Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys Help You Recover Compensation
Since 1976, The Matassini Law Firm has been helping accident victims get compensation for their injuries
The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. is noted for compassionate counsel and aggressive advocacy in personal injury cases. Our firm has more than 60 years of combined litigation experience and has the resources to pursue personal injury claims through trial to verdict when necessary. Our talented attorneys and skilled support staff are ready to assist you in your injury matter.
Comprehensive approach to complex personal injury litigation
Personal injury cases are rarely cut and dried. What may appear at first glance to be a routine auto accident may raise issues of liability for the car’s manufacturer in addition to a negligent driver. Medical malpractice cases require expert analysis and testimony to determine negligence and causation. Our lawyers approach every case with open eyes and never settle for a superficial analysis of what could be a complex problem.
How do Florida courts determine legal liability?
In civil court, a plaintiff alleging an injury must show that:
- The defendant had a duty to act with care.
- The defendant breached that duty and instead acted carelessly, recklessly or deliberately.
- The defendant’s careless, reckless or deliberate act caused harm to the plaintiff.
- The plaintiff suffered true harm for which compensation is appropriate.
The plaintiff need not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, but only by a preponderance of the evidence which means “more likely than not.” If the plaintiff proves these points, the defendant is said to be liable, that is, responsible for the harm, and must pay a civil verdict that a judge or jury determines is sufficient.
How does comparative negligence affect personal injury compensation?
Comparative negligence is a part of the law that recognizes that two or more people can share responsibility for an accident. Therefore, a defendant who is accused of causing harm to a plaintiff can offer a defense that the plaintiff was also negligent. For instance, if a plaintiff slipped and fell in a restaurant, the defendant could claim the plaintiff was running when the slip occurred, and that the running was just as much a factor as the wet surface. The court reduces the plaintiff’s total recovery according to a percentage of the plaintiff’s liability.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Florida?
The statute of limitations imposes time constraints on personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice cases. A would-be plaintiff must file a lawsuit, usually within two to four years, or lose the right to sue forever. The statute is different for different types of injuries, so it’s important to consult a knowledgeable attorney at The Matassini Law Firm on this and other personal injury questions.
Call our Tampa personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation
The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. delivers the critical elements necessary for a positive outcome in personal injury cases: experience, skill and relentless dedication. Count on our family to help yours in your time of need. For your free initial confidential conference with one of our personal injury attorneys, call 813.379.2007 or contact us online.