Injury Attorneys Serving Residents of the Miami Area
At the Acosta Law Firm, we have assisted many people throughout South Florida with bringing a lawsuit after a devastating accident. An injury caused by someone else’s carelessness can create significant stress for you and your family on physical, emotional, and financial levels. Our lead attorney, Julio C. Acosta, spent 20 years representing insurance companies and learning exactly how they work. Now, Julio and the firm’s team of dedicated and experienced injury lawyers use that knowledge to assert the rights of Miami residents and others who are seeking compensation for their harm. We are committed to maximizing the settlement or trial verdict value of your case and to making sure that you receive the personal attention that you and your loved ones deserve.
Establishing Liability in a Car Accident Case
As one of the largest states in the nation, Florida is home to nearly 20 million residents. Unfortunately, there are many situations in which you can potentially find yourself the victim of another driver’s carelessness behind the wheel. People who have been hurt in a car accident may have the right to file a negligence claim against anyone who was responsible for their injuries. If they are successful, they may be able to receive damages for both economic and non-economic costs and losses, ranging from medical expenses and lost wages to the victim’s pain and suffering.
In a motor vehicle collision case, you must prove that the other driver owed you a duty of care and that he or she breached this duty through some careless action. You also would need to show that the other driver’s failure to exercise due care was the direct cause of your injuries. Finally, you must provide evidence supporting the amount of damages that you suffered.
In some instances, the defendant may argue that the victim was at least partly responsible for causing the accident. Even if this is true, Florida’s rule of pure comparative negligence still allows an injured person to recover an amount of damages that is proportionate to the defendant’s degree of fault.
Bringing a Premises Liability Claim
Restaurants, stores, hotels, and other businesses are responsible for keeping their premises in a safe condition. They must regularly inspect the property for any dangerous areas and respond promptly by repairing them or warning visitors about them. However, many property owners fail to meet this standard of care, and people may suffer unexpected accidents as a result.
A type of personal injury case known as a premises liability claim may arise when a person is hurt on property owned by someone else. The plaintiff must establish the elements of duty, breach, causation, and damages, similar to a motor vehicle collision claim. Even if a business is not actually aware of a certain hazard, it still may be held accountable if it should have discovered it by exercising reasonable care. In some situations, a defendant may argue that a dangerous condition was open and obvious, so the victim was careless in failing to notice it. These disputes are highly fact-specific, so security videotapes and eyewitness testimony may play a key role in establishing liability. In order to forestall the potential decay or disappearance of evidence, it is essential to explore your legal options as soon as possible after a slip and fall.
Consult a Miami Lawyer to Seek Compensation after an Accident
If you have been hurt as the result of another person’s or company’s carelessness, you may have legal rights to assert. At the Acosta Law Firm, our Miami attorneys can guide people involved in car accidents and slip and falls across South Florida. We offer a free consultation to help you understand your options. Call us at 305-858-8880 or contact us online to set up an appointment. The Acosta Law Firm represents accident victims in cities such as Pembroke Pines, Fort Lauderdale, Coral Gables, West Palm Beach, and Key West, as well as other areas of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties.