CAN YOU STILL HAVE A CLAIM FOR PERSONAL INJURIES IF THE ACCIDENT IS PARTLY YOUR FAULT?

Comparative negligence and your personal injury claim

I often get asked whether a person can still have a claim if they are partly at fault in an accident. The answer is yes.

This is because Florida is a "comparative negligence" state, which means that a judge or a jury will compare the negligence between the plaintiff and defendant in a personal injury lawsuit and reduce the amount of damages by the degree to which the plaintiff is responsible for his or her injuries.

This is usually expressed as a percentage. So if the award of damages is $100,000, as an example, and the jury finds the plaintiff to be 10% at fault, then the award would be reduced to $90,000. So you can still have a claim for personal injury if the accident is partly your fault, though a judge or jury may reduce the amount you are entitled to, depending on the degree to which you may have been negligent. 

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