Whether it’s an unexpected car crash or slip at work, accidents happen and we never see them coming. Many accidents which could have been avoided by being more careful result in life-altering injury and loss which can go to a severe extent. The state of Florida has laws which will help those who were at the receiving end of loss. The negligence of others cannot be undone but it can be compensated and recovered through claims.
Personal injury lawsuits are the most common types of cases, but they still hold important value. When you are affected by someone else’s mistake, all the medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses are unjust to you.
Many times, the injury and trauma can take weeks to heal and you are bedridden throughout your recovery period. If this is the situation, personal injury lawsuits are your best bet. You have the lawful right to hold the responsible party accountable and get compensated for your tangible and intangible losses.
Types of Personal Injury
Some of the accidents that happen on a day-to-day basis and can turn into personal injury lawsuits are:
Whether you are going to or coming from work, you may face traffic jams due to car accidents. Car accidents are the leading cause of personal injury claims across the United States. The incidents range from T-bone collisions and rear-end accident to head-on collisions, drunk driving and pullover accidents. These incidents can cause medium to high-level injuries including bone fractures, burns, and spinal cord injury.
If you happen to be in any of the auto accident situations, you would need a personal injury lawsuit to claim compensation for the medical bills and other expenses that may occur during the process. The law allows damages to be reconciled for lost wages and mental trauma.
Slip & Fall
Slip and fall lawsuits are tricky and most of the time people avoid pursuing them thinking that it’s their fault or maybe they were clumsy, this should not be the case. If you fall or slip on someone’s property and get an injury that could have been avoided if the property owner had taken care of the broken facility you may pursue action. Same goes for public places like stores, where people spill drinks or have similar problems that results in you slipping and getting injured. All of this is not your fault and the situation could have been okay if it was properly handled by the property owner. Some other faulty patterns that can result in a slip and fall lawsuit are:
Broken or defective stairs
Extension cords on the floor
Broken patches on the floor
Falls on sidewalks
Rough and patchy stairs
All of these types of slip and fall cases can result in medical bills and loss of wages. Slip and fall lawsuit use evidence such as photos, videos and medical records to show that the fault was not yours and you should be compensated for the negligence shown by the property owner.
Burn injuries are devastating, they are the most life-altering injuries and the person who gets these, suffer a lot in pain. Fire injuries change the course of life in a way that no other injury does.
Imagine being in a condition where you or any of your family member catch on fire due to unsafe conditions at home or at their workplace. At workplaces, faulty electrical wiring, malfunction factory plant and many other hazards can cause horrific burns. In a property scenario, if the house or apartment catches fire because the landlord didn’t observe the safety measures and installed faulty electrical wiring, the blame is not on you. In any of these cases, you have a right to hold the negligent party accountable for injuring you.
Fire injuries need a lot of medical care, immediately and after the treatment as well. Some of the losses are for the rest of your life and leave you miserable and angry especially when you know the fault was not your own.
Fire injury lawsuits can recover millions of dollars from the negligent parties including your landlords and employers. It depends on you how early you decide to put the case forward to a competent attorney.
Accidents that are caused by trucks are different than normal auto accidents. Truck Accident cases are nuanced compared to other motor-vehicle accident cases. In Florida, large commercial trucks are common across the state as they are the medium to move goods for businesses. Because of the size and weight of commercial trucks, accidents are often fatal or extremely dangerous.
If the truck driver is at fault and it resulted in an injury to you or your loved one, you are entitled to get compensation for it. Truck accident lawsuits require a thorough inspection to pursue financial compensation. A potential claim can be made due to improper maintenance of the truck.
Additionally, it can be a case of negligent hiring on the part of the employer. In order to find the root and cause of the accident, the attorney goes through trucking logs, maintenance records and also past citations for violations to make your lawsuit valid and strong.
Recreational boating takes up a large part of Florida’s tourist industry which means there are more regulations to prevent accidents. In Florida, there is no age requirement for boating which results in both minor and major accidents daily. Boat operators older than 30-years-old do not even require a license to operate a boat and most do not take any safety courses. We know what this means. This means that non-licensed and untrained boaters crash are more likely to crash their boats and cause severe injuries.
In Florida, any accident that occurs on a public waterway maybe filed be filed in Federal Court and it comes under Federal Admiralty jurisdiction.
Most boat accidents are caused by collisions between two boats in which people were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some of the most common boating accidents include:
Collisions with vessels
Collisions with objects
Collisions with other boats
Falls on the boat
Victims of these accidents can suffer serious injuries like burns, trauma, lung infections, fractures and sometimes spinal injuries as well. The most severe injuries are brain injuries that occur when the vessel capsizes and passengers are tossed onto solid objects such as rocks or a dock.
The person operating a boat in a negligent manner can be held liable for these accidents or if someone is under the influence of alcohol and not adhering to safety rules, they can also be found liable. Similarly, if the accident happens between two boats and the other person caused it, they can be held liable for the compensation. All of these cases are solid grounds for your boating accident lawsuit.
If someone’s dog attacks you and you are injured because of it, you can file a lawsuit against the animal’s owner and if applicable, their homeowner’s insurance as well. Dog attacks and bites have the potential to be far more serious and can result in intense medical bills.
The animal owner or the liable party can be held accountable in this lawsuit to provide you with expenses for medical bills, lost wages and even the trauma that stemmed from the attack.
Animal laws are different as per the jurisdiction but in most of the cases, whether the animal’s owner was aware of the dog’s aggressiveness or not, they are liable for the dog’s actions. However, in certain cases, the lawsuit also gives the liability on factors like if the victim tried to harm the animal or provoked it in a certain way that caused the attack.
Imagine being in a position where a negligent obstetrician or medical professional gave you and/or your newborn an injury that will last a lifetime. Injuries such as cerebral palsy or brain damage. The result of these serious injuries can cause expensive medical bills and a lifetime of trauma for the child as well as parents.
The birth of a child should be a moment to cherish for a lifetime, not a lifetime burden. A personal injury lawsuit related to birth injuries may provide your family the legal right to file a lawsuit against the responsible party.
If an injury occurs on a construction site and it was not your fault, you may be entitled to pursue legal claims with the help of an attorney. All individuals who have sustained an injury or any kind of illness on a construction site have the right to receive required compensation that covers their medical expenses and wages through the Florida State Workers’ Compensation Program.
Personal injuries on a construction may fall under the following claims:
Product Liability: If the injury was caused by a defective product, or while manufacturing a product, or while operating machinery, you may be entitled to file lawsuit to recovery for your injuries.
Personal Injury: If the personal injuries were caused by the negligence of the premises owner, a fellow worker, or inadequate safety measures, and said injuries are not the responsibility of your employer, you may be entitled to file lawsuit to recovery for your injuries.
Wrongful Death: An injury resulting in death that occurred on a construction site or premises that is not covered by Worker’s Compensation, and is a result of the negligence of another, may allow the decedent’s estate to file a claim for the benefit of the decedent’s family.
Electric Scooter Accident
Electric scooters are a new form of ride-share transportation. Users access the scooters through an app on their phone, which is connected to the user’s banking information. The user can use the app to “unlock” or activate the scooter. Once the scooter is unlocked, the user has full operational access to the scooter and is able to drive it wherever they want and for as long as they would like.
Because electric scooters and electric scooter rental services only began appearing in the past few years, there are very few laws and regulations surrounding how these scooter companies should operate and what road rules users must follow.
While electric scooters do offer a number of benefits – faster transportation, environmentally friendly, reduced road traffic, there are also a number of dangers posed to both users and pedestrians.
The 4 general concerns are:
If you are involved in an electric scooter incident, you may be eligible to participate in a brand specific scooter accident lawsuit.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is one of the most damaging injuries a person can sustain, and unfortunately, more common than most people realize.
Although TBI causes and outcomes vary, many head injury survivors deal with severe injuries that change their lives and the lives of those around them forever.
Survivors may struggle with physical, cognitive, emotional, communicative, and psychological impairments, and require years of costly rehabilitation and assistance.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), brain injuries are a major cause of death and permanent disabilities in the United States.
A traumatic brain injury is a type of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) that occurs after birth when physical trauma disrupts the normal function of the brain. When brain damage occurs before birth, it’s known as an In-Born Brain Injury. Fortunately, the law enables those who have suffered a TBI as a result of the negligence, wrongdoing, or inaction of another to seek compensation for their injuries and losses – whether it was acquired or in-born.
An acquired TBI occurs with external, physical trauma such as forceful impact in motor vehicle accidents, falls, assaults and other sudden events. It’s often called a “silent injury” because it can be hard to know if the brain, which is extremely fragile, has been injured. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, injuries can range from mild to severe and profoundly affect one or more areas of the brain. Even mild cases can be life-threatening.
Brain injuries that are considered acquired but not traumatic are those caused by strokes, infections, hypoxia, and medical errors. For example, if a newborn is deprived of oxygen, such as during a delayed Cesarean section, the loss of oxygen to the brain (anoxia or hypoxia) can lead to neurological complications or cerebral palsy. The excessive use of forceps or vacuums are medical errors that also commonly cause of newborn brain damage.
As a Miami based trial law firm with experience pursuing justice, we understand how devastating medical malpractice can be for our clients. The last thing patients—and their families—expect is a medical professional to deviate from accepted standards of care and cause harm in the course of treatment. That deviation—which can cause serious injury and even death—can be in the form of an improper, negligent act or the omission of an act, which is the failure to do something that should have been done.
Either way, the consequences can be devastating. Some people experience a permanent injury, requiring a long and expensive recovery, and need a lifetime of specialized care.
Unfortunately, medical malpractice in Florida happens far too often—and in many cases, the injuries and the responsibility go unaddressed. That’s where a medical malpractice attorney comes in. The best—like the SAADE LAW attorneys—have experience pursuing medical malpractice cases and know how to work with clients and medical malpractice experts to best present a case and obtain accountability and compensation.
The SAADE LAW attorneys have tried or settled cases regarding after-birth injuries, traumatic brain injuries, failures to diagnose, surgical errors, laboratory mistakes and more. We help people, loved ones and families better understand the medical facts and their legal rights in each case.
The Miami medical malpractice lawyers at SAADE LAW fight hard to get clients the compensation to which they are entitled
Premises liability law refers to the body of law which makes landlords or the person who possesses the land responsible for the harm or injuries suffered by an invitee, business invitee, public invitee, licensees, and/or trespassers who is present on a premises.
A premises owner's duty of care varies depending on the classification of the person person who was injured on the premises. The following are the various classifications:
Invitees: This is a person who enters a property owner’s land in order to transact business in which the parties are mutually interested or in response to the landowner’s express or implied invitation. Property owners owe the highest level of care to invitees. They might enter a grocery store to buy food or a store to get a blouse. Repairmen who are invited into a home to fix a door, for instance, are also considered business invitees.
Property owners must keep their property in a safe condition and either repair or provide notice of any known dangers on the premises. As part of their duties, the owner must regularly inspect the property for conditions that would harm invitees; as such, they might be held responsible for injuries that result because of dangers they should have known about, but did not.
Business Invitee: This is a person who is invited to enter or remain on land for a purpose directly or indirectly connected with business dealings with the possessor of the land. See Post v. Lunney, 261 So. 2d 146, 147 (Fla. 1972) (differentiating between public invitees and business invitees in the state of Florida.)
Public Invitee: This is a person who is invited to enter or remain on land as a member of the public for a purpose for which the land is held open to the public.
Licensees: This person enters and stays on a property owner’s land for the owner’s convenience or to advance his interests, with that individual’s permission and consent. This includes social guests. These are afforded the second-highest standard of care. They are typically social guests like friends, family members or the like, and include events like birthday parties or other social celebrations. They can also include uninvited guests like a neighbor stopping by for some sugar.
Trespassers: This is someone who enters onto another person’s property without that landowner’s consent or knowledge. Under the “discovered trespasser’s rule,” if a landowner knows that a trespasser is on his property, he must exercise reasonable care for that individual’s safety.
If someone is injured on public property, premises liability law protects him under the Federal Torts Claim Act. Citizens can sue any government entity for a personal injury claim if the accident happened at places like public parks or amusement parks.