Whether you have been injured in a car, bus, truck, or slip and fall accident, you are eligible to file an injury claim against the negligent party and their insurance company. The experienced attorneys at Morgenstern & Herd, PLLC will help you obtain the maximum personal injury compensation in Florida that you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Personal Injury Compensation in Florida | Proving Negligence
In order to get compensation, there are several things that we need to do. This can be easily accomplished with the help of our experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys. Firstly, there needs to be proof of negligence. You need to be able to show that the person you are making a claim against did something wrong. Either they did not do their job to protect you (an example would be a property owner not taking care of a tripping hazard) or they did something wrong that caused you harm (including running a red light or failing to yield).
Personal Injury Compensation in Florida | Documenting Your Accident
The best ways to ensure you have what you need to prove there was negligence includes writing down everything you know about the accident and how you got your injury. You should also make sure you know and have recorded the names of witnesses and all parties involved in the accident. At the scene, you should call 911 and get them to record the incident. Lastly, photographs are extremely useful evidence. Take as many of the scene of the accident and your injuries as possible. If it was a slip and fall, take pictures of what made you fall. If it was a dog attack, take a picture of the open and unlocked gate the dog came through.
Personal Injury Compensation in Florida | No-Fault Insurance
Once you have covered all your bases, your attorney can get to work on getting compensation. The one unique situation you will experience is if you were involved in a car accident, you will be able to collect No-Fault from your own insurance policy. It will cover up to $10,000 of your damages, but if that doesn’t cover your damages, will can seek a claim.
Personal Injury Compensation in Florida | Comparative Negligence
Personal injury claims in Florida are guided by the rules of comparative negligence. That means you can have your award reduced if you are found to be at fault for the accident. There are levels to this reduction. If you were found to be at fault for 75-90% of the accident, you will be barred from collecting more than $200,000. If you were found to be responsible 50-74% of the accident, your compensation is capped at $500,000. Lastly, if you were 49% or less at fault for the accident, you can collect up to $1,000,000. Your attorney can protect your rights so that you are not at risk of having your compensation massively reduced.
If you have any questions about personal injury compensation in Florida, please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.