Florida Personal Injury Law
Personal Injury Law: Defined
Personal injury is defined as “an injury to the body, mind or emotions”—not an injury to a piece of property. Most often, this term is used to describe a type of lawsuit where an individual has been injured as the result of a poor decision made by someone else. Should it be proved that the responsible party did make a poor decision, causing personal injury, the victim can sue for damages.
There are many different types of personal injury claims:
- road traffic accidents
- work accidents
- tripping accidents
- assault claims
- accidents that happen in the home
- product liability
- medical and dental accidents
- medical malpractice
- nursing home abuse
- various industrial disease cases (i.e. asbestosis, peritoneal mesothelioma, emphysema, pneumoconiosis, asthma, occupational deafness, occupational stress, repetitive strain injury and more)
How Can You Pay Your Resulting Medical Bills?
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, there will be a myriad of medical expenses that someone will need to pay. As these bills will be in your name, you will get them directly. In Florida, anyone who is injured in an accident is responsible for paying their bills—whether or not they are at fault. If it is proven that you are not at fault, the responsible party’s insurance company will pay you a reasonable monetary amount to compensate you for your injuries. Fortunately, there are many ways to cover to costs of these initial payments—including Personal Injury Protection (PIP), health insurance, or a letter of protection. A personal injury attorney can tell you more about these options.
What Can You Do To Help the Process?
- Make notes about the event. Write down as much information as you can, and be sure to include all details about how you were injured, what happened right after the accident, and how it has affected you today.
- Write down any conversations you had with others who were present during the incident. Include doctor and police reports.
- If you can, take photos! This is a great way to document the event.
- Make sure you get the contact information of any witnesses.