Injury Lawyers Representing Hollywood, Broward County and the Rest of Florida
One of the most common areas of personal injury law, car accidents occur every day. While some people who are involved in an accident may experience no injuries, others may sustain debilitating injuries or even death. All parties who are involved in a car accident should immediately seek medical attention as some injuries may at first be very difficult to detect in the absence of a medical exam.
Truck drivers require more training than the average driver and are typically more careful when on the road. Nevertheless, truck accidents do happen and pose a unique risk of devastating outcomes due to the size of commercial trucks. The potential for severe injuries further increases if the truck is carrying hazardous materials. Truck accidents may also have several defendants as a plaintiff may file his or her action against the trucking company, the company’s insurer, or the driver as an employee or contractor of the trucking company.
Wrongful death occurs when one person is killed due to the negligent or reckless behavior of another. These cases may arise from situations that involve accidental death, or criminal defendants may also be the subject of a wrongful death claim. The plaintiff’s family, or in some cases a designated representative, will typically file the action in civil court. A defendant in a wrongful death action who was previously found not guilty in civil court may still be ordered to compensate the plaintiff’s family in a civil court judgment.
If a doctor or other medical professional fails to perform competently, and a patient is injured as a result, the patient may file a legal claim for medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose, improper treatment, and failure to warn a patient of a known risk of treatment are three common causes of malpractice claims. Patients who suspect malpractice should contact a medical malpractice attorney immediately as the statute of limitations may be more complex in medical malpractice cases when compared to other areas of personal injury law. Some states also cap the amount of damages a plaintiff may be awarded in a medical malpractice judgment.
International Litigation When a dispute arises between individuals or businesses that reside or are located in separate countries. Because certain legal issues are more likely to arise in these types of cases, each party requires an attorney who is well-versed in international litigation. Specifically, jurisdiction, evidence, service of process, and enforcement of judgment are more critical when dealing with an opposing party who is located in a different country. Therefore, having a lawyer who is familiar with the intricacies of international law is of paramount importance in cases involving international litigation.
Representation of Government
Sometimes an individual or entity may have a legal issue that directly relates to federal, state, or local government policies. Non-profit organizations, corporations, and individuals may hire an attorney to represent their interests when appearing before an administrative or legislative body. Legal practitioners who specialize in government relations primarily serve as educators and advocates by presenting their clients’ concerns to government bodies. Their ultimate goal is to affect a change in policies that might have an adverse impact on the attorney’s client. These practitioners often communicate with the government through meetings and written comments that are aimed at conveying the client’s grievances to relevant government agencies.
Airplane / Aviation Accidents
Aviation law is complex as it often involves state, federal, and international law; therefore, several legal theories may potentially apply to a single case. Aircraft manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, pilots, aviation workers, and the governing Federal Aviation Administration itself are among the numerous parties that may be liable in the event of an aviation accident. In addition to plaintiffs having several potential defendants from which to choose, an airplane accident trial may be heard in one of several different courts. Moreover, jurisdictions differ in terms of damages the plaintiff may recover in an aviation case.
Mass Tort Mass torts involve a large number of plaintiffs who collectively bring a civil action against one or more corporate defendants. In these cases, mass media may be used to recruit plaintiffs to join the litigation. The issues and underlying facts of the plaintiffs’ cases are usually very similar, and the claims have an interdependence in value. Anti-trust cases, product liability, plane crashes, apartment building fires, and large man-made disasters are scenarios from which mass tort cases typically arise. This type of litigation is regarded as a more economical, efficient means for a large number of plaintiffs to pursue justice in civil court.
Mishaps like chemical spills may have negative impacts on workers as well as people in the vicinity of the accident site. The companies that cause these large-scale accidents are represented by highly skilled lawyers who handle all of the legal complexities involved. Therefore, it is well within the interest of individuals who are injured as a result of an environmental accident to retain their own lawyer. Attorneys who represent plaintiffs in environmental accident cases can help injured workers and bystanders receive the compensation they deserve for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damage they may have experienced as a result of the accident.