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Common Mistakes That Can Damage Your Florida Personal Injury Claim

Monday, January 17th, 2022

At MLG Injury, our Florida personal injury lawyers understand the physical, emotional, and financial challenges that come with recovering from a car accident, slip and fall incident, or work injury.

That is why our skilled attorneys work tirelessly to help our clients strengthen their claims, so they can pursue the best outcome for their unique cases inside or outside the courtroom.

What most personal injury victims do not know is that they can make simple mistakes that may cause significant harm to their cases.

Here is how to avoid common missteps that can mean the difference between your claim’s success and outright denial.

Mistake #1: Failing to Seek Medical Care or Attend All Necessary Appointments

When pursuing a personal injury claim, your case is built on your actual injuries and the damages that resulted from them.

That means we must be able to prove you were hurt.

If you fail to seek medical care promptly or do not attend all physician, therapy, or rehabilitation appointments, the insurance company will point to the fact that you never or no longer needed medical care, so your injuries could not have been that severe.

To avoid your personal injury claim from ending before it even begins, seek medical care immediately after your accident and injuries occur and follow all doctor’s orders going forward.

Mistake #2: Talking About Your Case to Anyone Who is Not Your Attorney

Talking to insurance providers, acquaintances, friends, coworkers, or even family members can damage your case because they may take what you say out of context. Simply put, if someone asks how you are feeling and you respond, “Feeling better!” the insurance company can manipulate that statement to mean you are no longer hurt. And if they can get someone to testify to your conversation, whether verbally, through text or direct messages, or emails, your case can take a significant hit.

Our Florida personal injury attorneys know how hard it is to get through your recovery on your own. That is why we are here. If you need to talk to someone about your injuries, talk to us. We can help you keep a journal of injuries, pain levels, and how the accident has impacted your day-to-day activities and overall quality of life.

Mistake #3: Chronicling Your Accident and Injuries on Social Media

At MLG Injury, our personal injury attorneys know that the insurance company is going to do their homework before countering your claim.

That means scouring your social media accounts for any proof that you are not as injured as you claim to be.

How?

They can screenshot social media posts that show you are out with friends, at an event, or simply discussing how your recovery is coming along and use them against you. Since there is extraordinarily little context to social media posts, even an inadvertent image showing you without your crutches can lead to your case’s downfall (even if you were reaching for them seconds later).

Stay away from social media during a personal injury case by disabling your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or other social media platforms until your claim is finalized. This will guarantee you do not make any inadvertent statements and that no one can tag you in their posts.

Mistake #4: Facing the Insurance Company Alone

If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by negligence, contact our experienced Florida personal injury attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524.

We will outline your legal rights and options to hold the negligent party liable for your full financial recovery while managing each detail of your case, so you can focus solely on your recovery.

 

What Happens If I Am Injured Because of the Lack of Security at a Florida Event?

Monday, December 20th, 2021

At MLG Injury, our Florida negligent security attorneys have helped our residents understand their rights while enjoying events throughout the state, including when security can be held liable for injuries that occur during their attendance.

Unfortunately, people can get hurt in multiple ways at both small and large events, including the lack of security that should be contracted to maintain the safety of all attendees.

Here is what our Florida residents need to know about how the lack of security can be dangerous.

What Dictates the Type of Security Required for a Florida Event?

At MLG Injury, our Florida personal injury lawyers know several factors that establish the type and amount of security necessary for an event.

That may include:

  • Location of the event, and any historical, political, or symbolic significance associated with it
  • Size of the event, including any cultural, political, or religious backgrounds of the attendees
  • Duration of the event
  • If celebrities, dignitaries, or VIPs are attending/scheduled to appear
  • Nature and extent of media coverage
  • Previous threats to the event or location

As the number of criteria impacting the likelihood for threats increases, so does the risk for catastrophic accidents and personal injuries to occur. When they do, the venue owners and event producers may be held liable for failing to provide sufficient security personnel during the event.

What are the Most Common Dangers Associated with Events and Insufficient Security?

Whether you are at an outdoor concert, or a holiday party at a nightclub, the expectation of increased attendees should always warrant more security to ensure the safety of everyone involved — including patrons, employees, and performers at the events.

Sufficient security helps prevent crime and protects event-goers by employing security guards, bouncers, doormen, and other security professionals to oversee guest or visitor screenings, operating metal detectors, security alarms, video surveillance, crowd control procedures, and monitoring barricades, gates, or fencing.

Likewise, event organizers are responsible for adequate lighting in hallways, stairwells, parking lots, restrooms, and other areas to ensure the safety of attendees on the premises.

Contact Our Experienced Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at MLG Injury to Schedule a Free Consultation

If you have been injured during an event because of its lack of security, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the venue’s owner, operator, or event coordinator for the damages you have suffered. We can help.

Contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue a claim.

 

When Can Security Be Held Liable for Injuries that Occur at an Event in Florida?

Monday, November 22nd, 2021

At MLG Injury, our Florida personal injury lawyers know that venue owners and event producers must take dozens of unique steps to ensure successful and safe event proceeds from start to finish without anyone getting hurt.

Sporting events, street festivals, and concerts require multiple parties to work together to maintain the safety of the attendees including crowd control and security.

Unfortunately, even the best-planned event can result in injuries or even the death of attendees, which leaves those who suffered damages grappling with their recovery and determining who is liable for the incident that led to their losses.

This is typically where things become complicated. Event planners, hosts, producers, and venue owners can all play a role in injuries or deaths arising from security personnel and their actions or inaction.

Our skilled Florida personal injury lawyers can help you pursue the proper person, party, entity, or combination of each for your full financial recovery.

Here is how.

How Can I Prove Event Security Liability in Florida?

No matter what type of event you are attending, including those at smaller or outdoor venues that hire a third-party security team, or a large event where the venue has its own security services, the security personnel must consistently assess their priorities, including their duties to protect the safety and well-being of the attendees while proactively taking measures to avoid or disrupt any injurious or deadly issues.

When they fail to do so, security guards and bouncers may be liable for injuries that occurred to the attendees during their duties. They may also include event attendees being injured due to excessive use of force by the security staff.

Many factors go into a potential liability claim, which could include venue owners and event producers being held liable for the actions or inaction of security personnel, particularly in injurious or deadly circumstances caused by insufficient or negligent security.

If you or someone you love was injured by security personnel or because of the lack of or negligent security at a Florida event, we can help you determine who is liable for your full financial recovery, which will often include more than one party.

Contact Our Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida for a Free Consultation Today

To determine who is ultimately responsible for injuries or death that occurred during an event, contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524.

Common Workplace Injuries That Can Result in Workers’ Compensation Claims in Florida

Monday, November 8th, 2021

Workplace Injuries Florida

At MLG Injury, our Florida workers’ compensation attorneys know that under Florida law, our no-fault system means workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether negligence caused their workplace injury.

Unfortunately, that does not stop the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider from trying to undervalue or deny our clients’ claims, even when their injuries are common occurrences in their respective industries.

Here are some of the most common workplace injuries that lead to workers’ compensation claims throughout the U.S., and how we can help you pursue the benefits you deserve when facing resistance from the insurance company.

Lacerations

Laceration injuries, which can include deep cuts or tears to the skin, can occur in virtually any industry but are common in restaurants, food production, manufacturing, and machine shops, and when severe, can leave employees out of work for extended periods.

Contusions

Contusions result in bruising that occurs after a bump to the body when employees are hit by or against an object or after suffering a fall. While most contusions may not be severe on their own, swelling and severe pain shortly after the collision can signal a more severe injury, including a concussion or internal bleeding.

Strains and Sprains

Strains are stretched or torn muscles and tendons.

Sprains are stretched or torn ligaments.

These injuries can also occur in nearly any industry during slips, trips, and falls, or twisting and pulling motions, including improper lifting or ergonomic movements. Depending on the injured person’s position, strain and/or sprain injuries can require extended medical care, surgery, and rehabilitation and therapy.

Burns

Burn injuries can be caused by heat, steam, radiation, chemicals, and electricity and are common in restaurants, manufacturing, and production industries. Depending on the degree of the burn, and where it occurred, employees can be left facing significant medical care requirements and skin grafting procedures that can leave them out of work for extended periods.

Fractures

Broken and fractured bones are common manual labor and heavy equipment and machine workforces but can happen just about anywhere and to anyone, including retail employees and office personnel after a slip, trip, or fall.

Cumulative or Continuous Trauma

When employees work in positions that require repetitive motions, each day, for years over their careers, the degradation of a body part, joints, muscles or can result and leave their future movements difficult to endure.

Consult With a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Florida to Face the Insurance Company With Confidence

Insurance companies are in the business of making money, which is why their first line of defense is to deny workers’ compensation claims or significantly undervalue the employee’s injuries, to try and pay as little money as possible.

With an experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney by your side, we will present the necessary evidence to strengthen your case while managing all the paperwork, deadlines, and legal requirements to pursue a successful case while you focus on your physical well-being.

Contact Our Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida for a Free Consultation Today

To determine the full extent of your injuries and pursue the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to for your work injuries, contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524.

Can I Sue My Florida Employer For Damages Suffered During a Workplace Injury?

Monday, October 25th, 2021

At MLG Injury, our Florida workers’ compensation attorneys know that all Florida businesses with four or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance unless they operate a construction company, then they must carry coverage for every employee.

Our state’s system is considered the exclusive remedy for most work-related injuries and does not require the employee to prove the employer was negligent or at fault in any way for the damages that occurred, so long as they were hurt in the course and scope of employment.

Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to provide the employee with benefits that cover medical treatment and a portion of the lost wages during the employee’s recovery.

However, there are times when workers’ compensation coverage does not fit the injured person’s recovery needs, which may require a closer look by our Florida personal injury lawyers to determine how else the responsible party may be held liable for our client’s complete damages.

What if the Causes of My Injuries Fall Outside of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Coverage?

There are workplace injury scenarios that may fall outside of workers’ compensation coverage, which will allow the injured employee to sue their employer or another third party for their full financial recovery.

First, employees may file a lawsuit against their employers when they are not carrying the mandatory workers’ compensation insurance required by our Florida laws.

Next, if the employer fails to file the workers’ compensation claim promptly, the employee may pursue them for their delay and the losses the employee incurred as a result. Further, employees can file a lawsuit if an employer denies a workers’ compensation claim in bad faith.

Aside from the employer, employees may pursue negligent third parties for workplace injuries.

Our Florida personal injury lawyers primarily become involved in potential liability lawsuits when a third-party property owner/controller, or another liable party who is not the direct employer is responsible for injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls, defective machinery, or negligent security.

Both require our Florida personal injury law firm to prove negligence in the form of a failure to exercise reasonable care in owning, operating or maintaining the property.

Contact Our Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida for a Free Consultation Today

To determine who is ultimately responsible for your work injuries, contact our experienced Florida personal injury lawyers at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524, as you may have grounds to pursue additional damages beyond workers’ compensation.

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