West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
The victim of a personal injury accident frequently must contend with serious physical injuries, devastating financial hardship, and lasting emotional trauma. Although we use the term personal injury accident, injuries are often the result of negligent or wrongful conduct on the part of another party or parties. When that is the case, the victim of a personal injury accident may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party (or parties).
If you or a family member were injured in a West Palm Beach personal injury accident, you may be struggling to locate medical care and be apprehensive about trying to pursue compensation because that will require you to navigate the legal system. Let a West Palm Beach personal injury at Demand the Limits Help. We have extensive experience, considerable resources, and an unwavering commitment to helping victims injured in preventable personal injury accidents. We are dedicated to ensuring that the responsible party (or parties) is held accountable and making sure you receive the maximum compensation possible for all your injuries.
What Makes an Accident a Legally Actionable Personal Injury Accident?
True accidents do happen, causing innocent victims to be injured. All too often, however, injuries are the result of a preventable accident. Torts is the area of the law that allows an injured victim to seek compensation from an at-fault party for injuries to his/her person or property (personal injuries). The law of torts allows a defendant to be held legally liable for injuries under any of the following three theories of liability:
- Intentional torts. A defendant can be held civilly liable for intentional wrongdoing. The most common example of an intentional tort is assault. While a defendant could be charged in criminal court for assault, that same defendant could face civil liability for injuries caused by an intentional assault.
- Strict liability. Strict liability torts do not consider the intent, acts, or omissions of the defendant. Instead, the law imposes liability on the defendant as a matter of law if a victim is injured. Injuries caused by defective products typically fall under the umbrella of strict liability.
- Negligence. Most personal injury claims are based on negligence which requires an injured victim to prove all of the following:
- That the defendant owed a duty of care to the victim.
- That the defendant breached the duty of care.
- That the breach caused an injury.
What Are Common Examples of Personal Injury Accidents?
Any time injuries are the result of a preventable accident, the victim may have the basis for an actionable personal injury lawsuit. Common examples of West Palm Beach personal injury accidents include:
- Car accidents
- Boating accident
- Personal watercraft accidents
- Swimming pool accidents
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Construction accidents
- Dog attacks
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Birth injuries
- Bus accidents
- Medical and prescription errors
- Defective product injuries
- Wrongful death
What Compensation Might I Be Entitled to for My West Palm Beach Personal Injury Accident?
When another party causes, in whole or in part, an accident that results in injuries, the at-fault party may be legally required to pay damages (compensation) to the injured party. That compensation may include both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are intended to compensate a victim for easily quantifiable, typically out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident, while non-economic damages compensate a victim for psychological injuries, trauma, and other subjective injuries suffered by the victim. As the victim of a personal injury accident, you could be entitled to compensation for things such as:
- Doctor, hospital, and other medical expenses
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
- Lost income, including estimated future lost income
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and scarring
Sometimes, more than one party is at fault in a personal injury accident. The victim may even share some of the fault in a personal injury accident. When the responsibility for an accident is shared by two or more parties, the State of Florida uses the comparative fault doctrine which attributes fault proportionately among the responsible parties.
By way of illustration, imagine that you were injured when you fell down a staircase at a hotel and suffered $500,000 in damages. Ultimately, it was determined that the hotel is 25 percent at fault for failing to provide adequate lighting and the construction contractor is 75 percent at fault for using sub-standard materials during the construction of the stairs. The hotel would be responsible for paying 25 percent of the total damage award, or $125,000, while the construction contractor would be responsible for the remaining 75 percent, or $375,000.
When a personal injury accident results in fatal injuries, a surviving parent or child may be entitled to compensation by pursuing a Florida wrongful death lawsuit. Compensation in a Florida wrongful death lawsuit may include the value of lost future earnings, support, and services, loss of companionship, guidance, and protection, and the value of your emotional pain and suffering.
Get Help from an Experienced West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured in a West Palm Beach personal injury accident, or you are a surviving family member of someone who was fatally injured in one, you may have legal options that may result in compensation for your injuries or loss. While nothing can turn back the clock and stop an accident from happening, the law provides a pathway to ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable, and victims are fully and fairly compensated for all injuries. An experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can help in a variety of ways, including:
- Making sure you locate appropriate healthcare providers.
- Conduct an independent investigation of the accident.
- Obtain the evidence needed to substantiate your claim.
- Pursue the maximum compensation possible for all your injuries.
- Negotiate an out-of-court settlement when possible.
- Aggressively litigate your claim in court when necessary.
At Demand the Limits, our experienced West Palm Beach personal injury accident lawyers have extensive experience with all types of personal injury accident cases. We fight hard to defend the legal rights of all Boca Raton injury victims. Call (561) 600-3555 or contact us online to schedule your free case evaluation. Don’t delay – the sooner you have an attorney fighting for you, the better protected your legal rights will be.