Comparative vs. Contributory Negligence: Understanding the Difference

Most people know what the word negligence means, but if you are pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, you are likely discovering that there are multiple types of negligence in the court of law. In order to win your case, it will typically be necessary to be able to establish negligence in the other party. This is why it is important to understand the difference between comparative negligence and contributory negligence Read More

Personal Injury Law 101: Types of Damages

Many of us don’t realize how much we rely on our bodies’ wellness until our health is taken away from us. When you’re injured, you lose so much more than you imagined was possible. Fortunately, if your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, it is often possible to get repaid financially for your damages (otherwise known as what you have lost). Though no amount of money can reverse the damage done, it can Read More

What is Maximum Medical Improvement?

When you’re injured due to someone else’s negligence, it doesn’t just take a toll on your body. It also hits you hard in the wallet. A personal injury lawsuit can help you pay for doctor’s appointments and medication costs incurred as you recover from your injury.  One of the biggest issues that often arises in a personal injury case is that of maximum medical improvement (MMI). Maximum medical improvement refers Read More

What if I Get Sick? How Estate Planning Can Help

In the age of coronavirus, we’ve all had to reckon with the fact that our health is never guaranteed and any of us could fall seriously ill at any time. Yikes! The bright side, though, is that many have used this realization for the good of themselves and their families by taking the time to sit down with an attorney and create an estate plan. Estate plans aren’t just for deciding what will happen to your assets Read More

The Florida False Claims Act

You are, no doubt, at least somewhat familiar with the federal False Claims Act, which encourages reporting of fraudulent claims brought to taxpayer-funded programs. Interestingly, this federal law has its roots in the Civil War after defense contractors defrauded the federal government. However, Florida’s version of the False Claims Act is relatively new, having been implemented in 1994. This blog will cover some Read More

What is Loss of Consortium?

Our relationships with others define our lives. Our family members play an integral role in every aspect of our existence, from the emotional to the practical to the financial. That’s why the legal concept of loss of consortium exists. Loss of consortium is what happens when the disabling injury or death of a close family member deprives you of the benefits of your relationship, including but not limited to love and Read More

What You Need to Know About Independent Medical Examinations

If you are dealing with a personal injury case, one necessary step on your road to recovering your losses may be to get an independent medical examination (IME). In today’s blog post we’re looking at what an IME is and what role it plays in a personal injury case -- for better or for worse. The Bad Side of IMEs When you’re injured, the doctor who determines how you should be treated and takes care of you as you Read More

Understanding Wrongful Death

If someone you love - perhaps your spouse, parent, or child - has lost his or her life as a result of someone else’s negligence, you likely feel devastated, bewildered, angry, and lost. At the Sutton Law Group, we understand your pain. While we can’t bring your loved one back, we want to help using our legal knowledge and experience. Depending on the circumstances, it is likely possible that you can file a wrongful Read More

An Introduction to Florida’s Good Samaritan Act

Can you sue someone for damages if they were just trying to help you but accidentally made matters worse? Under Florida law (and in many other states as well), there are provisions in place to protect those who attempt to provide care in an emergency situation. Florida’s Good Samaritan Act states that “Any person, including those licensed to practice medicine, who gratuitously and in good faith renders emergency Read More

Assumption of Risk Explained

If you have been injured, believe your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, and are pursuing a lawsuit, it’s important to know about the different types of defenses the other side may try to use. One of those is a legal concept known as “assumption of risk.”  Picture this: You decide to take part in an extreme sport like bungee jumping or paragliding. You’re asked to sign a waiver and/or release Read More