Personal Injury Attorney
in Jacksonville, Florida

If you suffer an injury, no matter how severe it is, your life will likely change. According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, there were over 144,000 non-fatal injury hospitalizations in the state in 2019.  Whether you are forced to take a couple of days off of work or you can’t work for months while you recover, your day-to-day life may be altered for days, weeks, months, or even years. 

The party who is at fault for your injury should be held responsible for the negative impacts on your life. When an injury occurs due to negligence, or an accident, it’s important that you find an attorney whom you can trust to advocate for your needs. With 30 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in Florida, I can help you file your personal injury claim and pursue the financial compensation you need for your injuries, property damage, and any additional pain and suffering you’ve been forced to endure. Call or reach out to my firm, the Glober Law Firm, today to learn more about how I can help you with your case.

Personal Injury Claims in Florida

If you are planning to file a personal injury claim in Jacksonville, Florida, or the surrounding areas of Duval County, Clay County, Nassau County, Baker County, Union County, Bradford County, or St Johns County — in most cases you must do so within four years after the date of the accident. (Shorter deadlines apply in some circumstances, such as in claims for professional malpractice, wrongful death, and claims against public entities.) This is generally referred to as the statute of limitations. 

As mentioned above, it’s also important to keep in mind that if you are filing a claim against the local or state government in Florida, you will have less time to file. Whether the injury took place in Duval County or Nassau County, it’s critical that you pay attention to the statute of limitations. You should ask your lawyer for advice because different types of injuries have different timeframes for filing the claim.

There are several other key facts to keep in mind when you are considering filing a personal injury claim due to negligence or an accident:

Proving Fault

Florida is considered a no-fault car accident state. This means that even if the accident was your fault, your own insurance policy will provide compensation for specific out-of-pocket losses, such as lost income and medical bills. Most no-fault policies have the minimum coverage limits allowed by law, which is $10,000.  No matter where the accident took place in Florida, your insurance company must follow the no-fault rule. 

Although Florida is a no-fault state with respect to automobile accidents, because most no-fault insurance policies are relatively small, people with serious injuries often file bodily injury claims in addition to no-fault claims. Bodily injury claims require an injured person to prove that someone else caused the claimant's injuries, but bodily injury claims have the potential of providing more compensation than the typical $10,000 no-fault insurance policy.

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Florida’s Pure Comparative Negligence Rule

If you are found to share any level of fault for the accident, then that means you will own some share of liability. The state of Florida applies the pure comparative negligence rule to all personal injury cases. This means that if you made a small mistake that contributed to the accident, then any compensation you collect will be reduced to account for your level of fault.

For example, imagine you are injured in an auto accident after another car decided to change lanes without looking and run you off the road. However, dashcam footage shows that you were speeding at the time of the accident. The court may rule that your excessive speeds contributed to the accident, and assign you with 20% fault. If the court ultimately decides to award you $100,000 in compensation, that number will be reduced by 20%, or $20,000, to account for your level of fault in causing the accident. This means that you would only be eligible to collect $80,000. 

Filing a Personal Injury Claim 

If you suffer a personal injury, you have to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care which they did not fulfill. You must then prove that their failure to uphold that duty of care resulted in damage to you. 

PIP Coverage

Your car insurance policy should include personal injury protection coverage, known as PIP coverage. This is the coverage that will reimburse you for specific out-of-pocket expenses like medical bills and lost income, even if you were at fault for the car accident. Whether the accident happened in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, or Miami, Florida, the PIP coverage applies.

Statute of Limitations

Keep the timeframe in mind. After the date of the accident, you have four years to file a personal injury claim in most cases. If your claim is against the local or state government in Florida, remember that you will have less than four years. Claims for professional malpractice and wrongful death also have statutes of limitations of less than four years.  Speak with your attorney about the specifics of your case to make sure that you are filing all of the necessary paperwork within the statute of limitations.

Damages Available

Depending on the case, you may be able to receive punitive damages that go beyond reimbursement for the medical and lost income costs associated with your injuries. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish a wrongdoer who recklessly or intentionally harms someone.  The amount of compensation you could receive for your personal injury depends on the specific circumstances of your case.

Florida has limits on punitive damages.  In most common situations, like car accidents and slip and fall injuries, Florida has set a cap. In these cases, the total punitive damages you can generally receive is equal to either three times the amount of the compensation you are awarded, or up to $500,000, whichever amount is greater. If you are unsure about the amount of damages you would be eligible to receive, it’s best to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer who can answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have.

Work with a Personal Injury Attorney You Can Trust

When you suffer a personal injury, the process of receiving compensation for your medical expenses and lost income can be difficult and stressful. The last thing you want to worry about during your recovery process is overcoming the stress and anxiety of a legal case.

That’s why I’ve spent over 30 years working with individuals and families in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, and across the entire state of Florida to help them pursue the compensation they need after an accident. If you or someone you know has been injured and is looking for reliable legal guidance, contact my firm, the Glober Law Firm, today to schedule a free case consultation. Together we can discuss the unique details of your case and outline a plan to pursue the justice you deserve.

Personal Injury Attorney
in Jacksonville, Florida

There is no need to navigate the complex waters of personal injury law alone. The Glober Law Firm can help you pursue financial compensation for the negative impacts a personal injury has had on your life. I take every step to present the strongest case for personal injury victims throughout Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and the entire state of Florida. Contact me today to learn about how my firm, the Glober Law Firm, can help you with your case.