Explaining Liability Under Florida Law

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed, you may be entitled to compensation. But how do you know who’s liable for your injuries when you’re not familiar with liability law? 

The West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo can help you file your claim and lead you through your case. Our team of experienced attorneys will help you come out on top with the information you need.

Liability Laws in Florida

Florida law states that injury victims can hold the person or group responsible for their injuries liable. However, to win a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove the at-fault party is liable for the injuries caused to the victim. 

This step can be difficult depending on the details of your claim. For example, you may have been injured because another driver was negligent on the road. They may be held liable for their actions. But if they were on the road while on the clock, you may need to seek compensation from the at-fault driver’s employer, which is responsible for the actions of their employees while at work. 

If you’re struggling to determine who’s at fault for your injuries, reach out for help. Your lawyer can assess the details of your injuries and determine who to file your claim against. 

The Pure Comparative Negligence Rule

The state of Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule when looking at negligence in regard to liability claims. This means that the negligence of both parties is taken into account, which impacts the amount the victim may be compensated.

For example, if the defense finds you were using your cell phone when you were hit by another driver, you may be assigned part of the blame for the accident. That can reduce the funds you’ll receive for your injuries in court. 

Don’t Wait to File a Claim

Once the accident has occurred, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a liability claim. However, you only have two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death claim. Don’t wait to file your claim. If you wait, your claim may be dismissed, leaving you without the funds you’re due. 

Luckily, acting now with a lawyer’s help can benefit you. Evidence can be lost over time, and it can be tough to prove your case without that evidence. Your lawyer can help you act now, preserve your evidence, and get the funds you’re due as soon as possible. 

File a Liability Claim with a Personal Injury Lawyer

It’s normal to feel scared or confused if you or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a serious accident. But that doesn’t mean you can’t act. By reaching out to a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, you can get the help you need to file your claim and secure the damages you deserve.

Ready to speak to an attorney? Schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you. To get started, call 561-659-6366 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.