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What Does Personal Injury Really Mean?

If you have been injured, then you may find yourself wondering whether you can take legal action or not. So, what does personal injury really mean, and how does filing a personal injury lawsuit work?

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First off, personal injury is any injury to an individual, when defined simply. However, when it comes to personal injury law, this can become more complex. Personal injury can include car accidents where you were not at fault, work-related injuries, pedestrian accidents, slip-and-fall incidents, and much more. Depending on the complexity of your case, you will likely want to seek out a personal injury attorney that has experience working with cases like your own.

How Are Personal Injury Cases Settled?

One of the most frustrating things when you are the victim of a personal injury case is waiting for settlement – especially if you are relying on that settlement to pay your medical bills, or even your regular bills while you recover and get ready to go back to work.

There are two main ways that personal injury cases are settled – in a formal lawsuit, or through an informal settlement.

A formal lawsuit allows you (the “plaintiff”) to file a “complaint” of sorts against another person, business, corporation or even a government agency (the “defendant”). When you do this, you are alleging that the individual or entity acted carelessly or irresponsibly in a way that is directly connected with your accident or injury, and was the reason for the resulting harm you suffered. This is basically filing a lawsuit, in which you will go to court and a final settlement amount will be determined by a judge.

An informal settlement on the other hand allows you to settle things outside of the courtroom and is the more common way for a personal injury case to be resolved. This is usually in the form of a settlement, often agreed upon between the injured, the individual or entity being held liable, their insurers, and the attorneys representing both sides. Generally, there is negotiation between the attorneys or a mediator, and when an agreement is met, it is put in writing for both sides to sign.

It also often requires that both sides agree to forgo taking further action (such as a future lawsuit), saving both time and money for all parties involved.

How Long Do I have to File Personal Injury Suit?

How long you can take file your personal injury case, complaint or lawsuit depends on a number of variable factors including where you live, what type of accident took place leading to the injury, and how long ago it happened.

Generally, personal injury claims are subject to something called a Statute of Limitations, which limits how long you can wait to report a claim before you no longer can. This will vary by state, so be sure to check the specific Statute of Limitations for your state if you are considering filing a complaint long after the fact. It will also depend on what type of personal injury case it is –the limitations for filing against an individual (for example a car accident claim) will be different than it is for a sex crime or a workplace injury. However, in most cases, you are better off filing your claim as soon as possible after the injury occurs or is discovered.

If you have questions regarding personal injury law or are looking for representation in a personal injury claim, contact the experienced attorneys at Fetterman & Associates for a free consultation.

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Working with your Personal Injury Lawyer to Prepare for Trial

Personal Injury LawyerMost personal injury cases settle before trial.  However, sometimes, for any number of reasons, a personal injury case goes to trial.  In trial, either a judge or a jury decides the facts of the case, from who is at fault to how much money an injured party may be entitled to.  Of course, working with your personal injury lawyer to prepare for trial is a critical step in the process.

Understanding how a Personal Injury Lawyer Prepares for Trial

Different lawyers prepare for trial differently. However, all personal injury lawyers prepare for trial in some way or another.  Much of your personal injury lawyer’s preparation happens without your presence or knowledge.  However, as the injured party, expect to testify in your case.  As such, you can expect your personal injury attorney and his team will want to meet with you prior to trial to discuss things such as:

  • Your testimony; as well as
  • General rules regarding testimony.

Understanding Testimony in a Personal Injury Trial

If you watch television at all, you have probably seen one or more grilling cross examination scenes.  Don’t let those television scenes, designed for maximum drama, intimidate you.  In real life, participants generally find things are not that dramatic.  Your personal injury attorney will want to meet with you ahead of your trial to discuss your case and your testimony.

You will first be asked open ended questions, where you have the opportunity to describe your accident, how it impacted your health and well-being, your recovery, and anything else your personal injury attorney believes is important.  Some attorneys practice anticipated cross examination as well.  Cross examination is very different from direct exam.  Most of the time, cross examination consists of yes or no questions.

For both direct and cross examination, your personal injury attorney west palm beach will discuss their expectations about your testimony.  Sometimes, your personal injury attorney may review evidence with you, such as photos of the scene of the accident, your medical bills, your personal injury journal, or other exhibits.  If you gave a deposition, your personal injury attorney will ask you to review that testimony as well.

General Rules Regarding Testimony

Here are some basic general rules of testimony that hold true in every case.

  • Tell the truth.
  • If you don’t understand the question, don’t guess as to what the lawyer means. Ask for clarification.
  • If you didn’t hear the question, don’t guess the content of the question. Ask for clarification.
  • If you don’t know the answer, indicate you don’t know the answer. Don’t guess.
  • Listen to the question. Answer only the question asked, regardless of what you think the question should have been.
  • Only provide information directly related to the question asked. Don’t add more information that wasn’t asked about.
  • Take your time. Many attorneys encourage witnesses take a deep breath before answering each question. This gives the witness time to think about what was asked and organize their thoughts.
  • Finally, resist overstating or understating the extent of your injuries.

If You Have Been Injured

If you have been injured, you need an advocate on your side, representing your best interests and fighting for you.  The personal injury attorneys at Fetterman & Associates have the experience you need to advocate for you.  Contact us at 561-845-2510 to discuss your case.

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Why You Should Keep a Personal Injury Journal

If you have suffered a personal injury, you should keep a personal injury journal from the very first day of injury.  Personal injury attorneys seek compensation for pain and suffering (among other things).  Insurance attorneys argue the suffering was not that bad, or was not their client’s fault.  A personal injury journal provides proof in real time the suffering you experience and how well you followed doctor’s orders.  A personal injury journal can be the difference between being compensated for your injuries adequately, or not at all.

Personal Injury and Pain and Suffering

If you have been injured, your attorney will ask for compensation for your pain and suffering.  However, most personal injury law suits take months to years to resolve.  As excruciating as your pain may be today, 18 months from now, you may not be able to independently recall what percentage of each day was consumed by crushing headaches, or how long you were unable to hold your own fork.

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While there is not a single right way to maintain a personal injury journal, there are some common themes found in well documented journals.  First, develop a scale for your pain.  It can be a scale of one to ten.  Alternatively, it can be a grade of A to F.  It doesn’t really matter what your scale is.  What matters is that you choose a scale and define the ratings.  Is an “A” a really good day or a really bad one?  There’s no right answer, but your journal should have the answer documented.

Next, make entries to document your pain.  Quantify the pain using your scale.  Detail the various pains you experience.  “Detail” is the operative word.  “Feeling crummy” is not nearly as informative as, “Headache from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Pain meds took the edge off but did not alleviate the pain entirely.  Unable to walk to the bathroom and back to bed.  Needed help.”  Even though this is just a few more sentences, it will provide the jury with the information they need to quantify your pain.  Try entering pain and functioning information each day.

Be Realistic

Be realistic about your condition.  The most common errors people make in personal injury cases include overstating and understating their condition.  It is unlikely you will be in “excruciating pain” every day for the next year.  Similarly, understating your pain, or neglecting to document your pain, can result in a lower settlement offer.

Document Following Doctor’s Orders

Finally, use your personal injury journal to document your compliance with doctor’s orders.  It is not uncommon for insurance attorneys to argue you could have recovered faster or more completely if you had followed your doctor’s orders.  By maintaining a personal injury journal that includes your doctor’s visits, your physical therapy exercises, and taking your medications as prescribed, you document your compliance.

If You Have Suffered an Injury

If you have suffered an injury, you may be entitled to compensation, including compensation for pain and suffering.  At Fetterman and Associates, our team of personal injury lawyers have the experience you need to receive maximum compensation for your injuries.  We have over 40 years of experience representing injured people.  There is no fee unless we win your case.  Contact us today at 561-845-2510 to discuss the facts and circumstances of your particular case.

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Distracted Driving Leads to Personal Injury

Distracted driving is a very real problem with very real consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), distracted driving results in personal injury over 1,000 times a day. Additionally, distracted driving causes 9 deaths each day in the United States alone.

Cell Phone Laws Which May Reduce Personal Injury and Death

Across the country, states are considering distracted driving a public health issue. As of June 2017, the CDC reports texting while driving bans in the District of Columbia and 46 states, including Florida.Personal Injury

Two additional states call for a ban on new drivers texting while driving. Further, 14 states, along with the District of Columbia, ban drivers from using hand-held phones in any fashion while driving.

Distracted Driving Defined

Basically, “distracted driving” is driving while the driver’s attention is on something other than driving.  There are three main types of distracted driving. They include:

  • Visual distractions
  • Manual distractions
  • Cognitive distractions

Anything that takes the driver’s eyes off the road is a visual distraction. This could be looking for a phone number on a cell phone, turning to see what’s going on with the kids in the back seat, or focusing on GPS instead of driving.

Manual distractions occur when the driver takes their hands off the wheel. This could include reaching for a dropped item on the floor, putting food in one’s mouth, or combing one’s hair.

Things that take the driver’s mind off driving are referred to as cognitive distractions. This might include such things as engaging in an argument with a passenger, daydreaming, or reading while driving.

Some things, such as putting on make-up or checking email, involve all three types of distractions. Studies show drivers who use a hand-held device while driving are four times as likely as non-users to get into accidents that cause personal injury to themselves or others.

Risk Factors

The highest proportion of distraction-related fatalities are attributable to drivers under the age of 20. In 2015, the CDC found 42% of high school students reported sending either a text or an email while driving. Additionally, students who texted frequently while driving engaged in other risky behavior that can lead to personal injury.

  • Student texters were less likely to wear a seatbelt
  • They were more likely to drink and drive
  • The study found they were more likely to ride with a driver who had been drinking prior to driving

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

Plan ahead, taking into account potential distractions. Eat before you go or after you arrive – or have someone else drive while you eat. Locate your sunglasses, your favorite radio station, and program the GPS before you leave the driveway. Have a plan for cell phone use; consider turning it off entirely. If you cannot turn it off, send any necessary texts before you leave or after you arrive at your destination. There are also apps available that notify callers and texters that you are driving and will return their call once you have reached a place where you can safely do so.

If You Have Been Hurt

If you have been hurt because of a distracted driver, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. The distracted driver may be responsible for your medical bills, time off work, future medical bills, disability, and pain and suffering. At Fetterman & Associates, our attorneys have extensive experience in personal injury cases such as distracted driving. Call us for a no obligation consultation at 561-845-2510.

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How to Prevent Burn Injuries

How to Prevent Burn InjuriesBurn injuries are the third leading cause of household injury. Often, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure with these types of injuries. There are a number of steps you can take to protect you and your family from suffering from burn injuries.

Burn Injuries in the Kitchen

There are several opportunities to injure yourself in the kitchen. Some safety rules to employ include:

  • Do not leave items cooking on the stove unattended. A slice of bacon draped just over the edge of the pan can catch fire. Paper towels near a gas flame may ignite. Being present allows these and other potential catastrophes to be caught quickly and addressed.
  • Do not wear overly loose fitting or flowing clothing that can catch fire over the stove.
  • Turn pot handles inwards and towards the rear of the stove. The limits small children’s ability to pull a hot pan of boiling water down on themselves. It also reduces the likelihood the handle will be inadvertently knocked or bumped into in a way that could cause spills onto people which lead to burns.
  • Do not heat baby bottles in the microwave; microwaves heat unevenly. Instead, place the bottle in a pan of hot water to heat.
  • Always test food temperature before feeding it to a child. If the food has been microwaved, be sure to thoroughly stir the food before testing.

Special Safety Tips for Small Children

Small children present their own challenges throughout the house. There are steps you can take to keep the chance of a child sustaining a burn to a minimum.

  • When small children are present, search the home for heat sources. This can include a stove, a fireplace, a space heater, the outdoor grill, or a heating vent. Make sure the child’s access to these potential dangers is blocked.
  • Cars get hot! Before putting a child in a car seat, check the surface for heat. Don’t forget to check for hot buckles and straps as well.
  • When not in use, cover electrical outlets with safety caps.
  • Children and pets have a penchant for chewing on electrical cords and wires. Keep them tucked away.
  • Matches, lighters, and chemicals should be out of children’s reach – either on a high shelf or locked away.

Other Household Burn Prevention Strategies

  • Water and electrical appliances don’t mix. Keep them apart.
  • When not in use, unplug irons, curling irons, straightening wands, etc.
  • Do not smoke in bed.
  • Each year, coinciding with daylight savings time starting and ending, change the batteries in your smoke detector.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor of your house. Check it to make sure it is up to date.  Make sure you and your family members know how to use it.
  • To prevent scalding, set the water heater’s thermostat below 120 degrees F.

If You or a Loved One Has Sustained Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are very serious and can be debilitating. They can lead to permanent disfigurement, scarring, and disability, as well as psychological damage.  An experienced personal injury attorney can help a burn victim by taking on the burden of worrying about medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Having a burn injury attorney on your side can make all the difference.  At Fetterman & Associates, we have the experience necessary to understand the intricacies of burn injuries and burn recovery. Contact us at 561-845-2510 to discuss your case at no cost to you.

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Driver Error Is the Most Dangerous Behavior For Car Accident Personal Injury Claims

Driver error is one of the most common contributory factors that leads to a car accident, but the truth is, many drivers can’t identify what type of errors fall under this category.

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But knowing how driver error is defined can help you take evasive action on the road, and practice defensive driving techniques to avoid making those life-changing mistakes.

Because according to many statistics, 90 percent of car accidents are caused in some way by driver error, also known as human error.

What Is Driver Error In Auto Accidents? 

So what exactly is driver error?

This term refers to any unsafe behavior of a driver, including:

  • Speeding – exceeding the posted speed limit can cause a driver to lose control over a vehicle, and strike another car with significant impact.
  • Unsafe lane change – failing to perform a shoulder check before making a lane change can result in an accident due to a vehicle that is traveling in a blind spot.
  • Distracted Driving – this includes texting-while-driving, chatting with a passenger, programming a GPS device, applying makeup, talking on a mobile phone even if you use a hands-free device, and driving under the influence (DUI), which can include alcohol, prescription drugs and illicit drugs.
  • Failure To Stop – a lot of drivers fail to brake completely when they approach a stop sign. And because stop signs are often at four way intersections, a driver who fails to stop can hit another car or hit a pedestrian, causing devastating injuries.

In all cases, driver error is a mistake that causes a driver to lose focus on the road, take his or her hands off the wheel, or fail to adhere to common safety driving techniques.

Probably the best defense against driver error is for new drivers to take a defensive driving course to help them understand the basic rules of the road.

Driver Error Can Cause Life-Altering Injuries 

The problem with driver error is that no matter what type of defensive driving techniques you practice, it only takes another careless driver to create a situation for a car accident that results in a personal injury claim. And once that happens, your injuries may alter your lifestyle for several years or for the rest of your life. We think victims in these cases deserve fair compensation for lost wages and for pain and suffering. At the law team of Fetterman & Associates, PA, we have an in-house investigative team, and a group of lawyers with decades of personal injury claims experience. Please call us today at 561-845-2510 to schedule a free consultation.

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Personal Injury Settlements: What To Know In West Palm Beach

The goal of most personal injury claims is to obtain compensation for injuries, losses and what is known as pain and suffering.

And the process can be a long one, especially if you are taking on a big company that has the resources to fight your claim.

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But in many instances, you will receive a personal injury settlement offer, which details the amount the other party’s insurance company is willing to pay for the claim.

So how should you evaluate this offer before making a decision whether to accept it or to decline it and risk going to trial?

Evaluate a Personal Injury Settlement Based On How Long It Would Take To Go To Trial 

You have to weigh the settlement offer against the time it would take for your case to make it to trial.

In many states, trial dockets are full, which means it may take months or even years before your claim is tried in a court of law.

And while it is possible that you would win the trial and receive substantially more money than the settlement offer, you have to decide if the wait is worth the additional money.

Evaluate a Settlement Based On Your Demand Package

Your ‘demand package’ is the documents that your personal injury lawyer sent to the other side’s attorneys providing them with police reports, investigation of the claim, medical records, bills, amount of lost wages, and any additional information such as visits to a psychiatrist due to the effect of the accident/injury.

The demand package also includes the amount you want for all your losses as well as for pain and suffering.

When you receive the settlement offer, it should be within range of what you asked for, and if there is a huge disparity, that is a clear indication that the other side is trying to lowball you.

Remember, you can always reject the settlement offer and force the other side to come up with something better.

Let Us Handle the Hard Work

After you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident, the last thing you want is to deal with the other party’s aggressive insurance company investigators who want nothing more than to get you to say something that is self-incriminating. That’s why it’s so important that you hire a personal injury attorney such as the experienced law firm of Fetterman & Associates, P.A. Our job is to fight for the compensation you deserve while you concentrate on healing from your injuries. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

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Common Burn Accidents

According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 patients receive treatment in emergency rooms and hospitals for burns year after year in the United States. This does not include the burn injuries that are treated in hospitals, private clinics and medical offices, or government run community health centers. According to reports, out of these 450,000 burn injuries, about 3,400 result in deaths each year.

Common Burn Accidents

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), burn accidents involving fires are the third leading cause of death in the home across the US.

Where Do Most Burn Accidents Occur?

The large majority of burn accidents occur in the homes of victims. People also sustain burn injuries while at work, in car accidents, while playing a sport or participating in other recreational activities, or other miscellaneous places.

In short, burn injuries can take place in almost any place, which is why it is important to be aware of the common risks or causes for burns – it is the best way to ensure that you avoid this type of injury and the pain associated with it.

Types of Burn Injuries

There are four types of burn injuries:

  1. First-degree burns: This type of burn affects the skin’s outermost layer, generally resulting in pain, redness, and discomfort. First degree burns can be treated with OTC remedies, such as topical analgesics, antiseptic ointments, and bandages.
  2. Second-degree burns: This type of burn is more serious, extending into the underlying layer of skin and may cause blisters, redness, hardening or stiffening of muscles, tendons and other tissue and severe discomfort. Second-degree burns take about 3 to 8 weeks to heal.
  3. Third-degree burns: This type of burn extends through all layers of the skin, or the entire dermis, and into the fatty layer underneath. This can potentially destroy the nerves and leave severe scars. Third-degree burns are extremely painful and lead to leathery, waxy, white skin. Victims of third-degree burns will need immediate medical attention as well as pain management, like a narcotic pain medication.
  4. Fourth-degree burns: Such burns penetrate into the muscle and bone, past the skin and fat. They leave permanent damage to the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons. Fourth-degree burns often require the affected limb to be amputated.

Common Causes of Burn Accidents

When people think of burn injuries, they usually think of fire. However, there are a number of different ways that burns can occur, many of which have nothing to do with flames of any type. Some of the most common causes of burn injuries include the following:

  • Scalding from hot liquid or steam
  • Electrical burns
  • Chemical burns as a result of contact with acid, lye, or other toxic substances
  • Ultraviolet burns caused by tanning lamps or beds
  • Radiation burns caused by x-ray or cancer therapy
  • Contact with hot metal, glass or other surfaces or objects
  • Fire or flame

All of the types of burns have the potential to be extremely severe and cause damage to multiple layers of skin, nerves, muscle or other tissues, and in some cases, they can even expose the bone. Burn injuries may require surgeries, skin grafts, and more to try and replace the damaged tissue.

A large number of burn victims suffer permanent disfigurement and scarring. Burn injuries also often cause psychological damage in victims as a result of the severe pain and scarring that comes with these injuries.

Common Medical Complications Caused by Burn Injuries

As mentioned earlier, burn injuries, unfortunately, can often lead to severe complications, impeding and prolonging recovery. Some of the most common medical complications resulting from burn injuries include the following:

  • Septicemia and bacteremia, or the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream
  • Arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat
  • Systemic infections/blood infections
  • Kidney, or renal, failure
  • Skin infection, or cellulitis
  • Respiratory failure
  • Urinary tract infection, or UTI
  • Pneumonia
  • Infection of the wound

Smoke Inhalation

In addition to injuries, burn accidents can involve smoke inhalation. When you inhale too much carbon dioxide or other potentially harmful gases, it can result in damage to the respiratory system. With heavy smoke inhalation, your airways can get blocked and your lungs can get damaged. It can also cause suffocation, even if you are not directly exposed to burns. Many people die each year as a result of asphyxiation in house fires.

Burn Accidents and Personal Injury Claims

When a burn accident is caused by another person’s negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, the injured party can take legal action against the responsible party. Burn injuries can have a devastating impact on a victim’s life – permanent disfigurement, or scarring, disability or psychological damage.

Because of this, every victim has the right to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the party at fault and recover damages, such as medical expenses, future medical costs, rehabilitation expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and more.

With burn accidents, it is critical to have a robust and prudent personal injury attorney to help you file the claim or suit. They are well versed in the process and will know exactly what you need to have a successful case. They can provide the expertise as well as poignant witnesses to prove that your burn injuries were caused by another person’s negligence.

Your legal pro will help determine the worth of your burn injury case and ensure that you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to by law. With an experienced burn accident injury legal counselor, your chances of recovering damages increase significantly.

We Know How to Deal With Burn Accidents

If you or a loved one has been severely injured in a burn accident, you should contact a burn injury attorney for assistance. Your legal professional will review your case and make sure that your rights are protected by taking the best legal course of action for your case. Call the legal experts at Fetterman & Associates for burn accidents at 561-845-2510 today for a free case evaluation.

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How do Personal Injury Attorneys Get Paid?

There are many people who are reluctant to file personal injury lawsuits after they are injured by the negligence of another person or entity. In most cases, the reason they are hesitant to seek legal representation is because they believe they won’t be able to afford the lawyer’s fees or other related legal expenses.

Personal Injury However, in the majority of cases, those who file a lawsuit against the negligent party will not pay anything out-of-pocket or up front. This is due to the fact that the majority of personal injury attorneys will handle these cases on a contingency fee basis.

What Does a Contingency Fee Mean in Relation to a Personal Injury Case?

A contingency fee means that the fee is only applied if the lawyer successfully represents the case and helps you recover monetary compensation.

This means that whether or not you win is what determines if your attorney gets paid. If your attorney is unsuccessful, then you don’t have to pay the attorney. If the case is successful, the attorney will receive a pre-determined percentage of the award.

How Much is the Standard Contingency Fee for Personal Injury Lawsuits?

The next question that clients have is how much the attorney will receive. However, this is not a question that has a black and white answer as this depends on several factors. In most cases, the attorney will receive a percentage of the amount recovered, rather than a flat rate. When the lawyer first agrees to take on the case, they will get the client to sign an agreement that determines what percentage will be paid. The percentage will depend on how challenging the case is.

If a lawyer is not successful and does not win the case, they will not charge any fee for the work they do. However, most attorneys will charge the costs they incurred while trying to pursue the case. If the plaintiff makes the decision to change attorneys or not to go through with the lawsuit, the attorneys will likely charge for the time they put into the case. All of this will be outlined in the client-attorney agreement.

What This Means for Your Personal Injury Case

If you are planning on filing a personal injury lawsuit, there are many factors that you will need to consider. However, if you are worried about the cost, this may be something you can cross off the list. Since most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, you don’t have to worry about putting money upfront.

If you are ready to begin the filing process, you need to hire a personal injury attorney in Florida. To learn more, contact our team of expert attorneys at Fetterman & Associates by calling 561-845-2510. They can review the facts of your case to determine whether or not it is worth pursuing.

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Accident Lawyer Discusses: Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

What is a Parent’s Legal Liability for Car Accidents that Involve their Child?

All kids make mistakes. A general rule that is in place is that the law doesn’t allow individuals who are injured by the negligent actions of a child to seek compensation from the child or from their parents. However, if the child causes an injury because of willful misconduct or engages in certain types of dangerous activities when an accident takes place, the guardian or parent may be considered legally responsible for the property damage or injury that results from the negligent conduct of their minor child. Car Accidents

The most common example of this type of event is when a minor child causes a traffic accident.

Florida’s Law Related to Car Accidents Involving Minors

In the state of Florida, a guardian or parent who verifies the driver’s license of a minor may be held financially liable for any injury that is caused by the minor during the accident. There is no limit on the total amount of recovery that can be sought. However, to establish that a parent or a guardian is liable for the negligent conduct of the minor, the victim of the accident has to establish that all of the elements of negligence are present. Specifically, this means that the accident victim has to prove that the negligent action of the minor resulted in the accident and caused the resulting injuries.There is no type of requirement that the parent or the guardian was negligent in supervising the minor.

Serious Car Accidents Involving Teens

An example of an accident that involved a minor driver is when seven people suffered injuries during a single vehicle accident. According to the report, the driver of a SUV was a 14-year-old who was driving six passengers. The teen tried to change lanes but did not see the driver in the other lane. The teen tried to fix the mistake and overcorrected. At this point, he lost control of the SUV and spun out of control. The SUV wound up hitting a highway barrier nearby.

All of the people inside of the vehicle, including the driver, were injured in the accident. According to the aunt of the boy, he was allowed to drive to practice before getting his license and it wasn’t his first time behind the wheel.

What To Do if You are Injured in a Car Accident Involving a Minor

If you are ever involved in a car accident with a minor driver, then you may be able to receive monetary compensation for the injuries and damages that occurred as a result. At this point, it is best to hire a personal injury attorney who has experience with these types of cases to determine what your rights are and who is liable for the accident that occurred.

If you have questions or need more information, contact the attorneys at Fetterman & Associates by calling 561-845-2510. Qualified legal representation can ensure your rights are protected and that you receive as much monetary compensation possible for the injuries you sustained.

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