidence you have on-hand to the consultation. This can include a police report; photos of the accident or event; witness statements and their contact information; and medical information from the emergency room, your doctor, and other relevant professionals. The attorney can review your information and explain how all fits within the laws of the state.

Our personal injury lawyers at Harrell & Harrell, P.A., provide a free consultation where we can discuss the specifics of your situation and answer your questions. Contact us online or call 904-251-1111.

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