If you have been injured because of someone else’s actions, your entire focus will be on your recovery. As you begin to recuperate, the next thing on your mind might be how to pursue compensation that can help you pay for the medical costs associated with your injuries. Having a personal injury attorney on your side can go a long way toward helping you successfully navigate the process of filing a personal injury claim.
Our firm, The Law Offices of Scott Sobol, is proud to serve accident victims and their families in Davie, Florida, and the surrounding areas of Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Lauderhill, Oakland Park, Tamarac, Hollywood, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Weston, and Miramar. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call or reach out to our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Personal Injury Claims in Florida
There are a few different facets of personal injury claims that are important to understand. You should consider all of the following aspects when filing your personal injury claim:
Florida’s Comparative Negligence Rule
Comparative negligence states have laws in place that reduce the amount of damages you can collect if any part of the incident is your fault. Florida follows the comparative negligence rule. This means that your damages will be reduced by the exact percentage of fault you are assigned, whether it is 5% or 50%.
For example, imagine you suffer injuries from an auto accident when a car decides to change lanes and run you off the road. As the court reviews your case, dashcam footage shows that you were speeding at the time of the accident. The court can decide to assign you with 10% fault for the accident to account for your driving at excessive speeds. If the court decides to award you with $100,000 in compensation, that number will be reduced by 10%, or $10,000, to account for your level of fault in the accident. This means that ultimately, you’ll only be eligible to collect $90,000 in compensation.