Personal Injury

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. 

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Florida Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations is the time limit to file a lawsuit.  In Florida, most personal injury cases have a 4-year statute of limitations.  That means that you have 4 years from the date that you were injured to file a claim.   For some cases, such as claims against a state or local government, the statute of limitations is shorter and requires a different procedure than simply filing a lawsuit.  The statute of limitations makes it important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you are injured.  A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can analyze your case and make sure that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations, and will be able to gather facts while the evidence is still available and witness memories are fresh.

Personal Injury Attorney in Tallahassee, Florida

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another person or organization, you will likely have significant financial, medical and emotional damages.  At Norris Law, we are experienced in personal injury cases, and will aggressively litigate your case to make sure that you get the money you deserve.   Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you recover for your losses.