Wellington, FL Personal Injury Lawyers
The Village of Wellington, recently named one of the nation’s “Top 100 Places to Live” by Money Magazine, has come a long way since its days as the Flying Cow Ranch only a few short decades ago. Wellington’s explosive population growth and its emergence as an international equestrian center bear testimony to its powerful appeal. Its cultural diversity, youthful population, mild temperatures, and high per-capita income infuse the village with a vitality that other family-dominated towns find hard to match.
Wellington offers plenty of recreational opportunities, and the general area is dotted with lakes and ponds. The village is accessible to its steady influx of tourists via major highways, such as the Turnpike. With all this going on, it’s not surprising that Wellington is not immune to the laws of physics. In other words, accidents happen. When they do, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, physical and mental suffering, and other losses, if the accident was caused by someone else’s wrongful conduct.
At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers, our Wellington accident attorneys combine decades of experience in personal injury lawsuits with sound, time-tested legal strategies for securing maximum compensation for our clients. Please see below for a summary of our main practice areas:
Bicycles are cheap, light, and maneuverable. They also lack the frame protection of an automobile, and they can be sent flying by an impact. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that ’s bicycle fatality rate is No. 1 nationwide and more than double the national fatality rate. Common causes of bicycle accidents caused by motorists include failure to check blind spots, failure to yield, opening car doors into traffic, and DUI. Bicycle accident victims are entitled to damages for both economic and non-economic losses.
Florida suffers more boating accidents than most states do (and it does), it is only because the state offers so many ideal boating locations. Racing, intoxication, faulty boat maintenance, destabilizing wakes from other boats, horseplay, and dock injuries all claim boating accident victims from time to time. Cruise ships carry their own kind of dangers, such as swimming pool accidents, slip and fall incidents, and food poisoning. If the negligence or other culpable conduct of someone else caused your accident, you probably have a decent personal injury claim.
As elsewhere, car accident cases clog the dockets of courts. The state’s tourism industry adds to what would already be a large volume of vehicle road accidents, to the point that the annual number of injury accidents, such as whiplash, adds up to one percent of the state’s total population. While most car accidents are caused by the negligence of a driver, many of these are settled through Florida’s “no fault” auto insurance system. Injuries too serious to be resolved through the no-fault system, however, are frequently the subject of litigation. A legal response is appropriate when a negligent driver injures you through his or her own misconduct.
“No bike – no life” is a popular slogan among motorcycle aficionados. Unfortunately, this results in a dilemma for many riders – the death rate from motorcycle accidents far exceeds the death rate for any other common form of transportation. Moreover, motorcycle accident injuries are frequently catastrophic – brain damage, paralysis, and shattered bones are common occurrences. When an accident like this happens, your quest for fair compensation should be aided by a lawyer with rich experience in motorcycle accident cases.
No one on the roads is more exposed than a pedestrian, and unfortunately, suffers 9,000 pedestrian accidents per year, several hundreds of which occur in Palm Beach County alone. In Florida, the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include failure to yield the right-of-way, distracted driving, intoxicated driving, and backing into a pedestrian. Our pedestrian accident attorneys apply decades of combined experience and aggressive legal strategies to insist upon fully adequate compensation for their clients. Rest assured that we will fight to help you receive every dime that you are entitled to!
Florida law requires owners and renters of premises to ensure that their premises are reasonably safe for visitors. The possibility of being sued by an injured visitor is what is known as “premises liability.” Premises liability protects customers in establishments, social guests, and in some cases even trespassers (a child who is injured or drowns in an unattended swimming pool, for example). premises liability cases can also be based on slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and many other types of injuries.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents rank right up there with car accidents as the most common type of personal injury case on court dockets. Slip and fall injuries can be devastating and sometimes permanent, especially for elderly victims. Common causes include slippery steps, collapsing handrails, wet or uneven floors, and icy pavements. Since proving liability in a slip and fall case can be difficult, you are probably going to need the services of a lawyer who is familiar with handling this kind of case.
The 18-wheeler truck can act like an errant missile when the driver loses control of the truck. A car, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian is no match for even “small” trucks such as cement mixers. Tens of thousands of commercial vehicles crash in Florida every year, a large percentage of which are trucks. Common causes of truck accidents include jackknifing, hydroplaning, tailgating, distracted driving (texting or the use of two-way radios, for example), heavy loads, driver fatigue, and driver intoxication. If the truck driver was an employee of a trucking company, you may be able to sue the company as well.
In Florida, a wrongful death lawsuit is what you file if the accident victim died as a result of someone else’s negligence and you are the personal representative of the probate estate. You can claim damages for funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, loss of financial support, loss of the future earnings, loss of companionship and guidance, and emotional pain (if the victim was a child). Some of this money is paid to survivors, and the rest is paid into the estate for distribution to the deceased’s heirs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How should I select an appropriate personal injury law firm to represent me?
A good personal injury lawyer should at least possess the following qualities:
- He or she should specialize in personal injury law. Asking a lawyer who specializes in another field to represent you in your personal injury claim is like asking a heart surgeon to remove a brain tumor.
- He or she should possess years (preferably decades) of experience in personal injury law.
- He or she should have plenty of hands-on trial experience. Some lawyers are experienced negotiators but have rarely or never been to trial. Insurance companies laugh at these lawyers – they may talk tough, but they lack the ability to “pull the trigger” on a claim by winning a lawsuit that will force the insurance company to pay.
- Honesty, principle, loyalty, brilliance, aggressiveness, and fearlessness. These are all personal qualities that were developed long before the attorney even went to law school, and for the most part they cannot be taught.
How much is my case worth?
The ultimate value of a case depends on a lot of factors and can be difficult to calculate precisely. Some of the most important elements are:
- How serious your injuries are
- Whether or not your injuries are permanently debilitating
- How expensive your injuries are to treat (brain injuries are particularly expensive to treat, for example)
- How much physical pain you suffered
- The extent to which your injuries interfere with daily life tasks
- How much time you had to take off work
- The extent and duration of any occupational disability
- The extent to which you shared fault for the accident
- The effectiveness of your personal injury lawyer
What does Florida consider negligence?
Generally stated, “negligence” means carelessness. It refers to the defendant’s failure to exercise reasonable care to avoid the accident. There is no formula available to determine whether the defendant’s action, or a failure to act, amounted to negligence – it all depends on whether the court believes that a reasonable person would have acted more carefully under the circumstances.
Establishing negligence alone is not enough to prove fault – you must also prove that the defendant’s negligence caused the accident. Even a drunken driver can win a lawsuit if he or she can prove that drunkenness did not cause the accident.
How does the “no fault” auto insurance system work?
Florida’s “no fault” system prevents minor auto accident cases from going to court. Instead, each driver will rely on his or her own insurance to satisfy the claim. If the no-fault system applies, you will be legally barred from filing a lawsuit or a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance policy.
This system does not apply to sufficiently serious injuries. To escape the no-fault system and file a lawsuit, your injuries must:
- be debilitating;
- involve permanent scarring or disfigurement; or
- involve permanent loss of an important bodily function.
Call The Attorneys At Brian D. Guralnick Injury Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in Wellington, Florida, call 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.