You or a loved one has just been injured due to someone else’s negligence. The first thing you need to do is gather your wits. If you are able to do so, take pictures of the accident scene and any condition which may have caused or contributed to the accident. Cooperate with law enforcement or anyone else investigating the accident and demand a copy of any accident report. Try and get the contact information from any witnesses or bystanders. If necessary, allow yourself to be transported to the emergency room.
Negligence is the cornerstone of any case for personal injury. In order to prove a claim for personal injury, an injured party must first prove that the defendant person or business was negligent. As a general rule, everyone is under a duty to conduct themselves in all of their activities so as not to create unreasonable risks of harm and injury to others. “Negligence is conduct which falls below the standard established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.” R. § 282.
We are all familiar with the old adage “accidents happen.” It is a true and unfortunate fact of life. Whenever an accident does happen, we often look to see if the accident was avoidable and whether someone else was at fault. If so, the law may hold the other party responsible for your physical injuries and financial damages responsible.
Proving negligence requires the injured party to prove that:
- The responsible party owed a duty to the injured party.
- The responsible party was negligent by violating their duty to the injured party by deviating from the expected standard of conduct.
- That the negligent conduct was the cause of the resulting harm suffered by the injured party.
- The injured party sustained actual loss or damages.
The law has also codified many activities as being inherently dangerous. For example, under Florida law, if someone leaves their keys in their vehicle, and the vehicle is subsequently stolen and causes an accident, the individual who left their keys in the vehicle will be held responsible for all damages to injured persons. This is called negligence per se. The violation of a statute governing conduct can create a conclusive presumption of negligence.
My office and I will personally guide you through the process of properly presenting your case and either settling for the maximum amount or taking your case to trial to compel the insurance carrier to compensate you for your injuries. My office regularly works with experienced trial attorneys whose skills combined with my expertise will jointly work to maximize your recovery.
Byron Broun has been handling negligence claims for over 25 years. He has represented individuals and families who have suffered injuries and loss with competence and compassion his entire career. He will make sure that all potential avenues of recovery are explored. If the case cannot be settled on an amicable and equitable basis, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We will identify the existence of insurance coverage under any available insurance policy and will investigate the responsible party’s personal assets to compensate you for your injuries. Over the course of his career, Byron Broun has handled cases involving:
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Products Liability – including defective manufacturing and defective design.
- Slip and Falls
- Negligent Security
- Food Poisoning
- Dog Bites
- Boating Accidents
- Maritime and Admiralty
It’s really quite simple. You can hire a firm that handles thousands of cases or you can hire someone like me who will lend his knowledge, experience, tenacity and compassion to your case. I am not part of a referral network. I will educate myself about the facts and circumstances giving rise to your case and make sure that it is thoroughly prepared for presentation to an insurance adjustor or jury to maximize your recovery
Personal Injury Negligence Cases
If you retain my services, any attorney fee will be earned on a contingency fee basis in accordance with the rule regulating the Florida Bar. Fees are typically 33% of any pre-suit recovery and up to 40% should a lawsuit be filed. The costs associated with the pursuit of your case will be borne by my office until the case is resolved. At the end of the case, the costs will be deducted from the gross settlement and you will be furnished with a settlement sheet showing where each and every item of expense was incurred.
Contingency Fee Basis
If I agree to handle your case, I will work on a contingency fee basis, which means I will get paid for my services only if you recover money on your claim.
I will fund the costs associated with the pursuit of your case until a settlement is reached or the conclusion of your case.
Byron Broun handles personal injury negligence cases in the Tampabay area including residence of St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Clearwater, Gulfport, , Treasure Island, Indian Shores, Tierra Verde, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, North Redington Beach, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Indian Rocks Beach, Safety Harbor , Madeira Beach, Seminole, Redington Shores, Redington Beach, Odessa, Kenneth City, Dunedin, Ozona, Bellair Bluffs, Belleair Beach, Palm Harbor, Bellair Shores, South Pasadena, Crystal Beach, Pasadena and Bay Pines.