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How comparative fault affects a personal injury lawsuit

Sometimes, people make decisions that lead to injuries for others. This could be in a car accident, a pedestrian accident, failing to keep their property safe, companies who make defective products and in many other situations. These injuries can result in massive medical bills and lost income if the person who is injured is unable to work. Luckily, in these types of situations, the other person may be held responsible for their poor decision through a personal injury lawsuit.

There are a number of factors that will determine the amount of compensation the victim will ultimately receive if successful in a personal injury lawsuit. One of these is known as "comparative fault." This factor takes into account whether the victim was at fault at all for the accident and injuries. If the victim was somewhat at fault, they receive less compensation. So, if the victim was 30 percent at fault, their ultimate compensation would be reduced by 30 percent. Being partially at fault does not prevent the victim from receiving compensation, it just reduces the amount they may receive.

Many people in Florida are injured each year due to another person's negligent decisions. Victims in these situations can suffer many consequences, both physical and financially as a result. Medical bills might pile up, and injuries suffered in these types of accidents can change life for the victims forever. However, the victims may be able to at least rectify the financial consequences by pursuing compensation. These can be very fact-specific matters and experienced attorneys may be a useful resource.

Source:, "Florida Statute 768.81" accessed on April 17, 2018

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