Whether you got hit by a drunken driver on the freeway; or you believe that a Gainesville area nursing home neglected to provide good care for your great uncle and potentially hastened his death due to pneumonia, you need an accurate and reliable explanation of personal injury basics from a Gainesville personal injury lawyer. This article aims to boil this complex law down for you.
How Personal Injury Law Works
The key to winning a claim in court (or winning a settlement) is being able to show a clear causal connection between the inaction or negligence or carelessness of an individual or other party and the harm or damage that you suffered. The path from the insult to the injury does not have to be direct – it can be indirect – but you must be able to show that the liable party caused or created a situation that led to harm — one that a reasonable person would know to avoid.
Main Categories of Gainesville Personal Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can result from car accidents, fist fights, botched surgeries, slip and falls, and defective product related injuries (e.g. defective motorcycle helmet). The brain is obviously an incredibly sensitive organ, and its neurological tissue can easily be irreparably harmed. What’s more, the full consequences of a TBI may not be known for years or even decades after an accident or injury.
Many TBIs involve a kind of double whammy.
- First impact damage – Damage that occurs near or around where an object hits your head.
- Ricochet damage – The brain is a relatively liquid, viscous mass. When a significant force impacts the head, the brain actually sloshes against the back of the head, often causing damage on the opposite side of the brain from where the initial blow occurred.
Florida is one of the worst states in the union with respect to car, truck, and motorcycle accidents. In July 2010, a study found that a stretch of I-95 in Florida was the most dangerous road in the US. Auto accidents can result from careless driving, poor road upkeep, faulty parts and engineering, and natural disasters.
Workers Compensation Cases
If an employee gets hurt while at work (or while doing something work-related, such as attending a conference), he or she can collect Gainesville workers’ compensation benefits. What’s more, the injured employee does not have to prove "fault" in order get these benefits.
Doctors, pharmacists, and other providers must adhere to strict protocols for caring for patients. If these providers violate their duties to care by failing to diagnose, overprescribing or underprescribing medications, making careless surgical errors, failing to order proper tests, or otherwise being negligent, injured victims can sue the providers directly as well as auxiliaries such as the provider’s insurance company and/or the hospital at which they were treated.
Get Help from a Gainesville Personal Injury Law Firm
Do you need help with a Gainesville personal injury case? Contact a personal injury attorney at Farah & Farah at (352) 505-8093 to set up a free and confidential case consultation.