West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
If you’ve suffered serious personal injury through no fault of your own, you know how stressful recovery can be. You watch medical bills pile up after you’ve been hospitalized, gone to physical rehab, or have had to make modifications to your home to accommodate your injuries. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of another party, contact the West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey today to learn about your legal rights and to discuss your options for obtaining the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys have been representing the South Florida community for a combined 55 years and have a proven track record of helping clients obtain the financial compensation they need and deserve.
Injury Attorneys Dedicated to Protecting Seriously Injured Clients in West Palm Beach
When you are injured in an accident that is caused by someone else’s negligence, you need to move fast to protect your rights. In Florida, you have four years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit in court. Failure to do so may mean that your case will not be heard at all. However, in rare cases, the court may extend the time to file suit if you did not “discover” the fact that you had a legal claim.
Even when you file a personal injury claim, the other party may try to argue that you are responsible, at least in part, for your accident. Under Florida law, the judge or jury who hears your case will be asked to determine the percentage of responsibility each party shares for the accident. For example, the jury may determine that you are 20 percent responsible for the accident while the other party is 80 percent responsible. Thus, your damages award will be reduced by 20 percent to account for your share of fault.
Moreover, Florida has “no-fault” car insurance laws, which means that you cannot sue another driver after a car accident unless you suffered “serious injury”. Any minor injuries you suffered must be covered by your own health insurance or the personal injury protection coverage in your auto insurance. Any personal injury lawsuit from a car accident is precluded unless you meet the serious injury threshold, which includes one or more of the following:
- Permanent injury
- Significant and permanent disfigurement
- Significant and permanent loss of a bodily function
To prove that you have suffered a permanent injury, you will typically need to present the testimony of a medical professional who can render an opinion to a reasonable degree of medical certainty.
Finally, Florida law imposes damage caps in personal injury cases. These caps limit punitive damages to three times the amount of economic damages or $500,000, whichever is greater.
Representing Clients in All Types of Personal Injury Cases
Our injury attorneys have experience representing clients with all kinds of personal injury claims, such as:
- Car Accidents in West Palm Beach
- Car Accident Injuries in West Palm Beach
- Truck accidents in West Palm Beach
- Motorcycle accidents in West Palm Beach
- Uber & Lyft Accidents in West Palm Beach
- Bicycle accidents in West Palm Beach
- Pedestrian accidents in West Palm Beach
- Boating accidents in West Palm Beach
- Legal Malpractice in West Palm Beach
- Dog Bites in West Palm Beach
- Negligent security in West Palm Beach
- Defective prescription drugs in West Palm Beach
- Slip and Fall in West Palm Beach
- Medical malpractice in West Palm Beach
- Swimming pool accidents in West Palm Beach
Almost every kind of accident can result in a serious personal injury that can leave the victim unable to work, participate in activities, take care of daily activities, or even dress, bathe, and feed oneself without pain and suffering. Our lawyers have represented clients with serious, life-altering injuries including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Severe burns
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When you’ve been seriously injured in an accident through no fault of your own, your sole focus is on your recovery so that you can get back to your regular life. The personal injury attorneys of Lawlor, White & Murphey understand the stress of worrying about having to pay for your recovery while being out of work and unable to provide for your family. That’s why we offer our clients free consultations to learn about their legal options. We also work on personal injury cases on contingency, so you don’t have to pay us anything unless we obtain a settlement or recovery at trial for you. Call our office today or fill out our online contact form for a free consultation.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys will investigate your claim to determine who may be responsible for your injuries. Florida law allows for joint and several liability, which means that more than one person may be held liable for their share of the responsibility for your injuries. Under Florida’s joint and several liability rules, a party found 10 percent or less at fault for your accident will not have to pay for your economic losses. A party found more than 10 percent up to 25 percent at fault can be responsible for your losses up to $500,000. A party found more than 25 percent up to 50 percent at fault is responsible up to $1 million. And finally, a party found more than 50 percent at fault can be responsible for up to $2 million of your damages.
Although the law talks about a permanent and significant injury or disability when discussing the serious injury threshold, in practice some injuries that are, strictly speaking, not permanent and significant have been held to meet the serious injury threshold. For example, in prior cases, the courts have allowed a suit to go forward where the plaintiff suffered broken bones even though bones will fully heal. Of course, cuts, bruises, and sprains are generally not significant enough to meet the serious injury threshold.