Am I Eligible for a Lawsuit?
Only a licensed attorney can say for sure if you qualify for a lawsuit. To have grounds for a personal injury case, your attorney must prove that your injury resulted from the negligence of another party. Some examples of negligence include:
- The driver of a car rear-ending another driver, causing an accident
- Grocery store employees failing to clean up spills in a timely manner, causing a customer to slip and fall
- A drug company failing to warn about the adverse side effects of a drug, causing harm to patients
Personal injury lawsuits are not limited to situations like these, though. We have more than 50 practice areas encompassing a wide range of scenarios. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, it’s best to speak with an attorney.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help?
You may think that even if you’re pursuing a case, you don’t need a lawyer. But these lawsuits are complicated, and a good personal injury attorney will guide you through the process so you can focus on getting better. Their duties may include:
- Investigating the incident
- Contacting witnesses
- Collecting evidence and enlisting experts to support your claim
- Handling all discussions and negotiations with the insurance companies/opposing party
- Presenting your case at trial if the other side won’t negotiate in good faith
If that sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it is — and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Should you decide to take legal action, it would be wise to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to take your case to the finish line.
What Can I Recover From a Lawsuit?
The costs suffered as a result of an injury — or “damages” — vary by case, but generally they involve some combination of the following:
- Past and future medical bills (including medication, hospital stays, and physical therapy)
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Funeral expenses (in cases of wrongful death)
There are no guarantees, of course, but a plaintiff could potentially recover any expense related to their injury. These past and future damages can add up to thousands or even millions of dollars.
How Do I Get Started?
In Florida, depending on the type of case, you only have 2-4 years from the date of your injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. That means it’s important that you get the ball rolling as soon as possible.
To speak with a personal injury attorney in Tavares, contact us for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. It costs nothing up front to hire us, and we get paid only if you win.
Fill out a free case review form today.