Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Miami and South Florida
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert Dixon represent clients in a broad range of personal injury cases. Our firm’s practice areas extend from lawsuits based on car accidents, bus crashes, truck wrecks, and motorcycle accidents to claims involving medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, slip and falls, and defective products. We handle cases in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and other Florida cities. Our sensitive staff will assess the details of your situation and provide you with dedicated representation to help you pursue compensation for your injuries. If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s carelessness, please contact our office today to set up a free consultation about your claim.
Protecting the Rights of Victims Through Negligence Lawsuits
Often, an injured person will pursue a claim against whoever was responsible under the theory of negligence. To show that a defendant has acted negligently, the victim must begin by proving that he or she was owed a duty of care by the defendant. For example, all motorists owe other people on the road a duty of care to drive as a reasonable and prudent person would drive in similar circumstances. Next, the victim must show that the defendant breached the duty of care. In car accident cases, this can happen if a driver was speeding, running a red light, texting while driving, or engaging in similarly careless, risky behaviors. The victim must also prove that these actions directly resulted in his or her injuries. Finally, actual damages must have been incurred for which the victim can be compensated.
Even if you are partly responsible for causing your own harm, you may pursue a negligence claim for a more limited amount of damages. Florida follows the rule of comparative negligence, which allows each person involved in an accident to receive compensation based on his or her own degree of fault. This means that, even if you are allotted 60 percent of the liability for an accident, you may still recover 40 percent of the damages from the other party.
Once a victim establishes the required elements of negligence, he or she can be compensated for any damages that resulted from the defendant’s carelessness. Compensation available in an injury lawsuit may cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, loss of income, and other economic or non-economic harms, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Each state has a statute of limitations, which gives an injured person a specific amount of time within which to file a lawsuit. In Florida, this time window is four years from the date of the accident. Failure to file a claim within this time may result in your case being barred before it is heard, so it is important to consult a knowledgeable attorney if you think you may have a claim.
If you have lost a loved one due to someone else’s reckless or careless actions, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. Florida's Wrongful Death Act allows children, spouses, parents, and other dependent relatives to file this type of lawsuit against defendants whose negligent actions took away someone’s life. Damages that may be recoverable in a wrongful death claim include burial costs, loss of future wages, and loss of companionship. However, the statute of limitations for a Florida wrongful death action is just two years from the time of death.
Compassionate Legal Representation After South Florida Accidents
If you’ve suffered an injury due to another person’s carelessness, the injury attorneys at the The Law Offices of Robert Dixon are here to help. Our staff is dedicated to our South Florida clients and making sure their rights are protected in the legal system. We aim to provide professional and zealous legal representation to maximize your chance of receiving the compensation you deserve. We serve clients in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties as well as throughout the State of Florida. Please call us at (877) 499-4878, or contact us online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
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