Jupiter, FL Car Accident Lawyers
Jupiter, got its name from a mistranslation of a Native American word into the name of a Roman god. Although the town itself would not be mistaken for a Roman god, for much of the year it could be mistaken for paradise.
Jupiter’s dazzling beaches, tropical climate, and rich cultural history weren’t the main reasons why we located one of our offices here, but they might as well have been. From the Jupiter Inlet Light to the Palm Beach International Raceway and all the way to the Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter is simply a wonderful place to live.
As a national (and international) tourist magnet, Jupiter is well-served with modern highways including I-95, Route 1, and the Ronald Reagan Turnpike. When 60,000 local residents mix with a steady influx of local tourists, traffic accidents are a distressing inevitability.
When Auto Accidents Happen
Palm Beach County suffers 10,000 injury accidents every year. The medical consequences of a serious car accident can be painful, debilitating, or even tragic. The aftermath of a personal injury can be a traumatic time marked by worry, fear, and physical distress. Although financial distress is not a problem that you need to add to your existing trauma, outstanding medical bills can mount quickly, particularly if your injuries require significant time away from your job.
When you are injured as a result of someone else’s careless driving, whether as a driver, a passenger, or a pedestrian, personal injury law protects your right to full compensation for every single penny of your losses – as long as you know how to enforce your rights by navigating your way through ’s complex personal injury and civil procedure infrastructure.
This kind of expertise is simply not possessed by most car accident victims. Fortunately, however, enforcing your rights in the aftermath of a car accident, whether in a courtroom or at the settlement table, is precisely what we do for a living. The car accident attorneys at Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers are experienced, aggressive, principled, and fearless. We are not afraid to take on greedy insurance companies or fight aggressively for our clients in court. What really sets apart from other firms, however, is that we treat our clients the way we would want to be treated under the same circumstances:
- If we cannot take your call, we will get back to you within 24 hours or less.
- We will explain the legal issues of your case in plain English (rather than incomprehensible “legalese”).
- We understand and can explain medical issues such as treatment, physical therapy, and long-term care.
- We take a personal approach to our clients, unlike many large law firms that work on an “assembly line” basis. That means you will have plenty of opportunity to work with Brian personally. Brian’s work with so many accident victims has taught him understanding, empathy, and compassion toward his clients.
The Nuts and Bolts of Victory
To win a personal injury claim arising from a car accident, you will need to prove the following three elements (under a “more likely than not” standard, not the more stringent “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard).
- The defendant’s conduct was negligent (or worse). “Negligence” is legalese for careless. Every driver is charged with the legal responsibility of exercising reasonable care while driving on roads, and those who fail to do so must take responsibility for this failure if they injure someone. Driving while intoxicated or even following too closely can serve as the basis for a legal claim.
- Causation: The defendant’s negligence must have actually caused the accident. Normally, this is obvious; however, in some cases it is not so obvious. Even if the defendant was dead drunk at the time of the accident, he or she might be able to successfully defend him or herself by showing that the accident would have happened (and would have been equally severe) even if the driver had been sober.
- Damages: You must be able to prove that you suffered some sort of quantifiable loss as a result of the accident. Although a good scare is not enough by itself, once a physical injury is proven, it is possible to recover for certain types of psychological distress.
The Amount of Damages
Although there is no exact formula to determine how much money you can win in a personal injury lawsuit, we will fight to ensure that you receive as much as possible. The amount you end up with depends on the seriousness of your injuries, the evidence available (witnesses, for example), the disposition of the judge and jury (if your case goes to court) and, to no small extent, the skill of your personal injury attorney. Your total amount will be based on components such as:
- Outstanding medical bills.
- Reimbursement for medical bills already paid.
- Estimated future medical bills: This calculation can get complicated and tricky if you suffered long-term injuries, which is one of the reasons why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you decide how much to demand.
- Lost earnings: This amount can reimburse you for anything from time off work to the complete loss of your career.
- Non-economic damages: Non-economic damages can include reimbursement for physical pain and suffering, as well as reimbursement for other intangible damages such loss of enjoyment of life. The amount of non-economic damages that you receive might far exceed the damages you receive for all other losses combined.
- Incidental expenses: Many incidental expenses, such as travel expenses and child care, can be reimbursed if they arose from the accident.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What if the victim died in the crash? Does the claim die with him or her?
No. Florida has enacted a statute that allows the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The measure of damages, however, is different from that of a personal injury lawsuit. You can recover for medical and funeral expenses, the value of financial support provided to surviving relatives, lost wages that the deceased could have earned if he or she had lived, loss of value of the victim’s probate estate, loss of companionship and guidance, and psychological suffering (if the deceased was a child).
My accident happened a while ago. Is there a deadline for filing a lawsuit?
Yes. Like every other state, Florida has passed statutes limitations that set deadlines by which you must file a lawsuit. All you must do to beat the statute of limitations is to file the lawsuit and have your application accepted by the court – once this happens, you won’t need to worry the statute of limitations, no matter how long it takes to resolve the case.
In Florida, the personal injury statute of limitations deadline is normally four years after the date of the accident. In a wrongful death case, the statute of limitations deadline is normally four years from the date that the victim died. One of the worst mistakes that you can make in handling a claim is to allow an insurance company to use delaying tactics to lull you into missing the statute of limitations deadline. Once this happens, your claim is almost certainly dead.
What if I was partly to blame for the accident?
Florida’s “pure comparative fault” personal injury compensation system does not automatically bar you from winning a lawsuit, even if you were partly to blame for the accident. Once a court determines that more than one party was responsible for the accident, it will assign fault to each party on a percentage basis, and deduct a percentage from each party’s damages in exact proportion to the percentage of fault.
Suppose, for example, that you were 25 percent at fault for the accident and your damages were $100,000. The court would reduce your damages by 25 percent of $100,000, or $25,000, leaving you with $75,000. You would also become liable for paying 25 percent of the other party’s damages if he or she filed a counterclaim against you. If the damages were more than $300,000, you could still end up in the hole.
Do I need a personal injury lawyer, or will any type of lawyer do?
A common saying in the legal profession is that “the law touches everything.” This means that just every activity in life has been regulated to one degree or the other. Because of this, “the law” is an extremely broad topic, and lawyers typically specialize in one field or another as soon as they pass the bar exam. Asking a lawyer specializing in one field to handle a case in another field would be like asking a heart surgeon to perform brain surgery.
What if I don’t have enough money to fund a lawsuit?
You won’t need any if you work with us. If you have a strong case, we will work on a “no win, no pay” basis – if you lose you pay nothing, but if you win we receive a percentage of your verdict or settlement. We’re that confident of our ability to successfully represent you.
Injured In A Jupiter Car Accident? Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers Today
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we take our profession seriously. We work with the professionalism and strategic mindset borne of decades of experience in the local court system. At the same time, we offer our clients the individualized attention that only the best Jupiter, car accident lawyers can offer. For your free initial consultation, call (561) 983-4395 or submit your questions on our online request form. Take action today – the clock is ticking on your case.