Accidents of any type are no laughing matter. Tripping and falling in a public restroom may be cause for giggles, but for the victim, it may kick off a lifetime of physical pain due to injury. When a person has an accident of any type and gets hurt, it is called a personal injury. If the accident occurs due to someone else’s negligence, then the victim may be entitled to recover money to cover medical expenses and more. Be prepared for the possibility that you may someday need to know these three facts about personal injuries.
1. You Have Limited Time
When you get injured, it may take you years to recover. You need to be mindful that as far as recovering money in a civil lawsuit, there is a ticking clock that started the day of the incident. If you suffered personal injury tampa, then that time period to file expires four years later. This is known as the statute of limitations, and waiting too long to take action may result in your inability to do so.
2. You Have To Prove Negligence
In car accident cases, there is usually one party who is at fault. In some states, liability is split between the drivers, and while there are times when that split is even, more often than not, one person carries more of the blame. If you get injured in an incident and you want to recover anything, you need to prove that the at-fault party knew or should have known there was the possibility an accident may occur. Some examples of this include:
- Slip and fall – the business owner should have known the cracked tile may result in a trip or slip and fall
- Dog bite – the owner of the dog should have known if it broke off the rope, it may escape the yard and injure someone
- Bar fight – the bartender knew there was the potential for trouble because the parties involved were beyond drunk
Whether the negligence was by happenstance or purposeful (someone breaking laws), if you can prove it, you have a better shot of winning.
3. You May Receive Compensation
Compensation in a personal injury claim is relative to the amount of liability placed on the negligent party. It is also determined by the severity of the injury and how it has affected and will continue to change the victim. The amount of money awarded may cover:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of wages
- Pain and suffering
When considering whether to file a lawsuit after suffering an injury, it’s important to keep these three elements in mind.