When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

On a routine shopping trip to Wal-Mart, a Port St. Lucie man had a freak accident. A sign fell down from an improperly assembled display, and it cause Tom Papakalodoukas to slip. The fall resulted in a torn bicep tendon, which is now permanently deformed. In a recent lawsuit, a court ordered Wal-Mart to pay Papakalodoukas $1.3 million in compensation.

Unfortunately, injuries are an unpredictable reality. They can happen to anyone at anytime. After an accident occurs, you need to assess your legal rights. It is important consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you are incapacitated by the injury, the attorney may even visit you at your location.

After an injury, time is of the essence. If you wait to bring a lawsuit, you may be less likely to access certain evidence. For example, witnesses move away or forget details. Also, a personal injury lawsuit is subject to the statute of limitations. An action for personal injury based on negligence must be brought within four years of the date of the incident.

For your initial meeting with the attorney, come prepared. Bring any documents or evidence related to the injury or accident. For example:

  • Hospital bills
  • Police reports
  • Witness names
  • Insurance details, including correspondence regarding the incident
  • Your personal recollections from the incident
  • Any relevant contact information

When someone else’s negligence, recklessness or wrongdoing causes you pain, you deserve to be compensated. You need an experienced Florida personal injury attorney to help you through the legal process. At the Law Office of Paul B. Genet, P.A., our dedicated team will fight for the best possible results in your case.

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