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Our Baker County motorcycle accident lawyers advocate for injured people in North Florida. We will do everything possible to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and other related expenses. Pursuing damages starts with one call to our firm.
There Are Legal Deadlines for Case Filings in Florida
Florida sets a firm deadline for motorcycle accident lawsuits. For example, if you suffered serious injuries, you generally have four years to file your case, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a). However, if you lost a loved one, you typically have two years to file, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d).
If you file your lawsuit on time, you preserve your right to legal action. However, if you don’t, the courts will dismiss your case with prejudice, barring you from civil action.
Some Exceptions May Apply to Your Case
Florida understands that not all motorcycle accident cases are the same. As such, it lists some exceptions that could give you more or less time to file your lawsuit.
Per Florida Statutes § 95.051, you could have more time to act if:
- The at-fault party fled the state or gave you a fake name.
- You were injured under the age of 18 years old.
- You were injured in a hit-and-run accident.
- You did not discover your injuries until a later date.
Our motorcycle accident attorneys can evaluate your case and determine whether any exceptions apply. We will also file your lawsuit within the appropriate deadline.
Considering Prompt Legal Action Is Crucial
The statute of limitations is just one reason to consider prompt legal action. Other considerations include:
- Evidence does not last forever. Eyewitnesses can forget critical details, and traffic camera footage could get erased.
- Insurance companies have their deadlines for accepting claims. If you miss your claim’s filing deadline, this could complicate matters.
- You want to draw a clear connection between your injuries and the collision. Unfortunately, the more time you wait to act, the more reason the insurer has to dispute your claim.
Injured Motorcyclists Can Recover the Full Cost of Their Injury-Related Expenses
Compensation in a motorcycle accident case may comprise:
Your Past, Present, and Future Healthcare Expenses
Motorcycle accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and organ damage. This can create thousands of dollars in medical bills. As such, compensation can account for:
- Surgeries and other procedures, such as bone-setting
- Emergency transportation
- Physical therapy
- Mental health counseling
- Doctors’ appointments
Your Employment-Related Losses
Being injured in a motorcycle crash can prevent you from attending work. This can put you in dire financial straits. However, financial recovery can account for lost:
- Hourly wages
- Benefits, such as paid time off and health insurance
Various Non-Economic Damages
Your healthcare expenses and lost income are considered economic damages. That’s because they have inherent financial values. Yet, your case can also account for non-economic damages, which do not have inherent values. Their value depends on your situation.
Examples of compensable non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Wrongful Death-Related Losses
We’re deeply sorry if you lost a loved one in the accident. We understand that this is a difficult time for you––and we will do everything your case requires. While you focus on your family and personal well-being, we will seek your loved one’s:
- Lost income
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
Your lawyer may pursue other losses than those listed here.
How We Hold Negligent Parties Accountable in Motorcycle Accidents
Pursuing compensation is more than sending the insurance company your medical bills and filing a claim. It involves reviewing the liability policy, calculating your losses, and negotiating for what you need.
While you are recovering from your injuries or grieving the loss of a loved one, we will:
Advocate for You on a Contingency-Fee Basis
We want to make legal aid accessible to everyone. So, we offer help on a contingency-fee basis. This means you pay nothing for us to get started. We only request our attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for your losses. There is little financial risk to you with this payment arrangement.
Calculate Your Injury-Related Losses
We want compensation to account for your past, present, and future losses. A settlement or court award should also reflect your economic and non-economic losses. We will determine what you are owed by reviewing your:
- Account of events
- Medical expenses
- Missed time from work
- Estimated recovery period
Negotiate with the Insurance Company
Florida operates on a no-fault system. So, your claim generally starts with filing a claim with your insurer. Yet, even if you have faithfully paid your premiums, the insurance company may withhold fair compensation.
Here, our motorcycle accident lawyers can negotiate for what you need. This involves presenting evidence, asserting your damages’ cost, and establishing negligence.
Filing Your Lawsuit
If the insurance company refuses to settle your claim, we can file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. As noted, we must do this within the state’s mandated deadline. Upon filing your suit, we will present your case, manage all necessary paperwork, and argue your case at trial.
Common Steps to Take After Getting Hurt in a Motorcycle Accident
The steps you take after getting hurt can dictate your case’s outcome. To promote a fair resolution, we recommend:
- Seeking medical care
- Keeping your case’s related paperwork
- Documenting all communications between yourself and the involved parties
- Following your doctor’s instructions
- Considering legal representation
We can provide more case-specific recommendations once we learn about your collision.
Discuss Your Claim with a Motorcycle Accident Attorney Today
Since 2006, the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine have secured millions for injured claimants in Florida. We’re ready to start working on your case today. To learn more about your legal options contact a motorcycle accident lawyer in Baker County by calling 1-800-747-3733.
We Can Help.