Personal Injury Areas of Practice

Automobile Accidents

Victims of automobile accidents often suffer serious injuries and pain, in addition to significant financial concerns. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, you need an experienced personal injury attorney on your side.

About Automobile Accidents

Automobile accidents may occur for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, a driver is distracted and makes a mistake, which leads to a crash. In other cases, a driver may simply ignore traffic laws altogether. Regardless of the circumstances, these accidents always have the potential to be serious, causing injury or death to innocent victims. Fortunately, if you are the victim of an auto accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation.

How Can I Maximize My Automobile Accident Recovery?

You will typically receive compensation for an auto accident if you can show that another driver was responsible for the crash. If your auto accident claim is successful, you may receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, damage to property and any pain or suffering you experienced. In order to maximize the amount of compensation you receive after an auto accident, follow these tips.

  • File the claim as soon as possible. – After an automobile accident, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim for compensation. This is known as the “statute of limitations.” File your claim before the statute of limitations expires.
  • Collect evidence. – Collect as much evidence as you can to support your case. Take pictures of the damage at the scene, keep copies of all of your medical bills and make sure that any witnesses present give statements about what they saw.
  • Hire an experienced auto accident attorney. – Being the victim in an auto accident is difficult enough on its own. If you decide to file a claim for compensation, the best thing you can do to ensure that you get the best possible settlement with the least amount of stress is to hire a personal injury attorney who has experience with these cases.

How Our Firm Can Help

If you have been involved in an auto accident and you think you may be entitled to compensation, please contact our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation. We look forward to working with you.

Slip, Trip and Fall

Being involved in a slip/trip and fall accident can affect your life dramatically. Although no amount of money will make up for the pain you have experienced, receiving compensation for your injuries can help you to move forward with your life after the accident. To file a personal injury claim, please contact the McFarlane Law Firm today.

About Slip/Trip and Fall Accidents

Slip/trip and fall accidents occur when an individual loses his or her footing on a slick or uneven surface and falls. Thousands of people are injured in slip/trip and fall accidents each year. These accidents may occur for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Rough patches of ground.
  • Uneven payment.
  • Poorly structured stairs.
  • Wet floors.
  • Poorly maintained walkways.

Regardless of the cause of the accident, the victim can sustain serious injuries, such as broken bones, contusions, lacerations, traumatic brain injury, spinal injuries and more. Some of these injuries can even lead to ongoing disability, preventing the victim from holding a job and enjoying his or her life. Fortunately, victims of slip/trip and fall accidents may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

Can I Win a Lawsuit?

In general, you will be entitled to compensation for your accident occurred because of the property owner’s negligence. In order to win the case, you must show that the property owner caused the danger, knew about the danger but failed to respond to it or should have known about the danger. For example, if you tripped on a torn piece of carpet that had been damaged for several months, the court will likely determine that a reasonable property owner would have found the damage and dealt with it. However, if you tripped on a torn piece of carpet that had only been damaged for two days, the court may not hold the property owner liable.

If you file a personal injury claim because of a slip/trip and fall case, you may qualify to receive compensation for:

  • Hospital and doctor bills.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering.

Hiring an Attorney

Because slip/trip and fall cases can be complicated, having an experienced attorney on your side is essential. If you have been injured because of a trip or slip, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services.

Crime Victim Compensation

Being the victim of a crime is troubling enough. When you are injured as a result of a crime, getting over the trauma you have suffered is even more of a challenge. Like any injury caused by the willful wrongdoing of another party, you should never have to pay the expenses that accrue due to someone else’s actions. In Florida, there are several means of getting compensation for injuries sustained during the commission of a crime against you.

Restitution

When the perpetrator of a crime is sentenced, the judge can order the individual to pay restitution as part of his or her sentence. Restitution may include the costs of medical/dental bills, physical rehabilitation, psychological counseling, and lost wages (both current and future) that stem from your injury.

Civil Actions

Though the criminal court can award an injured victim the actual costs of the injury he or she sustained, a criminal court judge does not have the authority to order restitution for immeasurable losses, such as lost potential or pain and suffering. Filing a civil lawsuit helps fill in the gaps in financial (and lifestyle) losses that restitution fails to pay.

Florida State Victim Compensation

When the perpetrator of a crime is ordered to pay restitution, this fee becomes the priority. By law, the offender must pay his or her victim before paying any other fines or fees. It is possible, however, an offender will not have the means to pay restitution or will not pay quickly enough. Florida has a Crimes Compensation Fund that reimburses crime victims for expenses they accrue due to a crime. Reimbursable expenses include funeral costs, medical expenses, counseling, and lost wages. To be eligible, the crime must be reported within 72 hours and claims must be filed within a year. The amount of compensation is also limited by the nature of the crime.

Florida Crime Victim Compensation Attorney

When you have been the victim of a crime in Florida, you are not relegated to one means of getting compensation. Your best chance of getting the money you need as quickly as possible is to file for all means of compensation at once. Gregory McFarlane helps clients who were injured during the commission of a criminal act get the compensation they need for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Based in Pembroke Pines, he also serves Davie, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Orlando, Winter Park, and Tallahassee.

Tractor Trailer/Commercial Vehicle

Due to their sheer size, when tractor trailers and large commercial trucks are involved in auto accidents, they tend to do a lot of damage. Not only is a collision with a large truck likely to total your personal vehicle, it is more likely to result in catastrophic injury to you and anyone riding in your vehicle. Unlike personal vehicles, which are the responsibility of only one person at a time, the person driving, commercial vehicles on the road are always under the immediate responsibility of at least two entities – the driver of the vehicle and the company who operates the vehicle. While this makes lawsuits involving tractor trailers and commercial vehicles more complex, as the victim of a trucking accident, it also gives you more people from whom you may seek compensation.

Other Responsible Parties

The fault of a tractor trailer or commercial vehicle driver in an accident depends upon factors, as does the culpability of the company who owns and operates the truck. If other drivers on the road were the cause of the commercial vehicle hitting you, for instance, the truck driver and trucking company have no liability in the accident. You can still seek compensation, of course, but you will be seeking it from the party responsible for the accident, not the commercial vehicle driver and company. In the event that the crash was caused by faulty parts on the tractor trailer or commercial vehicle, you can seek compensation from the company who manufactured the vehicle or parts that caused the accident.

When the Truck Driver/Trucking Company is at Fault

There are also circumstances in which the truck driver and trucking company are inarguably at fault. If the driver was on the road too long, resulting in driver fatigue, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or disobeying traffic laws (including speeding), the driver alone may be held accountable for the accident. Though it is possible to seek compensation from the company in some circumstances since the company hired the driver.

If the accident was due to poor loading, poor maintenance, lack of training, or unreasonable work schedules, the trucking company has obvious legal responsibility in the matter.

Florida Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney

When you have been in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you need an attorney who knows from whom you can seek compensation. Gregory McFarlane has experience in helping clients get the compensation they deserve after auto accidents involving commercial vehicles.

Accidents

Due to their sheer size, when tractor trailers and large commercial trucks are involved in auto accidents, they tend to do a lot of damage. Not only is a collision with a large truck likely to total your personal vehicle, it is more likely to result in catastrophic injury to you and anyone riding in your vehicle. Unlike personal vehicles, which are the responsibility of only one person at a time, the person driving, commercial vehicles on the road are always under the immediate responsibility of at least two entities – the driver of the vehicle and the company who operates the vehicle. While this makes lawsuits involving tractor trailers and commercial vehicles more complex, as the victim of a trucking accident, it also gives you more people from whom you may seek compensation.

Other Responsible Parties

The fault of a tractor trailer or commercial vehicle driver in an accident depends upon factors, as does the culpability of the company who owns and operates the truck. If other drivers on the road were the cause of the commercial vehicle hitting you, for instance, the truck driver and trucking company have no liability in the accident. You can still seek compensation, of course, but you will be seeking it from the party responsible for the accident, not the commercial vehicle driver and company. In the event that the crash was caused by faulty parts on the tractor trailer or commercial vehicle, you can seek compensation from the company who manufactured the vehicle or parts that caused the accident.

When the Truck Driver/Trucking Company is at Fault

There are also circumstances in which the truck driver and trucking company are inarguably at fault. If the driver was on the road too long, resulting in driver fatigue, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or disobeying traffic laws (including speeding), the driver alone may be held accountable for the accident. Though it is possible to seek compensation from the company in some circumstances since the company hired the driver.

If the accident was due to poor loading, poor maintenance, lack of training, or unreasonable work schedules, the trucking company has obvious legal responsibility in the matter.

Florida Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney

When you have been in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, you need an attorney who knows from whom you can seek compensation. Gregory McFarlane has experience in helping clients get the compensation they deserve after auto accidents involving commercial vehicles.

Catastrophic Injuries

Any injury that alters the course and circumstances of one’s life is considered a catastrophic injury. These injuries are so debilitating, the injured party may never be able to return to work or work the same job again, may never be physically capable of earning the same wage as he or she earned prior to the injury, upsetting his or her family’s financial stability, may be unable to finish school, may require medical care or treatment for the rest of his or her life, and have a reduced quality of life. When you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury, the medical expenses and lost wages over time can be a staggering number. When that injury was caused by the willful or negligent actions of someone else, seeking compensation from that person can take the financial burden off the victim’s shoulders and put it on the responsible party where it belongs.

Common Catastrophic Injuries

While most anything that heavily incapacitates a person is considered a catastrophic injury, there are some common types of injuries that generally meet the criteria of a catastrophic injury in the eyes of Florida law. These include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries/neurological disorders
  • Spinal cord injuries/nerve damage
  • Permanent paralysis
  • Accidental amputations
  • Organ failure
  • Debilitating burns

Expenses one can seek compensation to cover following a catastrophic injury include the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, counseling fees, present and future lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other bills that come as a direct result of the injury.

Florida Catastrophic Injury Attorney

When you or a loved one has experienced a catastrophic injury due to an auto accident, a construction accident,  a defective product, or an accident caused by the negligence of another party, you have the legal right to compensation. Gregory McFarlane helps clients in Pembroke Pines, Davie, Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Lakes, Miami Gardens, Orlando, Winter Park, and Tallahassee get compensation for catastrophic injuries by filing lawsuits against the parties responsible for causing the injury. When you have experienced a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s recklessness or willful wrongdoing, your life is going to change dramatically. While no legal intervention can give you back the full function of your body, or eliminate the emotional scars you carry, compensation can ensure you don’t have to worry about your finances, and your family’s well-being, as you make the adjustment to your new way of life.

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