Sarasota Personal Injury Attorneys
Accidents are, unfortunately, very common. But this does not diminish the negative effects an accident can have on the injured victims and their loved ones. Some accidents are more than just accidents. They are highly preventable events that occur due to the actions or inactions of another person or party. A personal injury can arise from many different circumstances, including:
- A distracted, drunk, or drowsy driver
- An inexperienced truck driver or one who doesn't follow federal standards, such as those for required rest periods
- A property owner who failed to make necessary repairs or clean up a spill
- A property owner who failed to install proper lighting or hire security staff
- A product designer or manufacturer who put a faulty product on the market
- A medical professional not adhering to the current standard of care
- An employer not providing employees with proper safety equipment or training
- A contractor acting carelessly on a construction job site
If you've sustained injuries due to another's negligent actions, you should not have to pay the price for their negligence. You shouldn't have to shoulder all the financial, physical, and emotional impacts of the accident and your devastating injuries. Depending on the type of accident you were in and the severity of your injuries, the costs could be insurmountable and put you in financial ruin. You deserve compensation not just for your medical expenses but also for your property damage and pain and suffering.
The skilled Sarasota personal injury attorneys of Matthews Injury Law have the necessary experience and resources to help you obtain the compensation you're legally entitled to. We aren't afraid to stand up to big insurance companies and fight for what you deserve. Our law firm handles various types of personal injury cases, such as:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
As of October, there have been more than 341,000 motor vehicle crashes in Florida in 2021, resulting in more than 212,000 injuries and 3,332 fatalities. Motor vehicle accidents are expensive. Even a seemingly minor fender bender can result in life-changing injuries that might require costly medical treatment or long-term care.
Our Sarasota personal injury attorneys can handle all the legal aspects of your car accident case, whether you suffered injuries in a T-bone collision, hit-and-run, rear-end crash, rollover, or head-on collision, among others.
In the vast majority of bicycle vs. motor vehicle accidents, the bicyclist obviously ends up sustaining severe injuries, or worse, passing away. Injured bicyclists who manage to survive a serious bicycle accident usually end up needing extensive medical treatment or multiple surgeries to recover from their injuries.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can leave the victim temporarily or permanently paralyzed, which negatively impacts every aspect of their life. Depending on the severity and exact nature of the spinal cord damage, injured victims may lose the ability to go to work permanently and enjoy life. Most victims who suffer severe spinal injuries also have shorter lifespans because of complications.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Like spinal cord injuries, the impact of a traumatic brain injury can have catastrophic or fatal consequences. Recovering from serious brain damage takes a very long time if recovery is even possible. Some individuals regain consciousness quickly but still require more treatment and aftercare, sometimes indefinitely. Others, however, may remain in a coma for months, years, or until they pass away.
Being struck by a vehicle is physically and emotionally traumatic. Injuries resulting from pedestrian accidents are usually catastrophic and often deadly. Depending on how fast the vehicle was traveling when it struck the pedestrian, the victim may suffer severe long-term medical problems or permanent disabilities.
Employers are required to provide workers with safe working conditions. This means that if you get hurt at work, your injuries and related losses must be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance plan. You might also have a claim against your employer or someone else that contributed to the accident, depending on the specific circumstances of your workplace accident.
The losses and injuries that usually result from truck accidents could be catastrophic, life-changing, or fatal. Due to the weight and size of trucks, passengers’ vehicles simply don’t stand a chance against these heavyweights in a truck vs. car crash. Even at slower speeds, a truck will cause devastating damage under the right conditions.
Truckers are likewise forced to meet tight deadlines and work lengthy shifts, causing them to rush and sometimes ignore road safety. If you got hurt in a truck accident, our Sarasota personal injury attorneys can file claims against the driver, their employer, the insurance companies that cover them, and any other party liable for the crash.
Construction Site Accidents
Various federal and state laws come into play in construction site accidents. There may also be several parties who can be held liable for the accident, such as construction companies, site owners, contractors, manufacturers of defective equipment, sub-contractors, or other third parties.
Determining liability and applicable laws for construction accidents will require a thorough investigation of the accident, witness testimonies, the construction site, and other parties involved in the accident.
Slip and Fall Accidents
In Florida, slip and falls are among the top causes of emergency room visits. Slip and fall injuries can be devastating, particularly for older people. Anything can cause a slip and fall, from slippery, wet surfaces to construction defects, among many others. Property owners are responsible for ensuring that people who visit their properties are safe on their premises. Failing to fix or replace known dangers to their properties could result in them being liable for injuries people sustain while on their property.
International, state, and federal maritime laws may come into play in boating accidents. Because of this, claims seeking compensation from at-fault parties could be complex. Our Sarasota boating accident attorneys have ample experience handling these immensely complex injury claims.
Medical malpractice or negligence happens when a medical professional, like a doctor or nurse, etc., harms a patient. It typically occurs due to failure on the part of the medical professional to perform their duties competently. Personal injury claims based on medical negligence have more stringent rules than regular claims, so working with an experienced attorney is a must.
People who have lost a loved one are usually left with financial and emotional trauma. And while some deaths occur due to natural causes, a lot of families lose their loved ones due to another person or entity’s negligence and reckless acts. You might be feeling overwhelmed, confused, angry, and uncertain about how to hold the at-fault party accountable for your losses and their negligent actions.
Our Sarasota wrongful death attorneys understand the emotional and financial challenges of losing a loved one unexpectedly and will work to make sure that you recover your losses and hold every liable party accountable for their negligence and careless acts.
Get In Touch with Our Experienced Sarasota Personal Injury Attorneys Today
The attorneys at Matthews Injury Law understand how frustrating, life-altering, and painful an injury can be. Add to that the fact that the costs of treating your injury and accident-related losses are wreaking havoc on your finances. Our Sarasota personal injury attorneys are dedicated to securing the financial compensation you deserve. Call 941-877-5800 or fill out our online form to arrange your free case consultation today and learn about your legal options.
Sarasota Personal Injury FAQs
How Can a Sarasota Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
When you hire a Sarasota personal injury lawyer, they will conduct a thorough investigation to determine what caused your accident and who is liable. Then, they will determine what insurance policies are available to cover your injuries and how much your damages are worth. Your attorney will deal with the insurance companies on your behalf so that you don't have to worry about them and can focus on recovering from your physical injuries. Often, they are successful in settling your case out of court. However, they will fight for the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries, even if that means filing a lawsuit on your behalf.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to determine how long each personal injury case might take. When you meet with one of our experienced Sarasota personal injury lawyers, we can estimate how long it might take to recover damages on your behalf. In simple cases where liability is clear, it may only take a few weeks or months. However, in more complicated cases, it could take months or even a year or more. While getting a settlement as soon as possible is desirable, often waiting and negotiating with the insurance company will result in the higher one you deserve.
What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
The value of your personal injury case depends on the damages you have suffered. Damages are the financial representation of your losses, expenses, and inconveniences arising from your personal injury. Typically, the more severe the injury, the greater the compensation the injured party deserves. For example, someone who suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), or a spinal cord injury (SCI) will receive more compensation than someone who broke their ankle and sustained a few cuts on their foot.