Naples Personal Injury
We are all required to use a certain degree of care in our day to day lives. Motorists, for example, must comply with traffic laws, while property owners have to take steps to keep their premises safe for visitors. Unfortunately, not everyone uses the level of care that they should, which can have serious consequences for others. It is, however, possible for injured parties to recover damages from the at-fault individual or entity who caused their injuries, compensating them for accident-related losses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. If you were recently injured through no fault of your own, it is important to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and advise you accordingly.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims are a type of civil lawsuit, in which those who are injured by someone else’s wrongful act or negligence can attempt to recover compensation for their losses. These kinds of cases can arise in a variety of circumstances, but most are based on:
- Vehicle collisions;
- Boating accidents;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Motorcycle accidents; and
- The use of defective consumer products.
Generally, plaintiffs who file personal injury claims must be able to demonstrate that someone else’s negligence led to their accident. This can be achieved in a number of ways, but all require the submission of convincing evidence. A person who suffered a back injury in an accident, for instance, because another driver ran a red light, would want to provide the court with copies of the police report, photographs from the scene of the accident, treatment records and medical bills, eyewitness testimony, and video recordings of the accident. Plaintiffs who can successfully demonstrate a link between their injuries and another person’s actions, could then be entitled to compensation for their losses.
Those who are injured as a result of someone else’s negligent actions are often able to recover compensation from the at-fault party by filing a personal injury lawsuit against them in court. These awards, known as compensatory damages, are intended to reimburse accident victims for accident-related losses, which includes compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of future income due to permanent disability;
- Property damage;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Emotional distress.
How much a person is able to collect in compensatory damages depends on a number of factors, but is primarily guided by the severity of the injuries involved and the parties’ degree of fault in causing the accident. If, for instance, an injured party was ten percent at fault for an accident and sustained $100,000 in damages, he or she could still expect to collect compensation, but in an amount that reflects his or her contribution to the accident, which in this example, would be $90,000. For help calculating your own potential personal injury award, please call our legal team today.
An Experienced Team of Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses. Please contact the dedicated Naples personal injury attorneys at Smith, Ball & Báez Injury Lawyers, today to learn more. We can be reached at (561) 500-4357 or by online message.
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