While aging can be a joyous process – gaining life experience, building your career, establishing your family and watching it grow, traveling, etc., it can also have its drawbacks, especially physically; as you age, accomplishing tasks may become more difficult or take more time as you battle aches and pains, slower reflexes, and vision and hearing deterioration. Not to mention the possibility of being treated poorly by others due to your age, such as, not getting the attention you deserve in care facilities, not getting a job due to your inability to lift heavy weight, not being listened to by others simply because they think your thoughts are outdated, etc.
Seniors face enough challenges without having to fight for the compensation they deserve due to another’s negligence, whether it be negligence resulting in a slip-and-fall, an automobile accident, harm from a defective product, medication, or medical neglect. View the following “3 Considerations for FL Seniors Injured As a Result of Another’s Negligence” to be informed and get the compensation you deserve.
1) Injuries to Seniors are Often More Severe
Injuries sustained by seniors are often more severe than their younger counterparts; recovery from injuries can take longer and sometimes seniors are not able to fully recover. Injuries, such as hip fractures from a slip-and-fall or bed sores, malnutrition and dehydration from neglectful and abusive care facilities, can require extensive and long term care, requiring durable medical equipment, assisted living services, home modifications, rehabilitation, etc. These types of life-altering and independence losing injuries that are a result of another’s negligence require sufficient compensation in order to receive the care you need. It can be the case that more injuries become noticeable or more severe a few days to a few weeks after an accident. If you are involved in an accident in which you may have been injured, seek medical attention immediately and take notes and pictures of worsening bruises or injuries as they occur to help ensure you get adequate compensation.
2) Comparative Negligence and Hassle from Insurance Companies
Florida is a pure comparative negligence state meaning fault or negligence can be split among the parties involved based on how much each party played a role or is determined negligent in the case of an accident and each parties recovered damages would be decreased by the percentage they are deemed negligent. For example, when suing another driver in the case of an automobile accident and your actions are deemed to be 20% negligent, then your damages would be decreased by 20%. So, if the total amount of damages was $100,000, you would only receive $80,000. Insurance companies will use this comparative negligence to decrease the amount of compensation they will owe. They will try to use aspects of your advanced age to try to pin you with part of the negligence. They might try to say things like “your slower reflexes played a part in the automobile accident” or “your deteriorated vision was the reason you fell in the grocery store.” It is really important in the event of an accident in which you are injured that you try to prove you were injured by a person or establishment’s failure to meet their responsibility for your care, that you not get injured. Compensation from an insurance company for an injury can be medical care, medical equipment, home modifications to accommodate long term care for a long term injury, and more.
3) Seek Help from an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Seeking help from an experienced personal injury attorney can help with proving the fault of the negligence party and that you are not at fault. An attorney will also be able to examine every aspect of your case in order to ensure you get the full compensation that you deserve.
Why Franco Law Group
Franco Law Group is an experienced (established in 1997) Tampa Law Firm that specializes in personal injury, premise liability, pedestrian accidents, and Social Security Disability. The attorneys at Franco Law Group will seek to provide you with the highest-quality representation. Contact Franco Law Group for a FREE consultation and know your rights and responsibilities.