Personal Injury Lawyer
Accident attorneys fighting for the injured in Brevard County, Florida
Personal injuries can happen at any time. A traffic accident, slipping and falling on an exposed walkway at a shopping center, and injuries caused by defective products are just a few examples. Titusville personal injury attorneys represent a diverse spectrum of accident victims. If an accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, the victim is generally entitled to receive compensation. Some Titusville personal injury accident victims receive payment for medical expenses and lost wages by filing an insurance claim. Florida civil courts often take on a more comprehensive approach to compensating accident victims to cover a broader variety of expenses accident victims incur. Our Titusville personal injury lawyer represents accident victims to help them receive the compensation they need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and in some cases, physical and emotional pain and suffering.
Why your should call a Titusville accident attorney
An experienced accident attorney with a proven track record in personal injury cases can make life much less stressful for Florida accident victims. Immediately after a personal injury accident, the victim’s first priority is often to receive medical treatment, rest, and follow doctors’ orders to manage pain while healing. Victims often have limited time and energy to focus on anything other than their recovery. Victims’ families are often busy providing care for their injured family members and helping with a variety of household and logistical tasks. Seeking out legal counsel often falls by the wayside in favor of seeking quick solutions and the fastest way to compensation. Some accident victims and their families never fully consider the legal remedies to which they may be entitled after an accident. Consulting an attorney immediately after a personal injury accident takes place can provide accident victims and their families with a legal representative and advocate who will:
- handle communication with the insurance companies
- negotiate on the victim’s behalf to receive the highest settlement offer available
- do any necessary legal research
- file a civil court claim for the victim
- provide knowledgeable, professional representation in all court proceedings
- fight tirelessly to defend the accident victim’s rights to compensation for injuries caused by the accident
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When should you contact a personal injury lawyer?
In most personal injury cases, Florida allows accident victims to file a civil court claim anytime within four years of the date of the accident. Under certain circumstances, the victim may be able to file a claim within four years of the date he or she discovers the accident caused the injury. Four years may seem like a long time. On the contrary, the process of evaluating legal strategies and gathering evidence takes time. Therefore, accident victims should always consult a Titusville personal injury lawyer as early as possible. In some cases, a civil court judge may recognize an exception to the four-year statute of limitations. A knowledgeable attorney can advise accident victims regarding whether an exception may be granted in their unique case and petition the court accordingly.
It is important to note that some types of personal injury cases have different statutes of limitations. For example, Florida law places a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death cases.
From 2016 to 2020, the most severe accidents in Brevard County took place along U.S. 1 in Titusville. Rapid population growth, outdated infrastructure, and confusing intersections are just a few reasons the roads in the Space Coast area rank among the most dangerous in the country. In some cases, a driver’s negligence may cause a car accident. Behavioral factors that may create a hazard for other drivers include:
- distracted driving
- intoxicated driving
- drowsy driving
- reckless driving
Car accident injuries may range from very minor to very severe. If a car accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, the injured party may be able to file a claim for compensation. Whether the injury is minor or severe, accident victims should consult a Titusville car accident lawyer before communicating with anyone else about compensation or other legal matters regarding the accident.
Titusville motorcycle accidents
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable people on the road. In addition to not having the protection of side walls, motorcycle riders also share Florida’s roads with a larger population of elderly drivers and tourists than in most other states. Many motorcycle accidents happen because the driver does not see the motorcycle in time to avoid a collision. Motorcycles have a shorter stopping distance. Therefore, a car that is speeding may be unable to avoid an accident if a motorcycle makes a sudden stop. Elderly drivers may have limited vision or slowed reaction time. Commercial trucks have especially large blind spots. Therefore, motorcycles should exercise extreme caution when sharing the road with a commercial truck.
In the event of an accident, a Titusville personal injury lawyer will work diligently to gather the details of your accident and determine who is at fault. The attorney may enlist the help of accident reconstructionists, industry experts, and witnesses to gather the important facts.
Florida is currently in the midst of a trucking industry boom. Today, there are more trucks on the roads than ever. Truck drivers work around the clock to address supply chain shortages and logistical challenges brought on by the global pandemic. Commercial trucking companies aggressively recruit new workers to meet industry demands. Some companies hire drivers with no previous experience. Therefore, newer truck drivers may be more inclined to become involved in accidents due to a relative lack of experience driving in all road conditions. Trucking companies are also responsible for properly training drivers; however, some companies recruit new drivers by guaranteeing to get them on the road within two weeks. In addition to inexperienced drivers, other factors that contribute to truck accidents are:
- hazardous road conditions
- distracted driving
- intoxicated driving
- improperly loaded cargo
- manufacturing defects
- improperly-maintained trucks
In truck accidents, there are several other parties apart from the driver who may also be at fault. Florida truck accident lawyers are able to determine the responsible parties and file a claim for compensation accordingly.
Titusville slip & fall accidents
Slip and fall accidents–more formally known as premises liability accidents–most often occur at Titusville businesses and in other public areas. However, a premises liability accident may also take place on privately-owned property. Restaurants, grocery stores, and parking lots are most often the sites at which these accidents occur. A store may be negligent if the business fails to clean up a known spill on the sales floor during business hours. A hotel may be negligent if they do not warn visitors to avoid a dimly-lit public corridor that is has a light bulb outage.
An individual who is injured in a slip and fall accident can receive compensation for the injury if he or she proves the business owed a duty of care and breached that duty. A Titusville slip and fall accident attorney can work through the complexities of determining the nature of the business’ duty and establishing the breach of duty.
Compensation for survivors in Titusville wrongful death cases
Florida’s wrongful death laws differ from the laws in most other states. In cases in which someone else’s negligence causes a death, the victim’s estate and surviving family members may receive compensation for the loss of the victim’s life. Florida requires a personal representative to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim’s estate and surviving family members. Surviving family members are typically the accident victim’s:
- other partially or wholly dependent family members
The victim’s estate may receive compensation for lost compensation between the date of the accident and the date of the victim’s death and future compensation the victim would have realistically been expected to earn and save. Surviving family members may receive compensation for medical expenses, funeral expenses, and emotional damages such as loss of companionship and loss of support and services. Each surviving family member may be able to be compensated for damages under very specific circumstances.
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The number of amateur boaters on Florida’s waterways has surged since the start of the global pandemic. The sudden increase in inexperienced boaters on the water means everyone should be vigilant and follow navigational rules carefully. Boat accidents may cause serious injury or death. Similar to traffic accidents, speed, distraction, and intoxication are other common factors in Florida boat accidents. Boat occupants may are also more likely to be injured if they do not follow safety procedures including wearing a life jacket at all times. Drowning is a leading cause of injuries in Florida boat accidents. Titusville boat accident victims should contact a Florida personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible. Although Florida imposes a four-year statute of limitations in personal injury cases in which the victim is not deceased, accident victims should ideally contact a lawyer immediately after the accident has happened. A personal injury attorney can represent the victim in settlement negotiations with insurance companies and, if necessary, fight for the victim’s rights in court. Contacting a lawyer earlier also permits the attorney the greatest opportunity to gather evidence while the accident scene is still as is. Gathering physical evidence may become more difficult over time, and witnesses’ recollections of the accident may become less reliable if the victim waits years to file a claim.
Titusville Jet Ski accidents
Jet Skis or personal watercraft (PWC) are popular in Florida for family and friend outings and for tourists. State law allows teens as young as 14 years of age to legally operate a PWC. Individuals are required to be at least 18 years of age to legally rent a jet ski. Florida also requires jet ski riders to meet a minimum education requirement and to have a photo ID. Nevertheless, parents allow children who are under the minimum age or who have not completed the education requirement to ride jet skis. Parents or other supervising adults may be liable if a child who is under their supervision operates a jet ski illegally. Similarly, a rental company may be liable if it allows an underage person or someone who does not meet the minimum education requirement to rent a PWC. Jet ski rental companies are also required to maintain their rental equipment in safe operating condition.
Bicycle accidents in Titusville
Similar to motorcycle riders and pedestrians, bicycle riders are especially vulnerable on Florida’s roads. In addition to being physically exposed to potential hazards, bicyclists have a tense relationship with motorists. Drivers often resent bicyclists and believe they should not ride bicycles on the road. Bicyclists sometimes do not yield the right-of-way to vehicles when they should. Tension between bicyclists and motorists increases the risk of bike accidents. Designated bicycle lanes ease tensions and allow for easier sharing of the road. Nevertheless, most areas lack designated lanes and signals for bicyclists.
Florida pedestrian accidents
Pedestrians are the most vulnerable people on Florida’s roads. Unfortunately, motorists do not always obey safety rules and look out for pedestrian traffic as they should. Pedestrians sometimes increase the risk of an accident occurring by disobeying traffic signals, darting into traffic, and jaywalking. Vehicle-involved pedestrian accidents have the greatest potential to cause severe injury or death. Reasons vehicles collide with pedestrians commonly include:
- rolling through stop signs
- intoxicated driving
- distracted driving
Titusville drivers are not required to carry Bodily Injury coverage as part of their auto insurance policy. Therefore, a pedestrian accident victim may be unable to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company. A Florida pedestrian accident attorney can help victims and their families receive the compensation they deserve.
Spine injuries can significantly impact the injured party’s lifestyle. Even a minor spine injury can require the individual to take time away from work. The injured party will also likely require extended medical treatment. Severe spine injuries can cause long-term tingling or numbness in the extremeities, shooting or radiating pain, incontinence, or paralysis. People who sustain a spine injury as a result of someone else’s negligence may receive compensation for medical expenses along with current and future lost wages. If the spine injury causes permanent disability or negatively impacts the individual’s quality of life, the court may award compensation for pain and suffering. In some cases, the victim’s spouse or dependent child may also receive compensation for loss of support and services.
Back injuries in Florida accident cases
Soft tissue injuries in the back are usually less severe than spine injuries. However, they often require long-term treatment because they can cause lingering pain. Back injuries are also often difficult to diagnose and properly treat. Therefore, medical professionals may try several treatments before finding one that works. Sometimes a back injury may not manifest until days or weeks after an accident happens. Therefore, accident victims should visit a medical professional and receive a thorough exam immediately after the accident happens. A medical professional can rule out serious injury or begin treating an injury right away. Detecting and treating potential injuries early can help avoid aggravating underlying injuries that may otherwise go ignored until they become worse.
Injury from dog bites
If a dog bites a person and causes injury, the dog’s owner is liable under Florida law. Strict liability applies in Titusville dog bite cases. Therefore, the accident victim is not required to prove negligence or fault on the pet owner’s behalf if the bite takes place on public property or if the victim was legally on private property at the time of the bite. There is an exception in cases in which the dog owner had a “Beware of Dog” sign prominently displayed when the bite took place. Strict liability is only applicable to the dog’s owner. Business owners, caregivers, and landlords are only liable if they caused the injury due to a negligent act.
Medical malpractice occurs when medical professionals deviate from standard practices and cause harm to a patient. There are several different types of medical malpractice, including:
- failure to diagnose
- missed laboratory results
- surgical errors
- unnecessary surgical procedures
- wrong medications
- inefficient aftercare
- failure to take accurate patient history
Medical malpractice cases are often complex because multiple parties may be liable. A Titusville medical malpractice lawyer can determine who is liable and file a claim on the victim’s behalf. Florida imposes a four-year statute of limitations in medical malpractice cases.
Our Titusville personal injury lawyers are available to help in a variety of situations. Many of Florida’s personal injury laws are complex. Personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to negotiate with insurance companies, navigate the civil court system, and fight for accident victims’ rights.
Contact us today to receive a free case evaluation. Our staff members will handle your case with compassion and professionalism. We will keep your information confidential.
How much does a personal injury attorney cost?
At Couture Law P.A. in Melbourne, you won’t pay a penny unless our personal injury lawyers prevail at trial, or procure a settlement on your behalf. This arrangement is commonly referred to as payment “on a contingency basis.” Suffice to say, we’ll help you fight for every dollar for your pain and suffering.
How much time do I have to file an injury lawsuit?
The period of time from the date of the accident until you no longer can file a claim is known as the “statute of limitations.” In Florida, the amount of time in which statutes expire varies by case type. The statute of limitations for most injury cases is four (4) years. For medical malpractice and wrongful death cases, it’s two (2) years. Always err on the side of caution by consulting with your Melbourne personal injury attorney.
Do I have a case?
Because no two cases are alike, Melbourne injury attorneys should gather and analyze all of the facts regarding your case before addressing this question. After tracking down and speaking with witnesses, we’ll give you a fair, honest assessment of your unique situation – and how we can help.