Personal Injury FAQs
This is a very difficult question for any attorney to answer. Ultimately, your medical records need to be reviewed thoroughly, and your doctors need to have given you their final diagnosis and prognosis. The value of a case is significantly impacted by each of the following:
- Past Lost Wages
- Past Medical Expenses
- Present & Future Medical Expenses
- Present & Future Loss of Income & Earning Potential
- Pain & Suffering
- Insurance Coverage
- The above is based on the other party being at fault.
Immediately. The most important thing you can do to protect yourself and to preserve your rights is to contact an attorney. The insurance company will move forward with taking statements, collecting evidence and contacting witnesses. The faster you contact an attorney, the less likely it will be that evidence and memories will fade.
Depending on the complexity of your case and whether or not your case can be settled without filing a lawsuit, the average case length is 6 to 12 months. Typically, negotiations for settlement begin after your medical treatment has been established and any permanent impairment has been determined.
Your case length is determined by the statute of limitations. In Florida, that statute of limitations for a negligence case is four years.
This time may vary depending on the type of case. It can be a reporting period in workers’ compensation of as little as 30 days to filing suit in a standard automobile accident of 4 years.