Personal injury cases happen every day, in any number of ways. In some situations, nobody is to blame: it is just an unfortunate accident. In other cases, a person is injured or killed because of the actions of another person. If you have been injured because of something that someone else did (or failed to do), you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Norris Law represents families and individuals who have been hurt due to the negligence of another person or organization. He handles all types of personal injury cases in the Tallahassee, Florida area, including:
- Car accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Slip and falls
- Product liability
- Premises liability
Any of these scenarios can cause a disastrous impact on your life, with typical losses such as injury, medical bills, emotional distress, property damage, ongoing medical treatment, death and financial loss. A Tallahassee personal injury attorney can get you the compensation you deserve for your losses.
Florida Law on Negligence
Negligence is the failure to use reasonable care. In the personal injury context, that means that somebody or some organization (like a business, school, or the government) did not do what it should have done to prevent an accident or injury. Most personal injury cases involve an element of negligence. Cases involving negligence can be seen when:
- A person drives drunk, resulting in an accident that causes injury or death
- A business does not fix a crumbling sidewalk, resulting in a bad fall
- A person texts while driving, causing a bad car accident
- A company makes a product that has a dangerous design that causes injuries
If a person or an entity’s negligence led to an injury or death, they may be responsible for any of the damages that they caused.
In Florida, a concept known as comparative negligence may limit your ability to recover damages for your loss. Comparative negligence means that while the other person may have done something wrong, your own actions contributed to your injuries. For example, if you are walking across the street and someone hits you with their car, you may be at least partially to blame if you were looking at your phone instead of making sure that it was clear to cross. If a jury decides that you are comparatively negligent, then your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. So if you were awarded $100,000 in the car accident case described above, but were 30 percent at fault, then your recovery would be $70,000. An experienced Tallahassee personal injury attorney can evaluate the facts of your case to determine the relative negligence of each party, and then either negotiate or litigate a fair award on your behalf.