Most people think of
personal injury lawyers and they immediately think of car accidents. In fact, Florida personal
injury lawyers do take on a lot of car accident cases, but they help everyday
people in many other legal situations as well. Here are five ways Florida
personal injury lawyers like those at Kelley/Uustal help people just like
you when they need help standing up for their rights.
1. By Taking on Big Tobacco
The 2006 Florida Supreme Court decision in Engle v. Liggett ruled that
tobacco manufacturers created defective, unreasonably dangerous products,
and held that cigarette companies were liable for damages caused by smoking.
A cigarette lawyer is a personal injury lawyer who helps those who developed
medical conditions like lung, laryngeal, kidney, esophageal, or other
types of cancer, coronary heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD) or other
diseases due to smoking. If you developed a serious illness due to smoking, a cigarette lawyer
from our offices can help determine whether or not you have a case.
2. By Helping Gulf Oil Spill Victims
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico not only claimed
lives on the drilling rig and in the ocean, workers and businesses along
the gulf coast were also affected. An oil spill attorney helps those in
the tourism, commercial fishing, and other sectors who suffered tremendous
economic losses after the spill. If your business was affected by Deepwater
Horizon, you may be eligible to recover losses of wages and profits as
spelled out in the 1990 Oil Pollution Act. Speak with an oil spill attorney
from our office if you are in this situation.
3. By Protecting the Rights of People Injured on Cruises
Being injured on a cruise ship is not like being injured in a shopping
center or in a car accident. The cruise industry uses many techniques
to deflect lawsuits and make them as difficult as possible for people
injured on cruise ships. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible
to make a case against a cruise line. Injury lawyers with experience in
cruise cases like those at Kelley/Uustal know how to stand up to these
corporations. You have to act quickly, however, because you only have
one year from the date of the injury to pursue a claim against a cruise line.
4. By Standing Up to Financial Misconduct
Financial misconduct may not cause physical injury, but it does profoundly affect lives. Sometimes
people try to do the right thing by saving for retirement in 401K plans
and IRAs, only to watch their earnings dwindle due to misconduct by brokers
and financial advisors. These professionals have a fiduciary duty to investors,
and can be held liable for misconduct or conflicts of interest. Furthermore,
misleading or false statements about how much you could earn could indicate
fraud. Consulting a lawyer is a good idea if you suspect financial misconduct
concerning your investments.
5. By Holding Liable Parties Accountable for Defective Medical Devices
Malpractice cases are difficult due to state laws that make even filing
a lawsuit a protracted ordeal. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t
seek justice if you were injured by
medical malpractice or the use of a defective medical device. A skilled injury lawyer knows
how to identify all liable parties, including manufacturers of
defective medical devices. If you’ve experienced problems after a hip replacement or if you
were the victim of other types of medical malpractice, a personal injury
attorney may be able to help, but you won’t know unless you call.