Personal Injury Lawyer Serving Palm Springs
Palm Springs is a village in the state of Florida, and as of 2020, it has an estimated population of more than 25,000 people. A growing population leads to a higher number of accidents and emergency room visits.
Accidents such as car crashes, slipping and falling, motorcycle accidents and more may occur due to a range of reasons and leave their victims with serious injuries and growing expenses.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident due to the carelessness and negligence of someone else, you may be eligible to pursue a claim against those responsible for your injuries. Contact the legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers for a free consultation and case evaluation. We offer guidance as to your legal options and can answer your questions.Types of Personal Injury Claims We Are Available to Handle in Palm Springs
From slipping and falling on public property to being involved in a car accident, injuries can occur anywhere. It doesn’t matter how old you are, anyone can get into an accident. Victims can be left with severe injuries, missed time from work and property damage. Treatment for injuries may require months of physical therapy and even surgery. Some people don’t recover fully and face a diminished quality of life.
Common accidents that can leave you with injuries include:
Car and Auto Accidents Claims
Car accidents are one of the top causes of injuries in the state of Florida. Many drivers fail to abide by road safety regulations which may lead to accidents such as those caused by:
- Driving while under the influence
- Speeding and driving recklessly
- Driving without a license, tailgating vehicles, etc.
- Roads that are not properly marked, are missing important road signs, etc.
- Head-on collisions caused by driving on the wrong side of the road
- Texting, calling, eating or engaging in any other activities that count as distracted driving
Car accidents can range from minor collisions to fatal crashes. Victims suffer from personal injuries, property damage and may even lose their lives.
Motorcycle and Scooter Injury Claims
Auto accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries, especially motorcycle accidents. According to the law, in the State of Florida, motorcycle riders under the age of 21 years are required to drive/ride with a helmet. However, accidents may still happen due to a range of reasons including:
- Underage driving
- Driving on the wrong side of the road
- Manufacturer’s liability such as faulty brakes
- Traveling in the blind side of a truck or some other large, commercial vehicle.
Motorcycle accident victims may experience lacerations, head injuries, internal bleeding, fractured bones and other severe injuries.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accident Claims
Bicycle and pedestrian accidents come under the category of a road accident. Accidents may occur if a bike or a person is hit by a reckless driver, run over by a truck or even by falling due to an obstruction on the road.
Pedestrians and cyclists may end up in the emergency room and some may even result in a fatality due to recklessness of vehicle drivers, government oversight in maintaining road safety, and faulty vehicles.
Bus Injury Claims
Buses, trucks and other large vehicles may end up being responsible for a number of road accidents. Every year, hundreds of accidents occur due to large vehicles in Florida. Large vehicles need to be careful about the way they map out their routes to ensure that they operate on open roads with enough space for other vehicles and to move around in care of emergencies. Operators of these vehicles need to have a special license which enables them to drive on the road safely and to reduce the risk of an accident occurring.
Boat, Cruise or Jet Ski Injury Claims
More than 50 deaths occur every year due to boating accidents. Boaters may be under the influence, not have the ability to operate their watercraft, or may be indulging in reckless water activities that may lead to vehicle turnover and other incidents that can be a danger to their lives and others in the vicinity.
Slip, Trip and Fall and Premises Liability Claims
Sip and falls can be dangerous for anyone, but can lead to particularly severe injuries in those who are 65 years of age or older. Injuries like broken bones, head trauma, spine-related issues and more are common. Extensive diagnostic testing, surgery and physical therapy may be needed for recovery.
Slip and falls can occur in grocery stores, shopping malls. dimly lit parking garages, on uneven pavement, on construction sites, staircases with loose banisters or broken steps, ruffled carpeting, or result of spilled liquids or substances on the floor.
If you or someone you love have sustained injuries in an accident, speak to the attorneys at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers. Let us help you pursue the compensation you deserve.Florida Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
The Florida Statute of Limitations mandates how much time you have to file a lawsuit against the party at-fault. For most personal injury cases, the Statute of Limitations is four years from the date of the accident. If the accident resulted in a fatality, then the Statute of Limitations is two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit for Wrongful Death. This means that the lawsuit must be filed against the at-fault party within this timeframe. Failure to do so will likely result in your case being dismissed and you will likely be barred from pursuing your claim.
There are some exceptional circumstances that can extend the time limit for filing a lawsuit; however, these are very rare. For questions regarding the statute of limitations, please contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.What Should You Do After an Accident in Palm Springs
Being involved in an accident can make it difficult for you to know what steps you should follow next. Here are some suggested steps you may choose to follow if you are involved in an accident:
Once the Accident Occurs
If you have been in an automobile accident, don’t leave the scene, even if you are capable of doing so. Call 911 and reach out to the Palm Springs Police Department. Wait for the police to arrive so they can investigate the crash and fill out a crash/accident report. Take a copy of the drivers exchange of information or the accident report.
If you are involved in a slip and fall notify the owner or manager. Call 911 for medical assistance. Before you leave be sure to get a copy of the incident report.
Take pictures / videos of the accident scene. Document any property damage, injuries and the causes for the accident. If there were any witnesses to the accident, be sure to get their contact information including their name, address, telephone number and email address. You can also ask them for a statement.
If you have been injured in the accident you should immediately go to a local hospital, urgent care facility or to your own personal doctor. Some injuries may present a couple days after the accident. If you need to be hospitalized, the paramedics will take you to the nearest hospital such as Desert Care which is open 24 hours for emergency cases.
Make sure to keep copies of all your medical records including discharge papers, doctor reports, bills, medical prescriptions, and so on. If your injuries have left you with disabilities like the need for a wheelchair or at-home nursing, obtain an estimate of these future costs from your medical practitioner as well.
Contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who can guide you as to your legal options.The legal team at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers offer a free initial consultation. Let us assist you with your personal injury claim.
Avoid Speaking to the At-Fault Party’s Insurance Company
The at-fault party may try to settle your claim through their insurance agency. Don’t settle, sign any paperwork or give a recorded statement without speaking to your lawyer first.
Do Not Share Information About Your Injuries or the Accident on Social Media
Don’t be tempted to share your misfortune on social media platforms as this may negatively impact your claim. Keep any accident and injury-related information between yourself and your lawyer.Common Injuries Following an Accident in Palm Springs, Florida
Accidents can cause a range of injuries ranging from scrapes to permanent and severe injuries that can leave you impaired for life. These include:
1. Cuts, Scrapes, and Bruising
Auto accidents and falls, even if they are minor generally always lead to cuts and scrapes. Some open wounds and bruises may even end up getting infected and more severe if left untreated. Deep lacerations may result in permanent scarring.
2. Head and Brain Injuries
The trauma and force of accidents such as motorcycle crashes, truck accidents and falling from a height may either lead to head injuries due to direct impact of head and brain injuries due to a jolt in the body, objects piercing through the skull or internal bleeding. Injuries include brain strokes, concussions, and more and they may surface in the form of bleeding from the head and ears, loss of vision, impaired cognitive functions and so on.
3. Broken or Fractured Bones
Broken bones are common in falls that occur from a height and in auto accidents and are particularly likely to occur in the arms, legs, wrists, hips, and the back, which is made up of a series of smaller bones. Extensive bone grafting may be required for recovery which is both excruciatingly painful and expensive.
4. Internal Bleeding
Internal bleeding and damage are one of the worst side effects of an accident because their symptoms don’t show on the surface immediately and in some cases, victims may even lose their lives.
Whiplash involves a sprain in the neck and is caused due to the forceful impact of an accident. In some cases, whiplash may require diagnostic testing such as an xray or mri, physical therapy or a neck brace.
6. Herniated Discs
A herniated disc may lead to spine-related injuries such as severe pain or pain traveling down the extremities. These have the ability to lead to lower body paralysis, nerve damage and impaired general motor skills.
7. Injuries to the Hip, Knee or Elbow
Accidents generally impact the joints such as the hips, knees and elbows and may lead to joint dislocation, broken or fractured bones and more. Recovery requires surgery, scans and bone grafting and in some cases, victims may experience joint problems for the rest of their lives.
8. Injuries to the Spine
The spine plays a major role in the human body and any injuries to the spine and spinal cord can have drastic repercussions such as paralysis, loss of bladder control, becoming bedridden, or loss of function in certain parts of the body.Personal Injury Claims: Types of Damages You Can Pursue
Accidents leave their victims with injuries that cause pain and suffering and medical bills that can strain the victim and their family. If you were affected in an accident caused by the negligence of others, you could file a claim for several damages such as:
- Past and Future Medical Care and Treatment
Medical expenses incurred due to an accident include emergency room bills, emergency treatment, tests such as x rays, MRI scans or CT scans, medical prescriptions, doctor visits, physical therapy, and more. Long term injuries may require at-home care, periodic hospital visits, etc. all of which you can pursue.
- Lost Wages and Loss of Future Income
Victims need time to recover, and for those with severe injuries they may miss time from work. If the injuries are as severe as brain damage, this may even take some years during which they will have to forgo their income. In many cases, victims may not be able to work even after recovering due to physical disabilities or loss of certain mental functions. They may also face the option of working at a reduced salary, all of which they can pursue a claim for damages.
- Pain and Suffering
The pain experienced by a victim includes the physical damage, property damage and the effect the accident has on their mental and emotional health. In some cases, they may be unable to enjoy day to day activities like swimming and spending time with their families.
- Property Damage
Accidents, particularly road accidents may lead to vehicle damage and destroy any other items onboard. Victims may be compensated based on whether vehicle repair or declaring the vehicle a total loss is more feasible.
- Home Renovation for Accessibility
Victims with permanent disabilities like being wheelchair bound may need to make renovations to their home, such as adding ramps, redoing their bathrooms and so on, all of which they can claim for.
It is advisable to speak to an attorney who can assist with assessing your damages and determining liability for the accident.
The law firm of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers has a team of seasoned attorneys who will be there every step of the way: from investigating, collecting documentation to filing a claim for personal injuries and property damage. We will handle all communications and negotiations with the at fault party, their insurance company and attorneys. If necessary, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We are ready to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers have over 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury cases. We have successfully worked with 700+ clients and have recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts.
Our service starts with a free consultation at our office, your home or the hospital you are admitted in. From here, we’ll take care of the complicated legal matters with your cooperation.
Reach out to us at 772-800-8000 or contact us through our website, and together, we’ll file a claim for personal injury and property damage and help you get fair and just compensation.