If someone has been negligent and you have suffered as a result, you may be entitled to compensation. This is because Florida recognizes that you should not be made to suffer a loss when someone else does something that they should not do — or when someone fails to do something that they should have done.
What is negligence?
Simply put, negligence is when someone acts in a manner in which a reasonably prudent person would not act, or when someone has a duty to act and fails to take the actions that a reasonably prudent person would take. Negligence occurs every day, but many times nobody is harmed as a result; however, if you are harmed due to someone’s negligence, you may be allowed to recover damages.
For example, if someone is cutting down a tree in an unsafe manner, and a limb falls and strikes you, you were harmed as a result of that person’s negligence. Likewise, if someone invites you into his or her home and does not tell you that there is a hidden hole in the porch—a hole which he or she should have repaired and did not—and you fall and hurt yourself, you were harmed due to his or her negligence.
What can you recover?
When you are harmed due to someone’s negligence, you can recover financially for your injury. This includes obvious things such as doctor’s bills, medical treatment, rehabilitation, and so on. It also may include things such as lost wages if you were unable to go to work because of your injury. Further, if your injury harmed your ability to obtain a raise or promotion at your job, you may be able to recover for that, too.
Finally, in some situations, you might be able to recover for your pain and suffering. This is usually only available in extreme circumstances, and you should talk to an attorney to know your rights.
If you need a personal injury attorney in Melbourne, Florida , we are here to help. We have significant experience in fighting for the rights of those people who cannot fight for themselves. We can help you get your life back on track—or, if you will never be the same, we can help you provide for your continued care and living expenses.
Contact us today and let’s talk. We’re here to help, and we look forward to helping you.