Unfortunately, there are thousands of ways someone can suffer an injury or lose their lives in an accident. When serious injury or death occurs because of negligence however, Florida laws allow either the victim or their families to file a civil lawsuit to recover financially.
What is Serious Personal Injury?
Florida no fault insurance requires victims of car accidents to suffer serious personal injury before they are able to file suit. What isn’t always clear is what this term means. In general, victims must suffer an injury from which they cannot recover or scars or other injuries that cause disfigurement. Since these terms are largely subjective, it’s important to speak with an attorney and discuss your injuries as soon as possible after an accident.
Injuries Not Associated with Car Accidents
There are other accidents which allow you to file a personal injury lawsuit in Florida. Keep in mind, you have only four years from the date you suffered an injury to file a claim; fewer if the incident involved a government entity. Some of the types of claims handled by Morla Law Group, PA include:
- Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents – property owners have a responsibility to ensure guests are safe on their premises. Failure to maintain handrails, carpeting or tiling that is buckled and could cause someone to trip or unsafe stairways may cause unsuspecting visitors to lose their balance and fall. Store and mall owners who fail to provide proper signage indicating wet or highly-waxed floors could be responsible for injuries as a result of slipping and falling.
- Product Defect Injuries – small home appliances, power tools and even your car could have defects or design flaws that could result in serious injury or death. Seat belt defects, tool and appliance electrical defects and tire defects can result in loss of life or serious bodily injury.
- Nursing Home Abuse – the decision to place a loved one in a skilled nursing facility is not one that is reached easily. Too often, patients in skilled nursing facilities are subjected to physical, mental and financial abuse. If your loved one is suffering at the hands of those who are supposed to be caring for them, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you recover a financial award to enable you to put them into a safer environment.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or you’ve lost a loved one due to someone’s negligence, Florida’s personal injury statutes can help protect your rights and allow you to seek compensation. Contact Morla Law Group, P.A. at 813-250-2886 for a case evaluation and we’ll help you decide the best way to proceed.