West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney
If you believe you have a personal injury case, you need to consult with a qualified Florida personal injury attorney in order to assess damages accurately. Damages refer to the financial cost of your injuries in monetary, physical, and mental aspects.
The personal injuries you sustain can affect your present and future physical and mental capacities. The amount of a personal injury claim settlement is not a number pulled from the sky. Rather, it is a rational amount that will allow you and your family the quality of life you deserve after temporary or permanent disability.
At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, our bilingual attorneys and staff are ready to help you with your personal injury claim. We care about the residents of South Florida and prioritize serving you.
The personal injury attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles have more than 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. Residents of West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and the surrounding communities have come to trust our skilled legal professionals to provide:
- Friendly and caring customer service
- Regular updates on your case
- Prompt responses to your calls and emails
- Strong and strategic representation during settlement negotiations
- Aggressive advocacy in the courtroom
- Free, no-obligation claim evaluations
- Legal assistance with no upfront fees
Schedule a consultation now with one of our South Florida personal injury lawyers, and learn how we can make a difference in your case.
How Can a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
Our personal injury attorneys can help you fight for fair compensation for your injuries and other losses. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongful act, you are unlikely to get the full compensation for your injuries and other damages that you are entitled to if you represent yourself.
Insurance companies tend to make lowball settlement offers in hopes of making a claim go away quickly and cheaply. That means you may not be fairly or adequately compensated for your medical bills and other expenses resulting from your accident if you accept a settlement offer without getting legal help.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you negotiate a fair settlement or take your case to trial if necessary to fight for the compensation you deserve.
At Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles, two of our attorneys are Board Certified Civil Trial attorneys, and our attorneys have over 150 years of combined experience. We can help you by:
- Gathering the necessary information from you and investigating the accident so we have all the facts and can determine who is responsible.
- Determining what your losses are.
- Finding other sources of compensation like third parties who contributed to your injuries.
- Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company.
- Taking your case to court if necessary.
We work on a contingency basis, so you don’t have to worry about paying hourly bills or paying us anything upfront. We only get paid if and when we get compensation for you.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
You may have a claim if you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness or recklessness. However, there are more factors at play that determine if your claim is likely to be successful or not.
Our qualified personal injury attorneys will give you their full attention and the treatment you deserve when you come in for a free consultation. After analyzing the facts of your case, we will be able to tell you whether you may have a valid personal injury claim. If you do, we will give you free advice about your best legal options.
Seeking Compensation for Your Personal Injuries
Compensatory damages aim to compensate an injured person for what was lost due to the injury. If you were injured in an accident, you may suffer from short-term or long-term injuries. If your injuries are severe, your quality of life may be affected for a long time. Perhaps you have had to miss work because of your injuries, or perhaps you cannot even continue in the same job or occupation.
Seeking compensation for these damages is one way of trying to restore the part of your life that you lost.
Here are the more common types of compensatory damages for a personal injury case:
- Medical expenses. A successful personal injury case will award the cost of present medical care, as well as the predicted cost of care you may need in the future.
- Income. Loss of current income and the loss of future potential income are also taken into consideration. Diminished earning capacity may play a role.
- Emotional distress, pain and suffering. While it is hard to assign a dollar value, this aspect of personal injury is a very serious matter that will impact your wellbeing.
- Punitive Damages. Punitive damages are sometimes an option if the defendant’s behavior was particularly egregious. The point of punitive damages is not to compensate you for your injuries but to punish the defendant for bad behavior. If a court finds the cause of your accident to be caused by complete carelessness, you may be awarded punitive injury damages apart from compensatory damages.
No Win, No Fee
Finances are likely a concern if you have recently been injured. Between medical bills and time off work, you may not think you can afford an attorney to represent you.
Fortunately, all of our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis. That means that you pay nothing upfront. We only receive our fee if you are awarded compensation or reach a settlement. The fee is then deducted from your recovery, so you are never left with a big bill to pay out of your pocket.
Negligence in a Personal Injury Case
One of the most important elements in a personal injury case is proving that the defendant was negligent. The standard for negligence differs from state to state. In Florida, the standard used is called pure comparative negligence. That essentially means that your recovery in a personal injury case can be reduced by whatever percentage you are determined to be at fault for the accident. It also means that, unlike in some states, you can still pursue compensation even though you may have been somewhat to blame for the accident.
To establish negligence in a personal injury claim in Florida, three conditions need to be met:
- The defendant must have had some duty of care to you.
- The defendant must have breached the duty through some action or inaction.
- The breach of duty of care must have been what caused your injury or property damage.
Proving who is responsible and to what degree can be one of the more difficult parts of a personal injury case. There may also be multiple defendants, a number of witnesses, and conflicting accounts about what happened. Establishing your narrative about what happened early on is essential so that your account has credibility and consistency.