A common misconception exists where an individual, who has been involved in a car accident, believes that he or she is entitled to file a lawsuit to recover for injuries and damage cause to their personal property, even though they were 100 % not at fault. Although this may defy common sense, the Florida legislature has developed statutory authority to squarely deal with this point.
Florida Statute 627.737 states that every owner, registrant, operator, or occupant of a vehicle is exempted from liability for injuries caused toanother arising out of the ownership, operation, maintenance or use of the vehicle unless party who was not at fault suffered significant and permanent injury. This means that unless you suffer significant, permanent injury, you cannot file a lawsuit against the person who caused the car accident which injured you, or against the person who owned the vehicle that was involved in the crash. A health care professional is the only one who can make a determination of whether you suffered injuries that were permanent in nature.
If you have been injured in a car accident and curious as to your rights under Florida law, especially in light of Florida Statute 627.737, please contact the lawyers at the law firm of Hutchison & Tubiana for a telephone consultation