Miami Personal Injury Attorney
At Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm, P.A. we have helped hundreds of people find answers after a devastating accident and understand what you are going through. While no 2 situations are the same, our Miami personal injury lawyers can leverage our experience and resources to help you. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation. We can go over your legal options and begin working on your claim right away, so you secure the compensation you deserve.
Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Most victims of serious injuries have never found themselves in a similar situation. They don’t fully understand their options or aren’t familiar with the legal process. Even when they do, they may not have the resources or experience necessary to properly conduct an investigation into their case and build a strong claim.
An attorney can step in and A qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer in Miami will be able to:
- Build a strong case by obtaining all evidence related to the incident, including photo and video surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, accident reports, and more.
- Ensure that their clients are evaluated by trusted medical professionals who can evaluate their injuries and total expected losses.
- Negotiate with all parties involved to obtain maximum compensation for their client so they can cover medical bills and lost wages.
- Take the case to trial in the event the responsible party does not negotiate fairly or in good faith.
Our clients always have access to their attorney, who will be able to answer any questions or concerns they have about their case. We have an extensive track record of success, including many multimillion-dollar settlements and jury verdicts for victims of personal injuries.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The attorneys at Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm have extensive experience helping residents and visitors to the area who have been injured due to the following:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall incidents
- Property owner negligence cases
- Negligent security incidents
- Pool drowning accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Birth injuries
- Boating / maritime incidents
- Cruise ship incidents
Our personal injury attorneys in Miami help clients who have sustained a range of injuries. This includes broken and dislocated bones, severe lacerations or amputations, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, or internal organ damage, and more.
Most Common Injuries Sustained in a Miami Personal Injury Case
At the Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm, our personal injury attorneys in Miami help clients who have sustained a range of injuries caused by the careless or negligent actions of other people.
This includes the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Amputation injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
Our team also helps clients who have been injured at work. In many cases, workplace injuries are like those sustained in other accidents. However, those in the workplace are also susceptible to repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome. Our workplace injury lawyers in Miami also help employees who are suffering from workplace-related respiratory illnesses, occupational cancers, and more.
We also want to discuss an aspect of personal injury cases that is often ignored – emotional and psychological injuries. Victims who have experienced trauma, as well as those who suffer from disabilities caused by their injuries, are more likely to suffer from mental and physical pain and suffering. This can manifest in feelings of depression, stress, anxiety, and fear. It is not uncommon for those who have been injured to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While these injuries may not be as easily seen, they can greatly affect victims.
Injuries Unique to Miami
Both residents of Miami and visitors to the city face unique types of accidents that would be considered unusual in other parts of the country. Port Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world for both passenger traffic and cruise lines. Miami is often referred to as “The Cruise Capital of the World.” Because of this high traffic, there is a higher risk of injury. Slips & falls, workplace injuries, and construction accidents are common at ports and on cruise ships.
If you have been injured on a cruise, our attorneys can help you seek compensation. Maybe the staff didn’t post signs indicating the floor was recently mopped, causing you to slip and break your wrist. Maybe you missed a step in a dimly lit stairwell and broke your ankle. These are just some common personal injuries that take place on cruise ships that we can help you seek compensation for. You shouldn’t have to pay for the negligence of the cruise ship company or the irresponsibility of the staff.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
Victims who have sustained an injury in Miami due to the negligence of another person will have many questions. These are typically high-stress situations, whether the injury occurs in a traffic collision, at the workplace, or on another person’s property.
Regardless of how confusing or stressful the situation may be, there are various steps that injury victims and their loved ones can take to help facilitate an easier insurance settlement:
- Seek medical care: After any injury incident, you need to seek medical care. Regardless of whether your injuries are serious or relatively minor, let a doctor examine you and make a determination about how much care you need. In many cases, a person involved in an accident does not even realize they are injured until hours or even days after the incident. By then, they may have sustained further harm. By seeking medical care, you are ensuring your well-being and establishing a link between your injuries and the incident that caused them.
- Call 911 (if applicable): If you have been in a traffic accident in Miami, you will need to call the police. Even relatively minor accidents need to be reported to law enforcement. This is important because the police report is usually a necessary part of initiating an insurance claim. For other incidents, such as a workplace injury or a defective product injury, you may not need the police. However, you may need an ambulance. Call 911 for any emergencies.
- Gather evidence: If it is safe to do so at the scene of the incident, you should do what you can to gather evidence. Whether you have been in a car accident or in a slip and fall incident, there will likely be evidence that can help your personal injury case. Using your smartphone or some other camera, take photographs of the entire scene. This includes photos of damages, injuries, causes of the crash, any debris or skid marks, etc. You should also get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the incident. Their testimony may be valuable for insurers or a jury in a personal injury trial. Lastly, for a car accident, be sure to get the name, driver’s license number, and insurance information of any other drivers involved.
- Speak to insurance carriers (but be careful): If you are injured in an accident caused by another driver, you will likely get a phone call from their insurance carrier. Be careful when speaking to any insurance carrier, as they do not work for you. They will do what they can to lower the amount of money they pay out in a settlement. Do not give recorded statements and do not agree to sign over your medical records.
- Be ready for initial settlements: You may receive an early initial settlement offer from the other party’s insurance carrier. While an early settlement may be enticing, please know that it will likely be far below what you should be receiving for your losses. You should use the initial settlement offer as a starting point, not your final amount.
Compensation for Personal Injury Claims in Florida
If you or somebody you care about have sustained a personal injury in Miami, there may be various types of compensation available for your claim.
At the Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm, we are regularly able to help clients recover the following types of economic and non-economic compensation:
- All medical bills and expenses related to the injuries.
- Lost income if a victim cannot work while they recover.
- Loss of future earnings or earning potential caused by the injuries.
- Property damage expenses.
- Out-of-pocket household expenses.
- Pain and suffering damages.
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages.
- Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party.
The total amount of compensation awarded in these cases will vary depending on the elements related to each case. This can include the severity of the injuries, whether a victim is disabled, how a victim’s ability to work is impacted, the level of physical and emotional pain and suffering, and more.
What Is Florida’s Negligence Law?
Florida operates under comparative negligence law. This means that even those who are partially at fault for their own injuries can still recover compensation for their losses. Florida operates under what is called a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that an injury victim can recover compensation even if they are mostly at-fault for the incident (up to 99% at-fault). However, the total amount of compensation a person receives will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
How Is Negligence Determined?
Determining fault in the aftermath of an injury can be complicated. If a personal injury case goes all the way to trial, the court (usually the jury) will assign each person involved a percentage of fault based on the evidence and testimony they have seen and heard.
Determining fault is not an exact science, and there are times when the evidence will not be entirely clear. In these cases, having a skilled and experienced Miami personal injury attorney by your side will be invaluable. An attorney will have the resources and legal experience necessary to obtain all evidence in the case, including video and photo surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more. Your attorney will present the case to the jury in an effective manner that conveys the fault of the other party.
What Is Florida’s Statute of Limitations?
In several cases, a statute of limitations refers to the amount of time that a plaintiff must file a lawsuit against the defendant. The statute of limitations for a Florida personal injury case is four years. This means that injury victims have a four-year window with which they can file a lawsuit against an alleged negligent party to recover compensation for their losses. However, the statute of limitations differs depending on the type of case. Medical malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, and work injury cases all have various statutes of limitation that victims need to be aware of. Please seek assistance from your Miami personal injury lawyer when determining the timeline for your case.
Contact Our Firm Today!
If you or somebody you love has sustained an injury caused by the careless, negligent, or intentional actions of another person, contact the team at the Flanagan Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Law Firm today. Our qualified and experienced team is ready to conduct a thorough investigation into your case and secure maximum compensation for your losses. We are not afraid of standing up to aggressive insurance carriers, and we will take your case to trial if that is what is necessary.