Wed 17th Oct | 2018

Overview of Florida Tort Law

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What Is Tort Law?

The term “tort” broadly refers to deliberately committed, wrongful actions (also known as “civil wrongs”) that infringe on the rights of others. In the state of Florida, “tort law” relates to civil cases in which the filing party is seeking compensation for damages caused by the unlawful actions of another. Torts have varying forms of negligent wrongs including:

  • Slander and libel
  • Sale of defective products
  • Misleading product marketing
  • Medical or legal malpractice
  • Battery and assault
  • Deliberate emotional harm
  • Manufacturing or design errors

Damages in Tort Law Cases

Damages in such cases typically involve a personal injury and demands for payment as a result of tangible and intangible damages, such as:

  • Lost wages
  • Reduced earning potential and ability to earn a living
  • Mental anguish
  • Psychological trauma
  • Reduced enjoyment of life
  • Hospital bills and other medical expenses

When suing for such damages, the filing/injured party may be able to obtain compensation for past and present damages, though they may not usually institute an official lawsuit until they reach maximum medical improvement. This allows a jury to evaluate demands for future damages and may prove valuable for injured parties for whom the financial impact of a criminal act may extend into the future indefinitely, such as long-term disability or drastically decreased quality of life.

In Florida, judges must decide tort law cases by relying on relevant precedents from higher courts, meaning that their decisions will be directly impacted by the results and rationale used in deciding similar cases. If you are filing a civil lawsuit against a negligent person or entity in the state of Florida, it is imperative that you receive counsel and representation from a Florida personal injury attorney.

Experienced Tort Lawyers Serving Clients in West Palm Beach & Throughout Florida

At Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Littky-Rubin & Whitman, we provide representation for injured people throughout the state of Florida. We have successfully handled thousands of claims involving negligence, unlawful wrongs, and resulting injuries and damages, and we may be able to help you pursue a fair solution in your case.

We handle tort cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless you do. Fees will be calculated based on a percentage of the total amount recovered in your case.

Let’s get started. Call 561-899-2100 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.