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Florida Personal Injury Law: Affirmative Defenses

An affirmative defense is a legal defense used in criminal law cases as well as lawsuits between private parties. Depending on the specifics of a case, affirmative defenses can also be called justification defenses or less often, excuse defenses. Simply put, affirmative defenses are used to avoid, excuse or limit liability in a criminal or civil case.

Affirmative defenses are generally boilerplate assertions set forth in the responding party’s answer to a complaint. Most of the time, the party making this defense bears the burden of proof. The party bringing the lawsuit, however, has a limited time in which to affirm or deny the defenses and this is generally boilerplate language as well.

For a more thorough explanation of affirmative defenses and other legal terms, contact experienced Central Florida personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham. If you or someone you care for has been injured, he can guide you through the judicial process so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Central Florida Personal Injury Attorney

If another party has injured you or a family member, experienced Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham can investigate your potential claim, explain the laws that apply and discuss your options. He can explain legal terms like affirmative defense in greater detail and guide you through the judicial process. Call the Law Offices of Central Florida personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham today to schedule a consultation.

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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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Main Office

Orlando Personal Injury Office:
3117 Edgewater Dr
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone: 407-425-2000
Toll Free: 877-FL-INJURY
Fax: 407-843-8274

Seminole County

Lake Mary Office:
1001 Heathrow Park Lane
Suite 4001
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Phone: 407-487-4408

Osceola County

Kissimmee Office:
17 S. Orlando Ave.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Phone: 407-966-4408

Volusia County

Daytona Beach Office:
1301 Beville Rd., Suite 8
Daytona Beach, FL 32119
Phone: 386-243-4994

DeBary Office:
465 Summerhaven Drive, Suite C
DeBary, FL 32713
Phone: 386-320-3911

Deland Office:
Downtown Executive Center
120 South Woodland Blvd.
Deland, FL 32720
Phone: 386-206-1264

Citrus County

Inverness Office:
110 North Apopka Ave.
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: 352-205-4341

Polk County

Lakeland Office:
1102 S. Florida Ave., Suite 104
Lakeland, FL 33803
Phone: 863-968-7551

Winter Haven Office:
325 Avenue A, N.W.
Winter Haven, FL 33881
Phone: 863-968-7173

Hillsborough County

Tampa Office:
100 S. Edison St. Suite D
Tampa, FL 33606
Phone: 813-355-9772

Marion-Sumter Counties

The Villages Office:
3420 U.S. Hwy. 27/441
Fruitland Park, FL 34731
Phone: 352-419-0825

Lake County

Mt. Dora Office:
602 East 5th Ave.
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Phone: 352-436-4696

Clermont Office:
900 W. Highway 50
Clermont, FL 34711
Phone: 352-503-4674

Brevard County

Titusville Office:
506 S. Palm Ave.
Titusville, FL 32780
Phone: 321-222-7300

Cocoa Office:
96 Willard Street
Suite 206,
Cocoa, FL 32922
Phone: 321-757-1373