2023 Year in Review: What You Need to Know About Filing a Florida Personal Injury Claim in 2024
Each year, our attorneys publish lots of information for accident victims and families in Florida. If you, your spouse or child, or another close family member has been seriously injured in an accident, it is critical that you make informed decisions about protecting your legal rights. We’re here to help, and we want you to know that we will do everything we can to help you and your family recover.
We published several articles on personal injury claims in 2023. Here is a look back at some of the topics we covered. If you need to file a personal injury claim in 2024, you can use these resources to begin making informed decisions with your family’s long-term best interests in mind:
Florida Personal Injury Law
In Florida, most (but not all) personal injury claims are governed by the law of negligence. In most cases, to recover just compensation, you must be able to prove that someone else’s (or a company’s) negligence led to you or your loved one suffering a serious injury.
Along with being able to prove negligence, you must also be able to prove how much you are entitled to recover. This starts with understanding the types of damages that are available under Florida law. Once you know the types of damages that are available to you, then you can begin the process of documenting and calculating your accident-related losses.
In 2023, Florida enacted a major change to one of its most important personal injury laws. While Florida used to be a “pure comparative negligence” state, it now follows the law of “modified comparative negligence.” This means that accident victims are now barred from recovering just compensation in some cases.
From the role of the insurance companies to hiring a lawyer to represent you, there are several additional key considerations involved in protecting your legal rights after a serious accident. The more you know, the more you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones—and the more you can do to keep the insurance companies from taking advantage of you.
- The Role of Insurance Companies in Florida Personal Injury Cases
- The Importance of Medical Documentation in a Personal Injury Claim in Florida
- Why Hiring an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida Is Essential for Maximizing Compensation
Car Accidents in Florida
Car accident claims are the most common type of personal injury claim in the United States. When dealing with the aftermath of a car accident, it is critical that you are your own advocate—and that you do everything you can to preserve your right to just compensation.
When it comes to protecting your legal rights after a car accident, one of the most important things you can do is seek treatment for your (or your loved one’s) injuries. Your medical records will play an important role in your claim, and documenting the cause of your (or your loved one’s) injuries will help to avoid unnecessary complications.
Remember how we said most personal injury claims are governed by the law of negligence? Car accident claims are a major exception—at least in cases involving minor injuries. This is due to Florida’s no-fault car insurance law.
While Florida’s no-fault insurance law applies in all cases, car accident victims and their families can still pursue negligence-based claims in cases involving significant and permanent injuries. While these claims present additional challenges, choosing not to file a claim can leave you and your loved ones facing significant and long-term losses.
- The Role of Negligence in Car Accident Cases in Florida
- The Role of Insurance Companies in Florida Car Accident Cases
- Florida Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Stacked vs. Unstacked
- How to Prove Liability in a Car Accident Case in Florida
- The Different Types of Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents in Florida
- The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Florida
Truck Accidents in Florida
Truck accidents often leave victims facing catastrophic injuries and long roads to recovery. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, the steps you take next could impact your life (or your loved one’s life) for years to come. With this in mind, it is critical to ensure that you know what you need to do in order to protect your right to just compensation.
Truck accidents are unique because they can involve liability on the part of several different parties. When seeking just compensation for a truck accident, you need to know which company (or companies) to sue.
Regardless of the company (or companies) that are liable for your family’s losses, recovering just compensation will most likely involve dealing with the insurance companies. But, the process of filing an insurance claim is much different from that of filing a claim after an accident involving another non-commercial vehicle.
Truck accident cases are complex, and recovering the financial compensation you and your loved ones deserve can be challenging. However, asserting your legal rights is important, and you do not have to handle your situation on your own. You can hire a lawyer to handle your truck accident case for you—and you can do so at no out-of-pocket cost.
- The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention After a Truck Accident in Florida
- Understanding the Role of Negligence in Truck Accidents in Florida
- The Legal Process for Filing a Truck Accident Claim in Florida
- The Impact of Comparative Fault in Florida Truck Accident Cases
- The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer in Florida
- How To Choose a Florida Truck Accident Attorney
Motorcycle Accidents in Florida
Motorcycle accidents also frequently leave victims facing long and difficult roads to recovery. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Florida, there are several important steps that you should try to take as soon as possible.
In motorcycle accident cases, insurance companies will often try to avoid liability by blaming riders for their own injuries. While this can be a viable defense strategy in some cases, it is often nothing more than a bad-faith insurance tactic. To make sure you don’t settle for less than you deserve, you should make sure you know how Florida’s modified comparative fault law applies to your claim.
Since motorcycle accidents often result in serious injuries, riders will be entitled to significant financial compensation in many cases. In addition to making sure you know how Florida’s modified comparative fault law applies to your claim, it is also critical to make sure you know how much you are entitled to recover.
Slip and Fall Accidents in Florida
After car accidents, slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of serious traumatic injuries. If you or a family member has been injured in one of these accidents, you will want to make sure that you know what you need to do to protect your family’s legal rights.
Learn more: What to Do After a Florida Slip and Fall Injury
Property owners and tenants can both be held liable for slip and fall accidents in appropriate cases. But, depending on the circumstances, other parties could be liable as well. Before you can file a slip and fall accident claim, you first need to know who (or what company) is liable for your family’s losses.
Just like car and truck accidents, slip and fall accidents can lead to significant financial and non-financial costs. If a property owner, tenant or other party is liable for these costs, you can (and should) hire a lawyer to help you seek full compensation.
Learn more: Calculating Damages in a Slip and Fall Case
Florida’s new modified comparative fault law also applies in slip and fall accident cases, and when you file a claim, it is important to know what you can expect. By having a clear understanding of your legal rights and setting reasonable expectations, you can ensure that you make informed decisions about settlement.
- How Florida’s Comparative Fault Laws Impact Premises Liability Cases
- What to Expect in a Florida Slip & Fall Case
Pedestrian Accidents in Florida
If you need to file a personal injury claim after a pedestrian accident, there is a lot you need to know. While these situations can be stressful and confusing, help is available, and recovering just compensation usually involves dealing with the insurance companies.
The insurance companies will also frequently try to avoid liability for pedestrian accidents by blaming victims for their own injuries. Regardless of what happened, you should not let the insurance companies talk you into believing that you should have done something differently.
While auto insurance covers pedestrian accidents, not all drivers in Florida have liability insurance. If the driver who hit you is underinsured, you will need to work with your personal injury lawyer to assess the other options that you have available.
Bicycle Accidents in Florida
If you or your child has been injured in a bicycle accident in Florida, recovering just compensation will start with proving the cause of the accident. Negligent drivers are typically to blame, and if evidence is available, an experienced personal injury lawyer should be able to help you prove your right to just compensation.
Florida law requires bicycle riders under age 16 to wear a helmet. But helmets don’t prevent all injuries, and failure to wear a helmet does not prevent families from seeking just compensation.
Whether you or your child was injured in a bicycle accident, there are some important steps you will want to take promptly. There are also some mistakes that you will want to try to avoid. By knowing what to do (and what not to do), you can significantly increase your chances of a full financial recovery.
Learn more: What to Do After a Florida Bicycle Accident
Boating Accidents in Florida
Boating accidents are a year-round concern in Florida. If you or a member of your family has been injured in a boating accident, it will be important for you to be aware of the laws that apply.
Accidents on the water present some unique challenges when it comes to proving liability. But, evidence is almost always available, and an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to work quickly to preserve as much evidence as possible.
Just like other types of personal injury claims, seeking financial compensation after a boating accident usually means dealing with the insurance companies. With this in mind, it is important to know what to expect—and how to deal with the insurance companies’ efforts to deny just compensation.
Discuss Your Legal Rights with a Personal Injury Lawyer at Searcy Denney for Free
While we hope that you don’t find yourself needing to file a personal injury claim in 2024, we’re here for you if you do. To request a free, no-obligation consultation with a Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney, please call 800-780-8607 or get in touch online today.