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Accidents (unintentional injuries) are the fourth leading cause of death in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, behind heart disease, cancer and COVID-19. Unlike some illnesses and diseases, however, accidents are nearly always preventable and avoidable. Sometimes the victim’s behavior is to blame for the accident, and sometimes no one is to blame, but often, accidents are someone else’s fault. When an accident occurs because a driver was distracted, a store employee failed to clean up a spill, or a nursing home staff member abused or neglected the patient in their care, victims and their families can and should hold those responsible accountable for their actions or failures. Florin Gray is a Florida personal injury law firm dedicated to helping accident victims and their families obtain justice and compensation for the harm done to them, not through any fault of their own, but because of the careless actions of others. Contact our office for a free consultation with an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer.

Proving the Other Party’s Liability to You

When you’ve been injured because of another party’s negligence, you might be hurting or even hospitalized. You might be missing several days of work and falling behind in paying bills and caring for your family. Despite all the suffering and turmoil you are going through, the burden still falls on you to pursue your case against the responsible party. You’ll have to prove they were negligent, that they breached a duty of care they owed you, and that their negligence was the cause of your accident and injury. Sometimes liability is clear-cut, but often it is not, and negligent parties and their insurance companies will put up every argument they can to say they or their insured was not to blame. They might blame some third party for causing the accident, or they might even try to shift the blame onto you, claiming your own negligence was the reason the accident happened. Florida has a comparative negligence law, so if they are successful in pinning any amount of blame on you, that will reduce the amount of compensation they owe for their share of fault in causing the accident.

At Florin Gray, we maintain a staff of attorneys with diverse backgrounds and skills in a wide range of personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, nursing home negligence, and more. We’ll assemble a custom team according to your needs so we can build a strong case that proves the other party’s liability to you while keeping you from being unfairly blamed for causing or contributing to the accident when you did nothing wrong. Establishing liability is a key part of any personal injury claim, and it is something our lawyers excel in, whether at the negotiating table, in summary judgment motions to the judge, or when arguing your case to a jury.

Proving Your Injury and Damages

Once liability is established in a personal injury case, the story isn’t over. It’s up to the parties negotiating a settlement – or the jury if the case goes to trial – to decide an appropriate amount of compensation for the harm done. Insurance companies have many tricks up their sleeves to try and keep the calculation of damages as low as possible. For instance, they might say the injuries aren’t very serious or that they were created by some pre-existing condition, or that the injuries happened in some other incident. Sometimes the insurance company will hire their own doctors to examine the victim and downplay the nature of the injury or allege it couldn’t have happened as the victim said. These doctors only review records and conduct a brief examination; they don’t treat the patient at all. But their reports can serve to confuse a jury or serve as leverage in settlement negotiations to argue for a lesser amount.

Our experienced legal team at Florin Gray knows how to document your injury and the damages caused by the incident, including past, present and future damages. We build a strong case based on facts and evidence, along with persuasive legal arguments, to help you get full compensation for the damages you’ve suffered or will continue to endure. Damages in a personal injury case can include, for instance:

  • Economic damages – Economic damages include doctor office visits, hospital stays, surgeries, medications, physical therapy, and medical equipment for as long as your injury lasts. Economic damages also include property damage as well as lost wages for the days of work you’ve missed, along with any diminished earning capacity or employment disability you might have.
  • Noneconomic damages – Noneconomic damages refer to compensation for harm such as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, scarring and disfigurement, diminished quality of life, loss of body function, or loss of companionship with your spouse or children. Noneconomic damages can be several times the amount of economic damages.
  • Punitive damages – If the responsible party’s behavior went beyond simple negligence and amounted to gross misconduct or was an intentional act, it might be proper to seek a special class of damages designed to punish them for their outrageous behavior and serve as an example to deter others from similar conduct. Punitive damages in Florida can be up to three times the economic and noneconomic damages taken together or $500,000, whichever is more.

Don’t Delay, Call Florin Gray

It’s important to call an attorney as soon as possible after an accident. You only have a limited time to initiate a claim, and it’s critical to collect and secure evidence early in the process. Getting an attorney at the start will put you in the best position for a successful result and maximum compensation on your claim. For help with a car accident, slip and fall, or other accident or injury in the Tampa Bay area, call an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer at Florin Gray for a free consultation. There’s no fee until after we recover compensation for you.