Nursing Home Abuse and Wrongful Death

Nursing Home Abuse And Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Nursing home abuse in South Florida is a serious matter. Each year thousands of seniors are injured or even killed in nursing homes across the country. A study by the University of South Florida says that “Between 1 and 2 million Americans 65 and older have been injured, exploited, or otherwise mistreated by someone on whom they depended for care or protection.” 

Seniors come to Miami for the tropical climate and relaxed lifestyle. This is also why many families choose it as the choice location for assisted living facilities. We entrust assisted care facilities with the life and well-being of our senior family members. Nobody expects that they would turn a blind eye when such an atrocity occurs. Even worse is when you discover that they tried to cover it up.

 A to Z Injury Law attorneys are experts in the field of nursing home abuse. We will make sure the guilty pay for their crimes by ensuring you and your loved one are justly compensated.

Examples of senior abuse in nursing homes.

A common example of senior abuse is that of a nursing home patient who had a heart attack and died. In this type of situation, the patient’s family may decide to sue the facility. The first thing you will want to do is get a professional nursing home liability attorney to assess your case. 

Your best-case scenario may be a suit against the homeowner or operator of the home. If you win the suit, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of income.

Suffering an injury while in someone’s care could be another example of nursing home abuse. In this instance, the family of the patient may decide to press charges against the facility. You’d have to prove the injury was due to negligence on the part of a staff member, facility, or both. These suits can be costly but with the right attorney, you can receive compensation for injury, pain, and suffering.

Another common scenario is that of a nursing home accident. In these instances, the patient’s family may decide to file a lawsuit in an attempt to get their deserved compensation. Nursing home lawsuits are very common because most of these victims do not receive voluntary compensation from the facility.

Many victims of nursing home abuse suffer long-term psychological effects from their experience. This is why so many families opt to pursue a legal case through a nursing home lawsuit. It is not the physical injuries and pain that must be addressed. The effects of mental trauma and anguish are something that can last a lifetime.

Types of compensation available for victims of senior abuse in Miami.

If a loved one has experienced a wrongful death in a nursing home, there are several ways to obtain compensation. One way is through a wrongful death lawsuit. Another is through a medical malpractice claim. There are also other options available such as a financial lawsuit or a class action.

A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed either by the patient or by anyone related to the patient. If you or a loved one have been harmed by a doctor, you should contact a wrongful death or medical malpractice lawyer. They should offer a free consultation to help you decide if it is worthy of pursuing.

Medical malpractice is another way to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These suits can also be filed by relatives who have died because of medical negligence. This type of suit can be difficult to prove, so it may not always be successful. A skilled attorney may be able to make it a strong possibility.

The team at A to Z Injury Law is available 24/7 and is committed to protecting our great Miami seniors from neglect and abuse. Click here for a free consultation. We can also be reached at (561) 889-7056.

Car Accidents That Result In Death May Qualify For A Wrongful Death Lawsuit.

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Wrongful death car accidents happen way too often in Miami and we’re no stranger to the devastation they cause. 

Fatal accidents caused by the negligence of another party, such as drunk or reckless driving may be eligible for a wrongful death lawsuit, and that’s where we come in. 

A to Z Injury Law attorneys are dedicated to helping families recover from wrongful death car accidents.

The streets of Miami are flooded with cars every day. Driving from Little Havana to downtown Miami on Flagler Street is bumper to bumper. South Dixie Highway is full of people in a rush, swerving in and out of traffic and it’s pretty much the same everywhere you go here in South Florida. While most accidents are preventable, you could still end up in some kind of car accident at no fault of your own.

Anyone driving through the streets of Miami owes a duty of care to everyone on the road. Not just to other drivers, but to motorcycles, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well. Anyone who doesn’t follow the traffic safety laws in South Florida should be liable for the consequences of their actions. But in order to seek justice, the family of a victim in a fatal car crash must be able to prove the other driver was negligent.

Some examples of negligent driving are:

  • Drunk driving
  • Speeding or driving too slowly
  • Running a red light or stop sign
  • Distracted driving – talking or texting on their cell phone
  • Failure to use their turn signals
  • Driving without a license

A to Z Injury Law specializes in wrongful death accident law. We have a proven track record of securing settlements and verdicts on behalf of victims. 

Car Accident Facts And Statistics In Miami.

Dade County is home to many different types of car accidents. From simple fender benders to fatal crashes, South Florida is no stranger to them.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) conducted a survey in 2018. Below is a list of some of the data from that traffic crash report for Miami-Dade County. (Source: FLHSMV Crash Dashboard)

  • 64,627 crashes occurred
  • 273 crashes resulted in death
  • 30 fatalities involved a hit and run driver
  • 45 deaths involved motorcycle riders
  • 107 pedestrians died
  • 20 people riding their bike died

Wrongful Death Car Accidents Require Experienced Lawyers To Handle Your Case.

You should never leave the results of a wrongful death car accident in the hands of an insurance company. Their goal is to simply resolve the claim as inexpensively and quickly as possible. They will surely not take into consideration the emotional cost of dealing with your loved one’s death. They will also try to limit the money you are entitled to regarding financial burdens associated with a fatal car accident.

Miami car accidents involving a wrongful death should be handled by knowledgeable legal counsel. It is essential you consult with the right attorney before dealing with an insurance company. The costs involved in the death of a loved one are many. Medical bills, funeral costs, loss of future income, and pain and suffering should all be considered. 

We Can Help

We have helped hundreds of clients get millions of dollars in recoveries, and we are prepared to fight for your rights.

If you feel someone you love has died in a wrongful death car accident, contact A to Z Injury Law. We are ready to serve you any day, any hour, in any capacity we can. Our offices are located in Miami and Fort Myers and our attorneys are ready to serve you! Call (305) 889-7964 or click here for a free consultation.

What to Expect During the Initial Consultation with Your Injury Lawyer

Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Before you hire a personal injury attorney in Miami, it’s important to meet with them for your initial consultation. During this meeting, you can determine if this attorney is right for you, build rapport, and discuss details of the case. There are some things you probably already know about preparing for this consultation and won’t need much help with. 

For example, you know to arrive promptly and dress professionally. But what else goes into an initial consultation? 

What should you ask?

Here, we discuss how best to prepare for the initial consultation to make it successful – whether your initial consult is with A to Z Injury Law

What to Bring:

Make sure you have something to take down plenty of notes, whether it be a laptop or a pad and pencil. It’s also helpful to go into the meeting with a list of questions prepared. Reviewing the attorney’s website beforehand for basic information is helpful and certainly advised, however it doesn’t provide detailed background information about the attorney. So, gather a list of detailed questions, such as:

  • How many cases have you handled like mine?
  • What is the average verdict you obtained in cases like mine?
  • How long have you been practicing law in this county?
  • Will you be the one handling my case? Will other attorneys be involved in the case?

It’s also good to know how quickly the attorney will respond to your questions throughout the case. Ask how often you will expect to hear from the attorney, and whether he/she will frequently update you on the case proceedings.

While you ask questions, this is a good time to get a sense of what the attorney is like. Is he patient with you? Does he make it seem like your time is valuable? Does he seem invested in your case? If you answer “no” to even one of these questions, you may want to consider finding another attorney to represent you.

At A to Z Injury law, we understand there are many elements involved in handling a client’s case. While our goal is to maximize our client’s recovery, we are also committed to helping with all their issues – big or small. We work to ensure our patient’s lives are easier following an accident.

During the consultation, bring copies of documents that may be relevant to the case. For example, landlord-tenant disputes are common in Miami. If you are in a dispute with your landlord, bring a copy of your lease or a demand letter for the return of your deposit. If you don’t have documents, bring other material that may be pertinent to the case. For example, if you were involved in a car accident while crossing the intersection at US 1 in the Coral Gables area, bring copies of the crash report and any pictures you may have.

Before going into the initial consultation, ask if you will be charged a fee. If there is a fee, make sure you have adequate payment to cover it. At A to Z Injury Law, we offer a free consultation and case review.

Discuss the Legal Plan

After going over the details of the case, ask the lawyer if he or she has a strategy in mind for winning your case. Find out how long before cases like yours are typically resolved, and whether there is a possibility of it going to court. Many cases can be resolved outside of the courtroom and many of them are. However, if the case does go to trial, does your attorney feel confident defending you in the courtroom?

It’s important to discuss the legal plan during your initial consultation. That way, you know whether you are on the same page or not.

Learn the Fee Structure 

You should always discuss the legal fees during the initial consultation. This is different with every lawyer. Find out if they plan to charge you by the project, on a contingency basis, or by the hour. In general, if an attorney charges you by the hour, he/she will ask for a retainer up front and then bill you hourly going forward. 

Also, find out when you will be charged: quarterly, monthly, up-front, or at the end of the case? Will there be multiple attorneys on your case? If so, will they bill you at different rates? If money is a concern, find out if there is a payment plan.  

We Can Help

Initial consultations can be stressful, but with a little preparation,  they have the potential of going smoothly.

If you need legal representation or would like to learn more about how to prepare for your consultation with one of our attorney’s contact us here. We also offer free consultations for those seeking to speak with a personal injury attorney in Miami, FL. So once you’re ready to get started give us a call at (305) 889-7964.

How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer That Can Help With Your Case

If you’ve recently been injured, finding a lawyer to represent you may be a daunting affair, however, it’s one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. 

Don’t pick the first attorney who comes up on your search or the attorney with the most TV commercials. At A to Z Injury Law, we know the mistakes clients often make and want to guide you into making the best decision. 

Even though you have many lawyers to choose from, you want to find someone who is specifically experienced in personal injury law. That should be your first step (we’ll get into more detail on that). Then, follow the steps below to ensure you find the best person to advocate for your rights. 

Find a Personal Injury Lawyer 

Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who can get you a large settlement to cover all your medical expenses and additional compensation for pain and suffering. 

Personal injury law is very detailed, so hiring just any lawyer isn’t going to cut it. 

If your lawyer isn’t experienced in this area, you may be more knowledgeable than your lawyer. The personal injury attorneys at A to Z Injury Law are experienced in both large and small cases. We know how to help clients after they’ve had an accident that resulted in injuries. 

If you cannot contact our law firm because you live outside of Florida, find a lawyer you can trust and who has the experience to professionally guide you through these trying times. 

Additionally, you should do your research to ensure your lawyer does not have years of experience in unrelated cases. In general, an attorney who specializes in personal injury law will have a more in-depth perspective and will be better suited to help you get the results you want.

Review Your Attorney

One part of researching your attorney is making sure they’re in good standing with their state and local bar association. Usually, you can get access to referral lists at many of the larger bar associations to find this information. You can also review lawyer directories, which often provide extensive information on the attorney, including client reviews and peer ratings. 

Contact the Attorney

Sometimes, the best way to know if the attorney is right for you is to contact their office and evaluate your experience with them. If they took too long to return your call, if the receptionist was rude or impatient, and if you never had the chance to even speak to an attorney, then it’s time to look elsewhere. 

Contacting the office can provide valuable insight into how well they treat you and handle your case. 

Ask Questions

After you’ve narrowed down your list to a few lawyers, you should call them and ask questions. A few questions you should ask before hiring a lawyer include: 

  • How many of their cases are referrals? 
  • What kinds of cases do they typically handle? 
  • How many cases have they taken to court? 
  • How long have they been handling personal injury cases? 
  • How many cases are they currently handling? 

If you live in Miami and have questions related to your case, or would like a free consultation, contact A to Z Injury today. It’s easy to make mistakes when you don’t have the guidance of a professional attorney. 

Common mistakes include posting about the accident/injury on social media, not filing their claim on time, and not including the proper documentation. Our lawyers will help guide you through the entire personal injury process and make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries. 

Your Lawyer Shouldn’t be Afraid of Courtrooms 

Make sure your lawyer has experience taking cases to trial. This may sound obvious, but some lawyers have never stepped inside a courtroom. Instead, they expect their client to accept the first settlement offered by overly aggressive insurance companies. Make sure your attorney can take your case in front of a judge if need be. 

The attorneys at A to Z injury law are trial lawyers who aren’t afraid to battle it out in the courtroom to maximize your recovery. 

A to Z Injury Law Can Help!

If you’ve been recently injured, we know how stressful and frightening this time can be. We’re here to simplify the process and advocate for your rights. Contact us today at (305)677-8325.

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