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Types of Personal Injury Claims

It is unfortunate, but sometimes in life you sustain injuries at work, home, or on your daily commute. Sometimes those injuries are so severe they may result in a hospital visit and medical care and rehabilitation can be very costly.

However, you may be entitled to a claim which may completely, or partially, cover your medical expenses.

When pursuing a claim, it is important to know what kind of claim you should be bringing and have a solid understanding of all the legal technicalities surrounding this claim.

To assist in this, South Florida Injury Attorneys have compiled this helpful list:
When Is the Right Time to Call a Personal Injury Attorney?

Vehicle Accident Injury Attorney Claims

Car Accidents

Car accidents can have devastating consequences. Here are a few things that you should do immediately following an accident:

  1. Ensure the safety of all persons involved in the accident. If there are injuries, immediately call the police and emergency services. Inform your car accident attorney of all
  2. Regardless of the severity of the injury, call the police and ensure a police officer comes to the scene to file a report. Car accident lawyers use police reports as main pieces of evidence when determining who is at fault.
  3. Get the information of all drivers involved. This includes names, addresses, mobile numbers, emails, drivers license number, vehicle registration and insurance information. Your auto accident attorney will need this information to liaise with the other party’s auto accident attorney.

Photos and videos of the cars involved, as well as information pertaining to the road surface and weather conditions can all help prove your case and ensure it gets resolved quickly. From there, personal injury lawyers will have information they need ensure that if you are not at fault your vehicle gets repaired and your injuries are seen to with all the costs reimbursed.

Truck Accidents

A truck accident is often far more dangerous and costly than a normal motor vehicle accident. As laws change from state to state, it is crucial to appoint an attorney that specializes in truck accidents in your jurisdiction.

As truck accidents are often more complicated than normal vehicle accidents, there is a specialized group (Trucking Industry Defense Association) that has truck accident attorneys, insurance adjusters, accident re-constructionist and other specialists who respond immediately to the scene of serious truck accidents. A case like a semi-truck accident, for example, often results in a very serious personal injury, and you need a specialized Miami truck accident lawyer to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, up to and including life long care.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are inherently dangerous.  While the convenience and thrill of them is well warranted, it is no secret that the potential for a serious motorcycle accident is much greater. A good motorcycle accident lawyer will ensure that if you suffer a personal injury from such events like cars opening their door on the road, not checking their blind spot and crashing into you, sudden stopping and hit and runs, you will get the payout you are entitled to.

A top motorcycle accident attorney from South Florida Injury Attorneys can work right away building a case and reimbursing you for your personal injury.

Uber Accidents

With the recent surge in technology and connectivity, online companies like Uber and Lyft have come to the forefront of convenience and are ubiquitous with a responsible night out or a hassle-free way to get from A to B. However, accidents when using these services do still happen and you need to know how to file Uber accident claims.

If you are an Uber driver, having an experienced Uber accident attorney is especially important as it is not only your health but your livelihood on the line.

If you are involved in an accident while being transported in an Uber, your first responsibility is to make sure everyone is okay. If only the vehicles are damaged and no injuries were sustained, file an insurance claim. If, however, there are injured parties, personal injury lawyers need to get involved. Our specialized Uber attorneys will help you pursue personal claims and ensure your livelihood stays safe.

Taxi Accident

Even with the advent of ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft, taxis are still very much present on the roads. As such, accidents involving taxis are bound to happen. There are two types of accidents involving taxis:

  1. You are a passenger in the cab
  2. You are driving another car involved in the accident

If the former applies to you, you will be asked to assist the taxi accident lawyer in determining who is at fault. You will not be held responsible for the accident.

If the latter applies to you, you will need to prove the taxi was at fault. While most taxis are required to have insurance, you will need to prove the negligence of the other party for your taxi accident claim to be successful.

Tractor Trailer Accidents

Tractor trailers are heavy pieces of machinery designed to haul large loads long distances. As such they   are extremely heavy themselves and can weigh upwards of 70 tons. When these vehicles are involved in accidents, your tractor trailer accident attorney can sue for broken bones, organ damage, vision loss and a myriad of other ailments.

Be sure to give a fully detailed report to a tractor trailer accident lawyer to ensure that any negligence on the side of the driver or vehicle operation company can be identified and properly compensated for.

Medical Personal Injury Lawyer Claims

Medical Malpractice

In medical malpractice cases, medical malpractice lawyers need to prove that the attending physicians conduct fell below an accepted standard. A good medical malpractice attorney typically looks for the following errors:

  • Error in administration of medication
  • Incorrect diagnosis and treatment
  • Nurses failing to effectively communicate symptoms and reactions to treatment
  • Surgical errors, such as surgery in the wrong place and leaving medical apparatus in the body

Medical malpractice attorneys specialize in proving negligence of medical professionals. If you think you are a victim of medical malpractice and are wondering “where can I find medical malpractice lawyers near me?”, contact South Florida Injury Attorneys now.

Wrongful Death

If you have recently lost a loved one, this is a very difficult time for you. If the loss has been the cause of a preventable accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful Death attorneys deal with motor vehicle accidents, defective products, dangerous premises and any other kind of accidental death. Ensure you win the wrongful death suit and get the payout you deserve.

Dangerous Drugs

Often a new fad in the prescription drug market allows for companies to get away with selling large amounts of sub-par medication. This can lead to serious health problems further down the line. Our dangerous drugs attorneys are not afraid of going up against large drug corporations and getting you the just compensation you deserve. If you believe you may be a victim of dangerous drugs, contact one of our dangerous drugs lawyers now.

Other Personal Injury Lawyer Claims

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and Fall accident lawyers cover a large range of cases. Slip and fall cases can be the result of anything from such as uneven paving, pools of water, and deteriorated wood decking. As a rule, slip and fall settlements can be pursued if you have sustained injury from dangerous premises because of negligence. Slip and Fall attorneys will be able to support you in getting the payout you need to cover your personal injuries, emotional trauma and time spent away from work.

Boating accidents

Florida happens to be an ideal location for boating. However, unlike driving a car, operating a boat does not require a license. There are, however, certain rational restrictions in place. If you have been involved in a boating accident, a boating accident attorney will look for the following:

  • The boat was ‘Speeding’ when it hit another boat or wave
  • The operator of the boat was under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • The boat was not operated in an area clear of swimmers and damaged was sustained from the propeller
  • The boat operator did not understand or follow navigational rules
  • The vessel was packed beyond capacity

If you have sustained personal injury through any of the above actions, contact a boating accident lawyer now.

Airplane Accidents

Florida has the second highest number of certified pilots in the country. This fact results in a greater chance of operational or navigational errors resulting in the crash of an aircraft and the personal injury of the passengers.

Airplane accident attorneys look for the reason the aircraft came down to discover who was at fault. Very often it is pilot error due to inexperience, bad judgement or a physical condition. On occasion, it may be the result of mechanical failure due to lack of maintenance or even bad weather conditions. Very seldom, it is a result of bad design of the aircraft. A professional airplane accident lawyer will look at the evidence and find the party at fault to pursue personal injury compensation for you.

Pedestrian Accidents

A person walking is completely unprotected if hit by a car. If death isn’t the result, the likelihood of personal injury is extremely high. A pedestrian accident lawyer needs to determine the location of the pedestrian at the time of the accident. If the driver of the car was being negligent and entered a pedestrian area, your pedestrian accident lawyer may be able to claim full damages from them.

Bicycle Accidents

As with pedestrians, cyclists are at the mercy of fate when hit by cars. Cars have the duty to avoid hitting cyclists. Your bicycle accident attorney will look for negligence on behalf of the car driver (in the form of texting, swerving, not checking blind spots, driving in the bike lane) to determine fault. A good bicycle accident lawyer will be able to help you pursue compensation for your personal injuries.

Workplace Accident

If you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to worker compensation. This means that your medical fees should be covered by the company for which you work until you are discharged or declared permanently unable to work. Should this be the case, a workplace accident attorney can help you get disability coverage to maintain your quality of life.

You may find that you are hurt in the job, you will get fired or harassed. This is against the law and is a way for your employer to get out of paying the workers compensation. Contact a workplace accident lawyer to ensure you get covered for your personal injury. Do not accept any form of intimidation or discrimination.

Dog Bites

Despite being ‘man’s best friend’, dogs can still be very harmful to human beings. Whether it be through negligence in training or specific instruction to attack. If you have been attacked by a dog, a dog bite attorney can ensure you get the punitive damages entitled to you through this traumatic event. After reporting the incident to the police, get in contact with a dog bite lawyer to ensure you have a solid case.

Products Liability

A badly designed or manufactured product can result in a wide range of injuries. If you are using the product as intended and it fails, resulting in harm to you, product liability law is very clear: you are entitled to compensation. A product liability attorney will sue the manufacturer of the product to ensure your reparations are paid.

If you have suffered a personal injury from a product, whether it be an exploding Samsung, food poisoning from a canned good or a pregnancy from a faulty contraception, a product liability lawyer will take up your case.


Assault refers to the threat of harm a victim may feel. There is often little to no physical contact. The defendant may try to play off the assault as a joke, but it is the job of the assault lawyer to prove that there was intimation and threat of violence. A sexual assault lawyer deals with an even more sensitive subject matter as these crimes are particularly heinous.

Assault claims may also be fronts for slander, so it is important that an assault defense lawyer is able to separate truth from fiction and expose falsified claims.

Battery covers intentional physical contact (often resulting in injury) between the perpetrator and the victim. It is the job of the battery lawyer to prove that the physical contact was done against the victims will.

If you need an assault and battery attorney, a domestic battery attorney or have wrongly been accused of sexual assault and need a sexual assault defense lawyer, contact South Florida Injury Attorneys.

Defamation – Libel and Slander

In today’s day and age, a reputation is one of the most important things a person can have. Your livelihood, employability, and patronage depend on the reputation of you and your business.

Slander refers to defamation through word of mouth. A slander lawyer or slander attorney deals with cases where someone has, through the spoken word, caused ‘special damages’ to the reputation of the business or the person that are deemed unwarranted.

A libel lawyer and libel attorney deals with cases where there has been a published written piece which has been exposed to others, resulting in an unwarranted damage to the reputation of the plaintiff.

A defamation lawyer and defamation attorney maintain a very special position as with the age of technology, slander and libel has become much more prolific.

Shamis & Gentile, P.A. – South Florida Injury Attorneys

For years, South Florida Injury Attorneys have been ensuring payout for parties that have been wrong and sustained injury, reducing their quality of life. If any of the above cases apply to you, contact us now.

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