Delray Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
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In many circumstances, our clients are entitled to seek compensation for pain and suffering, loss of income, medical costs, and other expenses due to the negligence of others. Most personal injury cases are settled outside of court. But, if we must go to trial, we’re ready. Our Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, a prestigious accreditation only 1% of all Florida lawyers have achieved, will act on your behalf to get the job done.
Voted ‘Best-of-the-Best’ in the personal injury category of The Palm Beach Post, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers’ 30+ years of experience means we have what it takes to get you the help you deserve.
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Bicycle accidents are frequently catastrophic because bicycles lack the protection provided by automobiles. In Delray Beach, the situation is even worse – its bicycle accident death rate is the highest in the nation, and over 7,000 people are injured yearly. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Delray Beach include failure to take blind spots into account, failure to yield the right-of-way, opening doors into traffic, texting, and intoxication.
With its plentiful lakes and beaches, it is a boater’s paradise. It is also prime for boating accidents. There are numerous causes of boating accidents. Some of these causes – speeding, racing, intoxication, and improper maintenance – are common in car accidents. Other reasons for ignoring wake warnings and dock injuries are peculiar to boating accidents. On the other hand, cruise ships present risks that are more common to land-based accidents, such as slip and fall accidents and food poisoning.
Florida instituted a no-fault car insurance system because its courts were jammed with car accident lawsuits from the hundreds of thousands of injury accidents the state suffers from yearly. Although the no-fault system prevents injured parties from filing a lawsuit or even a third-party claim against an at-fault driver’s insurance company, if your injuries are severe enough, you can exit the no-fault system and file a lawsuit or a third-party claim (or both). Our Delray Beach car accident attorneys combine decades of experience in auto accident cases with sound, time-tested legal strategies for securing maximum compensation.
Riding a motorcycle might seem like riding a 21st-century version of a magic carpet until an accident happens. The combination of horsepower, lack of frame protection, low visibility, and oblivious motorists makes motorcycles more dangerous than either cars or bicycles. Two unfortunate aspects of motorcycle accidents are that (i) they are likely to be the other driver’s fault and (ii) serious injuries are particularly common. Brain damage, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, coma, neck injuries, and broken bones are too joint.
Walking is a lot more dangerous than it looks in – Florida suffers one of the highest pedestrian accident rates in the United States, with over 9,000 injuries annually. Pedestrians are injured every single day right here in Palm Beach County. The most common reasons for pedestrian accidents caused by a motorist are failure to yield, texting while driving, drunken driving, and turning into a busy crosswalk.
In Florida, as well as elsewhere, property owners and tenants are required to exert a reasonable effort to ensure the safety of visitors to their premises, including retail customers, social guests, and sometimes even trespassers. Any injury accident can create liability under premises liability if the owner or tenant fails to remedy or warn of certain dangerous conditions. In some cases, a tenant can even sue a landlord for the wrongful conduct of another tenant.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accident lawsuits are common in courts. These kinds of injuries, moreover, are often long-term or even permanent, especially if the victim is elderly. Slip and fall accidents can occur for many reasons – icy steps, missing guardrails, slippery floors (leading to occasional “banana peel lawsuits”), uneven pavement, and potholes- just a few of the defective conditions that can result in liability. Since proving liability can be complicated in many cases, the services of a top-tier personal injury lawyer can be invaluable.
An automobile or a motorcycle is no match for an 18-wheeler rig or even a medium-sized truck. Delray Beach sees its share of truck accident lawsuits in the wake of thousands of Palm Beach County truck accidents per year. The exact primary causes show up repeatedly – distracted driving, driver fatigue, tailgating, hydroplaning, and jackknifing are among the most common. You can sometimes sue both the driver and the trucking company.
Personal injury lawsuits are inappropriate when the victim dies in an accident. Instead, a wrongful death lawsuit is called for. Florida requires a wrongful death lawsuit to be filed by the personal representative of the victim’s estate. However, some proceeds can go directly to survivors (the rest goes into the estate). Damages might include funeral expenses, medical bills, financial support, future earnings loss, companionship and guidance, and emotional suffering (if the victim was a child).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What kind of evidence can be used to support a personal injury claim?
Evidence is king in personal injury cases – without it, you cannot win. Many different types of evidence can be collected, including:
- Witness statements
- Witness testimony
- Expert testimony (an accident reconstruction specialist, for example)
- X-rays and other medical records
- Police reports
- Bloody clothes
- Death certificate (in a wrongful death case)
Sometimes, evidence is excluded by the Evidence Code. You might have trouble, for example, submitting a photocopy of a death certificate or oral testimony on the contents of a police report (if a written version is available).
How should I select an appropriate personal injury lawyer to represent me?
A top personal injury lawyer should possess the following qualities:
- They should specialize in personal injury law. Asking a lawyer, for example, to represent you in your injury claim is like asking a kidney specialist to perform open-heart surgery.
- They should have many years of experience in personal injury law.
- They should have plenty of trial experience. A skilled settlement negotiator who has never been to trial is unlikely to be taken seriously by an insurance company because they cannot “pull the trigger” on the claim by winning a lawsuit, leaving the insurance company with nothing to fear.
- Honesty, loyalty, brilliance, aggressiveness, and fearlessness. These personal qualities cannot be learned from studying books.
How much is my case worth?
Without examining the facts of your particular case, it isn’t easy to give a precise answer to this question. Some essential factors in determining the value of a case are:
- The severity of your injuries
- The duration of your disability
- How many injuries have you suffered (how expensive are they to treat?)
- How much physical suffering was involved
- The degree to which your injury prevents you from performing daily life activities, such as exercising and bathing
- How much work time you lost
- Whether your injuries affected your long-term occupational marketability
- The extent (if any) to which the accident was your fault
- The effectiveness of your injury lawyer
What is negligence?
Negligence is the “legalese” word for carelessness. It refers to the defendant’s failure to exercise the same degree of care that a “reasonable person” would be expected to exercise under the circumstances of the accident.
Since negligence can take so many forms, there is no specific formula to determine whether a particular action or failure to act was negligent – it all depends on the extent to which your lawyer can convince the court that a “reasonable person” would have exercised more outstanding care than the defendant did.
Proving negligence alone will not win a lawsuit – you must also prove that the defendant’s negligence was the actual cause of the accident. Even a drunken driver, for example, can win a lawsuit if they can prove that the accident would have occurred even if the driver had been “sober as a judge.”
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Suppose you have been injured in the Delray Beach area. In that case, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers today for your free initial consultation by calling 561-202-6673 or by submitting your questions on our online request form.