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How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney in 4 Steps

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If you’ve recently sustained injuries from an auto accident or a motorcycle accident in the state of Florida, you may find yourself in the position of looking for a Florida personal injury attorney. While seeking treatment for the injuries you may have sustained following an accident should be your priority, it is also important to choose an attorney who will best serve your needs. In this article, we share the top 4 steps you need to know to select the personal injury attorney that’s right for you.

Choosing an attorney who you feel comfortable with who has the experience to win doesn’t have to be a daunting process. Although you might want to select an attorney as soon as possible, it’s important to understand that many states allow you at least 1 year to file a lawsuit following the date of your accident. By following our 4 steps, you’ll be able to select an attorney who best serves your needs in no time.

1. Qualifications of the Attorney

Make sure the attorney you choose has a specialization in personal injury or is familiar with other torts. You wouldn’t take your bicycle into the auto mechanic; so, you should look for a lawyer that specializes in personal injury law. Trial experience is another key qualification. Not all cases will go to trial but having a lawyer with experience in this area will ensure that he or she won’t be afraid to fight for you if the case does result in a trial. It is also valuable if your lawyer has a thorough understanding of medical diagnosis and treatment of injuries. After all, you’re choosing a personal injury attorney.

Location matters. Depending on the state your accident happened in, you’ll want to make sure the attorney you select is licensed in the same state. For example, if you live in Hillsborough county, you’ll want a Tampa personal injury attorney that is licensed in the state of Florida. Lastly, you want to choose an attorney with a history of winning their cases. There are many factors that go into a successful lawsuit, and choosing someone with a winning record, especially when they’re going to bat for you, will always be to your advantage.

2. How to Find the Candidates

These days, a simple google search can yield many options worth considering. Start, however, by asking your friends and neighbors if they have referrals from firsthand experience. After checking with your network, you may want to visit avvo.com where you can view ratings, reviews and contact information for attorneys. You may also call the state’s bar association, many of which have lawyer referral services in addition to calling your county bar association as well. Finding the right lawyer is paramount, and the more work you put in at the top the more you’ll be setting yourself up for success.

3. Be Prepared and Make the Calls

When you meet with an attorney, be sure to have all the proper documentation and any information you think may be pertinent to the case. Documents like medical bills, insurance claims, photos, and witness names will all be valuable information that a potential attorney may ask to see. Ask the attorney questions like:

  • What is the statute of limitations for my case?
  • What areas of law do you specialize in?
  • What is your experience with cases like mine?
  • What is your fee structure?
  • Will you follow my wishes as to the way I want the case to proceed?
  • How confident are you in my case?

4. Follow Up and Make a Choice

Hiring a personal injury attorney is a commitment, so be sure to take the time to have your questions answered and make sure you feel comfortable with your choice. The injury is traumatic enough. It’s time to let an experienced and trustworthy personal injury attorney relieve you of the legal burden and create the pathway to justice for your case.

 

 

 

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What to Consider When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

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Accidents can happen to you in any place and at any time. You might slip and fall on someone’s property, get bitten by a stranger’s dog, or be injured at work or in a car accident. In severe cases, your injury may be so serious that you may have to take a leave of work and make changes to your lifestyle while you recover. You may be facing many visits to the hospital or physical therapy, all the while handling insurance and medical bills. In this case, you may want to seek the services of a personal injury attorney to pursue compensation for physical suffering, as well as your time and financial losses. Although you may be feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it is very important that you do not rush the process of finding a good lawyer to represent you in your personal injury case. Here are some things to take into consideration when seeking representation.

Expertise

Imagine for a moment that you have been in a car accident and have broken a bone in your leg. Would you go to a general physician or an orthopedic specialist? Obviously, the latter. The same case applies when you have a potential personal injury case– you won’t select just any lawyer. Instead, you’ll need to seek the services of an attorney who is well acquainted with the state’s personal injury laws and one who handles motor vehicle accidents on a regular basis. This will be the difference between getting the appropriate compensation and settling for whatever is offered by the opposing client.

Credentials

Another important factor when looking to hire a personal injury lawyer is credentials. You need to determine whether the attorney has the legal acumen and reasoning capacity required to best handle your case. That’s why it is important to inquire about your lawyer’s educational qualifications. If an attorney is hesitant to show you their credentials, then, this is enough cause for alarm.

Expenses

It is likely that the main reason you are seeking a lawyer is because you do not want to deal with the financial burdens of paying out of pocket. Therefore, you need to understand who is covering the costs of litigation. Will you be responsible for the costs of disbursements? Or, is the attorney covering the pre-trial costs (preparation and filing of legal pleadings, court reporters, and expert witnesses). In most cases, these costs are paid by the lawyer. But, be sure to fully understand your written agreement before signing anything with an attorney. Understanding the contract, and the costs within, will save you any unforeseen surprises down the line. Also, don’t forget to ask about the contingency fee. Usually, this will be somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the personal injury award, based on whether the case goes to trial or not.

Reputation

Lastly, when you hire an attorney, you’re entrusting them with a responsibility to ensure justice is served for you. That’s why choosing a law firm or individual with a positive reputation is a crucial consideration. Flashy advertisements do not necessarily equate to a good reputation. Look out for law firms that operate on the “quick turnover” and “high volume” basis. They will often settle a case pre-maturely and with little benefit to the client. Additionally, be wary of lawyers who send solicitation letters to your home after an injury.

On the flip side, a positive reputation will be reflected by happy former clients, excellent customer service and reviews, scrupulous and honest practices, and a track record of exceptional results. Consult sites that review lawyers and law firms, such as Super Lawyers, Yelp, Martindale-Hubbell and AVVO. Also, ask around to family and friends in your area. Positive word of mouth is a good tool for finding a good match for your case.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is your recovery, your health, and your happiness. Don’t cut corners and don’t settle for less. By finding the right personal injury attorney, you will have strong representation and the tools to work through your case and receive the compensation you deserve.

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8 Motorcycle Visibility Tips

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Florida’s sunshine makes it a great place to ride motorcycles. However, because there are so many motorcyclists in our state, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that we also have the most motorcycle fatalities in the nation. Although motorcyclists account for only seven percent of Florida motorists, 19 percent of all fatal accidents involve a motorcycle. Many of these accidents involve other drivers who failed to pay attention to the motorcyclist and ended up colliding with them.

We care about your safety, so we have put together this list of motorcycle safety tips. By increasing your visibility, you can significantly decrease your chances of being involved in an accident with another vehicle.

Keep these tips in mind:

  1. Use reflective tape. Reflective tape is a simple and effective way to make your bike more conspicuous when you ride at night. Add the tape to your wheel rims or any part of your bike that protrudes a good distance from a light source.
  2. Ride a brightly colored motorcycle. Since dark motorcycles can be difficult for other drivers to see, consider driving a brightly colored bike.
  3. Wear high visibility safety gear. Wearing high visibility safety gear is the cheapest and easiest way to increase your visibility on the road. High-visibility colors like neon orange and yellow will instantly attract a driver’s eyes and make them aware of your presence.
  4. Add auxiliary lights. Adding extra lights to your bike goes a long way to increase your visibility. In fact, it can increase another driver’s ability to accurately determine a motorcycle’s distance by 10 percent and its speed by 20 percent.
  5. Use your horn. Don’t forget to use your horn! It’s there to help alert inattentive, distracted drivers of your presence before they end up causing an accident.
  6. Use your high beams. You can increase your visibility during the day by riding with your high beams on. They won’t be seen with the same contrast during the day as they are during the night, so don’t worry about blinding other motorists.
  7. Avoid riding in blind spots. There’s a reason blind spots are called blind spots! Make your passes quickly and avoid lingering next to vehicles in areas where they may not see you.
  8. Tap your brakes. A good way to get the attention of the person behind you is to tap your brakes, which causes your taillights to blink. This is also an effective way to alert other riders of potential dangers on the road ahead.

Visit our website for more information on motorcycle accidentsTo request a complimentary case review with a Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer at Vanguard Attorneys, please call our office at (813) 471-4444.

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Seat Belt Malfunctions Cause Thousands of Fatalities Each Year

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Seat belts save thousands of lives each year, but only when they function properly. For as many people as they save, there are still thousands of people who are injured or lose their lives as a result of a seat belt malfunction. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported that approximately three million people are injured each year due to seat belt failures, and 40,000 people lose their lives. Experts have found that seat belt failure is one of the leading cases of serious injury in rollover accidents.

Seat belt defects may include the following:

  • Lap-only designs
  • Door mounted belts
  • Seat belt retractor failure
  • Material or weaving defects
  • Poor design
  • False latching
  • Inertial unlatching

The following are signs that a seat belt is defective:

  • A seat belt is torn or damaged after an accident
  • A passenger wearing a seat belt suffers injuries in an accident with little damage to the vehicle
  • A passenger wearing a seat belt hits the windshield or is ejected from the vehicle during an accident
  • An injured passenger is unbelted during an accident when they were belted prior to the collision
  • More than one seat belted passenger suffers serious injury in an accident

Vanguard Attorneys Specializes in Seat Belt Failure Cases

The Tampa personal injury lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys specialize in handling car accident cases involving seat belt malfunctions. When handling car accident cases, we utilize the testimony of expert witnesses in order to prove your case. With more than 50 years of combined experience and a history of satisfactory results, we know what it takes to prove even the most complex cases. By utilizing efficient and cutting-edge legal strategies, we are able to maximize our clients’ recoveries and secure favorable results both outside and inside of court. If you’ve been hurt, now is the time to give us a call. Don’t put just any accident attorney on your side – turn to a team you can trust!

To get in touch with a member of the team at Vanguard Attorneys, please contact us at (813) 471-4444.

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Dog Bites: Who Will Pay for the Damages?

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In many situations, individuals injured by dog bites do not bring legal actions against owners because they fear that the owners will suffer financial hardship as a result. In other cases, persons who have been bitten do not file legal claims out of fear that they will ruin their relationship with the dog owner. However, there is no need for a dog bite victim to worry about such situations.

In most cases, owners do not have to pay for the damages caused by a dog bite. Instead, the owner’s insurance covers the costs of a legal claim and any resulting judgment or settlement. Depending on a wide range of circumstances, a claim resulting from a dog bite injury may be paid by the following:

Homeowner’s Insurance

Majority of the time, a dog owner’s homeowner’s insurance will cover the cost of damages that arise due to dog bites that occur on the homeowner’s property. While homeowner’s policies generally range between $100,000 to $300,000, most insurance companies will only cover the costs of the first incident of animal-caused injuries. In fact, most of these policies include verbiage, which excludes subsequent claims related to dog bite injuries.

Animal Insurance

Because many insurance companies only cover the costs of dog bite injury expenses for the first incident, pet owners that are considered repeat offenders are forced to obtain insurance coverage from a company that specializes in animal insurance. If you suffer injury due to a dog bite and that dog owner is considered a repeat offender, they may have animal insurance to cover the costs of your injuries.

Vehicle Insurance

If a dog bite occurs in the dog owner’s vehicle, the homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover damages. In these types of cases, the vehicle owner’s car insurance policy may cover the cost of the animal a bite. Sometimes, a combination of the homeowner’s insurance and the vehicle insurance will cover the damages.

Have You Sustained a Dog Bite Injury? Call Vanguard Attorneys

If you were bitten by a dog and believe the owner should be held liable for your injuries, we encourage you to get in touch with our Tampa dog bite lawyers at Vanguard Attorneys. When you choose to entrust us with your case, we will explore every detail in order to protect your rights and future. In every case, we take a client-based focus and handle all the complicated legal matters, so you can focus on the road to recovery.

To speak with a member of our team, call a Tampa dog bite attorney from Vanguard Attorneys today!

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Safety Tips for the Fourth of July

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The long-awaited Fourth of July weekend is here! Whatever you have planned this weekend, we at Vanguard Attorneys hope that you have a fun and safe time. Speaking of safety, we’ve put together this helpful list of safety tips to help reduce the likelihood of you or your family and friends being involved in an accident.

BBQ Grill Safety

What Fourth of July celebration would be complete without a barbecue? If you plan on grilling this weekend, keep the following in mind:

  • Never leave a lit grill unattended
  • Never use your grill indoors or in any enclosed area
  • Supervise pets and children to ensure they don’t come too near to your grill
  • Barbecue out in the open – stay away from trees, decks, awnings, or anything that could catch fire
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid to coals that have already been ignited
  • Use long-handled tools to prevent your hands from getting too near the flame

Beach Safety Tips

If you plan on spending time at the beach, consider these safety tips:

  • Always swim sober!
  • Don’t enter the ocean alone – always swim with a buddy
  • Keep alert of local weather conditions
  • Watch out for marine life – leave water plants and animals alone, as they can be dangerous
  • Have young children and inexperienced swimmers wear life vests when entering the water
  • Never dive into the ocean headfirst, as this could cause injury to the neck
  • If you become caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until you come out of the current, and then swim to shore

Don’t Drink and Drive!

Hundreds of people suffer injury every year during Independence Day weekend as a result of drunk driving. If you plan on drinking alcohol this weekend, don’t get behind the wheel of a car, motorcycle, boat, or any other type of motor vehicle. Instead, make plans to spend the night with friends or family, or take advantage of buses, taxis, or ride sharing services. It could save a life!

A Note on Fireworks

Although many people find a way to purchase fireworks around Independence Day, most of them are illegal in the State of Florida with the exceptions of sparklers and “glow worms” that do not explode. Please refrain from purchasing or using fireworks, not just because they are illegal, but because they can be highly unsafe. Many people are injured each year when defective or improperly used fireworks explode, causing burns and other serious bodily injuries. In fact, just last year an Orlando man died after a firework explosion.

We hope you don’t have to call us, but in case you do, we’re here to help. Have a great weekend!

To get in touch with a Tampa personal injury lawyer at Vanguard Attorneys, please call (813) 471-4444.

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Florida Personal Injury Attorneys

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Throughout the state of Florida, accident-related injuries cost residents in excess of hundreds of thousands in lost wages, medical bills and legal fees each year. At times, accidents cause catastrophic injuries which can lead to permanent disability or death. When these accidents are caused by negligence, the at-fault party may be held financially responsible for the victim’s injuries. Florida’s growing population has contributed to a steady flow of personal injury lawsuits.

In any case where an accident results in injury, a qualified personal injury attorney can help to protect a victim’s rights. An established personal injury lawyer with case experience in the different regions of the state of Florida can help injury victims succeed in recovering damages for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering.

Common Types of Accidents – Florida Personal Injury Attorney Practice Areas

  • Car Accidents: Car crashes are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among people of legal driving age in the state of Florida, as well as across the rest of the US.
  • Boating Accidents: Florida is a large peninsula, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Brain injuries caused by drowning accidents often result from boater inexperience or alcohol consumption.
  • Burn Injuries: Burns can occur due to negligent workplace conditions. Around the home, scalds are the most common burn among small children and sometimes occur due to negligent supervision by a nanny or babysitter.
  • Defective Products & Dangerous Drug Side Effects: Medical devices, such as pelvic mesh implants, have caused severe complications or infections in patients. Dangerous medications have also lead to severe injuries in some patients. In contrast, faulty auto tires have led to blowouts and catastrophic injuries produced by vehicle rollover accidents.
  • Injuries to Minors: Common injuries to children can involve defective toys, dog bites, burns/scalds, sports injuries (TBI & broken bones). Injuries are not always immediately visible and can also stem from child abuse. Parents or loved ones must intervene immediately if they suspect negligence or abuse is behind physical or emotional injuries to a minor.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: About 42% of motorcycle crashes involve motorists who fail to see the motorcycle and then turn in front of the rider, causing a crash and serious injury.
  • Nursing Home Abuse / Negligence: At least 60% of nursing home patients will experience a slip and fall accident each year. Many cases of nursing home falls result from negligent supervision of residents who are particularly prone to falls.
  • Pedestrian Accidents / Bicycle AccidentsFlorida is widely known for its dangers to pedestrians and cyclists. The state of Florida ranks #2 on the US pedestrian accident list. Accidents often involve a pedestrian or bicyclist and a single automobile, but may also involve pedestrians and motorcycles or even pedestrians and bicycle riders. Severe injuries can result in any one of these cases.
  • Slip and fall accidents: Falls result in nearly 1,000,000 emergency room visits each year. Many occur among the elderly and nursing home residents while others occur due to dangerous workplace conditions.

Personal Injury Lawyers Serving the Residents of Florida

In a large number of personal injury claims, the injured person often faces large insurance companies, adjusters, and other attorneys representing the party at fault. Florida accident victims should seek legal counsel and discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer. A reputable can help guide injury victims forward through any necessary next steps in the civil lawsuit process.

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Injured Motorists’ Rights

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In cases where an injured motorist misses work due to hospitalization or if the injuries simply prevent that individual from being able to perform his/her normal work duties, that motorist has the right to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover all costs and lost income caused by the accident – particularly when another party was negligent or otherwise at-fault.

Certain types of injuries are commonly caused by auto accidents and they can range from mild to catastrophic. Some of the worst traffic accident injuries result from drivers who are distracted, drunk or drowsy. If another driver was at fault, an injured motorist may file a civil claim against that driver and the insurance company for compensation. With respect to injuries and costs of medical care, a personal injury claim can help an injured motorist recover the costs of:

  • Emergency Room Visits
  • Surgeries
  • Acute Care / Hospitalization
  • Rehabilitation
  • Missed Time at Work
  • Follow Up Doctor’s Visits and Therapy
  • Medications

Following a car accident, retaining a personal injury attorney early in the process can benefit an injured motorist tremendously. The earlier an attorney is hired and involved in an automobile accident claim, the more time he/she has to gather supporting evidence and build a case. An experienced automobile accident lawyer will know exactly what information is needed in order to get a fair and reasonable settlement offer from an at-fault driver’s insurance company. If necessary, a good attorney will also organize the right information and be prepared to take a case to trial in the event that a fair settlement cannot be reached otherwise.

If you or someone you know is injured in an automobile accident and you feel the other driver was to blame, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Even if your injuries did not require hospitalization, an experienced auto accident attorney can help to recover the costs of medical treatment including any future doctor’s visits and prescriptions.

Automobile Accident Statistics

  • In addition to fatalities, auto accidents injure or disable 2.35 million people each year.
  • Most accidents and related fatalities occur on Friday or Saturday, with the majority of collisions occurring between 3-5:AM
  • Nearly 37,000 traffic accident fatalities occur in the US each year
  • Nearly 51% of fatalities in Florida and the US could be prevented by wearing a seat belt
  • One in five drivers admits to having browsed the internet via smartphone while driving
  • The #1 cause of all traffic accidents in Florida and the US is careless driving, which includes distracted driving, drowsy driving, and drunk driving
  • The second leading cause of car accidents is a failure to yield the right of way

References:

NHTSA

Association for Safe Int’l Road Travel

Florida DMV

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Personal Injury Lawsuits – The Definition of Loss of Consortium

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In Florida and many other states, loss of consortium is a legal phrase associated with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. Loss of consortium is a cause of action that family members of a person who is permanently injured or killed as a result of another party’s negligence may pursue. A surviving spouse, parents, children or siblings may pursue a civil claim for financial compensation. In general, any funds awarded as a result of a civil lawsuit verdict are intended to compensate the recipients for the lost companionship and diminished quality of life caused by the injured person’s permanent disability or a wrongful death victim’s absence.

The State of Florida and Loss of Consortium

With specific reference to Florida state law, consortium is more typically associated directly with the spouse or domestic partner of a personal injury or wrongful death victim. Florida’s application of loss of consortium mainly involves the services, comfort, society and attentions of a spouse or partner. This term refers specifically to the aspects of a marriage lost as a result of a catastrophic injury or death. More specifically, this includes a marital sexual relationship, companionship and general fellowship of a husband and wife to each other.

For most claims that specifically cite a loss of consortium, the surviving spouse sues the defendant for damages resulting from the inability to enjoy the same love, affection, and companionship that he/she enjoyed prior to the accident. The burden of proof is placed on the spouse who is filing the claim and may account for both past and future losses. Specific examples include:

  • Activities that the couple used to enjoy but can no longer enjoy together because of the injuries such as dancing, roller skating, or traveling
  • The spouse having to take on more housework or childcare responsibilities – including paying for daycare or a nanny
  • A spouse being required to take time off from work to stay home and care for the physical needs of the injured spouse
  • The spouse’s injuries causing a negative impact on the frequency or duration of intimacy

Loss of Consortium – Non-Economic Damages

In Florida courts, a “loss of consortium” award is considered as “non-economic” damages. This means this amount does not involve a precise monetary loss and possess no quantifiable cash value. However, certain components of the total award are quantifiable, such as the ongoing costs of childcare or a nanny. It is important to note that loss of consortium pertains more to a family’s relationship and not lost earning power. Lost earning power is generally treated by the courts as a separate matter.

Alternate Types of Loss of Consortium

While most cases of loss of consortium tend to be specific to the intimate relationship between a husband and wife, a loss of consortium claim can also be pursued in Florida courts by different parties who have been affected by the relative’s injuries such as:

  • Children
  • Guardians
  • Parents
  • Unmarried domestic partners

Under Florida law, a child is permitted to file a claim for loss of consortium of a parent, and vice versa. Most claims on the behalf of an injured or lost child typically cite the loss of affection and support, while claims involving an injured parent usually refer to the parent’s lost ability to care for the children and perform basic household maintenance and upkeep.

References:

Avvo

American Bar

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A Review of Personal Injury Lawsuits

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Injuries caused by negligence, inattention, and unsafe conditions cost the public millions in lost wages, medical expenses, and legal fees every year. If an injury results from someone else’s negligence, the injured party may file a personal injury lawsuit. Causes of these types of accidents can vary from failure to maintain a safe, an unobstructed storefront walkway to distracted driving. In any case of negligence in which the accident results in injury, a personal injury attorney often works with the injured person and their family to recover damages for expenses.

Common Accidents Associated with Catastrophic Injuries and Personal Injury Lawsuits

  • Auto Accidents: Car crashes are the leading cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) among people old enough to legally operate a motor-vehicle in the U.S.
  • Boating Accidents: TBI and drowning accidents can result due to boater inexperience or mixing alcohol consumption with long hours on the water.
  • Burn Injuries: Burns can occur due to negligent workplace conditions. Scalds are the most common burn among small children and can occur due to negligent supervision by a nanny or babysitter.
  • Defective Products & Medical Malpractice: Medical devices, such as pelvic mesh implants, have caused severe complications or infections in patients. Dangerous medications have also lead to severe injuries in some patients. In contrast, faulty auto tires have led to blowouts and severe injuries from vehicle rollovers.
  • Injuries to Minors: Some common injuries to children may involve defective toys, dog bites, burns/scalds and sports injuries. Injuries are not always immediately visible and can also stem from child abuse. Parents or loved ones must intervene immediately if they suspect negligence or abuse is behind physical or emotional injuries to a minor.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: About 42% of motorcycle crashes involve motorists who fail to see the motorcycle and then turn in front of the rider, causing a crash and serious injury. When another driver causes a rider to wreck, that rider may have a rightful claim to compensation.
  • Slip and Fall accidents: Falls result in nearly 1,000,000 emergency room visits each year. Many slip and fall accidents involve the elderly – adults over the age of 65. Other fall injuries often occur due to cluttered public spaces, such as store aisles, or unsafe jobsite conditions.
  • Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence: At least 60% of nursing home patients will experience a slip and fall accident each year. When a fall causes an injury in a nursing home, it’s important to examine the incident carefully to determine if the fall occurred due to negligent supervision by the nursing home’s staff – particularly in cases where a particular resident has a history of falling.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: The state of Florida ranks second on the US pedestrian accident list. Accidents often involve a pedestrian or bicyclist and a single automobile, but may also involve pedestrians and motorcycles or even pedestrians and bicycle riders. Severe injuries can result in any one of these cases.

Common Personal Injury Facts and Figures

With regard to the types of accidents listed above, the following facts and statistics are associated with a majority of personal injury lawsuits:

  • 60% of fatal injuries and non-fatal injuries requiring hospitalization occur in the home, 16% occur on the street or highway and 8% occur at a managed care facility.
  • Road accidents are usually caused by careless driving, failing to yield the right of way and driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • About 34% of all people killed in auto accidents in the state of Florida were not wearing seat belts.
  • Accidental injuries are the leading cause of death in people ages 1-44.
  • In 2011, 94 Florida residents died from unintentional fire-related injuries. There were an additional 584 hospitalizations for non-fatal injuries.
  • In 2011, there were 3,551 traumatic brain injury related deaths. Another 18,006 hospitalizations for non-fatal traumatic brain injuries were recorded.
  • In at least 7% of fatalities and 20% of incapacitating injuries the airbags deployed and the victims were wearing their seat belts.
  • Since 2011, the following annual averages have remained consistent in the state of Florida:
    • Residents ages 15-54 had some of the highest motorcyclist injury rates
    • Residents ages 15-24 had the highest MV occupant fatality and hospitalization rates
    • In general, older residents had higher pedestrian fatality rates than younger residents Pedal cyclist injury rates were the highest for residents ages 35–64
  • References:

    Florida Department of Health

    National Safety Council

    CDC

    Avvo.com

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