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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

Paraplegic woman sues GM over burn injuries

If you have ever been burned, you probably already know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. Even a seemingly minor burn injury can take a long time to heal and cause considerable discomfort in the meantime. On a larger scale, burns can have far more serious consequences. They can cause permanent and potentially disabling scarring. Furthermore, the toll such injuries take on your body means burn injuries can often be fatal.

In Maine, a 26-year-old woman is suing General Motors Co. after a burn injury she suffered in a vehicle manufactured by the company left her bedridden for almost three months. Paralyzed from the waist down since the age of 15, the lower part of her body is unable to sense heat or cold. As a result, she was unaware when the heated seat of the vehicle began to warm up.

How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim?

It is a sad fact that many families in Florida will suffer the loss of a loved one to an accident that could have been prevented. Often, the shock and grief of such an event can preoccupy the family for an extended period. They may have questions or a desire to seek justice, as we have seen previously. However, healing takes time and legal proceedings may initially be the last thing on that family's mind.

Eventually, however, someone may choose to file a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, the period during which you can do this is not unlimited. The time limit, known as a statute of limitation, as FindLaw explains, varies from state to state. In some states the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action is only one year. However, many states allow two or three years, while in some states the period is even longer.

Multiple women accuse Florida masseur of sexual misconduct

It is a sad fact that many people, both women and men, will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Whether it is an inappropriate comment, unwanted physical contact or any other form of assault, it can be deeply upsetting and its effects can last a lifetime. Unlike many forms of personal injury, the harm done by sexual abuse is not always visible on the surface.

Often, those who have been subjected to unwanted sexual acts do not tell anyone, either through a sense of shame, pride or even denial. Some find it easier to put it behind them and try to move on. It can take time to heal and great courage to confront someone who has subjected you to abuse. Even so, several women in Florida have recently stepped forward to give their accounts of incidents alleged to have occurred at Tiano Salon and Spa.

Teenager suffers brain injury at a school event in Florida

If you have ever suffered a head injury, you may already know how disorienting it can be and the amount of stress and worry it can cause. It is not always immediately apparent if head trauma has had any lasting effects and this can leave victims in a distressing position for a long time. Furthermore, if the injury is shown to have damaged the brain, the effects can be devastating. Victims may face long-term pain and suffering, loss of memory or even decreased ability to carry out fundamental activities such as speaking, walking or eating.

In Florida, a teenage girl now lives with a brain injury that has impaired her ability to communicate and left her with anxiety. She is said to sit in the dark not speaking to anyone and to have become prone to child-like behavior. The accident occurred at a school event when she and a classmate had donned inflatable sumo wrestler suits for a game. It has since been suggested that the school and the company responsible for the suits did not ascertain that her helmet was secure.

Florida motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run

Losing someone you love is never easy, but when they are taken from you in an untimely fashion, it can often be even harder to deal with. Families are left with a void, wanting answers. However, nothing can truly make up for their loss. This is all bad enough, but imagine the grief caused when the identity of the person responsible remains unknown. This is the difficult reality facing a Florida woman whose husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Workers recovering after electrocution at Florida home

Burn injuries can often be far more severe than they initially seem. Even minor burns can leave the victims with permanent scars. Furthermore, aside from the pain caused by the injury, burns can also lead to shock and dehydration, both of which can have fatal consequences. Nor do burns solely originate from fires. Electrical burns can be just as serious and their effects just as lasting.

In Florida, two men were working on a Miami-Dade home when the driver of a loading truck accidentally hit power lines with the truck's crane. One of the workers was on the truck's payload when the incident occurred. The second man was working nearby. Both were shocked by a surge of electricity that coursed through truck and ground alike. The alarmed driver notified a neighbor, asking her to call 911.

Florida man dies in bridge construction accident

When a loved one is killed in circumstances that could have been prevented, it is extremely difficult to come to terms with. You may feel torn between the desire to seek answers and justice and the need simply to mourn the loss of your loved one. However, more than grief afflicts families in this position, as a sudden bereavement can also leave a family with significant financial burdens to bear from funeral expenses coupled with a loss of income.

In Tallahassee, Florida, the family of a young construction worker have hired an attorney to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after the teenager was killed while working on a bridge. The 18-year-old man was crushed under three steel panels, each weighing 588 pounds. He and other workers had been removing bolts that secured three of the panels to the Aucilla River Bridge in Taylor County. However, when they took out the last bolt, the panels fell. According to the autopsy, the young worker died of blunt trauma.

Woman lives with brain injury after beach accident in Florida

You can't go through life without risking an accident at some point. All you can do is hope that it will be something minor, with no lasting effects. Sadly, this is not always the case and it is important to seek medical attention quickly in the event you are hurt. This is especially critical in the event of a brain injury as these types of afflictions can have devastating and life-changing consequences.

One accident in Florida left a mother unable to participate in the adventures she formerly shared with her children and husband. The woman, now 36, enjoyed swimming, camping and even motorcycle racing. Now she struggles with simple housework and claims a 2011 accident on Daytona Beach left her with a brain injury and facial paralysis. As a result, she says even smiling is difficult for her and her brain injury has caused her to lose some of her memory.

Counselor arrested in Florida on sexual battery charges

The effects of sexual abuse can last a lifetime regardless of the extent of the incident. No one should be subjected to unwanted sexual advances or actions, but sadly it is something that happens to all too many people. Aside from physical damage and health risks associated with these crimes, sexual abuse can also result in significant emotional trauma which can affect all aspects of a person's life.

In Florida, a counselor for alcohol and drug abuse has recently been arrested for sexual misconduct and sexual battery. While working in Daytona Beach, he is alleged to have taken advantage of a woman seeking help with drug addiction by coercing her into performing a sexual act. He is reported to have threatened the client with having her sent back to prison should she not comply with his wishes.

Florida accident leaves motorcyclist with critical injuries

As is the case with any vehicle, motorcycles can all too easily become involved with accidents. Furthermore, not only are they often harder to spot, their riders and passengers are far less protected than people in cars or larger vehicles. Consequently, motorcycle accidents can have serious or even fatal outcomes. A recent accident in Florida saw one motorcyclist hospitalized after hitting a truck.

The incident took place one morning in June as the 44-year-old motorcyclist headed down Sunset Boulevard in South Wales. The truck in front of him decreased its speed for a turn, but the motorcyclist did not notice in time. Although he began to brake, he could not prevent himself from hitting the back of the truck. The force of the brake caused his motorcycle to skid, turning onto its side as it slid toward the other vehicle.