If you have been injured in an accident in The Bahamas, figure out your legal and practical options as soon as possible. Injuries can cause permanent physical and financial harm, and seeking recovery in court for that harm can be a complex process.
First, keep in mind that you have at most three years from the date of your injury to file a court case. Many personal injury cases end in a settlement, meaning they resolve with a payment made to the injured person before the case goes to trial. If settlement negotiations are not going well in your case, keep in mind the three-year deadline, called a limitation period.
Second, because personal injury cases can be complex, you probably will want to work with an attorney. The attorney can negotiate with the insurance company or the person who injured you, conduct an investigation of the events surrounding your injury, and work on your case while you heal so you do not have to worry. Your attorney will want to see records showing where and when the accident took place, which injuries you sustained, medical treatment received, and documentation of earnings you lost and expenses you incurred because of the injury.
After he or she becomes familiar with your case, your attorney will send a demand letter to the insurance company or the person who injured you, detailing your injury and the circumstances. Demand letters usually list a deadline to respond. If the person who injured you accepts liability (fault), then your attorney can make an offer to settle the case for a certain amount of money. If he or she denies liability, you may need to file a court case to resolve the dispute over liability.
People who are injured due to another person's fault can be awarded damages by the court for pain and suffering and for any financial loss or expense they may have experienced because of their injury. These financial losses may include medical expenses or lost wages for time spent healing. The first step toward recovering these damages is speaking to an attorney about the strength and value of your case.
To find out more about personal injury litigation, visit Gonsalves-Sabola Chambers online or call the office at +1 242 326 6400.