North Miami Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury lawyers help injured victims file claims against the people responsible for their injuries to get coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Accidents and injuries can happen on vacation, at a spa or hotel, in a car accident, or even walking through a store with a puddle or loose cables that can cause you to slip or trip. If you were injured in North Miami Beach or any of the surrounding areas in South Florida, North Miami Beach personal injury lawyer Prosper Shaked may be able to help.
To schedule a free legal consultation on your case and discuss the potential compensation you could be entitled to, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today. If you were offered a settlement or you were told that you have to file your case through insurance, talk to an attorney before accepting any money. Settling your case could lead to reduced compensation that does not cover your needs, and it is vital to have an attorney tell you what your case could be worth before you settle. To schedule a free legal consultation and learn more about filing a personal injury case in North Miami Beach, contact our lawyer today at (305) 690-0244.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases in Florida
If you were injured in an accident, an attorney can help you understand what damages you might be entitled to and how much your case might be worth. Typically, there are two types of damages you are entitled to in your injury case: economic damages that compensate you for the financial harms you suffered and noneconomic damages that compensate you for intangible harms you suffered because of the accident. Understanding these damages can help you see what your case might be worth.
These damages pay you back for the financial harms you suffered on account of the accident. After serious injuries, you may face expensive medical bills, which are one of the most common types of economic damages. In addition, an injury might keep you from returning to work. These lost wage damages are also a common example of economic damages. Alongside lost wage damages, you may be entitled to compensation if your injury causes a disability or physical condition that makes it harder to work in the future or forces you to take a lower-paying job. These damages for reduced earning capacity can also be claimed in injury cases.
On top of these damages, you can claim any other economic harms you suffered because of the accident and injury as part of your case. This could include harms like vehicle damage or the cost of transportation and child care while you are injured. In cases where a loved one is killed or severely injured, these damages can be quite high.
Noneconomic damages typically come into a case in two ways. First and most common are the damages for pain and suffering. Unlike medical bills or lost wages, it is difficult to tell how the injury affected you personally and what your injury itself is worth. Courts can compensate you for pain and suffering, which are intangible concepts you can discuss and present evidence about to help the jury decide a value for compensation for your injury.
Second, you may be entitled to punitive damages. These damages are paid to victims to punish the wrongdoers by having them pay high penalties or by forcing them to pay additional damages. These punitive or “exemplary” damages are rare but occur most frequently in cases where the defendant is a large company that has already been warned about this kind of conduct or has caused widespread injury.
Noneconomic damages are typically not available in an insurance claim and many companies and at-fault parties will exclude these damages from settlements, so you may need to take your case to court to cover these damages.
Types of Injury Cases You Can Sue for in Florida
Florida law typically allows you to sue for any injuries you suffer that could be considered someone else’s fault. Courts usually determine fault in three different scenarios: intentional harm, negligence, and strict liability cases.
If you were injured by someone else during an assault or another crime, the acts they committed are considered intentional. You can sue for assault and battery or other similar injuries in Florida to seek compensation from the perpetrator. This is separate from any criminal charges they face.
More often, injuries are caused by someone else’s “negligence.” Negligence is a failure to use the proper care that results in injuries. If someone owed you a duty, such as the duty to drive safely or provide adequate medical care, you could be seriously injured if the failed to pay attention or lacked the skill to prevent injury. Proving this case requires showing a duty the defendant owed you, how they breached that duty, and how the breach caused your injuries.
Some individuals are held to strict liability standards, which means that if they injure someone, they are automatically responsible for damages. This is most common in dog bite injury cases and product defect cases, among other types of injury cases.
Call Our North Miami Beach Injury Attorney for a Free Consultation
After suffering an injury in an accident, being the victim of medical malpractice, or suffering harm from a defective or dangerous product, you may be entitled to damages in a personal injury lawsuit. For help understanding what your case might be worth and how to proceed, contact The Law Offices of Prosper Shaked today. North Miami Beach injury attorney Prosper Shaked may be able to take your case and fight for compensation. Act quickly – your case may be subject to strict legal deadlines. For a free legal consultation, call our law offices today at (305) 690-0244.