Gulf Breeze

Proudly Fighting For Personal Injury Victims Since 2011

We are aggressively devoted to handling car accident cases. Our clients are our top priority when dealing with an auto accident. The need for excellent legal representation is mandatory and the attorneys at Michael E. Fenimore care about the well-being of every person and their situation.

Our firm understands that suffering a personal injury can adversely affect an individual’s quality of life and their entire future.

The legal complications which accompany these matters frequently cause additional stress and anxiety on accident victims. As your legal representative, we will aggressively advocate on your behalf and will make your experience with the legal process professionally streamlined and free from unnecessary and unwanted stress.

During these difficult times, you need legal counsel and representation you can depend on. Time is of the essence.

Most personal injury cases are a result of the actions or negligence of another person or organization. When this happens, it is not out of place for you to demand compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured due to the actions of another person, Michael E. Fenimore, P.A. can help you recover fair compensation. Our Gulf Breeze personal injury lawyers know all there is to know about Florida personal injury law. We can put this knowledge to work for you.

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Meet our lawyer
Michael E. Fenimore

Since 2011, Mr. Fenimore has used his superior experience in the insurance defense industry to exclusively represent individuals who have been injured in automobile accidents, slip and falls, product defect cases, and other cases involving serious accidents and injuries.

"Getting our clients the full compensation for their injuries is my top priority."

After founding his own law firm in 2011, Michael quickly developed a reputation as one of the most aggressive and successful personal injury attorneys in Northwest Florida.

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Gulf Breeze Personal Injury Attorneys

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Under Florida law, the damages cap rule applies to the amount of money that the court can award as punitive damages. It limits the amount of damages to three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000 depending on which is greater.

What is the process of filing a personal injury claim?

If you sustain a personal injury as a result of the actions or negligence of another party or organization, you need to know what to expect. The process of recovering compensation will often include the following steps:

  • The first step is to put all the parties involved on notice that you will be seeking compensation
  • Attempt to negotiate a favorable settlement offer with the parties involved. This is going to involve a lot of back and forth and you have to be ready for it.
  • If negotiations are unsuccessful, the next step is to file a lawsuit with the court claiming compensation for your injuries.
  • Your personal injury lawyer will litigate the case in court to prove that you deserve to be compensated by the defendant for your injuries.

What if you are partly to blame for the accident that caused your personal injury?

If you were in some way responsible for the injuries that you suffered, Florida’s comparative negligence laws will apply. Under the law, your prospects for compensation will be adjusted based on your percentage of fault.

For instance, if the court determines that you were 20% at fault for the accident that caused your injury, whatever compensation is eventually awarded will be reduced by 20%. This means if you were awarded $10,000 you will only be able to recover $8,000.

Is there a statute of limitations on my Gulf Breeze personal injury case?

A statute of limitations is a deadline stipulated by law for filing a personal injury lawsuit in Gulf Breeze. If you wait until the deadline has passed, your claim will be barred no matter how clear cut your liability case is.

Punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future. They are not part of most personal injury cases. They are reserved for really serious cases where the at-fault party’s conduct was intentional or malicious as well.

Damages caps are laws that limit the amount of non-economic damages that can be awarded for a case. What this means is that if the jury awards a plaintiff an amount in damages, the court can override that decision under the damages cap rule.

Filing a personal injury claim

In Gulf Breeze, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years and it starts reading from the date of the accident. If you are filing a personal injury claim against a government agency, the timeline is shorter – it is three years. There are few exceptions to the rule though:

  • A personal injury can remain undiscovered for a time. For example, in a medical malpractice case, it is possible that the plaintiff was not aware that a strip of surgical gauze was left in her body until she begins to feel some discomfort. This might be years after the surgery was performed. In such a situation, the statute of limitations can be extended by two years from the date of discovery of the injury. Note, however, that the lawsuit must be brought within seven years of the incident happening.
  • It is also possible for the statute of limitations to be tolled or put on hold, allowing a victim of personal injury more time to file a lawsuit. This is applicable in a situation where the defendant is absent from Florida or tries to conceal his or her location to avoid being served.

We can help you

A person who is between 26% and 50% can be responsible for up to $1million of your damages. If a person is found to be more than 50% responsible, that person can be held responsible for up to $2million of your damages.

Whether it is litigation or alternative dispute resolution, the Gulf Breeze personal injury lawyers at Michael E. Fenimore will be with you every step of the way. All you need to do is sit back, relax and let us get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us on (850) 434-6064 today to schedule a free and confidential case review.

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