Richard A. Ryles
Shareholder Richard A. Ryles adds to the firm’s bench of experienced attorneys. He is a West Palm Beach attorney who has built a career serving his fellow South Florida residents. He is passionate about pursuing the truth and claiming what is due by law during the course of litigation.
Mr. Ryles was born and raised in West Palm Beach, and he enjoys helping the community through his practice of law and his mentorship of those less fortunate.
He obtained his Juris Doctor Degree in 1990 from the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., and since that time, Mr. Ryles has gained experience in the fields of personal injury, trial advocacy, premises liability, and negligent security.
Energetic, hopeful, and focused are just some of the words individuals use to describe Mr. Ryles. His enthusiasm in his practice sets him apart from the rest. In fact, he has become a symbol of guidance for many who have been wronged by their company, an individual, or a group of individuals.
Mr. Ryles recently earned the designations of Crime Prevention Practitioner from the National Crime Prevention Council and the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. His eagerness towards continuing education shows that he is dedicated to growing his knowledge and enriching his practice of law.
The attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are asked questions on a daily basis. We want to share a few of them with you. If you have a legal question you would like answered, email us today at email@example.com
- I slipped and fell in a grocery store. Do I have a case?
Help I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up.
Question: I fell in a grocery store and broke my leg, do I have a case?
Answer: To hold a property owner liable for a slip and fall accident, it must be foreseeable that their negligence would create the hazard at issue. For instance, if a gallon of milk spills in a grocery store, and the store has not noticed or cleaned up the spill by the next day, it could be argued that it was foreseeable that the grocery store’s negligence in failing to clean up spills would result in a slip and fall accident. In some cases, your attorney may be able to prove negligence by showing that the defendant violated a relevant statute. For instance, building codes establish where railings and other safety features must be installed. If you fell on a walkway which did not have appropriate railings, you may have a claim against the property owner based on their violation of relevant building codes.
To prove that the property owner knew of the dangerous condition, your attorney will have to show at least one of the following.
- The property owner created the dangerous condition.
- The property owner knew of the condition and was negligent in failing to correct it; or
- The condition existed for a long enough period of time that a reasonable property owner should have discovered and corrected it before your accident.
Recent changes in Florida law have made it more difficult for slip and fall victim to recover damages due to slip and falls. It is critical that you hire an attorney experienced in handling slip and fall cases as soon as possible. The attorney at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are experience and qualified to help you with any slip and fall case.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a slip and fall accident call us at 561-478-2500 for a free evaluation of your case.
- My friend was drinking and caused an accident
Question: I recently caught a ride with a friend after a night of partying. He’d been drinking and got into an accident, which was his fault. I was injured and have very high medical bills. Who is responsible for my lost wages and medical bills?
Answer: If you do not own a car or live with a relative that owns a car, your friend’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance would cover the first $10,000 of your medical expenses and lost wages.
If your medical expenses and lost wages exceed $10,000 and your friend has purchased Bodily Injury Insurance Coverage (BI), the insurance company may be responsible for those additional expenses.
Here is the tricky part: COMPARATIVE FAULT.
The insurance company may attempt to keep from paying you by alleging that you were partly responsible, because you should have known better than to get in a car with an impaired driver.
The legal term for this defense is called, “Comparative Fault.”
A jury will be asked to determine who is most at fault, your friend or you for taking a ride from an impaired person. If it is determined that your friend is at fault, then compensation may be awarded. However, if a jury determines that you are also at fault, then your compensation may significantly decrease.
For example, if a jury awarded you $5,000, but also determined that you are 50% at fault, your friend would only be responsible for 50% of the jury award ($2,500).
Protecting rights is what we do. With insurance companies working overtime to avoid costly claims and the new PIP No-Fault Law that took effect on January 1, 2013, automobile accident cases are more complicated than ever. We are dedicated to providing you the justice you deserve.
Do you have a question you would like to see answered? Email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
- New PIP No-Fault Law will affect you
Question: I heard that the PIP Insurance rules have changed. How will this affect my family and me?
Answer: You are right. On January 1, 2013 a new PIP No-Fault was passed which significantly benefits insurance companies – at your expense. Florida is a “No-Fault” state where all drivers are required by law to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance. PIP is used to pay your medical expenses and lost wages when you are injured in an automobile accident regardless of who caused the accident.
- Here is how PIP worked prior to the change: If you purchased and paid for $10,000 of Personal Injury Protection, you would be entitled to $10,000 to cover lost wages and medical expenses incurred due to the automobile accident.
- Here is how the new PIP law affects you: Your insurance company can limit the payment of your lost wages and medical expenses to $2,500 if you fail to seek medical care within 14 days of an accident.
As a result of the change, the hard-earned dollars you paid in premiums will not provide you with money or medical care when your need is most critical, unless you see a qualified physician within 14 days of the accident. Not only must you seek medical care within this time frame but your medical provider must also diagnose your condition as an Emergency Medical Condition, directly caused by your accident.
- Here is why you should be concerned: The new law does not define what types of injuries qualify as an Emergency Medical Condition. Therefore, the insurance companies will be free to use this loophole to deny you the money you need and deserve. Our firm, Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles has been Fighting for the Injured since 1985. We have the strength and experience to get you all the benefits you are entitled to. These new PIP laws have only made us more determined to seek justice by protecting the public and fighting insurance companies.
If you are involved in an automobile accident, we urge you to call us without delay so that we can guide you through this legal mine field and help you prevent costly mistakes. Protecting your rights is what we do. We are dedicated to providing you the justice that you deserve.
- What happens after I slipped and fell in a store?
Question: I saw a lady fall at a local grocery store due to a leaking cooler. Is the store responsible for her medical bills and what should she have done?
Protect Your Rights:
- Immediately notify and employee of the store that you have fallen and you may be injured.
- If you have a smart phone, take photos of the area or condition that caused you to fall.
- Ask the store employee to save any surveillance video that shows your fall.
- If anyone witnesses the fall, ask for their contact information.
- Don’t provide a written or recorded statement.
- Anyone injured due to a dangerous condition, which causes someone to slip-and-fall, has a four (4) year statute of limitations. What that means is you must make a claim in court within four years of the date of injury.
- Seek medical care as soon as possible.
What Must You Prove
On July 1, 2012 the law regarding slip and falls changed. In a Florida slip-and-fall case, an injured person must prove three things:
- The property owner or business owner owes a duty of care to the injured person. For example, when a store is open for business it is the same as if they have asked you to come in and shop. When a business invites someone onto their property, they need to make sure that their property is safe.
- The property owner or business didn’t use reasonable care in maintaining or operating the property. Every case is different and what is reasonable in each case is based on the evidence.
- Because the property owner or business didn’t use reasonable care, a person was injured.
What damages am I entitled to?
If you are injured and win your case in court, a jury will be asked to decide how to compensate you for your injuries. That amount may include money for many items, including:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future loss wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
A slip-and-fall case can be complicated. If you are injured as a result of a dangerous condition when a business owner knew or should have known that the condition existed prior to your injury, call us today.
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