If someone’s negligence or reckless behavior causes you physical injury or emotional trauma, then you may have the grounds for a personal injury claim to recoup the losses you suffered. A personal injury claim is filed in a civil court of law and may seek compensation for both compensatory and punitive damages that you experienced as a result of the injury. This oftentimes includes medical costs, lost income, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you love has been harmed by someone else, you should speak with our Weston personal injury attorney right away. Florida courts only allow a specific window of time to file your claim; after that date passes, you may lose your rights to collect damages.
Among all civil suits filed in Florida courts, personal injury claims are the most common. There are a range of different accidents and injury types that can result in a personal injury claim. Claims may be filed for both temporary and minor injuries as well as serious accidents that result in lifelong disabilities and even fatalities. Our Weston personal injury team most often deals with personal injury claims resulting from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and slip-and-fall injuries. Dog bite injuries, brain injuries and medical malpractice are also quite common.
Successful Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury claim’s success hinges largely on the concept of negligence; someone fails to do something with reasonable care and the result is an injury to another person. To win your claim and be compensated for damages caused by your injury, you will needa to show that at minimum these two conditions exist:
- The person who injured you had a duty of care to you
- The person who injured you breached this duty of care, resulting in an injury
In most every interaction, we owe a certain level of care to everyone we encounter. When we’re on the road, we have the duty to drive safely so as to not cause injury to others. If we own a dog, we have a duty of care to prevent the dog from attacking and injuring others. If we operate a business, we have a duty of care to keep the premises safe for people who enter it. Doctors owe a standard of care to their patients that is equivalent to the care shown by doctors with similar training and experience.
Damages in Personal Injury Claims
Although each case is unique, most personal injury claims ask for a mix of economic and non-economic damages. Costs that can be quantified are economic damages; medical bills, future medical treatment, income loss, loss of future income, and other losses that can be measured in dollars. Non-economic compensation is harder to figure. These damages include emotional trauma, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, among others.
Reach out to the Law Office of Bradley S. Hartman with details of your personal injury today. Our Weston personal injury attorneys offer free case reviews to discuss the merits of your case and help you determine the best course in moving forward with your claim.