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5 Unexpected Ways Injury Lawyers Help People Every Day

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.

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