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Personal Injury

Trying to Understand Comparative Negligence Law?

Trying to Understand Comparative Negligence Law?

I can help you in Sunrise, FL

Very few people can prepare for the challenging reality of dealing with a significant personal injury. Depending on the severity, the recovery process can be anywhere from quick and relatively painless to extensive and extremely painful. Either way, financial costs associated with medical treatments can be significant, and when those medical bills begin to pile up, the recovery process can become an even greater challenge.

That's why the Law Office Of Layne Verebay, PA in Sunrise, FL focuses on personal injury law. I've seen firsthand how difficult it can be to face these challenges on your own, and when your injuries are the result of someone else acting negligently, it's not right for you to have to bear the weight of those struggles on your own.

I can even help you understand Florida's comparative negligence laws. Email me today if you have any questions about these laws.

Representing you when you need me

For over 30 years, I've been working with auto accident victims in Sunrise, FL and across the state to help them seek compensation that can help them recover from their injuries and get their life back on track. Throughout the years, I've handled a variety of different personal injury cases, but the most common case types include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Premises liability
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Lack of security incidents
  • Dog bites and animal attacks

Whether you’re dealing with comparative negligence law, or you’re an auto accident victim, I’m here to help you. Call 954-745-8100 now to speak to an attorney.

Understanding Florida's comparative negligence law

One important aspect of Florida's injury law is the comparative negligence law. The state designed this law for injury cases where shared blame is assigned to both parties involved. This is most commonly seen in auto accident cases where both parties will try to argue that the other is responsible for the accident that caused the injury. If the court or judge does assign blame to both parties, then the comparative negligence law will be used to stipulate the amount of compensation you're entitled to receive.

For example, if you're in a car accident and the court rules that you were 10% at fault for the accident, then whatever damages you're awarded for the accident will be reduced by 10% to account for your fault in the accident. If you win $100,000 in damages but were found to be 10% at fault for the accident, you will only be able to collect $90,000 in your settlement. All courts in Florida are obligated to abide by the comparative negligence law, as are any insurance agencies or companies when negotiating settlements.

The Florida statute of limitations

Like most other states, Florida also has a statute of limitations that governs the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit in civil court against a person or business. Under Florida law, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit in civil court. If you do not file your case within the four-year window, the court will likely refuse to hear your case. This four-year window applies to all injury-related lawsuits, with the exception of medical malpractice lawsuits. Medical malpractice lawsuits have a smaller window of only two years from when you discover the injury or four years from the date the malpractice occurred.

Don't wait - timing can make all the difference.

At the end of the day, timing can make or break your case when it comes to injury law. Not only is there a statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit, but some of these cases can take some time when it comes to negotiating with insurance companies and attorneys. As someone who has helped countless injured victims over the years, I understand that you're dealing with the difficult process of recovery while your case is being handled.

I want to help you through that process as quickly and painlessly as possible, which is why I urge every client to begin the legal process as soon as they can to move their case forward and get back on their feet. If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, call the Law Office Of Layne Verebay, PA today.

A personal injury attorney serving southern Florida

A personal injury attorney serving southern Florida

If you've been injured by the negligent actions of another, you shouldn't have to battle recovery on your own. That's why the Law Office Of Layne Verebay, PA has been working with Florida accident victims for over 30 years. If you or someone you know is facing a difficult personal injury, call me today for a free consultation.