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Mark G. Usdin has extensive experience representing clients in personal injury litigation with specialization in automobile negligence, premises liability, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability and professional malpractice.

 Personal injury claims cover bodily injury or property damage as the result of the negligence of someone else. Covering a broad range of cases, personal injury cases can involve car accidents, motorcycle accidents, boating accidents, construction accidents, slip and falls, products liability, medical malpractice or many other forms of injury. Most personal injury cases include physical, emotional and financial hardships. Mark is dedicated to help you navigate the complex legal system and will ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

Automobile Negligence

Medical Malpractice

Nursing Home Abuse

Products Liability

Professional Malpractice

Premises Liability

Wrongful Death

Automobile Negligence

Automobile liability coverage is the portion of your automobile insurance that protects you if another driver or a pedestrian makes a claim against you as a result of an automobile accident. Automobile accidents are an everyday occurrence. Despite the frequency of accidents, being injured in a collision can have serious effects on a victim’s life. Victims of automobile accidents often face high medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, severe injury, or even death. Even if you are not sure that the other driver was at fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

Medical Malpractice

Florida has a statute that defines the standard of care as that level of care, skill and treatment that is recognized as acceptable and appropriate by reasonably prudent similar healthcare providers under similar circumstances. In other words, the standard of care may sometimes be described as doing what a reasonably prudent doctor (or nurse, dentist, etc.) would do under the circumstances.

Dealing with medicine is not a black-and-white issue. It’s technical and complicated and it takes a team of educated and proven professionals to represent your side of the case. Each health care provider, including hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other providers must provide care at the level of the standard of care required by their field. When they fail to provide that level of care and it causes serious and permanent injury, a claim may be viable.

If a health care provider violates his or her standard of care, he or she can be responsible for the damages caused, including pain and suffering to the individual, loss of wages and medical bills, and in the event of the death of a loved one, the mental pain and suffering of the immediate family survivors.

Nursing Home Abuse

The Florida legislature enacted legislation (Florida Statutes, Chapter 400) that specifically provides for the development, establishment and enforcement of basic standards for the health, care, and treatment of persons in nursing homes and related health care facilities. Florida law requires that residents receive the necessary care and services that will enable them to reach and maintain their highest practicable level of physical, mental and social well-being.

In addition, civil rights law mandates equal access in all nursing homes regardless of race, color or national origin. Many times a lawsuit must be filed to protect the resident's rights and to obtain compensation for the physical or mental pain and suffering and/or wrongful death. The action may be brought by the resident, a guardian, or any person or organization acting on behalf of the resident with the consent of the resident or guardian, or by the estate of a deceased resident when the cause of death resulted from the violation of the resident's rights.

Products Liability

Products liability refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of the manufacture of any product that causes harm to a user. This includes the manufacturer of component parts, an assembling manufacturer, the wholesaler and the retail storeowner. Products containing inherent defects that cause harm to a user of the product are the subjects of products liability suits.

There are three types of product defects that incur liability in manufacturers and suppliers: design defects, manufacturing defects, and defects in marketing. It is irrelevant whether the manufacturer or supplier exercised great care; if there is a defect in the product that causes harm, one or both of them can be held liable for it.

Professional Malpractice

Professional malpractice means that the professional failed to use the ordinary skill and care that would be used by other professionals in handling a similar problem or case under similar circumstances. The following elements are involved in determining malpractice: Duty (owed by the professional to act properly), Breach (the professional was negligent, made a mistake, or did not do what the professional agreed to do), Causation (this conduct caused damages), and Damages (losses suffered as a result).

When an automobile driver runs a red light or speeds, the driver clearly has created a danger for other people on the highway and will be held liable if the dangerous driving results in an accident. In many malpractice cases, however, it is not as clear what the exercise of due care means. Often there are alternative ways to treat a patient or handle a legal issue. In a malpractice action, an expert in the field may have to testify about whether the conduct of the defendant (the professional) fell below what is expected of a professional in that field.

Premises Liability

Premises liability law puts responsibility on a property owner for some injuries suffered by other people on his/her property. It can include accidents that take place in the owner’s home, on the owner’s property, or while a person is at another’s place of business.

Wrongful Death

When a person dies due to the negligence of someone else, a wrongful death claim results. The rules for wrongful death insurance claims and wrongful death lawsuits are generally the same as for claims and lawsuits resulting from nonfatal injuries. There are, however, at least two important factors that are different: (1) If the deceased did not die immediately, then compensation for certain damages sustained by the deceased may be pursued by his/her estate, and (2) it must be determined which of the deceased person’s surviving relatives are entitled to receive compensation by way of a wrongful death claim or lawsuit.