Filing a personal injury claim in Miami, Florida can be a complex undertaking. It makes sense to hire legal representation to streamline and ease the process for you as well as to increase your chances of success. Shamis & Gentile, PA have broad experience in personal injury claims in Miami.
How Long Does the Average Personal Injury Claim Take?
Personal injury cases can take from a few months to several years to settle. The time frame depends on many factors.
Your personal injury attorney will notify the other party’s insurance company that he represents you and also request the insurance coverage disclosure. Insurance companies are required to comply within 30 days with the request for insurance information in Florida.
Your attorney will send letters of representation to any other involved parties, such as police officers and witnesses. An investigator might be hired to assist your attorney in the initial investigation.
The insurer will likely make an offer which your attorney will either accept or negotiate for a higher one. This process could take months. If no acceptable offer is made, the case will proceed to court. Most delays occur here due to scheduling. Discovery alone can take six to twelve months and the same period to wait for an actual trial date. This (and cost) is why it’s optimal to settle before trial.
What Evidence is Required for a Personal Injury Claim?
Preserving evidence could make or break a case. Although your attorney and his team of investigators and paralegals will do their best to gather evidence, you will help your case by gathering what you can up front. Take photos of the incident, your injuries, and any other damage. Keep invoices from any medical treatment you received.
How Long After an Accident Can You Claim for Damage?
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida is four years. This means that car accident victims have four years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Shamis & Gentile, P.A. is dedicated to helping injured parties in personal injury cases. Our personal injury lawyers have a wealth of knowledge and experience handling complex litigation cases and achieving significant victories and settlements for clients (over 500 million recovered and counting). Contact Shamis & Gentile, P.A. today about your personal injury case.