Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
By Mike Stetzer
Your recent injury may have left you feeling frustrated and helpless. Don't be discouraged. Just as medical professionals can and will help you recover from your personal injury, a Florida personal injury lawyer can help you recoup your financial losses.
You have a variety of options under the law by which you may be able to recover your losses, no matter what kind of misfortune you were a part of.
A Florida personal injury lawyer has information for you and can help you understand your legal options. No matter what type of personal injury you may have suffered, you can talk to a Florida personal injury lawyer.
Complete our free case evaluation form, or call toll-free 877-288-7564, and we will put you in touch with a personal injury attorney in your area. This initial contact will be hassle-free, as there will be no charge and no obligation to continue. Take advantage of the aid a Florida personal injury lawyer is willing to provide today.
Florida Comparative and Contributory Negligence
Comparative negligence allows an injury victim to seek compensation for any part of his or her injury that wasn't their fault. For example, if you are involved in a car accident and you are partially at fault for that accident, you can still seek damages from the other parties who were also at fault for your injuries based on their percentage of fault.
Contributory negligence is a defense that can prevent victims from collecting any compensation for an accident for which they are in any way to blame. "Pure contributory negligence" does still exist in some states - meaning that if a victim is found in any way at fault for his or her personal injury, the victim cannot collect any compensation from other parties for the injury.
This defense has been modified in many states so that a victim who is less than 50% at fault for his or her accident can still seek compensation for injuries.
"Pure comparative negligence" is kind of the opposite of pure contributory negligence - it allows a victim of injury who may have been mostly responsible for the accident to collect damages from the parties that were less at fault for the injury. "Modified comparative negligence," however, allows a victim to recover only if their fault level is below a certain percentage.
Laws about comparative and contributory negligence vary widely state by state. It's important to know how these laws can affect your injury lawsuit.
Florida Negligence Laws
Florida negligence law follows pure comparative negligence principles and states that any party involved in an accident can collect damages for a personal injury caused by the accident - even if you're mostly at fault for the accident. In Florida, the more you contributed to the fault of the accident, your compensation may diminish depending on the amount awarded to other parties involved.
Certain additional statutes apply to pure comparative negligence in the state of Florida - so the way it affects your case may vary.
Attorneys Will Help Handle Insurance Companies
Although the purpose of insurance companies is to provide protection to their clientele, the unfortunate truth is that many companies often try to avoid responsibility. Insurance is a business, and the less money companies have to pay to claimants like you, the more profit companies get to keep for themselves.
Don't fall victim to those tactics: let a Florida personal injury lawyer mediate the situation for you.
Know the Options for Your Case
If you were injured as the result of another's negligence, or if some party in your case is not paying its part (i.e. an insurance company), you have options for enforcing your rights. The courts were founded to protect the rights of people like you.
Take charge of your case with a Florida personal injury lawyer to make sure you are compensated as you deserve. Contact us today.