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Have you, or your loved ones, been a victim of negligence in the state of Florida? If so, FL personal injury attorneys can help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

Of course, it will also help your case if you have a little understanding of how Florida state laws provide provisions for your case. This should especially be the case if you plan on filing a claim with insurance companies or a lawsuit against the parties that caused the\ injury or accident.

Why Hire Us?

By scheduling a free consultation with our Florida lawyers, you can find out approximately how much you are liable to receive in damages for your injuries and other grievances.

By partnering with our lawyers, you will not feel overwhelmed by the tiring and time consuming process of communicating with defendants, their lawyers and insurance companies. We can do all of this for you while you spend your well-deserved time with family and while your health returns to normal.

First Steps After Personal Injury

  1. Call 911 and gather as much evidence of the 'crime scene' as possible.
  2. File an official police report without accepting a percentage of the blame.
  3. Visit your doctor (this should be your first priority depending on your injuries)
  4. Record whatever you can recollect about the incident in a journal/diary.
  5. Schedule a free consultation with a personal injury attorney in Florida.
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Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

Automotive Accidents in Florida

Numerous personal injury attorneys are hired because of traffic accidents in the state of Florida. Since Florida is known as a 'no-fault state', each driver's insurance companies will be responsible for paying for damages and injuries, regardless of who seems to be at fault.

For this reason, Florida law states that all drivers are required to carry a minimum $10,000 insurance for 'personal injury protection' or PIP. This insurance policy will cover lost income, transportation expenses and medical expenses incurred after a collision, however, many other expenses will not be covered.

Depending on your insurance policy, your medical expenses are covered up to 80%, while lost income will be reimbursed up to 60%. For the rest, however, the law allows accident victims to hire a Florida personal injury lawyer to file a lawsuit against drivers if they resulted in a serious injury or damages.

As defined by Florida law, serious injuries include any of the following:
  • Permanent injuries
  • Permanent and significant disfigurement or scarring
  • Permanent and significant loss of bodily function(s).

If you think your or your loved one fit this threshold, don't think twice before scheduling a free consultation with the best personal injury attorneys Florida has to offer. In addition, the statute of limitations signifies that you have a limited amount of time before you can file a claim. For this reason, it is crucial that you seek legal advice as soon as you have recovered from your accident.

Product Liability Claims

We are all consumers since we are in the habit of purchasing products daily. We use these products while we cook, travel or even while we're busy at work. Most of the products we purchase turn out to be as good as you perceived them to be. However, some products tend to malfunction or perhaps, even lead to serious injuries or considerable damages.

Fortunately, Florida law also stands with those who were injured due to consumer products and can, therefore, receive compensation if they managed to prove that they suffered from the defect. Before your mind starts buzzing with strategies, we should let you know there are countless ways of doing so.

Of course, the only way of doing so without disrupting your professional and personal life is to seek legal advice from FL personal injury attorneys.

Dog Bite Cases

Since the state of Florida practices strict liability, dog owners are liable for injuries and damages of residents if they were bitten or their property was damaged, regardless of the dog's behavior in the past. In addition, these liabilities will apply as long as the victims were lawfully in the property where the incident occurred.

Dog owners will be liable for the damages received by a human person, livestock or even other domestic animals. According to Florida law, the two pillars for proving and pleading dog bite cases against their owners include:
  • The defendant is, in fact, the dog owner.
  • The defendant's dog had attacked the plaintiff.

Other than these two factors, a final element that helps your case is if you were bitten in a private property or a public place or even at a time when the dog owner had failed to display a prominent sign that warned visitors about their dog.

Additionally, factors such as the defendant being under 6 years of age, the negligent dog owner being over the same age, and warning signs not set up prominently, will all strengthen your case and comply with Florida's dog bite statute.

Grounds For Determining A Personal Injury Claim

Negligence Principles

Most personal injury cases are a direct result of the legal definition of 'negligence'. You see, negligence occurs if an individual fails to act along the lines of the standard set for a reasonable prudent individual. It goes without saying that their actions should result in an injury or damages to the victim and, therefore, they can prove negligence by satisfying certain elements.

For starters, you should be able to prove to a court of law that the defendant could have fulfilled their duty of care, but chose not to. For example, when it comes to medical malpractice, you should be able to prove that a certain healthcare provider failed to act within the constraints of accepted medical practices.

In terms of a traffic accident, you should be able to prove that the defendant had violated traffic laws and failed to comply with road safety standards. Once this has been proven, you can move onto how these defendants were 'negligent' in that they didn't slow down for a 'Stop' sign or how your doctor went beyond the constraints of accepted medical practices.

In a nutshell, negligence can be proved by showing how an individual failed to uphold their duties as a responsible citizen and, as a result, you ended up suffering damages and injuries.

How to Establish the Necessary Elements of a Personal Injury Claim

Since you're the victim in a personal injury lawsuit, you will be burdened by gathering preponderance and post-accident evidence. Of course, the only way to make legal sense from all of the evidence you have gathered can be quite time consuming and stressful without an attorney FL.

Before scheduling a free consultation with FL personal injury attorneys, you should try to write down everything about the events that transpired while they are still fresh in your memory. Also, if there were any witnesses at the scene of the crime, you should politely ask them for their contact information.

It also helps to take multiple pictures of the aftermath of the accident and anything that helps your case, such as skid marks or where both vehicles received damages - that too, from various angles. You may also take pictures or videos of your injuries or when your injuries develop after the accident before seeking medical attention.

Finally, it will also be your duty to contact law enforcement agencies to report the incident and have it documented officially. Do make sure, however, that you do not take responsibility for the incident or include anything in the official police report that could hinder your case.

Once all of the above has been done, you can finally schedule a meeting with a Florida lawyer to discuss your legal strategy and assistance if you have been asked to provide an official statement for your insurance company representative.


Simply put, damages are the extent by which you were physically harmed or the suffering you were put through as a direct result of the accident. Based on these damages, the most experienced personal injury attorneys Florida has to offer, you will be entitled to receive the compensation you deserve.

The damages in personal injury cases include:
  • Current and past medical expenses
  • Necessary and reasonably anticipated medical expenses
  • Lost wages ( for example, if you had to attend medical therapy or appointment and/or if your injuries hindered you from reporting for duty.
  • Lost earning capacity (for example, if the job you were hired for, pays significantly less due to the accident, since the entire incident left you incapacitated or caused you to settle for a lesser-paying role until you have healed to a 100%).Damages caused by permanent disfigurement
  • Property damages
  • The cumulative expenses of hiring services to help with household chores since you can no longer complete them on your own because of your injuries
  • Damages for the emotional distress caused by your pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium (the loss of fellowship and association between married couples due to injury)
  • All of the other damages that were caused as a direct result of the accident

Recovering Damages In A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Medical Expenses

Medical expenses play a vital role in personal injury cases and they may also be used to determine the extent of your pain and suffering. Of course, you can only include medical expenses after you received considerable injuries and these expenses were directly related to your injuries.

In addition, Florida employs the 'collateral source rule', which basically states that defendants cannot present proof for payments made by your insurance company to cover medical expenses. Not only does this reduce the compensation you may be awarded, but seeing only unpaid bills also causes the jury to agree for a reduction.

To sum up, the collateral source rule protects victims from receiving reduced compensation, and of course, they wouldn't know about this rule without the help of a Florida lawyer.

Damage Caps

Florida law has also set a rule that limits damage caps if you're dealing with punitive damages. Still, Florida courts have limited punitive damages to about 3-times the average compensatory damages of $500,000.

Even though there used to be a statute that established strict damage caps for non-economic damages caused by medical malpractice, this provision had been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Still, these laws are subject to change as are the constantly shifting values of the legislature.

Comparative Negligence Principles in Florida

When it comes to comparative negligence between two parties, the state of Florida has a number of rules. More often than not, defendants claim that victims contributed to either making their injuries worse or even the accident itself. Naturally, if this is proven in a court of law, the victim's compensation will be impacted significantly.

Since there are numerous permutations and combinations when it comes to comparative negligence, Florida law has a very simple solution. Based on the degree of fault of either party, compensations can be reduced or increased accordingly.

For instance, in a traffic accident where the driver was distracted, the jury or insurance adjuster may rule that they were 80% at fault. However, if the victim was speeding at the time of the accident, they may be considered to be 20% at fault. Therefore, if the total damages for the victim totalled $200,000, 20% will be reduced to bring damages down to $160,000.

Similarly, when multiple defendants are involved in an accident, such as in a traffic pile-up, parties who were only 10% at fault will not be considered liable to pay for damages out of their pocket. In contrast, the drivers that were less than 25% at fault and more than 10% at fault, will be liable for damages that range up to $500,000.

Additionally, parties that are found to be between 26% and 50% at fault, will be liable for up to $1 million in damages for the victim(s). Finally, any driver who was found to be responsible for more than 50% of the circumstances that led up to the accident, will be liable to pay as much as $2 million in damages.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations signifies the maximum period of time by which you can file a personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida. If this timeline has passed, the victim's claim may be barred without considering how clearly the defendant was at fault.

The typical statute of limitations for personal injury cases is 4-years, starting from the day the accident occurred. However, there are some cases where the statute of limitations is much shorter, for instance, if you file a claim against a government agency, your statute of limitations will only be 3-years.

In rare cases, it is quite possible for injuries to go unnoticed after some time, and this is usually the case in medical malpractice. If your injury was discovered and couldn't have been discovered earlier, your statute of limitations will be set at 2-years following the unfortunate discovery. In any event, however, this lawsuit should be presented in the court of law within 7-years of the initial cause of the problem.

It is also important to mention here that, depending on your case, your statute of limitations can be put on pause or tolled. This usually occurs when the defendant is out of town or is trying to conceal their location. What's more, the statute of limitations can also be paused during the victim's period of incapacity or mental instability. Of course, while you focus on healing and feeling healthy enough to appear in court, your Florida personal injury lawyer can manage all of your legal affairs and communications with insurance companies or defendants.


Personal injury is used as a legal term to define injury to the mind, body and emotions. This term may be used in contrast to 'injury' to property in the court of law.
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