Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney
Compassionate & Aggressive Legal Representation
When you are injured in an accident, you may be left with a number of questions and concerns. How will you pay for your medical bills? How will you support your family if you are unable to work? How will you recover from your injuries?
At Gunn Law Group, we understand the challenges you are facing, and we are here to help. Our Sarasota personal injury lawyer can guide you through the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation you are owed. Do not hesitate to let us fight for you while you make the best possible recovery from injury.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases
In Florida, personal injury refers to a legal term that involves harm or damage to an individual's body, mind, or emotions, as opposed to damage to property. Personal injury cases in Florida typically arise when one person's negligence or intentional actions cause harm to another.
Common types of personal injury cases in Florida include:
- Car Accidents: Injuries resulting from collisions involving automobiles, including cases of distracted driving, drunk driving, or reckless behavior.
- Truck Accidents: Injuries involving large commercial trucks, often due to factors such as driver fatigue, improper loading, or mechanical failures.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Injuries suffered by motorcyclists, including cases of other drivers failing to yield or notice motorcyclists on the road.
- Pedestrian Accidents: Injuries sustained by pedestrians, often due to negligent or distracted drivers failing to yield the right of way at crosswalks or intersections.
- Bicycle Accidents: Injuries involving cyclists, including cases of collisions with motor vehicles or hazardous road conditions.
- Boating Accidents: Injuries occurring on the water, such as collisions between boats, watercraft malfunctions, or accidents caused by operator negligence.
- Medical Malpractice: Negligence by healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, or hospitals, leading to harm or injury to a patient.
- Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective or dangerous products, including design defects, manufacturing defects, or inadequate warnings.
- Premises Liability: Injuries that occur on another person's property due to unsafe conditions, such as poor maintenance or lack of warnings.
- Construction Accidents: Injuries suffered by construction workers due to workplace hazards, equipment malfunctions, or lack of safety measures.
- Workplace Accidents: Injuries sustained on the job, including cases of workplace accidents, occupational diseases, or injuries caused by unsafe working conditions.
- Wrongful Death: Cases where the negligence or intentional actions of another person lead to the death of an individual, and their surviving family members seek compensation.
Florida Personal Injury Laws
Negligence laws in Florida are an essential aspect of personal injury cases. Negligence is the legal concept that forms the basis for holding someone responsible when their careless or reckless actions result in harm to another person.
Here's an overview of negligence laws in Florida:
- Duty of Care: In a negligence claim, the plaintiff (injured party) must establish that the defendant (allegedly at-fault party) owed them a duty of care. This duty is often based on the relationship between the parties. For example, drivers owe a duty of care to other road users, doctors owe a duty of care to their patients, and property owners owe a duty of care to visitors.
- Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must show that the defendant breached the duty of care owed to them. A breach occurs when the defendant fails to act with the level of care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise under similar circumstances. This is often determined by considering what a person of ordinary prudence would do in a given situation.
- Causation: The plaintiff must establish a causal connection between the defendant's breach of duty and the injuries suffered. This involves demonstrating that the defendant's actions were a substantial factor in causing the harm.
- Proximate Cause: Florida recognizes the concept of proximate cause, which limits liability to consequences that were reasonably foreseeable. If the harm suffered was not a foreseeable result of the defendant's actions, they may not be held liable for those particular consequences.
- Damages: To succeed in a negligence claim, the plaintiff must have suffered actual damages, whether they are physical injuries, emotional distress, property damage, or other measurable losses.
How Our Firm Can Help You
At Gunn Law Group, we are dedicated to helping injured individuals and their families. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that an accident can take on a person, and we are here to help you fight for the fair recovery you are owed.
Our Sarasota personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal options and protect your rights and best interests through the process of filing a claim. We can also help you negotiate with insurance companies and fight for your rights in court, if necessary.