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Personal injury law encompasses any intentional or accidental act which causes harm or damages to a person. The damages that are recoverable include past and future lost wages, medical bills, and pain-and-suffering. Spouses of those that are injured also have a claim for damages. Wrongful death claims are brought by the personal representative of The estate of someone who has died as a result of the actions of another. The damages recoverable include past medical bills and past and future lost income, along with pain-and-suffering of the decedent and family. In Florida, lawsuits for personal-injury negligence must be filed within 4 years of the incident that caused the injury. For medical malpractice and wrongful death claims, the lawsuit must be filed within 2 years.
Grounds for making a personal injury claim include:
Negligence: The failure of a person or property owner to use reasonable care, which then causes damage or injury to another person or property. The law requires that all persons, Corporations or property owners should act as cautiously as an ordinary, sensible person would. This includes looking out for the safety of others.
Strict liability: There are instances in which there is no defense to a person or property owner's actions. The person or property owner is responsible for all injuries or damages, regardless of the circumstances.
In addition to economic and pain-and-suffering damages, punitive damages can be recovered against a person or corporation for intentional injury to another person. Additionally, persons who drive drunk and injure or kill someone are always required to pay punitive damages.
In personal injury or wrongful death cases, we pay all of the expenses associated with making the claim or litigating for your rights. If there is no recovery, you don't owe us a dime!