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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.
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Bicycle accidents are frequently catastrophic due to the lack of protection offered by a bicycle. Bicyclists are just as exposed as motorcyclists but lack the horsepower to accelerate themselves out of dangerous traffic situations. In Florida, your chances of being involved in a bicycle accident double compared to the rest of the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Lake Worth are automobile blind spots, failure to yield, opening doors into traffic, distracted driving, and DUI.
Lake Worth is virtually surrounded by water, and the rest of Palm Beach County suffers no shortage of boating and jet-ski opportunities. That said, it is hardly surprising that boating accidents are common. The exact causes tend to crop up repeatedly – racing, intoxication, poor maintenance, poor operational skills, ignoring wake warnings, reckless behavior, and dock mishaps, among other causes. Cruise ship accidents, by contrast, tend to resemble the type of accident you might suffer as a hotel guest – slip and fall accidents, pool accidents, and food poisoning, for example.
Car accident lawsuits jam the dockets of courts in many states. Responded to the overcrowding problem by instituting a no-fault auto insurance system that limits the ability to file a lawsuit or a third-party insurance claim. If you can escape its restrictions (by proving that your injuries were severe enough), you can still file these types of claims. A serious car accident caused by someone else’s misconduct can result in a substantial judgment in your favor. In complex cases, the assistance of a top personal injury lawyer can more than pay for itself.
Motorcycles have achieved almost mythical status in American culture, and their danger is part of their appeal for some people. The combination of horsepower, rider exposure, low visibility, and oblivious motorists frequently results in catastrophic motorcycle accidents, even if you perform routine safety checks. Traumatic brain injuries are not uncommon, and even drivers who wear helmets can suffer spinal cord injuries, paralysis, neck injuries, and bone fractures. When an accident like this happens, accepting a quick but inadequate settlement is one of the worst mistakes you can make.
Florida suffers over two dozen pedestrian injuries every day, giving it one of the country’s highest rates of pedestrian accidents. Over 9,000 accidents were recorded in 2015 alone, including several days in Palm Beach County. The most common causes of driver-initiated accidents are failure to yield, distracted driving, DUI, turning into a crowded crosswalk, and backing up without checking the rearview mirror. Devastating injuries are common when flesh meets steel, and significant damages awards are possible if you select the right personal injury lawyer.
Real property owners and tenants are required by law to undertake a certain amount of liability for the injuries suffered by people who enter their property. Shop customers, party guests, and even trespassing children might trigger owner liability if a dangerous condition injures them that the owner or tenant failed to remedy or warn. Premises liability law can compensate victims of slip and fall accidents, criminal assaults, and even animal attacks.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents injure a million Americans yearly, and many of the most severe injuries occur in the elderly. These injuries can be devastating and sometimes permanent, and various causes can trigger them. Broken steps, collapsing handrails, broken escalators, slippery floors, protruding objects, and icy parking lots are just a few of the dangerous conditions that can cause a slip-and-fall accident.
The 18-wheeler truck is the king of the highway jungle, and smaller trucks, such as cement mixers, can pack almost as much momentum in a crash. Truck drivers commonly cause accidents by tailgating, hydroplaning, jackknifing, speeding, two-way radio use, and DUI. Palm Beach County recorded over 2,400 commercial vehicle crashes in 2015, many of which were trucks. If an employee of a trucking company caused a truck accident, you might be able to sue the company and the driver.
As the name indicates, a wrongful death lawsuit is the type of lawsuit you should file if the victim dies. Requires a wrongful death lawsuit to be filed by the personal representative of the deceased victim’s estate, although at least some of the proceeds can go directly to survivors (the rest is paid to the estate itself). Recoveries in wrongful death lawsuits can be just as significant or more extensive than recoveries in personal injury lawsuits.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is MMI?
MMI stands for “Maximum Medical Improvement.” An MMI letter is essentially an opinion issued by your doctor stating that you have recovered from your injuries as much as you’re ever going to (it doesn’t mean that you won’t undergo any more treatment, however). An MMI is critical because only when you receive it will you have a basis for calculating how much to demand from the defendant for medical expenses. Calculating the amount of the “future medical expenses” component of your injury claim is crucial. If your injuries are long-term, that damage component is one that you absolutely must not underestimate.
Calculating your future medical expenses is complicated and filled with ambiguity even after you reach MMI. A skilled personal injury lawyer can help you with this.
Why bother filing a lawsuit when you can settle the case out of court?
While it is true that the majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court, many of these settlements would not have been possible unless the victim had filed a lawsuit amid settlement negotiations. The explanation for this reality is rooted in human nature – insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible (so they can pocket the rest), and they are unlikely to offer you an adequate settlement unless you show them that you have the legal muscle to settle the dispute by force if necessary.
A stubborn defendant may resist a verdict. If negotiations drag out long enough, you must file a lawsuit to beat the statute of limitations deadline.
Should I speak directly with the insurance company?
No. Let us do your talking for you because we know how to handle insurance company executives. Insurance is a for-profit business, and insurance companies profit most by denying claims, not accepting them. Insurance company executives are trained professionals who can negotiate you into a deep hole if you let them. The best solution is to hire a trained professional to deal with them.
Another danger in talking to the insurance company is that they might use deception to get you to make a statement that they can use against you later or use the delay to lull you into missing the statute of limitations deadline.
How will a delay in retaining a lawyer hurt my chances?
A delay in retaining a lawyer is not necessarily fatal as long as you don’t miss the statute of limitations deadline for filing a lawsuit. Still, it can hurt your chances in many other ways. The most obvious way you could ruin your options would be if you waited until a few weeks before the statute of limitations deadline to involve a lawyer, leaving your lawyer with little time to prepare an effective lawsuit.
Another way delay could hurt you would be if the evidence went “stale” – a witness’s memory fades, physical evidence deteriorates, a witness dies or moves out of town, etc. Hiring a lawyer is also a way to convince your doctor that you will eventually be able to pay your medical bills, even if you currently lack the financial resources to pay them.
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