Also known as “tort” law (“tort” being the French word for wrong), personal injury law covers incidents where one has been physically or emotionally harmed. “Tort” or personal injury law is an area of the law for one to seek compensation for the intentional, careless or reckless act that results in injuries or damages to one’s person or property.
If you have been involved in a car accident and were injured as a result, you are probably concerned about how you will pay for necessary medical treatment, repairs to your vehicle and other expenses. If your loved one was catastrophically or fatally injured in an accident, you need to know what benefits you may be entitled to and how to pursue those benefits under the law.
We understand the stress and confusion that a car or other motor vehicle accident can bring about for victims and their families. Your claim will be handled in a proactive and timely manner that helps to get the results that you deserve.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall accidents occur every day. While some are simple accidents, many are the result of unsafe or hazardous conditions. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain safe and secure property conditions at all times. Visitors, guests and patrons should not have to experience the fear, pain and conflict that follows a debilitating slip and fall accident.
We will fight for your legal entitlement to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical costs, rehabilitation, psychological distress, lost wages, financial hardship and other expenses that are the result of a slip and fall accident.
In addition to your typical trip-and-fall or slip-and-fall cases another very serious type of premises liability case is the negligent security case. These cases are typically against hotels, shopping centers and other businesses, who have a known problem with crime on their premises and yet have failed to protect their customers. Many of these cases involve victims who have been severely injured, raped and even killed as a result of the business establishment’s failure to protect its customers from known dangers.
Living in Florida, we often enjoy our free time by a pool. However, owning a pool is a serious responsibility considering that about 3,000 people, many of them children, drown each year in the United States and many more suffer serious, irreversible injuries. Drowning is the leading cause of accidental deaths among small children (one to four years of age) and the second leading cause among all children from one to 14 years of age, following only motor vehicle accidents.
Drowning can occur in a number of places, including at public and private swimming pools, open recreational waterways such as lakes and ponds, spas, hot tubs and even in bathtubs. Negligence plays a part in many drowning and near-drowning cases, whether the cause is lack of supervision or a problem with the premises. Our attorneys are well versed in the intricacies of representing individuals and family members who are victims of such unfortunate accidents.
A death resulting from misconduct on the part of another person or company is considered a “wrongful death”. The misconduct need not be, and often is not the result of malice or an intentional act, but rather negligence or carelessness. There are a number of wrongful death situations, including work-related accidents, medical mistakes or malpractice, automobile and plane accidents or deaths related to dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Dealing with such a senseless and preventable death is perhaps one of the most traumatic experiences that any one person will endure. Thankfully there are laws in place to protect those family members left behind. Laws to ensure that surviving husbands, wives, children, parents, brothers and sisters can rely on in their time of need. Family members of the deceased may be able to collect money damages; including pain and suffering, lost income, mental anguish, medical bills, burial expenses and other costs.
Medical malpractice is the result of a healthcare provider’s failure to provide the expected standard of care. Unfortunately, some doctors cause harm through their mistakes, ignorance, negligence, lack of skill and misdiagnosis. By utilizing the latest research and recognized medical professionals for evaluation, our law office can qualify the merit of your case.
Legally, healthcare professionals are only required to give a standard of care that is ordinary or normal. When a physician is determined to be negligent, it means that he or she has failed to use the same degree of skill and learning, under the same or similar circumstances, that are used by other members of the medical profession. Some of the most common ways that medical malpractice occurs are through failure or errors in timely diagnosis and ordering appropriate treatment, ordering necessary tests and proper medication, consulting with specialists, and surgical procedures.
Nursing Home Abuse
Florida has long been the retirement state of choice for senior citizens around the world. Ultimately, many of these individuals enter nursing homes and/or assisted living facilities. We rely on these facilities who are recording record profits to ensure the welfare of our loved ones. However, each year thousands of senior citizens are abused, neglected and exploited in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
Common injuries in nursing home and/or assisted living centers often include physical abuse resulting in bruising or broken bones. Often times we learn that our client have been denied some of the basic life necessities causing massive dehydration and malnutrition or infections from untreated bedsores. Injuries resulting from the misuse of restraints or the lack of bedrails are also commonplace in such settings.
In Florida, thousands individuals each year are victims of unprovoked dog attacks. These attacks often cause serious injuries resulting in extensive scarring and sometimes even death. Unfortunately, children often fall prey to such attacks as they cannot fully appreciate the potential dangers in approaching some dogs or are simply too small to defend against such an attack. However, Florida has employed a theory of liability known as “Strict Liability” when it comes to dog bite cases. This means that an owner of a dog is liable for injuries and other damages caused by the attack regardless if the owner was negligent or not.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Each year approximately 1.4 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI). TBI is a complex injury with a broad spectrum of symptoms and disabilities. The emotional and financial impact on a person and his or her family can be devastating.
There are two general types of head injuries: open and closed. An open injury means the skull has been fractured and is typically the result of a fall or other direct trauma to the head. A closed head injury does not involve a fracture of the skull, but often times can be a more serious injury than an open injury due to the possibility of brain swelling and the formation of blood clots inside the skull. Either open or closed head injuries can cause complete paralysis or death.
Every year, 10,000 workers are killed in work-related accidents; 60,000 workers are permanently disabled; six million are injured; and 100,000 die from illnesses related to exposure to products like lead or asbestos. After suffering such a tragedy, the families of these workers, at the very least, should not have to worry about medical bills, lost wages and other expenses. Workers compensation laws are extremely complex and constantly changing. It is imperative that you contact us immediately after any such accidents so that we can properly secure benefits that you are legally entitled to receive.