Greenacres, FL Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers
Greenacres, Florida, designated “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for more than 20 years in a row, offers a relaxing community atmosphere situated in southeast Florida. It is situated only five miles from the beautiful Atlantic coast and a hop, skip, and a jump from the bustling Miami metropolitan area. The town is nationally recognized as one of the best communities in the United States for young people, both for its living environment and for the abundant employment and recreational opportunities available in Palm Beach County.
Greenacres is relatively quiet, but it is no sleepy hamlet – although still rather small, its population has increased by an astounding 2,000 percent since 1970, and new residents are still pouring in. In the midst of all of this activity, injury accidents occur frequently. In many cases, these accidents can be attributed to the irresponsible behavior of someone else. When this happens, it is important that you act quickly to enforce your right to fair compensation for your losses.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers specializes in protecting the right to full compensation for those who have suffered personal injury or, tragically, the death of someone close to them. Below we provide a short summary of our main practice areas:
Bicycle accidents regularly cause serious injuries because they lack the frame protection offered by automobiles. Florida’s bicycle accident fatality rate is the highest in the nation, and over 7,000 people are injured statewide each year. Motorists cause bicycle accidents by failing to check blind spots, failing to yield, opening car doors in traffic, reading text messages while driving, and driving while intoxicated. Pedestrians also sometimes trigger bicycle accidents.
Palm Beach County offers five interconnected freshwater lake systems that are a boater’s paradise (not to mention a sixth nearby “lake,” known as the Atlantic Ocean). Unfortunately, boating accidents are a very real risk for Greenacres residents who enjoy this activity. Boating accidents can be caused by speeding, racing, Boating Under the Influence (a crime in Florida), inadequate maintenance, wakes from other boats, horseplay, and dock injuries. Cruise ships carry other types of dangers, such as slip and fall accidents, pool accidents, and food poisoning. Any of these types of accidents can support a personal injury lawsuit if negligence was involved.
Car accidents are probably the most common type of personal injury lawsuit – annual traffic accident injury victims (well over 200,000 of them) could fill ten full-sized sports arenas. Although court dockets are reduced by Florida’s restrictive “no fault” auto insurance system, some injuries are serious enough to allow victims to opt out of the no-fault system and file a personal injury lawsuit. The complexity of some car accidents (which sometimes require testimony from an accident reconstruction specialist) renders an experienced personal injury lawyer more of a necessity than a luxury.
A motorcycle’s power, lack of frame protection and low visibility frequently combines to form a “perfect storm” that ends in the hospital or the morgue. The most common motorcycle accident scenario involves an oblivious motorist colliding with a motorcycle operating in the blind spot, or simply forcing the motorcyclist to veer off the road to avoid an even more serious accident. Fortunately for injured motorcyclists, there is no “blind spot defense” under personal injury law – motorists are expected to know where their blind spot is and take it into account while driving.
Florida’s pedestrian accident rate is No. 3 among the 50 states, with a total of over 9,000 such accidents recorded in 2015 alone. Indeed, several pedestrian accidents occur every single day in Palm Beach County. Excluding accidents caused by the pedestrian him or herself, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents are failure to yield the right-of-way, texting and other cell use, DUI, and backing into a pedestrian. Large damages awards are common for seriously injured pedestrians who choose the right personal injury lawyers.
In Florida, property owners and tenants are legally responsible for remedying or warning visitors of certain dangerous conditions. To a lesser extent, this protection even extends to trespassers. It applies to a greater extent to customers, social guests, and public servants such as mail carriers. premises liability law allows victims to file lawsuits against responsible owners and tenants; and, in some cases, tenants may sue landlords for injuries caused by another tenant (such as a dog bite).
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are probably the most common type of personal injury case except for car accidents. These accidents can cause permanent debilitation, especially among elderly victims. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include icy steps, missing handrails, malfunctioning escalators, slick or bumpy floors, and snowy asphalt, among many possible conditions. Liability can be difficult to establish in a slip and fall case, which is why expert legal assistance is often necessary.
An 18-wheeler truck can inflict tremendous damage when the driver loses control of his or her rig, and similar damage can be inflicted by smaller vehicles such as cement trucks. When a crash occurs, automobiles can crumple like accordions and motorcycle riders can become projectiles. Well over 2,000 commercial vehicle crashes occur in Palm Beach County each year, many of which are trucks. The most common causes of truck accidents are texting while driving, two-way radio use, intoxicated driving, falling asleep at the wheel, and tailgating. In some cases, you can sue a trucking company that employs a negligent driver.
In Florida, a wrongful death lawsuit is filed by the personal representative of a victim who died in an accident. This type of lawsuit seeks damages for funeral and burial expenses, unpaid medical bills, loss of financial support, loss of future earning capacity, loss of companionship and guidance, and grief (if the victim was a child). Damages awards are typically sizeable and are split between survivors and the estate itself.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If my case falls outside the no-fault system, will I lose my claim if the accident was partly my fault?
Not necessarily. Florida’s comparative negligence system allows you to obtain some of your damages, even if you were partly at fault. 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 you were 30 percent at fault and your damages were $10,000, for example, your eligibility for damages would be cut by 30 percent to $7,000. You could also be held liable for 30 percent of the defendant’s damages.
Do I need money upfront to fund a lawsuit?
No. We work on a “no win, no pay” basis when it comes to personal injury lawsuits. This means that we will not charge you a dime in legal fees if you don’t receive any compensation. If you do receive compensation, either by settlement or verdict, we will take a negotiated percentage of your recovery. In this way, we demonstrate that we are just as interested in a large recovery as you are – after all, if you don’t make any money, we don’t either. This arrangement is how we express confidence in our ability to win your case.
How long will my case take?
There is no certain answer to this question. Since Florida law does not include any absolute time limit on lawsuits, some cases move slowly while others are resolved relatively quickly. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, sometimes after a lawsuit has already been filed.
In general, the more money that you demand, the longer it is likely to take for you to receive compensation. Another factor is the complexity of your case. A car accident lawsuit against a driver arrested for DUI at the scene of the accident, for example, is likely to be resolved more quickly than a manufacturing defect lawsuit involving complex technical issues.
Generally speaking, you should expect to wait anywhere from several months to several years before receiving compensation.
What kinds of questions will I be asked during a deposition?
A deposition is an out-of-court Q & A session where you answer questions under oath to help the parties prepare for trial. The judge will not be present, but a court reporter will make an official transcript, and you may be questioned by the defense lawyer. Your answers might be used against you at trial.
Following are some commonly asked questions:
- Have you ever been involved in a lawsuit before?
- Have you filed an insurance claim for your damages?
- How has your injury disrupted your daily life activities?
- Please rate your degree of pain from 1 to 10.
- Exactly what time did the accident happen? (This is a dangerous trick question!)
Some of these questions will be designed to elicit damaging testimony from you. Relax – we will be at your side to protect you, and we know all the tricks.
Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in the Greenacres area, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers for your free initial consultation by calling (561) 983-4395 or by submitting questions on our online request form.