Santa Rosa County in Northwest Florida is one of the most relaxing destinations in the state. As residents are well aware and more and more tourists are discovering, the Gulf Islands National Seashore, the state’s “canoe capital,” is so serene that it’s been dubbed Florida’s Most Relaxing Place. Here, you can watch the dolphins, scuba dive in tranquil waters, and even sleep in a treehouse. Nonetheless, in Santa Rosa County, as in all earthly paradises, personal injuries can destroy serenity very quickly.
If you have been seriously injured due to the negligence, recklessness, or malice of another, you are legally entitled to substantial compensation. The capable and caring personal injury attorneys of Staples, Ellis + Associates will fight skillfully to help you get it.
Equally adept at out-of-court negotiations and litigation, our legal team is well-practiced and has a track record of success. Contact us soon to find out whether you have a viable case. Not only is your initial consultation free, but we will charge you no attorneys’ fees until we recover damages.
What Sets Staples, Ellis + Associates Apart from the Crowd
While Northwest Florida is full of personal injury attorneys, not many are as distinguished as those in our practice. We have a well-earned reputation for integrity as well as for strong legal representation and have brought a great many traffic accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases to positive conclusions.
We are well aware that serious personal injuries are traumatic not only physically and emotionally, but frequently financially as well, involving as they do incapacity, high medical bills, and loss of income. That’s why we are firmly committed to bringing you just compensation.
What Our Personal Injury Lawyers Will Do for You
Once you become our client, we will take over all legal and logistical matters, including:
- Checking to see if the defendant has any history of similar negligence or misconduct
- Interviewing witnesses
- Identifying all responsible parties
- Consulting with experts in pertinent fields who can testify on your behalf
Most important, we will create a strategy tailored specifically to fit the details of your case and to recover the damages you need and deserve.
We Handle a Broad Spectrum of Personal Injury Cases in Santa Rosa County
If you have suffered serious harm due to another party’s negligence, Staples, Ellis + Associates is here to help. We have extensive experience handling:
- Automobile accidents
- Construction accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice (e.g. surgical errors, misdiagnosis)
- Product liability cases (e.g faulty auto parts, contaminated food products)
- Premises liability (e.g. slip & fall accidents)
- Workers’ compensation cases
- Wrongful death
No matter what traumatic injury you have suffered, we know precisely how to protect your right to obtain the resources you and your family require to facilitate effective medical treatment and secure your future.
Suppose I bear some fault for my own injury?
In many accidents, the blame belongs to more than one person. If, for example, you were speeding at the time another vehicle went through a traffic light and crashed into your car, or you broke your hip in a fall on your neighbor’s broken stairway but were intoxicated at the time, you may be considered partially responsible for your injury.
Fortunately, however, Florida law works under the principle of pure comparative negligence which means that you are entitled to collect damages even if you were partially, even majorly, to blame for the accident in which you were injured.
The only catch is this: The court will assign you and the defendant in your lawsuit percentages of fault for the accident and the percentage of fault you are assigned will be deducted from the amount you are awarded. For instance, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault and the court awards you $100,000 in damages, you will actually receive $80,000.
In addition to compensatory damages, you may be able to recover punitive damages if the other party’s behavior was especially egregious (e.g. racing while drunk driving). Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant’s misconduct as well as to warn others not to engage in similar misbehavior. While Florida law caps punitive damages at three times the amount of compensatory damages, or $500,000, compensatory damages are not capped in this state.
Damages Our Personal Injury Attorneys Will Fight to Recover
The highly skilled lawyers at Staples, Ellis + Associates, are well-prepared to fight for the compensation you need to restore your health and financial stability. Whether you have suffered a fracture, paralysis, a traumatic brain injury, or a serious burn, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the damages you deserve for:
- Medical and rehabilitation costs
- Lost income, present, and future
- Property damage or loss
- Pain and suffering
- Psychological counseling
- Permanent disability
- Extended nursing care
- Alterations to your home to make it accessible
- Permanent scarring or another disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Final medical costs, funeral costs, loss of financial and emotional support (in case of wrongful death)
We hope that even in the face of a catastrophic injury or tragic death, it is reassuring to know that our personal injury attorneys are here to protect your rights and offer you moral support as well as outstanding legal counsel.
Contact Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Don’t allow feeling overwhelmed by injury and its aftermath to stop you from getting the legal assistance you need. As soon as you get in touch with us, you will feel relief as we lift the burden off your shoulders and put it in the hands of our talented professionals. If you have been injured in a Santa Rosa County injury, contact us now so you can relax and heal properly from all you have been through.