Injuries can occur for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, when an accident happens, no one is at fault. For example, you might lose your footing while walking down the street or in your own home and slip and fall.
However, in some cases, someone’s negligence clearly caused the accident. The Legal Information Institute (LII) defines negligence as “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” It notes that negligence may consist of both actions and omissions, or failures to act.
If you suffered injuries because another person acted carelessly or recklessly, you could recoup financial compensation to cover your medical bills, lost income, property damage, lost or reduced earning potential, and pain and suffering. A Melbourne personal injury lawyer could help you seek justice.
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented clients across the United States who suffered injuries through another party’s actions or negligence. Our team can investigate to figure out what happened and who has responsibility for the harm you suffered. We might then file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf. Call our office today at (800) 730-1331 to speak with a member of our staff.
Types of Personal Injuries
The field of personal injury law encompasses many types of accidents. These are some of the most common.
Motor Vehicle Collisions
Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes can result in severe injuries, such as head trauma, whiplash, broken bones, paralysis, and lost limbs. These types of accidents can occur for many reasons. A driver may travel too fast, run a red light, fail to yield the right of way, drive while intoxicated, or get distracted by a cell phone.
Figuring out liability in a car accident is not always straightforward. Sometimes, motorists and eyewitnesses give conflicting accounts. If that happens in your crash, the team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can interview witnesses, review any video of the collision that might exist, and look at other evidence to determine responsibility.
You could also hold someone other than the driver of the vehicle that hit you liable for the crash. If the driver operated a company vehicle, and the employer failed to maintain it properly, we could file a personal injury lawsuit against the employer. If the car had a design flaw or manufacturing defect that rendered it unsafe, we might sue the vehicle manufacturer on your behalf.
In some cases, both parties share the blame for a collision. You could still recover financial compensation in Florida, even if you were partly responsible for causing the accident. Under Florida Statutes § 768.81, which outlines the state’s comparative negligence law, a court will reduce any financial award you recover proportionately to your percentage of fault. A Melbourne personal injury lawyer can gather evidence to limit how much blame a court might assign you for an accident.
Slip and Fall Accidents
If you fell on someone else’s property, either a private residence or a business, you might have suffered serious injuries, such as broken bones, torn ligaments, cuts, scrapes, and head injuries. The team at Ben Crump Law, PLLC, can interview you and any witnesses and review surveillance video and maintenance and repair records to determine liability.
You might qualify for compensation if the property owner or manager did not take reasonable steps to keep visitors safe. Here are a few examples where you could hold them liable for your injuries:
- The owner or property manager knew of a broken step but did not fix it.
- Employees did not clean up a spill promptly.
- They did not remove snow and ice from a walkway or parking lot.
A health care provider who failed to meet the standard of care may have committed medical malpractice. A medical malpractice claim must demonstrate that:
- A provider-patient relationship existed.
- The provider behaved negligently and failed to meet the standard of care that a reasonably skilled and careful health care provider would have met.
- Their negligence caused your injuries,
- You suffered damages due to the injuries.
Medical malpractice can involve a variety of mistakes:
- A doctor may incorrectly diagnose a condition and administer an unnecessary and ineffective treatment that could even make things worse.
- A physician may diagnose a condition late, after it has reached an advanced stage at which treatment is unlikely to be effective.
- A doctor may prescribe a medication inappropriate for a disease, that a patient has an allergy to, or that causes a dangerous interaction with another drug the patient takes.
- A nurse may administer the wrong medication or give the wrong dose.
- A surgeon may make a mistake during an operation and cause more harm.
Our team can review your medical records and consult independent experts to learn whether the treatment you received fell short of the standard of care. If you suffered injuries because of medical malpractice, we could sue a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, hospital, clinic, or laboratory, depending on your injury’s nature and cause.
In some cases, multiple parties may share the blame, and we might name more than one defendant in a lawsuit.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Melbourne, call (800) 730-1331
How a Melbourne Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
Ben Crump Law, PLLC, has represented clients who suffered personal injuries under a wide range of circumstances. We will fight to secure a financial award on your behalf to compensate you for bills for medical treatments you have already received, as well as:
- Costs for future treatment
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Lost or reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
If it is not clear exactly what led to the accident or who was responsible, our team will conduct a thorough investigation to get to the bottom of the situation and work to hold the appropriate party or parties accountable.
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Contact an Attorney
A Melbourne personal injury lawyer could help you pursue justice and obtain a financial award, but you have a limited amount of time to act. Under Florida Statutes § 95.11(3), the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit for an action based on negligence is four years. At the same time, § 95.11(4)(b) sets a two-year deadline to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Contact Ben Crump Law, PLLC, today at (800) 730-1331 to discuss your case with a team member.