If you have recently been in an accident, you are probably still in shock and need some time to process the incident. You may not realize the severity of your injuries at first. But when the adrenaline wears off, you may be in more pain than you had imagined. It can take weeks or months before you fully realize the amount of impact the injury has on your life.
In severe cases, you may require ongoing treatment and you may not know how long it will take for you to recover. So then how do you know how much compensation you will require for your injuries? If another party was responsible for your accident, when would be the best time to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit?
The personal injury attorneys at Rivas Law Group, recommend that you get the process started as quickly as possible, especially if you are still receiving medical treatment for your injuries. Once you are ready to submit your case to court, there are certain guidelines to follow and deadlines to meet. Do not accept a personal injury settlement before you have been able to fully assess the extent of your injuries and damages.
- First and foremost, take care of yourself and get well enough to assess the situation rationally! Seek medical treatment as soon as possible after any type of accident, whether injuries are immediately evident or not. Sometimes serious injuries have no obvious signs.
- Collect evidence regarding the accident. Police reports, witness statements, and photographs can be helpful.
- List all expenses you have been accruing since the accident, such as medical bills, hospital visits, lost wages, etc.
- Gather contact information for witnesses to the accident and get in touch with them to get a detailed report.
- If you speak to other people who were involved in the accident, make sure you take notes of the conversation. Do not admit fault or apologize for the accident.
- Contact a personal injury attorney soon after the accident and make sure your injuries are documented by a medical professional.
Is there a time limit to file your case in court?
State law determines the statute of limitations for your personal injury case, and it may vary depending on the type of accident you have been victim to. In general, there is a 4 year time frame to file a personal injury claim in Florida, though getting started as soon as possible is the best way to avoid losing evidence and witness testimony.
For more information regarding your personal injury claim, please contact Rivas Law Group. We have offices in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Lutz and are looking forward to hearing to discussing your case with you. Schedule a free consultation with us today!