Punta Gorda, Florida
Punta Gorda is the only incorporated city in Charlotte County, home to an estimated 15,000 people. It’s a community that has grown in fits and starts, one of the more recent setbacks being Hurricane Charley damage in 2004. The city has since recovered well, seizing the opportunity to revitalize waterfront and downtown areas, attracting more residents and tourists alike.
The downside to this, though, is there are more accidents. It’s not just auto accidents, though the city reports well over 200 of them annually (that includes motorcycle accidents). There are also more slip-and-fall injuries, medical malpractice incidents and elder abuse.
The Garvin Law Firm’s Punta Gorda personal injury lawyers have successfully handled injury claims in Southwest Florida for 30 years. We work tirelessly to protect the rights and further the best interest of those who have been harmed by the illegal and negligent acts of others.Negligence in Punta Gorda
Negligence is a critical factor in any Punta Gorda personal injury case. Negligence can be proven by establishing four key elements:
- Defendant owed a duty of care to plaintiff;
- Defendant breached that duty;
- Defendant’s breach caused plaintiff’s injury;
- Plaintiff suffered a compensable injury.
Each element must be proven for plaintiff to successfully collect damages.
Defendants in personal injury litigation often challenge their own liability by alleging comparative fault. That is, defendant alleges plaintiff is wholly or partially to blame for their own injuries, and therefore defendant shouldn’t have to pay. The good news is that as a pure comparative negligence state, per F.S. 768.81, plaintiff’s partial liability won’t bar an injury claim. However, it will proportionately reduce the damages one may collect. No attorney can guarantee you a certain outcome, but generally when you work with an experienced lawyer – one who understands how to fight back against assertions of comparative fault – your odds of maximizing your compensation are higher.Trusted Injury Lawyers in Punta Gorda
The Garvin Law Firm is closely familiar with both the 20th Judicial Circuit and Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, where most civil lawsuits in Punta Gorda will be handled. This long-time experience puts our clients at an advantage.
Most injury claims can be resolved before a case ever makes it to trial – and sometimes before it’s even necessary to file a lawsuit. This is accomplished by persistent negotiations with insurers (often the entity responsible to pay claims for negligent insureds).
However, our attorneys will not hesitate to pursue claims to the trial phase if it is in the client’s best interests.
Contact Punta Gorda personal injury lawyers at The Garvin Law Firm by calling 239.277.0005.