Florida Personal Injury Resources

Florida is the 4th most populous state in the United States, and it is notable for its geography and weather. The “Sunshine State” has the longest coastline and borders both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. In 1999, extensive changes were signed into law which had an effect on almost every action filed, personal injury actions in particular. Florida law has been in the limelight more recently due to their “Stand-Your-Ground” law, which guarantees individuals the right to defend themselves using deadly force.

Florida has an estimated population of 19,317,568 and, in 2010, had a total of 855,720 civil incoming cases. This is 4,541 cases per 100,000 of the total population. Of the total civil cases, 39,709 are tort cases, tried in the Circuit court. The tort trend in Florida seems to be decreasing gradually, though it was up in 2002.

Like the rest of the country, in Florida, a signification portion of civil cases in the state courts are personal injury cases. These claims, also called tort claims, all involve some kind of injury to a person or to property due to the actions of another entity. Many lawsuits fall under this category, including medical malpractice, construction accidents, defective products, and traffic accidents. Traffic accidents generally make up the bulk of personal injury claims, and this is certainly the case in Florida.

Florida State Resources

State of Florida: http://www.stateofflorida.com
Official Portal of Florida: http://www.myflorida.com
Florida Legislature Online: http://www.leg.state.fl.us
Florida Government Information Sites w/ Links: http://dlis.dos.state.fl.us/fgils/government.html
Florida Department of State: http://www.dos.state.fl.us/
Orange County Official Website: http://www.orangecountyfl.net/‎

Florida Court Resources

Florida Courts Online: http://www.flcourts.org/‎
Links for Florida Courts: http://www.flcourts.org/courts/circuit/circuit.shtml
Florida Office of Court Administration: http://www.flcourts.org/courts/crtadmin/crtadmin.shtml‎
Supreme Court of Florida: http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/‎
United States Court Locator: http://www.uscourts.gov/court_locator.aspx

Florida Legal Associates

State Bar of Florida: http://www.flabar.org
American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/home.cfm
Orange County Bar Association: https://www.orangecountybar.org
Center for Justice and Democracy: http://centerjd.org
American Association for Justice: https://www.justice.org

Other Florida Legal Resources

Personal Injury in Florida: http://research.lawyers.com/Florida/Personal-Injury-In-Florida.html
Florida Legal Resources: http://www.washlaw.edu/uslaw/states/florida.html
Florida Constitution: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?Mode=Constitution&Submenu=3
Florida Legislature and Statutes Online: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/
Florida Rules of Evidence: http://www.floridabar.org/cmdocs/cm215.nsf/WDOCS
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: http://www.law.cornell.edu/rules/frcp/
Florida Public Records finder: http://www.stateofflorida.com/Portal/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=13
Daily Legal News: http://www.law.com/newswire/
Martindale-Hubbell National Attorney Locator: http://www.martindale.com