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What Does Comparative Negligence Mean for My Personal Injury Claim?

After a serious injury in Tampa, you’d like to know you can take the at-fault party to court and get compensation for your injuries. But it’s not always so easy to settle your claim. That’s especially true if the at-fault party claims you were careless, too, under a law called comparative negligence. 

They’re saying you were on your phone, or multi-tasking or otherwise not giving the situation your full attention. But what does comparative negligence mean for your personal injury claim? It can have a serious impact on your claim, so don’t hesitate to contact a Tampa personal injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson for help. 

It Can Reduce Your Compensation

When the at-fault party claims you’re partially at fault, they’re trying to reduce the compensation they have to pay for your losses, or damages, caused by their mistake. If they succeed, they could reduce your compensation by the percentage you’re found at fault. While this doesn’t bar you from recovering compensation, it could impact how you recover. 

Let’s say you’re in a serious car accident, and the at-fault party claims you were texting and driving. Under Florida law, your compensation may be reduced if you don’t fight back—by, say, 15 percent. While that may not be a huge number, it means you’ll only receive 85 percent of the compensation you’re seeking.

The Impact on Your Financial Recovery

You need all the funds you can get for your injuries. Your financial recovery can be complex and lengthy, and if you lose your chance at full financial compensation, it can lead to problems in the future. 

For example, let’s say you hit your head in a slip-and-fall accident, and you suffered brain trauma. Your compensation may have just barely covered your medical bills, but even a mild concussion may require more complex treatment. For example, you may also need support while you’re unable to work. If your compensation is reduced, you may be paying out of pocket for those expenses. 

Speak to a Lawyer to Defend Your Personal Injury Claim

Worried about comparative negligence and what it means for your personal injury claim? A Tampa injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson can help you learn more and protect your compensation. We can even get started with a free consultation. Call 813-251-0072 or fill out the online contact form below to get help fighting back when the at-fault party blames you for your personal injury accident.