Personal Injury Attorney Fort Lauderdale
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s irresponsible actions, whether by negligence, recklessness, or malice, then you are entitled to compensation for your injuries and the resultant financial impacts on your life. In order to get the money that you deserve from this unfortunately and frustrating situation, the best step to take is hiring a personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale who can take your case and fight for the money that you deserve. Depending on the type of accident you were involved in, the extent of your injuries, and many other specific factors, your case can take a variety of directions.
Regardless of the cause of your accident, the team at Friedland & Associates is ready to speak with you during a free initial consultation so that we can learn more about how we can most-effectively work together to get you the justice you deserve. Take a look below to get a general overview of what to expect from a personal injury case, and contact us as soon as possible to schedule your free initial consultation.
During your free consultation, we will be able to discuss your accident specifically, give you a general idea of how we can help you move forward, and discuss a variety of the impacts that your accident and injury have had on your life. Knowing that there is a clear path forward through this complicated time in your life is a great way to get the peace of mind that you need in order to focus on your personal recovery and getting your life back on track. Take a look below to get some general information, and contact us as soon as possible.
Types of Personal Injury Cases in Florida
The following are a few examples of common personal injury cases that Friedland & Associates represents. However, it is important to note that this is not a comprehensive list of examples, and if you do not see a situation similar to your own, contact us now so that we can speak directly about your own injuries.
When you are injured in a car accident that someone else causes, you will need to initiate a claim with their insurance company in order to get compensated for your injuries and the associated financial damages. However, insurance companies work aggressively to limit the amount that they pay for any given accident, and your case will be no different. By hiring a personal injury attorney, you will have strong legal support for negotiating your settlement agreement or pursuing a lawsuit if negotiations fail. Never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company without consulting an attorney.
In order to initiate this type of claim, we will first need to provide evidence that the other driver was responsible for the accident, whether by speeding, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a variety of other failures to keep you from harm. It is important that you start working with a lawyer as soon as possible since each step of your claims process will provide opportunities to maximize your chances of a successful settlement. In addition to contacting a lawyer, you will need to undergo a medical exam from a trusted doctor in order to document your injuries and provide clear evidence that they are a result of the accident.
When a patient undergoes a medical procedure, no matter how routine or complex, they have the right to expect the medical professional and organization to act in their best interests with the goal of minimizing unnecessary risk and injury. Some examples of medical malpractice cases stem from failures to keep a patient safe, such as prescription errors, surgical mistakes, failure to properly diagnose an illness, or other situations that cause unjust harm.
There is a damage cap of $500,000 for non-economic damages in a Florida medical malpractice case, but there are no caps to the amount of damages you can claim under economic damages. You can learn more about the difference between economic and non-economic damages in the following section. Do not sign anything or agree to any settlements before consulting an attorney, because doing so may waive your ability to seek any future legal action.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall is just one type of premise liability that holds a property owner or manager responsible for injuries sustained on their property. In order for an injury to qualify for a slip and fall case, you must be able to prove that the owner or manager was either aware of the hazardous situation or that they should have been aware of it, and that they failed to properly fix the problem before you were injured.
Some common examples are wet floors in grocery stores, broken or faulty stair treads, or broken handrails. Regardless of the specifics of the accident, we will need to show that there was a reasonable expectation for the owner to help you avoid your injuries. In a case like a wet floor, we will need to show that there was time for them to become aware of the hazard and either put out a “wet floor” sign, mop the area, or correct the leak that was causing the wet floor to begin with. If they took no actions and you were injured, then they are likely liable for your damages.
As a pedestrian in Florida, there are many laws designed to protect you from harm as you travel from one place to another. Unfortunately, Florida is very dangerous for pedestrians. Between 2008 and 2017, over 11% of all fatal pedestrian accidents in the United States occurred in Florida. If you were injured as a pedestrian and need to file an insurance claim, the best chance of getting the money you deserve is by working with a personal injury attorney who can handle this process and fight for the money you deserve.
Simply being the pedestrian in an accident does not guarantee that you are the victim, so it is important that we are able to establish a clear timeline of the accident and prove that the driver of the vehicle you were struck by was acting in a way that put you at risk. Once we are able to establish that the driver was at fault, we will be able to proceed with calculating the damages that you have suffered.
Areas Of Practice
It’s important to choose an attorney who specializes in your situation. Our firm has experience in a variety of niches. Here are a few of them:
People have a responsibility to keep each other safe. If one person acts in a negligent way and causes an accident, they fail to uphold their responsibility. This doesn’t only relate to employers and store owners; in addition, it relates to homeowners, drivers, and government entities. Car accidents are some of the most common types of personal injuries that we see in Broward and South Florida, but personal injury law covers all of the following:
- Pedestrian Accidents – Few things are as devastating as being struck by a car while you’re on foot. With no physical barriers to protect the pedestrian, the injuries can be catastrophic.
- Bicycle Accidents – Similarly to pedestrians, bicyclists have little external protection when they’re on the roads or sidewalks. When a bicycle accident occurs, the physical trauma can be immense.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Despite the improvements in helmets and exterior clothing, the high speeds typically involved in motorcycle accidents make them particularly dangerous for the rider. If you were riding your motorcycle and were struck by a car, you need an aggressive personal injury lawyer to pursue your claim.
- Slip and Fall Accidents – After car accidents, slip and fall accidents (or premise liability accidents) may be the most common type of accident claim in Florida. The owner or custodian of a property has the responsibility to maintain safe conditions for visitors and guests.
- Construction Injury – If you’re in the field of construction, you probably know just how dangerous your job is. In the somewhat likely event that you’re injured on the job, you may require a top-tier personal injury lawyer to receive full compensation.
- Nursing Home Abuse – When you entrust healthcare professionals to attend to your vulnerable loved ones, you have the right to believe that they are being kept safe and respected. If you are witnessing signs of abuse or your senior parent or loved one tells you that they are being harmed or neglected, its time to take action.
- Medical Malpractice – Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers receive an immense amount of training to practice their professions. While they are not always able to deliver the desired results, they are required to treat and care for their patients to the best of their abilities. If you were injured or your recovery was slowed as the result of a medical mistake.
- Wrongful Death – When a victim dies as the result of another’s negligence, their family and survivors are often left with an enormous hole in their lives. Nothing can bring that person back, but the civil courts may be a venue for justice.
When one individual or entity is negligent and causes you harm, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. However, you shouldn’t expect the lawsuit to put the offending party behind bars. It’s a civil claim, which is settled in civil court. If found guilty, the other party will not go to jail, but they will be responsible for paying you compensation.
Personal injury cases often involve premises liability, assault, and car accidents. In 2015, 50 people in Fort Lauderdale were involved in fatal car accidents. There were many more non-fatal accidents that resulted in serious injuries. All too frequently, one driver’s negligence caused the collision.
Often, personal injury claims end with the victim receiving money for their pain and suffering, medical bills, and time off from work. Although the money can’t undo the accident, it can help you recover from your injuries. It may also prevent the same incident from happening to someone else.
When handled properly, personal injury claims can have great outcomes. They can be settled out of court, which happens the majority of the time. After filing your claim, you and the other party could agree on an amount for a settlement. If this occurs, you don’t need to show up in a courtroom or leave the decision up to the court. A personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale can work towards a quick resolution.
People who are accused of crimes have rights. Whether you are innocent or guilty of your crime, you deserve skilled legal representation. A lawyer can protect you from false accusations and unfair punishments.
Unfortunately, some people underestimate the importance of working with a qualified lawyer. The result can be disastrous. A good lawyer knows how to build a strong legal argument and how to represent you in court.
In Fort Lauderdale, there were 24,334 DUI convictions in 2017. Those convictions come with serious consequences. In the worst case scenario, you could end up with jail time. It’s important to hire a criminal lawyer that can limit those consequences.
No matter what your criminal charges might be, the penalties could ruin your life. A criminal conviction stays on your record. When you apply for jobs or housing, your conviction could hurt you. It follows you around.
Depending on your financial situation, you may need to consider bankruptcy. But the decision isn’t for everyone, and there are a few things you should know. By working with a bankruptcy attorney in Fort Lauderdale, you can learn whether or not bankruptcy is for you.
Typically, bankruptcy is only for those who have no or limited options for overcoming their debts. With a successful filing, you could receive relief from your debts. You can bring an end to collection calls and letters. Furthermore, you might be able to retain your vehicle, home, and other personal property.
In some cases, bankruptcy may improve your credit score. This can open up new doors for you. However, the outcome isn’t the same for everyone. An attorney can explain more about the process and what it could mean for you.
Every business owner could find themselves on the receiving end of a lawsuit. Although you might run your business by the book, anything could happen. Issues like copyright violations, employee complaints, and contract disputes can put your business at risk.
When you are experiencing legal troubles, you could benefit from working with an experienced commercial litigation attorney. They can work to dismiss the claim or minimize the damage. As a result, you can secure the future of your business.
The ending of any serious relationship involves tying up loose ends. Unfortunately, most couples don’t agree with the details of the divorce. When a marriage ends, issues like asset division and child custody can be difficult to resolve.
If you and your partner can’t come to an agreement, you should consult with a family lawyer. They can help you handle the situation as fairly as possible. Additionally, they can help you avoid agreeing to a deal that isn’t in your favor.
There’s also this issue of child custody. Whether or not you and your partner are married, you need to decide on child custody. You must come up with a parenting plan and agree on how you will handle parenting. Often, people need to fight for their rights.
In Florida, the court favors shared parental responsibility. This means that both parents have equal decision-making powers. However, this isn’t always the case. If the child’s other parent was abusive or negligent, you may be able to get a different arrangement.
Lately, the US government has been cracking down on illegal immigrants. But legal and illegal immigrants alike have many challenges. Whether you’re facing deportation or are trying to become a citizen, you might need some assistance.
An immigration lawyer can assist you with your immigration needs. Often, people have a hard time understanding their options for immigration. Your attorney can tell you more about visas and how you can remain in the country.
Property can have more than just financial value. If you lose your property due to damage or theft, you could experience hardship. However, there are lawyers who have experience fighting insurance companies for compensation of lost property.
Typically, these fights are against insurance companies. They might not stay true to their policy or offer you a fair deal. In most cases, they don’t put your best interest first. But with a lawyer by your side, that can change. You may be able to receive fair compensation for your lost property.
The decision to buy or sell property can be one of the biggest decisions of your life. For that reason, you need all the help you can get.
A real estate lawyer can help you in many ways. For one, they can review all of your documents and make sure they are in your best interest. They can handle everything from purchase agreements to mortgage documents. Whether the property is commercial or for personal use, you could benefit from working with an attorney.
Secondly, they can resolve any real estate disputes. With so much at stake in real estate transactions, your lawyer can make all the difference.
Quite often, people pay a lot of money for their education. Sadly, the tuition isn’t always a good investment. Some schools fail to deliver their promises for a great education.
This is sometimes the case with private universities and technical schools. If they are eager to boost enrollment, they may lie about job prospects. Other schools may just fail to deliver quality education. Fortunately, a school litigation lawyer may be able to help you recover your money.
Calculating Damages After a Personal Injury
Personal injury damages are complicated to calculate and depend on a multitude of variables in order to reach a final determination of how much a victim deserves. Insurance companies representing defendants, or the defendant themselves, will work aggressively to limit the amount of money that they must pay for your accident, which is why it is so important that you have an attorney representing your side of the story.
Compensatory damages are classified as either economic or non-economic in nature, which we will explain in the following sections.
Economic damages are the basis for most personal injury cases because they encapsulate the measurable financial impacts that the accident has caused. They include a wide range of factors, from your medical expenses and impacts to your earning ability, and a variety of things in between. Any financial impact that you have suffered as a result of your injury deserves compensation from the party who caused your injury, and your personal injury lawyer will go through every detail of your lifestyle in order to identify every aspect of your claim.
In terms of your medical expenses, we will start with things such as hospital bills, surgical costs, and charges for an ambulance if you needed to be transported from the scene of the accident. In addition to these initial costs, these damages will include things like costs of medications, co-payments, physical therapy, and more. While your medical costs will comprise of a significant portion of your economic damages, your personal finances will also play a significant role in the total amount.
Any impact on your work life or earning capacity as a result of your accident and injuries is equally the responsibility of the party who caused your accident. Missed days of work, even if you used paid time off or vacation days to cover them, are counted as economic damages. In fact, you will additionally seek compensation for your PTO or vacation days, since they are effectively the same as income. If you suffer long-term issues that impact your earning capacity or your ability to return to work in your former capacity, then we will identify a variety of solutions for these impacts and include them in these damages.
Economic damages are relatively straightforward to calculate, although they do require some expertise in recognizing what factors can be included in the final amount. On the other hand, non-economic damages are very complicated and subject to a lot of disagreement between a victim and the defendant, simply because of the abstract nature of these damages.
Non-economic damages include things like the actual pain and suffering that a victim endures following an accident, as well as the emotional impact that these injuries have on them, like anxiety, depression, and fear. In order to reach a dollar amount that these damages are worth, there are a number of methods that an attorney may employ in order to provide clear, understandable reasoning for their calculations.
One of the most common methods of determining non-economic damages is by using a multiplier. This multiplier is a number selected along a scale that is intended to show the severity of your injuries in a way that is clearly understandable to the plaintiff, a judge, or a jury. Once you and your attorney have considered all of the non-economic damages that you have suffered and you choose a multiplier that you feel adequately illustrates these damages, the multiplier is applied to your economic damages. For example, if you endure $100,000 of economic damages and a multiplier of 3x for non-economic damages, then your non-economic damages will amount to $300,000.
Settling With an Insurance Company
If you are working with an insurance company in order to get compensation for your injuries, then you will have a variety of opportunities to negotiate an out-of-court settlement. In many cases, it can make financial sense to reach a settlement without a trial in order to reduce costs for both parties, and avoid negative press on behalf of the plaintiff. Once the claims adjuster assigned to your case completes their investigation, they will return with an initial settlement offer. In exchange or this settlement, you will need to waive your rights for any future legal action.
Instead of feeling trapped by this offer, you and your attorney will be able to counter this offer with a figure of your own, including calculations and justifications that clearly illustrate that you know the value of your case. Insurance companies leverage the inexperience of victims who do not have legal representation by preying on their stress and worries about mounting medical bills and their lack of understanding about how these processes work. Instead of simply accepting this low offer, your lawyer will fight back while you are able to prioritize your recovery.
Contact Us Now
The sooner you reach out to our firm, the sooner you will be able to begin fighting for the money you truly deserve after your accident. During your free initial consultation, we will be able to provide examples of past clients that we have helped in similar situations like your own and give you more confidence for the future. It is our goal to help you minimize stress so that you can focus on your recovery with the confidence that we are fighting for your financial wellbeing. It has been repeatedly proven that emotional stress can have serious measurable impacts on your physical recovery after being wounded, so when a lawyer is handling these steps for you, you are increasing your chances of a successful recovery.
To begin prioritizing your physical and financial wellness after a serious accident, contact us as soon as possible.