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West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney
Among the many law firms in Palm Beach County that pursue personal injury claims, the Law Office of David M. Piccolo, P.A., stands apart. West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer David Piccolo does not treat clients as impersonal cases but as people, and he even will visit you at your home or in the hospital, if necessary.
What is a 'personal injury?'
If you were injured or involved in an accident in Palm Beach County that was caused at least in part by another person or party, then you might have a personal injury case. Although most personal injury cases result from an automobile or other vehicular accident, other types of personal injuries include:
- medical malpractice
- dog attack
- slip and fall or other injury on a property
- acts of negligence by designers or manufacturers
How a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can help
No matter the type of personal injury, you deserve personal attention. The Law Office of David M. Piccolo, P.A., does not forget the "personal" part of personal injury. Attorney David Piccolo and his staff treat you with respect and sensitivity, and they provide 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?
- 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
Let Attorney David Piccolo help you find answers to these questions. He has been a West Palm Beach car accident attorney for more than 25 years and knows the ins and outs of personal injury law.
How is liability determined?
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. Attorney David Piccolo 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 might 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:
How is the amount of damages determined?
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. Attorney David Piccolo 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 car accidents?
For injuries that result from an auto 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 West Palm Beach car accident lawyer can help you better understand the nuances of the no-fault law.
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. Our West Palm Beach presonal injury lawyers handle case throughout South Florida, including Jupiter, Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach and Wellington.