Stretching from Florida’s Turnpike to the Atlantic Ocean, it is easy to see why Boca Raton is one of the most desirable areas of South Florida. Situated between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton is home to Florida Atlantic University, numerous golf courses, and countless other attractions that have led many people to call “Boca” home. In fact, Boca Raton’s population has swollen by approximately 20% since 2000 – a change that has unfortunately led to an increased risk for vehicle collisions and other accidents.
If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to speak with a lawyer to understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to significant financial compensation, and you need to be careful not to make mistakes that could jeopardize your claim. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we provide VIP treatment to accident victims in Boca Raton, FL. If someone else is to blame for your injuries, you can count on us to provide full-service representation, while we demand more for your losses.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident?
As a personal injury law firm, we represent individuals and families in cases involving all types of accident-related injuries. In many cases, our clients aren’t sure if they are entitled to compensation. They come to us seeking help, without a thorough understanding of their legal rights.
When you contact us, we don’t expect you to know whether you have a claim. We will discuss your accident with you (for free), and then we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine if you may be entitled to compensation. If we believe that you have a claim, we will take aggressive action to secure maximum compensation for your injuries.
Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your:
- Car, Truck, or Motorcycle Accident
- Boating Accident
- Bicycle or Pedestrian Accident
- Slip and Fall Injury
- Assault, Animal Attack, or Premises-Related Injury
Why Choose Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers?
1. Commitment – Serving Palm Beach County for over 20 years
We have been serving residents and visitors of Palm Beach County, including Boca Raton, since 1993. Our main offices have been located on South Dixie Highway since 2000, and we now have locations throughout the county. We are committed to ensuring that the members of our community are fairly compensated for their accident-related injuries and losses.
2. Hands-On Legal Representation – You Will Have Direct Access to Brian During Your Case
In addition to having a case manager, you will also work with Brian directly throughout your case. Our entire team takes a hands-on approach to representing our clients, and we want you to feel comfortable contacting all members of our team to discuss your claim.
3. Client Service – We Are Committed to Quickly Responding to You
With other firms, you can expect to receive a call back eventually – maybe if you call a couple of times. With us, you always get a call back within 24 hours. If you want to speak with your case manager, you will hear from your case manager. If you need to speak with Brian, he will personally give you a call.
4. Full-Service Representation – We Handle All Aspects of Your Claim
After an accident, it’s not easy to do everything that you need to do. From finding a doctor to dealing with the insurance companies, it can quickly get overwhelming.
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we handle all of this for you. From the moment that you hire us, you can rely on our team to do everything possible to help you make a full physical, emotional, and financial recovery.
5. VIP Treatment – We Give Each Client the Attention and Care They Deserve
As our client, you will receive VIP treatment throughout your case. Our clients are our top priority, and we want you to feel comfortable, confident, and reassured every step of the way. If you ever need anything, we encourage you to contact us immediately so that we can help.
6. Team Approach – Our Experienced Team Provides the Support You Need
Some law firms are a lawyer and a secretary. Not us. We are a team of experienced attorneys, case managers, and paralegals who have decades of experience representing accident victims in Palm Beach County. Brian, his Litigation Partner Sam, and the rest of our legal team will all be working to make sure that you receive the largest possible settlement or verdict for your losses.
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, We Help You Demand More
As an accident victim, you could simply accept what the insurance company offers you, and then you could live your life bearing the financial burdens of someone else’s mistake. But, at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we believe that you deserve to demand more. This is why we take a team approach, and provide a personal touch in every case that we handle.
Do not settle for less for your injuries. Let us fight for maximum compensation on your behalf. Call us today so that we can help you demand more for your accident-related losses.
Call Our Boca Raton Law Offices Today
To get started with your claim, please contact us for a complimentary consultation. Call (561) 202-6673, send us a message online, or use our Live Chat to speak with one of our team members now.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers handle the following types of cases for our Boca Raton clients:
Bicycle accidents frequently involve serious injuries because they lack the physical protection provided by an automobile. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that Florida’s bicycle accident fatality rate is the highest in the nation, more than double the national average. Over 7,000 people were injured in Florida bicycle accidents in 2015. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Boca Raton include failure to check blind spots, failure to yield, opening car doors into traffic (particularly taxis), texting while driving, and DUI. Victims of bicycle accidents are entitled to damages for medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses.
In some ways, boating accidents resemble car accidents from a legal perspective, because some of the most common causes are the same – speeding, intoxication, and inadequate maintenance, for example. Other causes of boating accidents are either unique to boating or are more common in boating accidents than car accidents – ignoring wake warnings, horseplay, and dock injuries, for example. Cruise ships, by contrast, carry dangers all their own, including falling overboard, slip and fall accidents, and food poisoning. Any of these types of accidents can form the basis for a personal injury lawsuit if negligence or other culpable conduct was involved.
Florida courts are jammed with personal injury lawsuits arising out of car accidents. In fact, Florida suffers about 200,000 injuries a year from car accidents, representing about one percent of its total population. While some accidents are unavoidable and others are compensated under Florida’s “no fault” auto insurance system, a serious accident caused by someone else’s misconduct (a negligent driver, for example) demands a response. Our Boca Raton car accident attorneys combine decades of experience in car accident lawsuits with sound, time-tested legal strategies for securing the maximum compensation for their clients. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, physical pain, psychological suffering, and other losses.
Motorcycling offers a freedom possessed by few if any other means of transportation. Unfortunately, its dangers are just as unique – the combination of a powerful engine, nonexistent frame protection, and low visibility frequently result in serious accidents, especially collisions with careless automobile drivers. Unfortunately, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be particularly severe – traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, neck injuries, and bone fractures are far more common than in automobile accidents. When an accident like this happens, accepting a quick but inadequate settlement is the worst mistake that you can make – instead, you should seek out the services of a prominent local personal injury lawyer.
Florida suffers one of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the United States – over 9,000 such accidents were recorded in 2015 alone, including hundreds of cases in Palm Beach County alone. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are failure to yield, texting while driving, drunken driving, turning into a crosswalk and backing into a pedestrian in the driver’s blind spot. Make no mistake about it, serious injuries are the norm when flesh meets steel, and large damages awards are common for injured parties who choose the right personal injury lawyers. Our Boca Raton pedestrian accident attorneys enjoy over 40 years of experience in personal injury cases, and we will fight to ensure that you receive every dime you are entitled to.
Florida law requires real estate owners and tenants to take a certain amount of responsibility for people who enter their property – including customers in retail establishments, social guests, and in some cases people who are not even lawfully present. Many types of accident are actionable under Florida premises liability law including slip and fall accidents, criminal assaults by third parties, and even dog bites. The rights enjoyed by the injured party vary according to the legal classification – invitee, licensee, or trespasser. You may even be able to recover from your landlord for injuries inflicted by another tenant’s dog.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are among the most common types of personal injury cases. These injuries can be devastating and sometimes permanent, especially in the case of elderly victims. Slip and fall accidents can occur for a variety of reasons that can be attributed to the owner or tenant of the property – slippery steps, missing handrails, malfunctioning escalators, wet floors, uneven surfaces, and icy sidewalks are just a few of the defective conditions that can cause a slip and fall accident. Since proving liability in a slip and fall case can be tricky, the services of expert investigators and a top-tier personal injury lawyer is critical.
The 18-wheeler truck is king of the road and an automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian is no match for even smaller trucks in the event of a collision. Over 2,400 commercial vehicle crashes occurred in Palm Beach County in 2015, many of which were trucks. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include distracted driving (texting, for example), falling asleep at the wheel, tailgating, overloaded cargo, hydroplaning, and drunken driving. If the truck driver was an employee (rather than an independent contractor), you might be able to sue the trucking company or another business entity.
A wrongful death lawsuit is the kind of lawsuit that you file when the victim of the accident dies. In Florida, this lawsuit must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate, although at least some of the proceeds can go directly to relatives. The accident must have been caused by someone’s culpable conduct (typically negligence). Available damages include funeral and burial expenses, outstanding medical bills, loss of financial support by dependants, loss of the victim’s future earnings by the estate, loss of companionship and guidance, and emotional suffering (if the victim was a child).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much is my case worth?
The answer to this question depends on a lot of factors, some of which are difficult to calculate. Some of the most important factors are:
- The seriousness of your injuries
- Whether your injuries are temporary or permanent
- The type of injuries you suffered (traumatic brain injury is particularly expensive to treat, for example)
- How much physical suffering you endured
- The extent and duration of any disability in performing daily life tasks, such as exercising and bathing
- How much time you had to take off work
- The extent and duration of any occupational disability (being forced to resign from a $200,000 a year job is a tremendous opportunity cost, for example)
- The extent to which the accident was partly your fault (if any)
Many other factors also come into play. One of the most important, however, is the skill of your personal injury lawyer.
What is negligence?
Generally stated, “negligence” is the legal word for carelessness. In a personal injury case, negligence refers to the defendant’s failure to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person would be expected to exercise under the same circumstance.
Since carelessness can take so many forms, there is no specific formula available to determine whether or not a particular action, or a failure to act, constituted negligence – it all depends on the extent to which a lawyer can convince the court that the hypothetical “reasonable person” would have exercised greater care under the circumstances than the defendant did.
Proving negligence alone will not necessarily win a lawsuit – the accident victim must also prove that the defendant’s negligence actually caused the accident. A drunken driver, for example, can win a lawsuit against him or her if he or she can prove that the accident would have occurred even if the driver had been sober.
How does Florida’s “no fault” car insurance system work?
Florida’s “no fault” car insurance system prevents relatively minor auto accident cases from going to court. Every driver is required to purchase Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance covering at least $10,000 in personal injury expenses arising from the driver’s own injuries (with a 20 percent deductible). Florida drivers are not legally required to purchase insurance covering their liability to parties whom they injure – each party pays for his or her own injuries. If the no-fault system applies to your accident, you are not allowed to file a lawsuit or a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance policy.
Florida’s no-fault system does not apply if your injuries are serious enough. To exit the no-fault system, your injuries must be:
- involve permanent scarring or disfigurement; or
- involve permanent loss of an important bodily function.
Once you exit the system, you may file a lawsuit against the at-fault party or a third-party claim against his or her insurance policy (if applicable).
If my case falls outside the no-fault system, will I lose my claim if the accident was partly my fault?
Not necessarily. Florida operates a “pure comparative negligence” system that allows you to recover a portion of your damages even if you were partly at fault for the accident. The court will apportion fault among the parties on a percentage basis; it will then deduct an amount from your damages that equals your percentage of fault.
If, for example, the court rules that you were 35 percent at fault and the defendant was 65 percent at fault, and if your damages were $100,000, the court will subtract 35 percent ($35,000) from your damages, leaving you eligible for $65,000 in damages. If the defendant counterclaims against you, however, he or she could hold you liable for 35 percent of the damages, which amount would be subtracted from your $65,000. If his or her damages were much higher than yours, you could still end up in the hole.
Contact Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in Boca Raton, contact Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers today for your free initial consultation by calling (561) 202-6673 or by submitting questions on our online request form.
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