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An unexpected accident can have devastating consequences. You may struggle with painful physical injuries and require extensive medical treatment. You may be unable to attend work and lose weeks or months of wages. The emotional, physical, and financial impact of the accident can be overwhelming, especially if someone else’s negligence is responsible for your injuries. In these situations, however, you may be eligible for financial compensation.
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can represent you in your lawsuit and help you recover the compensation you deserve. With over 60 years of combined personal injury experience and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, our firm has the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to hold the at-fault party accountable and craft a compelling case in your favor.
A personal injury occurs when you sustain harm to your body, mind, or emotions due to the actions of another person, entity, or government agency. Through a Florida personal injury lawsuit, you can recover compensation to pay for the losses you experienced due to this harm. A personal injury claim can arise due to an accident, intentional act of violence, or encounter with a dangerous or defective product.
At Salter, Healy, Rivera, & Heptner, our attorneys have experience representing multiple types of personal injury claims. Some of the most common cases we handle include the following.
Personal injury claims typically arise due to an act of negligence, or a person’s breach of a certain duty of care that leads to an injury. To secure compensation in a personal injury lawsuit, you will need to provide sufficient evidence of the at-fault party’s breach of duty. Specifically, you and your lawyer will need to prove four important elements.
Although you may be able to establish each of these elements, issues of shared liability may arise. The at-fault party may attempt to defend himself or herself by saying that you are also responsible for the accident. In these situations, Florida’s pure comparative negligence rules may apply, and your award may be reduced by the percentage of fault you share. Unlike other states, Florida allows you to collect compensation even if you are 99% at fault.
For example, say that you are injured when you trip and fall on cracked pavement on someone’s property. You file a lawsuit against the property owner for $20,000. The owner claims that you were distracted by your phone at the time of the accident and share fault for the accident. The court assigns you 20% of the liability, and you will only recover $16,000 of your original award.
If you are filing a personal injury lawsuit in Tampa, Florida, you need an attorney on your side. At Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner, our Tampa personal injury lawyers have the skills, experience, and knowledge necessary to craft a compelling case in your favor. Hiring an attorney to represent your lawsuit can provide several important benefits, including the following.
If you are involved in an accident caused by someone else, you may have grounds for legal action. In these situations, the attorneys at Salter, Healy, Rivera & Heptner can help you hold the at-fault party accountable and secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free case consultation and discuss your legal options with a Tampa personal injury lawyer.
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