Jacksonville Accident News
Common Myths Heard in Personal Injury Claims
Many people are injured in personal injury accidents in the U.S. in just one year’s time. Many of these people will suffer from permanent and even life-altering injuries. As such, victims are left to file a claim for compensation including lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and many other aspects. Though many people believe that their personal injury case will be cut-and-dry, the truth is that there are many aspects that can stand in your way. This is made worse by not understanding the laws and hearing many common myths associated with injury claims.
Myths Regarding Personal Injury Cases
Easy Money: Many people believe that personal injury claims = easy money, but this is not the case. Some of the damages that you might be eligible for include medical bills of the present and future, wages that you missed out on due to missed work, mental pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Most of the time, you are expected to pay for most things out-of-pocket and will not receive your money until much later on in your claim. This means that you will have to endure the entirety of your personal injury claim so that you can move forward.
No Time Limitations: Many people also believe that you will be able to file a personal injury claim at any time, but this is also not true. You have to abide by something known as the statute of limitations in your case, which means that you only have a few years to file your claim before you are barred from doing so or lose evidence. In Florida, you have four years from the date of your car accident that led to injuries.
Accumulation of Bills: As you incur medical bills, many individuals believe that the at-fault party should pay for them. This may be true in a perfect world but it is not how it works. You will have to pay out of pocket or your insurer will have to pay the bills until you receive a settlement in your favor.
Guaranteed Compensation: If you have been injured, you might believe that you are guaranteed to gain compensation. However, this is not the case. Every claim is different and if you do not have the evidence to support it, you will not receive the reimbursement you deserve for your losses. The unique circumstances of your case will dictate whether or not you will receive compensation against a negligent party.
Quickly Resolved: Not all personal injury cases will be quickly resolved. Many factors will dictate the length of time that goes into your case to get you the most favorable results. Some of the aspects that dictate how long your claim will take are the discovery process, how long settlement negotiations go back and forth, and the length of your treatment until you have reached medical improvement status. From there, an attorney will be able to give you a timeline on when you should receive compensation.
Contacting an Attorney After a Florida Car Accident
If you have been injured in a Florida car accident, our attorneys at Sheftall & Associates will dedicate ourselves to your claim in every way. We understand how challenging the aftermath of a car accident can be and how the damages continue to pile up after an accident that is not your fault. If you have been harmed in a collision and believe that another party is at fault, please contact our skilled accident attorneys at (904) 638-7712 for more information.