Fighting for the Rights of Accident VIctims
Venice, Florida, one of the 10 Happiest Seaside Towns according to Coastal Living, is more than just beaches. The Shark's Tooth Festival and the Venice Theater are two examples of cultural attractions that bring in visitors. When a serious injury strikes, however, the quality of local hospitals is what matters most.
It is naturally infuriating to learn that the accident that made you suffer was caused by someone else. It could be a DUI accident, medical malpractice, a defective prescription drug, or even an intentional “road rage” accident. No matter what it was, Florida personal injury law entitles you to full compensation for both your physical injuries and your psychological distress.
You May Not Even Have to Go to Court
Watching television might have convinced you that most personal injury claims are resolved in dramatic courtroom confrontations. The truth of the matter, however, is that upwards of 90 percent of all personal injury cases are resolved through settlement, with no court appearance required. Defendants are typically willing to settle rather than risk a courtroom appearance.
Unfortunately, the defendant or his insurance company is not just going to hand you a fat compensation check, even if that is exactly what you deserve. And insurance companies are known for sending crack negotiators up against you. At David Holland Law, we know all the tricks, and we can handle the negotiating, if you prefer. We absolutely will not let anybody take advantage of you.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kind of damages are available under Florida personal injury law?
Four types of personal damages are possible:
- Economic damages: Medical bills, lost wages, etc.
- Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, etc.
- Punitive damages (rarely awarded)
- Wrongful death damages (for heirs and close relatives) : If the victim died in the accident.
How long will it take to resolve my claim?
Although this is an impossible question to answer with any precision without knowing the facts of your case, most claims are resolved in a few weeks to a few months. Some claims, however, do drag on longer than that. The larger the amount in controversy, the longer it generally takes to resolve the claim. Medical malpractice claims tend to take longer to resolve than other cases.
Can I sue the federal government, the state of Florida, or a local government for personal injury?
Sometimes you can. Governments enjoy sovereign immunity, which allows them to limit the power to sue them for money damages (since the damages would come out of taxpayer money). Governments have waived their sovereign immunity for most personal injury claims, however. Nevertheless, they have imposed certain restrictions on filing deadlines and the maximum amount of damages awardable.
Can I file a personal injury claim against a nursing home for neglecting my loved one?
Yes, you can file a claim on behalf of your loved one. Nursing home neglect is definitely considered a form of abuse, even if it is passive in nature (failure to treat bedsores, for example). Your claim will be especially strong if you can point to a violation of nursing home regulations that harmed your loved one.
Can I file a claim against a nightclub that served alcohol to a drunk driver who later caused the accident that injured me?
You might be able to file a claim under the Florida dram shop law. The nightclub could be liable if the driver was:
- under 21; or
- “habitually addicted” to alcohol
The nightclub would only be liable if the nightclub knew or should have known that the driver was underage or habitually addicted to alcohol.
It is true that Florida applies a particularly generous statute of limitations deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit (four years in most cases). That gives you no reason for unnecessary delay, however, because evidence grows stale much faster than that – witnesses move out of town or forget critical details, for example, or physical evidence deteriorates. The time to act is now.
If you have been injured in an accident that you believe might have been caused by the misconduct of someone else, call David Holland Law today at (941)-744-5450 or fill out our online case evaluation form so that we can schedule you a free consultation. We serve clients all over town, including Plantation, Venice Groves, Tarpon Center Drive, and elsewhere. And remember: if you don't win, you don't pay.