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Who Is At Fault For Your Injuries?

Being involved in an accident can be incredibly serious. While many will be fortunate enough to escape only with some minor injuries, others won’t be so lucky and the injuries sustained in an accident could be severe and even permanently life changing.

Because of this, it’s important that you take the time to speak with an attorney about your accident. You may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries. This is more than just a ‘get money’ scheme – it’s often a vital part of recovery. When you consider the huge range of expenses that can come from an accident including lost wages, medical bills, and more, it becomes clear that getting help financially may be the only way to truly recover.

In order to be able to seek compensation, however, you have to be able to show that the other party is to blame for your injuries. Your personal injury lawyer will review your case to see if they are at fault. There are numerous points that you’ll want to keep in mind here, and understanding them will help ensure that you have some basic idea about what to expect during your consultation visit with your attorney. Here are some of the key things to remember.

  • • Fault in Florida accident law means that the other party must be shown to have acted negligently or recklessly and that they knew those actions were negligent. For example, in an automobile accident, negligent or reckless behavior could mean speeding, texting while driving, or driving while intoxicated. Your attorney has to show that this reckless or negligent behavior occurred.
  • • In premises liability cases, it can be somewhat harder to prove negligence. This is because you must show that the property owner knew about risk issues and failed to act on them. Proving that they had knowledge about an issue can be difficult – not impossible, however, and a good attorney can help you figure out your options.
  • • It’s also important to understand that in many instances, the individual you feel is to blame may not be the only one held responsible. For example, if a truck driver causes an accident they will likely be the first person looked at where fault is concerned. But the trucking company they drive for could also be held responsible if they don’t maintain their vehicles properly or if they don’t enforce government safe driver regulations.
  • • Believe it or not, municipalities and governments could also be held to blame for injuries sustained in accidents. If they are aware of safety issues in roads or public areas but do nothing to fix them or warn about them, there is a chance they’ll be held responsible. A road that holds large amounts of water and becomes a hydroplaning risk, for instance, needs to be fixed or have signs installed warning about the danger. Otherwise, the agency in charge of the road could be liable.
  • • Another big change in recent years has been the number of people seeking compensation from auto manufacturers or product manufacturers. The high number of recalls in the country helps to highlight the fact that if your injuries were caused as a result of a faulty vehicle or product, you could be able to seek compensation from the company that created it.

Simply put, figuring out who is at fault in an accident can sometimes be a bit more complicated than it first appears. But with a good lawyer on your side, you should be able to understand exactly what your case calls for and where you may be able to get the financial restitution that you deserve for what you’ve gone through.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Who Is At Fault For Your Injuries?

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