Laws in the state of Florida present victims of negligence the opportunity for legal recourse for the injuries they suffered. If you or someone you love was injured in Florida due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the right to monetary recovery for your injuries. Some damages you may be eligible to receive may include:
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Current and future medical costs
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Costs to repair or replace damaged property
- And more
Contact a Plant City personal injury lawyer from Distasio Law Firm to help you understand your rights and help you build your case.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
In order to file a claim against the at-fault party, you must prove that their negligence resulted in your injuries. All personal injury cases require you to prove:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care.
- The at-fault party breached that duty.
- The breach caused your injuries.
- Your injuries have substantially harmed you.
Some examples of personal injury claims that our firm accepts are listed below.
There are many car accidents every day. There were over 400,000 car accidents in Florida in 2017 alone, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. If you suffered from a similar accident, we want to help. Understanding the laws surrounding liability and comparative negligence can be difficult for victims after a car accident. We can help you navigate these laws and understand your legal options.
Slip and Fall
A business owner, property owner, or homeowner has a duty to patrons, customers, visitors, or guests to keep their property free from hazards and danger. If a property owner of any kind fails to uphold their duty to any visitor that is lawfully on their property, the owner can be liable for any injuries that occur due to an unsafe or hazardous environment.
Over 600 Floridians require hospitalization after dog bites every year, according to the Florida Department of Health. Florida is a “strict liability” state, which means that owners of dogs are liable for any personal injuries their dog causes from a dog bite, even if that dog has never acted viciously or bitten anyone before. A dog owner is responsible for any injuries resulting from their dog’s actions. If you were injured due to a dog bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Medical professionals have a duty of care to their patients. If they breach this duty and injure you, you have the legal right to pursue damages. Misdiagnoses, incorrect medication dosages, inappropriate procedures, or negligent medical behavior can all qualify as medical negligence.
A patient cannot sue a doctor based on simply an unfavorable outcome. When a doctor, nurse or other health care professional acts negligently, recklessly, or carelessly toward the medical needs of a patient, however, this at-fault party could be held liable for any injuries and damages you sustain. Medical malpractice cases are complex. If you have been injured due to the negligent acts of any kind by a medical professional, contact a personal injury lawyer at Distasio Law Firm to build your case.
Nursing Home Abuse
When you entrust your loved one to a nursing home, you expect the utmost level of care. If you find that your loved one is suffering abuse or neglect at the hands of those entrusted to protect them, we can help. Your loved one’s facility is under legal obligation to keep them safe. Do not struggle to bring the at-fault party to justice on your own. Call our team.
Our team will hold the liable party accountable for their negligence. Call us today to get started.
Laws That May Affect Your Case
There are several laws that may be relevant to your personal injury case. Your well-practiced Plant City injury lawyer with our firm will take them into account when forming your case. We can:
- Gather and analyze evidence.
- Negotiate with insurance companies.
- Keep you updated at all stages of your case.
- Represent you in court, if necessary.
Comparative Negligence Law
Florida has established a pure comparative negligence rule. This law states that if in some personal injury cases if you are partially responsible for your injuries, the amount of compensation you receive will be reduced by the percentage you are deemed at fault. However, never let this law dissuade you from attempting to pursue a personal injury claim. For example, if the court determined you were 15% at fault for your injuries due to the fact that you were not wearing a seat belt, you would still be entitled to the remaining 85% of your damages granted by the court.
Statute of Limitations
In the state of Florida, for most personal injury cases, you have four years from the date of the accident or injury to file a lawsuit to receive compensation for your damages under Florida Statute §95.11. However, there are exceptions to this four-year deadline. A Plant City personal injury attorney from our team can help you determine how long you have to file your claim in Florida.
Contact a Plant City Personal Injury Attorney Now
If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to the negligence, carelessness, or recklessness of another person, you may have the right to pursue compensation. The deadline to file a claim in Florida is strict, and if you fail to file a lawsuit by this deadline, you may forfeit your right to pursue damages. Distasio Law Firm wants to help you. And when we work with you, you won’t get a case manager. You will get a lawyer working on your case from start to finish.
Contact us today for your free consultation.