Posted on January 26, 2009 in Personal Injury
Florida juries will frequently divide liability between 2 or more parties as they decide the outcome of a trial. Here is a typical Miami personal injury case demonstrating the liability. A roofing worker was on a demolition job where the roofing firm he worked for was working along side several other contractors. He was removing the old roof. Unfortunately, an employee of another contractor made a hole in the roof and put a plank over it without informing everyone who was actually working on the roof. The roofer fell through the hole and sustained severe injuries. This case went all the way to trial because the various parties could not settle on who was at fault and who would pay for the victims injuries. The Florida jury decided the injury amounts, but also that 70% of the amount would be paid by the realty company that owned the property and had paid the other contracting firms… 20 % would be paid by the roofers firm, and they assigned 10% of the liability to the roofer himself.South Florida courts can assign a percentage of fault and liability to each participant when someone gets hurt due to negligence. When several parties are involved in causing a serious injury in Miami I recommend consulting with a law firm that has experience with cases like this and remember, it can take years to go to trial and reach a settlement.