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Car Accident & Injury Attorneys Serving West Palm Beach
Among the many law firms in Palm Beach County that pursue personal injury claims, the Law Offices of David M. Piccolo, P.A., stands apart. With us, you're not just a number. We treat you with dignity and respect, and we'll even visit you at your home or in the hospital, if necessary. If you were injured or involved in an auto accident in West Palm Beach that was caused at least in part by another person or party, your injury lawyer can help you recover damages, lost wages and compensation for medical bills.
Although most personal injury cases result from an automobile or other vehicular accident, other types of these injuries include:
- medical malpractice
- dog attacks
- slip and fall or other injury on a property
- product liability: acts of negligence by designers or manufacturers
How Our Lawyers Are Different
No matter the type of personal injury, you deserve personal attention. The Law Offices of David M. Piccolo, P.A. believes that the "personal" aspect of a personal injury case often is overlooked with larger law firms. Attorney David M. Piccolo and his staff will treat you with respect and sensitivity while providing personal representation with results. The law office is so committed to your claim that if you do not recover any damages, then you pay no fee.
Though each case has its own particular circumstances, all personal injury claims concern two core questions:
- Is another person or company legally responsible for your injuries – whether because of an intentional action, out of negligence or under strict liability laws?
- If the answer is yes, then what is the extent of the damages suffered?
- Slip and Fall: In June of 2010, Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 689, a bill that could make slip and fall victim's cases harder to prove in Florida. Slip and fall accident cases require an attorney that is familiar with the changes in the laws surrounding the requirements that property owners must follow to protect visitors in Florida.
- Vehicle Accidents: The most common types of vehilce accidents are car, truck and motorcyle. But virtually any vehicle – from ATVs to golf cars to riding mowers – can cause serious injures, prompting a civil suit.
- Medical Malpractice: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, medical malpractice cases are among the most difficult for the victim to win. In such cases the burden is on the plantiff to prove that a doctor, lab or hospital was negligent in causing harm to an individual.
- Wrongful Death: A wrongful death case can contain any category of personal injury above, as well as almost any other injury caused by negligence or inattention resulting in death.
- Emotional or mental suffering by you or affected loved ones
- Economic impact of lost wages or loss of earning capacity
- Medical expenses related to the injury
- Cost of repairs or replacement for damaged property, such as a vehicle involved in a collision
- Funeral and burial expenses, in the most extreme cases
General Types of PI Cases We Handle
How is Liability Determined in West Palm Beach?
In the majority of personal injury cases, negligence is to blame. Liability, or legal responsibility, takes different forms. In most personal injury cases, liability results from negligence. When a person acts carelessly or thoughtlessly or fails to act in a manner that a reasonable person is expected to act, and that person's actions cause someone harm, then the person who caused the harm is considered to be negligent. When someone's actions do not meet legally recognized standards of care to prevent causing harm to others, then the actions are deemed negligent, and that negligence assigns liability. When someone is liable in a personal injury case, he has at least some legal responsibility to the injured person. Our lawyers can help prove the other party's negligence in your case.
Other forms of liability exist that also result in personal injury. For example, some scenarios and certain injuries that result have a strict liability that is specified by law. Under Florida regulations, dog owners are strictly liable for any injuries caused by their dogs, regardless of the circumstances of the attack or the incident.
What Damages could be Awarded?
Though accidents do happen, they usually happen for a reason. If that reason is completely or even partially someone else's fault, then you might be entitled to monetary compensation. For personalized representation, choose the Law Office of David M. Piccolo, P.A., he has more than 20 years of experience in helping people like you receive timely closure to an often painful chapter in your life. Personal injuries extend beyond the physical experience of discomfort, pain, loss of limb or loss of life. Damages also might include:
Florida regulations restrict damages that can be awarded in some circumstances. For example, because the state follows pure comparative negligence rules, the amount of damages you are awarded is reduced according to your level of fault in causing the accident that resulted in your injury. In legal terms, this is known as contributory negligence. We can counter the defendant's attempts at assigning a greater degree of blame to you as the victim than is appropriate.
Who Pays for Damages in Auto Accidents?
Millions of Americans are forced to deal with the painful effects of serious car accidents each year. Victims of automobile accidents often are forced to suffer through excruciating pain as a result of injuries sustained in these accidents. Such injuries also could be detrimental to a victim's ability to earn income - in addition to having to deal with vehicle damage that often leaves the car inoperable. Many injuries are debilitating and prevent victims from returning to work after an accident, leaving already vulnerable victims and their loved ones in a bind during a time in which they already are facing challenging and painful experiences.
In Palm Beach County, Florida, there are (on average) more than 15,000 traffic accidents reported each year. These accidents leave thousands of victims and their loved ones desperate, and searching for ways to deal with the ensuing trauma.
For injuries that result from an auto or motorcycle accident, the person responsible for the accident often is not personally liable to pay for those injuries or damages. Florida regulations restrict the plaintiff's ability to file a personal injury claim against the other party's insurance company, regardless of who is to blame for an accident. As a no-fault insurance state, Florida requires injured parties to pursue a claim with their own insurance company. In most instances, no matter who caused the accident, the insurance company takes care of the medical expenses and lost income of the injured party covered under its policy. A personal injury claim can be made against the at-fault driver if the accident resulted in permanent injury, significant and permanent scarring, or disfigurement. A car or truck accident lawyer based in West Palm Beach can help you better understand the nuances of Florida's no-fault laws.
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When Must a Personal Injury Case be Filed?
In most scenarios, the statute of limitations - the time frame specified by law that permits the filing of a lawsuit for a particular claim-is four years after the date of the injury. Don't let that time expire. Don't delay in getting the compensation and damages you are owed now. A free consultation with West Palm Beach personal injury attorney David M. Piccolo, can help you figure out your case's specific timeline. Your case could prove to be much shorter if the other party is a government agency or longer if your circumstances meet one of Florida's exceptions.
Florida laws create various levels of complexity. To help you navigate through these complexities with as few complications as possible, choose an experienced law firm such as the Law Office of David M. Piccolo, P.A., we will work with you to resolve your case. We handle cases throughout South Florida, including Jupiter, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Wellington.