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Does It Matter How Much Your Personal Injury Claim Is Worth?

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Although multi-million dollar personal injury verdicts tend to make the news headlines, most cases only involve a few thousand dollars in damages. Of course, if you are the victim, any amount of damages are welcome relief. But what you may not realize is that the value of your claim can have a significant impact… Read More »

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Is A Building Code Violation Proof Of A “Dangerous Condition”?

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Florida law requires all property owners to keep their premises in a “reasonably safe condition” for invited guests. An owner can be held legally responsible if a “dangerous condition” on the property causes injury to an invited guest. One way to establish the existence of a dangerous condition is a building code violation. In… Read More »

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Is An Owner Liable For Negligence In The “Mode Of Operation” Of Its Business?

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In a slip-and-fall case, the plaintiff must prove that the owner of the property had “actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition” that caused the accident. Historically, Florida courts could apply a common-law rule known as “negligent mode of operation” to establish constructive knowledge. Basically, if the owner maintains or enforces a policy… Read More »

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Is Circumstantial Evidence Enough To Prove A Personal Injury Case?

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In any trial, a party may introduce both direct and circumstantial evidence to prove their case. Direct evidence usually consists of witness testimony, i.e., a person recalling what they personally saw or was told. Circumstantial evidence, in contrast, is indirect evidence from which a jury can infer certain things happened. Florida Appeals Court Tosses… Read More »

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Understanding The Use Of Expert Testimony In Personal Injury Cases

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Many personal injury cases require the use of expert testimony. An expert can offer context and understanding of certain technical issues that is normally beyond the experience of the average person–that is to say, the average juror. Trial courts use a test known as the Daubert standard to screen potential expert testimony. If the… Read More »

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What You Need To Know Before Filing A Personal Injury Lawsuit Against The Government

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If you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident while on private property, such as a supermarket, you normally have the right to sue the owner for damages arising from your accident. But what happens when you are on government-owned property? Say your slip and fall occurred while you were at the Post Office. Can… Read More »

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Are Government Contractors Protected By Sovereign Immunity From Personal Injury Lawsuits?

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When you want to file a personal injury lawsuit against the state or any part of the state, such as a county, you need to be mindful of the rules governing sovereign immunity. Basically, you cannot sue the government unless the legislature adopts a law permitting such lawsuits. The Florida legislature has adopted such… Read More »

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How A Seemingly Simple Deadline Can Trip Up Your Personal Injury Case

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When pursuing any type of personal injury claim, you need to be aware of certain deadlines. For example, you probably know that there is a rule called the statute of limitations that requires you to file a lawsuit within a certain time period. For personal injury claims, Florida’s statute of limitations is four years…. Read More »

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How Can Medical Insurance Benefits Affect My Personal Injury Award?

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One of the most basic principles of personal injury law is that an accident victim is entitled to compensation for their medical expenses. In simple terms, if you are injured in a slip-and-fall accident, and your subsequent medical bills come to $10,000, the negligent property owner can be required to pay you $10,000 in… Read More »

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I Was Injured While on a Cruise–Can I Sue?

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When a slip and fall accident occurs within Florida, you have the right to sue the property owner in court for damages. This is what is known as a premises liability claim. Essentially, you need to prove that the owner’s negligence in maintaining their property caused your accident. But what happens when a slip… Read More »

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