You should not have to take responsibility for someone else’s negligence. Unfortunately, car accidents, truck accidents, and even premises liability accidents can all cause you significant harm – at no fault of your own. If you come away from these accidents with an internal injury, you may spend months trying to find a path to recovery.
You’re not left to contend with an internal injury’s medical bills alone, though. You can work with a Lehigh Acres internal injury attorney to request compensation for someone else’s negligence. Viles & Beckman can advocate for your right to time in court if you want to take your losses before a judge
Internal Injury Cases Qualify as Personal Injury Cases
Internal injury cases fall under the umbrella of personal injury cases throughout Florida. With that in mind, you need to file your internal injury case by Florida’s personal injury statute of limitations. This statute, as described by Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a), lets you take no more than four years to bring your case to the attention of a civil court.
An internal injury attorney in Lehigh Acres can help you gather all your case’s essential information within this deadline. It’s up to you, though, to reach out and begin your case.
For a free legal consultation with a internal injury lawyer serving Lehigh Acres, call (239) 334-3933
How to File an Internal Injury Claim
Internal injury claims allow you to request that a judge allow you to summon an allegedly-liable party for settlement negotiations and/or a civil trial. Both of these processes allow you to request compensation in return for the internal injury losses you endured.
If you want a civil court to consider your claim, however, it needs to be comprehensive. Our attorneys can help you establish such a claim, but only once we have information about your case on hand.
With that in mind, you can take the following steps to ensure that your complaint contains as much detail as possible.
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Step 1: Identify the Party Liable for Your Internal Injury
To begin your personal injury complaint, you need to identify the party you want to hold liable for your losses. You can do this most effectively by addressing the evidence found at the scene of your accident. When you have video, photos, and/or bystander testimony claiming that a particular party caused your accident, you can more readily call that party to court.
There are several parties that can bear the responsibility for your internal injuries. Car accidents, slips and falls, and even pedestrian accidents can see you suffer from unseen wounds.
That said, if you believe a product contributed to your internal injuries, let our team gather information regarding that sold good. An internal injury lawyer in Lehigh Acres can determine whether we need to name a manufacturer, distributor, or both as liable for your losses in your eventual claim.
Step 2: Elaborate on Your Internal Injury Losses
The purpose of an internal injury claim is to secure the financial support you need to overcome the cost of your condition. With that in mind, you can use your complaint – and applicable evidence – to request compensation. However, you need to put forward an estimate of your preferred compensation when you first file your claim.
The estimate you submit should include your economic and non-economic internal injury losses. Your economic losses may include:
- Medical bills related to essential treatment
- Property damaged in a related accident
- Essential pain management and/or mobility aids
- Home care
- Lost wages or employment opportunities
Your non-economic damages can then include pain and suffering, stress, and/or inconvenience. We calculate these losses by applying a multiplier to the economic value of your accident. So long as you can submit evidence of each of the aforementioned losses along with your complaint, you can request that a liable party compensate you for each.
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What to Expect After Filing an Internal Injury Claim
You need to submit your internal injury claim within Florida’s statute of limitations. Once you have, a county clerk can consider your accident and determine if your case should move forward.
Should a civil court approve your claim, you earn the right to summon the party named in your complaint. You can initiate settlement negotiations or a trial depending on your own preferences.
Settlement negotiations allow you to come to an agreement with a liable party outside of the courtroom. Trials require you to prove to a judge and jury that the party named in your complaint should pay you for your losses. Internal injury negotiations tend to resolve more quickly than trials, but trials can see you awarded punitive damages alongside your requested support.
What to Do if You Receive an Internal Injury Settlement Offer
There may be some cases in which the party allegedly liable for your losses reaches out to you. These parties may choose to make you a settlement offer in light of your internal injuries. Settlement offers ideally address your accident’s losses and help you contend with the bills related to your injury. However, they can also undervalue your condition.
You do not have to accept a settlement offer when it’s first extended to you. Instead, you can discuss an offer with an attorney. Our internal injury lawyers in Lehigh Acres can calculate the value of your accident independent from a settlement offer. We can then compare our calculation to the settlement offer.
If the need arises, we can negotiate for a more comprehensive internal injury settlement based on our calculations. If the party that extended the settlement offer is unwilling to match our estimate, we can then take your case to court.
Our Attorneys Advocate for Your Right to Internal Injury Compensation
Internal injuries can do long-term damage to your overall well-being. When you can trace an internal injury back to another person’s negligence, you compound your physical losses with emotional distress. Fortunately, if you can identify another party as liable for your accident, our internal injury attorneys in Lehigh Acres can file a claim against them in civil court.
You can learn more about your right to civil action during a case consultation with our team. Viles & Beckman are prepared to stand up for your right to compensation after an accident resulting in an internal injury. You can contact us through our website or over the phone to schedule your case consultation.