How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth in Florida?
Personal injury claims, or wrongful death claims, arise when an injury, or worse, is caused by the fault of another. When a person is injured due to someone else’s negligence, the injured party may have the legal right to seek compensation from the responsible party. Some of the most common types of personal injury claims involve car accidents, slip and falls, animal attacks, product liability and medical malpractice.
The amount of money awarded for personal injury claims varies from case to case. There are many important factors to keep in mind in order to maximize your compensation. You are going to need to prove that the person or company that caused your injuries, or the death of a loved one, was careless, reckless or negligent and that the negligence directly caused the injuries. If you are involved in an auto accident or slip and fall, take photos and write down witness names; collect whatever evidence you can that links the accident to your injuries.
It is important to collect and document all facts pertaining to your injury. You should to see a doctor as soon as possible after you have been injured. Your medical records and receipts from medical bills can all be used to prove the extent of your injuries and how much they have cost you. A doctor will also be able to give proof of any future effects your injuries will have. For medical malpractice claims and wrongful death cases, we will take all steps to immediately secure all necessary medical records to help prove your case.
You can be awarded damages if it is determined that your injuries will impact your ability to work or if they will affect the future enjoyment of your life. In 2007, a Florida man was involved in a car accident with a driver who was using his cell phone at the time of the crash. The man suffered injuries and was no longer able to work and required daily assistance. The court awarded him and his wife $14 million in damages.
While the paperwork provided from your doctor can help to determine what compensatory damages you may receive in order to cover your medical expenses, future needs and lost wages, it is harder to quantify what you should receive for your pain and suffering. This can include emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of your ability to care for your children or any impacts on your relationship with your spouse.
In 2006, a Florida roofer was injured in a construction site accident and was awarded $16.4 million in damages and another $156,000 was awarded to his minor daughter due to her loss of parental support. Our legal team employs the top economists and life care planners as expert witnesses to help us maximize your claims and to get you the total amount of money that you deserve.
Another important factor in determining what you can receive for your personal injury claim is time. There is a statute of limitations on personal injury claims; after the time limit runs, you can no longer bring a claim. In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations are as follows:
- Personal Injury – 4 years after the date of the accident
- Car Accident – 4 years after the date of the accident (5 Years for Uninsured Motorist claims)
- Medical Malpractice – 2 years
- Wrongful Death – 2 years
The statute of limitations varies from case to case, so it is important to speak with an experienced professional as soon as possible.
Additionally, nominal and punitive damages can be awarded to victims in personal injury claims. Nominal damages reflect the fact that you have been legally wronged. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party and to serve as a warning to anyone else who intends to act similarly.
For example, in June 2013, a couple was awarded $27 million in an asbestos mesothelioma lawsuit brought against a negligent company; $12 million for pain and suffering, $4 million for loss of consortium, $342,500 for economic damages and $11 million in punitive damages.
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