Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyer
When we trip and fall on clutter at home, we can’t sue ourselves for our clumsiness. However, if we are involved in an accident and our injuries are caused by someone else’s negligence, then we may have a valid personal injury claim.
Personal injury cases happen every day. Auto accidents are the most common, but they can also include dog bites, slips and falls, medical malpractice, defective products, construction accidents, and workplace accidents.
Personal injury claims are based on negligence. A person is negligent if they do something that a reasonable person would not do in the same situation, or if they fail to do something that a reasonable person would do in the same situation. You can recover financial compensation for a person’s negligence. Common damages include medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In extreme cases of recklessness, you may even be able to receive punitive damages.
If you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s negligence, seek legal help right away. The Cahall Law Firm PLLC can assess your case and help you with the next steps. Contact our Sarasota personal injury lawyer today to schedule a consultation.
Elements of a Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim must include four elements:
- Those who drive on the roadways have a duty to act in a safe manner. Property owners have a duty to keep the premises safe. Doctors have a duty to provide patients with an acceptable standard of care.
- Breach of duty. When a person breaches their duty, they can be considered negligent and therefore held liable for any damages. For example, a doctor who performs surgery on the wrong body part is negligent. So is a driver who drives drunk and causes a crash.
- A person may be acting reckless or negligent, but their behavior must have caused some sort of accident. If you see a spill on the floor of a grocery store and alert an employee, you cannot file a claim unless that spill caused you to slip and fall, for example.
- A person may be acting reckless or negligent, but if they don’t cause any damages, then there’s nothing to sue them for. Therefore, you need proof that someone’s behavior caused your injury. If nobody is injured or someone is injured, but only suffered minor injuries, then there will likely be no claim.
Contact The Cahall Law Firm PLLC Today
Car accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, slips and falls, and other forms of personal injury can cause significant damages. You could face costly medical bills and extensive treatment. You need the right legal help on your side to get full and fair compensation.
The Cahall Law Firm PLLC can help with your personal injury case. Let us help you with physical, emotional and financial recovery. Contact our Sarasota personal injury lawyer to get started on your claim. To schedule a consultation, call (941) 281-2019 or fill out the online form.