Accidents happen every day throughout the United States and Sun City Center, Florida is no exception. In most instances, accidents occur due to someone’s negligence. Negligence refers to the failure to exercise appropriate caution or care to prevent someone else from an accident, illness, or injury. If you or a loved one was injured due to another party’s negligent act, you should get in touch with a Sun City Center personal injury lawyer at Winters and Yonker today. We can help you recover compensation from the liable party for your injuries and damages.
Call our Sun City Injury attorneys today at (888) 373-7770 or contact us using the contact form provided for your free, no-obligation consultation!
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What Should I Do After an Injury?
If you have been injured in an accident where another party was liable, you should do the following:
- Seek medical treatment if necessary and don’t forget to keep all records of your treatment
- If any witnesses are present, get their names and contact details
- Report the incident/accident to the appropriate authority (e.g., police in case of an auto accident, supervisor in case of a workplace accident, etc.)
- Call a Sun City Center personal injury lawyer at Winters and Yonker to determine the most appropriate steps to take next.
Why Do I Need a Sun City Center Personal Injury Lawyer?
You need a Sun City Center personal injury lawyer if you have been injured due to another party’s negligent actions for the following:
Case Preparation/Filing a Lawsuit
The lawyer will help you prepare and file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. Investigations will be conducted to determine the extent of your injuries, damages, and losses. He/she will then contact and deal directly with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Insurance providers typically have teams of legal experts who are very experienced when it comes to settlement negotiations and will often employ tactics designed to undercut your claim and reduce your compensation. Unlike you, however, our personal injury lawyers are incredibly experienced with settlement negotiation and will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Trial Preparation and Representation
If an adequate settlement cannot be reached, the lawyer will take the case to trial. At trial, he/she will present your evidence before a judge and jury who will be responsible for determining whether the defendant is at fault for the accident and losses, and if so, how much they are required to pay out in damages.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
The economic damages are also referred to as special damages and are the costs that injury victims incur that are relatively easy to calculate. Florida doesn’t impose any caps in compensatory damages, but you will be required to fully document any damages you claim. Examples of economic damages include:
- Past, current, and future medical costs and bills
- Reduced earning capacity
- Lost wages
The non-economic damages are also known as compensatory damages. They are much harder to calculate than economic damages since it is difficult to quantify how much pain and suffering a person endures. Florida doesn’t impose any caps on compensatory damages. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Mental anguish
Punitive damages may also be awarded in some personal injury cases. They are aimed at punishing those that cause the injuries and hopefully deter them and others from engaging in similar behavior in the future. Florida limits punitive damages to 3 times the compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is higher.
How Is Liability Determined?
The law often relies on the concept of negligence in determining liability. Negligence refers to the failure to use reasonable care. If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you will have to prove the following elements of negligence:
Duty of Care
You have to show that the responsible party had a legal obligation to act with reasonable care to avoid causing risk of harm.
Breach of Duty of Care
You need to show that the entity or person breached this duty of care. A person usually violates a duty of care by being negligent. Simply put, a person or entity is negligent if they are careless.
It is not enough that losses or injuries occur following the negligent act; the losses or injuries must be a result or consequence of the negligence. You must prove that the breach of duty of care directly caused your injuries or losses.
Damages is a legal term for what the negligent party can be ordered to pay a victim after causing injuries or other kinds of losses. To have a successful claim, you must prove that you sustained losses due to your injuries.
Even if you are successful in proving the 4 essential elements of negligence above, the comparative negligence law may still affect your compensation. If your actions contributed to the accident/incident in some way, thus causing your injuries, your damages will be reduced in an amount proportionate to your negligence.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?
You typically have 4 years from the date of the incident/accident to file a personal injury case in Florida. However, there are some notable exceptions. If it is a medical malpractice, you have 2 years. If it is a wrongful death, you have 2 years.
How Much Will a Sun City Center, Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
The Sun City Center Personal Injury Lawyer at Winters and Yonker handles all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you won’t be required to pay us any lawyer’s fees unless we negotiate a settlement or win your trial in court.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle at Winters and Yonker
- Slip and fall Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Nursing Home Accidents
- Swimming Pool Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Dog Bite
- Electrocution Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Call a Sun City Center Personal Injury Lawyer at Winters & Yonker Today!
Suffering injuries is nothing anyone ever looks forward to, but being injured due to another party’s negligent actions can easily make you feel overwhelmed. The personal injury lawyers in Sun City Center, Florida at Winters and Yonker can help you pursue the compensation you deserve if you have been injured by another party’s negligent or reckless actions.
Call our offices today at (888) 373-7770 or using the online contact form provided for your free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation.