Jupiter’s Skilled Personal Injury Lawyers Will Fight For You
We could take the time to list out all of the reasons why we chose Jupiter as one of our office locations; but, if you live here or you have visited here, you probably already have a pretty good idea why. Once named the 9th Happiest Seaside Town in America, Jupiter boasts white sand beaches, spring training at Roger Dean Stadium, and a rich Native American history. Located at the northeast tip of Palm Beach County, Jupiter is truly a great place to call home.
After an accident, it can be difficult to know where to turn. You need a doctor who will take the time to listen, you need to figure out what you are going to do about work, and you need a lawyer who is truly committed to helping you secure maximum compensation for your injuries and losses. What you really need is a team of caring professionals who want to help you every step of the way.
This is what you get with Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers. As a personal injury law firm, we are committed to winning the largest possible financial recoveries for our clients. But, beyond that, we are also committed to treating our clients like people – like individuals – by providing VIP treatment throughout the course of their claims. If this sounds like what you need, we invite you to get in touch. Give us a call at (561) 202-6673 to discuss your case today.
Our Areas of Practice
With over 40 years of legal experience, we have handled virtually all types of vehicle accident and premises liability claims. We regularly represent clients in Jupiter and throughout Palm Beach County in cases involving:
- Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Assaults, Animal Attacks, and Premises-Related Injuries
If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident, we want to help you. What we don’t want is for you to make any of the common mistakes that can harm victims’ chances of securing maximum compensation. To make sure that we can demand more for your losses, get in touch today to speak with a team member, and schedule your free consultation.
Six Reasons to Choose Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers
1. Commitment – We Have a Long History of Serving Palm Beach County
Our main office has been located on South Dixie Highway since 2000, and we have been serving members of the Palm Beach County community since 1993. We have offices throughout the county – including in Jupiter – and we are 100 percent devoted to helping our friends and neighbors win the compensation that they deserve.
2. Hands-On Legal Representation – To Us, You’re More than a Case File
At some firms, they make you feel privileged if you ever get to speak with an attorney. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, Brian works with each client personally throughout the course of their claims. With us, you are so much more than just a case file. We get to know all of our clients personally, and our entire team takes a hands-on approach to fighting to protect our clients’ rights.
3. Client Service – You’ll Never Have to Wonder Where Your Case Stands
No matter when you call, you can expect to hear from us within 24 hours. We know what your claim means to you, and we promise to keep you informed and feeling confident every step of the way.
4. Full-Service Representation – We Will Handle Your Claim from Start to Finish
From helping you find a doctor to dealing with the insurance companies, we will handle every aspect of your personal injury claim. All of our team members are highly experienced, and want to assist you as much as possible.
5. VIP Treatment – We Are Invested in Your Success
Our clients are truly our VIPs. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you; when you hire us, meeting your needs becomes our top priority.
6. Team Approach – We Work Closely Together to Ensure Clients’ Success
Unlike many other law firms, we take a team approach to representing our clients. By working as a team, we are able to provide more efficient and effective service that allows us to demand more for our clients’ claims.
Let Us Help You Demand More
As an accident victim, you could be facing a lifetime of consequences. For many people, the physical, emotional, and financial effects of their injuries are never-ending. This is why, at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we don’t settle for anything less than the absolute best for our clients. You didn’t deserve to be injured, but you do deserve to demand more for your losses. Let us help you, starting today.
Call Our Jupiter Law Offices Today
If you would like to speak with us about your accident in Jupiter, we invite you to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case. Call (561) 202-6673, tell us what happened, or chat live with a team member now and get started on the road to recovery today.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers handle the following types of cases for our Jupiter, Florida clients, among others:
Bicycle accidents are often quite serious, because bicycles offer no frame protection for the rider. Florida is no exception – over 7,000 people required emergency room treatment for bicycle accidents in 2015. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Jupiter include ignoring blind spots, failure to yield, opening doors into traffic lanes, cell phone use, and DUI.
Boating is particularly popular in Florida, for obvious reasons. Correspondingly, boating accidents are particularly common. In some ways, the causes for boating accidents resemble the causes for road accidents – speeding, alcohol intoxication, and improper maintenance, for example. Other causes are relatively unique to boating accidents – ignoring wake warnings, on-deck horseplay, and dock injuries. Luxury cruises carry their own dangers, including falling overboard, slip and fall accidents, and food poisoning. Fortunately, cruise lines are almost always financially capable of paying a large judgment.
Car accidents account for about 200,000 injuries a year in Florida – about one percent of the state population. While some accidents are nobody’s fault, some are the fault of the injured driver, and some are taken care of under Florida’s “no fault” system, an appreciable percentage are caused by someone else’s negligence and are actionable in court. Our car accident lawyers combine decades of experience in personal injury lawsuits with effective legal strategies to obtain maximum compensation for our clients.
The lure of motorcycling isn’t hard to understand, given the unique freedom it offers. Unfortunately, however, a motorcycle’s powerful engine, lack of rider protection, and inconspicuousness often results in collisions with much larger vehicles. Catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries are distressingly common – brain damage, quadriplegia, neck injuries, and shattered bones are far more likely in a motorcycle accident than in an automobile accident. When a serious motorcycle accident occurs, don’t fall for the lure of quick cash by signing an inadequate settlement agreement – instead, you should seek out the services of an experienced Jupiter personal injury lawyer.
Florida’s pedestrian accident rate is one of the highest in the nation – over 9,000 pedestrians were injured in 2015, including hundreds in Palm Beach County alone. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents caused by the driver are failure to yield, texting, DUI, turning into a crosswalk against the light, and backing into a pedestrian. Serious injuries are the norm in pedestrian accidents, and large damages awards are common for victims who choose the right personal injury lawyer. Our Jupiter pedestrian accident lawyers enjoy decades of experience in accident cases, and we will fight to make sure that you are fully compensated.
Premises liability is the liability that the owner or renter of real property undertakes toward others who enter his or her property. These including retail customers, social guests, and even trespassers in certain cases (naughty children, for example). Many types of injuries can be litigated under Florida premises liability law, including slip and fall accidents, assaults by other guests, and even animal attacks. The degree of rights that you enjoy depend on how the law classifies you – as an invitee, a licensee, or a trespasser.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are right up there with car accidents as the most common types of personal injury cases. Slip and fall injuries can be debilitating and sometimes even fatal, especially if the victim is elderly. In many cases, a slip and fall accident is directly or indirectly caused by the property’s owner or renter – icy steps, weak or broken handrails, malfunctioning elevators, slippery floors, and broken pavements are common defective conditions that justify a lawsuit. Since proving liability can be challenging in a slip and fall case, the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer can make the difference between winning and losing.
Today, 18-wheeler trucks are the great white sharks of the highways, and even smaller trucks can be no less intimidating. A sedan, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian can be crushed or sent flying across the road by the momentum of a truck. Palm Beach County witnessed over 2,400 commercial vehicle accidents in 2015, many of which involved trucks. The most common causes of truck accidents caused by the truck driver are texting while driving, driver fatigue, falling asleep at the wheel, cargo overloading, hydroplaning, and DUI. If the truck driver was an on-duty employee of a trucking company, you might be able to file a joint lawsuit against the driver and the trucking company.
The victim of a personal injury lawsuit can file a lawsuit and allow his or her lawyer to handle most of the work, even while he or she is debilitated. So, what happens when someone dies in an accident? A wrongful death lawsuit is what happens. In Florida, a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed by the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate, whether or not this person is a relative of the deceased. Proceeds of the lawsuit can be distributed to survivors or to the estate itself, depending on what is being compensated. Potential damages include funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of financial support by dependants, loss of the victim’s future earnings, loss of companionship and guidance, grief (if the victim was a child), and other losses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What should I do if the person who injured me has insufficient financial resources to pay my auto accident claim?
The first line of defense against a personal injury defendant is supplementary insurance – uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, to be exact. This type of insurance will cover you if you are injured by a motorist who is uninsured or whose insurance is insufficient, together with your own PIP insurance, to cover your claim.
If you failed to purchase this type of insurance before your accident – or if these resources turn out to be insufficient – then depending on the facts of your case, you may be able to pursue the time-tested “deep pockets” strategy. That is, find a second defendant whose resources are sufficient to pay your claim. If you were injured by an on-duty commercial driver who is employed by a company, for example, you can probably sue the employer. Other defendants are possible under certain circumstances.
Should I sign a release?
No, you shouldn’t, unless your personal injury lawyer advises you to do so. A release will absolve the other party (typically an insurance company) from paying your claim. Just about any insurance company would love to have your signature on a release of liability in exchange for a small settlement, but that wouldn’t be fair to you.
Once a fair settlement agreement has been reached, a release of liability clause will be included in a settlement agreement that you both will sign. This clause ensures that you will never be able to sue the other party again over the same accident, even if your future expenses turn out to be more than you thought they would be, and even if you discover a new injury from the accident that wasn’t apparent at first. For these reasons, you need to be very, very careful about signing any kind of release.
What is a letter of protection?
A letter of protection is a letter issued by your personal injury lawyer guaranteeing that your medical bills will be paid out of any verdict or settlement that you receive. This letter is sometimes necessary because doctors may refuse to treat you through your ordinary health insurance policy if your injuries were caused by an auto accident – they will expect you to rely on your car insurance instead.
Unfortunately, your car insurance might not be enough to cover the cost of your treatment; moreover, most car insurance companies won’t pay out until your treatment is completed – they expect you to pay your bills yourself and wait for them to reimburse you later. A letter of protection is designed to give the doctor an incentive to continue treating you in anticipation of a future verdict or settlement. Even if you receive no verdict or settlement, you will still be responsible for paying your medical bills.
What is MMI?
In personal injury cases, MMI means “Maximum Medical Improvement.” MMI is essentially an opinion issued by your doctor that your recovery has reached the peak of what medical treatment can do for you. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have continuing pain or further treatment; it just means that your recovery phase has been completed.
MMI is important because you must wait until you have reached this point before it will make any sense to calculate your future medical bills. Consequently, you must reach MMI before you decide on the amount of the “future medical expenses” component of your personal injury claim.
Calculating your future medical expenses can be tricky business after your reach MMI, much less before. It is critically important that you get it right, because once a verdict is issued or you sing a settlement agreement, you won’t be able to come back and ask for more money later if you run out.
Contact Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in Jupiter, Florida, 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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