Englewood, Florida is a census-designated place located in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties. It’s home to more than 16,000 people, with bodies of water constituting a quarter of its mass. It’s popular for its white sand beaches, nature trails, water sports (kayaking, parasailing, fishing, boating, etc.), fine dining and shopping.
The Englewood personal injury attorneys of The Garvin Law Firm have been representing residents and tourists alike in this region for more than 30 years.
The most common injury claims in Englewood involve:
- Car accidents;
- Slip-and-fall injuries;
- Dangerous condition on property/ premises liability;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Boating accidents;
- Nursing home negligence/ abuse;
- Medical malpractice;
- Wrongful death.
The ability of plaintiff (injured person or surviving family member) to collect damages depends on our ability to show the injury was the result of negligence. That is, a defendant (alleged wrongdoer) owed a duty of care to plaintiff, that duty was breached and this caused the accident/ incident that resulted in plaintiff’s injuries.Englewood Car Accidents
For example, in the case of an Englewood auto accident, all motorists owe one another a duty of care to use reasonable care in driving. A speeding driver who loses control or a drunk driver who crosses the center line breach that duty. If this was the cause or substantial factor in the crash and the crash the cause or substantial factor of plaintiff’s injuries, plaintiff would be entitled to pursue damages for losses. Those damages might include medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV) reports the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office (which polices Englewood) responded to more than 2,100 car accidents in a single year – resulting in 1,100 injuries. Hundreds of those crashes involved commercial vehicles, and 35 involved bicycles. These cases tend to be more complex because bicycle accidents and truck accidents usually result in more severe injuries.Englewood Boating Accidents
Boating in Englewood is popular, and nearly 23,000 vessels are registered in Charlotte County, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Charlotte ranks No. 10 out of 88 counties for the highest boating accident rates in the state.
Top causes of boating accidents in Englewood and elsewhere in Florida include:
- No proper look-out/ inattention;
- Operator inexperience;
- Excessive speed;
- Careless/ reckless;
- Alcohol use.
Each of these involves negligent behavior for which injured plaintiffs could seek damages.
Having an experienced injury attorney on your side helps improve your chances of maximum damage recovery.
Contact Englewood personal injury lawyers at The Garvin Law Firm by calling 239.277.0005.