If you have suffered a personal injury in Fort Lauderdale—including a car accident, motorcycle collision, wrongful death, medical malpractice, construction accident, or pharmaceutical injury—you need a skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer on your side. Ilya Torchinsky helps Fort Lauderdale personal injury victims recover the maximum amount they are entitled to under the law. A skilled litigator, Torchsinky is also able to command large settlements, often early in the process.
If you have suffered a Fort Lauderdale personal injury, here are five key facts you need to know.
There’s no law that says your injuries have to be catastrophic to warrant compensation. Even minor injuries may warrant a lawsuit if someone else is at fault. And apparently minor injuries often turn out to be not so minor. That small neck pain you have could be a herniated disc or a serious muscle injury that could take months or years to fix. Don’t dismiss the value of your claim until you’ve talked to a layer you can be trusted to assess its value.
The statute of limitations begins tolling the moment you are injured. In most cases, the time limit to file a claim is two years from the date of your injury. This might seem like a long time. But it can take months to properly investigate your claim, send a demand letter, and draft a lawsuit. The sooner you involve a lawyer, the more likely you are to win. Even more importantly, involving a lawyer early in the process can help you avoid making costly mistakes.
It does not matter if the insurance adjuster seems nice. Of course they do; after all, they want to gain your trust to undervalue your case! When there’s a large check dangling in front of you, it can be tough to say no, but almost any check offered by the insurance company is going to be in a far lower amount than your case is actually worth. Don’t trust the insurance adjuster. There’s an inherent power imbalance there, and you can only balance the negotiating table by hiring a trustworthy personal injury lawyer.
On television, filing a lawsuit means endless dramatic courtroom confrontations, culminating in a jury verdict that takes days. In real life, most personal injury lawsuits are settled out of court. If you have compelling evidence, a legally strong case, and the costs of litigation appear to be high, the other side has a strong incentive to settle. At every stage of the case, the odds of securing a favorable settlement increase if you win motions, present or uncover new evidence, or otherwise demonstrate that you are likely to win in front of a jury. But this can only happen if you work with a lawyer who truly understands Fort Lauderdale personal injury law.
Think posting about your case on Facebook or rushing back to work are good ideas? Think again. The choices you make in the immediate aftermath of your injury can affect the value of your claim, and may even remove the ability to seek a large settlement. Worse still, the other side can subpoena even your most personal records—including your Facebook and text messages—to attempt to prove that you weren’t honest about your injuries. A skilled Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can stop this before it happens, by instructing you what to do and what not to do, and by fighting back when the other side attempts to invade your privacy.