How to Tell It's Time to Bring a Personal Injury Claim
It’s not always possible to bring a personal injury claim for every injury, and not every injury you suffer will enable you to file a successful personal injury claim.
The two major benchmarks that can help you understand how to tell it’s time to bring a personal injury claim are detailed below.
Did You Suffer Damages Because of Your Injury?
In other words, did your injury actually cost you something? It’s not enough to receive a bump on the head—you must have actually required medical treatment, missed time at work, or suffered some other type of loss.
Non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, can also be pursued in an injury claim; however, you’ll be hard-pressed to convince a judge or jury of your pain and suffering if you never went to a hospital or required medical attention of any kind.
Was Your Injury Due to Negligence?
Any time you’ve suffered any injury that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions, you can file an injury claim to obtain compensation for your losses. That’s the law. Again, you must have actually suffered damages to do so.
Does the Severity of the Injury Play a Role?
But what about the seriousness of the injury? Does that matter, as well? It does in personal injury claims for auto collisions because of Florida’s no-fault auto insurance laws, but otherwise, you can file a claim for any damages you’ve suffered at the hands of another—regardless of severity.
It’s important to keep in mind, however, the general rule that serious injuries warrant more compensation than minor injuries.
Still, if you’ve been injured as a result of another party’s negligence and you suffered real damages because of that injury, you can file a personal injury claim regardless of how serious the accident was.
Ready to File Your Personal Injury Claim?
Now you know how to tell it’s time to bring a personal injury claim against a negligent party who hurt you. That’s great, but filing a claim doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll win. That’s why many injury victims team up with our firm.
You can get help filing your claim by calling Lavent Law today. To discuss your case in a free initial consultation, give us a call at 305-440-0450 or fill out our online contact form at the bottom of the page.