A new year is often used as an opportunity to take stock of your situation and make changes in order to live a healthier and happier life. “Exercising more” and “losing weight” come to mind when considering popular New Year’s resolutions, but why not make this year the year you reduce your risk of being needlessly hurt in a preventable accident. The information below describes some of the accidents that common cause serious injuries around Clearwater and ways in which to reduce your risk of being involved in them.
Slip and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are consistently among the most common cause of injury in the United States. While many falls do not result in injuries, victims can sometimes sustain extremely injuries including head injuries, broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, hip fractures,1 and more. Some of the things that you can do to reduce your risk of falling include getting your eyes checked regularly, reviewing the medications you are taking, reducing fall hazards in your home, and engaging in exercise that improves your strength and balance.
Car accidents injure thousands of people each year, sometimes leaving victims with long-term medical problems and disabilities. Fortunately, many car accidents are completely avoidable. Examples of the steps that you can take to improve your safety behind the wheel include practicing regular vehicle maintenance, getting plenty of rest, making sure to wear your glasses or contact when you drive, and never driving after drinking alcohol or taking drugs that could impact your ability to drive.
Pedestrian accidents are usually extremely serious, as the human body is simply no match for the motor vehicles that traverse our roadways. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the following advice2 to prevent injuries from pedestrian accidents:
- Carry a flashlight while walking at night and by wearing retro-reflective clothing
- Cross at an intersection or designated crosswalk whenever possible
- Walk on a sidewalk or path if one is available, otherwise, walk on the shoulder facing oncoming traffic
- Avoid distractions like electronic devices that can take your attention from the road
Many people in the Clearwater area regularly ride a bicycle as a form of exercise, to get from place to place, or simply for recreation. When bicyclists are involved in accidents, they can sustain extremely serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, facial fractures, concussions, and nerve damage. Some of the ways in which you can reduce your risk of being involved in an accident when you ride include making sure your bike is in good condition, always following traffic laws, wearing retro-reflective clothing and using lights when you ride at night, and never riding after drinking alcohol.
Call a Clearwater, Florida Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Case
In the unfortunate event that you are injured in an accident this year, you should call the Dolman Law Group immediately. Our skilled team of Clearwater personal injury lawyers is ready to review your case at no cost and make sure that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 727-853-6275 or contact us online.
Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
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One of the sneakiest accidents that can happen to almost anybody, at any time, is a slip-and-fall. These accidents almost always occur in an unforeseen place, at a time when you are least expecting it—at the grocery store, in the hallway at the office, exiting the restroom at a restaurant, or even while visiting someone else’s home.
These unfortunate accidents can be minor, and even humorous. The entire America’s Funniest Home Videos television show was almost solely built on this concept. But they are not always funny, and they are not always minor.
Slip-and-falls can be seriously dangerous with grave consequences and injuries. These incidents are often caused by a change in the expected surface someone is walking on. Whether the ground is slippery from a liquid, uneven from a crack in the sidewalk, or has a random step that is difficult to see, it only takes a small change to cause someone to hit the ground with force. Part of what makes slip-and-falls so dangerous is the physics behind how a human falls. When someone slips or trips, their feet often slide ‘out from under them’. As their feet move out and upward, the head and upper-torso move in the opposite direction, straight toward the ground. And when someone falls without the chance to put out their hands, the results can be disastrous.
It should be noted that these types of accidents are easy to prevent if the responsible party acts accordingly. Fixing the walkway, buying a non-slip mat, or painting a step bright yellow could make all the difference between someone going on with their day and someone suffering from a life-altering accident.
COMMON CAUSES FOR A SLIP- OR TRIP-AND-FALL
- Debris on floors
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Uneven stairs
- Inadequate lighting
- Cracked pavement
- Uneven flooring
- Wet flooring
- Lack of handrails
- Holes in flooring
- Poorly placed fixtures
- Inadequate warning signage
- Worn carpet
- Spilled food or drink
- Broken floor tiles
COMMON INJURIES THAT RESULT FROM A SLIP OR TRIP AND FALL
According to the National Safety Council, accidents in which a person either slips or trips while walking result in almost 9 million hospital emergency room visits per year. Most people would assume that these accidents only result in minor injuries like a little bruising or scraping. However, serious injuries can occur due to the way the human body falls and the unexpected and surprising nature of the accident. Often, it is the suddenness of the incident that allows so much room for injury, since the body has little time to prepare itself.
Common injuries from slip- or trip-and-falls include:
Bruises, Cuts, and Scrapes. As mentioned earlier, slip and falls are not always serious or life-threatening events. Often, the most common injuries from the resulting fall are bruising, scrapes, and/or cuts that can range from mild to major, but they almost always are completely recoverable. This doesn’t mean they aren’t painful; they just won’t cause lasting trauma or disability.
Sprains and Fractures. The second most common injury from falling is an injury to the muscles, ligaments, and bones. In many cases, these parts of the body absorb most of the impact and take most of the falling pressure. For example, slipping or tripping can cause a person to twist their ankle, spraining the connective ligaments. Some sprains and twists are caused by the body’s natural reaction to trying to catch itself, but other injuries are caused by the impact itself. For example, the impact of landing on the ground can fracture or break bones. The most common fractures resulting from falls are to the hand, forearm, upper arm, spine, hip, pelvis, leg, and ankle; whichever is the first point of contact.
Shoulder Dislocation. As a person slips and falls, it is not uncommon for them to land on their shoulder directly, or for it to take a brunt of the impact through the hand and arm. These injuries could be minor, like sprains or bruising, or more serious like the dislocation of the shoulder—known as a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves connecting the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm, and hand. The injuries tend to be common in slip and falls and are extremely painful. They are, however, considered highly treatable.
Hip Fractures. The younger and older population are most at risk of slipping and falling. The younger population is limber and more prone to healing; the older segment is more fragile and heals more slowly. Elderly people, in addition to being prone to falling, are more likely to be injured when they do fall. Quite simply, our older population is at a high risk of being seriously injured by these types of incidents. One of the most dangerous injuries resulting from a fall is a fractured hip. More than 95% of broken hips are suffered from falls. One in five hip fracture patients dies within a year of their injury. This is because hip fractures in elderly people often require long periods of hospitalization, bed rest, and long-term care. Once this cycle begins, it is often hard to break out and make a full recovery.
Head and Brain Injuries. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury—also known as a TBI. As mentioned above, slip and fall type injuries often cause a person’s head to go speeding towards the ground, with little or no warning. These injuries are called ‘traumatic’ because any damage that occurs to the brain—the body’s most important organ—is considered serious. However, TBIs run the gamut on a scale of severity. Some people may suffer a minor concussion that heals relatively quickly, while others may receive a TBI that causes severe swelling of the brain, accompanied by seizures, mood changes, cognitive impairment, and other life-long debilitations. Slip- and trip-and-falls cause 40% of all TBIs in the US that require emergency treatment.
Back and Spine Injuries. Next to the brain, which is required to breathe, the spine is almost equally important in maintaining life. The spine and the spinal cord are responsible for almost every movement in the human body. When a person slips and falls, they often injure their back in some way. It may be from the twisting motion, from the sudden impact of falling on their head or buttocks, or from contact with a foreign object like the corner of a step. This impact can strain the spinal muscles and ligaments, fractured vertebrae, cause spinal discs to bulge or herniate, or damage the spinal cord itself. Because of the 100 billion+ nerves the spine is connected to, these types of injuries are almost guaranteed to be painful. An injury to the spinal cord can lead to temporary or permanent paralysis, varying disabilities, a lifetime of pain and suffering, or any other number of neurologic and sensory impairments.
Neck Injuries. When someone injures their neck, they’re actually injuring the upper, cervical portion of their spine. For this reason, most neck injuries are similar to back injuries in that damage can occur to the vertebra bone, the spinal cord, the spinal disc, or any of the nerves, muscles, and ligaments around it. What makes a neck injury so serious is its relation to the rest of the spine and body. Since damage to the neck occurs at the upper portion of the spine, it increases the chances of temporary or permanent disability or paralysis to more part of the body. Basically, everything from the neck down is at risk. Neck injuries from slip and falls can be caused by the whiplash motion of the sudden fall, or from a person actually landing on their head or neck.
WHO IS LIABLE?
The most common person liable for slip and fall injuries is the property owner where the fall occurred. However, other, third-parties may be responsible as well.
If the trip or slip and fall occurred on someone else’s property, and they were negligent toward that property, the owner of that property will most likely be held responsible. It’s also possible that the party responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of that property may be liable for the injuries you’ve suffered. For example, a woman in Louisiana has recently filed a lawsuit against the grocery store chain Winn-Dixie after she slipped and fell in a puddle of clear liquid at one of their grocery stores. She severely injured her shoulder as a result. However, not all slip and fall injuries are a result of someone’s negligence. We all have a responsibility for our own safety and to watch where we’re going. The best way to determine who is liable is by contacting an experienced trip and fall attorney. Once an attorney is retained, an investigation can be carried out to look into the many different factors involved in the slip and fall accident and the coupled liability.
CONTACT PINELLAS COUNTY TRIP AND FALL ATTORNEYS DOLMAN LAW GROUP
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to slipping or tripping on someone’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. The easiest and smartest way to determine if you have a case is to contact an experienced trip and fall attorney.
Our attorneys at Dolman Law Group will aggressively fight to hold the negligent party responsible for the damages they have caused and to ensure our client gets the compensation they deserve. We make it our mission to ensure that our clients heal physically, emotionally, and financially.
For a free and confidential consultation on your case, call us today at 727-451-6900 or contact us electronically via our online contact form.
Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
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Insurance is Confusing! How to Know if Chiropractic Care is Covered
You were in a car accident in Pinellas Park, and your neck still hurts 6 months later. You carried heavy boxes for years at work, and your back hurts so bad you cannot sleep at night. You slipped and fell on a wet floor inside Target on a rainy day, and you’ve felt shooting pain down your leg ever since. Your child took a hard hit on the football field, and he says he feels like his knee cap is floating.
You want chiropractic care in Pinellas Park or St. Pete, but are afraid your insurance will not cover it.
These are the true stories we hear daily at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. Each of the scenarios described above would be the responsibility of a different insurance company. How are you to sort it out?
Read on to discover a guide to which insurance companies are billed for certain types of situations. Keep in mind that your case is unique and so you should always call us to discuss your injury and your insurance options before making any assumptions. We can be reached by calling (727) 541-2520 or visit http://gulfcoastrehab.us/. You will also find our contact information again at the end of the article.
If you are injured in a car accident and are not at fault, it is not your car insurance company’s responsibility to pay your medical bills. The other driver’s insurance is responsible for any and all treatment you seek and receive as a result of the car accident in Pinellas Park and St. Pete.
This means their insurance should cover the emergency room visit, any diagnostic tests, and the initial visit to a treating physician for follow up after the emergency room – whether that be your primary care physician, a specialist, or a chiropractor. Yes, chiropractors are covered by many insurances and are most certainly a viable option for treatment of your car accident injuries, including pain from whiplash, neck and back pain (but also knees and other parts), head injuries, and just about anything a traditional physician can do. Their insurance should also pay for any treatment your treating physician prescribes – be it physical therapy, deep tissue massage, or some other type of therapy they recommend.
What happens if you were at fault for your car accident and injuries? Your car insurance will cover your treatment if you have liability health insurance.
If you did not have car accident insurance or a liability policy, your health insurance might cover the cost.
If you are completely uninsured, you are still not out of luck. You will be surprised to learn many healthcare professionals have special rates and discounted pricing for people who prefer to pay out of pocket for their medical treatment. Many healthcare professionals ev en offer payment plans or treatment based on financial hardship. Call ahead to discover your options.
If you suffer an acute or chronic bodily damage as a result of your work activities, your employer’s insurance is responsible for any and all costs associated with your treatment. This kind of insurance is called workers’ compensation. Just like with car accident injury coverage, chiropractic care is also covered by workers’ compensation.
If your employer makes the mistake of not carrying workers’ compensation insurance and you are injured on the job during the course of your employment, they can still be held responsible for the costs of treatment. This is not unlike driving a car without car insurance. The absence of insurance does not take away the responsibility for your medical bills. This is why not carrying insurance is a major financial risk!
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall injuries or other accidents occurring on someone’s property are the responsibility of the business-owner’s or homeowner’s insurance to pay, at least for your initial treatment. Your personal health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid would likely pick up the costs after that. However, if your personal health insurance pays any costs and you end up suing the business or homeowner, they will often look to get their money back from your settlement. Your personal health insurance does not believe it was ever their responsibility to pay for your medical coverage to begin with.
Your personal insurance should pick up the cost for treatment if you or your child suffer a sports injury or acute or chronic pain.
Again, if you are completely uninsured, many healthcare professionals have special rates, discounted pricing, income-based plans, or payment plans for people who prefer to pay out of pocket for their medical treatment.
Call to Schedule Chiropractic Care and Discover Your Insurance Benefits
The medical professionals at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center have over 20 years experience treating injuries resulting from car accidents, work accidents, sports, slip and falls, and other situations. Their number one goal is to return you to a pain-free and healthy life through safe, natural, and effective treatment, regardless of how your pain began. Their qualified chiropractors will meet your treatment needs using a variety of modalities, including laser therapy. With chiropractic care, the body is allowed to naturally heal itself to end your pain and so that you don’t experience a worsening injury later.
All consultations are risk free. Call (727) 541-2520 or visit http://gulfcoastrehab.us/ to discover how chiropractic care in Pinellas Park can help you.
Legal Disclaimer: Please note 1-800-SOS-PAIN and Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center are not legal referral services and provide medical services only. 1-800-SOS-PAIN and Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center are not responsible for the outcome of your legal case, nor any relationship you may have with an attorney for any reason.
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What Happens to Your Body After a Chiropractic Adjustment?
At Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic, we perform hundreds of chiropractic spinal adjustments for folks living in Pinellas Park and surrounding Tampa Bay communities every day to treat whiplash, car accident injuries, sciatica, fibromyalgia, headaches, and whole host of other conditions. If you haven’t come in for an evaluation, you may give us a call at (727) 541-2520 or visit http://gulfcoastrehab.us/ to schedule. Read on to discover what you should expect to feel like after your first chiropractic adjustment.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments are spinal manipulations performed by a chiropractor to realign your spine (correcting subluxation) and other skeletal regions of the body to remove pressure on your nerves and re-balance your body structure. Correcting vertebral subluxation through chiropractic spinal adjustments affects many bodily functions and activities, like nerve impulse flow over the spinal cord. When spinal nerves are returned to normal, your body begins to renew and rebuild itself.
Relief from Symptoms
You may find your neck and back pain symptoms have begun to disappear after a few visits. The symptoms and problems that drove you through the chiropractor’s door soon begin to lessen, especially if you follow your treatment plan and lifestyle counseling advice.
A small number of people do not feel much difference after an adjustment and take this as a sign that chiropractic care in Pinellas Park and St. Pete is not working. The lack of any external reaction, especially immediately after a first visit, does not mean you are not benefiting from your adjustments. Each case is unique, and depending on a variety of factors like the cause of your pain – including whether you are following all of your chiropractor’s advice regarding water intake and home exercise prescriptions – will ultimately affect your treatment results.
You may experience a wonderful sense of relaxation and a feeling of peace following an adjustment. These feelings can stretch out for the rest of the day or even the week and may lead to a great night’s sleep, possibly better than you have had since your symptoms began.
Some people report a warm feeling that flows down the spine and through the limbs, and find this to be a soothing experience. Other folks feel a boost of energy after chiropractic care in Pinellas Park, and end up enjoying an unexpectedly productive day.
After your adjustment, you may feel a small amount of discomfort, headache, and muscle soreness, as well as:
- Detoxification – These symptoms can be due to detoxification of your body after the adjustment. Adjusting the spine releases toxins bound up in the subluxation. As these poisons leave your system, you may feel a slight amount of nausea, headache, fever, drowsiness, or lethargy.
- Muscle soreness – The muscles around your spine aid in the realignment after adjustment, so it makes sense that you may be a little sore. In many cases, these muscles have not been in the proper position for many years and are weak. You may continue to feel a little temporary soreness until the muscles have strengthened again in their rightful positions.
- Awakening of Nerves – In some cases, nerves were impinged or compressed for years are now waking up and healing, therefore becoming sensitive again. This is a good thing.
- Stress Release – Our body has a physical reaction to stress, affecting the neck and back. Chiropractic adjustments in Pinellas Park may release these fixated stress points, and can cause a feeling of euphoria as a result.
- No Feeling – If your general state of health is good-to-great, you may not feel any difference after your first adjustment. Likewise, your condition may be so deteriorated that sensation to your body is lost.
For most people, these reactions are short-lived and temporary, and you get to enjoy the feelings of well-being after the first adjustment or two.
Reduce and Relieve Reactions
To reduce any chiropractic care reactions in Pinellas Park or St. Pete:
- Water – Drink at least four cups of water after a treatment to flush out the toxins and lactic acid released from spinal correction.
- Ice – Ice down the muscles or sore area to reduce inflammation. Use a gel cold pack or simply wrap ice in a small towel. Apply for approximately 10 minutes or until the area is numb. You can repeat up to 3 times.
- Food – Avoid meat following an adjustment as it promotes inflammation. Eat vegetables, fruit, and fish. You may also take a vitamin C supplement as it is an anti-inflammatory (check with your chiropractor first).
- Exercise – Be sure to follow any at-home exercise or stretching prescribed by your chiropractor. After your first treatment, you likely want to avoid any heavy lifting. It may help to take a 20-minute walk.
Your chiropractor should provide you with a list of instructions following your first chiropractic spinal adjustment. It is always a good idea to check with your chiropractor first before pursing any new exercise or diet plan, especially if you are under initial care.
Call Today to Schedule Chiropractic Care in Pinellas Park and St. Pete
The medical professionals at Gulf Coast Rehabilitation and Wellness Center have over 20 years experience treating injuries resulting from car accidents and other situations. Their number one goal is to return you to a pain-free and healthy life through safe, natural, and effective treatment, regardless of how your pain began. Their qualified chiropractors will meet your treatment needs using a variety of modalities, including laser therapy. With chiropractic care, the body is allowed to naturally heal itself to end your pain and so that you don’t experience a worsening injury later.
All consultations are risk free! For more information on treatment for headaches, whiplash, neck and back pain, sciatica, fibromyalgia, please contact us.
Call (727) 541-2520 or visit http://gulfcoastrehab.us/ to discover how chiropractic care in Pinellas Park and St. Pete can help you.
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If you were injured while on vacation in Florida, you may wonder what your options are. You may be wondering if you even have the right to collect compensation for your injury from a different state.
Well, the short answer is: you do have a right to collect damages for an injury, even if you don’t live in Florida.
Every year, almost 100 million people visit Florida from around the globe. It’s really no surprise since we have some of the best attractions in the world all concentrated into one area.
You can visit ‘the happiest place on earth’ to see princesses and fairytale creatures come to life; you can walk the halls of Hogwarts or mingle with superheroes; you can experience your favorite movie in a 3-D ride; or get up close with arm-chomping alligators; you can meet the exotic animals of the African savannah in a real safari ride, or have the floor fall out from under you as you slide 90 feet straight down on a water slide. The possibilities, for the young or young-at-heart, are nearly limitless.
In fact, just creating the short list above was a challenge since there are so many great attractions to choose from.
Unfortunately, vacationing does not bar one from things going wrong. It is so easy to be focused on all the fun, as you should be, that being involved in an unfortunate accident or suffering an injury can catch you completely by surprise.
In some respects, one’s chances of sustaining such a luckless event may increase while traveling out of your home state. You may be driving more miles than you normally would, visiting more places in a day than you do back home, or taking part in activities that you never would during your routine life.
While vacationing in Florida, you may experience:
- Getting into a car accident in your personal vehicle.
- Getting into a car accident in a rental car.
- Renting a piece of equipment that is defective, like a beach bike or scooter.
- Being injured on the property you are renting, like a vacation home.
- Slipping and falling while walking through a hotel lobby.
- Being sexually assaulted while out partying in a Florida city.
- Getting critically ill from food poisoning while eating at a buffet.
- Experiencing the wrongful death of a family member.
- The list could go on seemingly forever; there are just so many ways to get hurt or sick while on vacation.
If you are injured while visiting Florida from out of state, one of your first steps should definitely be obtaining an experienced personal injury attorney. Inevitably, you will have to go home and will need someone back in Florida to help defend your rights. Likewise, laws vary from state to state, so having someone that is specifically versed in the personal injury laws of Florida can be extremely valuable.
Jurisdiction and Statute of Limitations
Before this article moves to the specifics of the above scenarios, you should know two things about personal injury claims before we go any further. First, they have a statute of limitation, meaning one only has so long to file before their case expires. And second, the accident must fall within Florida jurisdiction. Meaning, the accident, injury, or illness must have occurred within the borders of the state of Florida.
Every state’s statute of limitations are different, so understanding Florida’s limits is important. For a common personal injury case against another party, someone has four (4) years to file a claim. For any claim against a division of government, say the city of Orlando, it is three (3) years. For a Florida wrongful death case, one would only have two (2) years to file.
Like the time limit, there is also a jurisdiction limit. The accident, injury, or illness must have occurred within the state of Florida for the Florida courts to handle the claim. This may seem so obvious that it’s unimportant to mention, but one must consider if their illness could have possibly occurred while on the Bahamas leg of their journey, or if the car accident they were involved in happened in Georgia, but they didn’t start to feel their injuries until Florida. Either way, one must be able to prove the circumstances of the claim happened within the state they file the claim.
With these two principle concerns met, one can begin thinking about moving forward with a Florida personal injury claim.
Getting into an accident in your personal vehicle.
When you are involved in an accident while out of your home state, you still want to follow the same procedures that you would in any other accident. You should follow these steps, no matter what. Whether you are in Florida or California, good evidence is still good evidence.
When it comes to your insurance policy, almost everything stays the same. Insurance policies usually cover all areas of the US, US territories, and Canada. This means if you’re from Michigan and you’re on vacation in Florida, you’re probably covered by your own insurance. Check your policy to be sure.
Like any other accident, be sure to call the police and report the accident to your insurance company. Your insurance company will either assign you an insurance adjustor from your home state or one from Florida, depending on the size and policy of your carrier.
If your car is damaged enough to need repair on the spot, your insurance company will provide you with towing support, a mechanic to work on your vehicle, and adjusters to answer any questions.
You should also seek medical attention right away. Do not hesitate to do so. Your future health, income, and financial security could depend on it. Likewise, seek legal representation right away to prevent being taken advantage of and to assist you in finding and obtaining medical care.
Also, it should be mentioned, one should not fall for the attorney and medical referral service advertisements you will hear or see in the area. These companies offer little to no benefit and do not assign attorneys or doctors based on merit. It is simply a way for attorneys to pay for clients without needing much of a reputation.
Getting into an accident in a rental car.
Orlando International Airport is the largest car rental hub in the world. So it goes without saying that an accident in a rental car is a pretty common occurrence.
Most people want to know if they can hold the rental car company liable for their injuries. Whether you were driving the rental or the car that hit you was a rental, the short answer is: no, you cannot hold them liable except for very specific circumstances.
However, that does not mean that you will be stuck with all the financial responsibility created by someone else’s negligence. Most often, your insurance company, the other driver’s insurance company, or any other third party responsible, will be on the hook for any damages and injuries. Check out this article for more information about rental car accidents while on vacation.
Renting a piece of equipment that is defective, like a beach bike or scooter.
While on vacation visiting Florida’s beautiful beaches, it is common for people to rent things likes a beach bike, scooter, or other pieces of equipment. Although most companies have you sign away most liabilities before renting, they are still liable if the equipment was defective or faulty in some way. These cases may be more difficult to prove, but it is very possible to receive compensation for injury due to someone else’s negligence, no matter what the circumstances.
Before you rent a piece of equipment, ask if the vehicle or device has recently been inspected for safety. Check it out for yourself, so you can be sure you’re not getting onto something with obvious safety concerns. Finally, make sure that you are operating the equipment safely. Before you ever reach the point of needing an injury attorney, you want to do everything you can to prevent such an occurrence.
Being injured on the property you are renting, like a vacation home.
Before you rent a vacation home, you may want to ask what type of insurance coverage the owner has. It’s a good idea to find out if the owner has a homeowners’ policy with guest liability coverage. This type of coverage will be of great help if you or someone with you is injured on the property due to the owner’s negligence.
If you are injured while in a vacation home, be sure to seek medical attention and document the entire incident. Take pictures, make note of witnesses, and get copies of anything you signed.
Also, be sure to read the contract or short-term lease agreement. Likewise, be sure to retain a copy for your attorney to review.
If you are injured while staying at a hotel or resort while on vacation, different laws apply as far as liability.
Slipping and falling while walking through a hotel lobby.
Hotels and resorts have a responsibility to keep their properties safe and free of hazards. When guests stay at a resort or hotel it is expected that the grounds, provided transportation, and amenities are safe and free from danger. The owners and management are responsible for any necessary repairs to anything that could become a potential hazard.
They are also responsible to clean up any puddles of water inside the building, repairing a leaking pipe, or replacing a broken seal on a window. These things, among many others, can create great hazards on a property that welcomes so many guests.
Likewise, they have a responsibility to know about any dangers, post warning about things that cannot be fixed, and to repair the ones that can. In addition, guests should be warned about any dangers such as unguarded pools or beaches. Failure to protect guests from danger may result in serious injuries and potential liability.
Being sexually assaulted while out partying in a Florida city.
We hope that no person is assaulted while out trying to have a good time in Florida. But the unfortunate fact is, there are a lot of different people out in clubs and bars, who could potentially harm another. Sexual assault is no joke, and perpetrators can and should be held accountable.
One may not consider this, which is why hiring an attorney is beneficial, but the property where the assault occurred may be liable as well. A lack of security, faulty locks on the bathrooms, or any number of other instances can make a property owner liable for the assault. If you have been violated while on vacation, it is your right to seek justice.
Getting critically ill from food poisoning while eating at a buffet.
While on vacation, most people eat out much more often than they would otherwise. It is common to visit a buffet in Orlando, a steakhouse in Tampa, or just the continental breakfast in the hotel lobby.
Food poisoning can be difficult to prove because it may be hard to trace back exactly what it was that caused you to become ill. In order to bring a successful persona injury claim, you must be able to show a connection between the exact food you ate and how it made you ill.
This can be difficult since most people do not get sick right away after eating. The symptoms often come later. But when many other people who have eaten at the same place come down with food poisoning, say at a buffet, it may be much easier to prove liability.
Most food poisoning cases fall under a product liability claim, similar to cases involving an injury from a defective product. This is because food is considered a product and it being bad, spoiled, bacteria-infested, etc. is what made it defective.
Experiencing the wrongful death of a family member.
One of the most difficult things that can happen while on vacation is the loss of a loved one. When someone goes on vacation with their family, they are expecting to create memories of a happy time; not one of tragedy.
But unfortunately, accidents that result in death do occur, at home and on vacation.
Recently, a young boy was killed in Florida while on vacation at a Disney resort. While staying on the property, the young boy waded into a small body of water near the hotel. Although there were signs stating, “no swimming,” the boy, with or without his parents’ permission, waded in. He was then grabbed by an alligator, common to Florida, and drowned. His body was recovered sixteen hours later.
This case is yet to manifest into a product liability suit, though it probably will since the property did not post signs warning the guests of the water’s risks. Most places in Florida, especially where the large reptiles are known to hang out, have signs posted warning guests of the animal. When people visit from out of state, they tend to think that alligators are only found in the most remote parts of Florida. But those of who live here know, they can be on a golf course, in our backyard, or crossing I-75. Disney property is no different.
If the resort had posted signs, it is possible that the two-year-old boy would still be alive. If the family had been warned that there was a huge man-eating creature in the water, they most likely would not have allowed their son anywhere near it. This is why resorts, hotels, and property owners of all sorts have a responsibility to warn other of dangers.
A wrongful death suit is a very viable option for these types of circumstances. Although nobody ever wants to be in this situation, when it does happen, those responsible should be held accountable.
Compensation you are entitled to.
If you are injured while on vacation in Florida, you are entitled to the same compensation that a resident would be. Just because someone injures a person who’s from a different state, does not mean they aren’t accountable for their actions and damages. Compensation for a vacation accident or injury, just like an in-state personal injury claim, may include:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Rehabilitative care costs
- Disability costs
- Vehicle damage
- Rental car damage
- Personal property damage
- Wrongful death benefits
- Punitive damages
One last thing.
Getting injured, sick, or into an accident while on vacation is a pretty rare event in someone’s life. Often, when people are involved in an odd or uncommon situation, they tend to post on social media about it. If this sounds like something you would do, don’t. Posting on social media could harm your personal injury case. Likewise, do not post any photos of your vacation—as difficult as that may be—until after the case is over. Insurance companies and lawyers will very much use it against you later.
Dealing with the Geographic Difference
Because Florida is a popular tourist destination, Dolman Law Group is accustomed to handling vacation injuries for individuals and families that have traveled here from out-of-state. If you have been injured while on vacation in Florida, we can help you, even after you have gone back home. Having a personal injury attorney back in the place of the incident can be extremely valuable. We can go back to the scene of the accident or injury and collect more information, easily reach the at-fault party in Florida, and conveniently access the Florida courts. We also have extensive knowledge of Florida laws, versus an attorney from another state who will have to look them up.
Before you leave the state, contact Dolman Law Group to schedule a free consultation. It does not take very much time, but it could save you from some major headaches down the road We have worked hard to obtain a reputation as honest and personable personal injury attorneys. If your Florida vacation included a surprise injury, call us today at (727) 451-6900. We look forward to hearing from you.
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Pain is a useful indicator that something is wrong with the body that requires attention. Acute pain tends to occur suddenly, often in response to an injury or a change in mobility or function. For example, if you run into a door and hurt yourself, or awaken with a stiff neck that was not there before, that is acute pain.
Chronic pain may also start suddenly, but what differentiates it from acute pain is that it persists; it extends beyond the normal range required for healing. Accidents and diseases can result in pain that lingers long after the event that caused it. The problem is that the longer we feel a chronic pain, the more our bodies and brains compensate and change to accommodate it. This can lead to not only a decreased sense of well-being but actual degradation of our physical health. Medical treatment of chronic pain tends to rely on drugs to mask or reduce the pain, but rarely addresses the root cause of the pain. Chiropractic treatment has been found to be a safe, drug-free, non-invasive treatment for many types of pain, but may be most effective when dealing with chronic pain.
We can define chronic back pain as pain that has persisted longer than three months. The pain may be neuropathic (caused by actual nerve tissue damage, and usually experienced as a sharp pain or burning sensation), or nociceptive (caused by an injury or a source outside the nervous system, experienced as a constant dull ache). This type of chronic pain commonly occurs in adults between the ages of 30 and 50, but may also appear in other age groups as a result of lifestyle practices or injury.
Chronic pain due to nervous system irritation or nerve injury can lead to a number of corollary symptoms – lower back pain, changes in posture or stature, lack of mobility, problems with balance, and over time, actual muscle loss. Chiropractic can be very effective in treating these conditions. Because the long-term goal of chiropractic is to create a healthy spine as the basis for general wellness, it can also help to reestablish normal functioning and eliminate the root causes of chronic pain. Many chiropractors are also trained in methodologies such as trigger point therapy and massage, which have been shown to alleviate chronic pain. Your chronic pain treatment may also include some form of exercise plan, either on your own or under the supervision of a physical therapist, to help you rebuild your strength in the affected areas.
If you are experiencing this kind of pain, consult with Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy to assess whether it may be successfully treated with chiropractic adjustments and/or related therapies. Chiropractic care can be very effective in treating chronic pain on its own, but also integrates well with traditional medical care, without the risk of drug side effects or surgery. Chiropractic treatment may be an effective therapy for you to help with long term pain management, and possibly achieve the elimination of the pain itself.
Sheldon Road Chiropractic & Massage Therapy
10930 Sheldon Road
Tampa, FL 33626