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When Can You Get Compensation For A Burn Injury?

It’s not unnatural to fear fire. It’s a chemical reaction over which man has learned to exercise some control, but often that control gets away from us. People get hurt. Homes are destroyed. Lives are uprooted. What is natural is wanting to be compensated for the pain and suffering we must endure because of someone else’s negligence or an act of arson. When can you get compensation for a fire injury? It depends on the circumstances of your injuries.

In circumstances where there is the potential for a fire–no matter how small–there must be safety precautions. Many burn injuries occur in workplaces where employers haven’t taken the appropriate safety measures. In such cases, workers compensation might kick in before you get the chance to file a lawsuit. In other cases, a workplace employment agreement might try to prevent you from filing a lawsuit by forcing arbitration.

That doesn’t mean you don’t have options. You should explore them with a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as you get hurt. Do this before the internal investigation is complete.

In order to have a good claim, you may need to prove the negligence of your employer or the defendant responsible for your injuries. If that person or persons can, in turn, prove that you were partially or wholly to blame, then your chances for compensation will only diminish. Be sure not to discuss any of the details of the case with anyone but legal counsel, and don’t sign anything. Don’t admit fault, even if you think you’re responsible for what happened.

If fire or explosion is predictable, and employees haven’t been provided with adequate training, staffing, and safety equipment, then the employer hasn’t done its job to protect the well-being of its employees.

If you’re the victim of arson, wildfire, or a neighbor’s negligence, or manufacturer’s defect, you might still receive compensation. Health insurance and homeowners insurance might help, but each individual case is different and you should still provide a full accounting to your lawyer in order to find out exactly what kind of compensation you might qualify for.

WARNING: This video is not for the faint of heart

WAS THE UNIVERSITY BRIDGE COLLAPSE A CRIME?

Six people died when a brand-new bridge on the campus of Florida International University collapsed.

A brand-new bridge, which apparently had some structural problems. Some photos were taken of the bridge a couple of days before the collapse happened, and very large chasmic cracks were appearing.  Clearly there was something wrong in the engineering and construction, but there are questions about the photos the cracks, and whether the collapse could have been prevented.

It comes down to – who knew, what did they know, and when did they know it?

Was it possible that the bridge could have been shut down before the collapse and prevented six deaths? Did the people who could have shut it down been informed? And was the construction just misconduct and negligence, or was it something even more sinister?

The collapse happened in March, but only recently was there a “secret” meeting (not much of a secret though) where several stakeholders got together to discuss the collapse and what could have been done, fi anything. A local newspaper in Miami had to go to court to request notes and information from the meeting but there was conjecture that part of the discussion involved these photos that were taken, who took them and who saw them prior to the collapse, if anyone did?

It is telling that the Florida Department of Transportation, which oversaw the bridge construction project, has been stonewalling the press about the meeting, meaning that a presumption could be made that the department, or someone in it, may have known about the photos and did nothing. Orit could come down to the timing of when the photos were shown and did the department not see them until after the collapse?

Also, who took the photos? Was it a resident? An FLDOT worker or official? Someone from a company who competed for the bid and lost it? Was it someone else entirely who had a vested interest in the project?

Another setoff questions have to deal with the autopsy of the collapse itself. Was this poor workmanship? Did the contractor use low-quality materials to save costs? Was it a rush job? Was the engineering bad from the start? Many of these questions still have to be answered a good five to six months after the collapse, especially the questions of whether the collapse could have been prevented – or whether those six deaths could have been had the right people been notified and went into action.

Deaths are tragic, and especially ones that could have been avoided. These are the deaths that we all hope will have some value to them because they will help in promoting changes to fix whatever failures contributed to these senseless deaths.

Bicycle Accidents: Who’s Liable?

In Florida, the weather is warm year-round. This means that plenty of people are outside either walking or cycling to their destination. Unfortunately, Miami has developed a reputation as one of the most dangerous locations to ride a bicycle as the city has finished towards the top of the st for total bicycle accidents in Florida. If you ride your bike around Miami, it is important that you ride with caution and follow the rules of the road. If you don’t and you are struck by a motor vehicle, you might be held liable.

Determining Liability in a Bicycle Accident

Throughout Miami, you will find cyclists riding in two places, either the sidewalk or the street. If the cyclist is riding on the sidewalk, they are expected to follow the same rules as a pedestrian. If the cyclist is riding in the street, they are expected to remain in the bike lane (if available), ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow the rules of the road.

One of the most common causes of bicycle accidents is a failure to determine who has the right of way. Generally, if the cyclist is in the bike lane it is the driver’s responsibility to avoid them. This also applies if the bike rider signals because they have to make a left turn or avoid an obstacle in the bike lane. On the other side, driver’s are responsible for giving cyclists about three feet of separation.

What are Common Injuries in a Bicycle Accident

When you are involved in a bicycle accident, your entire body is at risk of injury. Depending on the force and location of the collision, there is a chance of certain body parts at a higher risk than others. Some of the more common injuries are:

  •  Back and spine injuries
  • Head injury/Concussion/Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Broken bones
  • Paralysis
  • Death

Contact a Bicycle Accident Attorney

If you are an avid bike rider in Miami it is important that you follow the rules of the road and yield to motor vehicles, other bikers, and even pedestrians. The last thing anyone wants is to be involved in an accident that can have life-changing effects. If you were riding your bike and struck by another cyclist or a motor vehicle, contact The Miami Injury Lawyers today.

 

What If My Injuries Don’t Manifest Until A Few Weeks Later?

While some injuries are very apparent after a car accident such as brain injuries, spine injuries, cuts, scrapes, bruises, etc., some injuries take longer to make themselves evident.

Adrenaline Surges 

During the event of a car accident, your body releases adrenaline and other endorphins. This adrenaline surge sometimes suppresses pain. This means after a car accident if you are not experiencing any pain that you are not injured. Once the release of those hormones subsides, the pain can start to present itself.

Soft Tissue Injuries

An injury that affects the muscles, tendons or ligaments is referred to as a soft tissue injury. The sudden force in a car accident puts a lot of stress on soft tissues. The common soft tissue injury from car accidents is Whiplash when the sudden force pushes the head forwards and back impacting the neck muscles. These type of injuries result in pain, swelling, and reduced mobility.

These type of injuries do not appear right away and sometimes take several days and weeks to appear. They are also not visible on x-rays making them difficult to diagnose.

Concussions 

A concussion occurs when the brain strikes the inside of your skull with great force. While some symptoms of a concussion are obvious like disorientation and loss of consciousness some of them do not appear immediately such as:

  • headache
  • blurry vision
  •  dizziness
  • lack of energy
  • abnormal sleep patterns
  • clouded thinking
  • inability to concentrate
  • short-term memory loss

After a car accident, the first course of action should be to visit a health care professional immediately. Even if you feel fine after your car accident there could be underlying medical issues that you might not be aware of.

If you’ve been injured in an accident you might be entitled to compensation. Contact one of us personal injury lawyers for a free consultation.

When That Pupper Isn’t A Big Ol Doggo

Thanks to the internet we are obsessed with puppers and doggos. Unfortunately, not every dog you meet is the friendly type. In fact, in 2014, there were 42 fatal dog attacks. We are not recommending to never pet a dog again, but we do want you to be aware that dog bite accidents do occur.

Severe Dog Bite Injuries

While most dog bites aren’t a big deal, sometimes they can turn into something more. Dog bites can lead to:

  • permanent scarring
  • infections
  • damage to nerves, tendons, tissues and bones
  • transmission of diseases like rabies
  • post-traumatic stress disorder

If you’ve been bitten by a dog that is not known to you, the best thing you can do is to seek out medical attention immediately. If your medical care involves getting stitches, has chronic pain, or requires future care such as physical therapy, then the second step is to hire a lawyer.

There’s no reason that you should have to pay for this medical treatment on your own. You are entitled to compensation from the dog owner’s insurance company so you can get the medical help that you need.

For more information on how to file a dog bite injury claim, contact one of our personal injury lawyers.

 

Biggest Personal Injury Cases of All Time

What Are The Biggest Personal Injury Cases Of All Time In Terms Of Damages Awarded?

When you think about personal injury cases, what comes to mind? You might think about slip and fall accidents, or maybe you recall the traffic accidents involving tractor-trailers portrayed in the commercials for personal injury attorneys. There are all kinds of cases involving personal injuries. Perhaps you have even been involved in one. What are the biggest personal injury cases of all time?

There are some landmark cases, and the biggest ones feature judgments or verdicts, not settlements, as you can imagine. The damages awarded total in the billions, and the first case on this list is tragic indeed. A boy’s life was lost in the aftermath due to skin cancer after having already been set on fire using gasoline. The boy was just eight years old. The teenager responsible didn’t have $150 billion, but that was the total awarded to the victim’s family.

The next big personal injury case involves a group of people and several top cigarette manufacturers. This case happened in 2000, and the settlement was just shy of $145 billion. What’s really interesting is that the next biggest personal injury case also involves cigarettes, and there was only one plaintiff, in that case, a woman who had lung cancer. While the settlement was well under the $100 billion mark, it is substantial due to the fact it was awarded to one person only.

What company was on the receiving end of the last case? It was none other than RJ Reynolds, and the settlement prior to being reduced was $28 billion. These are the three biggest personal injury cases of all time, and there are many more interesting cases to read about. As you can see, the verdicts and judgments in these cases can result in billions of dollars awarded to plaintiffs who have refused to settle.

Types of Slip and Fall Injuries

The Different Types Of Slip And Fall Injuries

One of the most common accidents you could have is a slip and fall accident. This type of accident can lead to a range of different injuries that you need to know about. These injuries can affect your daily life as well as your ability to carry out simple tasks.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Among the most common slip and fall injuries is the soft tissue injury. These injuries are not visible which makes them hard to prove in a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, you might not realize that you have this type of injury for days or weeks after the accident. However, if these injuries are left untreated, they can cause chronic pain and make you more susceptible to further injuries. These injuries will include minor wrist and ankle sprains as well as tears in the muscles and ligaments.

Head Injuries

Another common injury from a slip and fall accident is a head injury. This is due to the fact that the head will often hit the ground when you slip if you are not careful. It is important to note that even a minor head injury can be a medical emergency and you need to seek medical attention if you have hit your head during an accident. This is something that you should do even with a minor head injury.

Minor concussions are common and they will generally heal on their own. However, more serious head injuries such as traumatic brain injuries can alter your ability to function correctly. The reason why you need medical attention after hitting your head is due to the fact that severe head injuries can have minimal symptoms. Additionally, if you seek medical attention, you will have better odds of success in your lawsuit as you have medical evidence to back up any injury claims.

Types of Car Accidents

The Different Types Of Car Accidents

There are many different types of car accidents with some being more common than others. It is recommended that you know about the different types of car accidents to ensure you know who is at fault. This is important if you are ever in an accident as the person at fault will be held responsible for all liabilities.

Rear-End Collisions

Rear-end collisions are possibly the most common of car accidents. This will happen when one car crashes into the back of the car in front of it. These accidents can be caused by sudden stops from the car in the front or by the car at the back accelerating too quickly. In terms of injuries in the car accident, those in the impacted car will generally have worse injuries. The driver of the second car will generally be held at fault in these accidents due to lack of attention, not being within stopping distance and following too closely.

Side Impact Collisions

Side impact collisions are often called T-bone or broadsided collisions. This accident will happen when the side of one car is hit by the front or rear of another car. This type of car accident will generally have more severe injuries, but they will vary depending on which part of the car was hit and if the safety features in the car deployed. Fault in these accidents will vary and could lie with the first or second vehicle.

Head-On Collisions

As the name suggests, head-on collisions happen when two cars hit each other’s front end. This type of accident is often fatal or will cause life-changing injuries. Fault will also need to be determined on an accident by accident basis as there is generally no other way of telling what has happened and who was in the wrong.

Contact a Car Accident Attorney

Once the dust has settled after your accident, and you know everyone involved is OK, please contact us at any time of the day. The earlier we get the ball rolling on your car accident case, the better chance we have of making sure that you get what you deserve.

What is asbestos?

AsbestosMany people know that asbestos is bad for them and that they need to ensure that they are not surrounded by it. However, there are a lot of people who do not know what asbestos is. It is important that you know what asbestos is and why you need to stay away from it.

What Is Asbestos?

The terms asbestos actually refers to 6 different natural minerals. Asbestos minerals are made up of durable and fine fibers which are resistant to many chemicals, fire, and heat. Asbestos minerals were once hailed as a miracle mineral because of these properties and were included in a range of different household products including protective gear and building products.

However, the time has shown that asbestos is not the miracle that it was thought to be. It is now commonly known that exposure to these minerals can cause mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is fatal cancer which affects the lining of the lungs and has been directly linked to asbestos.

The Types Of Asbestos

There are 6 types of asbestos and they have all been used in household products in the past. These minerals are all tasteless and odorless which made them ideal. To detect if asbestos is present in any material or product, it will need to be tested in a laboratory.

There are 2 categories of asbestos which you need to know about. These are serpentine asbestos and amphibole asbestos. Serpentine asbestos refers to the minerals which have long and curly fibers and only includes one type of asbestos which is known as white asbestos. Amphibole asbestos refers to the other 5 types of asbestos which are made up of rod-shaped fibers which are generally brittle.

Amphibole asbestos is considered to be more dangerous than serpentine asbestos. This is due to the fact that the fibers are easier to ingest and inhale.

Contact an Asbestos Attorney Today

Asbestos can cause mesothelioma, a deadly disease. Contact an experienced asbestos attorney today.

The Differences Between Medical Malpractice And Personal Injury

There are a lot of people who think that medical malpractice and personal injury are the same thing. The truth is that there are a number of differences between them that you need to know about. These differences will help you understand what each cover and where your case may fall.

The Complexity

Personal injury cases will generally have a wider scope than medical malpractice. However, medical malpractice cases are generally more complex. This is due to the fact that the plaintiff needs to demonstrate that the medical professionals or hospital were at fault. With a personal injury case, it is generally easier to determine this.

Issues In Dispute

With personal injury claims, there is generally a clear sign of who was negligent. The driver of the other car may have cleared rear-ended your vehicle causing your injuries. With medical malpractice cases, doctors and hospitals will generally fight very hard to deny any fault. It can also be harder to determine negligence because of the complexity of the medical procedures.

Expert Witnesses

Medical negligence cases require the hiring of multiple expert witnesses to determine negligence. These witnesses will examine the medical records and provide an objective opinion on the case. Expert witnesses are generally not required with personal injury cases and will not cost as must to hire as medical negligence ones.

The Statute Of Limitations

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims will vary depending on the state. The statute of limitation for medical malpractice cases will generally be shorter than personal injury. In most cases, a patient will have one year from the time of injury to file a medical malpractice case while personal injury cases can be filed anywhere from 2 to 5 years after the accident. Of course, the exact times will vary on the case and the state.