St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer
In our day-to-day lives, we generally do our best to avoid injuring other people through our own negligent behavior. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that all people use the level of care that they should when interacting with others, which means that thousands of people are injured in accidents every year through no fault of their own. In these cases, injured parties can recover damages compensating them for their medical bills, lost wages, and property damage, although doing so can be difficult, especially if the defendant is a large corporation. For this reason, it is important for accident victims in Florida to contact an experienced St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer who will aggressively represent their interests, whether during settlement negotiations or in the courtroom.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims can be filed anytime that someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or wrongful conduct causes an injury to another person. However, most personal injury claims stem from the following situations:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle collisions;
- Boating accidents;
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- The negligent actions of a medical professional;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Accidents involving defective consumer products; and
- Nursing home neglect or abuse.
When a victim tragically loses his or her life in one of these kinds of accidents, his or her surviving family members may have standing to file a wrongful death claim on that person’s behalf.
Before a person can be found liable for causing someone else’s injuries, the victim and his or her legal team must be able to demonstrate negligence, which requires proof that:
- The defendant had an obligation to use ordinary care;
- The defendant breached this duty by failing to use ordinary care; and
- The plaintiff suffered an injury as a result of the defendant’s actions.
Proving these elements can be complicated, so it is important for plaintiffs to collect compelling evidence to establish their claim. In the case of a car accident, for example, this could include video recordings of the accident, witness testimony from those who saw the accident occur, medical records detailing the victim’s injuries, photographs from the scene of the accident, the police officer’s written report, and testimony from an accident reconstruction expert. When the evidence is particularly strong, a defendant may even be willing to enter into settlement negotiations in an out-of-court setting, which could save all parties involved a significant amount of time and money.
Fortunately, even when a victim was partially at fault for an accident, he or she won’t automatically be barred from collecting compensation, although the recoverable amount will be reduced in proportion to his or her degree of fault.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer
To speak with one of the experienced St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers at Masterson, Hoag & Smith, P.A. about your own personal injury claim, please call 727-325-2696 or complete one of our brief online contact forms and a member of our legal team will help you set up a free case evaluation.