Florida City Personal Injury Attorney
Florida City is the southernmost municipality in Miami-Dade County and the southernmost city in America that is not an island. A major agricultural area, Florida City suffered major damage in 1992 as a result of Hurricane Andrew, a category-5 storm that ripped through South Florida. Florida City boasts a large population of Hispanic and Latino residents. Like the rest of the cities in South Florida, those who live, work, or visit Florida City are at risk of personal injury because Miami-Dade County is such a densely populated area.Personal Injury Basics
Each personal injury case is as unique as the parties involved. If you have been injured in a Florida City accident, there is a basic process you can expect during your personal injury lawsuit.
- Seek out medical treatment immediately;
- Research and choose to hire a personal injury lawyer;
- Investigation of claim and review of medical records;
- Possible demand and negotiation before filing suit;
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit in the appropriate court;
- Discovery and fact-finding phase;
- Mediation and negotiation;
- Going to trial;
- Collecting an award from a favorable judgment;
- Appealing a lower court’s determination.
A personal injury lawsuit can be stressful. The time it make take to resolve the issue and go to trial can be several years; if appropriate for your case negotiating a settlement before filing suit or after a lawsuit has been filed but before going to trial may be a much faster and less expensive option.How Your Actions Affect Your Award
Florida law allows for an injured person's role in causing an accident that resulted in injuries or their failure to act after being injured to reduce the amount of monetary compensation available in a Florida City personal injury case.
Comparative negligence: If a judge and/or jury finds that you were at fault for causing the accident that resulted in injuries (even if just partially at fault) any damage money award will be reduced by the percentage amount you are found to be at blame. This is because Florida follows a pure comparative negligence standard that links monetary awards to the degree of fault for each party involved in a personal injury case.
Failure to mitigate: Florida, like most states in the nation, expect plaintiffs in personal injury cases to take reasonable steps to minimize the financial impact of the harm caused to them by the accident. In other words, if an injured victim just sits back and does nothing – like fails to seek medical care, delays medical treatment, does not follow doctor’s orders, or takes alternative medicine over traditional treatment – and he or she could have bettered the situation, damages may be significantly reduced.
The Law Offices of Joseph I. Lipsky, P.A. have more than 25 years of experience representing the injured in Florida, including Florida City. These skilled personal injury attorneys will fight hard to obtain the compensation you deserve. Click here or call 305-821-7333 today to schedule your initial case evaluation at one the firms several locations.