When you interact with other people, businesses, and property, you should expect to be kept safe from harm. This obligation stems from the duty of care owed to you by other parties. If someone causes an accident by violating this duty of care, you may be entitled to damages based on your economic losses.
There are several accidents that make you eligible for compensation pursued through civil court. If you want to pursue damages in civil court, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced attorney.
Fasig | Brooks has decades of experience that can help you understand your rights and options as an injured party. We’re prepared to help you challenge a defendant and their insurance provider in court.
Work With an Attorney Who Can Fight for Your Personal Injury Rights
Attempting to deal directly with a liable party after an accident without help from a personal injury lawyer can be a stressful experience. When you collaborate with an experienced professional, however, you can focus on your recovery. At the same time, our team can gather evidence of negligence and prepare to present it before a civil judge.
What is a Personal Injury?
A personal injury is simply an injury that a person sustains to their body. While a personal injury claim can address property damaged in a serious accident, property damage often constitutes individual civil action.
Therefore, a personal injury claim is a type of tort process where a victim of an accident seeks compensation from the individual or company that caused the accident. The injured party must prove that one of these institutions is liable for their injuries.
Specifically, today’s personal injury complaints can include cases addressing:
- Severe injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability
- Nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect
- Car accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Workplace injuries
- Birth injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Bite injuries
In the face of these challenging losses, know that you have our decades of experience handling personal injury matters at your disposal. Fasig | Brook’s personal injury practice can help you fight for your right to maximum compensation in the face of all manner of personal injury matters.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
Your personal injury case needs to hit a few basic check marks if you want to take it to civil court. When you first bring your case to a team of personal injury lawyers in Jacksonville, ask yourself:
Did Someone Else Cause an Accident Due to Negligence, Recklessness, or Malice?
Injured parties have the best chance of bringing a personal injury case forward if they can prove that another party owed them a duty of care at the time the accident occurred. If another party violated that duty of care, you can claim that undue negligence contributed to your accident losses.
For example, if you are hurt in a drunk driving accident, the drunk driver failed their duty of care to keep you from being injured when they decided to drive drunk. Similarly, if you are assaulted and injured, the assailant failed their duty of care not to attack you.
A wrongful death lawsuit stems from this same issue but seeks additional damages for surviving loved ones. You can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of medical malpractice, an auto accident, or any other personal injury that ultimately leads to the death of the injury victims.
Were You Injured in the Accident?
A failed duty of care determines whether or not you have a solid legal case. It is not the only factor that determines if you can move your lawsuit forward, though. Our team also needs to prove that you were injured due to that violated duty of care.
Similarly, we must argue that the injuries had had, and will continue to have, a measurable impact on your personal and/or financial health. When we address your case, we take into account all of your losses.
This means emotional distress, psychological stress, and long-term distress. While the economic impact of these losses may not be as tangible as it is when you contend with a broken bone, the value is still there. We can apply multipliers to your case to determine how a civil court might reflect the value of that strain in conversations about financial compensation.
Common Personal Injury Cases
A wide range of situations can qualify for a personal injury case, provided that someone is responsible for the accident and the victim was injured. That said, the following are some of the most common personal injuries and some of the types of cases that we cover at Fasig | Brooks.
The United States has roughly 218 million registered drivers and even more registered vehicles. Each day in the United States, an average of 90 people are killed in fatal car accidents. Countless more are injured in nonfatal crashes. What’s more, there are an average of 6 million car accidents every year in the U.S., averaging nearly 17,000 accidents daily.
It is no wonder that car insurance companies are extremely busy handling claims. In the same breath, these companies are motivated to save as much money as possible while settling each claim they handle. You do not have to let a car insurance company get away with offering you an insufficient settlement, though.
Whether your car accident stemmed from driver negligence or a defective product, we can act on your behalf. Our legal representation can stand with you during settlement negotiations and ensure that the company takes the full breadth of your losses into account.
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Slip and Fall Accidents
Civil courts in Jacksonville, FL, consider slip and fall accidents to be a subset of premises liability issues. Whether you fall on private property or in the workplace, an accident may entitle you to financial recovery for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost opportunities to work
- Property damage
- Emotional distress
- Long-term care
These accidents can stem from improper workplace lighting, uneven flooring, broken handrails, and slick floors. Property owners who fail to warn visitors or employees of these unsafe conditions can subsequently be held liable for your related losses.
Our attorneys often help bring a personal injury client’s slip and fall accident forward in civil court. We are prepared to take on property owners and managers through a claim or personal injury lawsuit to get you the money you deserve for the many impacts that you have likely suffered.
Wrongful Death Cases
Sometimes, the injuries resulting from a personal injury accident can prove fatal. These cases are subsequently referred to as wrongful death cases. Our personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville understand that a personal injury client’s feelings surrounding a wrongful death case can be complicated.
Fortunately, we have the experience to take a nuanced approach to your case. Any manner of personal injury case resulting in the passing of a loved one may entitle the victim’s remaining family to compensation in civil court. Family members, including children, spouses, or parents, can come forward and help present a loved one’s case to a civil judge.
All the while, you can count on our Jacksonville wrongful death lawyers to both fight on your behalf and protect you from undue stress related to your case. We can demand compensation not only for your economic losses but for loss of companionship, loss of consortium, and grief.
Accidents involving a commercial truck can result in devastating injuries for all parties involved. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters want to make sure that neither the company nor an individual driver face too much blame for your related losses. As such, these companies can try to get ahead of the release of evidence that might otherwise hold them accountable in court.
If you find yourself in an accident with an independent truck driver, you can bring a civil claim against that lone person.
Should an offending driver be on duty at the time an accident occurs, you can alternatively file a lawsuit against that driver’s parent company. Our personal injury attorneys in Jacksonville can use evidence to distinguish the at-fault party before taking your claim before a judge.
Florida is a very dangerous state in terms of motorcycle fatalities. The size and safety differences between motorcycles and other vehicles on Florida’s highways can see these accidents result in long-lasting damage for all parties involved.
More specifically, motorcycle drivers are at higher risk of fatal injuries when compared to a car accident because of the lack of protection. Because motorcycles are easily lost in blind spots, riders can also fall victim to traffic accidents with greater frequency than larger vehicles.
While Florida is still in the process of making the road a safer environment for its motorcyclists, an injured motorcyclist’s primary course of action after an accident lies in Florida’s civil courts. You can bring your losses to our team and discuss how tort law can help you restore some of your accident-related losses.
Bicycles, as with motorcycles, are a great mode of transportation in sunny Florida weather. Unfortunately, it can be extremely dangerous to bike through Jacksonville. In fact, Florida has the most bicycle fatalities in the United States. This danger may be attributed to a combination of a lack of infrastructure for safe cycling.
In the face of roadway accidents, cyclists can also blame drunk driving, unclear expectations for sharing the road, and similar negligence for their losses.
If you want to bring a bicycle accident claim forward in civil court, you can account for the types of damage you endured and through what means you believe they came to be. Our team can help corroborate your assessment in an initial claim.
As a pedestrian, you have every right to expect that you should be able to travel safely throughout Jacksonville. So long as you abide by the crosswalk, sidewalk, and other related pedestrian laws, the state claims you should remain safe from accidents.
Unfortunately, these measures do not keep pedestrians safe from harm for various reasons that are often out of the pedestrian’s control. Florida has adopted policies similar to Vision Zero to combat these safety issues, but safety is still not guaranteed.
When you get into the back of an Uber, you expect the driver – and the company – to protect you. This, unfortunately, is not always the case. Uber drivers can be as prone to negligence as other commercial drivers, not to mention private motorists. Fortunately, Uber has measures in place designed to protect its passengers from harm.
So long as an Uber driver is on duty at the time of an accident, they benefit from the full breadth of Uber’s insurance. The gray areas surrounding a driver’s time on duty can complicate your right to financial support, though. Similarly, it can make holding an Uber driver responsible for their negligent behavior challenging.
You do not have to let yourself become overwhelmed by Uber’s attempts to avoid its legal responsibility to you. Instead, you can call on our team. Our experienced attorneys can help you minimize your pocket expenses by ensuring that Uber and related parties do their time before a civil judge. This way, you can focus on recovering from your losses.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
As you can see by some of the examples provided above, working with a personal injury attorney in Jacksonville is one of the most effective ways to handle a civil case. We fight for justice on your behalf while also maximizing your financial recovery.
When we take on your case, we see it as our job to address both your legal and emotional concerns. That is why our team takes a balanced approach to your case. We can keep you up to date as your case progresses and tell you what steps we have taken to better present your argument to a judge.
At the same time, we can work out how involved you want to be in the creation and presentation of your case ahead of time. This way, you can focus on your recovery while we navigate the legal hoops surrounding your case.
Why Fasig | Brooks?
Our team of award-winning personal injury attorneys prioritizes customer service over anything. This means that an accident victim’s comfort is the most important thing to us throughout the pursuit of your case.
At the same time, we fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve. Our history of successful legal cases represents the lengths to which we will go to get you the compensation you deserve.
We can get into the specifics of your case and preferred support during a free initial case consultation. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we will be able to strategize about how we can effectively work together. When you bring your case to Fasig | Brooks, you can trust that you will be treated like part of the family.
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