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A personal injury lawyer is an attorney who represents people who have been physically injured by the wrongful behavior of another. Normally, this “wrongful behavior” is negligence, which means something like carelessness. Typical examples of negligence claims include:

A personal injury claim can also be based on intentional misconduct, such as a nightclub beating or a “road rage” incident.

Personal injury attorneys in Florida gather evidence and typically negotiate a private settlement compensating you for all of your losses arising from the accident that injured you — medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, child care expenses, etc. Although in some cases it is necessary to take the defendant to court, most personal injury claims are settled outside of court.

You Don’t Need A Dime to Retain Me.

If you have never used a Florida personal injury lawyer before, you might be under the impression that you cannot afford one. Such is not the case at my office. Your bill is calculated as a percentage of the amount you actually win, and if you do not receive either a judgment or a settlement, your total legal bill will be $0.00.

Don’t Worry About the IRS!

Fortunately, neither the IRS nor the Florida tax authorities tax personal injury compensation, with the following exceptions:

  • Amounts you receive for lost wages are taxable. Since you would have been taxed on these wages if you had earned them, however, you won’t be paying any more than you would have paid if you hadn’t been injured in the first place.
  • Punitive damages are taxable. Punitive damages are paid, if at all, in addition to ordinary compensatory damages. Since most injured victims do not receive punitive damages even if they win their case, this probably will not affect you.
  • Interest income is taxable. You may receive interest on your compensation backdated to the date of your accident. This income, typically minor in comparison with the total amount you receive, is taxable as ordinary interest income.

Traffic Accidents and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance

Traffic accidents are perhaps the most common form of personal injury. Florida is a “no-fault” auto insurance state — Florida motorists are required to carry $10,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. PIP insurance is designed to cover your own injuries, regardless of who caused the accident. It does not cover your liability to the other driver if the accident was your fault.

If your accident is considered serious enough, however, you may file a claim against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy as well as the at-fault driver himself. Since the at-fault driver may be uninsured or underinsured, however, it is best that you purchase more than $10,000 in PIP insurance.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

I was in a traffic accident that was partly my fault. Can I still win?

Florida applies a “pure comparative negligence” system. A Florida court will apportion fault between you and the defendant on a percentage basis – 35 percent your fault and, 65 percent the defendant’s fault, for example. In this case the defendant would pay 65 percent of your personal injury damages (and you would pay 35 percent of the defendant’s damages). In settlement negotiations, of course, you would estimate what percentage a court would assign and then negotiate from there.

What do I have to prove to win?

To win a Florida personal injury claim, you must prove four “elements” – duty of care, breach, causation and damages:

  • Duty of care: Every driver has a duty to drive with reasonable care, for example, but a doctor has a higher duty — to perform medical treatment you using a professional standard of care and skill.
  • Breach: The defendant failed to meet his duty of care – he ran a red light, for example, or allowed his dog to run free.
  • Causation: You must prove that the defendant’s breach of duty actually caused the accident.
  • Damages: You must prove the losses you are claiming with admissible evidence (medical bills are admissible evidence, for example).

Do I have a personal injury case?

The strength of your case depends on many factors including the four elements of a personal injury claim described above, the extent (if any) to which you share fault for the accident, and, above all, how well you are able to gather evidence for your claim. A skilled personal injury attorney in Florida can evaluate your claim and give you a rough estimate of its strength after consulting with you on the details of your case.

How long does a personal injury lawsuit take?

I learned long ago that every case is different and every client is unique. Because of this reality, it is impossible to provide a good estimate of how long it will take to resolve your claim without learning the details of your case first. Speaking generally, most claims are resolved in a few weeks or months –only a small minority of cases drag on for years.

Should I hire Personal Injury Attorneys In Florida?

Yes. Personal Injury Attorneys In Florida will understand the complex rules of civil procedure and evidence that apply, and will be skilled at gathering evidence that weaves together fact and law to create a powerful claim on your behalf.

More importantly, defendants and insurance companies tend to become far more cooperative once they learn that you have taken your claim seriously enough to hire a top personal injury lawyer to represent you. A personal injury lawyer in Florida can help guide you through the personal injury legal minefield.

Act Quickly to Preserve Your Claim

If you have been injured in Florida by the misconduct of someone else, you are going to need a personal injury attorney in Florida. Contact DLE Lawyers today at (305) 363-7855 or fill out my online contact form for a free initial consultation.

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About Jimmy De La Espriella

Jimmy De La Espriella actively litigates personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries and cases involving wrongful death on behalf of the victims and their families. These cases include vehicular collision, product liability, medical negligence, nursing home abuse/neglect, trucking catastrophe, industrial manufacturer negligence, insurance disputes, premises liability, drowning victims, airline accident, burn victims, and others.

The representation of individuals injured by negligence, medical malpractice or faulty products is one of the most challenging and rewarding specialties in the practice of law. We love what we do. This passion manifests itself in the dedication we bring to our clients and their cases. Let us help get your life back in order.

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Personal Injury Lawyers

Airplane Accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered the tragedy of an aviation-related accident, you need quality and trustworthy legal counsel in a timely manner. There is a fleeting timeframe to take action before the window of opportunity to seek recovery is gone. Aviation incidents involve many exhaustive and complicated details in respect to laws, […]
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Boating Accidents
With close to a million vessels registered in the state, Florida leads the nation in the number of vessels. Unfortunately, Florida also has the highest number of boating fatalities annually. In 2010 there were reportedly 668 boating accidents. Of these accidents, 79 of them resulted in deaths. The cause of boating accidents include: excessive speed, […]
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Brain Injuries
TBI’s (Traumatic Brain Injuries) are some of the most complicated and involved cases due to the fact that the brain itself is such a complex and fragile organ. A brain injury can stem from anything, including: automobile, aviation, and boating accidents, as well as medical malpractice. Complications that stem from brain injuries often do not […]
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Car Accidents
You might be surprised at how much money you might be eligible for if you were victimized by another person’s negligence or other misconduct. If you can prove your case, it is likely to add up to a lot more than simple reimbursement for your medical bills. You might also be entitled to:
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Catastrophic Accidents
Victims of catastrophic accidents are left seriously impaired and/or disabled by the negligence of others. Catastrophic accidents can be the result of almost any incident including animal attacks, motorcycle, car, train, plane and boating accidents, manufacturer and retail negligence; and failure to properly maintain property. The resulting injuries may include burns, damage to the spinal […]
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Drowning Victims
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under the age of 16. About one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger. Children ages 1 to 4 have the highest drowning rates. While children are often the victims of drowning accidents, this horrifying event can happen to […]
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Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents are far more dangerous than a regular automobile accident. This is as result of one’s body being completely unprotected and exposed during a crash. A motorcyclist cannot benefit from the metal exterior or frame of a car to shield them from the violent impact of a crash.
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Other Practice Areas
Jimmy De La Espriella actively litigates cases involving catastrophic injuries and cases involving wrongful death on behalf of the victims and their families. These cases include vehicular collision, product liability, medical negligence, nursing home abuse/neglect, trucking catastrophe, industrial manufacturer negligence, insurance disputes, premises liability, drowning victims, airline accident, burn victims, and others. The representation of […]
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Premises Liability
Business and land owners have legal responsibilities to ensure that any building, property, and residence they own is safe for renters, patrons and guests. This even extends to sidewalks and parking lots outside any given privately owned property as well. Too often, owners are lazy and do not invest in safety, leaving the public at […]
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Product Liability
When you buy any given product, you are entrusting the designers, manufacturers and retailers with the diligence to make sure their items are safe to use, reliable, and properly labeled. Unfortunately, sometimes a product reaches the market when known or unknown defects exist that would potentially put the uninformed public at risk of injury. If […]
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Spinal Cord Injuries
A spinal cord injury can arise in many types of accidents, including but not limited to car accidents, boating accidents, as well as slip and fall incidents. These very serious injuries are often the result of someone else’s negligence. The spinal cord is an extremely sensitive nerve bundle that originates at the head and travels […]
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Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are among the most devastating incidents an individual can be involved in.  On many occasions the victim of a trucking crash is left with life-altering injuries It is also very common that a trucking accident results in a fatality. Approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately […]
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