Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Cases
Does Justice Require that Someone be Held Accountable for the Death, Injury to, or Abuse of a Loved One? Call (941) 426-7900 to learn your rights.
The loss of a loved one is traumatic enough, but can also have devastating financial consequences for a family. Under Florida law, certain family members may recover damages when they have lost a loved one as a result of negligence, neglect, or abuse. Florida’s law, however, restricts such claims to a limited timeframe — a timeframe that is much shorter than what is allowed for most other types of claims. Therefore, it is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible if you suspect negligence in causing the wrongful death of a family member. I have prosecuted cases of wrongful death that arose out of automobile, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents, as well as, nursing home abuse and professional malpractice. If you have questions pertaining to a claim for wrongful death, please do not hesitate to give me a call. Common damages awarded in a Florida wrongful death case include: funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of net accumulations, and loss of the value of present and future income and family support. It can help to have an experienced Florida wrongful death lawyer on your side. Call me, an experienced Florida wrongful death lawyer in North Port, Venice, Englewood, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, and surrounding Florida communities, for a free, confidential consultation at (941) 426-7900. I will strive to obtain justice and the maximum compensation for you that is available under Florida law.
Wrongful Death Attorney James Keim has represented local families in wrongful death, abuse and neglect cases for over 20 years. Call (941) 426-7900 today to schedule a free consultation and learn your rights.
Under Florida law, survivors and beneficiaries of a loved one may be entitled to collect compensation for wrongful death. This includes death that results from:
Drunk Driving and “Dram Shop” Claims
Each year, drunk drivers kill thousands of motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians in the United States. Often, these illegal drivers leave a drinking establishment or social club where they have been served with excessive amounts of alcohol even though they are known to be habitual drunks by the proprietors of these establishments. Florida’s Dram Shop Act prohibits these establishment operators from willfully and unlawfully selling or furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of alcohol. I have personal legal experience handling personal injury cases involving drunk drivers and negligent drinking establishments in Florida and will strive to obtain the maximum compensation for you under the law.
Drunk drivers often carry little to no bodily injury insurance coverage on their insurance policies. For this reason, it is extremely important to protect you and your family by purchasing adequate amounts of uninsured / underinsured motorist coverage on your own insurance policy. If you are hit by a driver without insurance coverage or an adequate amount of coverage based on your injuries, then your own insurer will be obligated to step in and pay for your damages. Local attorney, James Keim, has experience handling drunk driving accident injury claims and claims for injury under Florida’s dram shop liability law. Call Attorney James Keim today at (941) 426-7900 to discuss your case and legal rights.
Construction Site and Workplace Negligence Incidents
If you are a worker or the family member of a deceased worker who has been injured or killed in the workplace or on a jobsite as a result of the negligence of someone other than the immediate employer, you may be entitled to compensation over and above what is allowed by the Florida workers compensation law. Examples include:
Joe Smith is a delivery driver for a major business equipment supplier. While on the job, his vehicle is rear-ended by another driver, sending Tom to the hospital with serious injuries. Even though he was working at the time of collision, under Florida law, Tom is not limited to collecting workers compensation. He may pursue an independent claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Jeff Jones works for a well known painting contractor. He is sent by his employer to a commercial job-site where the building owner or a contractor has already erected scaffolding for Mike to use to complete the job. While painting, the scaffolding collapses and Mike is killed. His surviving spouse is not limited to collecting worker’s compensation even though Mike was on the job at the time of his death. She may bring an independent claim for wrongful death against the property owner and person or company who negligently erected the scaffolding.
Swimming, Drowning and Aquatic Incidents
Statistically, there are on average over 2,000 accidental drowning deaths in the United States each year. Many of these unfortunate tragedies are the result of negligence. In cases of near-drowning and the deprivation of oxygen for a prolonged period of time, the victim is often left with brain damage and paralysis – leading to years of rehabilitation and assistance with their activities of daily living. Public and private swimming pools, as well as recreational water facilities, pose numerous hazards – serious injury and death often result from defective or improperly installed equipment and poorly trained lifeguards or negligent supervision of swimming areas. If you believe that a swimming-related serious injury or death could have been avoided, call Attorney James Keim for a free legal consultation to learn your rights under Florida law at (941) 426-7900.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Malnutrition, broken bones, dehydration, bed sores, bowel impactions, medication errors, infections, scabies, lacerations, sexual abuse and unexplained injuries are just a few examples of potential nursing home and assisted living facility neglect and abuse. All nursing home and assisted living facility residents in Florida have “Resident Rights.” These resident rights are listed in Chapter 400 of the Florida Statutes. If a nursing home or ALF violates any of these “Resident Rights,” it may be possible to hold the nursing home or ALF accountable for their actions or omissions. Contact an experienced nursing home attorney as soon as possible after you suspect abuse and neglect. A knowledgeable attorney can guide you and advise you as to the proper steps to take. I have provided legal consultation on hundreds of cases of neglect and abuse, and am available to assist you if you have questions regarding a family member, friend, or loved one in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
Claims against nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Florida are governed by a shortened statute of limitations. Not much time exists to investigate and pursue these claims. Therefore, it is important to take action immediately upon discovering or suspecting that medical negligence has been committed.
Complaints about a Florida nursing home or assisted living facility may be made to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA).
Local nursing home abuse lawyer, James Keim, has personal legal experience handling nursing home and assisted living abuse and neglect cases in Florida and will strive to obtain the maximum compensation for you under law. To hold a nursing home or ALF accountable for the abuse and neglect of its patients is justice for the aggrieved and for greater society at large. If you are seeking to obtain justice against a nursing home or assisted living facility, call Attorney James Keim, today to discuss your case at (941) 426-7900.
Electrocution, Fire and Burn Incidents
Violations of the National Fire and Electric Safety Code, which is referenced and incorporated into law within the Florida Statutes, often result in serious injury and death or damage to property. If you suspect that a fire or electrical related injury was caused by someone’s negligence or failure to conform to relevant safety codes, call today for a free consultation and evaluation of your potential claim. It is important to not delay in taking action so that evidence may be preserved and so that an independent investigation can be undertaken to protect your rights.
Attorney James Keim has personal legal experience handling electrocution, fire and burn injury claims and cases in Sarasota County and Charlotte County, Florida and will strive to obtain justice and the maximum compensation for you under law.
Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
Attorney James Keim, handles cases involving serious injuries caused by dogs and other dangerous animals in Venice, North Port, Port Charlotte, Englewood and surrounding communities. In addition to a common law negligence claim, Florida Statute Chapter 767 provides a statutory cause of action against the owner of any dog in Florida who permits their dog to bite another. I have personal legal experience handling dog bite cases in Florida and will strive to obtain the maximum compensation for you under law. If you or a family member has been bitten or attacked by a dangerous dog or animal, call North Port lawyer, James Keim, at (941) 426-7900 for a free consultation and learn about your legal right to pursue an injury claim.