An accident or injury can happen to anyone at any time. Quite often these unfortunate events are caused by the negligence of someone else. If you or someone you care about has suffered harm that could have been prevented, you may have the right to file a personal injury claim. In Florida, individuals who have suffered personal injuries as a result of another person’s negligence can recover financial compensation to cover their lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, property damages and other losses. While no amount of money can ever undo what has happened, a fair financial award or settlement can help a victim begin the process of rebuilding his or her life after an accident or injury.
Experienced Accident and Injury Attorneys Prepared to Handle Your Claim
Brais Law Firm is committed to protecting the rights of people who have been injured by someone else’s actions or neglect. Our injury and accident attorneys handle a broad range of personal injury claims for clients in Miami, South Florida, and beyond, including cases involving:
- Hand, Wrist, Arm & Shoulder Injuries
Hand, wrist, arm and shoulder injuries are often very painful and can prevent you from working and performing your usual activities. Injuries to these parts of the body can lead to fractures, dislocated joints, nerve, muscle and ligament damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other problems. Some of the most common cause of hand, wrist, arm and shoulder injuries include motor vehicle crashes, slip and falls, and workplace accidents. If you have suffered a debilitating injury caused by the negligence of another, you need an experienced Miami personal injury lawyer on your side. Our attorneys know how to handle these types of claims and hold the responsible parties accountable for your injuries.
- Foot, Ankle, Knee, Leg & Hip Injuries
While injuries involving the foot, ankle, knee, leg and hip are common, these injuries can interfere with your job and other daily life activities. If your injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, you may be able to recover financial compensation. This compensation may include past, present and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. The attorneys at our firm have decades of collective experience handling all types of accident and injury cases, including foot, ankle, knee, leg and hip injuries. We are ready to review your situation and will identify all potential sources of recovery in your case.
- Spinal Cord Injuries & Paralysis Accidents
Injuries and trauma to the spinal cord can be very serious and, in some situations, can result in permanent paralysis. Although spinal cord injuries can be caused by virtually any type of accident, these injuries most often result from car and motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, lifting, sports accidents, and medical malpractice errors. The medical care and rehabilitation services necessary to treat injuries involving the spinal cord can be extensive and long-lasting. When paralysis occurs, treatment options may be limited, and the individual may require care and assistance for the rest of his or her life. The personal injury attorneys at Brais Law Firm are committed to helping people who are suffering with spinal cord injuries and paralysis. Our attorneys take an aggressive approach in these types of cases, and we will fight to get you the compensation, medical care and support you need to take care of yourself and your family.
- Traumatic & Cerebral Hypoxia Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and cerebral hypoxic-anoxic brain injuries are among the most common types of injuries to the brain. A TBI is a complex injury which usually results from a sudden and violent bump, jolt or blow to the head. While there are many kinds of events that can lead to a TBI, some of the most common causes include auto accidents, trips and falls, sporting accidents, battery, and workplace injuries. In contrast, a hypoxic-anoxic brain injury occurs when oxygen flowing to the brain is disrupted and the brain does not receive sufficient oxygen (hypoxic brain injury) or the supply of oxygen is completing cut off (anoxic brain injury). Common causes of hypoxia and/or anoxia include drownings, choking, strangling, cardiac arrest, carbon monoxide poisoning and complications associated with the administration of general anesthesia. Individuals who suffer a TBI, hypoxia, anoxia and other brain injuries often require long-term medical care and, in many cases, may never fully recover from their injuries. At Brais Law Firm we understand the tremendous challenges associated with treating injuries to the brain. Our legal team is committed to helping brain injury victims and their families get the financial compensation they need to deal with a difficult and traumatic situation.
- Burn & Scald Injuries
Burn and scald injuries are some of the most painful injuries that you can suffer. Often, these injuries are long-lasting and severely disfiguring. In addition, severe burns can put a person at risk for life-threatening infections as well as permanent damage to skin, tissues and nerves. Some of the most common causes of burn and scald injuries include fires, exposure to high voltage electricity, workplace explosions, car and boating accidents, dangerous chemicals, flammable clothing and thermal sources such as steam, flames, and hot surfaces and liquids. Victims of serious burns and scalding injuries typically require long term medical care and rehabilitation. In many cases, individuals can also suffer tremendous emotional and psychological trauma. The attorneys at Brais Law Firm understand how devastating these types of injuries can be for victims and their families. If you or someone you care about has suffered a burn or scalding injury caused by someone else’s careless or reckless behavior, we will do everything we can to protect your legal rights and help you recover the financial compensation you are entitled to receive.
- Amputations & Limb Loss
Amputations are more common than you may think. According to the Amputee Coalition, approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the United States each year and there are close to two million people in the U.S. living with limb loss. Amputations are traumatic and life-changing experiences. In many situations negligence and recklessness may be to blame for the amputation. For instance, many amputations are caused by car, boating and other accidents that crush or sever limbs. Workplace and industrial accidents can also result in amputations. Additionally, some amputations can be attributed to defective products and others are a direct result of medical malpractice. Beyond the obvious physical and emotional pain, many people who endure an amputation are off from work for an extended period of time and may never be able to return to the job they held before the accident. If you have suffered an amputation we can help you understand your legal rights. A Miami personal injury lawyer at our firm will carefully review your case and help you recover the monetary compensation you deserve.
- Heart Attack & Stroke
Heart attacks and strokes are among the leading causes of death in the United States. Proper diagnosis and treatment of these acute cardiovascular events saves plenty of lives and prevents lifelong devasting disabilities. However, when these conditions are misdiagnosed by health care professionals and/or medical care is delayed, permanent disability or death can occur. If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious injury or died as a result of an improper diagnosis and/or treatment of a heart attack or stroke, our firm may be able to pursue monetary compensation for your losses and damages, including current and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, funeral expenses and loss of enjoyment of life and companionship.
- Medical Malpractice
When we are sick or injured, we trust that our doctors and other health care professionals will treat us with proper care and make us better. Unfortunately, there are times when medical professionals and medical facilities fail to exercise adequate care and diligence and patients suffer grave harm. Our attorneys know far too well that when a health care provider fails to deliver care according to accepted medical standards and practices, serious injuries and even death can occur. Medical malpractice can take many forms with some of the most common cases involving misdiagnosis, medication and surgical errors, incorrectly performed procedures, lack of informed consent and failure to attend to a patient. At Brais Law Firm our attorneys understand how complex medical malpractice cases can be, and we have the skills, resources and experience to hold negligent medical providers responsible for their actions.
- Inhalation, Poisonous Gases & Substances Accidents
Inhalation injuries can be caused by a wide range of agents and substances. These injuries are typically classified into two primary categories: (1) injuries attributable to carbon monoxide and other asphyxiates; and (2) local injuries caused by steam or toxins. While symptoms and problems often manifest immediately after the agent is inhaled, injuries involving certain substances such as asbestosis and benzene poisoning may not appear for many years. In the maritime industry, inhalation and poisonous gas/substance accidents are a common occurrence. Seamen and longshore/harbor workers can suffer severe injuries or even death when they are exposed to poisonous agents and gases in confined spaces that are not properly ventilated. If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury or death in an inhalation, poisonous gas or substance accident, a Miami personal injury lawyer at our firm can help. We will explain your legal rights and work with you to develop a course of action designed to help you obtain the financial compensation you are legally entitled to receive.
- Car Accidents
Unfortunately, car accidents happen all the time. Whether you are traveling a long distance on Miami’s crowded highways or using a lesser traveled side street for a short commute to work, you run the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident that can change your life in an instant. Although there are countless reasons for roadway accidents, most crashes and collisions can be attributed to drivers who are operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol or are engaged in distracted driving, drowsy driving, speeding, tailgating and other reckless driving behaviors. According to statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), nearly 400,000 traffic crashes took place on Florida roadways in 2017 and over 65,000 of these crashes took place in Miami-Dade County alone. Far too often these car accidents result in serious injuries to innocent drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. If you have been hurt in a car crash, our firm will explain your legal options and aggressively pursue the full compensation you deserve.
Injured? It is Important to Speak with a Personal Injury Attorney as Soon as Possible
When you or a loved one are seriously injured in an accident or other event, it is critical to speak with a qualified personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you delay, your case could be barred by the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations to bring a personal injury lawsuit is generally four years from the date of injury. This means that if you fail to file your personal injury claim within the four-year time limit, you will forfeit your right to recover compensation for your injuries. Moreover, if you are bringing an action for wrongful death, the statute of limitations in Florida is reduced to two years from the date of the death. In a medical malpractice case, you must generally file your claim within two years of the date when you discovered the error or omission (or should have discovered it) or, at the latest, four years from the actual incident of malpractice. While there are certain exceptions to the statutory deadlines, these only apply in very limited situations, so it is always best to consult with an attorney as soon as you are able to do so.
How our Miami Personal Injury Law Firm can Help
If you or someone you care about has suffered a serious or life-changing injury, you do not need to go it alone. At Brais Law Firm we understand the obstacles you are facing, and we are here to help you overcome them. Our personal injury lawyers handle all types of injury and accident cases in the Miami area, throughout South Florida and beyond. We offer a highly skilled and aggressive legal team who will pursue maximum compensation for your injuries. Our goal is to help you get the money you need to recover and move forward with your life. You can schedule a free consultation with a Miami personal injury lawyer at our firm by calling 800-499-0551 or completing our online contact form.