Vero Beach is a city located in Indian River County, Florida with a population of approximately 15,000 residents. It was officially incorporated in 1919. Vero Beach has grown over the years into a popular destination for visitors. Attractions in the area include the Heritage Center and Indian River Citrus Museum, the Vero Beach Historical Society and Train Station, and the Hallstrom House, which is a museum that displays bygone ways of life in southern Indian River County. Just as in any other vibrant city in the United States, a number of residents and visitors in Vero Beach experience accidents throughout the year. If you or a loved one has been hurt by someone else’s carelessness, the injury lawyers at Frankl & Kominsky can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. We represent individuals in claims arising from car, truck, or motorcycle crashes, slip and falls, defective products, wrongful death, and all other types of accidents.Hold Negligent People or Entities Accountable
Negligence is the failure to use as much care as a reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. It can arise from not only actions but also omissions. To establish negligence, the plaintiff must demonstrate the following elements:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care;
- The defendant breached this obligation;
- The defendant’s breach directly caused the accident; and
- The plaintiff suffered actual damages as a result.
Unfortunately, incidents of careless behavior are commonplace. For example, when a driver fails to stop at a stop sign and strikes a pedestrian, the driver likely has breached his or her duty. When a bar owner fails to clean up a spill, causing a patron to fall, the bar owner may be negligent. Similarly, liability may arise when a doctor operates on the wrong body part and worsens a patient’s condition. Negligent parties can be private citizens, business entities, or even government agencies.
Florida law uses a comparative negligence system. If the plaintiff contributed to the accident, his or her recovery is reduced by the percentage of his or her fault. For example, if the victim is deemed to be 30 percent at fault, the compensation award will consist of no more than 70 percent of the costs arising from the injuries.
An accident victim must file an injury claim within the state’s applicable statute of limitations. Under Florida law, a plaintiff must take action within four years. For claims against a state, county, or state government, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of the accident. If your loved one has been killed because of someone else’s misconduct, you must file your wrongful death claim within two years from the date of his or her death.
In negligence cases, the victim or the victim’s family can seek financial compensation that may extend to past, present, and future medical bills, lost income and benefits, pain and suffering, property damage, and any other costs arising from the accident. The money recovered by a plaintiff can be paid in installments over time or as a lump sum.Pursuing Damages in Vero Beach With the Help of an Accident Lawyer
At Frankl & Kominsky, we understand what it takes to succeed in a negligence lawsuit. We will methodically examine the details of your situation and evaluate whether you have a claim. We do whatever it takes to strengthen your case, including negotiating with adverse parties or consulting relevant experts. While no amount of financial compensation can undo the harm you have suffered, money can ease the stressful burden of all the expenses that can quickly add up. Our experienced accident attorneys represent victims in Vero Beach and other communities throughout South Florida. For a free case evaluation, you can contact us online or call us toll-free at (855) 800-8000. We are fluent in Spanish and Creole.