What to Do if You Are Injured at a Place of Business

PREMISES LIABILITY CASES

Businesses have a duty to keep their premises safe for people lawfully on their property. However, sometimes businesses are negligent in protecting those on their premises from harmful or dangerous conditions. Too often, people are seriously injured and sometimes killed at apartment complexes, gas stations, hotels, nightclubs, stores, malls, and restaurants because of inadequate security or unsafe conditions existing on the premises.

Serious injuries and deaths occur at businesses because of many reasons:

  • Inadequate security measures
  • Liquids or other substances left on the floor
  • Stairways or steps that are slippery or poorly maintained
  • Sidewalks that are cracked or uneven
  • Poor lighting

If you are injured at a place of business, do the following as soon as you are able, or have someone do them for you:

REPORT THE INCIDENT. An incident report will help memorialize your version of what happened. This is helpful in those cases where a business doesn’t want to take responsibility for their negligence. Although you may not be given a copy of the incident report at the time of your incident, your attorney may be able to obtain it at some point in your case.

TAKE PICTURES OR VIDEOS. A picture is worth a thousand words! A photograph or video of the scene of an incident or its aftermath may help to show why a business was negligent and help to prove your case.

GO TO THE DOCTOR. Get treatment for your injuries immediately, even if at the time of the accident, you feel like you only have minor injuries. Often, you may not notice or feel the full extent of an injury until the excitement of the incident wears off, which may be hours or even days later. An immediate doctor’s visit will document your injuries and give credibility to your case from the time of the accident.

CALL THE CRENSHAW LAW FIRM. Andre Crenshaw, Esq. is a Florida personal injury attorney with more than 20 years of experience resolving cases involving people who were seriously injured or killed at a place of business. To schedule a free consultation with a Miramar Premises Liability Lawyer, call us at (954) 430-3030; email us at info@crenshawlawfirm.com, or complete and submit our online contact form.

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Personal Injury Compensation

Economic and Non-Economic Damages

If another person or business is responsible for causing you to suffer injuries and related harms, you are entitled to received money compensation. The term for these harms is known as “damages”. Personal injury damages fall into two main categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are monetary losses that have specific dollar amounts associated with them, such as medical expenses, lost earnings, and property damage. On the other hand, non-economic damages relate to suffering that isn’t monetary in nature. These damages relate to what I consider the “human element” of the case, such as pain, suffering, the loss of the enjoyment of life, or mental anguish caused by the death of a family member.

Businesses and their insurance companies usually value personal injury cases based solely on economic harms. Often, their “bottom line” mentality motivates them to only consider losses that have verifiable and specific dollar amounts, and they are reluctant to include the non-financial aspects of a case in their initial evaluations. In order to maximize a client’s financial recovery, it is the job of a competent personal injury attorney to make sure a client’s non-economic (human) suffering is fairly represented and included in the negotiations and eventual resolution of a case.

For example, a shooting victim killed at a place of business won’t incur substantial medical expenses. However, his survivors should be compensated for their non-economic losses, including the mental anguish for the loss of a loved one. Likewise, a blue-collar worker or someone unemployed at the time of suffering an injury may not have a substantial amount of lost wages. Nonetheless, he should be compensated for the inconvenience and emotional distress of not being able to care for himself. The wrongful death claim of a wife should rightfully include, at its core, the loss of the comfort, society, and attentions of her deceased husband.

The following are some of the common types of economic and non-economic damages:

ECONOMIC DAMAGES

  • Medical expenses in the past and future
  • Lost earnings in the past and future
  • Property damage

NON-ECONOMIC DAMAGES

  • Injury
  • Pain and suffering
  • Mental Anguish
  • Emotional Distress
  • Inconvenience
  • Loss of sexual relations with your spouse
  • Loss of the enjoyment of life
  • Loss of parental guidance
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of a spouse’s comfort, society, and attentions

Andre Crenshaw, Esq. is a personal injury and wrongful death attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. To schedule a free consultation with your Miramar Personal Injury Lawyer, call us at (954) 430-3030; email us at info@crenshawlawfirm.com, or complete and submit our online contact form to see how we may be able to help you obtain full compensation for your injuries.

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What to Do if You Are in a Car Crash

CAR ACCIDENT CASES

Car accidents are a leading cause of injuries in Florida. According to The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, in 2018 there were 403,626 motor vehicle crashes in the state of Florida. In those crashes, 236,157 people suffered injuries, and 3,135 were killed.

Car accidents happen because of many reasons:

  • A driver is driving too fast for conditions existing on the roadway at the time, for example, it’s dark, it’s raining, visibility is reduced, or traffic is heavy.
  • A driver is distracted by texting or looking at a cell phone, talking on the phone, talking to a passenger, or eating.
  • A driver is careless by driving too close to the vehicle in front of it, changing lanes without checking blind spots, running through red lights while drivers are turning in the intersection, or failing to pay attention to what’s happening on the roadway.
  • A driver is operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • A driver is operating a motor vehicle while fatigued.

If you are involved in a car accident, do the following as soon as you are able, or have someone do them for you:

CALL THE POLICE. Report the accident to the police. A crash report will be helpful when making a personal injury claim against the other driver or when making a claim with your own insurance company for medical benefits or damage to your vehicle.

CALL YOUR INSURANCE COMPANY. Report the accident to your own automobile insurance company, even if the other driver is at fault. Failure to timely notify your insurance company of an accident may give them the right to deny benefits otherwise provided to you in your insurance policy.

GO TO THE DOCTOR. Get treatment for your injuries immediately, even if at the time of the accident, you feel like you only have minor injuries. Often, you may not notice or feel the full extent of an injury until the excitement of the incident wears off, which may be hours or even days later. An immediate doctor’s visit will document your injuries and give credibility to your case from the time of the accident.

CALL THE CRENSHAW LAW FIRM. Andre Crenshaw, Esq. is an automobile accident attorney with more than 20 years of experience handling car crash cases in Florida. To schedule a free consultation with your Miramar Florida Car Accident Attorney, call us at (954) 430-3030; email us at info@crenshawlawfirm.com, or complete and submit our online contact form.

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