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How much will I receive in my Florida personal injury case? This is a common question that I hear. The answer depends on the extent of your injuries and the degree of negligence of the other party. It also depends on the expertise of the lawyer. As an experienced personal injury attorney with a track record of winning significant awards for my clients, I know what questions to ask and where to look to provide you with the maximum compensation for your injuries.

Personal injury lawsuits can be filed for any situation in which you believe you have been hurt due to the negligence of another party. Car accidents are a common cause of injuries for which compensation may be sought. Others may include accidents involving other types of vehicles, such as bicycles, off-road recreation vehicles, boats, and jet skis; defective or dangerous product injuries; slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall cases; medical malpractice; animal attacks; and unsafe premises. 

Regardless of the cause of the personal injury, Florida law applies no caps on economic or non-economic damages, collectively referred to as compensatory damages. Florida does have a cap on punitive damages, which a jury may impose upon the party at fault as a form of punishment when gross or willful negligence has occurred. The cap on punitive damages is three times the compensatory damages or a maximum of $500,000. 

When you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, you may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit in order to seek compensation for your losses. Compensatory damages compensate you for losses you would not have suffered if you had not been injured. These losses may be tangible, such as financial expenses or property damage, or they may be intangible, such as the pain and suffering you endure.   

There is no cap to compensatory damages in Florida. When I take on a personal injury case, I treat my client the way I would a family member or friend, uncovering every possible loss, expense, or complication to ensure that my client receives maximum compensation for his or her injuries.

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