Accidents can happen anywhere. At home, work, school, or even while traveling, mishaps occur and serious, potentially life impacting injuries can result. If you have suffered an accidental injuries there is a chance that it was not an accident at all, but was instead caused by the reckless or negligent conduct of others. While these types of injuries are unfortunately common, Florida law does offer ways in which victims can be compensated for their damages.
Common Types Of Accidental Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 31 million people visit hospital emergency rooms each year as the result of accidental injuries. These injuries often result in fractures, muscle strains and sprains, bruises and contusions, as well as serious and potentially life-threatening injuries, such as brain or spinal cord injuries. Statistics from the CDC report that the most common types of accidental injuries include the following:
- Slip and fall injuries;
- Being struck by or against something;
- Being cut by an object;
- Being assaulted or attacked; and
- Unintentional poisoning.
If you have suffered an accidental injury, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. At the time of your accident, it is also important to mentally take inventory of the people around who may have witnessed your accident, as well as the circumstances under which it occurred. If your injury occurred in a public place, be sure to let someone in charge know what happened to you so that they may inform their insurance company. If your injury was the result of another person’s action, get their contact information and file a police report when appropriate.
Compensation For Your Injuries
When you suffer an injury, expenses can pile up quickly. Medical costs to treat your injury may be heavy, and lost wages only add to the problem. If your injury was caused by another person or in a public place, you may be able to collect damages for your injuries through their insurance company. Be careful when speaking with insurance claim adjusters not to say anything which could be held against you, and always consult with a lawyer before settling your injury claim.
Insurance companies often deny or undervalue claims. Under Florida laws on negligence, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for damages. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may be able to claim the following types of damages:
- Medical expenses;
- Lost wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental anguish;
- Scarring and disfigurement;
- Loss of enjoyment of life; and/or
- Temporary or permanent disability.
Let Our Office Help You Today
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in an accident or as the result of someone else’s negligence, contact our experienced Florida personal injury and accident attorneys. At Hogan Frick, our attorneys can help you hold responsible parties accountable for the injuries they have caused, and assist in getting you the compensation you deserve. With offices in Orlando, Gainesville, Ocala, Kissimmee, and Lakeland, we are prepared to assist you immediately.