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You’ll need to be familiar with Florida Personal Injury Laws if you’ve had a Personal Injury or  any type of accident and need to submit an insurance claim or lawsuit,  because some are considered “time sensitive”.

Let’s review a few of the Florida Personal injury laws that you may be concerned with. You need to be aware of the deadlines also called Statute of Limitations, for filing an injury lawsuit in Florida. This is why it is so important to hire a personal injury attorney as soon as you have your accident. Immediately jumping on a case gives you more leverage and also allows for your injury lawyer and his investigators to adequately collect evidence and testimonies from witnesses while it is all fresh in their minds.

Often there are accident cases where the person you are accusing to be responsible for the damages or injuries is also claiming that you were at fault as well. This is when you need to understand how the Florida Comparative Negligence Law works. If both parties can prove the other partially responsible for the incident, compensation will be effected by what percentage of the accident has been labeled as your fault.

Florida is a No-Fault State for auto accidents so unless there is serious injury that involves permanent damage you will be dealing with your own insurance company.

In order to get around the No-Fault laws you are going to have to prove that your injuries will effect you permanently.

Florida Personal Injury Laws put limits or caps on compensation for Punitive damages. If you are wanting to file a secondary lawsuit for pain and suffering you need to know what the state will allow.

Most people are unaware of the “dog bite liability” laws. If you own a dog that will potentially bite people, be aware that the owner is liable if and when his dog bites for all medical expenses and any permanent damages that may occur.

Those who are working Hazardous occupations should be aware that their employers will try and convince you that the limited liability contract you signed to get the job will exempt them from any liability if an accident occurs. Those types of contracts are invalid and are basically used either to keep you from even going to a Personal Injury lawyer, or your employer may actually think that if you sign something like that he’s no longer accountable. If you had to sign one of these prior to getting hired, it is important that you know your rights, read and understand the entire chapter 769 on Hazardous Occupations in the Florida Statutes