Attorneys Advising Accident Victims throughout St. Lucie County
With a population of more than a quarter of a million people and several major roadways, it is no surprise that St. Lucie County has a significant rate of car accidents. At its wide variety of shops, restaurants, and hotels, slip and falls are also common. If you have been hurt in an accident, the experienced St. Lucie County injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can guide you in seeking to hold the responsible party liable.
Holding a Negligent Defendant Liable for Damages
Accident cases, such as those that arise due to a car crash or a fall in the supermarket, are governed by negligence law. Broadly speaking, negligence arises any time that a person, business, or government fails to act in a reasonable manner, taking into consideration what an ordinary, prudent party would have done in the same circumstances. Most negligence cases have four elements: duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. The burden is on the plaintiff to prove each element by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that they are more likely than not to be true.
Establishing negligence in an accident case requires a careful investigation into the cause of the accident. This is important because the victim must show that he or she would not have been hurt if the defendant had met the appropriate standard of care. Hiring professionals such as accident reconstruction experts may be necessary in some cases.
Establishing a plaintiff’s damages may involve proof such as copies of medical bills and statements, as well as testimony by treating or examining physicians and other medical providers. Lost wages and loss of future earning capacity are included in damages awards in cases in which an accident rendered the plaintiff unable to work either temporarily or permanently. A plaintiff may also seek compensatory damages for pain and suffering and other subjective forms of harm.
In wrongful death cases, an experienced attorney can guide a family through the process of determining who exactly may file suit and which types of damages should be sought. In all personal injury claims, as well as wrongful death actions, there is a statute of limitations that establishes the time period during which a lawsuit may be filed by the injured person or the deceased person’s family or estate. Failing to file suit in a timely fashion usually means that the case will be dismissed.
Discuss Your Injury Claim with a St. Lucie County Lawyer
If your family has been harmed by the negligent or reckless conduct of an individual, business, or governmental entity, you may want to talk to a St. Lucie car accident attorney about your case. In addition to investigating your situation and making sure that procedural deadlines are met, a lawyer at Donaldson & Weston can negotiate on your behalf for an appropriate settlement and advocate for you at trial if needed. To schedule a free appointment with us, call us at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online. In most instances, we accept motor vehicle collision, slip and fall, and other injury cases on a contingency fee basis so that no legal fees are required upfront.