For more than 60 years, we have focused our legal practice representing individuals who have suffered injuries through the fault of others, such as: (1) auto accidents; (2) defective prescription drugs; (3) defective medical devices; (4) defective products; (5) medical malpractice; (6) trucking accidents; and (7) workers compensation injuries.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit is a legal claim filed by an individual who has suffered physical injury or death because of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another individual, company or government entity.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Personal Injury Claim
There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on many factors, such as, where the injury occurred, the type of injury, and who caused the injury.
As an example, if an auto accident occurred in Pensacola, Florida, then the injured person has four years to file a lawsuit for injuries, but only two years if the accident causes death.
If the car 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 physical injury caused by the fault of another, even if you decide not to hire a lawyer. It costs you nothing, but provides you much protection.
Will Levin Papantonio Accept My Claim
Our law firm reviews and accepts personal injury 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 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 credentials, experience, resources, 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.
Video--The Importance of Researching Your Personal Injury Firm
What Will I have to Prove to Succeed in My Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In order to succeed in your personal injury 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 or contributes substantially to producing the injury. The third thing you must prove is your damages.
In a personal injury lawsuit, your damages include physical pain and suffering; mental pain and suffering; medical expenses; and wage loss. In a wrongful death claim, the damages include medical and funeral expenses; mental pain and suffering; loss of support; and loss of future estate.