Tenacious Injury Lawyers Serving Tampa Residents
Tampa is the third-largest city in Florida and the seat of Hillsborough County. Approximately one-third of the County’s population lives there. With its many attractions, Tampa is a popular destination for tourists and provides residents with a rich array of activities. It is home to Busch Gardens, various museums, and several sports teams, including the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As in any other vibrant city, however, residents and tourists are injured each day in car crashes, falls, and other accidents throughout Tampa and the surrounding area. If you have been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, the injury attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC can provide the assistance you need to pursue a claim for damages against the parties that harmed you.
Protect Your Rights with a Negligence Claim
Florida gives a victim the right to hold accountable whoever was legally responsible for an accident. In this situation, you would have the burden of proving the defendant’s liability. A personal injury claim may be based on any of several legal theories. The most typical of them is negligence, which requires a victim to show that:
- The defendant had a legal duty to act with care;
- The defendant violated this duty by using inadequate care;
- The defendant’s careless actions led directly to an accident in which the victim was hurt; and
- The victim suffered quantifiable damages because of his or her injuries.
You must prove each element to obtain the compensation to which you may be entitled. For example, if you were hurt in a car accident, the defendant may be another driver. Anyone behind the wheel in Florida has a legal obligation to act with reasonable care to avoid endangering the safety of those around them. A driver breaches that duty if his or her actions break traffic laws or otherwise deviate from conduct that a prudent driver would consider reasonable. The defendant’s breach must have a causal link to the injury.
Damages can be economic, such as medical bills or lost wages, and also non-economic, such as pain and suffering. Punitive damages may be awarded in addition to compensatory damages when the defendant’s behavior was especially egregious. Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on negligence-based injury claims. You must file your lawsuit within this time window to preserve your right to compensation.
While most victims will base their claims on negligence, some may use a rule called negligence per se to establish a defendant’s liability, particularly in drunk-driving accidents. Negligence per se means that a party was negligent in the eyes of the law. The defendant must have violated a statute meant to protect a certain group of individuals from a certain type of harm. For example, Florida forbids driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were struck by an intoxicated motorist, you may be able to hold him or her legally responsible under negligence per se.
A company may also be vicariously liable for a worker’s careless actions, such as in some truck accident cases. Under this rule, an employer often can be held accountable for its employee’s negligence if he or she acted within the scope of his or her normal job duties and to further the employer’s interests.
Consult Tampa Attorneys Skilled in Injury Lawsuits
The litigators at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC have compiled over five decades of combined experience serving Tampa accident victims. Our diligent accident lawyers can give you the seasoned advocacy you deserve to seek the compensation that you need to help you through the recovery process. Please give us a call today at (866) 597-0009 to arrange a free and confidential consultation. You can also contact us through our website.