Alachua County is a county located in Florida with a population of approximately 50,000 residents. It is the most populous county in the state and the location of South Beach, a major entertainment destination for people from all over the world. South Beach has numerous restaurants, nightclubs, boutiques, and hotels. Alachua County is also home to professional sports teams in football, basketball, and baseball, including the famous Miami Heat. Just as in any other county in the United States, residents and visitors experience a number of accidents every year. These events are often caused by careless conduct of other people or entities. No matter how you were hurt in the Alachua County area, the accident attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky can try to help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We serve clients harmed by car and truck crashes, motorcycle wrecks, medical malpractice, slip and falls, nursing home negligence, defective products, and all other types of accidents.Seek Compensation for Your Injuries
People who are hurt because someone else failed to act with the appropriate care may be entitled to compensation. Typically, an accident victim can take legal action by filing a negligence claim against the responsible party. This requires the injured person to prove the following elements:
- The defendant owed the victim a duty of care to avoid a foreseeable risk of harm;
- The defendant breached this duty with careless or reckless actions;
- The defendant’s breach caused the accident that harmed the victim; and
- The victim’s injuries resulted in actual damages, such as medical expenses and lost income.
All too often, Florida residents breach the duty of reasonable care. For example, many drivers choose to drink and drive with no regard for the safety of others on the road. Property owners fail to fix or warn customers or guests of dangerous conditions on their premises. Physicians and nurses sometimes misdiagnose and mistreat patients, exacerbating an already serious condition.
If a victim can prevail on a negligence claim, he or she may receive damages from a defendant held liable. These can extend from objective, or economic, costs imposed by the accident to relatively subjective, or non-economic, types of harm. Economic damages include hospital bills, the costs of medication or therapy, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages typically include compensation for the pain and suffering experienced in the accident. If a defendant was especially reckless, you may consider asking for punitive damages in addition to compensatory damages.
In order to pursue a personal injury claim, you must file within the applicable time frame under Florida law. A lawsuit must be initiated within four years from the date of the accident if it is based on your own injuries, or within two years if it is based on the tragic loss of a loved one. If you do not take legal action within this time window, you may lose the right to pursue a claim altogether.Discuss Your Negligence Claim with an Attorney Serving Alachua County
While no amount of money can undo the harm that you suffered, compensation can help ease the financial strain that accompanies an accident. Serving clients throughout Alachua County, the injury lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky understand that being a victim can be an overwhelmingly stressful experience. We are committed to try to help our clients navigate through every step of their legal journey. You can expect the utmost respect and professionalism from our entire team. We are prepared to fight tirelessly for your rights, whether in a settlement negotiation or in the courtroom. To learn more about your legal options, contact us online or call us toll-free at (561) 567-0298. We speak Spanish and Creole.