Q: What is a personal injury?
A: A personal injury is typically any physical injury, also known as bodily injury, to an individual caused by the negligence or carelessness, or even intentional conduct, of another. Damages that flow from a personal injury can include physical injuries and also psychological injuries.
Q: What types of claims are considered a personal injury claim?
A: There are many types of incidents that form the basis for a personal injury claim. These include motor vehicle accidents, bicycle or motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, trucking accidents, slip and falls, trip and falls, accidents involving Uber and Lyft, dog bites or other animal attacks, burn injuries, or other claims for catastrophic injuries including traumatic brain injuries or even death.
Q: What damages can I claim in a personal injury lawsuit?
A: Damages include “economic” damages such as past and future medical bills, durable medical equipment, home healthcare, past lost wages or future lost earning capacity, and property damage. Other damages include “non-economic” damages for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and a loss of consortium claim made by the spouse of an injured person.
Q: How much time do I have to bring a personal injury claim?
A: In Florida, there is a statute of limitations on negligence claims of four (4) years. In other words, a lawsuit must be filed and pursued against the negligent party within four (4) years of the date of the incident. However, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims involving death or medical malpractice is general two (2) years from the date of incident. Accordingly, it is extremely important that if you intend to pursue a claim for personal injury, that you seek legal counsel as soon as possible.