Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) says that you have four years to file a lawsuit following a pedestrian accident in Gainesville. Forty-eight months can seem like a lot of time. Yet, when you’re dealing with serious injuries, struggling to pay your bills, and have trouble adapting to your new life, that time can go by in a flash.
A pedestrian accident attorney serving Gainesville from Bogin, Munns & Munns can advocate for your right to financial recovery. Since time is a factor in your case for compensation, we offer free case review to interested claimants.
What Happens If You Do Not File Your Case on Time?
Insurance companies want to be notified of an accident as soon as it happens. Just like you, they want to resolve your case quickly. However, even if you wait a few days to file your claim, the insurer might use this as an excuse to contest your situation’s validity.
As for filing your case in civil court, if you file outside of the four-year timeframe, the other party could motion for your case’s dismissal, and the courts could dismiss your case. In this situation, pursuing compensation would be difficult. You might even have to pay for your losses out of your own pocket.
Yet, with Bogin, Munns & Munns on your side, you can rest easy knowing that we will manage your case’s obligations.
To consult with an experienced pedestrian accident lawyer serving Gainesville, call 855-686-6752
How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Lawyer from Our Team?
We handle most of our pedestrian accident cases on a contingency-fee basis. You don’t pay any upfront rates. You don’t pay hourly rates, either. Money for our help comes from the settlement we secure for you. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay our attorney’s fees.
We know that your financial matters are complicated right now. We want you to focus on healing, not sacrificing things to afford our help.
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We Can Calculate and Recover Your Damages
We have been helping pedestrian accident claimants in Gainesville since 1979. During that time, we have learned that not only can these accidents result in costly damages, but compensation can be a challenge to secure.
Regardless, here are some losses that we can recover on your behalf:
- Healthcare bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage costs (if applicable)
- Loss of future earning ability
- Impaired quality of life and disability
- Scarring and disfigurement
If you lost a loved one in an accident and are filing a wrongful death claim on their behalf, you could be eligible to recoup:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical costs
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household benefits and income
Just like in a personal injury case, you have two years to file your wrongful death lawsuit. The deadline begins from the date that your loved one passed away.
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We Can Determine What Caused Your Pedestrian Accident
All successful personal injury claims are based on the principle of negligence. We must show that because another party in your case acted irresponsibly, you were hurt. During our investigation, we may find that your accident was caused by:
- Drunk driving
- Failing to obey traffic signals
- Poor judgment
- Road rage
- Improper lane changes
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Failing to yield
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that most car accidents are the result of human error. However, that is not to say that your accident was not caused by poor roadway design, vehicular malfunctions, or other conditions.
Once we get to the bottom of what caused your accident, we will seek compensation from the negligent party, whether that be a motorist or government department.
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How Long Will It Take to Resolve My Case?
We wish that we could tell you that your claim would be resolved as soon as you called us. However, building a case takes time. It could take weeks or even months to come to an agreement with the insurer. It could take years to settle your case if we file a lawsuit.
Do not let this discourage you from taking legal action, though. By giving your case the time it needs, you can promote a positive outcome in your case. For example, we recommend that you wait three months to have all of your losses paid for, rather than wait three days and accept a lowball settlement.
What If the Insurer Denies Your Claim?
With decades of experience both at the negotiating table and in the courtroom, we know that insurers are hesitant to pay claims. They might even deny your claim after we file it. However, that doesn’t faze us. If they deny your claim, we can:
- Attempt to negotiate a settlement
- File your lawsuit in court
- Present the insurer with more evidence
Just because the insurer says that you’re not entitled to compensation doesn’t mean that your case is over. We will keep fighting for you until we are able to reach a fair outcome.
Do I Need an Attorney for My Pedestrian Accident in Gainesville?
You can serve as your own lawyer after getting injured in a collision. However, here are some things to ask yourself before you take on your case’s obligations:
- Do you understand personal injury law well enough to bring your case to court?
- Are you physically able to gather evidence, make phone calls, and negotiate an agreement?
- Do you feel confident in your abilities to go toe-to-toe with the other party’s legal counsel?
There is virtually no financial risk in hiring our team because it costs you nothing out of pocket to work with us. If you don’t want to handle your case’s obligations on your own, we can manage it for you.
Call Bogin, Munns & Munns Today to Explore Your Legal Options
Our team of lawyers can break ground on your case today. Whether you were hit by a car, motorcycle, or truck, our team can manage your pedestrian accident case’s obligations.
To connect with our staff and learn more about your options, dial (352) 332-7688.