Speak With a Florida Injury Attorney to Get the Compensation You Deserve
Being injured in an accident is a difficult, stressful and often painful experience. Accidents can also raise a number of complicated questions about who is to blame. That is why it is vital for you to have a seasoned Florida injury attorney by your side.
At Searcy Denny, our personal injury attorneys have helped people injured in accidents recover billions in damages via settlements and court verdicts. We assist clients by fighting for the full compensation available under the law. We also provide our clients with the confidence to focus on their physical recuperation, knowing that our team is working aggressively to protect their rights.
Whether you have been injured in a car accident, a collision with a truck, a slip and fall or you have had a mishap with a defective product, we have the resources and experience to ensure that those responsible are held fully accountable. We take the time to understand each client’s personal situation and we craft an approach that is tailored to their specific needs.
Damages for Personal Injuries in Florida
Florida law gives people injured in accidents the right to seek compensation from those responsible.
The money damages typically available in accident cases are generally designed to compensate people for the financial impact of an injury. That includes covering current and future doctor’s bills and other medical costs. Additional compensation is also usually available for lost wages while recuperating and any impact that the injuries may have on your future earning capacity.
In certain cases involving gross negligence or intentional misconduct, extra punitive damages may be imposed as a way to punish those responsible for recklessly causing your injuries.
In tragic cases in which a person is killed in an accident, his or her family members have the right to seek similar compensation for wrongful death. They can seek much of the same money damages that would have been available for their loved one had the person survived, as well as funeral and burial costs.
To obtain this compensation, you have to first prove that the person or entity responsible for your injuries is legally liable. A seasoned Florida injury attorney can help you build the strongest possible case.
Establishing Fault in Florida
Most personal injury cases are based on claims of negligence, which is a legal theory that holds people and entities responsible for failing to live up to a “duty of care.” The infographic below and the following information reveal the basics of negligence that your Florida injury attorney will try to prove.
Car drivers owe others on the road a duty to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner and to refrain from hazardous activities like speeding or distracted driving. Similarly, property owners are generally under a legal duty to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition and to warn people of any hazards the owner knows about or should have known about through reasonable inspection.
A person alleging negligence has to prove that the person or entity he or she is suing didn’t live up to a specific duty of care. That means you must first show that there was a duty and then explain how it was breached. A well-versed Florida injury lawyer can make the appropriate arguments on your behalf. For example, police reports, witness testimony and – in some cases – accident reconstruction evidence is often central to proving negligence in car crash cases. On the other hand, observations from people who witness a slip and fall on a slick floor in a grocery store aisle, as well as testimony from employees about the floor’s condition before that accident, can also go a long way in premises liability cases.
Florida is a “comparative negligence” state. That means that a person who is partly to blame for his or her own injuries can still obtain some damages based on proportionate fault. A person who runs through a cluttered or wet grocery store aisle, for example, may be considered 35 percent responsible for a subsequent slip and fall. Still, that person may obtain up to 65 percent of the available money damages.
Proving Causation for Your Accident
A person seeking compensation for injuries sustained in an accident also must prove what courts refer to as “causation.” To be clear, this means that you have to show that the negligence specifically caused you to be injured.
Take, for instance, a person who suffers whiplash and a broken arm when the car he is driving collides with a speeding truck. An insurance company or the trucker’s employer may try to explore whether the injured person already had some or all of those injuries before the crash. Alternatively, they may argue that the injuries were caused by another source, like a faulty seatbelt.
Causation is just one of the complicated legal issues that can arise in these types of cases. It is another area in which a Florida injury attorney with a strong track record in personal injury litigation can provide important assistance. You, however, can assist your Florida injury attorney by using our checklists to keep your possible evidence organized.
Speak With a Florida Injury Attorney Today to Begin Your Personal Injury Claim
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in the Sunshine State, you have the legal right to seek money damages from those responsible. It is crucial that you have a proven Florida injury attorney in your corner.
At Searcy Denny, our Florida personal injury attorneys have decades of combined experience fighting for the people we represent in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. We know how courts and juries often look at these cases and we understand the strategies that insurance companies often employ to try to reduce or avoid payouts. Our track record of success speaks for itself.
We are pleased to be able to provide comprehensive and personalized services for our clients. That includes helping you find medical care, dealing with your employer, haggling with insurance companies and litigating lawsuits in court when needed.
Our team of dedicated legal professionals is ready to fight for you. Our offices are conveniently located in West Palm Beach and Tallahassee. Call us toll-free at 888-549-7011 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a Florida injury attorney today.