Miami Personal Injury Attorney
Getting hurt in an accident can be a traumatizing, overwhelming experience. Accident victims are often uninformed about their rights to seek compensation from the person responsible for their injuries. Unfortunately, they may also be uninformed about the process of filing a claim to seek compensation for their injuries. Florida law protects accident victims, and allows them to recover money for their injuries and other damages. If you live in the Miami area, and were recently hurt in an accident, learn more about your legal options below and contact us to speak with an experienced Miami personal injury attorney.
Our Miami personal injury attorneys provide comprehensive representation to people who have been injured by the negligence of other people and entities. Whether you are looking for a Broward county auto or truck accident attorney, construction accident attorney or medical malpractice attorney, you can feel confident turning to the law offices of Alan Goldfarb, P.A.
Types of Miami Personal Injury Cases We Handle
For over 39 years, our Miami personal injury attorneys have helped Florida residents through some of the toughest challenges someone can face. We strive to help accident and malpractice victims get the justice they deserve. If you were hurt in one of the following, contact us immediately:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Assault & Bar Fights
- Boat & Cruise Accidents
- Burn Injuries
- Construction Site Accidents
- Elder Abuse
- Electrocution, Fire & Explosion Accidents
- Mass Transit Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Toxic Tort
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Any of the above accidents can unfortunately result in serious injuries, both physically and emotionally. It is not uncommon for accident victims to incur sizeable medical bills as a result of their injuries. Victims may also lose wages due to missing work while recuperating. Some accidents lead not only to injuries but also to property destruction. The legal term for these harms is “damages.” If you were hurt due to someone else’s negligent, reckless, or even intentional behavior, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. To seek compensation, you will need to file a claim against the responsible party. Let an experienced Miami personal injury attorney from our firm help today.
Thorough Investigation Is Key
One of the most critical aspects of a personal injury case in Miami is the investigation of the claim itself. The investigation conducted by your personal injury attorney can produce evidence that supports your position, and can detail the scope and extent of your injuries. This type of information is important for demonstrating liability for your injuries, as well as the damages you should be entitled to for your injuries. The more evidence that is available, the stronger your case will be.
A strong personal injury case is supported by evidence of liability, such as police reports, emergency responder reports, eyewitness testimony, photographs of the scene of the personal injury accident, and any other relevant information or evidence that can be used to demonstrate who should be held liable. In some personal injury cases, circumstances might be such that more than one party could – and should – be held liable to the victim. While your injuries might have been caused by the action or inaction of a person or property owner, you may be able to seek recovery from an insurance provider, or other third parties. For instance, if your injury was caused by another person, and that person was performing his or her job duties while on the clock when you were injured, their employer might be liable to you for your personal injuries. It is important that all of the liable parties be identified so that you can seek the maximum recovery that you are entitled to.
Medical evidence, such as medical scans and test results, doctor’s notes and diagnosis, and any evidence that indicates how much future medical treatment you will need in order to recover can all be useful in building your case. In some situations, such as a medical malpractice case, it is important to get a second medical opinion about your injuries or condition from a trusted doctor. This doctor could be invited to be a witness at your trial.
Filing Your Miami Personal Injury Claim
After you have sought appropriate medical attention, you should contact a reputable attorney with experience handling Miami personal injury cases. Time is of the essence in every accident case. Florida law establishes legal time frames in which a civil case must be filed. These time frames are called “statutes of limitations,” and are strictly observed. Each type of case has a different statute of limitations. For example, medical malpractice cases generally have a statute of limitations of two years. This means that any victim of medical malpractice must file their claim in court within two years of the incident that resulted in their injury.
The deadlines established by the statutes of limitations are different depending on the type of case. Regardless of the type of accident, the statute of limitations sets absolute deadlines for filing a lawsuit. You must file the lawsuit, thus initiating the case in court, before the statute of limitations runs out. If you miss the deadline to file your suit, you cannot seek any compensation from the person responsible for your injuries. Because of the varying time restrictions on personal injury cases, contacting an experienced attorney as soon as possible is essential.
Resolving Your Personal Injury Case
Personal injury cases can be resolved in one of two ways: either the parties enter into a settlement agreement outside of court, or the case goes to trial. A majority of personal injury cases are resolved before ever making it to court and settlement is the most common way for personal injury claims to be resolved. Often times the parties involved in settlement talks for a personal injury claim are eager to settle and move on with their lives, and have no desire to drag things out longer than necessary. But that does not necessarily mean that the settlement discussions go quickly. It is very typical for there to be several rounds of back and forth negotiating when working out a personal injury settlement – so do not be overly concerned if the initial offer made during your settlement talks is not what it would take for you to settle. Settlement negotiations also allow the parties to retain control over how the resolution will shape up. However, if ultimately the parties cannot agree to a settlement, then the parties have no choice but to take the case to court.
Call Skilled Miami Personal Injury Attorneys
At Alan Goldfarb, P.A., our Miami personal injury attorneys understand the needs of our clients. We know that you have questions about filing your claim in court, and we will diligently explain the process every step of the way. We are currently accepting cases from residents across Miami-Dade County. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.