Accidents happen. Accidents that result in injury or death can happen anywhere, even under seemingly safe circumstances. When an accident results in the injury or death of an individual, it can create a tragic domino effect that hurts not only the injured person, but their family as well. While accidents are just that–accidental–the pain and stress that follow can substantially interfere with the lives of those involved, causing damages that deserve monetary compensation. An individual may receive an injury as a result of unforeseen causes with no deliberate intention by another party, but under the law, this doesn’t mean that there is no claim. The vast majority of personal injury claims result from an innocent mistake by one party that injures another. But this fact is of little comfort to the person who was hurt, and our legal system provides that if damages result from beach of a legal duty of care, then monetary compensation may be required. Accidents may leave a person with irreparable and permanent bodily injuries, an inability to work, mental and physical suffering, and medical bills that may not be covered by insurance.
When an injury or death happens, whether due to an accidental cause or malicious conduct, proper legal counsel may alter greatly the manner in which that injury or death is compensated. The law firm of Gagnon, Eisele and Rigby, PLLC may be able to assist you or a loved one in this painful and stressful time of need.
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Below are some of the personal injury cases that we handle.
Vehicle accidents, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents, frequently involve not just property damage, but sometimes death or injury due to negligence or irresponsibility on the part of the other driver. An experienced attorney would know how to investigate and pursue the claim, and how to negotiate with insurance adjusters, in order to secure appropriate monetary compensation. If an accident occurred because of a manufacturing error, it often creates a more complex situation that requires deeper investigation. Cases involving manufacturing errors may include product liability issues. It’s important that your attorney consider all potential contributors to your accident, so that no negligent party is allowed to avoid responsibility.
Premises liability involves a legal claim for an accident that took place on either public or private property. Though most often these cases involve slip and fall accidents, these are not the only type of personal injury taking place on another’s premises. When you are invited or allowed on to property, such as a store or entertainment venue, the property owner has a duty to take reasonable steps to ensure that the property is safe. When that property owner fails to ensure safe conditions, and someone is injured, there may be a compensable claim for the injury. Some specific stipulations must be addressed in these cases such as determining whether the property owner is at fault and if so, to what extent. With an attorney experienced in premises liability cases, these points will be investigated and researched very closely. Once the details of the facts are established, your attorney can inform you of your options and fight for you to receive due compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, inability to work or any other issues that the accident may have caused.
Theme Park Accidents
Orlando is home to some of the best theme parks in the world. Because so many people enter onto theme park property, it is difficult for the parks to ensure that the grounds and conditions are always safe. And because theme parks are a target for people attempting to make unjustified claims, the attorneys for the theme parks aggressively defend against claims. Real accidents that occur within a theme park of any sort (from large scale parks to small parks or events) make up a subset of premises liability practice that can carry special legal nuances. In the event of an injury from a theme park visit, contacting a lawyer can help to sort out what steps need to be taken to ensure the viability of the claim, as well as what compensation may be available to you.
Sometimes tragic outcomes can occur during what should be a life-saving medical procedure. Complications that arise under the watch and care of a medical professional may be entirely out of the hands of the doctor or other professional, or they may be due to oversight or carelessness that could have been avoided. In cases that fall into the latter category, you may be eligible for compensation for the pain and suffering or additional medical bills that resulted from this type of accident or negligence. Some of the more serious medical malpractice cases involve brain and spinal cord injury, birth defects, and complications from surgery, including life-threatening infections.
Nursing Home Abuse
Nursing home abuse and neglect of patients is a problem in the United States that has yet to see eradication. Signs of abuse are sometimes obvious — physical signs of injury, poor hygiene, and unfit living conditions. But other times, the signs aren’t clear, and residents are afraid to complain. Even when the signs are there, it may be difficult to pinpoint whether the problem is an individual or if it is a more widespread issue throughout the facility. Unfortunately enough, justice for our loved ones in these situations is not always easy to achieve without professional legal backing. With one of our attorneys, you will be able to find a compassionate and sympathetic advocate willing to do what is necessary to get justice for you and your loved one.
Accidents due to product failure can refer to a wide range of occurrences, but generally speaking, this area of law deals with injuries that result from purchased products. These products can be anything from vehicles to toys to sporting equipment to tools to home appliances and more. If you’ve purchased an item that proved faulty and resulted in personal injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. However, because products generally pass through multiple entities before reaching the final consumer, it is important that your attorney investigate thoroughly before settling a claim or bringing suit. For example a retailer may have been informed of problems with a product but failed to remove it from the store shelves. In such an instance, both the manufacturer and retailer may be at fault. Your attorney must be willing to invest the necessary effort to determine all parties that share liability. Gagnon, Eisele and Rigby, PLLC is a firm committed to doing the extra work needed to make sure that all responsible parties are identified and joined into the legal process.
All of the types of cases described above can result in the death of the victim. Wrongful death cases can be particularly complicated, due in part to the laws that are invoked upon an individual’s death, as well as the dynamics of the family members who pursue the claim. Obviously, this is the most serious type of personal injury case. There are a number of considerations that may arise when attempting to receive justice or compensation when an accidental death has occurred due to negligence or error. Many factors can go into determining the extent and types of compensation and, in some cases, the eligibility to receive said compensation. Our attorneys will sort through your case in great detail and find the best possible outcome available in this exceptionally trying time.
Workers’ compensation applies to an employee injured on the job. Workplace accidents are relatively common, especially in places of work that put employees in potentially dangerous situations, such as jobs that require the use of heavy equipment or machinery. If an accident has happened at your place of work, we can help to determine if it was avoidable as well as making every effort to help ensure that your medical bills and lost wages will be properly addressed.
Libel and Slander
Libel and slander involves false statements made about you. Though these cases do not involve physical injury, they may involve injury to your reputation. This in turn may affect your career, cost you a job, and impact your ability to earn money in the future. Many times, what the victim of slander needs is simply a cease and desist demand to that the false statements come to a stop and are removed from any type of media. If you believe that someone has made a false statement about you that has caused you harm, you should consult with an attorney about your options.
Other Injury Claims
If you feel you have a personal injury case that is not listed above, if you are unsure where your specific case falls, or if you would like to know more about your options in the event of an injury or wrongful death, contact us at any time. In addition to the cases discussed above, our attorneys have experience with dog bite cases, pedestrian accidents, boating accidents, and burn cases. We are here to guide you through the legal system and help to determine which options are available to you in this stressful and confusing time. Gagnon, Eisele, and Rigby, PLLC is ready to help serve you.
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