Understanding Comparative Negligence
Bill Allen | May 1, 2016 | Gainesville Personal Injury Law News
If you’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by another individual’s negligence or recklessness, you’ll likely be pursuing compensation to relieve you of your injuries. Sometimes seeking a personal injury claim is easier than it sounds – especially when comparative negligence is a considerable factor. In this blog, our Gainesville personal injury attorney explains Florida’s comparative negligence rule and how it can impact your case.
What is comparative negligence?
When pursuing a personal injury claim, the person you are holding liable for your injuries can argue and say that you are somewhat responsible for your own injuries – this is when comparative negligence comes into play. Under this rule, your total settlement amount can be reduced by the percentage you are at fault for the accident. If you are injured in a car accident that involved another running a red light but you were driving over the speed limit, you may be 10 percent at fault for the accident. If your total settlement amounts to $5,000, it would be reduced 10 percent to $4,500. Under Florida’s pure comparative negligence law, accident victims can still recover damages, regardless of how negligent they were.
The Importance of Hiring an Experienced Attorney
If you’ve been injured in an accident and suspect that you are partly to blame, that should not stop you from securing the proper legal representation you need. A skilled attorney can help prove that your harm was caused solely by another person’s negligence. At the Allen Law Firm, P.A., our Gainesville personal injury lawyers can work tirelessly to fight for what you’re entitled to. As our client, you are treated like family – your case and its outcome become our top priority.
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