While you are told to never admit fault, do not panic if you apologized after a major accident. You might still have a chance at obtaining compensation for your injuries. Depending on the situation and what you said, Florida’s apology statute might protect you. If protected, you have the option to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused your injuries. Talk to a Miami personal injury attorney to learn more.
What the Apology Law Means for Your Claim
It is not uncommon for people to apologize after a major car crash or workplace accident. Many people have heard that apologizing after an accident could be used against them in court. This is because apologizing implies admitting fault.
However, the Florida apology statute states that making a statement of sympathy will not be admissible in court. A statement of sympathy could be apologies or condolences to others involved in the accident. This statute specifies that as long as you did not explicitly admit fault, your statements of apology cannot be used against you.
In other words, if you apologize after the accident, you should be safe. It is only when you make an apology with a direct admission of fault that you could face problems with your claim. When this happens, your personal injury claim could be rejected, and you may not receive the compensation you need.
Do not panic if this happened to you. You might still have a chance by contacting a Miami personal injury lawyer who can help. An experienced lawyer can help you defend your claim and collect the supporting evidence you need.
How to Build a Strong Personal Injury Claim
How you build your personal injury claim is similar regardless of what caused your injury. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims involve:
- Car accident
- Workplace accident
- Medical malpractice
- Slip and fall
- Defective products
In all cases, you will need evidence of the damages you suffered and evidence of what caused your injuries. The evidence you need for your damages will be the same regardless of what caused your injuries. This evidence will come from copies of your medical records, pictures of your injuries, and receipts of medications.
Evidence of what caused your injuries will vary depending on the cause. For car accidents, you need photos of the wreckage and a copy of the police report. A defective product accident will require copies of blueprints of the product or the product itself. Workplace accidents may involve security camera footage and witness statements from co-workers.
Once you have the evidence, consider asking an experienced lawyer for advice. A lawyer can help you defend your claim to maximize your compensation.
Florida Personal Injury Attorney
No one should have to pay for injuries caused by someone else. Call the Piedra Law Injury Attorneys today at (855) 881-4878 to talk to a Florida serious injury lawyer for a free consultation. Our legal team might be able to help you obtain compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We serve clients throughout Miami, Dade County, Broward County, Hialeah, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, North Miami, Sunrise, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Doral, Kendall, and Homestead, Florida.