Kinds Of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle

Accidents happen all the time, but when someone’s negligence causes a loss of property or bodily injury to you, you may be able to seek compensation for those damages. Personal injury case examples include road and workplace accidents, slip and fall cases, nursing home and medical malpractice cases, construction worker accidents, and other cases involving harm as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another party.

Examples of Personal Injury Cases

Here are a few examples of cases handled by personal injury lawyers.

Vehicle AccidentsVehicle Accidents

If poor truck maintenance, driver negligence, or driver inexperience led to a truck accident, a personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale can fight on behalf of the injured parties to recover damages from the at-fault parties responsible for the accident. A Fort Myers car accident lawyer can also recover damages from negligent passenger car drivers, motorcyclists, and bicyclists. A lawyer can handle pedestrian injury cases as well, not to mention cases involving speeding, drinking and driving, and reckless driving.

Nursing Home and Slip and Fall AccidentsNursing Home

If a lack of nursing home staff training, a lack of workers, or walkway hazards cause a slip and fall accident in a nursing home, a personal injury attorney in Fort Myers can gather evidence to prove negligence on the part of a nursing home staff member, a nursing home administrator, or the nursing home itself. If slippery floors, missing signage, or service team negligence caused a workplace fall and a worker suffered personal injuries as a result, a business or premises owner can be held liable for the resultant damages.

Medical MalpracticeMedical Malpractice

If a medical healthcare provider’s lack of training, distraction, or incompetence led to injuries or health complications, a doctor, a healthcare worker, or a hospital or health services organization may be held liable for the resultant damages. Diagnosis errors and administrative mistakes can also lead to bodily harm. An injury lawyer can help the victim seek compensation for the losses that he or she or his or her loved endured.

Personal Injury Cases Won

There are many examples of famous personal injury cases that our team has handled. Two relevant examples are:

Reckless Driving Accidents

Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of accidental death in the United States. One of our clients received a settlement of $3.85 million after a truck driver took a reckless turn on a busy highway, causing catastrophic damage and long-term personal injuries to our client.

Another client received a settlement of $1.5 million after a driver’s error pinned him between two vehicles. It led to the near amputation of one of his arms.

Product Liability Personal Injuries

In a landmark case, we reached a settlement estimated to be worth over $800 million in favor of our clients in a case against a Chinese drywall manufacturer. Our clients contended that they suffered bodily injuries because of the harmful and subpar quality of products produced by the defendant. Approximately 400 homes were affected by this, and the U.S. Eastern District Court found in favor of the plaintiff.

This is just one example of a large-scale personal injury case that we won, a case that has become one of many famous personal injury cases handled by our team.

We Are Just a Call Away

Our empathetic team of attorneys understands the trauma involved in personal injury cases, and we pride ourselves on providing personalized and compassionate care to all of our clients. Please contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato at (954) 633-8270 for assistance with a personal injury case.

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Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed Against Driver Or Insurance Company

When you sustain an injury in a car accident in Florida, you can seek compensation by filing a claim with your insurance company and possibly by filing a lawsuit against the driver directly.

Typically, a driver injured in a Florida personal injury case must first seek compensation from their own insurer using their plan’s personal injury protection (PIP) coverage

If the extent of their damages exceeds their policy’s maximum PIP limit, or if serious injuries were sustained, they may be able to go after the responsible driver for the remainder of their losses in a personal injury lawsuit.

How Florida’s Being a No-Fault State Affects Your Personal Injury Case

Florida is a no-fault auto insurance state. This means that when a car accident occurs, each of the involved parties files a claim with their respective auto insurance companies. It does not matter who caused the accident. Your damages may be covered by your PIP insurance, which comes with your car insurance policy.

However, your PIP insurance places a limit on the number of medical expenses your insurance company will cover. It also does not allow you to pursue pain and suffering damages.

If the damages from your injuries exceed your PIP coverage, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.

Florida’s Serious Injury Threshold

You may also be able to sue the other driver if the extent of your injuries meets Florida law’s serious injury threshold. This threshold includes: 

  • Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function
  • Permanent injury, other than disfigurement or scarring
  • Permanent and significant disfigurement or scarring
  • Death

You may be able to recover damages for pain and suffering if your case meets one of these thresholds. 

Dealing With the Insurance CompanyPersonal Injury Lawsuit Filed Against A Driver Or Insurance Company

You can expect to receive a call from the insurance company shortly after you file your claim. They may want to talk about the accident and your injuries, and they might even ask you to give a recorded statement. 

We recommend using caution when speaking to an insurance company after an accident, even your own. They may try to use your statements against you to reduce or deny you compensation. 

You may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer before speaking with an insurance company. They may be able to offer you advice or communicate with an insurance company on your behalf when they represent you.

We Can Help You File Your Claim After Your Car Accident

The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato understands how confusing Florida’s personal injury laws can be. At a time when you are trying to recover physically and emotionally from your accident, we are here to take the burden of seeking compensation off your shoulders. 

We may be able to represent you in a personal injury case against your insurance company or the responsible party, where our Fort Myers personal injury attorneys can.

  • Answer your questions and provide legal advice
  • Determine who is liable for your injuries
  • Gather evidence of their liability 
  • Gather evidence of the extent of your injuries, including evidence needed to demonstrate their serious nature, if applicable
  • Communicate with the insurance companies and other parties on your behalf
  • Negotiate for a fair settlement offer
  • Take the case to court if necessary

Call the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato today for a free consultation and to learn of your legal options moving forward. Our Fort Lauderdale car accident lawyer may be able to represent your case on contingency-fee basis where we only collect legal fees if and when we win a settlement or award on your behalf. 

Contact us today at (954) 633-8270.

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What Happens During a Stroke?

A stroke happens when the flow of blood traveling to the brain becomes blocked or bursts. When this occurs the brain no longer gets the necessary oxygen required to survive and within a few minutes, the brain cells begin to die.

When brain cells die or are get damaged, the body can no longer control parts of the body (face, arms, and legs) and can leave the person with paralysis or numbness. The stroke victim might also experience trouble speaking, hearing, or seeing.

A stroke is a serious medical situation that requires immediate attention. If you think you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9–1–1 immediately. Don’t drive to the hospital or have someone else drive you. Ambulance medics can begin life-saving treatment as soon as they arrive at the scene and can continue treatment during the trip to the emergency room. During a stroke, every minute counts.

A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death. A stroke is the No. 1 cause of disability and the No. 4 cause of death in the United States, according to the American Stroke Association.

Types of strokes

There are two main types of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes account for 87% of all strokes. An ischemic stroke is caused by an obstruction of blood traveling to the brain.

A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a weakened blood vessel that ruptures and bleeds into the brain. This is typically referred to as an aneurysm. An aneurysm is like a bubble in a blood vessel that grows until it bursts. This can cause a hemorrhagic stroke.

Symptoms

The sooner a person is treated during a stroke, the better their chances of recovery. The American Stroke Association has developed a new mobile app, called F.A.S.T to identify symptoms. F.A.S.T stands for “If you see Face drooping, Arm weakness or Speech difficulty, it’s Time to call 911.

If you or a loved one is at high risk for a stroke, download the American Heart Association’s new F.A.S.T. mobile app for iPhones and iPads here. An Android version is coming soon. Download here.

In the News

Lately, medical malpractice news regarding chiropractors and strokes have been circulating. Here are some of the latest:

  1. In Ada, Oklahoma, 30-year-old Jeremy Youngblood was young, vibrant and attacking life head-on when he died. Linda Youngblood is haunted by the fact that when her son Jeremy went to a chiropractor in Ada, she ended up losing him. The autopsy says Jeremy died of acute cerebellar infarction due to manipulation of the neck. Dr. Bill Kinsinger, President of the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, is an outspoken critic of chiropractic therapy. He believes neck manipulation by chiropractors is dangerous and even deadly. “The majority of the strokes happen in the vertebral arteries in the back. The stress on that artery at that segment where it makes that turn against that bone is most susceptible to stroke,” Kinsinger said. The doctor says when a chiropractor adjusts your neck, it can cause a tear in the artery which basically tries to heal with a clot. Full article here.
  2. It’s amazing that Elizabeth Caplan is able to simply make coffee. She’s a former nurse who suffered a devastating stroke when she was 44-years-old. Caplan said it happened while she was seeing a chiropractor. Her neck had just been adjusted when something went terribly wrong. Full article here.

If you or a loved one has experienced a stroke due to someone’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation.

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If you become ill while on a cruise ship, you may be left wondering if it was a result of negligence on the part of the staff. Falling ill while on a cruise does not mean that the cruise line is responsible. However, if many people become similarly ill, it may be due to negligence.

There are three main ailments that can be attributed to the negligence of cruise ship staff: norovirus, food poisoning and Legionnaire’s Disease. Food poisoning and norovirus are mildly serious, whereas Legionnaire’s Disease can be life-threatening.

Norovirus, also called the stomach flu, can spread by contaminated food and water, as well as by physical contact with someone carrying the virus or something that person has touched. Norovirus is extremely contagious, and also very common. Although cruise ship norovirus outbreaks have been see frequently on the news, you will still need to prove that a cruise ship was negligent in some way in order to hold them responsible for damages after contracting norovirus.

Food poisoning is an ailment that is most often the result of negligence and is not uncommon to cruise ships. If a chef aboard the ship is ill and does not properly wash his or her hands, you may be able to demonstrate negligence on the part of the cruise staff.

Legionnaire’s Disease is a serious and possibly fatal illness. The disease comes from a common bacteria that grows in warm water and thrives in complex plumbing and heating systems like the ones found on cruise ships. The bacteria is killed by hot water, so a cruise ship may be held liable if they inadequately heat their pools and hot tubs.

There are steps you can take to best support your negligence claim against a cruise line. You can ask how many other people on board fell sick, and what their symptoms were. You can find out whether extra precautions were taken in order to protect against illness, and whether the crew made any health announcements or warnings. Check to see how many people are in the ship’s hospital and whether any are in quarantine. Additionally, you can also check to see if the  ship had deviated from its original itinerary. Any information you can collect can be beneficial to your claim.

For more information regarding your rights is you became ill on a cruise ship, contact the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys from Wolf & Pravato – (800) 428-3476.

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