Why File a Lawsuit?
By filing a lawsuit, you are given a chance to recover compensation for losses that were only incurred because another individual or entity acted negligently or carelessly. While taking legal action may not be your first priority following an accident, an attorney can help examine the cost of your current and future losses and file a claim seeking this amount from the party responsible for your injury. In a personal injury claim, your attorney may seek compensation for the following:
- Current and future medical expenses, including the cost of physical therapy, surgeries and home modifications
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of life’s enjoyment
- Loss of companionship, comfort, affection, etc.
In cases of wrongful death, your attorney may be able to recover compensation for funeral expenses, loss of household services and loss of projected earnings.
The purpose of monetary damages is to restore the victim financially, emotionally, and physically. While a personal injury lawsuit cannot heal an injury or bring a loved one back, it can provide financial stability during a difficult time.
In addition, by taking legal action, you can hold the party responsible for their actions or failure to act and, in rare cases, may be entitled to punitive damages, which are awarded to discourage similar conduct among others.
Can I Sue for My Injuries?
It is important to remember that not all injury victims will be able to file a claim for their losses. A number of factors, including the cause of your accident and the severity of your injury, will be considered in determining whether you have legal recourse.
Only a qualified attorney in Tallahassee will be able to determine whether you are eligible for a personal injury lawsuit; however, Florida accident victims should be aware that the majority of personal injury cases are based on the theory of negligence.
When a person or entity fails to exercise a certain level of care to protect others against the risk of unreasonable harm, they may be deemed negligent and could be held liable for any resulting damages should an accident occur.
For instance, a doctor who fails to order a certain diagnostic test that another physician in a similar situation would have ordered may be liable for any damages if a patient is injured due to a missed diagnosis. In another example, a driver may be considered negligent if he or she violates Florida law by speeding or driving under the influence and causes an accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in Tallahassee, you may be able to seek compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other losses. To find our attorneys may be able to help you, please complete our free, no obligation case review form today.