Types of Personal Injury
The Tampa Bay area is a bustling area full of people, activities and traffic. As a result, the counties of Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk and Pinellas report the highest numbers of car crashes in all of Florida. Injuries and accidents occur for a variety of reasons and on a daily basis, and certain types of accidents necessitate the need for legal action.
If you have sustained injury in an accident due to the negligence or carelessness of another, knowing what to do and how to proceed in the aftermath is not always an easy proposition. You may be wondering where you can go for help. You may be entitled to monetary compensation after your injuries, but are unfamiliar with how to pursue that compensation and how the claim filing process works. Compensatory damages and punitive damages may be recoverable in certain circumstances, but the insurance company must agree to pay what you believe your case is worth.
Injury Cases and Compensation in Tampa
The Florida Law Group has over 100 years of combined legal experience in its attorney team, and is available to help you navigate the complex legal proceedings that can take place after an injury accident. We are able to assist you if you need help with any of the following situations:
Car accidents in the U.S. are the cause of millions of injuries every year and almost 40,000 deaths. If you were involved in an accident that was not your fault, you should not be responsible for the costs that ensue. Whether it was due to distracted driving, reckless driving, or drunk driving, you will need substantial evidence to prove that you have the right to compensation.
Due to the nature of trucking, driver fatigue and carelessness is a constant battle. Any traffic collision involving a truck is going to be more serious and the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. There were 2,964 trucking accidents in Florida during 2010, and 82 fatalities occurred because of these crashes.
Motorcyclists have considerably less amount of protection than do other motorists. When there is a motorcycle accident, the rider can suffer permanent injuries and often death. What many do not know is that a large amount of these accidents are caused by cars because a lack of awareness makes it difficult for drivers to see motorcycles.
Amusement Park Accident
With the numerous different amusement parks in Florida, the risk of being injured is high. According to the consumer Product Safety Commission, emergency room visits from injuries sustained at amusement parks have increased by 87% in the last five years.
As with motorcycle riders, bicyclists do not have much protection when involved in a traffic collision. Car drivers usually are only paying attention to other cars, if they are paying attention at all. Driver fatigue or distraction on the part of other drivers poses a major threat to cyclists, and 4,861 bike accidents occurred in Florida during 2010.
Cerebral palsy, brachial plexus, brain injuries, and paralysis are all common forms of birth injuries that can result from medical malpractice. If your child was injured because of the carelessness or negligence of a medical professional, you deserve justice. It is estimated that 7 out of every 1,000 newborns are affected by birth injuries every year throughout the United States.
Undertrained drivers or failure to follow uphold safety measures are some of the most common reasons why bus accidents occur. Most buses can hold at least 30 people, but school buses can seat up to 56 people. Obtaining compensation after a bus accident can be difficult because large corporations and insurance companies are involved.
Not only can catastrophic injuries lead to permanent disabilities, but they can reduce a person's life expectancy. Cost from medical care, lost wages, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and home care add up quickly and can become too much for families.
Drugs like Vioxx, Celebrex, Ephedra, and Fen-Phen have been shown to cause long-lasting side effects and permanent damage to users' health. Pharmaceutical companies have been under fire for putting out drugs onto the market that have not been properly tested.
Animal attacks can lead to nerve damage, disfigurement, permanent scarring, severe infection, and in some cases, death. Dog bites fall under premises liability as dog owners are responsible for their pets. The owner could be required to help with your medical bills if you were injured by their dog, but you must be able to prove several key factors first.
Drunk Driver Accident
It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or above, however people often choose to ignore this law and drive while under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol greatly impairs driving by increasing reaction time and decreasing decision-making abilities. In 2008, alcohol-related deaths totaled 1,041 in cases where one driver had a BAC of 0.01% or above.
Examples of medical malpractice include: prescription errors, medication errors, anesthesia mistakes, surgical errors, and birth injuries. If the medical professional who was in charge of your care was negligent or careless, you should not have to pay for their mistakes and you can seek justice through a medical malpractice claim.
Nursing Home Abuse
Signs of possible nursing home abuse or neglect are bed sores, cuts, malnutrition, poor hygiene, dental problems, broken bones, and dehydration. Nursing homes are trusted by families to take proper care of their loved ones. When the opposite is happening, something must be done.
Nursing Home Neglect
Nursing home neglect can have very serious consequences for the elderly. If the nursing home is failing to provide proper medical care, sufficient food and water, and proper hygiene, they should be held responsible for their actions.
If you or a loved one were injured because of a defective product or dangerous drug, you could be entitled to compensation. Many products are put on the market before they are made safe for consumers. These can cause serious injuries to you and your children and they should be held responsible for their negligence.
Injured on someone else's land? If so, a premises liability claim may be the key to obtaining the compensation you need to recover from your injuries with the proper medical care. Slip and falls are the most commonly occurring premises liability accidents, and with the help of an attorney many of these cases can be settled out of court.
Public Transportation Accident
Factors that can lead to an accident involving public transportation include: driver errors, maintenance errors, lack of driver training, and hazardous road conditions. If you have been in an accident while on a train, light rail, bus, or subway, you could be entitled to reimbursement for your medical bills and pain and suffering.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spinal cord is a group of nerves that transmit impulses to the brain. Any damage to the spinal cord can lead to permanent and debilitating injuries. Consequences of spinal cord damage include loss of function and feeling.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries can result from almost any type of accident. The different types of brain injuries include: concussions, contusion, and penetration. Over two million head injuries occur every year in the U.S., and 99,000 of those result in lasting disability.
If you have lost a loved one in an accident, you need a strong advocate to walk with you through this painful process. We understand that this is one of the most difficult times in your life and so we are here to take care of all the legal requirements while you focus on yourself and your family.
What if I was injured on vacation in Florida?
If you were injured in Florida but are from another state, The Florida Law Group can still defend you and stand up for your rights. Whether you were injured at an amusement park or while boating or in a vehicle, we will fight to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.
As the victim of a serious accident, you have rights. We will make sure that you are aware of those rights, and we will fight on your behalf for the injury compensation you are rightfully entitled to after suffering an injury due to another's negligence.
What to Do After an Accident
In addition to providing guidance throughout the aftermath of your accident, an attorney can also work with the insurance company to demand fair compensation for your injuries. Attempting to deal with an insurance company on your own can prove to be frustrating and fruitless, as many of them make the process very difficult for accident victims. Valid injury claims are frequently denied, or insurance companies will make low settlement offers when they know you don't have an attorney. Our legal team knows what to expect and is very familiar with the tactics insurance companies engage in, which will greatly increase your chances of securing the compensation you really deserve.