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Miami Personal Injury Claims

Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney might be in your best interest if you have an injury accident in Florida and you want to make sure you receive fair compensation for your losses. As an injured victim you may hold the negligent party civilly liable for the damages, they caused you. The injured victim will have to prove liability, this means that an injury was suffered, and that said injury was caused by a breach of negligence by someone else. Success in a personal injury claim can be greatly increased by using the services of an experienced personal injury attorney.

Florida’s Contributory Negligence Law

Florida is a comparative negligence state. This means that the percentage of compensation depends on how much responsibility the injured victim has for the accident. In other words, if the person at fault is only found liable for 80 percent of the accident, the injured victim would only be able to recover 80 percent of the damages since he or she was 20 percent at fault. Therefore, it is very important to have a skilled personal injury lawyer to help assess liability for the accident.

The Value of a Florida Personal Injury Claim

In a personal injury claim, it’s difficult to know how much money you will be awarded since each case and accident are different and unique. However, some of the most common damages that may be granted are:

  • Medical expenses: coverage for anything related to the injury suffered.
  • Wage lost: if you missed work due to your injury.
  • Pain and suffering: the compensation is calculated depending on the severity of the injury.
  • Disabilities: if the injury was caused by the negligence of someone else, future expenses related to the disability may be compensated.
  • Car damages: you may be compensated for damages to your car if the injury occurred in a car accident. 
Statute of Limitations

By law all personal injury lawsuits have strict deadlines, these are known as “statute of limitations”. Once an accident happens, the injured victim can file a complaint after a specific amount of time. According to the statute of limitations, personal injury claims can be filed within 4 years in Florida. It is in the best interest of the injured victim to file a claim as soon as possible, if the time runs out without filing a claim you won’t be able to receive any form of compensation for your injuries.

Steps to Take Following a Florida Injury Accident

Some helpful steps to follow that are important to take:

  1. Photographs: take pictures of the accident and the injuries suffered.
  2. Medical attention: consult a medical professional to receive proper care and have your injury evaluated and documented.
  3. Exchange information: ask for the person at fault information and any other person that may be a witness of the accident.
  4. Notes: take notes of the accident like time of the day, location, anyone present, etc.
  5. Contact a lawyer: reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer who will seek your best interests and fight for your rights.

At the Law Office of Ruth E. Johnson, an experienced personal injury lawyer will legally represent an injured victim who suffered an accident in Florida. Whether you had a car accident, slip-and-fall accident, or sustained any other type of injury, our knowledgeable lawyers will help you pursue a fair and full compensation for all your damages, injuries, and losses while advising you of your legal rights. We offer free consultation and evaluation to personal injury claims, contact us today.