When the negligent conduct of another person(s) causes you or your family bodily injury or harm, you have the right to recover damages for that loss. Several circumstances can give rise to a negligence claim, but the major categories are as follows:
Automotive Accidents (Car, Truck, Motorcycle or Boating)
According to the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 200,000 car accidents annually in Florida. If you are a victim of automobile negligence, follow the appropriate steps to protect and assert your claim:
- Call 911
- If possible to do so safely, move your vehicle out of traffic.
- Get the phone number, address, and insurance information for all drivers involved.
- Seek medical attention at an emergency room or urgent care facility immediately, or at least within 14 days. Based on changes in Personal Injury Protection Laws effective in early 2013, failure to do so may result in you forfeiting insurance benefits which would otherwise be available to pay a portion of your medical expenses and/or lost wages. source Tampa Bay Times
- Contact Attorney O’Connor and secure her as your legal counsel. With her clinical knowledge and background, Attorney O’Connor is qualified to review your medical records to identify and highlight clinical proof of your injuries.
- Do not speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company or sign anything without legal counsel. If the insurance company attempts to contact you, give them the number for Brandon Law Offices and tell them Attorney O’Connor will handle everything from that point onward.
Do you believe you have been misdiagnosed or been a victim of medical negligence? Contact Attorney O’Connor immediately. The time within which to make a claim against a health care provider for medical negligence is limited by law, SO DON’T WAIT. If you suspect you are a victim of medical negligence, take the following steps to expedite the review of your claim before the statute of limitations expires:
- Request the medical records from the treating physician or hospital believed to be responsible. If you were treated by another physician or provider for the same condition after being injured by the negligent physician, request those medical records as well.
- Contact Attorney O’Connor for a consultation; she will review your medical records with an eye toward identifying potentially negligent conduct which departed from the prevailing standard of care.
If you are injured on public or private property (for example in a grocery store, park, etc.) and your injury was caused by a dangerous condition which existed on that property, you may have a premises liability claim against the property owner. Take the following steps to assist Attorney O’Connor in securing your potential claim:
- If the injury occurs in a store or commercial place of business, take photographs of the dangerous condition if possible (slippery floor, sharp object, etc.) and ask an employee to document the incident on an occurrence or incident report, being certain to identify him/her by name and title. Also identify any witnesses who observed the incident.
- If the injury occurs outdoors, take photographs of the dangerous condition and collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses who observed the incident.
- Most importantly, gather information to document the dangerous condition itself, how long it was present, and whether the property owner or his/her employees were aware of the condition prior to you becoming injured by it.