When you’ve been hurt, you want a Florida personal injury attorney who knows exactly how to take care of you.
At Martinez Manglardi, our Florida personal injury lawyers represent injured victims, not insurance companies. Our personal injury department is comprised of trial attorneys, case managers, paralegals and legal assistants, all working together to provide the best possible outcome to our clients. We have a well-earned reputation for providing aggressive and high quality representation to our clients, and we know injury law. Since 1988, we have been committed to protecting the safety of Florida families statewide, including Orlando, Orange County, Kissimmee, Apopka, Seminole County and Osceola County.
We have won millions for our clients.
This webpage was developed to serve as a resource for personal injury victims to gain a basic understanding of the law, to understand the responsibilities of those who caused harm, and to offer information on the types of damages that may be received. While Martinez Manglardi recognizes that financial compensation cannot alleviate the harm suffered by victims of personal injury, we recognize that monetary consideration may help to ease the burden.
“Personal injury” is the general title given to civil wrongs (torts) that cause bodily injury or harm. A tort assigns responsibility to an individual, group or corporation (defendant) for causing injury to another person (plaintiff). The primary goals of personal injury law are to provide relief (damages) to the plaintiff and to deter the defendant from inflicting further harm to others. Personal injury litigation encompasses a wide variety of claims including:
- Amusement Park Ride Injuries
- Transportation Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Wrecks
- Public Transportation Injuries
- Free Accident Review
- Medical Malpractice
- Birth Injuries / Birth Defects
- Doctor Negligence
- Hospital Error
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Pharmaceutical Injuries
- Prescription Dangers
- Pharmacy Errors
- Phenylpropanolamine (PPA)
- Product Liability (Consumer Product Suits)
- Guidant Defibrillators
- Medical Device Recalls
- Premises Liability (Slip and Fall)
- Wrongful Death
- Drunk Driving Fatalities
- Healthcare Fatalities
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Fatalities
- Trucking Collision Fatalities
If you have an injury that was caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you should seek the advice of an experienced Florida personal injury attorney. Our injury lawyers will consult with you about filing a suit to recover damages. According to the law, personal injury victims are entitled to compensation for the plaintiff’s breach of duty or violation of some right. If the jury finds the defendant guilty of negligence or wrongful conduct, then you will be entitled to receive plaintiff damages. Damages can be economic (for lost wages or medical expenses), non-economic (for pain and suffering), and punitive (to punish reckless behavior). Punitive damages are usually awarded only if the defendant’s actions were so heinous that the judge believes it necessary to make an example of the defendant. If your injury was caused by a defect in a product’s design, production or labeling, any or all parties involved in the manufacturing chain can be held liable for damages.
While some personal injury suits may be based on intentional acts such as assault and battery, most claims are due to negligence. To win your case, the four critical components of negligence must be established. These critical elements are:
- The defendant had a duty to you,
- The defendant failed in that duty (breach of duty),
- That you were harmed because of the defendant’s breach of duty,and
- That damages resulted from the harm.
Only a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer will be able present and prove these factors and ensure that you receive fair consideration. At Martinez Manglardi, our Florida personal injury attorneys are committed to protecting the safety of Florida’s families. We can effectively represent your case and help to ensure that you receive compensation for any damages that you have suffered
Our cases are handled by a team of professionals, including nurses, doctors, engineers and other experts. State-of-the-art technology is utilized to effectively present claims.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of personal injury, contact us today via our onlinecontact form,or call our offices at (407) 381-4123, or (407) 846-2240. Whether your case is settled or tried, you can be assured that Martinez Manglardi has obtained the maximum possible amount of damages in your case.
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1. What is a class action lawsuit?
A class action is when a large group of plaintiffs sue a large group of defendants naming a representative in place of the entire group. Examples would be the tobacco industry suits and the suits against the drug manufactures of the popular diet medications, such as fen-phen.
2. What is negligence?
It is a failure to act reasonably in a situation. Doing something carelessly or failing to do something; i.e. driving without your headlights on.
3. What are punitive damages?
Damages awarded to punish the defendant.
4. What does pain and suffering include?
This would generally be money awarded over and above medical costs and lost wages.
5. What is contributory negligence?
It is a defense to negligence, stating that the plaintiff’s negligence contributed to their injuries.
6. What is a tort?
Conduct intended to harm another person or their property. Examples include fraud, misrepresentation and slander.
7. I fell in a puddle of water at the grocery store. Can I sue and win a lot of money?
Not necessarily. You must first prove the grocery store either created the hazardous situation or had previous knowledge of it. If you can prove both these things, the amount of your “award” will be directly related to your injury, medical costs and loss of income. For more information, see Premises Liability.
8. I didn’t have any medical expenses or lost income when I fell in the store; can I still collect a settlement?
This is a big misconception. If you don’t suffer an injury or incur financial losses, chances are slim that you’ll collect any monetary award.
9. How is negligence determined?
Negligence does not simple mean doing something wrong. All of the following elements must exist for an act to be considered negligent:
a. Lack of reasonable care
b. Breach of duty
c. Injury to the victim
d. Foreseeability (knowing an act would occur based on the circumstances)
10. I’ve heard the phrase “assumption of risk.” What does it mean?
It is used as part of a defendant’s defense. It states that a user assumes risk in the following ways:
a. If you’ve discovered the risk, but disregard it
b. If you’ve failed to properly maintain an item
c. If you’ve failed to follow the enclosed directions