Personal Injury in Englewood, FL
If you have been injured by another person’s negligence or bad driving you may feel angry, frustrated, and confused as to how to proceed with hiring an attorney. At Pallegar Law, P.A., we want to make sure that you receive both the proper medical care and financial settlement for your injuries due a car accident. Calling an experienced Englewood personal injury attorney will allow you to focus on getting back on your feet while we handle your case. Our firm handles all kinds of personal injury cases every day, from dog bites to product liability to motor vehicle accidents. An unexpected injury can affect every part of your life, but Pallegar Law, P.A. is here to help.Car Accidents and Texting While Driving Attorney
An unexpected motor vehicle accident can lead to serious injuries, vehicle damage, and can place a large financial strain on the victim. If you were involved in a car accident, regardless of who was at fault, it is important that you contact an experienced Englewood personal injury attorney. This will ensure that you receive the damages that you are entitled to while you receive proper care for your injuries. Make sure that you report the accident to the proper authorities and do not contact your insurance company before first speaking with an attorney.
Florida is a no-fault state in regards to car accidents, which means that if you are injured in an accident, your own insurance will cover your medical bills and some lost wages. State law requires every driver to maintain Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage of at least $10,000. However, if you suffer severe injuries or disfigurement as a result of the accident, you are entitled to receive damages from the driver who was at fault. The state of Florida determines damages according to a system called “comparative negligence”. This means that if you were found to be partially at fault in an accident, your award will be reduced proportionately. If you are found to be 30% at fault, your award will be reduced by 30%.
Ultimately, the most important thing to do after a car accident is to take care of yourself and your injuries. At Pallegar Law, P.A., we want to help you do just that. By contacting a knowledgeable Englewood personal injury attorney, you can focus on healing while we make sure you receive just compensation.
Texting while driving is a direct and unfortunately very common cause of many car accidents in Florida. As a result of this epidemic, beginning October 1, 2013 texting and driving officially became illegal. However, it is a secondary offense not primary offense so you cannot be pulled over solely for texting and driving. However, a police officer can stop you for texting and driving if he or she observes some other crime or traffic offense in addition to texting while driving. For example, speeding, running a red light, or worse DUI. If you are the victim of an accident involving someone texting and driving contact an experienced car accident attorney in Englewood today by calling 941-893-5816 to schedule a free consultation.Dog Bites Attorney
The state of Florida follows a “strict liability” rule when it comes to dog bites. This means that a dog owner is always held liable if their dog bites someone, even if the dog had never bitten someone before and had no history of violence. If a dog bites you while you are in public or in a private place as a guest, the owner is always liable. While the law only expressly covers dog bites, you may hold the owner liable if you are injured in a different way, if you can prove that the owner was negligent. For example, Person A is walking down the street and they are knocked to the ground by a large dog, owned by Person B. Person A hits their head and suffers a concussion as a result. Person B is found to be negligent because they did not have their large dog on a leash or otherwise restrained. The rule of comparative negligence can also be applied to dog bites. If you are found to be partially at fault for the bite, your damages may be reduced. For example, if Person A accidentally stepped on a dog’s tail and was subsequently bitten, they may be found to be partially at fault and still receive damages as a result of medical expenses associated with treatment of the dog bite.
If you are involved in a car accident or injured by a dog, contact an experienced Englewood personal injury attorney. Our goal at Pallegar Law, P.A. is to make sure that you get the medical care that you need and the compensation that you deserve. Call us 24/7 at 941-893-5816 to discuss your case.Product Liability Attorney
Product manufacturers and sellers have a special obligation to make sure that their product is safe for everyone. If a someone is injured by a product, it must first be proven that it was the result of negligence in craftsmanship or service or direct product liability. Negligence places the blame on the actions of the seller or manufacturer and product liability places the blame on the actual product itself. In the same way that dog owners are held strictly liable for dog bites, product manufacturers and sellers are held strictly liable for defective products.
There are three kinds of defects a product might have: design, manufacturing, or marketing defects. Design defects are the result of intentional planning-- when products that were planned a certain way turn out to be dangerous after being manufactured. Manufacturing defects are mistakes in the manufacturing process and unlike design defects, usually only occur in a small percentage of a group of products. Marketing defects are errors in how the product is marketed. This can include inaccurate labels, instructions, or warnings. These product defects all fall under the umbrella of product liability, meaning that sellers and manufacturers are held always strictly liable if their product injures someone. Like with a dog bite, it doesn’t matter how careful or thorough the manufacturer was the only requirement is that someone was injured as a result. Essentially, but for the product that purson would not have been injured. For this reason, product liability is sometimes called “liability without fault”.Call Pallegar Law, P.A. Today
At Pallegar Law, P.A. we represent many different kinds of individuals who have been injured or suffer from product liability injuries. If you have been hurt by someone else’s negligence or product, call a knowledgeable Englewood personal injury attorney who can help you recover the damages you are entitled to. Call Pallegar Law, P.A. at 941-893-5816 (Sarasota) or 813-444-3912 (Tampa) to get help today.