Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
Too often an “accident” is actually someone’s fault. Innocent victims of other people’s carelessness or recklessness can find themselves left with serious and costly personal injuries and other losses. In the worst cases, families lose a loved one in a wrongful death.
When someone suffers pain and loss because of another person’s negligence, the victim should be compensated for the costs and pain they have suffered through no fault of their own.
The Florida personal injury lawyers of Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney, help people who have been hurt through no fault of their own. We can help you recover compensation so you can pay medical bills and other expenses and get on with your life. Call us now at 1-800-299-8878 to speak with a compassionate personal injury attorney or fill out our online contact form.
Accidents and Injuries in Florida
Florida has higher injury fatality rates than the US overall. In fact, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death among Floridians age 1 to 44, according to the state’s Department of Health.
The deadliest types of accident injury in the state are motor vehicle crash injuries, falls, and drownings. State data show us that in 2021 alone, a total of 401,540 motor vehicle crashes occurred in Florida, resulting in 4,178 deaths.
These are the Florida counties with the most vehicle accidents in 2021:
Miami-Dade County – 62,536 crashes
Broward County – 41,381 crashes
Hillsborough County – 28,020 crashes
Orange County – 27,422 crashes
Palm Beach County – 24,857 crashes.
Florida’s overall death rate from unintentional injuries is 67.59, while the national average is only 57.53. Even when compared to other populous states, Florida’s fatality rate is notably higher: the unintentional injury fatality rate in California is only 43.95, and in Texas, only 44.18. This highlights a need for better injury prevention in the Sunshine State.
Florida Law Protects Personal Injury Victims
When you are injured or a loved one dies because of another person’s actions, it’s not merely an accident. You have a right to seek justice and funds that will pay for your losses.
Under Florida law, a person or company that negligently or intentionally harms you or damages something that belongs to you may be held liable for the harm you have suffered.
A tort, or a compensable personal injury, has occurred if:
- There was a legal duty that the at-fault party owed the person who was injured;
- There was a breach of that duty; and
- Damage (injury) occurred because of that breach.
Personal injury claims might apply to motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Train accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents (premises liability)
- Defective products (product liability)
- Medical malpractice
These accidents can result in any number of injuries, including but not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Neck Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Loss of Limbs (amputation)
- Fracture Injury (broken bones)
- Soft-Tissue Injury
- Lacerations (cuts)
- Contusions (bruises).
Recovery from personal injury can be lengthy and costly. Medical bills can pile up while, at the same time, a person is unable to return to work. Unfortunately, some people may never be able to return to their job.
Get Help from an Experienced Florida Personal Injury Attorney
Florida law generally allows four years from the date of injury to file most personal injury lawsuits. However, in some cases, the statute of limitations may be as brief as two years. That’s why it is important to act without delay in order to protect your rights to compensation.
Contact Philip DeBerard, Injury Attorney. Since 1975, our firm has helped personal injury victims throughout South Florida and the Treasure Coast to recover the compensation they deserve. We have offices in Stuart, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Okeechobee, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach. If you’ve been hurt, we’ll be on your side. We’re ready to fight for justice for you.
Call us today at 1-800-299-8878 or complete our online form. We can provide a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
- Florida Traffic Crash Facts, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
- National Vital Statistics Reports, 2010, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- What is Injury? Injury Prevention Program, Florida Department of Public Health
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