personal injury is where a person or business entity causes bodily injury or death, emotional
or psychological harm to another person. When an innocent person sustains
a “personal injury,” he or she can file a civil lawsuit, otherwise
known as a personal injury claim against the at-fault party. Personal
injury cases frequently stem from:
Now that we’ve discussed what personal injury cases are and what
causes them, let’s take a look at “damages” in a personal
injury case. Merriam-Webster defines damages as, “Compensation in
money imposed by law for loss or injury.” Damages are broken down
into two categories: special and general.
Special damages cover a plaintiff’s (injured party) financial losses,
such as lost income and hospital bills. In contrast, general damages cover
non-financial losses, including but not limited to emotional distress,
pain and suffering, and loss of consortium (deprivation of a family relationship
due to injuries caused by the at-fault party).
Florida’s Statute of Limitations
If you were injured in an accident and you wish to file a personal injury
claim, you’ll need to file your claim within Florida’s statute
of limitations, which is the deadline to file a lawsuit. Every state has
a statute of limitations and fortunately, Florida’s is rather generous
compared to some other states.
Section 95.11(3) of the Florida Statues, you have
four years to file your personal injury claim. However, if you didn’t discover
that an injury was related to an accident until later, the court
may be willing to extend the deadline. We do not recommend waiting four years;
the sooner you file a claim the better!
Do you have a personal injury case? To find out,
contact the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb to set up a free case evaluation with a
West Palm Beach personal injury attorney!