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Personal injury during Irma cleanup may add further hardships

Natural disasters can easily cause hundreds of people to suffer tremendously. Even after a serious event such as Hurricane Irma, Florida residents could still be at risk of encountering dangerous situations. Many individuals attempting to return home and rebuild may feel lucky to have survived, but they could also still be at risk of suffering personal injury.

Now that Irma has passed, many individuals hope that they can begin to live their lives normally. According to reports, electricity and sewer services are not yet up and fully running, and individuals should still boil water before attempting to drink it. Additionally, the devastation caused by the hurricane has caused a significant need for cleanup efforts. Though the storm itself is over, people are still at serious risk for suffering injuries during the cleanup process.

Individuals and families could face weeks or months of repairs for their property due to the damage caused by the hurricane. Though getting started as soon as possible may be a goal of many, parties may need to remember that medical services remain limited. Therefore, they may wish to take precautions in hopes of avoiding injuries or suffering heat stroke.

During this already difficult time, becoming injured during cleanup could be an even more devastating blow. If Florida residents suffer injuries due to the negligence of other individuals or entities, they may feel at a loss for handling this additional hardship. In such cases, injured parties may have reason to look into personal injury claims to determine whether filing such a claim in order to seek compensation could be warranted as medical costs could add an additional financial burden.

Source: CBS Miami, "Florida Keys Residents Asked To Be Self-Sufficient During Irma Cleanup", Sept. 18, 2017

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