What is a Personal Injury Case?
L. Reed Bloodworth works with personal injury litigation attorneys and explains that a personal injury case is any situation where an individual or multiple individuals are physically harmed by the negligence or wrongful acts of someone else.
For example if you are driving in an eastbound lane and a driver in a westbound lane crosses over the centerline, hits your vehicle and you suffer injuries, that is a very good example of a personal injury case.
What is a Car Accident?
What is a car accident that we commonly see in great number? First, a car accidents occurs where someone has run a stop sign or run a red light and hit you. You can be in a vehicle and get hit from behind, from the side or head on.
A common car accident you could be involved in would be with someone merging into you on the interstate from the side when they’re not looking or they misjudge the amount of space they have. Another common car accident is when someone crosses the center line of a highway and hits or impacts you and often time hits you head-on.
What is a Slip & Fall Injury?
A slip & fall injury is where a person falls and hurts themselves stepping onto a wet floor or a floor with something spilled on it. A slip & fall injury can happen very quickly and in seconds can cause severe injury and physical damage.
A fall may occur anywhere in a public place, in a private home or venue, in a business, anywhere there is a floor, walkway or aisle that people walk on and fall on or trip over.
The most common slip & fall cases are those that take place in department stores at a mall, any business where people walk and fall due to something that is on the floor that they slip on. It may be a spill from a soda, food, rain, ice, pain in a shopping mall.
A slip & fall typically happens in a grocery store like Publix, or at Walmart or Kmart, Target, a shopping center, a strip mall, a restaurant, a motel or hotel. You may fall on water, ice, snow, mud, a beverage or liquid of any kind. You can trip over a display, a brick, stairs, garden stones, you could step in a whole, a floor weakness or a hole that is not supposed to be there.
But the typical slip & fall case involves a liquid of some type that has been spilled or has fallen or dropped on a floor where people walk. You could expect to have some difficulty walking on a hiking trail or on a camping trip where the terrain is not consistent. But you should not have to navigate your way through the aisle at a grocery store.
If you go into a Winn Dixie, a Kroger, a specialty food store and the store has just mopped or cleaned a walking surface you can fall. There may be a sign, but if it’s wet or slippery that is wet on the surface, you may still slip and fall and can seriously injure yourself.
People often hit their heads in a slip and fall accident on the floor then hurt the front, the back, the forehead, the chin, or side of the head. Head injuries can be very serious and instances of brain damage, traumatic brain injury, brain injury or internal injuries can occur.
It’s very common to try to brace the fall with your arm, hand or arms, which can cause sprains, tears, broken bones, fractures, pulled muscles, pinched nerves, slipped discs, herniated discs, in your back.
The number of injuries that can occur from what you may first think is a simple fall to the ground can be life changing, painful and cause permanent damage.
If you have fallen in a store, it’s important that you first call 911, get pictures of the floor that is wet and show where you fell. Take pictures of your injury, the aisle or location where you fell.
Do not get up right away if you’re hurt. You could seriously hurt yourself. If you’re hurting stay put and wait for the ambulance and the EMT staff to help you. Do not let anyone pull you up. Do not fill out forms or answer any questions of the store staff. Of course they’re going to apologize to you. They may offer you something, they may try to take your phone or tell you to talk to their security staff.
You should not talk to anyone and if you’re uncomfortable or feeling pressured you should not be forced to talk to the store staff, store security or management. You can call a lawyer and if you don’t feel safe you should call the police.
If you were in a slip and fall and bumped your head you could be woozy, confused, dizzy, feel nauseous or have instant pain. Be sure to get medical attention from a doctor first. You can go to the emergency room, but if you’ve hurt your head or your body, you have to see a doctor. Don’t put it off because if you’ve gotten a head injury, internal bleeding or damaged bones, you could be seriously injured. Get medical attention immediately.
What is a Wrongful Death Case?
As the name implies, a wrongful death case is a situation where someone has died as the result of a negligent act of another.
There are various types of wrongful death cases and you see wrongful death cases arising out of negligence, medical negligence, out of many cases where a wrongful death can occur.
The important thing to know about a wrongful death situation is who an actually bring a wrongful death case?
In general in Florida there’s generally two categories of people that can bring a wrongful death case.
First Category of a Wrongful Death Case
The first category of a wrongful death case is the personal representative of the deceased person.
Second Category of a Wrongful Death Case
And the second category of a wrongful death case is the statutory survivors of the deceased person. I say statutory survivors because Florida’s statutes state that only a decedents’ spouse, or children under the age of 25 — in terms of children — can bring a lawsuit. The parents of a decedent can bring a wrongful death statute.
Or the other one that is sometime missed is the category of people who were dependent upon the deceased person.
For example a child over 25 years old, but that was fully dependent upon the deceased person may be able to bring a wrongful death statute.
There are various limits pertaining to wrongful death cases but that is something that would need to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.