No one ever starts a day expecting to suffer an injury. Part of the trauma of an injury is that it occurs with no warning. A simple, run-of-the-mill day can descend into chaos in the blink of an eye. No one can prevent every single accident, but by learning the common causes of personal injury in Miami, we can all be a little better prepared to handle the unexpected.
Slips and Falls—Premises Liability
Most people think of tripping on an uplifted slab of sidewalk or slipping on a wet spot on a grocery store floor as a painful inconvenience, but nothing more than that. In reality, accidental falls are a major cause of injuries and even fatalities. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, about $2.45 billion is spent each year nationally on emergency room visits related to falls.
If a fall was caused by a property owner’s negligence, such as failure to make needed repairs or warn visitors of a hazard, the personal injury case falls under the heading of premises liability law. Other causes of personal injury related to premises liability include:
- Animal attacks
- Falling debris
- Cuts and other injuries caused by property damage left unrepaired
- Swimming pool and trampoline accidents
To prevent injuries related to premises liability, property owners and managers should properly maintain all buildings and grounds and provide clearly visible warnings of any dangers. For their part, visitors should take such warnings seriously and steer clear. Whole books have been written about the responsibilities of property owners and their visitors. There is a great deal to learn.
Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
No one would be surprised to learn that motor vehicle accidents are a major cause of personal injuries. According to the Christian Science Monitor, there were 3.8 million crash-related injuries that required medical attention in the U.S. in the year 2013 alone. There is an obvious risk of serious injury when two vehicles collide that have a size “mismatch,” such as a passenger car and a large truck. A large number of severe injuries are caused by one-vehicle crashes, however. Even a small car or motorcycle is a very powerful, heavy machine, built to withstand far greater impact than the human body is equipped to handle. Never forget that every time you venture out onto the road, you are putting yourself in harm’s way.
Many people owe their lives to dedicated, highly skilled medical professionals. But even the very best doctor is still a human being, capable of a poor judgment or moment of inattentiveness. Unfortunately, the consequences of a doctor’s mistake are often severe and lasting. Medical malpractice is rare, but it nevertheless accounts for a significant number of the personal injury cases that end up in court each year. The best thing we can all do to prevent medical malpractice injuries is to support institutions that continually train medical practitioners and promote the latest, safest treatment methods.
An Attorney Can Evaluate Your Case
It is unfortunate that no matter how well-educated everyone becomes about the common causes of personal injury in Miami, some accidents will still occur. If you have been injured in any kind of accident, common or otherwise, you may wish to meet with a lawyer who can evaluate your case. Boris Lavent is an experienced advocate for accident victims. Call Lavent Law today at (305) 440-0450 to schedule a free consultation.