Other Practice Areas

Workplace accidents, railroad accidents, animal inflicted injuries (such as dog bites),nursing home abuse, and more. The personal injury lawyers at Manuel & Thompson can help clients recover compensation when they have been injured through the negligence of another individual or group.

For a review of your case, please contact our personal injury firm — we have offices in Panama City, Marianna, and Bonifay.

Dog Bites

Under Florida law, dog owners are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs. Florida Statute §767.01 provides “owners of dogs shall be liable for any damage done by their dogs to a person . . .” This statute makes dog owners the virtual insurers of their dog’s conduct and makes them responsible for injuries resulting from a dog bite. The lawyers at Manuel & Thompson can help victims injured by dog attacks receive compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more.

Dog attacks can result in serious injury. Sadly, children are often the victims of such attacks. By making dog owners strictly liable for their animal’s conduct, Florida law enables victims of dog attacks to obtain compensation for their injuries. The dog bite lawyers at Manuel & Thompson have substantial experience handling these types of claims.

If you or someone you love has been injured by a dog bite, we can help.

Nursing Home Abuse

As the U.S. population ages, more families are faced with the difficult decision of placing their loved ones in a nursing home. However, just finding the right home can often be difficult, and once the decision is made, how do you know your family member is not the victim of nursing home abuse?

Fortunately, Florida law outlines specific Resident’s Rights. Federal law also regulates how nursing homes operate under Title 42 C.F.R. Part 483. The following signs may indicate nursing home abuse:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Dehydration
  • Unexplained falls
  • Bedsores
  • Poor hygiene care
  • Repeated or unyielding infections
  • Unexplained and unreported cuts and bruises
  • Physical and emotional abuse

The nursing home abuse lawyers in Panama City at Manuel & Thompson have helped families investigate possible abuse of their loved ones. The evaluation process involves our lawyers obtaining and reviewing nursing home records and any other pertinent records and interviewing staff nurses and appropriate experts in the field. There is a limited period of time within which to bring a claim arising from nursing home abuse, and in some cases, the time period may be as short as two years from the date of admission.

It is important you contact an experienced attorney as soon as you suspect something may be wrong. Don’t wait — contact us today for a review of your case.

Railroad Accidents

When accidents involve railroad crossings, the results are often catastrophic. The Port of Panama City really is the “end of the line” for a major railroad spur, and the personal injury lawyers at Manuel & Thompson have successfully represented clients who have been injured as a result of negligent train operation, inadequate warnings, and unsafe crossings.

Railroad employees and public citizens are both granted certain protections by law. Injuries suffered by railroad workers are governed by federal law and the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, otherwise known as “FELA”. FELA allows recovery to railroad employees for work-related injuries if such injury or death results from the negligence of any officer, agent, or employee of the employer/railroad company; or because of any product defect in its cars, engines, appliances, machinery, track, roadbed, works, boats, wharves, or other equipment. The injured worker and his/her attorney have the burden of showing the employer’s negligence. That’s why you need an experienced attorney like the lawyers at Manuel & Thompson in Panama City.  We’ve been down the track in railroad injury litigation and can help clients recover the benefits they deserve.

Workplace Accidents

If you have been injured on the job, you may have certain automatic rights entitling you to medical benefits, lost wage benefits, medical mileage reimbursement, and in some cases, assistance with services you can no longer perform at home due to your injury. Depending on the type of work you were performing at the time of your injury, your rights may vary under the following laws:

  • State Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Federal Workers’ Compensation Law
  • The Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act
  • The Jones Act

An alarming number of cases involve injuries resulting when manufacturers and suppliers provide defective products and unsafe equipment on the job site. In those cases, it is imperative for the product or piece of machinery to be identified and secured for inspection before it is sold, lost, repaired, or destroyed. Toxic exposures to materials such as asbestos while on the job can result in health problems. If your job has required you to work in this type of environment, you should contact one of the experienced personal injury lawyers at Manuel & Thompson to discuss your legal rights.

For more information about our other practice specialties, including workplace accidents, railroad accidents, nursing home abuse, and dog bites, contact us at (850) 785-5555 or 1-800-832-7225.