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Venice Personal Injury Attorney

Most of us are careful to avoid hurting others through our own carelessness in our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, not everyone uses the level of care that they should, resulting in serious injuries for unsuspecting victims. It is, however, possible to hold negligent individuals and companies accountable for their actions by filing a personal injury claim against them in court, so if you or a loved one were recently injured in an accident through no fault of your own, it is important to speak with an experienced Venice personal injury attorney who can help you seek compensation for your accident-related losses.

Elements of a Negligence Claim

While many may think primarily of car accidents when they hear the term personal injury, the reality is that this area of the law covers a wide range of negligence based accidents, including everything from bicycle and motorcycle accidents to nursing home abuse. To recover damages for this type of negligent and wrongful conduct, injured parties will need to prove that:

  • The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
  • The defendant breached that duty; and
  • The breach resulted in the plaintiff’s injury.

In order to successfully demonstrate that these elements have been fulfilled, an injured party will need to provide various pieces of evidence, such as video recordings, eyewitness testimony, photographs from the scene of the accident, and medical records. It is important to note, however, that car accidents are often treated differently than other personal injury claims in Florida, which is a no-fault auto insurance state. Florida car accidents victims, for instance, can only file personal injury claims if they exceed the limits of their own policies or if their injuries qualify as serious, making it especially important for car accident victims to speak with an attorney before attempting to file a claim in court.

Potential Damages

Plaintiffs who can successfully prove that someone else’s negligence caused or contributed to their injuries could be entitled to both economic and noneconomic damages. The former refers to direct financial losses, such as hospital and medical bills, the loss of wages, salaries, and benefits, and expenses related to property damage. Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, include losses that are more difficult to quantify, such as emotional distress and the pain and suffering endured as a result of an accident. Those who suffer permanently disabling injuries, like amputations, could also be compensated for their scarring, disfigurement, or disability.

Comparative Negligence

Many of those who file personal injury claims also face allegations of negligence that are levied by the defendant in an attempt to escape liability. Fortunately, Florida’s law of comparative negligence still allows injured parties who contribute to their own accidents, to recover compensation for their losses, although the recoverable amount will be reduced in proportion to a plaintiff’s degree of fault in causing an accident.

Experienced Venice Personal Injury Attorneys

If you were harmed by another person or company in Venice, please call Hale Law at 941-735-4529 for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who can walk you through your legal options.

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