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Personal Injury Attorney Bradenton Bill Riethmiller Also known as PI Bill !
Personal Injury encompasses many areas of daily living. Many people do not know what falls under personal injury and what does not so some people never hire a personal injury attorney when they become injured as a fault of someone else, and they never get compensation. Meaning some people think only a workers compensation claim is a personal injury claim.
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Personal Injury can be anything from a dog bite (by a dog that is not yours) to naturally, being in an accident you did not cause but you have been physically and/or financially damaged because of. A good personal injury attorney in Bradenton, Florida can review your situation at no cost to see if you have a personal injury claim.
Nursing Home abuse and neglect is another example of personal injury, especially in Florida, and it can have many levels from basic negligence to wrongful death. Settlements have respectively ranged from $300,000 [St. Lucie County Florida] for basic negligence to $450,000 [Palm Beach County] wrongful medication that accelerated nursing home residents death to $750,000 wrongful death of a fetus due to nursing negligence at a non-nursing home. But nursing home abuse in general can exceed "neglect" and culminate in a wrongful death at a nursing home as a form of personal injury and unfortunately such a claim is frequent in Florida. Personal Injury Settlements from Wrongful death in a nursing home range from $400,000 to $800,000 as a ruff figure but every settlement or award does depend on the actual facts of the case and resources of insurance.
Product Liability is another area of Personal Injury and that would be a situation where a consumer was adversely affected by a product.
In general a personal injury victim is entitled to any of the following they can show they lost due to a personal injury such as; lost wages - past, present and future, (including future income for example injured just graduated from CPA school) medical expenses past, present and future, any actual property damage to the victim - as well as be compensated for any emotional aspects of a personal injury which can range from embarrassment and inconvenience to pain and suffering to mental disability and loss of enjoyment of life. Because a personal injury can affect very aspect of a persons life, it is very important a person who has experienced a personal injury seek an attorney skilled in that specific area.
If you are partially at fault in an accident in Florida, you might still be able to make a claim due to something called comparative negligence. This means that each person involved is responsible for the damages he or she caused. The fault of the victim is taken from the damages he or she can collect from the other parties involved after their fault has been assessed. Negligence is a common area where comparative negligence can be applied, however, it can also be applied in some cases where strict liability is found on the part of the person or company at fault for the injuries. Finally, if the hurt was caused intentionally, comparative negligence does not apply.
So how do you know if you need to get a personal injury attorney? It really is quite simple, if you’ve been the subject of a serous injury or don’t know the full impact of your injuries over the long term, you will want to seek out a personal injury attorney. Now, it is important to remember to seek out an attorney before you make any statements or sign any paperwork for the most effective results. It can put you in a far worse situation if you don’t seek the legal guidance of a personal injury attorney until after you’ve made statements and signed legal documents. Sometimes in the heat of the moment it can be difficult to think clearly, but if in doubt, seek legal advice.
According to the research conducted by insurance companies, injured people without lawyers get less money than those with lawyers, imagine that. It shouldn’t come as any big surprise since the insurance companies are looking out for their own interests. Why not look after yours and make sure that you have a lawyer before putting anything into legal record. Insurance companies will go so far as to encourage people not to get a lawyer. They are a business and their primary responsibility is to their bottom line.
At the same time, as an injured person, you need to look out for what is best for you. You’re injured and vulnerable. This puts you at a disadvantage from the start. Hire a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Many firms offer no cost or obligation consultations. What is there to lose? At least you’ll leave the consultation better informed of your options.
If you are hesitant about involving a lawyer out of fear of having to go through a court trial, rest assured. Most personal injury claims never see a courtroom trial. They are generally settled out of court between personal injury attorney and insurance companies. Of course, you can always choose whether or not you want to settle, but at least that decision will be yours and informed by the guidance of your lawyer.
What if you’ve sustained an injury from a slip or a fall? It may seem insignificant, embarrassing or even feel like it is your fault. However, businesses need to be sure that their property is in safe condition and doesn’t pose any slipping or falling hazards. Their property must be properly inspected routinely to make sure that no dangerous conditions arise. This means upkeep on walks and stairs as well as maintenance during inclement weather. This type of injury falls under premises liability. An example might be a slippery aisle in a grocery store from a spill. The owner must make sure that spills are promptly cleaned up so as to avoid putting his or her customers at risk. It can also include safety precautions such as taking reasonable measures to protect customers from crime in high crime areas. If something has occurred on the premises of a business to cause you personal injury, then you need to seek out the assistance of a personal injury attorney immediately, before you make any statements.
As you can see, there are a number of ways in which a personal injury attorney can be extremely valuable to protecting your rights when you’ve been injured or fallen victim to a situation where personal injury has occurred. An attorney can help protect your interests in the face of aggressive insurance companies who are only looking out for their own interests.
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