We have been handling accident claims since 1955, and have earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the nation, winning more than $3 billion dollars in jury verdicts and settlements.
Our law office is located in downtown Pensacola, and our thirty-five attorneys live in the Pensacola community. We have handled more accident lawsuits in Northwest Florida for injured persons than any other law firm.
How Long Do I Have to Bring an Accident Claim?
There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on many factors, such as where the accident occurred, the type of injury, and who caused the accident.
If an accident occurs in Florida, the injured person has four years to file a lawsuit for injuries, but only two years if the accident causes death.
If the accident is caused by a governmental entity, there are papers that need to be filed at least six months before the lawsuit is filed. These papers must be submitted within three years of the accident in an injury case, and two years in a death case or in a case involving the federal government or its employees.
The most important thing is that you immediately seek free legal advice when you become aware of a potential injury after an accident, even if you decide not to hire a lawyer. It costs you nothing, but provides you much protection.
Will Levin Papantonio Accept My Case
Our law firm reviews and accepts accident cases of every size, whether in the Pensacola area or nationwide. No case is too big or too small.
The one thing we can assure you is that we will take your call, provide you an absolutely free consult, discuss with you the facts and issues of your case, and tell you whether we can help you. If not, we will try our best to get you to someone who can.
Comparing Law Firms
When hiring a law firm, it's important to take your time and perform research. Review each law firm's website for its experience, success and fees. Meet with the firms. Ask a lot of questions, and determine who you feel most comfortable trusting. Remember, any law firm can advertise it can successfully handle a personal injury case. Make sure that really is the case.
What Will I have to Prove to Succeed in My Accident Claim
In order to succeed in your accident claim, you will have to prove three things: (1) the other side acted in a negligent, reckless or intentional manner; (2) the other side caused your injury; and (3) the amount of your damages.
In regard to the first thing you must prove, negligence is the failure of a person to use reasonable care, which is the care that a reasonably careful person would use under the same circumstances. The second thing you much prove (causation) occurs when the negligent act produces the injury. The third thing you must prove is your damages.
Your damages include physical pain and suffering; mental pain and suffering; medical expenses; and wage loss. In a wrongful death claim, your damages include medical and funeral expenses; mental pain and suffering; loss of support; and loss of future estate.
Automobile Insurance Coverage
For a detailed discussion of Florida automobile insurance, click Florida Auto Insurance.
What To Do After an Auto Accident
For a detailed discussion on what to do after an automobile accident, click Auto Accident To Do List.