Whether you are navigating traffic in West Palm Beach Downtown, enjoying time in the Clematis District or The Square, or hanging out at Ocean Reef Park, accidents can happen, resulting in life-altering injuries and the need for a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries due to the negligence or carelessness of another person or party, you may recover compensation for your medical bills and other losses.
The West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Kaiser Romanello, P.A., have years of experience helping accident victims recover the compensation they need and deserve. Let us help you, too.
Why Choose Kaiser Romanello, P.A., for Your Personal Injury Claim?
At Kaiser Romanello, P.A., we understand that accidents can happen when you least expect them, instantly turning your life upside down. When you or a loved one suffers an injury due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you need a dedicated and experienced legal advocate to seek the justice and compensation you deserve.
Our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys are here to guide you through the complex legal process, offering unwavering support and aggressive representation to protect your rights.
With a proven track record of successfully representing clients in many personal injury cases, we earned our reputation as trusted advocates for the injured throughout Palm Beach County. Contact us today to hear how we can help you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
More than 20,000 traffic accidents happen on the streets of Palm Beach County each year, resulting in over 250,000 injuries and nearly 3,300 fatalities. Twenty-one people died in fatal car accidents in West Palm Beach, and eight pedestrians were killed, according to the latest City Data.
Even the city’s most exciting entertainment districts, including Clematis District and The Square, are not immune from slip-and-fall injuries or other mishaps due to the negligence of another person or party.
Here are some common personal injury claims we have handled on behalf of our clients:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Boat accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Dog bite attacks
- Slip and fall injuries
- Wrongful death
Should I Take the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer?
Whether you suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall incident, or through medical malpractice, if another party caused your injuries, you may have grounds to recover compensation from those responsible.
Sometimes, the insurance company may offer you compensation to settle your claim quickly. This may be an attractive offer, especially if you are dealing with medical bills and loss of earnings due to time off from work to recover. However, never accept an offer without first talking with an attorney.
Insurance companies are notorious for making low-ball offers to accident victims. They hope you will accept the money without consulting with an attorney. They know that lawyers will take the time to understand all your losses to determine a more accurate value for your claim, including current and future medical expenses.
The car accident attorneys at Kaiser Romanello, P.A., offer free consultations during which we can discuss your case, the extent of your injuries, and the compensation you deserve.
What Compensation is Available in a Personal Injury Claim?
In Florida, if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, you may be entitled to various types of compensation in a personal injury claim. The specific compensation you can seek depends on your case and the extent of your injuries.
Here are some common types of compensation available in personal injury claims in Florida:
- Medical Expenses: You can seek compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your injury. This includes hospital bills, doctor’s visits, surgeries, prescription medications, rehabilitation, and ongoing medical treatment.
- Lost Earnings: If your injury prevents you from working, you may be eligible for compensation for your lost income. This can include past and future lost income and any lost earning capacity if your injury results in long-term disability.
- Property Damage: If the accident that caused your injuries damaged your personal property, you may recover compensation for repair or replacement costs.
- Pain and Suffering: You can seek compensation for the physical pain and emotional distress you endured because of the injury. Florida law allows for the recovery of non-economic damages like pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life under certain circumstances.
- Emotional Distress: In some cases, you may recover compensation for psychological trauma, anxiety, and other emotional distress resulting from the accident and your injuries.
- Permanent Disability or Disfigurement: If your injury results in a permanent disability or disfigurement, you may recover additional compensation to account for the long-term impact on your life.
- Loss of Consortium: If your injuries hurt your relationship with your spouse, you may recover compensation for the loss of consortium, which refers to the loss of companionship, support, and intimacy.
Consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess your case, explain your rights, and guide you through the complex legal process to maximize the compensation you receive.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
Negligence is a legal concept that forms the basis of many personal injury cases. The plaintiff (injured party) typically must prove four key elements to establish a successful personal injury claim based on negligence. These elements are the foundation for demonstrating that the defendant (the alleged at-fault party) behaved negligently and should pay for the plaintiff’s injuries.
Here are the four elements of negligence and how they apply to a personal injury case:
- Duty of Care: The plaintiff must show that the defendant owed them a duty of care. Duty of care refers to the legal obligation to act reasonably and avoid causing harm to others under the circumstances. The specific duty of care varies depending on the situation and the relationship between the parties. For example, a driver must operate their vehicle safely to avoid causing accidents and injuries to others.
- Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care. This means the defendant failed to act as a reasonable person would have under similar circumstances. You must establish that the defendant’s actions or inactions fell short of the expected standard of care. For instance, if a business owner fails to maintain a safe premises, resulting in a slip and fall accident, they may have breached their duty of care.
- Causation: Causation involves proving that the defendant’s breach of duty was the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. There are typically two aspects of causation to consider:
- Cause in Fact (Actual Cause): The plaintiff must show that, but for the defendant’s breach of duty, the injury would not have occurred. In other words, the defendant’s actions or negligence were a substantial factor in causing the harm.
- Proximate Cause (Legal Cause): This element examines whether the injuries were a foreseeable consequence of the defendant’s actions. It helps determine if the defendant should pay for the plaintiff’s injuries, considering the scope and extent of the harm.
- Damages: To pursue a personal injury claim, the plaintiff must have suffered actual damages due to the defendant’s negligence. Damages can include quantifiable and compensable medical expenses, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other losses.
What is the Deadline for Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
Florida’s statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is a legal time limit that determines how long you have to initiate a lawsuit after an injury or accident. In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases, including those arising from negligence, is two years from the incident that injured you. If you miss the deadline, the court will dismiss your case, and you may lose your right to seek compensation.
Exceptions and variations to the two-year statute of limitations may apply in specific personal injury claims.
Given the complexities and exceptions associated with the statute of limitations in Florida, consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an injury. They can assess your case, determine the applicable deadline, and help ensure that you meet all requirements to preserve your right to pursue a claim.
How can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
A personal injury lawyer can be a valuable resource if you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions. A lawyer can guide you through the complex legal process, protect your rights, and work to secure the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life.
Here are some ways a personal injury lawyer with Kaiser Romanello, P.A., can help you:
Our personal injury lawyers know the legal process, relevant statutes, and case law. They can provide you with guidance on how to navigate the legal system effectively.
A lawyer from our firm can assess the merits of your case. They’ll review the facts, evidence, and circumstances surrounding your injury to determine whether you have a valid claim. This initial evaluation can help you understand the strength of your case.
Our personal injury lawyers have access to investigative resources, such as private investigators and experts, who can help gather evidence to support your claim. This may include collecting witness statements, medical records, accident reports, and other crucial information.
Your lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies and the at-fault party’s legal representatives on your behalf. They have experience dealing with these parties and can work to secure a fair settlement that compensates you for your injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering.
Insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing accident victims’ claims. Your lawyer can represent you in court if negotiations cannot reach a fair settlement. They will prepare and present your case before a judge and jury, advocating for your rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury attorneys will devise a legal strategy tailored to your case that accounts for your specific circumstances, the nature of your injuries, and the applicable laws to maximize your chances of a favorable outcome.
Documentation and Filing
Your lawyer will file all necessary forms correctly and within the appropriate deadlines.
In some cases, expert witnesses, such as medical professionals or accident reconstruction specialists, may need to testify on your behalf. Your personal injury lawyer can identify and retain these experts to strengthen your case.
Going through a personal injury claim can be emotionally and physically draining. Having an experienced attorney handle the legal aspects of your case can relieve some of the stress and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Contingency Fee Arrangement
Our personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only get paid if you win your case. This arrangement makes legal representation more accessible for individuals who might not otherwise afford upfront legal fees.
Contact a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer from Kaiser Romanello, P.A., Today
If you or a loved one is facing the aftermath of a personal injury, you don’t navigate the complexities of legal battles. Our team of experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers is here to fight for your rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Let us be your voice, advocate, and path to justice.
Contact us today at (844) 877-8679 or through our online form for your free consultation.