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A car wreck, a slip and fall accident, or a wrongful death can wreak havoc on the health, emotional stability, and financial wellbeing of a family. It can take weeks, months, or even years before a sense of order returns to the household, especially when bills are piling up and no money is coming in. Based in Stuart, the personal injury attorneys at Donaldson & Weston can help victims of car accidents in and around Stuart and Port St. Lucie assert their rights against the parties who have harmed them. You may have legal options if you have been hurt because of the negligence of a person, business, or governmental entity.
We are each expected to conduct ourselves in a reasonable and prudent manner. If someone fails to meet this standard, that person or entity may be legally liable for the harm inflicted on others.
Personal injury cases are most often based on a theory of negligence. The basic idea is that we are each expected to conduct ourselves in a reasonable and prudent manner. If someone fails to meet this standard, that person or entity may be legally liable for the harm inflicted on others. While the standard of care varies according to the relationship between the parties, it is often defined as what a reasonable, prudent person would have done in the same circumstances.
Negligence cases have four basic parts. The plaintiff must first show that the defendant owed a duty to him or her. This can be done through statutory law, administrative law, or case law. Next, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant breached the duty that was owed. An eyewitness may testify regarding the breach, an expert may render an opinion, or physical evidence may be introduced. Step three involves a causal link between the injuries that the plaintiff suffered and the duty that was breached by the defendant. Finally, there must be proof of actual damages to the plaintiff. These can account for both economic and non-economic forms of harm.
In slip and fall cases brought under a premises liability theory, a plaintiff generally will also need to establish that he or she was lawfully on the defendant’s property as either an invitee or a licensee. This is because the duty owed in a premises liability action is dependent upon the victim’s status, with the highest duty owed to invitees. These are customers or patrons of a business, while licensees are broadly defined as social guests.
Once a plaintiff has finished his or her medical treatment, or, in cases of permanent disability, reached a point of maximum medical improvement, an experienced Stuart personal injury attorney can make a determination of the approximate value of the case, taking into consideration the plaintiff’s medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and the possibility of punitive damages in cases of reckless conduct or wanton and willful behavior by the defendant. If settlement negotiations do not result in an agreement, the case may proceed to trial.
The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are available to help victims and their families pursue justice and compensation.
People who have been harmed or lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence in the Stuart area should seek legal advice. The personal injury and wrongful death lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are available to help victims and their families pursue justice and compensation. To set up a free appointment with our office, call us at (772) 266-5555 or contact us online. We represent injured individuals from our offices in Stuart and West Palm Beach, as well as throughout Martin County, Palm Beach County, and St. Lucie County. Our Stuart personal injury lawyers handle cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we receive a percentage of any settlement or judgment when the case is concluded. No legal fees are required upfront, and none are due if we do not secure a settlement or judgment on your behalf.
What You Should do After an Accident
In the aftermath of an accident, there are certain steps to take that may be vital in ultimately asserting those rights. The injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can help individuals take legal action to seek the compensation that they need from those who have harmed them.