Personal Injury Law
Before filing a personal injury lawsuit in Florida, your personal injury attorney must be able to prove the other party was responsible for your injuries and the magnitude of those injuries. Oftentimes, this means proving a dog owner failed to control their animal, a motor vehicle operator was driving under the influence or driving distracted or a property owner failed to take proper safety precautions. Florida allows victims of personal injury to file a lawsuit for up to four years from the date of the accident.
In addition, Florida is considered a “pure comparative fault” state which means that victims who could have potentially avoided injury may be found partially responsible and face a reduction in any potential award. Some other things you need to know include:
Victims of a motor vehicle accident in Florida may only file suit if they have suffered “significant” injuries. Florida is a no fault state which means in order to be able to file a lawsuit, victims must have a permanent injury (such as loss of limb), serious scarring that could potentially be permanent or be disfigured as a result of an accident.
Slip and Fall
Property owners have a responsibility to ensure their visitors safety. This includes ensuring stairwells are safe, wet surfaces are marked and there is no danger of visitors falling in poorly lit areas. Slip and fall injuries can be very serious and we can help hold property owners accountable.
Florida law makes owners of dogs strictly responsible for any injuries victims suffer because of a dog attack or bite. Unlike other states that allow “one free bite” Florida dog owners are liable in any case of a dog bite or attack.
Residents of Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg, Seminole and other Pinellas County areas in Florida who believe their injuries could have been prevented had the responsible party exercised better judgment should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. Contact Weylie Law at (727) 490-8712 for assistance. We can help make sure you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.