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Commercial trucks are big vehicles. When they cause accidents here in Florida, they are usually serious with significant damage to the people in the other vehicles. The difference between an accident with another car and an accident with a large truck, such as a construction vehicle or a tractor-trailer full of products, is that trucks are usually connected to big companies with big insurance companies behind them. And those companies are experts in limiting or avoiding compensation to injured parties. If you are involved in a truck accident, you will not get the fair compensation you deserve without an experienced personal injury lawyer.

As a lifelong Florida resident and personal injury lawyer, I’ve represented many injured parties who were hurt by a truck. Trucks cannot stop or accelerate as quickly as automobiles; they can’t take tight turns and they swing wide; they sometimes drive over the yellow dividing line in the road; they often go through yellow or red lights, simply because it is easier than stopping a huge load; and frankly, some truck drivers (not all, but some) act like they own the road. Any one of these factors can cause an accident that seriously injures drivers and passengers in smaller, lighter vehicles.

Building your case

If you have been injured in an accident here in Florida, make sure you are treated by a doctor who is an expert in accident injuries, because not all doctors know what to look for, especially in car accident victims, slip-and-fall victims, and those injured by recreational vehicles or sporting equipment. Here in Florida, the vacation destination of the world, injuries are unfortunately not rare. As a personal injury attorney and lifetime Florida resident, I am committed to helping my fellow Floridians get the compensation they need when they are injured due to the negligence of others.

If medical personnel come to the scene of your injury, or if you are transported by ambulance to a hospital for immediate treatment, do not refuse such treatment. An immediate examination to find any obvious injuries and any possible internal bleeding or other critical medical emergencies is always a good idea. But be sure to follow up with specialists.

PIP Coverage

Malignant mesothelioma is a form of cancer that forms in the thin tissue layers of our internal organs, called the mesothelium. Most mesothelioma is in the lungs, called pleural mesothelioma. A rare form is found in the lining of the abdomen, called peritoneal mesothelioma. This aggressive and deadly cancer has been diagnosed on rare occasions in other internal organs, such as around the heart tissue and testes. However pleural mesothelioma is the most common. While there are treatments that can help to slow its progression, this form of cancer is virtually always deadly.

Symptoms of pleural mesothelioma include:

  • Chest pain

In personal injury cases, Florida statutes follow the federal law that prohibits the use of hearsay in court, with notable exceptions. These exceptions make it possible to present as evidence what would otherwise be considered hearsay. An experienced personal injury attorney will understand the nuances of these exceptions and will know how to utilize them to help you receive the compensation you deserve. 

Hearsay defined

We’ve heard the saying “He said, she said” or “It’s his word against hers.” This is the situation the courts seek to avoid by banning hearsay. According to Florida Statute 90.801(1b), “‘Hearsay’ is a statement, other than one made by the declarant while testifying at the trial or hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted.” The following section (1c) clarifies a statement as an oral or written assertion or even non-verbal conduct if it is intended by the person as an assertion (an example would be a nod or shake of the head).

If you have been injured by someone else’s negligence, such as in an auto accident or due to a faulty product, animal attack, or malpractice, you have the right to expect compensation for your suffering and losses. In Florida, we follow the “pure comparative negligence” system, which means that in a lawsuit, fault is distributed between parties. As a personal injury attorney, it is my responsibility to present a preponderance of evidence demonstrating the fault of the other party in order to win for my client the highest possible monetary compensation for injury and loss. One of the strongest pieces of evidence is often testimony from witnesses. 

Eyewitnesses and lay witnesses

Eyewitnesses are among the most powerful pieces of evidence in your case. The classic eyewitness is someone who was present at the time of the accident – car accident, slip and fall, injury on public or private property, product malfunction, dog attack, etc. Other witnesses include those who came along shortly thereafter and saw the aftermath or those who heard someone involved say something about the accident. 

A lot of research goes into building a solid personal injury case in order to provide powerful, indisputable evidence to win for you the highest financial compensation.

What you can do

The more documentation and evidence you can bring with you when you come to my Florida personal injury law office, the more quickly I will be able to evaluate your case and determine the next steps. The types of documentation you should bring with you include:

There are many steps involved in a personal injury lawsuit. The first is to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible so that the proper evidence and documentation can be collected. Your evidence will make or break your case. As a Florida personal injury attorney, I can help those who have recently experienced an injury in Florida collect the necessary documentation to make a solid case. 

Requirements for a personal injury lawsuit

It may seem obvious, but to sue for personal injury, you must be injured, and it must be provable. This is why collecting the correct evidence early on is so important. 

While personal injury cases can cover a wide variety of events, some of the most common in Florida include slip-and-falls or other accidental injuries; product liability, including defective equipment at recreational parks, activities, or sports; car accidents and other vehicular accidents, including off-road vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian injuries; medical malpractice; and worker’s compensation cases. 

Many people have some misconceptions about personal injury cases in Florida which may prevent them from receiving the compensation they deserve for their expenses, past, present, and future, as well as their pain and suffering. As a personal injury lawyer and Florida resident, I am driven to protect the rights of injured individuals against big businesses, insurance companies, and medical institutions that have the financial resources to prevent people from getting the compensation they deserve. If you need an advocate who knows how to fight the system and win, contact me.

Myth #1: I can sue any time I want, as long as there was an accident of some kind.

When you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, whether it be an auto accident or some other vehicular accident, medical malpractice, slip-and-fall or other injury due to an unsafe environment, or product malfunction, you have the right to compensation for your pain, suffering, and expenses. 

Never negotiate a settlement for injuries without the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer! Insurance companies are motivated to save as much money as possible. Your personal injury attorney is motivated to win the highest level of compensation possible for you. As a personal injury lawyer in Florida, I am committed to “fighting for the little guy” against the highly lucrative businesses, insurance companies, and medical institutions that have the financial resources to squash your efforts to recover damages due to their negligent behavior or faulty products.

Grounds for a personal injury lawsuit

A pedestrian is in danger when walking near any moving vehicles – cars, trucks, motorcycles, mopeds, and even bicycles and skateboards. Anything that’s moving faster than you are has a risk of hurting you if you collide, and the faster and bigger the object, the greater damage that it can inflict.

Unfortunately, Florida ranks as the second most dangerous state for pedestrians, with 3.32 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 people as of 2023. The most dangerous city for pedestrians is also in Florida – Fort Lauderdale, with an incredible rate of 8.1 annual pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents. These numbers do not take into account the many thousands of pedestrians seriously injured every year. 

Interestingly, in Florida, pedestrians include not only walkers and runners, but also bicyclists, skateboarders, roller skaters, and Segway riders. So if you are injured in a collision with someone traveling in this manner, the accident would be considered between two pedestrians. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be seriously injured. And if a bicyclist is hit by a car, according to Florida law, the automobile driver hit a pedestrian. 

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