West Palm Beach’s Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
West Palm Beach is the city we call home. It’s where we opened our first office, and it’s where we work, relax, and spend time with our families. With its pristine beaches and sunny skies, West Palm Beach is both a popular destination for tourists and a great place to settle in. Unfortunately, as with any busy city or beach town, life in West Palm Beach isn’t without its risks for accidents and injuries.
If you have been injured in West Palm Beach, we can help you seek maximum compensation for your losses. We help our clients demand more, relying on decades of legal experience to make sure that every accident victim who we represent can receive the largest possible insurance settlement or court verdict for his or her injuries.
If you have been injured in an accident, regardless of what happened and even if you’re not sure who is to blame, we want you to call us to discuss your case. If you are entitled to compensation, we will fight to make sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.
The Cases We Handle
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we focus exclusively on helping injury victims in Palm Beach County recover financial compensation for their injuries. This includes money to cover their outstanding medical bills, future medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other losses. We regularly represent clients 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 aren’t sure if you have a claim, don’t worry. We will get to the bottom of your case, while giving you VIP treatment every step of the way.
Six Reasons to Choose Us
1. Commitment – We Have Been Serving Palm Beach County Residents Since 1993
Today, just like we did back in 1993, we focus exclusively on representing accident victims in Palm Beach County. Our main office has been located on South Dixie Highway in downtown West Palm Beach since 2000, and we are committed to fighting on behalf of the members of our community.
2. Hands-On Legal Representation – You Will Work with Brian Directly During Your Case
In addition to having a case manager, you will work directly with Brian throughout your case. We take a hands-on approach to representing our clients, and we know that working with you personally is the best way to help you win maximum compensation.
3. Client Service – We Will Get Back to You Within 24 Hours
The number one complaint that most clients have against their personal injury lawyers is that they never call them back. If we can’t take your call, we will get back to you within 24 hours. Whether you have a question for one of our staff members or you want to speak with Brian directly, we will make sure that you hear from us as soon as possible.
4. Full-Service Representation – You Can Trust Us to Guide You Through Every Aspect of Your Claim
From the moment when you hire us, we will take over every aspect of your claim. We do not expect you to deal with the insurance companies, rental car companies, or repair shops while you are recovering from your injuries. We know what it’s like to be in your situation, and we want to make your recovery as easy as possible.
5. VIP Treatment – When You Hire Us, You Become Our Top Priority
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we treat you like a VIP, because you are a VIP. As our client, we work for you, and your recovery is our top priority.
6. Team Approach – An Entire Personal Injury Team on Your Side
Unlike smaller firms, we have the team and resources necessary to take on major corporations and the top-tier insurance companies. Winning a personal injury claim requires focus, financial resources, and decades of legal experience. We bring all of these and more to your case with a team approach that is strategically designed to help you secure maximum compensation.
“Call Me Personally About Your Claim”
“If you have been injured in an accident in West Palm Beach, call me, Brian D. Guralnick, personally to discuss your case. I have been representing injury victims in Palm Beach County since 1993, and I started my own law firm in 1998 because I wanted to provide better, more-efficient, and more-personalized legal representation for my clients.”
“When you contact my firm, you can rest assured that each and every person you talk to truly cares about making sure that you receive maximum compensation for your accident-related injuries. While we help you ‘demand more’ from the insurance companies, and we expect you to demand more from us, too.”
Call Our West Palm Beach Law Offices Today
For a free consultation, call us today. With offices in West Palm Beach, we serve clients throughout Palm Beach County. To receive VIP service from an experienced legal team that will demand more for your injuries, call (561) 202-6673 or submit questions on our online request form today.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers handle the following types of cases for our West Palm Beach, Florida clients, among others:
The 7,000-plus people who are inured in Florida bicycle accidents each year can testify that bicycle riding is not as safe as it may appear to be, especially on busy highways. Bicycles combine a lack of frame protection with an inability to accelerate your way out of trouble to create a high risk of a serious accident. The danger is multiplied when the driver of a larger vehicle is oblivious to your presence, as is often the case. Some of the most common reasons for bicycle accidents in West Palm Beach include drivers ignoring their blind spots, failure to yield, taxi customers opening doors into traffic lanes, texting while driving, and intoxicated driving.
Many parts of Florida are considered a boater’s paradise. Paradise can turn into hell, however, when an accident occurs. As in other areas where boating is popular, boating accidents are common in Florida. Potential causes are numerous – speeding, intoxication (“BWI”), improper boat maintenance, ignoring wake warnings, horseplay, and dock mishaps all claim their share of victims. Luxury cruises carry hidden dangers too, such as slip and fall accidents, food poisoning, and swimming pool accidents.
Over 200,000 car accident injuries take place each year in Florida, equal to about one percent of Florida’s population. Of course, some accidents are nobody’s fault, some are solely the driver’s fault, and some fall under Florida’s “no fault” insurance system. Others, however, are caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness. Our car accident attorneys combine decades of experience with time-tested, effective legal strategies to obtain large damages awards for our clients.
Motorcycles have become cultural icons in the United States through the popularity of Hollywood films such as Easy Rider and hit songs such as Born to be Wild. Although the danger is part of the allure, there is nothing alluring about a full-body cast. Unfortunately, however, the inherent dangers involved in motorcycling – a powerful engine, lack of frame protection, and low visibility – often result in the kind of “heavy metal thunder” that decidedly fails to inspire rock and roll lyrics. Catastrophic motorcycle accident injuries include brain damage, coma, paralysis, neck injuries, and shattered bones. When a serious motorcycle accident occurs, don’t be tempted by the lure of a quick settlement that will almost certainly turn out to be inadequate – instead, retain an experienced motorcycle injury lawyer.
Florida is perhaps the nation’s No. 1 vacation destination. Unfortunately, it is also close to No. 1 when it comes to pedestrian accidents – over 9,000 pedestrians were injured in Florida in 2015, including hundreds of people in Palm Beach County alone. The most common causes of driver-initiated pedestrian accidents are failure to yield, texting, cell phone use, intoxication, turning into a busy crosswalk, and backing into a pedestrian. Although serious injuries justify large damage awards, your odds are better if you choose just the right personal injury lawyer.
The term “premises liability” is a fancy legal term for the type of liability borne by the owner or renter of real property with respect to people who enter his or her property. Potential liability arises from accidents suffered by customers, social guests, and even trespassers in certain cases (children, for example). Some of the most common types of injuries litigated under Florida premises liability law include slip and fall accidents, assaults, and dog bites.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are perhaps even more common than car accidents – over 1,000,000 people a year are hospitalized. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to broken bones, because bones grow more brittle as they age. Icy steps, broken handrails, malfunctioning escalators, slippery floors, and snowy pavements are common defective conditions that can support a personal injury lawsuit. Proving liability, however, often requires thorough investigation and expert legal skills.
Today, 18-wheeler trucks are the monsters of the road, and even smaller trucks typically far outweigh a car. A smaller vehicle can be crushed and a pedestrian can be sent flying by the momentum of a truck. About 2,400 commercial vehicle accidents took place in Palm Beach County in 2015, many of which involved trucks. Five of the most common causes of truck accidents are texting while driving, fatigue, falling asleep at the wheel, overloading, and hydroplaning. If you are lucky, the truck driver will turn out to be the formal employee of a trucking company, which may allow you to file a joint lawsuit against both the driver and the company.
Strictly speaking, a wrongful death lawsuit is something different from a personal injury lawsuit, and one can arise from any accident caused by negligence if the victim dies as a result. Although a deceased victim cannot file a lawsuit, Florida allows the personal representative of the victim’s estate to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for 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. Some of these damages go directly to survivors, and some go into the victim’s probate estate for eventual distribution to heirs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why bother filing a lawsuit when you can just settle the case out of court?
Since an out-of-court settlement can save you a lot of time and trouble, the majority of personal injury claims are resolved by settlement. The problem is that defendants, particularly insurance companies, are reluctant to make you a decent settlement offer unless your settlement demand has “teeth” to it.
The way to put teeth into your settlement demand is to file a lawsuit in the midst of settlement negotiations, thereby threatening the other side with a mandatory verdict if they fail to make an acceptable offer before a trial verdict is reached. You might be surprised how much more cooperative a defendant can become once he or she is faced with an expensive and time-consuming lawsuit that could end the moment a settlement agreement is reached. Additionally, you might need to file a lawsuit to beat the statute of limitations deadline.
Should I speak directly with the insurance company?
No. Instead, you should hire a personal injury lawyer and let him or her do your talking for you. Insurance companies are businesses, and they make money by charging as much as they can for their premiums and paying out as little as they can in claims. If you deal directly with an insurance company, you will be dealing with a savvy professional whose job is to protect the interests of the insurance company, not you.
An insurance company might try to get you to sign a statement that can be used against you later, It might even try to get you to sign a release from liability that would absolve them of any obligation to pay your claim. Another tactic is to use constant delays to lull you into missing the statute of limitations deadline for filing a lawsuit. You need a professional who is just as savvy as they are and who won’t fall for any of their tricks.
How will a delay in retaining a lawyer hurt my chances?
A delay in retaining a lawyer can hurt your chances in myriad ways, some of which are predictable and some of which are not. The most obvious way in which you could ruin your chances would be to miss the statute of limitations deadline for filing a lawsuit. Even if you don’t miss the deadline and instead wait until it is looming before you contact a lawyer, you might leave him or her with insufficient time to properly prepare your case for trial. Another way delay could hurt you is with regard to evidence – witness memories fade, physical evidence deteriorates, etc.
If your insurance is insufficient to cover your medical expenses, you might find yourself having trouble securing adequate treatment without the ability to reassure your care provider that you have filed a lawsuit that should generate enough proceeds to pay your bills. Although a delay is not necessarily fatal to your claim, it is still not a good idea.
What kind of evidence can be used to support a personal injury claim?
Depending on the facts of the case, there are many different types of evidence that can be used to support your claim, including:
- Recorded witness statements
- In-court witness testimony
- Depositions (out of court statements made under oath)
- Physical evidence, such as photographs
- X-rays and other medical records (to establish the extent of your injuries and the cost of your medical expenses)
- Police reports
- Expert witnesses (an accident reconstruction expert, for example)
- Bloody clothes (to illustrate the extent of your injuries)
- Death certificate (in a wrongful death case)
Sometimes, relevant evidence is excluded by the Florida Evidence Code. You might have trouble, for example, submitting evidence that the defendant repaired a dangerous condition that is alleged to have caused the accident (because courts do not want to discourage people from repairing dangerous conditions).
Contact Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in West Palm Beach, contact Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers today to schedule your free initial consultation by calling (561) 202-6673 or by submitting questions on our online request form.
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