Skilled Wesley Chapel Lawyers Helping Accident Victims
Wesley Chapel is a census-designated place in Pasco County, which had a population of over 44,000 in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The area was originally called Double Branch after the twin creeks that run through it. Its proximity to major highways, including Interstate 75 and State Road 56, paved the way for major retail projects and a 267-percent increase in population from 2000 to 2010. With its rapid growth, Wesley Chapel is often the site of serious car crashes and other events that cause injuries. The accident attorneys at Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC are seasoned litigators with over 50 years of combined practice in the law. If you suffered an injury in Wesley Chapel or a nearby community, we can help you.
File a Florida Negligence Claim to Assert Your Rights
When someone is hurt in an accident, he or she has the right to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the individual or party whose carelessness was responsible. If the victim is successful, a wide range of compensatory damages may be available.
A personal injury claim has to be based on a theory of liability, which is usually negligence. A party may be deemed negligent if it fails to act with a reasonable level of care. It is the victim’s responsibility to show that the defendant in a case fell below the appropriate standard. The injured person has to demonstrate that the defendant owed a duty of care, breached this duty, and caused the harm and resulting damages through the breach.
The first element, duty of care, means that the individual or entity must have had a legal obligation to take at least some precautions to avoid plausible risks of harm to people who might be affected by their actions. Motorists, for example, have a duty to others to use care when they drive. Property owners also must maintain their premises and fix any dangerous conditions to avoid injuries to customers, visitors, and even trespassing children in some cases.
A victim then has to demonstrate how the defendant breached this duty. A driver may violate the duty of care by texting behind the wheel or failing to yield the right-of-way, among countless other examples. A trucker can also breach his or her obligation by driving without the appropriate level of training.
It is essential to link the breach to the accident and the resulting harm. In other words, the victim must prove that the defendant’s actions or failure to act were the proximate cause of his or her injuries, as well as the damages that ensued. Hospital bills and lost income are some examples of losses that are often linked to accidents. You may be able to obtain compensation if you are successful in a negligence claim. Possible recoverable damages include past and expected medical expenses, including the cost of surgeries, hospital stays, and rehabilitative care. Other damages include compensation for any lost income or decrease in your earning capacity, as well as damaged property. Non-economic forms of harm like pain and suffering also may be compensated at times.
Most Florida injury claims have a statute of limitations of four years. If, however, you have a claim against a medical provider, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal accident, you have only two years in which to bring your case. Our attorneys can discuss which time limit applies in your situation, and we can act quickly to secure your claim.
Consult a Wesley Chapel Attorney to Discuss Your Injury Case
Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC provides knowledgeable and comprehensive representation for people who have been hurt by the carelessness of others. Our team of knowledgeable injury lawyers has decades of experience representing victims of accidents in Wesley Chapel and many other South Florida communities. We can review the facts of your case, work quickly to secure the necessary evidence, and consult with experts to help support your claim. Our attorneys can provide you with the personalized legal representation you need to pursue the compensation you deserve. For an initial consultation at no cost, give us a call today at (866) 597-0009 or contact us through our online form.