Sebring, FL asked in Civil Litigation, Small Claims and Personal Injury for Florida

Q: can you sue in small claims court Florida for events created leading up to an injury

2 Lawyer Answers
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You inquiry is vague as to what you mean by "events created...". If you have been damaged/injured by the unlawful act of another, you can sue in small claims court for up to $8,000 plus court costs, and in some types of cases, attorney's fees and prejudgment interest are awardable as well. The dollar amount you may sue for is simply based on the provable damage to you caused by the provable wrongful act or omission. Does that answer your question?

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: My colleague raises a valid point - "events created leading up to an injury" is generally not a concept used to support a tort claim for injury. Instead, a wrongdoer's actions or inactions are more often characterized as having a "causal connection" or being the "proximate cause" of an injury. Keep in mind that while small claims courts can have low-cost filing fees, injury cases can be more complex and involve greater damages. It might be advisable to try to arrange a free initial consult with a local attorney. Good luck

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