What Is Negligence?
Negligence occurs when a person or corporation fails to act in a reasonably safe manner, resulting in harm to another person. For example, if a driver fails to follow the speed limit or sends text messages while driving and causes a car accident, he or she may be held financially liable in court for any injuries sustained by other drivers or pedestrians.
Furthermore, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals are required to maintain a higher standard of care than the average person because they are tending to the physical needs of their patients. When a healthcare professional fails to act in accordance with the accepted standards of the medical profession and it results in injuries to a patient, malpractice may have occurred.
How Our Attorneys Can Help
In handling your claim, your lawyer may:
Gather Evidence: To help prove that your injuries were caused by the carelessness of another, your attorney will gather all available evidence in your case. As part of this process, he or she may interview witnesses, photograph the scene of the accident, request related medical records, and review any video surveillance available.
Work with Medical Experts: A medical expert may be used to testify before the judge and jury about the full extent of the injuries that you suffered. The expert witness may also offer testimony regarding any medical treatments that you may need in the future to aid in your recovery. Our attorneys work with some of the top experts in Florida to help us maximize the compensation our clients receive.
Negotiate with Insurance Companies: Your attorney may negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. Often, in personal injury lawsuits, the insurance company may offer a financial settlement rather than face the uncertainties of a jury trial. If a settlement offer is received, your attorney will work with you to determine if it is a fair amount based on your case. If the settlement amount does not fully compensate you for your pain and suffering, your attorney may renegotiate with the insurance company for a higher settlement amount. If these negotiations fail to produce a settlement offer that is acceptable to you, your attorney will take your case to trial.
Prepare Your Case for Trial: If your case goes to trial, your lawyer may assist you in preparing to testify about the facts of the accident and the extent of your affliction.
Types of Damages Available in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Through a personal injury lawsuit, you may be able to recover the following types of damages:
Medical Expenses: You may be able to recover all medical expenses you incurred as a result of the accident, including future expenses, such as the cost of rehabilitation and in-home care aides.
Lost Wages: If you miss work as a result of your injuries, we may be able to help you recover your lost earnings. Moreover, if you are no longer able to perform the required functions of your job, you may also receive restitution based on your reduced earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering: Injury victims may be compensated for the physical and emotional pain they experience as a result of another’s negligence.
Punitive Damages: In cases involving reckless disregard for the safety of others, a victim may be able to receive punitive damages. These are intended to punish the wrongdoer and discourage others from engaging in similarly dangerous conduct.
Personal Injury Attorneys Near Me
If you or a loved one has been hurt because of another’s negligence or malpractice, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit, especially in the case of a wrongful death. Financial relief may include payment for medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of support, and pain and suffering. There is a time limit in which lawsuits may be filed, so you should seek legal counsel as soon as possible to determine if you have legal recourse. Morgan & Morgan will fight for your rights. Fill out our case review form below or call our personal injury attorneys near you. Our local office is located 2 blocks from Bear Creek Park and the Woodlawn Memory Gardens.