When an individual is injured at no fault of their own due to the negligent
or careless behavior of another party, personal injury law allows the
victim (also known as the “plaintiff”) to bring a lawsuit
against the liable party (the “defendant”) for damages.
What Are Damages?
Damages encompass any losses suffered by the plaintiff, such as wages they
were not able to receive due to having to take time off work for recovery.
Either the defendant or the defendant’s insurance company, depending
on the claim, is responsible for paying these damages to the plaintiff.
How Do You Prove Negligence?
The crux of a personal injury claim is negligence. A plaintiff (or their
lawyer) must be able to prove that the defendant caused the accident/injury
by behaving in a careless manner or by failing to act in a way that a
person typically would under similar circumstances.
Example of Negligence
For example, if a property owner fails to warn a visitor of a hazard which
leads to the latter’s injury, the former can be held responsible
for their visitor’s medical bills and other accident-related expenses
Our full-service law firm is equipped to handle the following types of personal injury claims from
start to finish:
Understanding Florida's Personal Injury Laws
Navigating the legal complexities of personal injury claims in Florida
can be overwhelming, especially when you are dealing with the physical
and emotional aftermath of an injury. At Samuel M. Yaffa P.A., our experienced
Delray Beach personal injury attorneys are well-versed in Florida's laws
and can guide you through the process with compassion and expertise.
Some key aspects of Florida's personal injury laws include:
Comparative Negligence: Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which means that your
compensation may be reduced if you are found partially at fault for the accident.
Statute of Limitations: In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit
is generally four years from the date of the injury. However, there are
exceptions to this rule, so it's important to seek legal advice as soon
Potential Damages: Florida law allows for various types of damages in a personal injury claim,
including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
PIP Rule: Florida's Personal Injury Protection (PIP) rule requires individuals to
seek medical treatment within 14 days of an accident in order to be eligible
for PIP benefits.
By understanding these laws and how they apply to your case, you can make
informed decisions about your legal options.
To learn more about how our personal injury firm can help, call
(561) 677-8566 or
contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.