What is considered personal injury?
Personal injury refers to physical or psychological harm suffered by an individual due to the negligent or intentional actions of another party. Personal injury cases can arise from a variety of situations and can include a wide range of injuries and accidents.
What Are Common Personal Injury Scenarios?
Personal injury includes a broad spectrum of situations where individuals suffer harm due to the actions or negligence of others.
The following types of scenarios can result in a personal injury claim:
- Auto accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective product accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bike accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful death
Personal injury cases are based on negligence, where someone’s failure to exercise reasonable care leads to harm to another person. Proving negligence is a critical aspect of these claims, and often requires gathering evidence, assessing liability, and determining the extent of damages.
What Are the Elements Of a Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury claims typically involve seeking compensation for harm caused by the negligence or wrongful actions of another party. Certain elements must be established for a successful claim:
Duty of care. The plaintiff must establish that the defendant owed them a legal duty of care.
Breach of duty. The plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care.
Causation. It’s not enough to show that the defendant breached their duty. The plaintiff must also prove that this breach directly caused their injuries. This involves establishing a clear link between the defendant’s actions or negligence and the harm suffered.
Damages. To pursue a personal injury claim, there must be actual damages or losses. These can include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other measurable losses.
Should I Contact a Lawyer After An Accident?
Fortunately, many personal injury law firms offer free consultations. At a consultation, you can discuss your case with an attorney, learn about your legal rights and options, and determine how you want to proceed with your case. If you decide to hire an attorney, they can help by:
- Evaluating your case
- Investigating the accident
- Assessing the value of your claim
- Communicating with the insurance company
- Filing a lawsuit (if necessary)
If you believe you have a valid personal injury claim in Florida, speaking with an experienced personal injury lawyer can increase your chances of recovering maximum compensation for economic and non-economic damages. A personal injury lawyer can guide you through the legal process, and help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Contact Us Today
If you’ve experienced a personal injury in Florida, the personal injury lawyers at Friedland & Associates can help. We offer free consultations to discuss your case, provide legal advice tailored to your situation, and advocate for your rights. Reach out today to schedule your free consultation.