Coral Gables Personal Injury Attorney
Living in the “city beautiful” has its advantages - lush landscaping, historic buildings, Mediterranean architecture and a pedestrian-friendly environment are some of its best features. The City of Coral Gables houses the headquarters of numerous Fortune 500 companies. It also is the home of several diplomatic and honorary consulates from countries in the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Several famous politicians, models, actors, athletes, and singers have made Coral Gables their home. Fantastic year-round weather and luxury living aside, those living, working, and visiting Coral Gables are still at risk of suffering a personal injury just like any other person in any other part of the United States.Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
Suffering a Coral Gables personal injury can be devastating. Injuries suffered as a result of an accident can cause you to miss work days and lose wages all while medical bills and other accident-related expenses keep adding up. This already difficult situation can be worsened when the accident could have been avoided because it was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Tort law allow grounds for injured parties to file a lawsuit seeking monetary compensation for any damages or injuries suffered. These are civil as opposed to criminal cases. Personal injury law falls under tort law and it refers to the legal remedies and defenses involved when a lawsuit is brought as a result of the wrongful conduct of another.
Typically, personal injury cases are brought under the legal doctrine of negligence. There are four elements of negligence: duty, breach of duty, causation, and injury. Negligence involves an act, or failure to act, using ordinary care. Ordinary care is the care a reasonably prudent person would have used under the same circumstances. An injured party must establish all of these in his or her personal injury claim in order to succeed. The three main types of torts are negligence, strict liability, and intentional torts.What to Expect During Your Lawsuit
State law generally governs most personal injury cases, with few exceptions for parties involved in the accident who are from different states or countries. Absent this circumstance, a personal injury lawsuit is filed in the state where the injury happened. After meeting with and hiring a personal injury attorney, the general process of a personal injury lawsuit includes:
- Filing a complaint in the appropriate court against the defendant;
- Receiving the defendant’s response to the allegations;
- Pre-trial motions to resolve the case;
- Fact-finding and discovery phase;
- Settlement negotiations;
- Collecting money after a favorable judgment;
- Appealing a lower court’s decision.
If you have been injured in Coral Gables, or anywhere else in South Florida, due to another’s negligence, contact the skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A. representing the injured for more than 25 years, this legal team can help you recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Click here to schedule your initial, free case evaluation or call our office at 305-821-7333.