For the first time since the Great Recession, the U.S. has experienced three straight years of over 40,000 roadway deaths, according to report released by the National Safety Council earlier this year. In 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes – a 1% decline from 2017 (40,231 deaths) and 2016 (40,327 deaths). About 4.5 million people were seriously injured in crashes last year – also a 1% decrease over 2017. Florida saw a 5.8% spike in fatalities according to estimates.
t’s fairly standard that an attorney will work on a contingency fee basis when it comes to a personal injury claim. But what does this mean?
Civil lawsuit plaintiffs typically receive two main types of damages. Those are punitive damages that punish a defendant’s wrongdoing and compensatory damages that seek to make a victim “whole” again after an accident. Every state has different laws concerning punitive damages, their limits and the types of damages available in particular civil claims. However, compensatory damages are generally the same for any civil lawsuit depending on the effects of defendant’s negligence.
Personal injury litigation arising out of a car crash is among the most common forms of civil litigation in the state of Florida. Many years ago, the State of Florida enacted laws that were intended to encourage smaller claims to be resolved without a lawsuit. In general, the laws sought to provide quick and hassle-free payment of minor medical bills in exchange for a threshold for personal injury claims that were allowed to go to a lawsuit. The threshold is a permanent injury, which can be a broken bone, significant scarring or a severe sprain that will be permanent. If the injury does not meet this threshold, you cannot claim pain and suffering damages for your car accident injury.
Defective products cause thousands of injuries each year. Everything from recalled vehicles to contaminated food products and furniture that too easily topples over are sold to consumers on a regular basis.
Businesses, both big and small, are the economic backbone of South Florida and employ millions of people from Miami north to Palm Beach and west to Naples/Ft. Myers. And of those millions of employees, many find themselves in the unfortunate position of being injured at work with little understanding of what to do next.
Whether you’ve been injured in car accident, slip and fall or any other incident due to the negligence of someone else, chances are you’ve probably thought about filing a personal injury lawsuit. In Florida, it’s critical that you comply with and understand the statue of limitations for these kinds of cases.
When it comes to personal injury claims, you’re typically going to be involved in some type of liability claim investigation. What this means is that an investigation is used to determine the negligence of the accused party or entity. Sometimes the process of determining negligence can be confusing and that’s why we’ve decided to break it down into the four elements needed to prove your case.
Here at the South Florida and Naples offices of Weinstein & Cohen, we can tell you without a doubt that insurance is of the utmost importance if you are involved in a serious accident with injuries, no matter who is at fault in the crash.
Can you believe that 2017 is coming to an end? After an incredible year across South Florida, Naples and beyond, which included countless highs, some lows and a hurricane this summer, we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. This time of the year should be dedicated to spending time with family and friends and reflecting on and appreciating all the great things in our lives.
Our team has demonstrated the ability to achieve fair and just compensation for our clients. We are an aggressive litigation firm known for the absolute highest quality representation and staffed by the finest and most skilled litigators, paralegals, investigators and support staff.
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