Do you know the most common causes of personal injuries?  Do you know what to do if an accident costs you unpaid time off from work and expensive medical bills?  Read on for the 6 most common causes of personal injuries as well as tips on how to proceed if you find yourself in any of these situations.

Personal Injury Causes

  • Auto Accidents

Car accidents are one of the top causes of personal injury claims in Florida.  Road rage, distracted driving and drunk driving can all contribute to dangerous car accidents.  If an irresponsible driver hits your car, it is important you know what do after a car accident.  Your actions immediately after the accident can make a huge difference in your ability to win a personal injury lawsuit.  After an accident you should always seek medical attention, even if you don’t appear to be injured or your injuries seem minor.  You could be suffering from shock immediately after an accident and unable to properly gauge your physical health.  You could also have injuries that are not immediately visible.  Internal bleeding or head trauma may not show immediate symptoms but could be detected by a thorough physician.

In addition to getting medical help, you need to document everything.  If you are able, take pictures and write down information about the scene and details of the accident.  Request a copy of the police report.  Try to get witness contact information.  If you are injured and need to pursue a case for compensation your attorney will want to have as much information as possible.

  • Slip & Fall

Slip and fall accidents are unfortunately quite common.  They can happen in the workplace or even at the grocery store.  When you suffer an injury on someone else’s property due to a hazard, this is considered a slip and fall.  If you find yourself the victim of such an accident you may be considering suing for compensation.  There are two main points that must be proven to successfully prove a slip and fall claim.  The property owner must be negligent and that negligence must be the cause of your injury.  Slip and fall injuries can be complicated.  It can be challenging to prove the unsafe conditions were the result of negligence and directly tie that negligence to your injury. The cost of your injury will also need to be assessed.  Beyond medical bills, does your injury impact your ability to work?  Do you have justification to seek damages for pain and suffering?  When dealing with a slip and fall case it is helpful to get legal assistance.  A skilled personal injury attorney can assess your case, help you prove your claim, and assist you in determining the appropriate amount of damages.

  • Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are common and scary. “The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) reports that each year nearly 5,000 pedestrians die in motor vehicle related accidents, and approximately 76,000 pedestrians in 2012 suffered injuries when hit by a car or truck.” If you suffer an injury as a pedestrian due to someone else’s negligence you may be eligible to compensation.  Pedestrian and vehicle accidents typically involve the question of level of care.  Drivers and pedestrians are all expected to exercise reasonable care.  If a driver is distracted, for instance talking on a cell phone and hits a pedestrian it can be argued the driver did not exercise reasonable care.  The expectations of reasonable care are raised whenever dealing with children.  If a driver is in a school zone or area that children are reasonably expected to be, the driver must be additionally cautious.

  • Dog Bites

Dog bites are unpleasant and can cause devastating injuries.  The legal standard regarding owner responsibility for a dog bite varies by state.  Some states maintain that a dog owner is only responsible for a dog bite if they have cause to believe that the dog would bite; while other states hold the owner responsible for a bite the very first time.  It is important to work with an attorney that has state specific expertise.  In addition, some states will consider mitigating circumstances such as trespassing or provoking the dog.  You need to know what to do if you are bit by a dog.  After seeking medical treatment for any injuries; talk to an attorney who can guide you on the laws of your state and the viability of a claim.

  • Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice injuries are far more common that you would like to think.  Many malpractice lawsuits are expensive, lengthy and stressful which can deter someone from suing even if they have a case.  A malpractice case needs to prove negligence on the part of the physician which can sometimes be difficult.  If you believe you have been a victim of medical malpractice it is important to contact an attorney immediately as you will want to file a case prior to the statute of limitations running out.  The best outcome is to avoid having a medical malpractice issue in the first place. When dealing with your medical care, it is important to advocate for yourself.  Ask questions of your physician and insist on understanding the answers you receive.  If something doesn’t take feel right, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.

  • Work Related Injuries

The work place can be full of hazards.  If you suffer an injury while on the job, the first step you should take is to report the injury to your employer.  Even if you believe your injury to be minor or not worth the paperwork, report it to your supervisor.  After you have reported your claim your employer will probably have a procedure in place that may include having you complete a form detailing the injury.  While the states protections vary, each state gives you the right to seek medical attention and file a worker’s compensation claim.  You have the right to have legal representation throughout the process.  Your employer cannot legally discourage you from filing a claim. (Can we add something here that even non-citizens have the right to file such a claim).

Personal injuries are far too common.  Each person suffering from an injury due to negligence will have a specific set of circumstances that requires individual attention.  Let our skilled attorneys review your case and explain your legal options.  We will walk you through the claims process and help you pursue the monetary compensation you may be due.

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