Combat Veterans’ Brain Injuries: Hard to Diagnose, Harder to Treat

 

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

According to a recent survey, 244,719 troops were diagnosed with a Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) between 2009 and 2012. 72,529 of these diagnoses occurred after 2009. With such a high number of cases, many Americans expect that research is being performed to prevent, detect, or treat these injuries, but the truth of the matter is TBIs are some of the most complex injuries to deal with. In fact, 22% of all combat casualties are related to Traumatic Brain Injuries.

There are three levels of Traumatic Brain injuries: mild, moderate, and severe. A mild TBI is defined by a loss or alteration of consciousness for a time period less than 30 minutes or post-traumatic amnesia lasting less than 24 hours. Focal neurologic deficits and/or a Glasgow Coma Score (GCS) of 13-15 would also indicate a mild TBI. Moderate TBIs are signified by a loss of consciousness greater than 30 minutes, post-traumatic amnesia lasting longer than 24 hours, and an initial GCS of 9-12. A severe TBI is categorized by all of the symptoms above and a GCS score less than 9.

At least 45% of veterans currently coming home from Iraq/Afghanistan are in the process of applying for or are already receiving Veterans Disability Benefits. This number is double the number of veterans who were eligible following the Gulf War. The reason for this dramatic increase is new injuries. 20 percent of all active duty troops suffer from repeated concussions. One third of that number has semi-permanent symptoms as a result.

For whatever reason, veterans and athletes alike, have longer lasting symptoms than civilians who have the same injury. 85 to 90 percent of civilians with a mild TBI will return to normal after three to six months. The other 10 percent experience lasting somatic (headache, tinnitus, insomnia, etc.), cognitive (memory, attention, concentration difficulties, etc.), or emotional/behavioral (irritability, depression, anxiety, etc.) symptoms. A veteran or athlete could see symptoms last months longer than a civilian, usually 18 to 24 months. Generally, this difference is due to the fact that a veteran’s mild TBI is usually accompanied by several other medial problems.

If symptoms progress past the normal time periods, several neurological disorders can develop:

▪       Epilepsy

▪       Paralysis

▪       Tremors

▪       Headaches and migraines

▪       Memory loss or impairment

You may be wondering why a veteran has such a dramatically longer recovery time. The answer is simple: in many cases symptoms are ignored at the time of injury due to the stressful situation within which it occurs. Because of this, the injury itself is hard to pinpoint, making even more difficult to distinguish between symptoms. Like I said earlier, veterans are usually dealing with several medical conditions at once. Several TBI symptoms overlap with those of other psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Treatment for a TBI has to be symptom focused, but if you can’t distinguish between what symptoms are caused by which condition, how are you supposed to treat? That is exactly what the government was supposedly working on for the past few years. After putting $18.1 million into a resource that was supposed help diagnose TBIs, the software has fallen short. This software was supposed to help determine the impact of blast injuries when there was no visible head wound. It was also supposed to help differentiate between symptoms relating to a TBI and other medical conditions. Instead, the software seems to be a clinical documentation tool with no interfacing to other programs and a confusing self-assessment for veterans to take. It is disappointing that we haven’t progressed farther in the diagnosis and treatment of TBIs.

With all of the new types of injuries comes a greater influx of disability claims to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Currently, it takes nearly 8 months to process a single claim, even longer if you have to go through an appeals process. You may need an attorney to help keep your claim on track. If you or a loved one was injured in combat and has a resulting disability, contact the Coye Law Firm to discuss your case.

 

 

 

Could you be Forced into Arbitration?

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

How may people truly understand all of the legal jargon in an employment contract? Do you read every word of it? Do you trust your new employer implicitly enough to trust the way they are explaining it to you? What happens if you miss something? Will you pay the price? The truth is you could. Many corporate contracts now include a forced arbitration clause that could cost you if you ever have to file a complaint.

So what is arbitration? Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution that is meant to prevent a dispute from going to court. In arbitration, a third party reviews the evidence and makes a decision, which is usually legally binding and enforceable. Arbitration is a form of “private judging” and works in theory. It was intended to be a freely chosen alternative to litigation among corporate equals. The problem is arbitration has been twisted to force employees and consumers to surrender their right to hold corporations accountable for their wrongdoing.

Employers are creating clauses in the fine print of contracts that makes arbitration the only option if you have a complaint. It is a biased system because the company you have an issue with is the one contracting the arbitrators. Arbitrators have no obligation to follow the letter of the law, resulting in an overwhelming favoring with the corporation. In fact, 95% of arbitrated decisions favor the corporation over the employee.

In an arbitrated case, the arbitrator has not legal authority to force a company to change their ways, even if they are proven negligent, unfair, or dangerous. By forcing arbitration, the company is protected from the law.

Arbitration itself is extremely expensive because of its private nature. This fact on its own deters employees or consumers from following through with a complaint. With forced arbitration, an employee is giving up their right to a court hearing and all that comes along with it – a judge, a jury, and a chance to appeal.

Luckily, you cannot be forced into arbitration for a worker’s compensation case. If you chose to enter into arbitration freely, the decision is probably not legally binding, so if you don’t agree you can still pursue litigation.

If you or a loved one has a claim that is being forced into arbitration, you may need an attorney to represent your interests. Though the process is tough and expensive, it is not impossible to prevail, especially if you are arbitrating by choice. Contact the experienced attorneys at the Coye Law Firm today, for a consultation on your case.

 

 

 

Will Texting and Driving Finally Become Illegal in Florida?

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

For the fourth year in a row, Senators Nancy Detert (R) and Doug Holder (R) are working towards making texting and driving illegal in Florida. For 3 years now, they have submitted bills together, in an attempt to outlaw the dangerous act of distracted driving, but the bill is repeatedly killed in subcommittee votes.

The new legislation would make texting and driving a non-moving violation and would be considered a secondary offence. A secondary offence means that an officer would not be able to pull you over for texting and driving, but they can write you a ticket for the offense if they have already pulled you over for another infraction – like speeding, driving recklessly, or driving under the influence. The law, SB 416, states that any driver found guilty of this offence will be charged with a $30 fine. Repeated offences would result in greater fines and points on your license.

Florida drivers should know that this bill would not completely ban mobile phone use. Exemptions are outlined as any visual/spoken navigation system, or any mobile radios.

Florida is one out of only five states (Montana, South Dakota, Arizona and South Carolina) that does not have some sort of ban on texting while driving. Despite bipartisan support, in addition to 70% of Florida voters supporting the ban, this bill is shot down repeatedly.

Hoping to overcome the bill’s history, Detert and Holder believe that this is the year the bill will finally pass. We will be watching for the decision after the votes take place in March.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident where texting and driving was involved, you may need an attorney to help you sort through a personal injury suit. Contact the experienced attorneys at the Coye Law Firm, today, for a free consultation.

New Online Resource for Veterans with eBenefits

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently integrated a new online system to better assist veterans, service members, and their families in managing their benefits and program placement. The eBenefits Portal is a one-stop website where service members have access to all sorts of information meant to make their lives easier.

There are many new benefits to this site. You are now able to apply for benefits directly, check your application status, access important documents, and browse crucial VA links. Veterans can also download copies of their VA letters and access their education benefits. Job training and career information are also available through eBenefits. This convenient access makes streamlines any paperwork processes that you would need your VA records for.

Veterans can even get a copy of the VA Home Loan Certificate of Eligibility, once they have created an account. The VA Home Loan Guarantee allows service members, veterans, and their families a loan to either buy or improve their home as long as they meet certain requirements.

One of the most important benefit that the eBenefits online portal gives veterans access to is all of their Tricare and health insurance information. Having access to this information from home will make retaining medical records, finding doctors, and accessing disability information much easier. This will also likely, mean you will be able to access any lien information, if you’ve been in an accident. Having the ability to access this information will make it easier to keep track of claims.

The Coye Law Firm values our Veterans, and we want to make sure they are taking advantage of every service meant to make their life easier. If you or a loved one needs assistance figuring out what VA disability benefits you may be entitled to, contact the Coye Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis: Are you at Risk?

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

Many of you read our recent e-mail about the dangers surrounding the national outbreak of Fungal Meningitis in patients who received an injection of an epidural/steroid combination produced by the pharmaceutical company, New England Compounding Center. Since that email was sent, death tolls have risen to 12, number of cases is nearing 120, and we now know that over 13,000 patients were treated with the recalled steroid. The death of a Central Florida man from July has also been connected to this outbreak, proving that this outbreak has been lurking for several months now.

According to Reuters, the first contaminated vial was used on May 21st. Considering the recall was issued within the last week or so, thousands of people were unknowingly exposed to a deadly infection, whose cause has taken months to identify.

While this steroid/epidural injection is used for back, neck, and joint pain, only patients who received the injection in their backs are contracting meningitis because of the close proximity to the spinal cord. However, this doesn’t undermine the number of people who were exposed to the contaminated injection. My question now is why it took so long to recognize the pattern of infection, and how these vials were sold in the first place and used for so long.

What it comes down to is the seemingly lax regulations on pharmaceutical companies that only deal in combination drugs. The problem is the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) can only regulate the makers of ingredients, not the compounders of a drug. While the FDA tries to make policy guidelines for these companies, like New England Compounding Center, the regulations are largely dependent on state law. In this case, state law in Massachusetts allows pharmacies to dispense compounded dugs only for an individual patient. But did this company really follow that law if they dispensed 17,000 combined doses?

As is always the case with any medical treatment, there are obvious benefits, like the weeks, months, or years of pain relief that the steroid/epidural injection is said to provide. But, there are also hidden dangers that remain out of the public eye until an event, like this national outbreak, sparks a national interest and panic.

It’s hard to imagine now, but in the 1950s, antibiotics were introduced to cattle via their feed because it was shown to increase weight gain in the animals.. Infusing the food of cattle used for beef was heavily supported by the pharmaceutical industry and it was celebrated because they thought the antibiotics would improve the overall health of America. And it did; for a while anyway. Looking back now, though, we know that it has caused bacteria to evolve into superbugs that antibiotics can no longer treat.

Obviously we can’t predict the future or the ramifications of a decision, and we’ll never be able to do that, but what this outbreak teaches us is to be cautious of the medicines and treatments you and your doctor decide are best. Approach it with a critical eye, and be careful about where your medication is coming from.

Right now, there are certain industries, like the combination pharmaceutical industry, that are regulated by the private sector and the economic market, instead of the government. The FDA This is an oversight on the part of the government, which can consequentially lead to serious injury or death. Pharmacies of this type are looking out for their own interests, instead of the patient’s health. Until the regulations change, it is our own and our doctor’s responsibility as a consumer, patient, and caretaker.

If you or a loved one has received a steroid/epidural injection to treat pain since May, be on the lookout for Meningitis symptoms outlined by the CDC (Center for Disease Control) as:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Altered mental state

Nevertheless, if you do suffer unintended consequences of this injection, contact your healthcare provider immediately to receive the proper care. If you’d like to file a claim regarding this matter, contact The Coye Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Do you Always Tell “The Whole Truth” at a Trial?

wadecoyeMost people are under the impression that the jury at a trial always gets the whole story along with every bit of information, before they make a decision. After all, when you are a witness in a case you must swear that you will “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” but is the ‘whole truth’ actually given? Unfortunately, the short answer is no. During a recent trial our firm handled, in which our client was hit by a car while walking in a parking lot, a detail that most would interpret as rather crucial, had to be left out, due to a judge’s decision, and we had to adapt our case to work without it.

Before I continue, I would like to summarize the case. As I just stated, a car struck our client while he was walking. The crucial detail that had to be left out was the fact that the driver involved had a suspended license and a number of previous offenses. After arguments back and forth, it was decided that this information would not be shared with the jury. You would think that having a suspended driver’s license would be the easiest way to prove negligence, but as it could not be shared, negligence had to be proven in other ways. Surprisingly, the driving record of the at fault driver is rarely considered because it has nothing to do with whether or not he is at fault in the specific situation.

Our client had substantial medical bills and other damages to deal with, and nowhere to turn. Cases like this one rarely make it to trial. However, this fact alone made our case unique from the start.

So what information is important to a case? Is it the information that will help prove fault, or the details that make fault harder to prove? How are the decisions about what the jury is told made? Is it just court politics, or is there logic behind which truths are used and which are left out?

Regardless of the challenges faced, our client was awarded substantial damages by the jury, which will be paid by the defense. The legal system is a complex structure of guidelines and technicalities, which take years to master. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, you may need the assistance of an experienced attorney to protect your interests while defending your right to compensation for the injuries sustained, to the fullest extent of the law. Contact the Coye Law Firm  for a free consultation today.

Progressive Insurance Takes a Hit over Social Media Blowout

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

No stranger to publicity, Progressive Insurance and their spokeswoman, Flo, have certainly been getting a lot of it in the past few weeks. However, as a contrast to their upbeat commercials, Progressive is currently caught in a hailstorm of negative news articles and social media postings stemming from a case that went viral.

Matt Fisher, a comedian from New York, lost his sister Katie to a fatal car accident. The other driver’s insurance paid out $25,000 on his policy with no argument, as he ran a red light. Katie’s family then went to Progressive for the difference in the policy amount, a total of $75,000, as she had uninsured/underinsured driver coverage. Here is where things get messy. Progressive Insurance refused to pay on the grounds that Katie could have been at fault. There were conflicting eye witness accounts, one from someone uninvolved in the crash, and another from Katie’s passenger who suffered from severe memory loss, and whose statement wasn’t taken until months later. Katie’s passenger claims Katie was at fault and Progressive used this information to deny Katie’s family.

In order for Katie’s family to receive the benefits of her insurance policy, they had to sue the other driver to prove that he, not Katie, was at fault, an ordeal they had originally planned to avoid. Progressive then sent a request to the court to become a defendant in the case. In Florida, the law states that a policyholder, whose insurance company is unlawfully withholding their uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, must sue the insurance company directly by filing a Civil Remedy Notice of Insurer Violation.

Frustrated with how Progressive was handling the case, and how they were treating his family, Matt Fisher took to his blog. In it, he explained how Progressive’s legal team was basically defending his sister’s killer to get out of paying out on her policy. His blog went viral and the social media storm began. Along with several other news articles that have been written, current Progressive customers and other consumers have taken to Twitter and Facebook to condemn the way the company handled it and vow to either switch providers or never bring their business to them. Studies are showing that people are following through. More than 1,000 customers dropped their coverage between August 14th and 16th. This graphic shows how the number of people talking about Progressive online, has jumped by at least 20,000 people.

Unfortunately for Progressive, the issues didn’t stop there. The people responding were only further infuriated by their response to criticism. Progressive took to their own blog saying that while they were not defending the other driver, they had the right to defend themselves, because there was confusion as to who was at fault. There was also a robot-like tweet sent back to anyone who wrote about the Fisher case, which only made matters worse.

If this case shows anything, it is the power that the Internet and social media have on public opinion. It also makes it clear that Insurance Companies are not always what they seem, and don’t always have their clients (or their families) best interests in mind. The only people who truly understand the idea that the insurance company is not your friend, no matter how loyal of a customer you’ve been, are those that have been involved in a personal injury suit. Property damage claims are settled much simpler than when injuries are involved.  Fisher’s blog is the first extremely public outcry against the actions of Insurance Companies, and their dealings with injured policyholders.  It seems that the upbeat commercials will not outweigh the negative public opinion that is now surrounding this case.

Difficult insurance claims are more common than you’d expect. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, and aren’t getting the benefits you are lawfully entitled to, you may need the assistance of an attorney, in a personal injury case. Contact the Coye Law Firm, for a free consultation on your case.


Juries Act As Representation for Equality in America

Wade Coye

Wade Coye, Accident & Injury Attorney

For centuries, American government has structured and functioned in varying degrees of democratic ideals. Currently, there is a trend in US litigation toward arbitration and consolidation of power to a singular person to which defendants directly appeal their case and attempt to gain favor. More readily, companies are including an arbitration clause in consumer, private, and industrial contracts in an effort to remove an individual’s power of jury litigation and replace it with a singular arbitrator with the power to award the case based on subjective interpretation of facts. This is a dangerous reversion to a European-style justice, where the participation rights of members in a free society are being eroded by a consolidation of decision making power.

The difference between the US common law structure and European civil law governmental structures is the exclusion of we the people from the decision making process. Historically, common law was a unification process by which England created a system of identical legal proceedings across jurisdictions. It became the standard that those who could afford to appeal directly to the King, such as his aristocratic friends, could raise above the law through preferential treatment and a kind of protected status. Of course, this left those who could not afford it at a severe disadvantage of being judged by laws in which they had no input. When colonizers settled the US they brought this mentality with them and founded our country with a more democratic vision of the common law establishment they were accustomed to. They did away with direct “appeal to the King” nepotism in favor of a system of trial by juries of equal peers.

As Americans, each individual has the right to participate in government and address grievances of its function, and the most intimate way many experience that is during a jury trial. Common law creates a system whereby a judicial decision sets precedent for future cases of the same type, which judges and juries may use in their decision making process. This allows the common law system a great deal of lateral movement and the ability to apply established laws to contemporary situations for which new laws may not yet have been composed. However, in a civil law system the laws must be maintained and enacted by the legislative branch of government and interpreted by judges alone. These judges are appointed to their bench for life and therefore become a more integrated part of the governmental power structure. Due to their long-term appointments the unfortunate reality is that they may ultimately be more likely to prevent the timely development and progression of adaptive laws. Therefore, new areas of law may be slower to “keep up with the times” as each law is applicable only in its specific situation.

During a jury trial, citizens use evidence, expert testimony, and witness opinion in concordance with the common standards of social convention to judge the believability of facts in a case. Jurors “decide” the facts in a case, and this is the essence of a jury trial. It allows participatory mingling of people’s perspectives in order to establish or reinforce the commonly accepted enactments of law. Decisions by juries are made from the collective common knowledge and wisdom of common people, and act as references for future juries; remaining in force until they are overridden by new interpretations, new “commonalities.” In this way, jury trials are the quintessential expression of equality in democracy, the truest form of democratic participation. When the people have an individual input and impact on the future laws of their land, while simultaneously being responsible to uphold a unanimous decision of their countrymen regarding what is best for the commonality, they are participating in the most intimate way with their government. It is a unique and substantial participation in the future of our country, representative of a moment in history and the common thoughts, rights, language, and ideology of the people and the time.

Cartoon Jury

Jury of the Queen’s court from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland

The shift away from true active participation results in mock trials, kangaroo courts where all involved know the outcome before proceedings begin, and that is certainly not the vision of the founding fathers. It is not the vision that countless men and women have given their lives to defend. In America, we are all equal and our government is structured to support this ideal. When power becomes consolidated it is always at the expense of someone’s rights, and the democratic process –we the people – will ultimately be the ones to suffer.

Healthcare Fraud: Are You At Risk For Unnecessary Medical Procedures?

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

I don’t know how many people have read the recent article in the New York Times about Cardiologists, who practice at HCA Healthcare centers, doing unnecessary procedures for a profit, but I believe it is an issue that needs to be addressed.

HCA Healthcare is one of the largest for-profit hospital chains in the USA, with locations in more than 20 states. In Florida alone, there are over 75 locations, with 4 in Central Florida. According to the New York Times, this is the second time in the past 8 years that there are fraud investigations going on to determine whether or not the doctors in these hospitals are doing thousands of unneeded, and possibly dangerous, procedures, specifically in the Catheter Lab, purely for profit. They are doing these procedures with the intent of submitting to Medicare for payment.

To be honest, I find this news to be extremely disturbing, for both my clients and myself. This is a case of doctors putting their patients in danger for profit, and I am not okay with it. So far, it has seemed like the fault has come down completely on the hospital, as all of the doctors accused are still practicing in these hospitals. So my question is, who is really at fault? Is it the doctor for performing these procedures? It is the hospital for letting these procedures happen? Are the hospitals possibly encouraging these doctors to do extra procedures in an attempt to raise their bottom line? Based on what I’ve read, both the doctors and hospital are at fault, especially if one of these procedures ended in an injury to a patient.

The procedure that was most commonly abused was the implantation of a stent unnecessarily. Generally, a stent is used to open up an artery that is clogged at levels of 70% or more. It seems as if the cardiologists are performing the procedure in patients with clogging of about 40% to 50%, which is not only medically unnecessary in most cases, but also extremely dangerous. The Times presents two cases in which patients who underwent this procedure unnecessarily, suffered from punctured blood vessels, leaving them near death and in the hospital for days. One even needed to be shocked twice in order to be revived.

The difficult question facing our country now is whether or not we want our government to be able to decide what is appropriate and what is not in terms of medical care. Do you want the government involved in your healthcare decisions, or do you want to keep the decision between your doctor and yourself? How is the system impacted by doctor’s incentives to perform certain procedures, instead of taking a less invasive course of treatment? Should every single person, have exactly the same healthcare? The truth is, I don’t have the answer to any or all of these questions, but what I do have are answers about how to deal with a doctor that has been negligent in your treatment.

While I hope this isn’t something that begins a trend of negligent care in the healthcare system for the sake of money, it is important to know how the law protects you as a patient. The first question you need to ask yourself is how well you know and trust your doctor. If you don’t know them too well, there is no harm in getting a second opinion to see if the diagnoses match up, before making any decisions. If you’ve already undergone a procedure, were injured by the doctor’s negligence in the process, and don’t think the procedure was necessary in the first place, then the next question you should ask is what type of case you have. Is it medical malpractice or personal injury, or could it be both? If you think you have a case, what is going to happen? Well, Florida law has made this part a little tricky. If you’ve been injured at the hand of someone else’s negligence, then you always have a personal injury case; what aren’t guaranteed are the results.

It is important to note that there is a 2-year statute of limitation, or the time in which you can file a lawsuit of this kind. This may seem like a long time, but the pre-suit process for a case like this can take quite a while, which may challenges the deadlines set. Florida statute has also placed a cap on non-economic damages, or the compensation you can receive for things like pain and suffering, to between $500,000 and $1.5 million. This inadvertently creates a target group for fraud like this within the poor and elderly, because they will have little to be compensated for in economic damages, like lost wages.

So are these doctors taking advantage of the trust that a patient places in their judgment? Are there ways that we can protect ourselves from the decisions of the doctors trying to take advantage of the system? What can we do if we fall victim to their ploy? The answer is, be invested in your medical health and pay attention to the suggestions of your doctors. Do your research before you make any big decisions. And, finally, if it happens anyway, have the sense to address it, by finding a lawyer immediately, so you have the best opportunity to build a successful case.

To read the hospital’s rebuttal to the claims made in the New York Times article, click here.

If you or a loved one has been injured at the hands of a doctor trying to make money by doing unneeded procedures, or by their negligence alone, you may have a personal injury case. Contact the experienced personal injury attorneys, here at the Coye Law Firm, for a free consultation.

 

“I was bitten by a Raccoon, while taking the trash out in my Apartment Complex. What should I do?”

Wade Coye, Esq.

Wade Coye, Personal Injury and Car Accident Attorney

Everyone knows that if a wild animal bites you, you should seek emergency medical treatment, to prevent rabies, especially if the bite breaks skin. The most common post-exposure treatment is a vaccine is given in four doses, over a fourteen-day period.

It can cost anywhere from $2000 to $7000 for the post-exposure treatment. While some of this may be covered by insurance, it is still an expensive process. In addition, if you need this treatment, chances are you’ll have to go to a hospital to receive it, as most primary care doctors or clinics to don’t keep the vaccination in the office. The additional cost of the hospital visit only makes this ordeal more stressful and expensive.

Now, who is responsible for paying these medical bills? Is the person who was bitten totally responsible for the costs, or does the victim have a personal injury case against the apartment complex where the bite occurred?

According to the Florida Premises Liability Law, the owner, or person in possession of the property may be held legally responsible if the attack happened on their property, and you were lawfully allowed to be there. However, it also depends on whether the property was negligently maintained. This means that the property must have been in a dangerous or defective condition at the time of the injury. The owner also must have been aware of the dangerous or defective condition, and made no effort to repair the condition or warn of the possible dangers. Poor lighting by the dumpster could be one of many reasons why the apartment complex could be held responsible.

It is important that you do not wait to receive medical treatment for the animal bite, as this could make the situation worse, both medically and legally. You should also notify the property owner of the incident immediately. If it is found that the property owner is liable for your injuries, they will be responsible for reimbursing your medical expenses. You could also be eligible for compensation of lost wages, and pain an suffering.

To make a claim against the apartment complex, you may need the help of an experienced attorney who knows how to handle premises liability cases. Every case is different so, contact us here at the Coye Law Firm, where our experienced Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys would be happy to give you a free consultation on your case.