If you were recently involved in a Tampa auto accident, if you suffered a serious slip and fall because of a company’s negligence, or you fell ill because of tainted food products, then you are likely considering the option to take the case to court and collect compensation for your losses. However, it is a good idea to consider the answers to the following questions before tying up your time and money filing a lawsuit.
What Are The Chances of Winning the Case? This is a question that a personal injury attorney can help you answer. In fact, the initial meeting with a lawyer won’t generally cost you anything out-of-pocket. There are many factors that are weighed in determining if a case is worth taking to court. Two of the most important things to think about are the amount of damage done and whether it is possible to prove that someone else was at fault. Very often the medical bills and repair expenses are minimal when compared to court fees, legal fees, and time requirements necessary for following through with a lawsuit. In other instances, even when very serious injuries are sustained, it can be very difficult to prove that another person or entity was responsible. However, this is not something you should consider lightly. Talk to an attorney for a better understanding of possible sources of evidence.
Can You Settle Outside of Court? Before filing with the courts, ask your attorney about the possibility of reaching a settlement with the other party outside the courtroom. In many cases, negligent parties are willingly to pay the necessary sums in order to avoid the cost of going to court.
Can The Defendant Afford to Pay Damages? If the guilty party does not have the insurance or assets necessary to afford the medical and repair expenses related to the accident, then suing is not going to do much for you. In cases like this, very often the victim ends up worse off because the damages are never paid, but time and money were spent of fighting the case due to filing a lawsuit.
Is There Any Reason Why You Can’t Legally File The Case? Generally, if there is clear evidence that a person or entity has caused you harm, you can legally take the case to court. However, the law does stipulate how much time you have to do so. The Statute of Limitations varies depending on the type of case, the defendant in question, and the state in which you live. In Florida, the timelines are reasonable, but this is still something to consider before filing.