If you have suffered a severe injury in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim for your losses. Florida laws protect accident victims by requiring the liable party to compensate them for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
At Zweben Law Group, we have protected injured clients diligently for over 20 years. We understand what you’re going through. Contact our team at Zweben Law Group today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Accidents in Florida Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury claims typically result from accidents such as:
- Auto accidents
- Dog bites and other animal attacks
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
To file a personal injury claim, you need to establish the liable party’s duty of care, the breach of their duty of care, the cause of your injury, and the damages. We can help you determine whether your case satisfies these conditions, and we’ll gather the evidence to prove them.
Damages Involved in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The damages in a personal injury lawsuit refer to your losses, which could include:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Past and future wages lost
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Wrongful death
In cases where the liable party's behavior was especially malicious, they may have to pay punitive damages. These damages serve as punishment for an intentional act that caused a person’s injury.
Each lawsuit has different damages and compensation amounts depending on your case's circumstances. Insurance companies will attempt to settle for the lowest possible amount, but we can help you get the leverage you need to negotiate a proper settlement. If necessary, we’ll aggressively pursue fair compensation in court.
Florida Liability Laws for Personal Injury Claims
For claims such as dog bites or product liability, Florida uses strict liability principles. This means that the at-fault party is responsible for their actions regardless of their intentions. For example, if a dog bites someone, in most cases its owner must pay the damages associated with the injury.
In cases where someone’s reckless actions caused the accident, Florida law follows comparative negligence. The rule considers the degree of fault for each party and reduces compensation based on the injured person’s percentage of responsibility.
For example, if your damages are $100,000 and you are 10% at fault for the accident, the amount reduces to $90,000. Our personal injury lawyers at Zweben Law Group will help you prove the other party’s fault through evidence like photos of the accident, medical documents, witness testimonies, and expert opinions.
Timeline for a Personal Injury Case in Florida
At Zweben Law Group, we go the extra mile for you. That includes ensuring that you get through the process of your case as quickly and smoothly as possible with the best chances for a favorable outcome.
During the pre-lawsuit phase of a personal injury case, you focus on recovery while we start building your case. This phase can last, on average, three months to a year. We’ll negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit, depending on whether the at-fault party’s insurance company denies your claim.
From open to close, you can expect your personal injury case to take anywhere from nine months to four years. We will be with you, protecting your rights every step of the way.
Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer at Zweben Law Group
You are never out of options. At Zweben Law Group, we strive to get our clients the personal injury compensation they need to recover their losses, including their pain and suffering, and move on from the accident.
If you need help after receiving an injury caused by a negligent or wrongful act, call Zweben Law Group at 772-223-5454. Our law firm is in Stuart, FL, and we serve clients across the entire State of Florida.
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