A Basic Overview Of Getting Injury Compensation In Florida

When you're hurt, it can leave you struggling to pick up the pieces of your life and move on. Your physical injuries are often just the tip of the iceberg - things like your emotional state of mind and your finances can also take a huge hit that will be difficult to recover from for most people. That's why filing a personal injury lawsuit in Florida is so important - being able to get restitution for your injuries is vital for alleviating some of the stress and for getting the money you need to get back on your feet again.

But how does it work and just what should you do to get restitution? These questions are actually easier to answer than many realize, and taking a closer look at them could help you understand what to do and ensure that you take the right steps following an accident. With that in mind, here's a breakdown of the main things you need to know about an injury and your rights when seeking compensation.

The Right To Seek Compensation

Under Florida law, anyone hurt in an accident may have the right to compensation if they can show that the other side acted in a negligent or reckless manner and that those actions are what led to the injuries. This can include a wide range of things including:

• Failure to yield right of way
• Drunk driving
• Speeding
• Texting while driving
• And more

In short, if the other person acted in a way that any reasonable person would recognize as reckless or negligent, you could have the right to seek compensation.

Proving Fault

One of the most difficult aspects of a personal injury lawsuit is proving fault. In order to receive compensation through a lawsuit, you have to show that the other side was negligent. This can take a lot of effort, and attorneys often use things like mobile phone records, camera footage, accident reports, and more.

For the average person, it can be incredibly difficult, but it's a necessary part of the process. And, if it's clear that you can show fault, the odds of your case reaching a faster, fairer conclusion increase dramatically as the other side realizes that this is the situation.

Being Offered A Settlement

Often, insurance companies or representatives for the other side will offer you a settlement. This out of court settlement is given to you with the idea that it will make up for your financial burden. But once that you accept a settlement, you essentially remove the right to seek any further compensation. And in many instances, initial settlement offers will be far lower than you're really owed.

As such, you need to avoid those initial settlements until you let a professional look at them. A lawyer can review your case and determine whether or not you're really being offered an amount that is right for you and that you can accept with confidence.

Getting A Lawyer

One of the single most important things to keep in mind is, of course, that you need a good personal injury lawyer on your side. The right lawyer will be willing to stand up to the other side, argue your rights in court if needed, and take care of the hard work involved in personal injury law to get you the compensation that you're owed.

Our legal team is here to help. We have experience in all types of personal injury law and have been serving Florida residents for decades. And, our resources mean that we are always ready and able to take a case all the way to court if needed. Contact us today to get a free consultation.