When Does an Injury Qualify for a Settlement in Florida?
If you are suffering from a severe injury because of someone's actions, your injury may qualify for a settlement. With so many potential damages to manage after your injury, everything can seem overwhelming. However, you always deserve the chance to seek compensation after an injury caused by someone else’s negligence.
But when you're unfamiliar with injury claims, you may not know if your injury can qualify for a settlement. The following are a few ways you can tell if your injury qualifies for a settlement.
Was Your Injury Severe?
Generally, the more severe your injuries, the more likely they will qualify for a settlement.
For example, if someone's negligent actions caused minor scratches to your legs that didn’t really impact your quality of life, it's rather challenging to receive a settlement. However, injuries such as broken toes are more likely to qualify for a settlement because they’ll have an impact on your mobility and your way of life.
You should also be able to prove that someone else was responsible for your damages. While your injury attorney can help you prove the fault of another party, you may already have some idea of who is liable for your damages.
For example, if you have a broken arm injury, you probably know who caused your injury. Before officially filing your injury claim, you must identify the person who harmed you. If you're still unsure, speaking with authorities or your lawyer is usually the best way to determine the person or party that caused your injuries.
Have You Filed within the Statute of Limitations?
Even with the perfect amount of evidence, your injury won't qualify for a settlement if you don’t file your injury claim within the statute of limitations. Florida specifically has a four-year time limit for all potential injury claims. What this means is that from the moment your injury occurs, you have four years to file your injury claim against the other party.
Although there are some exceptions, typically you must file your injury claim within four years of it occurring or you won’t get a settlement.
Reach Out to an Injury Lawyer
If you're still unsure if your injury qualifies for a settlement in Florida, you can always contact Lopez & Humphries, PA. Our injury lawyers have experience dealing with cases similar to yours, and we can answer any questions you may have regarding your case.
However, not only can we answer your questions, but we can also help you fight for your compensation. You can call us at 863-709-8500 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.