Orlando Personal Injury FAQs
At Israoui Law, our Orlando personal injury lawyers handle serious personal injury claims involving brain injuries, burn injuries, spinal cord injuries, and wrongful death. After suffering a life-changing injury, you and your family likely have many questions about making a legal claim to cover the costs of the injury and what type of compensation is available to you. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding personal injury claims, and please contact our office in Orlando for more detailed information.
If I Make a Personal Injury Claim, Will I Have to Go to Court?
Most personal injury claims in Florida settle before cases go to trial, which means it’s unlikely you’ll have to go to court for your personal injury claim. Going to court is expensive and time-consuming for all parties involved, so everyone—both sides, as well as the Florida civil court system—generally wants to avoid it. In most situations, settlement by negotiation, mediation, or arbitration is a better option unless a fair agreement cannot be reached.
What Compensation Will I Get for a Serious Injury?
When you make a personal injury claim, you are seeking compensation from whoever caused or contributed to your injuries and losses. The legal term for this compensation is “damages.” For serious injuries—like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and burn injuries—your losses will likely be significant, and you may seek damages for every loss arising from the injury-causing incident. These damages may include loss of earnings, loss of future earnings, medical bills, cost of future medical care, household expenses, costs associated with cancelled trips or altered plans, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of companionship.
What should I do after a fall in a store?
Immediately report the fall to store management, but beyond this initial reporting, don’t talk to any company representatives or representatives from their insurance company. This includes not giving any recorded statements or signing any forms. Your attorney can handle any necessary communication on your behalf. Don’t cash any checks offered by the store or their insurer, as this could be seen as a release of your claim before you even know what all of your damages are. Keep any evidence of the fall. This includes taking pictures and/or videos of the area where the fall occurred, keeping your shoes and any dirty or ripped clothes in the same condition as after the fall (do not wash, repair or discard them), and try to get the contact information for any witnesses or employees who witnessed the fall or observed the object or area that caused you to slip or trip and fall.
How Long Do I Have to Make a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
All states have a statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which sets a deadline for the time within which you must file a lawsuit in civil court against the person or business that may be legally responsible for your injury. Under Florida’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims, you have four years from the date of the injury-causing accident to file a lawsuit in Florida’s civil courts.
Do I Need to Hire an Attorney to Handle My Personal Injury Claim?
You should hire an attorney to represent you, and it’s best to choose your lawyer as soon as possible after sustaining the injury, so he or she can handle your claim from the start. An attorney can gather the necessary evidence and preserve your legal rights under Florida law. You want to make sure you receive just compensation for your loss and are not left alone dealing with the business establishment representatives, insurance companies, and their teams of investigators and attorneys that are not looking out for your best interests.