Common Types of Accidents
Whether you’ve been in a car accident, a workplace accident, a slip, and fall, or some other type of injury accident, you’re going to have similar concerns. Who will pay for your medical bills? How will your employer handle your missing work? Will the negligent party be responsible for your expenses? While no two accidental injuries are identical, there are many similarities with accident cases. Weinstein Legal is a personal injury law firm that represents accident victims in Broward and Palm Beach counties on a contingency basis. That means that you will not have to pay out of pocket for our professional legal services. If you’ve been injured in an accident, call today for a free, no-obligation consultation about your accident claim.
The following is an overview of some of the types of accidents that our Florida personal injury law firm handles. If you don’t see your accident type listed, contact us to discuss your claim. We handle most types of personal injury accidents.
Auto Accidents and Road Traffic Accidents
In 2019 — the most recent year reported by the FLHSMV — there were 401,867 crashes in Florida. 152,768 (about 38%) were injury crashes, with 236,753 people injured. Additionally, 3,185 people died in car crashes that year.
The statistical probability that you will be injured in a car crash in Florida in your lifetime is overwhelming. The odds are even greater if you live near a city with a high population density, like West Palm Beach or Fort Lauderdale. The good news is that your damages may be covered by your car insurance company. Even if you are partially at fault, your insurance may be responsible for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many people settle their car accident injury claims without speaking to a car accident lawyer near you first. Car insurance companies in Florida have a vested interest in minimizing accident payouts. If you’ve been in a car accident, truck accident, pedestrian accident, or motorcycle accident in Florida, call Weinstein Legal to review the details before you settle.
Accidents at Work
In Florida, non-construction employers with four or more employees and construction employers with any number of employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured at work, you should receive workers’ compensation benefits, even if the accident was your fault. These benefits, however, will often fall short of fully compensating you for your injuries. If you’ve been injured due to employer negligence or unsafe work conditions, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Workers’ comp in Florida should pay for your medical care through an approved workers’ compensation doctor, a portion of your salary, and vocational rehabilitation. If you require additional compensation in order to be made whole, you may need to retain the services of a workers’ compensation attorney.
Clinical negligence is an area of medical malpractice that focuses on negligence at healthcare facilities. When you go to a doctor’s office, a walk-in clinic, or any other healthcare facility, you have an expectation of receiving a standard of care and advice that is consistent with healthcare industry standards. Clinical negligence can occur when your illness is misdiagnosed, or you receive treatment that fails to adequately address your condition. If you believe that you received negligent treatment at a healthcare facility, you may be entitled to compensation.
Slip and Fall Injuries
The owner or custodian of public access properties has the legal obligation to ensure that the property is safe and that visitors receive adequate warning of any dangers. While these accidents are often referred to as “slip and fall accidents,” this area of the law covers various accidental injuries that occur on properties or in facilities. Examples of hazards that can result in premise liability accidents include liquids on the ground, exposed wiring, heavy objects on high shelves, loose carpeting, or anything else that could unexpectedly cause an accident.
Florida cities like Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are popular tourist destinations, which means that a portion of the accident victims in Palm Beach and Broward are from out of state. If you aren’t from the area and you’re injured in an accident, you will have to file your claim in the local civil courts. Almost all aspects of your accident claim can be handled remotely, so you can remain home, recover from your injuries, and allow our top-tier accident injury team to represent you in the Florida courts.
Participating in sports entails a certain risk of injury, which is why gyms, martial arts schools, and organized sporting events invariably make participants sign waivers of liability. That does not, however, fully excuse the persons responsible for monitoring and organizing sports-related events from their responsibilities to the safety of the participants. If you have a sports-related injury resulting from negligence or actions that are beyond the scope of the event, you may have grounds for an injury claim. There may be an insurance policy in place to protect the responsible party against accidental injuries in many cases. Call Weinstein Legal to discuss your case.
Losing a loved one in an accident is traumatic and painful. Frequently, it will alter the course of your life. Depending on your relationship with the deceased, you may be entitled to compensation for their medical bills before their death, funeral expenses, lost wages, future lost earnings, and loss of companionship. Weinstein Legal can help you get justice for the untimely death of your loved one.
Frequently Asked Questions for Personal Injury Cases
Weinstein Legal has successfully represented hundreds of clients in a vast array of personal injury cases. These are some of the most common questions that our Florida-area clients bring to us. This should not be construed as legal advice. For professional legal advice, contact Weinstein Legal for a free consultation.
What is the statute of limitations for a personal injury case in Florida?
For most personal injury cases, the statute of limitations is four years from the date of the accident. With wrongful death claims, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of death, regardless of when the accident occurs. This is similar to medical malpractice cases, which have a statute of limitations of two years from the date of discovery of the incident.
What kinds of damages can I expect from a personal injury claim?
Personal injury lawyers attempt to identify two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include anything that involves a dollar cost. For instance, all medical bills, lost income, property damage, transportation expenses resulting from the accident, etc., are all considered economic costs. Non-economic costs include your physical pain, emotional trauma, and any loss of capacity that you may experience. These intangible costs are often referred to as “pain and suffering.”
How can I afford a personal injury lawyer for my accident?
Personal injury law firms in Florida, like Weinstein Legal, work on a contingency basis. This means that the attorneys collect their legal fees at the end of the case, and only if you receive a settlement or court award. You will not have to pay out of pocket for legal fees.
How An Experienced Accident Attorney in Florida Can Help
For years, the professional personal injury attorneys at Weinstein Legal have been helping accident victims throughout Florida recover damages for their accidents. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you deserve compensation. Contact a member of the Weinstein Legal accident team for a free consultation today.