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3 Prohibited Actions after an Injury

The law provides injured people with the option to take up legal action against the person or organization that has injured them. If successful, these legal actions may allow an individual to obtain financial compensation, which can help them pay for medical bills and other expenses caused by the injury. However, there are limitations on these lawsuits.

If you or someone you love has been injured, you may be entitled to pursue litigation against a person or organization that has caused you harm. To learn more about your options, contact Jacksonville injury attorney Donald Guthrie, P.A., by calling 904-296-1088 today.

Obstacles to a Successful Claim

Though the system is intended to help aggrieved parties to resolve their grievances and to punish those who have wronged them, there are also a number of limitations imposed to prevent the abuse of the system. The following are some prohibited actions.

#1: You Cannot Sue after the Statute of Limitations Has Expired

Every case has its own time limit after a person is injured. This time limit, once expired, will prevent a person from filing an injury claim. The statute of limitations may be extended in some cases, but a person may not file for compensation once the time finally runs out.

#2: You Cannot File for Compensation Twice for One Injury

After a person is injured, they may want to seek compensation from the responsible party. After this claim, a person may receive compensation if they are successful. A person can only file once for an injury whether they receive compensation or not. If their case is not handled correctly the first time, the injured person may have to deal with consequences.

#3: You Cannot Pursue Compensation if the Other Person Was Not Responsible for Your Safety

In civil cases, it is up to the claimant to prove that the defendant had some duty to perform for the claimant’s safety or protection. In a legitimate lawsuit, these duties can include driving safely on a road or creating products that will not harm a person. In frivolous lawsuits, people may sue for injuries that were self-inflicted or were caused by some natural event that could not have been prevented by the defendant.

Contact Us

If you have sustained an injury because of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions, you may be able to pursue legal action. To discuss your claim in further detail, contact Jacksonville personal injury lawyer Donald Guthrie, P.A., at 904-296-1088 today.

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