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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

2 injured in traumatic Floridian truck accident

Living in Florida, you know that you have busy highways and roads that can be congested. Despite that, most people get where they're going safely. Sometimes, the negligence of a driver leads to accidents, though, like it may have done in this case.

This accident shocked witnesses in Florida, as a tanker that had just filled up with fuel at the Port of Tampa collided with another vehicle and caught on fire. The explosion resulted in the driver of the tanker suffering from life-threatening injuries including second- and third-degree burns. Nearby, a bridge wall that was under construction was potentially damaged by the blast, and the driver of the utility truck that was struck also suffered from injuries.

Claim compensation for your loved one's wrongful death

After a wrongful death in Florida, your family may be at a loss. Regardless of who passed away, you now have a void in your family that won't be filled. You also have the financial impact of the death to worry about; funeral costs, home expenses and medical bills alone can total in the thousands of dollars.

As a loved one of the deceased, either a child, parent or spouse, you are entitled to some amount of financial recovery for your family member's death. This recovery is determined by looking at the economic value of that person's life. Although that may seem very black-and-white, it's one of the better ways for the courts to make a judgment when it comes to the financial impact the death has had on your life.

Fight back and get compensation for your injuries in Miami

Have you been hurt in a car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury or other catastrophic injury in Miami? Catastrophic injuries are just that; they change your life forever and can change the lives of those around you, too. You may be filled with grief or hatred for those who caused your injuries, but instead of living in anger, you can take steps to get justice for what has happened to you.

The injury you've suffered is the fault of another person. That means you did nothing wrong to deserve this situation or the injuries. You shouldn't have to face medical bills and other expenses that you can't afford simply because someone else was being negligent. In many cases, you are legally able to seek compensation for your injuries.

Motorcycle statistics: Injuries, deaths rising in Florida

In 2012, 4,957 motorcyclists were killed on the roads. That's an increase of 7 percent from 2011. Additionally, an interesting statistic is that the use of helmets has not increased. The use of DOT-compliant helmets has remained at only 60 percent, despite the proof that they can reduce injury in the case of an accident. Helmets also reportedly do not hinder sight or hearing, which makes them vital for those on motorcycles.

Motorists are required to share the roads with motorcyclists in a safe manner. That means that a proper distance should be kept between cars and motorcyclists, and passing should be done safely. Drivers are also reminded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that they need to be extra aware of motorcyclists on the road to prevent accidents. That means double-checking the roads before turning and never turning in front of a motorcyclist, since they could be closer than they appear.

Trucker receives $750,000 payout following Florida crash

After previously being hurt in a trucking accident, a man is finally getting the compensation he deserves in Florida. According to a story from Dec. 20, a Florida trucker has received a $750,000 settlement from a crash that took place in June 2011. He suffered serious injuries in the crash that required surgery.

What happened? The man had been in the parking lot of Good Humor in Hazelton, Florida, sleeping inside his tractor-trailer. It was at around 5:00 a.m. when another trucker failed to avoid the truck and hit him. The man was thrown from his sleeper berth and fell to the ground. He suffered from serious injuries; his leg and back were injured badly enough to require surgery.

What is a wrong-site surgery, and is it preventable in Florida?

A wrong-site surgery is a serious complication; a patient who went in to have an amputation or operation to stop pain may be forced to suffer additional and horrific pain and injury due to the mistake. So, the problem itself should be to make sure the staff is well aware of the body part to be worked on; unfortunately, this isn't as easy as it seems.

It's estimated that wrong-site surgery, wrong-side surgery, and even wrong-patient surgeries happen around 40 times each week. This problem can be prevented; it's been shown through a pilot phase of a recent CTH project that it's possible to significantly reduce the risk of a wrong-site surgery.

Seek compensation for maritime injuries and deaths in Florida

Have you been hurt on a boat or at a local marina? Maritime injuries, which are offshore injuries, require special legal knowledge. Whether you were working on a dock or working with a search party on a boat when you got your injury, you deserve to have the best representation for your case.

Cases involving off-shore injuries can be complicated, especially if someone was killed as a tourist or worker at sea. You may, as someone injured, be suffering from lacerations, bites or infections from sea water; you could have suffered brain trauma from drowning or dehydration from being out in the sun too long.

Motorcycle accident results in death of 1 in Florida

As a motorcyclist, the last thing you want to hear about is someone being hit and killed by a negligent driver. Unfortunately, the roads can be dangerous due to weather, the time of day or even just due to reckless drivers. Another motorcycle accident has taken place in Florida. A Nov. 29 news report states that a motorcyclist was killed in Cocoa, Florida, on State Road 520 near State Road 524.

The accident involved a 26-year-old woman and a 21-year-old driver from Orlando who was driving a sedan at the time of the accident. The troopers who reported to the scene indicated that the 2007 Honda driven by the 21-year-old struck the motorcyclist as the young driver tried to turn left. Unfortunately, turning meant blocking the path of the motorcyclist, resulting in the motorcyclist hitting the right side of the sedan. The 26-year-old was thrown from the motorcycle onto the north shoulder of SR 520.

Get the compensation you need for catastrophic injuries in Miami

Imagine being in a car accident and becoming paralyzed, struggling to get help, or being left with brain trauma that makes it hard for you to communicate or enjoy your time with others. Maybe you've been left with several broken bones, torn tendons, lacerations or foresee months of rehabilitation in front of you to get back to normal. Catastrophic injuries like those you've suffered need to be compensated for. When they're caused by another person's neglect or ill will towards you, there's no reason you should end up facing the bills after dealing with such a trauma.

When you seek compensation, you won't only receive money for your bills in most cases. This situation has cost you more than just your paycheck; you've been left with injuries and have had emotional and physical trauma that takes time to heal. You may not be participating in your normal activities or be able to enjoy your life to the fullest. Because of that, you can seek compensation for several things including lost wages, medical bills, therapy, the loss of consortium and for your pain and suffering.

How helmet laws affect your rights after an accident in Florida

Imagine getting into an accident that is someone else's fault, but then you're told that you may not be able to be compensated because you didn't wear a helmet. In Florida, you're required to wear a helmet if you're under 21 or don't have enough medical insurance; additionally, you have to wear eye protection regardless of whether or not you wear a helmet.

Helmet laws can make a big difference in your motorcycle accident case, but even if you've broken a law by not wearing your helmet, you may still be able to claim for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. A helmet, as you should know, is one of the most effective pieces of protective equipment provided to motorcyclists. They save lives by reducing the severity of head injuries.

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