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Accidents can happen when you least expect them. Whether you are driving your car, grocery shopping, or even simply getting out of your car, an injury can happen without warning. Not only are accidents emotionally devastating, they are also costly.  The expenses associated with motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and other types of injuries are astronomical. From medical bills to lost wages, it’s common for the family of an accident victim to be under significant financial strain.Florida Personal Injury Attorney If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for the suffering you have endured as the result of someone else’s negligence. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer can assist you in bringing forward a claim for restitution after an accident. At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, we are committed to helping accident victims and their family members recover after being saddled with the emotional upheaval and high costs of an accident.

The Definition of a Personal Injury

Personal injury is defined as:

An injury which is caused accidentally by another’s failure to use reasonable care.

Under tort law, a person who is found to be responsible for another person’s injury may be held legally liable for the costs associated with those injuries.

What is Reasonable Care?

Reasonable care varies from case to case. Each situation must be evaluated carefully to determine what the standard of care would be in that particular case, and whether or not the defendant adhered to that standard of care.  For example, a surgeon that makes a mistake in the operating room would be held to the same standard of care as other surgeons in his or her field. In this type of case, it is common to consult with experts in the same field of medicine.

What is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations refers to the amount of time that a plaintiff has to bring a personal injury case forward. If the plaintiff fails to bring the case forward within that time frame, he or she will forfeit the right to bring the case forward at all. In the state of Florida, the statute of limitations is four years from the date of the incident. 

What Are the Most Common Types of Personal Injury Cases?Florida Injury Lawyers

An accident can happen anywhere at any time. However, there are some types of personal injury cases that occur more frequently than others. Injury cases can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Slip and fall/premises liability
  • Dog bites
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Defective products
  • Cruise ship accidents
  • Wrongful death

If you have been involved in an incident where you were injured, but you aren’t sure that your injury qualifies for a case, contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.  At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, we are able to review the facts of your case and consult with you about your next best move. Our goal is to see that you and your family are able to move forward after a devastating accident with the time and funds you need for healing and getting back on your feet.

What Kind of Damages are Paid in a Personal Injury Case?

The most common types of damages that are paid in a personal injury case are economic damages, or damages that have a clear cost. These include but are not limited to:

  • Hospitalization
  • Physical therapy
  • Other medical expenses
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages due to time away from work

Other types of damages that can be paid in a personal injury case are called non-economic damages. These damages are much harder to assign a dollar value to and can include:

  • Damages for physical suffering and pain
  • Damages for permanent disfigurement or disability
  • Damages for emotional suffering and trauma
  • Damages for trauma to relationships or the loss of social experiences

The damages that are included in a Florida personal injury case vary from situation to situation. By working with a seasoned personal injury attorney, you can gain a better idea of what may be included in your case.

What is a “Damages Formula?”Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer

Damages are often calculated using a standard formula. The economic damages would be calculated and then multiplied by one and one half, three, or even five times depending on the severity of the accident and resulting injuries. The more serious and permanent the effects of the injuries are, the higher the formula will be.  For example, say the total cost of medical bills relating to a dog bite is $5,000. If the injury did not result in permanent disfigurement or disability and the plaintiff has been relatively able to lead a normal life after the accident, the initial case figure may be $7,500. However, if the plaintiff was bitten in the face and will be permanently disfigured as a result, the damage formula will likely be maxed out. The case may be brought forward for $25,000 or more.

Comparative Negligence in Florida

In Florida, there is a “comparative negligence” law that comes into play when both the defendant and the plaintiff in a personal injury case are responsible for the accident. This law allows both the plaintiff and the defendant to recoup their percentage of damages that resulted from an accident or injury.

Contact the Law Offices of John D. Ameen Today

It is about YOU at the Law offices of John D. Ameen. Our attorneys and staff are available to listen to you and advise you during all phases of your case. We do not represent insurance companies or large corporations. We consider ourselves a boutique firm proud of the individual attention that each client receives. As a client, you are immediately assigned to an attorney who will help to protect you and your rights. Over the years, our attorneys have won millions of dollars for clients. We work hard to help you obtain a favorable result through settlement negotiations or litigation. Phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with multiple office locations for your convenience. We welcome all calls and questions with free consultations. palm beach county personal injury law firmOur areas of practice include:

  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Boating accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Dog bites
  • Homeowner policy disputes
  • Building insurance policy disputes
  • Auto accident insurance disputes and denials
  • Wrongful death
  • Brain injury
  • Defective products
  • Personal injury
  • Class actions
  • Cruise ship accidents

If you have been injured in an accident or just have a question about your insurance, call us at 1-800-555-4011.  If you have been denied by your insurance company or do not agree with their decision regarding your case, we can help. We handle all types of insurance disputes as well as accidents.