Personal injury relates to the damages or injuries resulting from the negligence or carelessness of a person or company. “Serious bodily injury” means an injury to any person consisting of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. Accidents resulting in personal injuries are common and they occur every day.
Common types of personal injury claims include:
- Car Accidents (rear-end collisions, fender benders, failure to yield, drunk drivers, distracted drivers, etc.)
- Cruise Ship Accidents
- Slip and Fall (injury due to water or ice on flooring, changes in flooring, poor lighting and rugs not secured)
- Product Liability (defective or dangerous products that cause injuries)
- Medical Malpractice (injury due to the negligence of a doctor or nurse)
- Construction Accidents (injury on a construction site either as an employee or worker)
- Dog Bites
- Workplace Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Worker’s Compensation
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Florida Statutes Related to Medical Malpractice, Negligence & Dog Bites - Title XLV
How do I prove a personal injury case?
In most personal injury claims, the injured party must be able to show the following three elements:
- That the person causing the harm was careless or negligent
- The negligence caused the accident
- In most cases, there is a permanent injury
What is your case worth?
To determine what your case is worth, contact a local personal injury attorney. A number of factors can help determine what your personal injury case is worth, including:
- Severity of the injuries
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- How the injuries have affected your ability to work
- How the injuries have affected your lifestyle
- Your age
- Your future medical prognosis
- Any pre-existing injuries
How can I help with my personal injury claim?
- Document the details of your injury
- Collect physical evidence and take photographs
- Keep all your medical records and receipts
- Locate all witnesses
- Seek medical attention immediately
Time limits for personal injury claims
There is a Statute of Limitations placed on all personal injury claims. The time limit to file a claim varies by type of injury. Therefore, it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as practicable after you are injured.
What should you do now?
If you believe you or a loved one have been harmed or injured in Broward County and you would like to receive compensation for the person or company at fault, you should contact an attorney immediately. An experienced personal injury attorney will explain your rights and assist you in filing a lawsuit. From vehicle accident injuries to medical malpractice, a personal injury attorney will fight diligently to get you the settlement you deserve. A structured settlement (an annuity where you receive a sum of money each month) is often desired by the victim to protect him or her financially after an injury settlement. Structured settlements provide victims with tax benefits and enable proper financial planning for future needs of the victim as a result of the injury.