From slip-and-fall injuries to dog bites, medical malpractice injuries and car accident injuries, personal injury law encompasses a broad range of potential claims. If you have been harmed due to the negligence of someone else, then you can file a claim against that person to recoup your losses. The Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman and our Plantation personal injury attorney have helped thousands of people across South Florida collect the damages owed to them after experiencing a serious personal injury.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
In Florida, all personal injury cases fall in the jurisdiction of the civil courts, and the courts limit the time frame under which accident victims must file a claim for damages. Called the statute of limitations, this window of time is two years under Florida Statutes Annotated section 95.11(3). There are some exceptions to this rule, such as for malpractice claims, which allow four years after the discovery of injuries caused by negligence of medical professionals during the course of treatment by a patient.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Most all injuries are litigated as personal injury cases. Some of the most common seen in Florida include:
- Car accident claims. Personal injuries due to car accidents can be quite devastating, leading to injuries that the victim must deal with for life. However, in Florida, most injuries sustained in a car accident can be handled under each driver’s personal injury protection coverage, known as PIP. Because Florida is a no-fault state, only those injuries that cause permanent problems or significant disfigurement or that result in significant loss of bodily function are heard by the courts.
- Premises liability claims. Personal injuries that occur due to the negligence of a property owner form the basis of a premises liability claim. These claims may occur when a customer slips and falls in a store or a visitor to someone’s house falls down a stairway due to a broken stair step.
- Bicycle accident claims. Bikers who are injured after being struck by a passenger vehicle or when debris is left in the roadway, causing them to wreck, are entitled to file a personal injury claim to hold any negligent parties accountable.
- Dog bite claims. Thousands of dog bite injury claims are filed in Florida each year. Florida holds dog owners strictly liable for any injuries they cause.
- Product liability claims. Even in our age of regulation, dangerous products still make it into the hands of consumers. If you are harmed by a consumer product, damages you experience can be recouped from the person or entities responsible for bringing the product to market.
- Medical malpractice. Many Floridians are harmed each year by careless or negligent medical professionals, resulting in medical malpractice actions against those responsible.
These are just a few of the many types of personal injury claims fielded by our Plantation personal injury attorney. Essentially, any time that you are injured due to the fault of someone else, you may have the grounds to file a claim against the at-fault party.
Contacting a Plantation Personal Injury Attorney
If you have experienced a serious personal injury, you owe it to yourself to seek compensation to the fullest extent possible. Contact our Plantation personal injury attorney now for a free consultation to discuss your case in greater detail.