Fort Pierce Personal Injury Lawyers
Most people do not expect to suffer an injury as they progress through their daily routine. For example, it is reasonable to assume that you will make it to work unscathed if you drive safely. Likewise, you can assume that the scaffolding you pass on your way to lunch is secure, and the floor of the deli where you buy a sandwich is clean and dry.
In most scenarios, such assumptions are correct. When you’re wrong, though, the consequences can be devastating.
If you were hurt in an accident that only occurred because someone else was negligent or reckless, turn to the Fort Pierce personal injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston. We have assisted hundreds of clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Call 772-266-5555 to schedule a free consultation with one of our strategic accident attorneys.Do I Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim?
If you trip while grocery shopping because you happen to have poor balance, you would not have grounds for a personal injury claim against the establishment. If you slipped because the floor was wet, on the other hand, you may be entitled to compensation for all resulting injuries.
At the end of the day, negligence is the foundation of most successful personal injury claims. The only exception applies to cases that involve strict liability such as those stemming from defective products, dog bites, and demolitions involving explosives.
Regardless of whether your case is founded on strict liability, bad faith, or intentional misconduct, there are three elements that a personal injury claimant always must prove to secure compensation. Those elements are:
- A Duty of Care: The defendant’s duty of care to the plaintiff might have been established or implied. For example, motorists have an implied duty of care to those on the road around them while doctors establish a duty of care toward each patient they see in a clinical setting.
- A Breach of This Duty: There must have been some kind of breach of the duty of care. In other words, the defendant’s actions—or failure to act—must have created the conditions that ultimately led to the accident.
- Damages: If your doctor misreads an X-ray or the trucker in traffic next to you falls asleep but you do not sustain any injuries as a result, you do not have grounds for a claim. You must be able to prove that you incurred damages as a direct result of the defendant’s breach of duty.
If you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence, contact Donaldson & Weston to determine if you have grounds for a claim. We are proud to provide personalized and attentive representation, and we treat every case as if it was our most important one. Call 772-266-5555 or Contact Us Online to set up a free case evaluation with an accident lawyer.