Every day, Florida residents suffer severe injury in accidents caused by another person’s negligence. Victims can hold negligent parties accountable by filing a claim or lawsuit for compensation. Filing a claim or lawsuit can be difficult, especially when you are trying to focus on recovering. A personal injury lawyer in Plantation can help.
The personal injury attorneys at Coffey Trial Law have decades of experience helping injured victims find justice. Call us today: 954-541-3194.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injuries can stem from any type of accident. The types we see most commonly include:
Car accidents are some of the most serious personal injury accidents. Hundreds of thousands of people suffer injury or die in car accidents every year. Many accidents are the result of some form of driver negligence including:
- Distracted driving
- Failing to adhere to traffic laws
- Drunk driving
Car accidents can cause short- and long-term injuries which can put a physical, mental, and financial strain on victims and their families.
Slip and Falls
You can suffer injury in a number of slip and fall accidents, including:
- Falling down a flight of stairs at an apartment complex
- Slipping at the grocery store
- Tripping on a sidewalk
Many personal injuries occur when a property manager neglects to fix a dangerous condition on his property. Some of these dangerous conditions include:
- Poor lighting
- Uneven flooring
- Wet floors
- Torn carpet
Slip and fall accident victims can suffer serious injuries including broken bones and head injuries.
Boat accidents can result in injury and death, as well as property damage. Both workers and passengers are at risk of injury while on the water. A number of these accidents are the result of:
- Boat owner or employer negligence
- Poor upkeep of the vessel
- Vessel collisions
- Hazardous conditions on the vessel (e.g., slippery decks, broken handrails, etc.)
The construction injury is dangerous. Millions of workers are injured or lose their lives each year in accidents due to the following:
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Unsafe equipment
- Lifting heavy tools
- Falling machinery
- Failure to abide by industry regulations
Construction accidents are often the result of:
- Negligent employers
- Careless co-workers
- Defective equipment
- Negligent third parties, such as drivers or subcontractors
Because of the size of a semi-truck and its many, large blind spots, truck accidents are common and often catastrophic. Many accidents result from:
- Driver error often brought on by driver fatigue, distraction, intoxication, etc.
- Trucking company negligence
- Equipment failure/poor maintenance
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
Any type of accident that involves trauma to the head, neck or back can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury (SCI). TBI victims suffer a number of symptoms including:
- Loss of consciousness
- Loss of memory and other cognitive abilities
- Loss of motor function and paralysis
SCI victims can suffer from the following:
- Muscle weakness, spasms, or stiffness
- Loss of function/paralysis
- Coordination problems
Manufacturers have a duty to produce safe products for their customers. If they allow a defective or dangerous product to leave their facilities, they may be liable for any injuries that product causes.
Pharmacists, like doctors and nurses, have to meet an industry standard of care when dealing with patients. If they do not exercise proper care, patients could suffer injuries through the following:
- Drug interactions
- Drug overdoses
- Incorrect drug administration
- Side effects from over dispensing of medication
Basic Elements of a Personal Injury Lawsuit
To have a valid personal injury case, you must be able to prove that the at-fault party’s negligence is what caused your accident. To do so, you must establish the following:
You will first have to establish that the at-fault party (defendant) owed you a duty to act reasonably towards others.
For example, drivers have a duty to others on the road to behave sensibly behind the wheel.
Property owners have a duty to ensure their property is safe for all visitors.
Boat owners, like property owners, have a duty to ensure their vessel is safe for workers and visitors alike.
Breach of Duty
Secondly, you must be able to show that the defendant breached this duty. This typically requires proving that the party was negligent. Negligence occurs when the person fails to act reasonably.
For example, a driver who runs through a stop sign is not exercising reasonable care when operating his vehicle.
A property owner who knows about a broken handrail and does nothing to fix it is behaving negligently.
A truck driver who stays on the road longer than legally allowed is engaging in negligent behavior.
Proving negligence can be difficult. Police reports, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony, state laws, photos, video surveillance, and other evidence will help you establish the breach.
The third element requires you show that the defendant’s breach of duty was the cause of your injuries. Generally, you use the “but-for” causation method: the injury would not have occurred but for the defendant’s negligent actions.
For example, “I would not have suffered a traumatic brain injury if the defendant had not ran a red light and hit my car.”
Lastly, you will need to prove that you suffered actual damages in the accident. You can use medical records, financial statements, eyewitness testimony, expert testimony, pain journals, W-2s, and tax returns to establish your damages.
If you can establish the four elements above, you may be eligible to recover compensation.
Where can I get help with my case?
Recovery after an accident can be difficult. You may experience physical pain, emotional distress, and financial difficulties. Your family may also struggle as they help you move past your tragedy. Do not go through the process alone.
The personal injury attorneys at Coffey Trial Law have the resources and experience necessary to assist you with your injury claim and help you get back on your feet after your accident.
Filing a successful claim or lawsuit requires a thorough investigation of the facts and an extensive search for solid evidence.
Coffey Trial Law will leave no stone unturned when it comes to your case.
For more information, please call us at 954-541-3194 to discuss your accident.