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Filing a Personal Injury Claim After an Accident
No matter how careful you are, you can’t always prevent accidents from happening. All too often, innocent people are seriously injured due to someone else’s careless, reckless, or wrongful actions. If you were involved in an accident or were injured and you believe someone else is to blame, you could have grounds for a personal injury claim.
Since 2003, the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. has been fighting tirelessly for the injured and those who have lost loved ones in tragic accidents throughout Florida and Georgia. Our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys comprises military veterans, former insurance defense lawyers, and aggressive litigators who are all committed to providing you with the personalized attention, compassion, and advocacy you deserve. If you were hurt, we can help.
Learn more—schedule a free, confidential consultation by calling us at (855) 933-3881 or by contacting us online today.
Who Can File a Personal Injury Claim?
In the most general terms, anyone who is injured or suffers losses due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful conduct is entitled to bring a personal injury claim and seek compensation for their damages. The person who brings the claim is known as the plaintiff, and they are the ones with the burden of proof. This means that, as the injured party, you have the responsibility of proving your claim.
To prove a personal injury claim, you will need to prove all of the following elements:
- Duty of Care: First, you must establish that another person or party owed you a duty of care. This means that the other party had a legal responsibility to take reasonable measures to prevent others, including yourself, from being injured or harmed.
- Breach: Next, you will need to prove that the other person or party (known as the defendant) breached the duty of care. Typically, this involves proving that the defendant was negligent or acted recklessly, carelessly, or wrongfully.
- Injuries and Damages: You will also need to prove that you were injured and/or suffered damages. If you were not harmed and/or did not sustain economic or non-economic losses, you do not have a case.
- Causation: Lastly, you must prove that the defendant’s negligence/wrongful conduct was the proximate cause of your injuries and other damages. Essentially, you must show that you would not have been injured or suffered harm had the defendant upheld the duty of care.
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we are ready to examine the evidence and gather relevant documents in support of your claim. Our personal injury lawyers understand how to establish negligence and prove the full extent of your pain, suffering, and other damages.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
According to the Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a), the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in the state of Florida is four years. The statute of limitations is a state law which limits how long injury victims have to file a before they lose their right to do so.
Specifically, this law states that you have four years from the date your injury occurred, or you will almost certainly lose your right to compensation. It’s important to note that there are exceptions that can change this time limit. Some examples of these exceptions include:
- If the injury victim was a minor when the accident occurred
- If the injury victim was legally mentally incapacitated when the accident occurred
- If the alleged negligent party leaves the state before a claim can be filed
The statute of limitations has a big impact on your ability to file a claim so it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney about the specifics of your claim as soon as you can.
The Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A. offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting our firm today!
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
The term “damages” refers to any losses, current or future, you sustain due to someone else’s negligent or wrongful actions. Damages can be economic, including specific financial losses, or non-economic.
While every case is different, and the exact damages you may be able to recover will depend on the specifics of your situation, many personal injury victims can recover for the following:
- Emergency medical care
- Ambulance fees
- Rehabilitation therapy
- In-home care costs
- Medical equipment/devices
- Lost income/wages
- Lost benefits
- Lost future earnings
- Lost earning capacity due to disability
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Counseling services
- Lost quality of life
- Property damage/vehicle repairs
- Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Ongoing medical treatment and future care
Those who lose a loved one due to someone else’s negligence may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit and seek compensation for damages such as funeral expenses, lost income or inheritance, and loss of love, support, companionship, guidance, counsel, and more.
How Our Firm Can Help
At the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., we offer comprehensive personal injury representation for those struggling to get back on their feet in the wake of serious accidents. As military veteran attorneys, we are dedicated to serving our clients and fighting tirelessly for the fair recoveries they are owed. We will not give up or back down in the face of immense challenges.
Our personal injury attorneys handle all types of cases, including those involving:
- Airplane accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Brain injuries
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Maritime accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- PIP insurance
- Premises liability
- Rideshare accidents
- RV accidents
- Slip and falls
- Spine injuries
- Train accidents
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
We can also assist you in ensuring you receive the proper quality medical care and treatments tailored to your injuries. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year; when you call, we will always answer.
Choose a Team You Can Trust
When you work with the Law Offices of Ron Sholes, P.A., you not only get the benefits of a large firm with immense resources at your side, but you also receive the care and attention you deserve. We will keep you fully informed and updated throughout the process, providing you with copies of the evidence and discovery documents and making ourselves available to you whenever you need us. As a client, you will receive the personal cell phone number of your attorney and will be able to contact your designated team at any time.
We are selective about the cases we take on, as this allows us to provide our clients with personal contact and quality service. We know that navigating the aftermath of a serious accident can be extremely challenging, which is why we dedicate ourselves to making the process as easy as possible for you. We do everything we can to ensure your experience with our firm is a positive one, from working directly with you to understand your needs and goals to remaining in constant contact with you throughout the litigation process.
To speak to one of our personal injury attorneys about your case, call (855) 933-3881 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free, and we do not collect attorneys’ fees unless we win.
Back Injury $3.5 Million
After a trial, we obtained a verdict of 3.5 million for our client that sustained low back injuries requiring two surgeries and a lifetime of pain management.
Commercial Vehicle Accident $3.50 Million
Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident which led to spinal fusion surgery requiring a spinal cord stimulator.
Long-Term Injuries $2.5 Million
We obtained a $2.5 million verdict for our client that suffered a fractured arm and leg, necessitating surgery, as well as spinal injuries requiring long-term pain management for spinal injuries.
Auto Accident $2.16 Million
We obtained a verdict for our client who sustained spinal injuries in an accident that required spinal fusion surgery.
Auto Accident $1.95 Million
We obtained a $1.95 million verdict for a client who sustained spinal injuries in an auto accident which required a lifetime of pain management and need for future surgery.
Motorcycle Crash $1.45 Million
Our client was involved in a motorcycle crash and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,450,000.
Commercial Vehicle Accident $1.30 Million
Our client was involved in a commercial vehicle accident and sustained injuries. We were able to recover $1,300,000.
Product Liability $1.0 Million
Our client sustained injuries due to a faulty product. We were able to recover $1,000,000.
Semi-Truck Accident $1.0 Million
We recovered for our client injured in an accident resulting in shoulder and spinal injuries.
Slip & Fall Injury $1.0 Million
We recovered for our client who was injured in a fall at an apartment complex.