Summer Vacation Woes and Personal Injury Claims

As school ends and the summer approaches, Florida residents and tourists swarm the roadways, the beaches, and the theme parks. Daytona Beach, on the east coast of the Sunshine State, attracts millions of visitors annually and is known for its beaches, the Daytona International Speedway, and various cultural events. Unfortunately, the excitement of vacation plans and fun in the sun can quickly take a turn when an injury occurs. Accidents can occur anytime and anywhere, but when they are caused by the negligent or malicious act of another, it is time to find an experienced personal injury attorney.

Experienced Lawyers Fighting for Your Rights

Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law, is a family-owned and run law firm that can navigate the complex legal landscape and help you recover the compensation you deserve for a personal injury claim. As life-long residents of Volusia County, Florida, Attorney Katherine F. Woodard and Attorney David L. Ferguson have an in-depth knowledge of local laws and court procedures. With over fifty years of combined legal experience, they are strong advocates for our clients and stand ready to represent you.

Common Categories for Personal Injury Claims:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Watersport Accidents
  • Product Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Assault & Battery Claims
  • Negligent Security
  • Dog Bites
  • Theme Park Accidents
  • Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents

How to Establish a Personal Injury Claim

To prove a claim, a defendant must owe the victim a duty of care. It is a legal obligation to use reasonable care to keep others safe. For example, a driver has a duty to exercise reasonable care towards others on the roadway. A breach of duty occurs when a defendant fails to provide reasonable care, such as driving recklessly on a highway. Causation means that the victim must demonstrate that the breach of duty directly caused the damages they seek to recover. Damages can be in the form of economic or non-economic losses. Economic damages are quantifiable, such as bills incurred for medical care. Non-economic damages do not have a specific monetary value, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and others. 

Gathering Evidence

If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury due to someone’s negligence or malicious intent, it is important to document evidence immediately. Take photographs or videos of the scene and the injury itself. If witnesses are present, gather contact information, as eyewitness testimony is valuable. Medical documentation is key when presenting a claim, so it is vital to seek medical care immediately. Keep bills and receipts for medical care and prescriptions during your recovery. It is helpful to keep a daily journal, noting every medical appointment and logging your pain level. Keep all records of renovations to your living space to accommodate your injuries and your need to hire help for daily chores or child care.

Experience and Knowledge When You Need It Most

At Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law, we hope you have a wonderful summer vacation and never need legal assistance for a claim. But if you do, know we are here and ready to assist you. While many cases never go to trial, we are fully prepared to advocate for you in court as needed. We provide unwavering support and guidance; your well-being and peace of mind are our top priorities.

Contact Woodard & Ferguson, Attorneys at Law, at (386) 677-0822 to schedule a consultation with an attorney who cares. We represent clients throughout Volusia, Flagler, Seminole, and Orange Counties, Florida.

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