Benefits Available for Injured VictimsIf a personal injury case is settled or won at trial, monetary compensation may be paid to you by the person or company that caused you the injury. They may be required to compensate you for: The severity of the injury and damage impacts compensation. If you played any part in contributing to the accident that resulted in your injury, then your compensation may also reflect that. Victims may be able to collect additional damages, called punitive damages , if the jury believes that the defendant needs to be discouraged from displaying negligent behavior in the future.
Under Florida comparative negligence law, your actions may reduce the amount awarded to you for your personal injury. For example, if you were driving a car and a motorcyclist attempted to cut you off and you to hit them because of that, this is taken into consideration in court. The motorcyclist's actions contributed to the reason you accidentally hit them. In Florida, this law allows a jury to lower the amount of the damages by the amount the victim contributed to his or her own injuries. If the motorcyclist suffered $10,000 in damages but they were found at fault for 50% of the accident, then their award may be lowered to $5,000.
Florida Statute §95.11 states that the party that was injured has a total of four years to take the person or company that injured them to court. This is the statue of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida. Wrongful death claims, on the other hand, have a statute of limitations of two years.
Overall, deciding how to go about filing a lawsuit against an individual or company can be difficult. You're unsure whether you have any meaningful proof and you're so stressed about the injuries and damages already that you may not know what to do. The Coye Law Firm is here to help. Call us today at 866-Wade-Coye.