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What We have Won for our Orlando Personal Injury Clients
Many people with legitimate personal injury claims have walked away empty handed. That’s why you need to consult with our Orlando personal injury attorneys as soon as you can after an incident. Because as much as the body of evidence proving that you do deserve compensation is important, it is equally vital that you have good legal representation. As an experienced Orlando personal injury law firm we can help you protect your rights. When you suffer a personal injury- if it is through no fault of your own-you must be prepared to do battle with insurance companies, employers, drivers, pet owners, home owners and equipment manufacturers.
You could be drawn into a legal contest with an organization that has a large war chest. They’ll retain the best lawyers available and will even hire private investigators to prove that your injuries are not as severe as you claim them to be. As Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys who have many years experience fighting on our client’s behalf in the courts of Florida, the Badgley Law Group is the legal team you want by your side when you start off your quest for compensation.
We have handled a wide number of cases ranging from those involving a couple of thousand dollars to those seeking compensation in the millions. We believe no one should be penalized financially because of their injuries while the person(s) or organization who caused it walks away with no consequences. We are a personal injury lawyer that is persistent, aggressive and committed to each client whose case we take up. We have a string of victories over the years to prove it.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Orlando
Personal injury is a broad domain. An injury can happen in anywhere and under many circumstances. The objective of a personal injury claim is for the injured party to obtain compensation in the event that someone else causes them harm either intentionally or due to negligence. That’s where the services of a personal injury attorney come in. Here are the most common types of personal injury claims we deal with:
By far the highest number of personal injury claims in the United States are the result of vehicle accidents. In Florida alone, there were more than 243,000 car accident injuries in 2015. Collisions may involve passenger cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, golf carts, ATVs and/or pedestrians. Most accidents happen because one or more parties was not respecting the rules of the road or exercising as much reasonable care as they ought to.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall claims are quite common and could happen anywhere from a friend’s house to the grocery store. The property owner may be deemed responsible for slip and fall injuries that occur on their premises. This is especially true in cases where the court determines that the injuries could have been avoided if the owner kept the property reasonable free and safe of hazards.
Hazards that can potentially cause slips or falls include improperly waxed floors, wet floors, bulging carpets, chipped stairs, broken floor tiles and poor lighting. These claims can be difficult since it is contingent on the plaintiff proving that the property owner should have fixed the problem but didn’t or that they failed to warn occupants of the problem. Not every fall will be the owner’s fault. The court will also determine if the injured person’s own conduct exacerbated the risk.
A product is meant to meet a consumer’s ordinary expectations. Yet, defective products injure thousands of Americans each year. Whether due to a car component that failed or a kitchen appliance that didn’t work as it should, the product manufacturer can be held liable for any injuries that result. Product liability laws were established on the basis that businesses have an obligation to protect users from potential hazards.
Product defects can be either design defects, manufacturing defects or marketing defects. Design defects are present at the product’s conception well before the commencement of its manufacture. Manufacturing defects occur during the building or assembly of the product. Marketing flaws are the result of how the product is packaged and sold (e.g. insufficient safety warnings, inadequate usage instructions or improper labeling).
Victims can seek legal recourse by proving that the defect is what caused their injury.
Workplace injury may refer to immediate physical injury such as broken limbs, or long term health conditions such as asbestosis. Thousands of people are hurt in Florida workplace accidents each year. Ordinarily, these would be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Sometimes though, the worker may experience injury whose cost cannot be covered by workers’ compensation insurance alone. In this case, a personal injury claim against the recklessness or negligence of another party could seek benefits that will bridge the gap.
Employees may also be entitled to rehabilitation benefits which cover not just physical therapy but also vocational rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation is training for a new kind of job in the event the victim can no longer perform their previous job role. Workers compensation laws and procedures can be confusing for the layperson to understand. That’s why it is vital that you or an injured loved one contact out Orlando personal injury attorneys at the Badgley Law Group that will guide you throughout the process.
Each year, thousands of people in the United States are bitten by dogs and other animals. Owners or other responsible parties can be sued for injuries caused by animals under their care. If you have been bitten by a dog, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial. The dog bite may cause serious bacterial infection or a disease that could lead to death if left untreated. Illnesses such as rabies are incredibly rare among domestic animals nowadays but there is no harm in seeing a doctor just to make sure.
Florida follows the strict liability principle when it comes to dog bites. This means the dog owner is liable if the animal attacks someone. This is regardless of whether the owner tried to protect the victim or was unaware that their dog could be dangerous.
People go to doctors for correct diagnosis and treatment that eventually leads to recovery. Unfortunately, things do not always go according to plan. Medical malpractice cases arise when a healthcare professional such as a doctor or nurse fails to offer reasonable care thus causing the injury of a patient.
A medical malpractice case seeks to prove that the healthcare professional had a duty of care to the patient, failed in that duty and that the failure caused injury to the patient. Medicine is a complex field so malpractice suits are fairly complicated. The case will heavily rely on experts to break down practice and procedure.
Defamation is injury to a person’s reputation through untrue statements. There are different types of defamation but the main forms are slander and libel. The difference between the two is that libel involves written statements while slander is spoken defamation. Defamation cases can be difficult since the court has to balance the protection of the plaintiff’s reputation against the defendant’s freedom of speech.
The proof required will depend on the venue or medium where the false statements were uttered and who the plaintiff was in that context. The standard is higher for public figures as they must prove the statement was made with malicious intent.
Assault and Battery
Assault and battery fall under intentional torts. Intentional torts refer to cases where an individual knowingly does something that causes or could lead to the injury of another person. This is unlike other personal injury cases (except defamation) where there is no malicious intent by the responsible party. Assault and battery suits will usually be an additional component to a criminal charge against the assailant. For example, if a man attacks and injures another, they are likely to face not only a criminal charge but also a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for injury.
Assault can occur even when the defendant does not make physical contact with the plaintiff. As long there was a threat of or attempted injury that caused the other person to be fearful of imminent harm, it may be treated as assault. On the other hand, battery is intentional physical contact with another person in an offensive or harmful way without their consent.
How Florida Personal Injury Law Works
Pure Comparative Negligence
Injury cases aren’t always clear-cut with an obvious at fault party on one hand and a victim on the other. Reality is often more nuanced and complex. Florida follows the pure comparative negligence principle when it comes to personal injury. This means that damages may be reduced based on the plaintiff’s proportion of contribution to their own injury. In other words, damages are apportioned based on the share of fault and negligence of the two parties.
As an example, let’s say you have been seriously injured following a car accident and have incurred $50,000 in medical costs and property loss. If the jury determines that you partially contributed to the accident by say 20%, a ruling in your favor will see your award of $50,000 reduced by 20% to become $40,000.
In years past, when one party sued another, only the two of them would appear on the verdict form. This however changed after the Fabre v. Martin decision of the Supreme Court of Florida. It meant that if the defendant accused a nonparty of negligence that caused the plaintiff injury or loss, the jury could add the nonparty in the verdict form, assign whatever percentage of fault is attributable to the nonparty and the damages the nonparty should pay.
No-Fault Rule for Car Accidents
Florida has a no-fault system when it comes to car crashes. That means each driver’s insurance company pays for the injuries and property damage experienced following a car crash (as opposed to the victim claiming from the at fault driver’s insurer). The no-fault principle significantly reduces litigation around vehicle accidents.
You can however seek compensation from the other party if your injuries are serious and likely to outstrip your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) cover. Examples are permanent disability, permanent scarring or disfigurement.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations is a timeframe within which a plaintiff must file a lawsuit for it to be accepted by the court. Failure to do so automatically nullifies opportunity for legal action even if the defendant was obviously liable for the injury. It’s perhaps the most tragic way for a claim to die since there may have been a real possibility for compensation but nobody will ever know.
A statute of limitations is actually a good thing and is put in place to safeguard the rights and interests of all parties. As one moves further away from the date of the incident, the quality of evidence collected continues to deteriorate. For instance, a witness may not have a reliable recollection of events 10 years after an accident happened. They could inadvertently end up blaming the wrong person.
Most Florida personal injury lawsuits (including car accidents, product liability, assault and battery) must be filed four years from the date of injury or (in instances where injury was not immediately apparent such as asbestosis) 4 years from the date of the doctor’s report confirming injury or illness. Slander, libel, medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuits have a 2 year statute of limitation.
FAQs about Personal Injury Law
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Have you been injured anywhere in Orlando? Talk to the dedicated, aggressive and experienced Orlando personal injury attorneys at Badgley Law Group today. We do not charge any fee upfront and will work with you to secure your interests and obtain appropriate compensation.
Insurance companies and the at fault party will do all that is within their power to avoid paying compensation. As profit-driven enterprises, insurers in particular will look for any legitimate loophole they can exploit to pay a minimal amount or not pay the claim at all. This is where self-representation can place you at a disadvantage.
Insurance firms deal with numerous claims each day and are experts on the system. It is only fair that you too have an expert on the personal injury claim process by your side. It will not only increase your chances of victory but also makes sure you receive a comprehensive payout that covers all the bases.
You do not have to suffer in pain and financial stress while there is a solution that can make your injuries a little more bearable. Speak to an Orlando personal injury lawyer at Badgley Law Group.
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