Palm Beach Gardens, FL Car Accident & Personal Injury Lawyers
Palm Beach Gardens has come a long way from its population of one person in 1960 to its current population of around 50,000. As a tropical landscape situated in Palm Beach County only 82 miles north of Miami, the town has grown rapidly, adding around 50 percent to its population since the dawn of the 21st century.
As an international golfing mecca, Palm Beach Gardens is permanent home to the PGA National Golf Club and the Professional Golfers Association of America. It has hosted the Honda Classic PGA Tour golf tournament continuously since 2007, and it maintains 12 local golf courses, an astonishing number for a city of its size. Golfing, boating, and tennis are popular outdoor pastimes.
Interstate 95 brings an influx of visitors and makes it easier for residents to commute to and from work outside of town. The downside to all of this activity is the occurrence of injury accidents, including vehicle accidents and other types of mishaps such as slip and fall accidents. law, of course, protects victims of accidents caused by the wrongful conduct of others, by allowing them a legal means of enforcing their right to full compensation for their losses.
The trick to receiving compensation, however, is the art of effectively enforcing your rights. Most people require professional representation to make this happen, and that is exactly what we do. At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, we understand your legal rights, and we are fully capable of fighting to protect them. Our most important practice areas include:
Bicycle accidents are frightening, because a rider has absolutely no protection against the cold steel of an automobile, bus, or truck. Because of this lack of protection, because of a bicycle’s inability to accelerate out of trouble, and because bicyclists suffer from low visibility on the road, bicycle accidents tend to be frequent and serious. , unfortunately, is a particular trouble spot – over 7,000 bicyclists a year are injured on roads. Some of the most common causes of bicycle accidents in Palm Beach Gardens include driver blind spots, failure to yield, texting while driving, and intoxicated driving.
Boating is a common activity in Palm Beach County for obvious reasons, rendering it inevitable that boating accidents are common occurrences as well. Some of the causes of boating accidents are the same as the causes of road accidents – speeding, DUI, poor mechanical maintenance, and poor operator skills. Other causes are unique to boating, such as high wakes and dock injuries, for example. Cruise ships, on the other hand, present risks more common to a hotel stay – food poisoning, pool accidents, and slip and fall accidents.
Car accidents are classic personal injury cases, and they are probably the most common. has acted to reduce the amount of litigation surrounding car accidents by instituting a no-fault auto insurance system that prevents most auto accident injury cases from going to court. Nevertheless, if your injuries are “serious” as defined by personal injury law, you can still file a lawsuit and possibly win a large judgment.
Motorcycling is an activity that many find irresistible despite its dangers. Its critics point out that the combination of high speeds, little rider protection, low road visibility, and oblivious drivers results in a hazardous scenario. Unfortunately, motorcycle accident injuries tend to be severe – head injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and broken bones are far more common than they are for other types of motorists. When another driver causes such an injury, it is important to resist the temptation to accept a quick but paltry settlement check.
Walking across the road feels so much safer than it really is – indeed, several pedestrians are injured every day in Palm Beach County. Florida’s pedestrian accident total of over 9,000 per year endows it with one of the nation’s highest pedestrian accident rates. The most common causes of pedestrian accidents are failure to yield, distracted driving, DUI, and backing up without looking. Because pedestrian accidents are so often catastrophic, large damages awards are common for victims who choose the right personal injury lawyers
When you enter another person’s property, the property owner or tenant takes a certain amount of legal responsibility for your safety, since many dangerous conditions on the property must either be remedied or warned of. Visitors who are protected under Florida’s premises liability law include customers, mail carriers, social guests, and, in a few cases, even trespassers. Actionable injuries include slip and fall accidents, criminal assaults by third parties, and dog bites.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents injure over a million Americans per year. Some accidents can be resolved with a single emergency room visit, while others may require long-term care. Contrary to popular stereotype, slip and fall accidents aren’t all caused by banana peels. Collapsing steps, missing handrails, stop-and-go escalators, wet floors, protruding objects, and icy asphalt can all justify a lawsuit under certain circumstances. Since these cases are often deceptively complex, the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer can be critically important.
The 18-wheeler truck is the closest thing to a tank that you’re likely to encounter on the highway, and even smaller trucks that frequent minor roads often drastically outweigh the average sedan. The danger of a truck accident is anything but remote – over 2,400 commercial vehicles crashed in Palm Beach County in 2015, many of which were trucks. Truck accidents can be caused by distracted driving, falling asleep at the wheel, tailgating, hydroplaning, and jackknifing.
A wrongful death lawsuit, as its name indicates, is designed for use when the victim dies. In Florida, the personal representative of the victim’s estate must file the lawsuit, with proceeds divided between survivors and the victim’s estate. Damages can include funeral expenses, unpaid medical bills, loss of financial support, loss of future earnings, loss of companionship and guidance, grief (if the victim was a minor), and other losses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does the statute of limitations work?
Florida applies two statutes of limitations that may apply to car accident lawsuits – for a personal injury lawsuit, the deadline is four years after the accident, and for a wrongful death lawsuit, the deadline is four years after the victim’s death. To beat the deadline, you must simply file a lawsuit. It doesn’t matter how long the case takes to resolve – simply filing the proper papers and paying the filing fee is enough to beat the deadline. Narrow exceptions exist to the four-year deadline.
Don’t let an unscrupulous insurance company lull you into missing the deadline by constantly delaying your efforts to settle.
What should I do if the person who injured me has insufficient financial resources to pay my auto accident claim?
The first resort in this situation is uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. This insurance will cover you if your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance plus the motorist’s own insurance resources together are not enough to cover your losses.
If you find yourself in an accident without this insurance, you still might be able to pursue the “deep pockets” strategy – finding a second defendant with enough money to play your claim. If you were injured by a negligent on-duty employee, for example, you might be able to sue the employer. Other defendants, such as traffic light manufacturers, are possible under certain circumstances.
Should I sign a release?
No, you shouldn’t, unless your lawyer advises you to do so after reading what you are signing. Signing a release will absolve the other party of any further legal responsibility for your claim. Of course, an insurance company would love to have your signature on a release form in exchange for a tiny settlement, but that wouldn’t be fair to you.
Once an adequate settlement agreement has been reached, a release of liability clause will be inserted into a written settlement agreement that you will sign. The release clause will prevent you from ever suing that party over the same claim.
What is a letter of protection?
A letter of protection can be issued by your lawyer to assure your doctor that you are demanding compensation for your injuries and that, if your demand is met, it will be enough to pay your medical bills. If you can’t pay your medical bills out of your own pocket, doctors will sometimes ask for this in order to reassure them that you will eventually be able to pay.
Letters of protection are especially common in car accident cases, because many health insurance policies do not cover car accidents. An auto insurance company might not pay your doctor, either – it may wait for you to pay first and then reimburse you.
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If you have been injured in Palm Beach Gardens, Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers today for your free initial consultation by calling (561) 983-4395 or by submitting questions on our online request form.