Many times, individuals who have been injured delay seeking legal help, for common reasons such as adhering to their medical plan, overwhelming personal and work schedules, forgetfulness, or even fear of the unknown. However, at some point, you will likely realize that you probably should have contacted a Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney to help you with your claim.
Despite your delay, it is not likely too late. Still, there are three common reasons why it may be too late to contact us for legal assistance:
The Statute of Limitations has Expired
Like all states, Florida sets a limit on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in civil court known as a “statute of limitations.” Under Florida’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you don’t file your case within this timeframe, the court will very likely immediately reject your claim.
You’ve Already Agreed to a Settlement
If you decide to go it alone and negotiate a settlement with your insurance company, it is too late to file a personal injury claim. This is unfortunate because an insurance company will never agree to a settlement that is not designed to benefit themselves at your expense. Remember, the insurance company’s job is to maximize their profits without regard to your actual pain and suffering.
Delayed Evidence of Injuries or Damage
It’s difficult to secure legal counsel without evidence to support your claims, and even experienced attorneys often fail because of a lack of hard evidence. Many attorneys will simply decline to accept your case.
However, in Florida, if you felt like your injuries didn’t require a doctor’s visit within 14 days of the accident, but you later began to feel symptoms, you can still hire an attorney to help build your case for recovery. Nonetheless, keep in mind that if you missed that 14-day window to seek medical treatment, you have most likely lost your window of opportunity to receive your $10,000 of PIP/no-fault benefits.
When you decide (the sooner the better) to file a personal injury claim in Florida, it’s best to become familiar with the various state laws that affect your claim. If you have been injured in an accident with any level of severity, including truck or boating accidents, contact a Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney for help — even before you contact your insurance company. Unfortunately, your insurance company’s job is to maximize their profits by paying you as little as possible. They are not looking out for your best interests.
Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer as Quickly as Possible After an Injury
If you have been injured, it is important that you contact a Florida personal injury lawyer at Searcy Denney to avoid missing any filing deadlines. We offer a free consultation and work on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay unless you recover. If you need our help, contact us online today.