A “personal injury” is any situation where someone is harmed because of another person. That harm is usually in the form of damage to the person’s body, but personal injury cases will often include property damage and other related damage, too.
Each year, millions of people in the United States are injured in accidents. Many of these accidents are unfortunately caused by the preventable carelessness or malicious intent of others. The law protects those harmed by negligent parties and allows the injured to seek compensation for their suffering. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident resulting from negligence or intentional harm of others, you may be entitled to receive just compensation for your physical and psychological injuries.
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include:
- Car accidents
- Slip and fall claims
- Bicycle crashes
- Boating incidents
- Truck crashes
- Dog bites
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
Most personal injury cases around the concept of “negligence.” This legal term means that someone else was at fault and caused your accident and injuries. The “fault” usually occurs because the other person failed to take proper care under the circumstances to do (or not to do) something.
Proving Your Personal Injury Case
Although every personal injury case is different, they will generally have the same basic elements. As a personal injury victim, whether you are in a car accident or bike crash, it is your burden to prove that you should get money damages for your injury.
This process can be difficult, especially because you are working against insurance companies who are likely much more experienced with legal cases than you are.
Having an experienced attorney by your side to help prove the elements of your case will significantly increase the likelihood that you recover the damages you lost from the accident. The personal injury attorneys at VG Law Group, LLP, can be a great resource as you work through this process.
You must prove four essential facts for your case. These include:
You must show that the other side had a duty to you. In some cases, this can be a challenge. In others, like car accidents, for example, this element is a “given” because everyone in Florida has a duty to everyone else on the road to drive safely and according to the law.
To get damages, you have to show that the duty to you was breached by whatever conduct occurred. In a car accident case, the breach is often something like speeding, not watching the road, or driving carelessly. The breach is usually whatever caused the accident, but not always.
The breach that occurred must have actually resulted in the accident or injury. For example, if a truck driver was speeding, but that was not the reason the accident occurred, then you have a breach without causation. You have to show a connection between whatever the other person did wrong and the injuries.
You must be harmed or damaged in some way to recover any money from a personal injury case. In general, personal injury cases are designed to put you back in the place you would have been if the accident never happened. If you were not harmed, then there is nothing to fix.
Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Money damages are available to address any losses that you experienced in your personal injury case. These can include things like:
- Lost wages for your time away from work
- Medical expenses
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of function
- Pain and suffering (both past and future)
The more severe your accident, then more money you will need to help you recover from it.
Finding the Right Florida Personal Injury Lawyers
Not every lawyer has familiarity with handling personal injury cases in Florida. To increase your chances of success, you need someone that has experience with your very specific type of case.
At VG Law Group, LLP, we want clients to have a great experience with our firm. We take pride in offering excellent services by providing:
- Personal attention. We make sure that every client is heard and treated with the respect that they deserve. We want to build a relationship with each client. At VG Law Group, LLP, you are more than just a case number—you are a valued member of your own legal team.
- Excellent legal services. When you hire the VG Law Group, LLP, you get a team dedicated to you. We take pride in putting the extra effort in every case. We have the experience you need to present your case well to an insurance company or even a jury.
- No Risk Fee. We never get paid unless you do. That means that if you do not win your case, we do not take an attorney fee. There is absolutely no risk!
Finding the right lawyer for you is a very personal choice. Set up an initial consultation with our team. We want to meet you so you can decide whether we are the right fit for what you need. Call 1-833-855-4365 or contact us online.