Personal Injury Lawyer Serving North Palm Beach
North Palm Beach is technically a village in Palm Beach County of Florida. Beautifully planned and organized, it even won the Best Planned Community award in 1956 by the Home Builders. The village is a peaceful little place, occupied by only about 12000, tucked away by the corner of the ocean.
The small community is sprawled across 5.78 square miles and has extensive areas of land covered by water too. This village has a beautiful beachfront, and hosts one of the biggest golf courses in the North Palm Beach Country Club. There are plenty of parks by the ocean where tourists can camp, swim, go fishing, and kayaking.
The government expended a considerable sum of money into developing the infrastructure of North Palm Beach, and today the area is accessible to everyone and frequented by plenty. Inevitably, many accidents and unfortunate incidents take place, like in any other city or village. After the construction of Northlake Boulevard, which connects the village to the Dixie Highway and US1, this road became the commercial corridor of the village. Many accidents including tractor-trailers, cars, and motorcycles occur yearly. Alongside many boat and water planes accidents take place too with the village’s nearness to the ocean and a plethora of water activities available.
Luckily, there are plenty of excellent hospitals nearby that take in and treat injured patients, so the patient recovers fully. North Palm Beach Medical Center and Palm Beach Hello Hospital are two top-class medical facilities in the region.
If you or your loved one become involved in an incident that leaves you injured, you have the right to pursue a claim against the responsible party and hold them liable for any compensatory damages and losses that you have incurred. An experienced personal injury lawyer, who is available to serve North Palm Beach, can guide you further in your accident claimTypes of Personal Injury Cases We Deal With
The most common personal injury cases are:Personal Injury Claims as a Result of Car/Auto-Related Accidents
Where there are cars, there will be car accidents. In today’s day and age, it is unavoidable. While the mortality rate from car accidents keeps dropping because of better healthcare service and more durable cars, car accidents can leave people severely injured.
North Palm Beach, because it is not an urban center and has a smaller population, does not witness too many car crashes. But with tourism growing and the village expanding, there might be a spike in such cases. In case you find yourself involved in an accident due to the negligence of someone else, you can pursue a personal injury claim.
It’s possible that a car accident is not entirely the driver’s fault. At times, a faulty part or a defective car model can be the primary cause of the accident, which makes it the manufacturer’s fault. In such cases, you can even bring a lawsuit against the faulty equipment and maintenance by the manufacturers and mechanics.Personal Injury Claims as a Result of Motorcycle Accidents
While the damage from a motorcycle accident may not always be as severe as that of a car accident, motorcycle accidents can cause serious injuries as well. Like car accidents, the driver of the motorcycle can be held liable for the damages you incur because of negligence. If, upon investigation, it is found that the manufacturer of the brakes, tires, or handles was responsible for the accidents, they can be held liable as well.Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are incredibly common and can potentially lead to severe injuries and even death. People slip off high ladders, roofs, construction sites, and scaffoldings quite frequently. Slip and falls also frequently occur at grocery stores, department stores, parking lots, commercial properties and private homes. Some might get away with broken bones, while others can lose their life to such an incident.Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Small communities generally have a lot of people who cycle from one place to another because of the shorter distances and less harm to the environment. Bicycle accidents may include crashing into another bicycle, a pedestrian, or falling off your bike as the result of a third party’s negligence or recklessness. The injuries sustained could range from minor scratches and cuts to head injuries and profuse bleeding.Bus Injuries
Buses are the most convenient and affordable way of getting around a city. If the bus is involved in an accident due to the driver’s recklessness or the bus’s poor maintenance, the transportation company under which the bus runs could be notified and held liable for your injuries.Boat, Cruise, or Jet Ski Injuries
North Palm Beach is popular for its waterfront parks, islands, and beaches. There are plenty of fun activities for tourists, such as boating, kayaking, and jet skiing. If an accident occurs, the manufacturing company or the leasing company can be held responsible for your injuries or losses.Most Common Injuries
Injuries from such accidents can differ in their nature and severity. The most common injuries that people sustain following a personal injury accident are listed below.Spinal Cord Injuries
Damage to the spinal cord affects everything from your physical abilities to your sensory ones. Serious injuries can even leave a person paralyzed or disabled. Other injuries may need several corrective surgeries, and an extended hospital stay to recover.Neck Injuries
Vehicular accidents are often accompanied by a case of whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the neck of the victim jerks forward or backward on impact, causing damage and excruciating pain in the neck’s muscles and bones. Victims may not be able to move their necks for a while and might need medication and physical therapy to recover.Burns
Burns are of different degrees, from first degree to the fourth. While first degree burns may heal fully with medication, third and fourth-degree burns can be life-threatening. Whatever the degree, burns are excruciating and can leave permanent scarring.Amputations
While it may not take someone’s life, some accidents adversely affect a person’s quality of life forever. Many accident victims end up losing their limbs, as the damage is too severe to treat. Amputees also need physical therapy and home modifications to learn to live with the disability.
Other common injuries include:
- Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruising
- Head and Brain Injuries
- Broken or Fractured Bones
- Herniated Discs
- Injuries to the Hip, Knee or Elbow
Medical Expenses As a Result of the Accident
The medical expenses that are the result of an injury can be a heavy financial burden. More serious injuries can require weeks of hospital stays, physical therapy and costly surgeries. Many times, the victims and their families are unable to afford this sudden financial burden. The damages claimed should at least be enough to cover the victim’s medical bills and future medical care.
Therapy and Rehabilitation
Some injuries require extensive physical therapy and rehabilitation in order for the victim to get back to their normal lives after experiencing such harrowing accidents and such debilitating injuries. Victims might need assistance to learn to deal and live with such accidents.
Vehicle or Home Modifications to Accommodate a Disability
Some accidents can cause permanent disabilities. Disabilities come with their own set of expenses, such as altering the home or vehicles to accommodate the disability. Wheelchair ramps, broadening of car and home doors, and many other alterations may be required to allow the disabled person to continue with the activities and daily life chores that they used to do before.
Current and Future Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
Current and future salaries of the victim must be ascertained and approximated, and the responsible party must be held liable so that the victim has financial security while they recover. Some accidents may leave the victim unable to work in the same capacity ever again, and the defendant/at fault party may be held liable for that as well.
Pain and Suffering
Physical injuries aside, the pain and trauma that such an event inflicts on a victim can only be understood by those who have gone through such an ordeal themselves. Though monetary gains might not help with the mental anguish of the victim, making the responsible party pay for the pain and suffering might bring you some closure.
An accident might cause damage to your car and other belongings. The compensatory damages must include the cost of repair or replacement of the damaged property due to the accident, such as vehicle repair or replacement in case of a car accident.What to Do and What Not To Do After An Injury
If you are involved in an accident, there are some actions that we would advise you to take. Your safety must be your first priority, and once that is in the clear, you can start collecting evidence and statements to support your case.Do: Get Medical Help Immediately
First and foremost, get yourself to a hospital and get a medical checkup performed. You need to get a thorough medical examination done as soon as possible. Time is of the essence; the quicker a doctor can attend to you, the easier it will be to tend to your injuries. Even if you see no apparent damage or injuries, go to a doctor and get yourself checked, because there might be internal injuries that you might not yet be aware of.
You can go to your local physicians office or hospital such as The North Palm Beach Medical Centre who will examine you and treat your wounds. They will also compile an official medical report in which your injuries and the treatment plans will be mentioned. This medical document will prove very useful in court.Do: Report to the Police and Authorities
As soon as you have gotten the medical attention you needed, file an official police complaint regarding the accident. The Police Department in North Palm Beach will draft an official report with your account of the incident. The police who respond to the scene of the accident will make an accident report, which will include details and evidence.
If you can, you can also take pictures of the site yourself. You can talk to or note down the contact numbers of people who witnessed the accident and can attest to the negligence of the other party.Do: Speak to an experienced Personal Injury lawyer
The legal team at Frankl & Kominsky have represented injured victims and fought for their right to compensation. Contact our office for guidance with the legal process of your personal injury claim, with due attention to the specifics of your case.
A lawyer will also tell you about the things you must not do in the aftermath of an accident where you got injured.Don’t: Talk to Your Insurance Company
You should avoid talking to your insurance company without first speaking to your personal injury lawyer. In certain insurance policies, the client may have to give a statement to their own insurance company. If it’s unavoidable, at least try not to give a recorded statement.Don’t: Negotiate without Your Lawyer Present
Don’t try to settle matters outside of court. The defendant will get the idea that you are willing to settle for less than what your lawyer could have potentially gotten you in compensatory damages. Do not try to negotiate a settlement for your injury claim without first speaking to an injury lawyer.Don’t: Neglect Your Injuries
Do not ignore any pain or discomfort in the days after the accident. You must not take any chances with your health and safety, so immediately report whatever you experience to your doctor. Keep a regular diary to document your injuries as well.Don’t: Post about the Accident or Your Injury on Social Media
Social media isn’t the right platform to discuss things of this nature. Don’t post pictures and details of the accident online, as there is a chance that the defendant or their attorney may go through your online profiles to gather anything that can be used against you.Statutes of Limitations
The Florida Statute of Limitations section 95.11(3) (a) applies to plaintiffs suing in Florida for injury or damage caused by the negligence of another and hoping to be granted sufficient compensation for their damages. The Statute of Limitation bars very old cases from showing up in court as their credibility cannot be verified, and newer cases might pile up in the backlog. Thus the Statute of Limitations simply states that lawsuits must be filed within a certain period of time.
Though the time limit varies from state to state, for Florida, the Statute of Limitations is set at 4 years, which means that if a victim means to file a lawsuit against another party, they must do so within 4 years of the accident or injury taking place. For a wrongful death lawsuit, the Statute of Limitations is 2 years from the date of death. After that time, the court will likely dismiss your lawsuit.
There are some exceptions to the Statute of Limitations. Talk to your lawyer if your Statute of Limitations has expired. They may be able to better guide you if your case falls under any exceptions.
- The Discovery Rule: Often, a plaintiff does not realize or discover the injuries and the severity of it until after the Statute of Limitations has expired. In such cases, if the injury was not apparent and went undetected, the Statute of Limitations starts applying after the discovery
- Another exception is made for people who were not residing in their respective states for the time. If a person traveled abroad for six months, the limitation period may be extended by six months.
- By the same rule, any military personnel who has been traveling is also granted an exception to file a lawsuit for the amount of time they spent on duty elsewhere.
If you or a loved one become injured as a result of the negligence or recklessness of another party, your first priority should be to seek medical care and focus on your recovery. The claims process can be frustrating and can cause the added stress of dealing with property damage, gathering your medical records, and lost wages.
At Frankl & Kominsky, our legal team will try to help relieve your stress by starting a claim for your injuries and property damage, setting up a car rental, gathering medical records, and requesting police reports to build your claim against the at-fault party.Start Your Free Personal Injury Consultation Today
Frankl & Kominsky is a full-service personal injury firm in South Florida dedicated to providing reliable legal representation to personal injury victims. We are committed to helping you piece your life back together and heal from the trauma of a personal injury.
Our personal injury lawyers serve clients in North Palm Beach, and throughout Martin County. Our goal is to help you recover fair and just compensation for your injuries.
Schedule a free no-obligation consultation today. We offer you a contingency fee basis, which means you do not have to pay anything unless we recover on your behalf.
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