Port Charlotte, Florida
Located on Florida’s gorgeous Gulf Coast, Port Charlotte is the most populated community in Charlotte County. It’s an unincorporated community home to more than 50,000 people, with residents and vacationers enjoying its golf courses, boat rentals/ fishing charters, cultural center and public beach parks.
At The Garvin Law Firm, our Port Charlotte personal injury lawyers are committed to ensuring adequate compensation for those injured accidents involving motor vehicles, boats and hazardous walking surfaces. Those who enjoy the privilege of driving a car, operating a boat or running a business owe a duty to use reasonable care. Failure to do so is negligence, the grounds upon which we can assert a demand for just compensation.Port Charlotte Auto Accidents
The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, responsible for patrolling the unincorporated areas of the county – including Port Charlotte – reports more than 2,100 total crashes in a year, resulting in approximately 1,100 injuries. There were also dozens of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents, as well as more than 300 commercial vehicle accidents.
Those injured in Port Charlotte crashes caused by negligent drivers may be entitled to collect compensation for:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental/ emotional suffering.
Family members may be entitled to seek damages for loss of consortium in cases of catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. These are all what are known as “compensatory damages,” meaning the intention is to make the victim whole again (or as whole as possible). In rare cases, mostly involving drunk drivers or profit-motivated trucking carriers, your injury attorney may seek punitive damages, which per F.S. 768.73 are intended to punish a tortfeasor (wrongdoer). In most cases, punitive damages in Florida are limited to three times compensatory damages or $500,000 (whichever is greater), though in cases where tortfeasor was motivated by profit, it can be up to four times the amount of compensatory damages or $2 million (whichever is greater).
Contacting an experienced Port Charlotte accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash can help you understand your legal options – and ensure you don’t miss any deadlines as established by Florida’s statute of limitations, F.S. 95.11.Port Charlotte Slip-and-Fall Attorneys
Another common cause of personal injuries in Port Charlotte are slip-and-fall accidents. The Florida Department of Health reports unintentional falls are the No. 1 cause of death among Floridians over age 65, and the fourth-leading cause of injury deaths overall. An estimated 2,500 people die and another 63,000 are hospitalized after falls.
Total admission charges for these injuries is $3.6 billion statewide annually. When slip-and-fall injuries are the result of negligence by a property owner, a premises liability claim may help victims recover damages. Our dedicated injury attorneys can help.
Contact Port Charlotte personal injury lawyers at The Garvin Law Firm by calling 239.277.0005.