If your mother or someone in your family was injured, you will probably first be concerned about his or her health. After making sure that your family member is okay, the next concern typically has to do with money. Who will pay? How much will this cost and what’s next? Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions that may help you sort through what needs to be done. If after reading these you still have unanswered questions, you are welcome to call and schedule a consultation.
What should I do after an accident on city property?
If you or a family member is injured on property that is owned by the city, county, or state, you need to call them right away, alert them to the issue, and ask them to file an accident report. The operator may be unsure of how to handle this, so ask for a manager. The important thing is to file the report as soon as possible.
What do I need to gather in order to prove what happened?
First, see if there were any witnesses to the accident. If so, write down their names, phone numbers, and addresses as they can help to prove your case later on. If you have a cell phone with you, take pictures to document the accident scene and demonstrate what happened. The more pictures the better, and since your phone time stamps everything internally, it can help prove the time of the accident as well.
Who will pay for medical care after an accident like this?
Once you have filed a claim with the city, they may provide you with some options for care. However, typically you will need to see the doctor using your own medical insurance and then keep the receipts of everything you have to pay for. Copays, deductibles, and other medical expenses can add up to significant financial damages, so you will want to seek reimbursement later. In some cases, a doctor may be willing to wait and bill you after your case has concluded at court (https://www.laventlaw.com/miami-car-accident-lawyer/).
How can a lawyer help me after a slip-and-fall accident?
Whether you or a family member fell or had a different type of accident on city or government property, you have the right to seek financial compensation. The challenge lies in proving negligence. This can be difficult to do in any case, but the city will have experienced lawyers whose job is to push blame in your direction.
Premises liability cases like this require a lot of investigation in order to gather the right type of evidence that can demonstrate that the city was aware of the problem (or should have been) and that they failed to do anything about it. I will work to prove this in addition to proving that you were injured, where you were injured, and what damages you have suffered as a result of that injury. Given the complexity of these types of cases, it is in your best interest to hire an attorney right away.
Does it matter when I file a lawsuit?
Yes, there is a statute of limitations in Florida, so you have a limited window of time in which you can sue the city.
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