Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Cooper City
Cooper City is a city located in Broward County, Florida with a population of over 30,000 residents. Home to a number of families, it has many elementary schools and high schools. Family Circle Magazine, an American women’s magazine, named Cooper City as one of the top 10 towns for families in the United States. Every year, however, ordinary people are hurt in accidents there that could have been avoided if someone had acted more carefully. Attractions in Cooper City include; The Cooper City Sports Complex and The Cooper City Antique Mall .
If you or a loved one has been harmed in Cooper City, the experienced injury attorneys at Frankl & Kominsky can help you pursue the compensation to which you may be entitled. Our firm is available to handle virtually all types of personal injury cases, including those involving car, truck, and motorcycle crashes, medical malpractice, slip and falls, defective products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and more.
For 2018, Florida has reported the following vehicle accident statistics :
- Total bicycle crashes: 6,575
- Total hit-and-run fatalities: 215
- Total hit-and-run accidents: 102,756
- Total pedestrian fatalities: 702
- For all crashes: 402,592
- Injuries for all crashes: 254,873
- Fatalities for all crashes: 3,174
- Motor Vehicle Traffic: 4,013
- MVT-Motorcyclist: 189
- MVT-Occupant: 2,490
- MVT-Other/Unspecified: 1,081
- MVT-Pedalcyclist: 171
- MVT-Pedestrian: 82
- Motor Vehicle Non-Traffic: 181
If you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s negligent actions, the law recognizes your right to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Typically, such lawsuits are filed under the theory of negligence. An accident victim who succeeds in a negligence claim may be able to recover damages for pain and suffering, lost income and benefits, loss of earning capacity, past and future medical expenses, property damage, and any other costs that may apply to his or her specific situation.
However, before you can recover compensation, you must prove each of the elements of negligence to establish a defendant’s liability. Negligence is a failure to use reasonable care that results in damage or injury to another person. To show negligence, you must prove that:
- The defendant in your case owed you a duty to take reasonable care;
- The defendant breached that duty;
- The defendant’s breach caused the accident that harmed you; and
- You suffered quantifiable damages as a result of your injuries.
Reasonable care is assessed by how a reasonably prudent person would have behaved in the same or similar circumstances. Some examples of people failing to exercise reasonable care include a driver breaking traffic laws or a property owner failing to clean up a spill on the floor.
In addition to showing that the defendant breached a duty of care, you must prove that the defendant’s careless conduct was the direct cause of your injuries. This means that you would not have been injured if the defendant had not acted negligently, and that the harm that you suffered was a reasonably foreseeable result of the defendant’s actions or inactions.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit under the Florida Wrongful Death Act. This law allows certain family members of a deceased person to seek compensation for things including lost support and services. There are strict requirements as to who can file a wrongful death claim. There is also a fixed time window during which wrongful death lawsuits can be filed in Florida, as is the case for ordinary injury claims. Failure to file within this time window can prevent a plaintiff from obtaining compensation.Florida Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
Florida Statute of Limitations section 95.11(3)(a) applies to plaintiffs suing in Florida on a civil action founded in negligence.To assert your rights in a negligence or wrongful death claim, you must file it within the applicable statute of limitations. Under Florida law, a victim must file an injury lawsuit within four years from the date of the accident. The time frame to file a wrongful death lawsuit is two years from the date of the death.
What Are Some of the Most Common Injuries Following an Accident?
The types of injuries that are usually seen by injury lawyers serving Cooper City may result in many different mental and physical issues. Some of these include:
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Internal Bleeding
- Herniated Discs
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruising
- Injuries to the Hip, Knee or Elbow
- Injuries to the Spine
- Head and Brain Injuries
If you’ve lost a loved one due to the negligence of someone else, you may be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against whoever was responsible. These cases are highly complex and must be filed within strict timelines. If you think you may have a wrongful death claim, you should consult a Florida attorney immediately.What Should You do After an Injury?
If you’ve been injured, these are some things that you should remember:
Report the accident and injury to the authorities and property owner. Be sure to get a copy of the incident report or the accident report.
Cooper City Police Department | (954) 432-9000
If possible, document the scene of the accident with videos, photos, and witness statements
Seek Immediate Medical Care from a qualified medical professional. You may go to a local hospital or to your own doctor.
Example: Memorial Hospital West | (954) 436-5000
Keep a journal or record of your injuries, medical treatment, and how the injury has impacted your life. Also, make sure to keep a copy of all medical expenses. All of your medical information should be kept in a separate location in your home in order to have easy access when needed.
Find an experienced personal injury lawyer for a Free ConsultationWhat NOT to Do After a Personal Injury
- DO NOT give a recorded statement to the insurance company without first consulting with a personal injury attorney.
- DO NOT try to negotiate a settlement offer without speaking to an injury lawyer
- DO NOT post the information about the accident or your injury on Social Media
- DO NOT neglect your injuries or fail to seek medical treatment by a qualified doctor or medical professional
If you have been harmed because of someone else’s carelessness, there is no substitute for having dedicated legal representation on your side. At Frankl & Kominsky, our experienced Florida accident lawyers are committed to helping injured victims in Cooper City and throughout Broward County. Our firm has over 40 years of combined experience handling accident and personal injury cases, and we know what it takes to try and prove a personal injury claim. You can expect respect and professionalism from our licensed attorneys and legal staff.
Our Injury Lawyers offer a Free Consultation by calling 561-354-6184. Let us help you through this stressful time, our office is available 24/7 and we speak Spanish and Creole.
- Slip, Trip and Fall and Premises Liability Claims : if you were injured in a slip and fall accident at a grocery or department store, a private property or home, or in a parking lot, you may have a claim for your injuries. Consider a situation in which you were grocery shopping in a nearby supermarket. In that store there was a water leak from a frozen food counter that was known by the management, yet they had put off doing any type of repair work on the counter. As such, a water leak created a puddle on the floor in front of the counter. There was no signage or any indication of a potential hazard placed in that location by the store’s management. Without seeing the puddle, you slipped on it, as you walked by. As a result of the slip and fall, you sustained injuries.
- Boat, Cruise, or Jet Ski Injury Claims: when passengers are injured due to lack of critical medical supplies, excessive watercraft speed, boat malfunctions, striking another boat or another watercraft. An example of this might be a situation in which you were on a sightseeing cruise that was given by a private company. When you were out in one of their boats, the driver was piloting the craft in a careless manner and, as such, crashed into another boat and as a result, you were injured. In such a situation, the boat sightseeing company may be held liable for the negligence of the boat operator and may be held accountable for any expenses connected to your injury.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Claims : victims who have been seriously injured by reckless or drivers who became distracted. An example of this scenario could be a situation in which a driver was texting while they were driving and crashed into a bicyclist or a pedestrian crossing the street.
- Car and Auto Accidents Claims : accidents involving a negligent driver, or while you were a passenger riding in a vehicle. This includes accidents resulting from a DUI, distracted drivers or drivers that fail to stop at a stop sign.
- Motorcycle and Scooter Injury Claims : motorcyclists who are injured by operators of cars or larger vehicles who speed, drive drunk, or are distracted by texting. For instance, there may be a situation in which a driver did not see a motorcyclist riding next to them and changed lanes, either crashing into the motorcyclist or running them off the road. If the motorcyclist was injured in the accident, the driver may be held negligent and responsible for damages.
- Bus Injury Claims: passengers who are injured because the owner or operator had failed to maintain the bus, the driver was distracted, driving while tired or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you were injured in a bus related accident, you may have a claim against the bus driver, bus company, manufacturer or another driver for your damages.
- Medical bills and medical expenses related to the accident and injury. This could include emergency transportation to the hospital via ambulance or flight, cost of treatment at the emergency room, urgent care or your primary care physician, physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, diagnostic tests including x-rays or MRIs, and prescription medication.
- Extended Medical Care, Rehabilitation and Custom Accessibility which includes home health care, wheelchairs, walkers, in-home lifts, long-term care facilities, and home renovation for accessibility.
- Lost wages and Loss of Future Income including time missed from work to seek medical treatment, follow up doctor appointments, MRIs and more. This would also include the inability to work in the future.
- Property Damage for your vehicle which may require costly repairs
- Pain and Suffering as a result of living with your injuries. This can include the severity of your injuries, the length of treatment, emotional anguish, the loss of enjoyment of life and the impact your injuries have on your daily life.
At Frankl & Kominsky, we are dedicated to aiding ordinary people who have been hurt as the result of someone else’s negligence. We are available to help victims in Cooper City and surrounding areas try to receive fair compensation for their injuries and damages. Our skilled accident lawyers take pride in advocating for your rights, both in the context of a settlement and in the courtroom. We will work diligently to investigate the facts of your case and try to pursue your claim as aggressively as possible. To learn more, you can contact us online or call us toll-free at (561) 354-6184. We speak Spanish and Creole.
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