Accidents happen every day—on the road, at the store, in the park, and even in private homes. It only takes a second for a life to change forever. Sometimes, these accidents are unavoidable. They are simply awful misfortunes that no one could have foreseen or prevented. Other times, however, an accident occurs as the direct result of the negligent behavior of another person. When a drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car, a careless owner fails to control his pet, or a manufacturer is lazy in product testing, the victims of these accidents are the ones left to suffer the serious physical, emotional, and financial consequences. In these situations, though, Florida law does allow accident and injury victims to file a claim against those responsible.
At the law offices of DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A., we’ve been helping accident victims seek justice for their injuries and compensation to help them recover since 1976. Led by attorney Paul Cavonis, our Help For The Hurt team is committed to providing clients personalized attention and vigorous representation. Accident victims should not have to suffer alone. That’s why our team is here to be your legal partners and help you obtain the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and maintain a safe, stable life. If you or someone you love has been injured, call our Seminole office today at 727-397-5571 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
Injury Law and Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney Paul Cavonis has always been passionate about sports cars, motorcycles, and racing. He founded HelpfortheHurt Motorsports to share this enthusiasm with mutual fans and enthusiasts of all ages. When he is not practicing law, he trades in his suit and tie for a t-shirt and jeans and can be found under the hood working on his cars or tinkering with his motorcycles. He is a self-professed "Ford Guy" and has two Ford GTs, a Kirkham Cobra, and drives a Ford pick-up to the office. He loves cars so much, he once took his family on vacation to watch the "24 Hours of Le Mans" race in France and to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.
He also enjoys participating in community events such as the annual Seminole Pow Wow Parade. Nothing brings him more nostalgic joy than seeing a kid's eyes light up when he revs the engine! We also participate in local cars shows. Please come out to meet Paul and talk cars--he'd love it. Learn more about HelpfortheHurt Motorsports.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Our Florida Law Firm Handles
Injury lawsuits can result from a wide variety of accidents in any number of locations. When another person fails to exercise reasonable care and that failure results in an injury to someone else, those victims are entitled to pursue legal action. At DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A., we’ve helped clients protect their rights after many types of personal injuries, including:
- Car accidents. Many car accidents occur when a driver acts irresponsibly behind the wheel, especially those who are drunk, distracted, drugged, and more.
- Truck accidents. Commercial truck accidents are all too common on our nation’s roadways. With the pressure to deliver goods and services quickly, operators will often push the limits of themselves and their vehicles. The results can be disastrous for other drivers.
- Pedestrian accidents. You don’t always have to be in a vehicle to be injured in a car accident. Every year, pedestrians are injured and killed by careless drivers.
- Motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists face unique dangers on the road. They are much more vulnerable than those in other types of vehicles and are often overlooked.
- Slips and falls. Falls are among the most common injuries in our area of Florida. When a property owner fails to maintain a safe premises, injuries can occur. Those victims may be able to take legal action against the owner.
- Dog bites. The state of Florida takes a strict stance against pet owners who do not appropriately look after their pets’ behavior toward others. Dogs can inflict serious injury when they bite or otherwise attack victims.
- Wrongful death. If a member of your family is killed in an accident, surviving loved ones do have a right to pursue legal action to get justice for their relative and compensation to support those experiencing financial hardship as a result.
- Premises liability. Property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises. This can include anything from providing adequate security, ensuring proper maintenance, maintaining clean air, clearing walkways, and more.
- Product liability. Manufacturers have an obligation to ensure their products are safe and conform to national standards. However, every year in Florida, people are injured and killed by dangerous or defective products.
- Dangerous and defective products. When a manufacturer fails to warn its users about the risks, fails to properly test, or falsely advertised a product, consumers are entitled to seek justice for the complications suffered.
- Class action consumer issues. When a company or manufacturer acts in a way that harms many people, those victims can save time, energy, and resources by grouping together to hold that party responsible. Though these actions take time, they have been known to be an effective way to protect the rights of victims and obtain compensation from those at fault.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a situation described here, or if you aren’t sure if your accident or injury falls into one of these categories, call the Help For The Hurt team today at 727-397-5571. We can help answer your questions and determine just what your legal options may be.
What Kinds of Compensation Can Florida Injury Victims Recover?
Under state law, Florida injury victims can recover financial compensation to pay for a number of bills and recover money that is lost because of the injury. Often, victims must miss work due to their injuries, or they are not able to perform the same tasks they could before prior to their injury. As a result, victims need reimbursement to continue to live a secure life. In Florida, victims may recover compensation for:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost benefits
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
How Can Our Personal Injury Attorney Help Your Case?
Unfortunately, when it comes to injury law cases, the victims often find themselves having to defend their own behavior. Despite another party acting negligently, it is the victim who must gather evidence, secure witnesses, find experts, prepare court documents, file motions, and offer a case at trial. Additionally, large insurance companies are typically involved in injury cases. Despite what their representatives may say, these companies are out to protect only their own interests. They work to reduce the victim’s claim using any tactics possible, and once a victim agrees to a settlement, there is no going back.
The time after an accident should not be consumed with these often complex and frustrating legal tasks. Victims should have the time and energy to focus on what matters most—their recovery and the stability of their family life. A skilled attorney can help victims meet these goals. Our Help For The Hurt team has handled countless injury cases for victims just like you. We understand what an overwhelming time it can be for victims, know what a fair settlement looks like, and will work hard to help you achieve the best legal outcome.
FAQs about Florida Injury Law
What is considered a personal injury in Florida?
A personal injury is a physical or mental injury to a person that is the result of the negligence of another.
How do I know if I have a Florida personal injury claim?
You must be able to show that your injuries were caused by the negligence of another.
How much financial compensation can I expect to receive from a personal injury case?
It depends on the facts of your case. There are several factors involved in determining the amount of financial compensation you will receive for your injuries. The factors include the severity of your injuries, the length of time that you are disabled by the injury, the cost of your medical treatment, expected future medical expenses and emotional trauma.
The other person’s insurance company has contacted me and wants me to sign documents and give a recorded statement. Should I?
No one should give a statement or sign any documents without fully considering the legal impact of doing so. Before giving a statement or signing any documents, you should consult with an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. If you have any questions or need additional information, please call us.
Call Our Seminole Law Office Today
Injury victims may hesitate to call a lawyer because they are not sure how to find the right attorney for them or because they are worried about the cost. The Help For The Hurt team at DeLoach, Hofstra & Cavonis, P.A. makes it easy. Our firm has been a community fixture for many years, and we’ve had success for injury clients time and again. Check out our client testimonials to hear from them directly. Also, we don’t get paid in an injury case unless you do. Our fee comes from your settlement, and we offer free, no-obligation consultations. We can’t take away the pain or loss of your injury, but we can work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve to protect you and your family. Call our Seminole office today at 727-397-5571, or take a moment to fill out our online contact form for a prompt response from a member of our legal team.