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The Importance of Filing Your Personal Injury Claim on Time


There are many different things that you need to do after being injured by someone else’s negligence — seek medical attention, collect witness testimony, hire an attorney — but the most important thing that you can do is to file your personal injury claim on time. This goes hand-in-hand with hiring an attorney; your attorney will make sure your claim is filed well before the statute of limitations expires. If you are seeking compensation after a serious accident, contact the experienced Jacksonville trial attorneys at Edwards & Ragatz, P.A.

File Your Personal Injury Claim on Time | Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time you have to file your personal injury claim. Depending on the type of case, the deadline may vary. For example, a medical malpractice case or a claim against a township or municipality may have a shorter deadline. Generally speaking, though, you will four years from the date of your accident to bring a claim forward in Florida.

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File Your Personal Injury Claim on Time | Receiving Compensation

Even if you are partially at-fault for the accident, you are still eligible to receive compensation in the state of Florida. For example, if you cross the road at a “Don’t Walk” sign and are hit by a passing car, you can still recover for some of your damages. The percentage of compensation you receive might be greatly reduced, but you can still recover, nonetheless.

Your compensatory reward will be reduced by the percentage of fault you are deemed to have been liable for. If the courts determine that you are 40% at-fault for the accident, you can only recover 60% of the full compensation you are eligible for. Obviously, if you have no degree of fault whatsoever, then you can recover fully from the at-fault party.

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If you have been seriously injured by someone else’s negligence, please do not hesitate to call our Jacksonville personal injury attorneys. We will support you through every step of the way to make sure you are protected and have the best chance at full compensation. Call us today to set up a free consultation.

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