Accidents are one of the leading causes of death and personal injury in Pasco County and throughout the United States. Sadly, nearly all so-called accidents are entirely preventable and occur when people, companies, and institutions do not prioritize safety.
If you or a loved one were seriously injured in Pasco County, Florida, our personal injury attorneys can help. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, missed wages and pain and suffering. Call our office today for to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC we are passionate advocates for injured people. Our Pasco County personal injury lawyers take a hands-on approach, devising comprehensive strategies individually tailored to your case and aggressively litigating for the maximum possible damages. All our legal decisions are informed by your specific circumstances, and we make sure you are aware of all your legal options before proceeding. When we represent you, we will thoroughly investigate your Pasco County car accident or injury to discover all potentially liable parties and make a determination of liability before proceeding with your case. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we never charge a fee unless we make a successful financial recovery on your behalf.
Personal injury claims may involve technical or legal complexities that are best handled by an experienced Florida attorney. If your injuries are severe or have left you with impairments, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help you maximize your compensation. If the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement, an experienced injury attorney can negotiate skillfully on your behalf or fight for your rights in court if necessary. Your attorney can hire experts, conduct their own investigation into your case and make sure all important deadlines and filing dates are met. If an insurance company or other defendant refuses to treat you fairly, our attorneys are ready and able to take them to trial if necessary.
Additionally, cases with serious personal injuries often involve significant medical bills and lost wages. An attorney can help you find medical treatment, manage the mounting bills and help ease the burden of lost time at work.
A variety of situations can give rise to a personal injury claim. Common examples include:
Such cases may be resolved through an out-of-court settlement or through civil court proceedings. Our personal injury attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC have more than 100 years of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury matters. Contact us for a free consultation if you have been hurt through the negligence or wrongdoing of another.
In Pasco County, unintentional injuries are by far the leading cause of hospitalization. In 2017, 3,510 people were hospitalized in Pasco County as a result of unintentional injuries, the vast majority of which were injuries that resulted from falls (2,078). This is almost five times as many hospitalizations from falls than from motor vehicle collisions (471). This trend holds true in each and every year of data available.
In cases of fatal injury, deaths that result from falls (4,985) are second only to poisonings in Florida (3,174). Motor vehicle traffic deaths are third with 3,149.
In personal injury cases, damages refer the monetary award paid to someone as compensation for their injuries. These damages typically fall into two categories, compensatory damages and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages, as the name implies, are awarded to compensate someone for damages, injuries or other loss. Compensatory damages can be economic and non-economic. Economic damages are easily calculable and include medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages can be much more difficult to calculate and include non-tangible things such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, emotional distress and more.
Punitive damages exist to punish particularly reprehensible, reckless, or dangerous behavior. In Florida, there are laws that set a limit or cap on the amount of money that can be awarded as punitive damages. For most cases, punitive damages are limited to three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for unusually reckless or dangerous or egregiously bad behavior and are not often levied.
Personal injury claims arise when a person suffers harm from an accident or injury for which someone else is legally responsible. Usually, legal responsibility for an injury is based on the concept of negligence. This means that a negligent person failed to exercise reasonable care in their actions and in doing so caused another person’s injuries.
Establishing negligence in a personal injury case typically hinges on four main elements:
Sometimes the person you think is responsible for your injuries will respond by trying to prove that it is you who was negligent and is responsible. He or she may allege that you are at least partly responsible for your own injuries or in some cases for making your injuries worse. If it is determined that you are partly responsible, it will affect the amount you are eligible to recover in compensation.
Florida follows a pure comparative compensation rule. Under this rule, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if another driver runs a red light and hits your car in the middle of an intersection, for instance, that another driver runs a red light and hits your car in the middle of an intersection. But suppose that you were traveling over the speed limit at the time you were hit.
If you hadn’t been speeding you might have been able to avoid the collision, so you are partly at fault. Now, suppose that damages amounted to $5,000 dollars and you were 10% at fault while the other driver was 90% at fault. In this case, your settlement would be reduced by 10% and you would receive $4,500 dollars instead of $5,000.
If you have suffered a serious injury of any kind, you may have a personal injury case. Even if you are not sure if your injuries were a result of someone else’s negligence, you should at least speak with a personal injury attorney. At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, we offer free and confidential case evaluations and would be happy to speak with you and learn the facts of your case. Our attorneys can investigate your situation and discover who may be liable for your injuries and let you know what your options are.
At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC our personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency-fee basis. Simply put, our clients don’t pay anything unless we win a settlement or judgment. There are no upfront out-of-pocket costs when you work with us. If and when we are successful in secure compensation on your behalf, either through settlement or a jury verdict, our fees will be taken out as a percentage of the recovery.
There are many advantages to this system. First of all, it allows anyone to be able to have quality legal representation without having to pay hourly or with a retainer. In personal injury cases, our clients are often going up against insurance companies or large corporations. Without an attorney, there is a very low likelihood that these companies will deal fairly with injured people. Having an attorney on your side can help level the playing field and ensure you receive a fair compensation. Secondly, this system helps clients get the best possible outcome. Our attorneys are invested in every case we take and it our results speak for themselves.
Every state sets a time limit on how long a plaintiff has to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date of the accident, Florida Statutes 95.11(3). If the case is filed after that time, it is very likely that the courts will refuse to hear the case.
Not all cases have a four-year limit, however. The statute has several provisions for specific circumstances and situations such as cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, and others. Because of these exceptions and rigid timelines, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as you are able if you have been seriously injured. However, if a significant amount of time has passed, don’t assume that you have missed the opportunity to file a suit. Consult an attorney to discuss your exact circumstances.
Our Wesley Church personal injury attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC maintain a small caseload in Pasco County and surrounding areas, so we can provide our clients with the attention and respect each case deserves and requires.
We understand that this might be a tough time for you, and we offer a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case before proceeding. Contact us today if you have suffered harm through the negligence of another. Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC proudly serves personal injury victims in New Port Richey, Wesley Church, and surrounding areas of Florida.