PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Legal Services across South Florida
Mark Schiffrin P.A. is a personal injury law firm offering quality legal services based in South Florida and representing and obtaining justice for personal injury victims. We as a South Florida personal injury lawyers ensure to protect their legal rights and help them in their pursuit of justice. Our clients are important people and not just another lawsuit. A relationship is built over time, as the case progresses and through meaningful interaction we can serve the client's needs and obtain the compensation they deserve.
Automobile Accidents in Florida, FL
Every state has its own set of motor vehicle laws and insurance plays an important role in every motor vehicle accident case. There are many different kinds of motor vehicle insurance coverage which include:
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
- Property Damage - Liability
- Uninsured Motorist (UM)
- Underinsured Motorist (UIM)
- Bodily Injury (BI)
Motor vehicle accidents are caused due to numerous factors such as driver fatigue, defective parts, mechanical failure or malfunction, carelessness, distraction, texting, speeding, talking on the phone, speeding and drunk driving.
Here are some recommendations on what to do after an accident:
- Click photographs of the accident scene before the vehicles are moved
- Click photographs of vehicle property damage, inside and out. Take photos of airbags and seatbelts also.
- Gather witness information such as names, addresses and phone numbers
- Try and bring medical care at the scene if needed
Get in touch with your own motor vehicle insurance company as soon as possible following the accident, preferably within 48 hours. Your insurance company may want to take a statement from you about your accident. Your contract requires you to cooperate at the risk of losing coverage by refusing and it's best to get advice from a car accident lawyer to avoid making the wrong decision. It's best to seek the needed medical care as soon as possible after the accident. Medical providers will request you to provide them with your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and health insurance information. To know about your rights further, it is best to seek legal counsel.
The most common motor vehicle accident injuries are whiplash, facial lacerations, traumatic brain injury, fractured bones, injured rotator cuffs and damaged organs.
Premises Liability Accidents
Premises Liability is a term used to describe accidents or incidents which are related to real property. Property owners have a legal obligation to maintain their property in a reasonably safe state for people lawfully on the property. A slip and fall is the most common type of premises accident.
Inadequate security is another kind of premises liability accident. If you are robbed on a business or property owner's premises, and the place has suffered a recent spate of similar robberies and the owner fails to upgrade security to address the issue, then it is an example of inadequate security. Sexual assault is another type of crime resulting from inadequate security. Failure to prevent and correct hazardous conditions is also a part of premises liability. Property owners who are aware of these conditions but failed to remediate them are to be held responsible. Owners who put profit ahead of safety are also to be held liable.
When a person's death is caused due to a wrongful act, negligence, breach of contract or default the victim's survivors or immediate family members may be able to bring a legal action to recover compensation for damages under Florida's Wrongful Death Act.
Damages which may be recovered include mental pain and suffering, loss of companionship and protection, past and future loss of support and services and funeral costs. They provide financial support to those who have hurt by the loss and may stop future negligent conduct from taking place.
Mostly under wrongful death, loss of life arises out of medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, negligence, premise liability, car and truck accidents and defective products.
When it comes to damages, each survivor may recover the value of lost support and services from the date of the injury to the death of the victim, with interest, and future loss of support and services.
The spouse may also recover for the loss of companionship and protection and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury
Survivors may also include minor children of the decedent and all children of the decedent if there is no surviving spouse, may also recover for loss of parental companionship, guidance and for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury.
Each parent of a minor child who has been killed in a wrongful death incident may also recover for mental pain and suffering from the date of injury. The parents of an adult child may also recover for mental pain and suffering if there are no other survivors.
Loss of earnings of the deceased, loss of support and loss of prospective net accumulations of an estate may also be recovered. Disputes may arise over issues such as fault, who the survivors exactly are and the amount of damages recoverable.
Damages may include expenses related to death such as medical and funeral bills, lost insurance benefits, loss of inheritance, pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of companionship, care or protection and punitive damages which are intended to punish the person at fault and prevent them from harming others.
Pedestrians are killed almost daily in the state of Florida by the negligence of those who operate motor vehicles. The injuries are often severe requiring substantial and immediate medical care. Victims may also suffer considerable loss of income which affects not only them, but their loved ones too.
Insurance matters and laws relating to the above matters can often be confusing and overwhelming. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will be able to help in addressing these issues to ensure the victim receives maximum recovery.
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