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Types of Personal Injury
Whether it's a driver rushing recklessly to work, or a property owner failing to provide adequate security measures, our busy lifestyles and constant on-the-go mentality have led to a rise in the number of personal injury claims. While this trend is unsettling, having an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney on your side can help you develop a clear approach to your case, ensuring that your rights are protected and you receive due compensation for another party’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Personal injury cases encompass a wide variety of claims. Some of the more common types of personal injury include:
With millions of vehicles on the road every day, and increasingly congested traffic conditions in every major metropolitan area, car accidents have become more commonplace than ever. Driver distractions, defective vehicles, and overall negligence are some of the major causes of car and truck accidents. While certain people might get away with a few scrapes and broken bones, others are not so lucky.
Some of the more serious types of personal injury a car accident can cause are:
Auto accident victims have a legal right to compensation for loss of income, vehicle damage, and medical expenses. If an injury is serious and life-altering, they may also claim psychological trauma or emotional damages.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance system set up to provide medical benefits and wage replacement for employees who are injured at their place of work. Because worker’s compensation is a no-fault system, it doesn’t matter who is directly responsible for the injury you sustained. If it occurred at your workplace, or while you were on the job, you are entitled to compensation.
The workers’ compensation system and claims process is slightly different in Florida than it is in other states; therefore, it’s best to contact an experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney like Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. to ensure your claim is properly assessed and paid out.
Premises Liability / Slip and Fall
If you own a piece of property that other people use on a daily basis, you have a duty to keep it safe. A lapse in maintenance can leave people vulnerable to unforeseen dangers, causing them to slip and fall or otherwise become seriously injured.
Typical slip-and-fall injuries occur because of hazards like:
- Poorly lit hallways or stairs
- Slippery floors
- Uneven or unbalanced flooring
- Walkway obstructions
- Adverse weather conditions (snow, ice, rain)
While some victims of unsafe premises sustain minor injuries requiring minimal medical treatment, others may suffer catastrophic personal injury – such as a burn injury, spinal cord injury, or brain injury – requiring ongoing medical care for lifelong damage.
Another significant area of personal injury law is product liability, including injuries caused by:
- Medical devices
- Defective drugs
- Safety equipment
Manufacturers have a duty to test their products for safety. If this responsibility is neglected or compromised, injury or even death can result, especially in the case of medical devices and defective drugs.
Orlando personal injury attorney, Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. is a medical doctor himself, giving him a keen and qualified insight into medical malpractice cases. Because his practice respects the commitment of dedicated physicians and hospitals, they do not take on frivolous lawsuits. However, medical malpractice cases with merit are an essential method of protecting patients’ rights, improving policies, and preserving the integrity of the medical profession.
If you have further questions about the different types of personal injury claims, or would like to set up a free initial consultation, please contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D. today, serving the Orlando, Florida area.