Injuries are all too common in Fort Myers Beach. When injuries are severe, victims are often forced to pay for expensive medical care, medications, rehabilitation, and more. They may also be unable to work, leading to financial problems. Fortunately, in cases where an injury occurs because of another person or organization’s negligent behavior, financial compensation may be available.
Personal injury cases in the Fort Myers Beach area can be complicated. For this reason, it is in your best interest to contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at our firm for assistance.
Car Accidents And Other Incidents That Lead To Personal Injury
A variety of different types of incidents may lead to personal injury lawsuits in the Fort Myers Beach area.
For example, you may be able to file a personal injury claim if you were injured in a:
- car accident — If you were involved in a car accident caused by another driver, you may be able to file a claim. In Lee County, which contains Fort Myers Beach, there were nearly 13,000 car accidents just in 2017.
- swimming pool accident — If you were injured in a swimming pool accident because of poor maintenance or other unnecessary hazards, you may be entitled to compensation.
- dog bite incident — If someone’s pet dog attacked you and caused injury, you may be able to file a claim against the owner of the animal.
- fall — If you fell in a hazardous environment, such as a poorly lit parking lot or stairwell, you may be entitled to compensation from the property owner or another responsible party.
- medical malpractice incident — If a Florida healthcare provider’s negligence caused you harm, you may be able to file a personal injury claim.
Talk to an attorney to find out if your injuries meet the requirements to file a claim.
What You Need To Know About Personal Injury Claims
All personal injury claims are subject to the same basic laws and requirements in the state of Florida.
Some of the laws and requirements that may affect your claim include:
1. Comparative Negligence
In some states, personal injury victims can file lawsuits only in cases where they share none of the fault for their own injuries. Fortunately, the state of Florida operates under a policy of “comparative negligence,” which means that claimants can pursue compensation even if they share some of the fault for the accident.
If you are partly responsible for your injuries, you can pursue compensation in Fort Myers Beach, but the amount of your settlement may be reduced.
2. Statute Of Limitations
All personal injury claims in the state of Florida must be filed within a certain period of time known as the “statute of limitations.” If you do not file your claim during this time, you may not be eligible for compensation. For this reason, it is important to move quickly after you have sustained an injury. Be sure to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you know you have been injured.
In order to collect ample compensation for your injuries, you must be able to show appropriate proof of your losses. Be sure to keep careful documentation of all expenses and other losses related to your accident.
Types Of Damages Awarded For Personal Injury Claims In Fort Myers Beach
The damages you receive in your personal injury claim settlement will be dependent on the specific details of your accident and your injuries.
The majority of these damages will be compensatory in nature, which means that they will be intended to compensate you for specific losses related to the incident.
Some of the most common examples of compensatory damages awarded in personal injury cases are:
- damages for lost wages and lost ability to earn
- compensation for medical expenses, both past and future
- benefits for pain and suffering
- additional compensation for changes to your personal life
If the individual or organization that caused your accident exhibited an extreme level of negligence or caused the injury intentionally, punitive damages may be awarded in your settlement as well.
Knowing What Your Claim Is Worth
It is common for personal injury victims to wonder how much money they could collect if they choose to file a claim. In general, the amount of compensation you will receive when you file a personal injury claim will depend on many different issues that impact the outcome of the case.
For example, claimants tend to receive larger settlement amounts when their injuries are severe and not expected to heal completely. In these cases, claimants not only incur significant expenses because of their injuries, but they also lose the ability to earn money. Furthermore, severe injuries often diminish the claimant’s quality of life which increases compensation amounts even more.
Another factor that will impact the amount of compensation you can collect is the degree of negligence involved in the incident. If the person who caused your injuries was extremely negligent or malicious, for example, your compensation amount will increase.
However, if you were partly at fault for the incident, you may not qualify for as much compensation. For a better idea of how much your claim could be worth, contact our experienced personal injury lawyers.
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Do I Need To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney?
You do not have to hire a personal injury attorney in order to file a claim for compensation following a personal injury. However, doing so is highly recommended.
If you choose to file your claim without legal representation, the defendant may not take your claim as seriously.
In addition, having an attorney on your side offers several other benefits, including:
Throughout the case, your personal injury attorney will be available to answer any questions you may have, address your concerns, and speak on your behalf. If the opposing party offers a settlement at any time during the case, your attorney will help you decide whether to accept the offer or move forward with litigation.
List Of Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Fort Myers Beach
The legal team at Florin|Roebig has a long history of success representing clients in personal injury claims. When you choose our team to represent you, you can be sure we will have your best interests in mind at all times.
Some of the attorneys at our firm who handle personal injury claims in Fort Myers Beach include:
- Wil H. Florin, B.C.S.
- Tommy D. Roebig, B.C.S.
- Chase P. Florin, B.C.S.
- Nicholas S. Costantino
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Reach Out For Help With Your Personal Injury Claim
If you are thinking about filing a personal injury claim in Fort Myers Beach, you need an experienced attorney on your side in court. At Florin|Roebig, our team of experts understands these complex cases, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that you receive a fair settlement. Please contact us today to make an appointment.