Personal drones are becoming more and more popular. As drones become more common, so do injuries resulting from their use. Many times, drone operators treat drones like toys, but the reality is that these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can cause serious harm. If a drone has injured you or someone close to you, our skilled Miami injury attorneys can help. We understand the nuances of personal injury law, and you can rest assured that we will make every effort to get you the compensation you deserve for your harm.
People use personal drones for a number of reasons, such as flying them for fun, photography, filming, and more. The FAA estimates that by 2020, approximately 300,000 drones will be used for all types of commercial uses.
Drone accidents can take place because of user error, battery failure, or faulty parts, among other reasons. One way a number of people have been recently injured around the country is because of a drone falling and directly hitting a person. This type of accident can cause eye injuries, facial lacerations, broken bones, head injuries, neck injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Furthermore, the sharp blades may cause cuts and bruises on the victim as well.
Since the recent surge of drone use is relatively new, there is not much case law on the matter. However, if your injury was caused by someone operating his or her drone recklessly or negligently, you may be able to recover compensation from the operator under a negligence cause of action. Injuries caused because the drone was operated in poor weather conditions may also fall under operator negligence. Establishing negligence requires showing by a preponderance of the evidence that the drone operator owed a duty of care to the victim, the drone operator breached the duty of care owed to the victim, the victim’s injury was a direct result of the drone operator’s breach, and damages resulted. Common examples of a breach of duty include a failure to operate a drone safely as well as a failure to maintain a drone properly.
Drone injuries may result in a temporary or permanent disability. In some cases, they may also lead to disfigurement and scarring. If you win a lawsuit, you can potentially recover both economic and non-economic damages, including medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, property damage, pain and suffering, and more. The exact amount of compensation a plaintiff will receive will depend on the nature and severity of the injuries.
If you have been injured by a drone or any other type of unmanned vehicle, it is important to seek the help and guidance of a skilled Miami injury attorney. At the Law Offices of Robert Dixon, we have years of experience and can put our knowledge to use in your case. You can rest assured that we will keep you informed of the status of your case at every step of the way. We proudly represent clients across South Florida. For more information about your legal rights and options, call us at 1-877-499-HURT (4878) or contact us online today.
More Blog Posts:
Insurance Company Liable for Florida Insured’s Attorney’s Fees, South Florida Injury Lawyer Blawg, July 18, 2016
Car Accidents in Miami-Dade County and Throughout Florida, South Florida Injury Lawyer Blawg, July 18, 2016
Florida Appellate Court Highlights Importance of Procedural Rules, South Florida Injury Lawyer Blawg, July 18, 2016