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What is comparative neglegence?

Florida law also provides that your damages will be reduced by any percentage of fault that the jury assigns to you for contributing to the event causing your damages. This used to be called “contributory negligence”, and is now referred to as “comparative negligence.” Comparative negligence is a very important legal principle, especially in “slip and fall” type cases. This is because it is almost always claimed by the Defendant that if the Plaintiff were paying attention to where and how they were walking, they would have avoided the hazard that “allegedly” caused injuries to the Plaintiff. If the jury agrees, then the Plaintiff’s damages are reduced by the percentage of fault that the jury assigns to the Plaintiff. In automobile negligence cases, failure of the Plaintiff to wear an available seatbelt is another typical claim made by Defendants of a Plaintiff’s comparative negligence.

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