If you need a personal injury attorney for a case in Palm Beach County, Broward County, or Miami-Dade County, then contact an experienced attorney at McLaughlin Morris, P.A. We represent clients in a serious accident and wrongful death cases throughout South Florida. Our offices are conveniently located in both Delray Beach in Palm Beach County and in Miami in Miami-Dade County, FL.
Call us for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. At McLaughlin Morris, P.A., we fight for those who have been hurt as a result of someone’s negligence to win the compensation they deserve. An accident can be debilitating. We fight aggressively to help people recover.
In most circumstances, when you seek compensation after an accident, you will be dealing with an insurance company. The insurance companies have big legal budgets, but they don’t back down from a fight. We also fight for you to help you obtain a fair settlement that compensates you for all of your damages.
McLaughlin Morris, P.A. serves clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout the greater West Palm Beach area, including Broward County and Miami-Dade County. Call (561) 404-0529 today.
Elements of Negligence in Personal Injury Cases
Negligence means that a person did not act as a reasonably careful person, or did something a reasonably careful would not do. Most personal injury claims in Florida are based on negligence.
There are four basic elements of negligence:
- Duty: This means a person had a responsibility to act a certain way, usually as a reasonably careful person.
- Breach: The person failed to act according to their duty.
- Causation: This breach was the actual and proximate (legal) cause of the damages suffered by a plaintiff (person suing).
- Damages: The plaintiff suffered damages, economic or noneconomic.
It is up to the plaintiff to prove all four elements more likely than not occurred. This is different that “beyond reasonable doubt.”