West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA
2139 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33409-6601
The Florida personal injury law firm of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA represents a wide variety of clients in personal injury claims, including car accidents, construction defects, medical malpractice, SUV rollovers, and trucking accidents. Over the last 40 years, our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers have helped countless clients throughout the country achieve justice.
If you have been injured in any type of accident, our courtroom experience, professional resources, and state-of-the-art technology can assist you in securing compensation for your losses. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation today.
How Tourism and Attractions Impact the Accident Rate in West Palm Beach
Located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida, West Palm Beach is the most populous city in Palm Beach County. It is well known for its temperate climate and average annual temperature of 78 degrees. Such inviting weather welcomes scores of vacationing visitors to West Palm Beach each year to experience its pristine beaches, Gulf Stream-warmed waters, world-class golf courses, and celebrity chef-owned restaurants. Among the popular attractions in West Palm Beach are the Palm Beach Zoo, Lion Country Safari, McCarthy’s Wildlife Sanctuary, Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds, the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, and the South Florida Science Museum. No matter what type of vacation you are interested in, West Palm Beach has the lodging, attractions and activities to suit your every whim.
However, given the large number of tourists that frequent the area, coupled with the already large existing population, accidents are bound to occur. From car crashes to slip and falls, the likelihood of a local resident or tourist suffering a personal injury in the area is high. Fortunately, victims and their loved ones can turn to Searcy Denney’s West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys for help in filing a claim.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim in West Palm Beach?
Unfortunately, despite all that West Palm Beach has to offer, living or visiting here is not without its risks. Just like any other city, West Palm Beach is the site of numerous auto accidents, work-related accidents, and other serious accidents each year. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation, and the way to recover this compensation is to file a personal injury claim with the help of an experienced attorney.
“Personal injury” law governs claims for compensation arising out of accidents that are other people’s or companies’ fault. In most cases, this fault is in the form of negligence. There are many different forms of negligence, from being distracted behind the wheel to boating under the influence, and from failing to clean up a spill to failing to take adequate safety precautions on a jobsite.
Personal injury claims can also involve accidents caused by dangerous and defective products. Virtually all products have the potential to be defective, and companies recall millions of defective products each year. When a company designs, manufactures or sells a defective product, proof of negligence is not required in order to win just compensation.
Finally, medical malpractice claims fall under the umbrella of personal injury law as well; although there are very specialized laws applying to medical negligence claims. All health care providers in West Palm Beach owe a duty of care to their patients, and when they fail to meet this duty they can – and should – be held liable. Our West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers are experienced in handling all types of claims, and we can help you recover regardless of who is responsible for your losses.
We Represent Individuals Who Have Suffered Serious Injuries in All Types of Accidents
Any time you are injured by someone else’s negligence or a defective product, there are two steps you should try to take right away. These are: (i) seek medical treatment for your injuries, and (ii) speak with a personal injury lawyer about your legal rights.
Our injury lawyers represent people in West Palm Beach who have suffered serious injuries in all types of accidents. When you contact us about your case, we will arrange for you to speak with one of our lawyers in confidence as soon as possible. Your initial consultation is free, and since we handle all cases on contingency, we only get paid if we help you recover just compensation. We provide this contingency-fee representation for personal injury cases involving:
- Car Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Watercraft and Boating Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Product-Related Accidents
- Dangerous Drugs
- Unsafe Medical Devices
- Medical Malpractice
- Premises Liability
- Aviation Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Golf Cart Accidents
- Railroad Accidents
If you, your spouse or child, or any other member of your family has been seriously injured as a result of any of the above, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys. Our West Palm Beach office is conveniently located in Palm Beach Lakes, and one of our attorneys will be happy to travel to you or speak with you over the phone if that is what you prefer.
Why Should You Hire a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have been seriously injured in an accident, why is it important that you hire a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer to help you?
1. Your Losses Could Be Significant
Many accident victims suffer substantial losses as a result of their injuries. Today, medical care is exorbitantly expensive, and your medical bills alone could cost much more than you can afford. If you are unable to work, your loss of income will make it more difficult to pay your other bills as well. On top of these (and other) financial losses, you may also be entitled to compensation for non-financial losses such as scarring, emotional trauma and post-traumatic stress.
2. You Will Need a Lawyer to Help You Calculate Your Damages
Calculating your non-financial losses is not easy, and it requires a clear understanding of Florida’s personal injury laws. Additionally, in order to calculate you future losses (both financial and non-financial), you will need to work with an attorney who is experienced in helping accident victims maximize their financial recoveries.
3. You Will Need a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer to Deal with the Insurance Companies for You
While you have the option to file an insurance claim on your own, there are a number of reasons why this is not something we recommend. For example, when you file an insurance claim, the insurance company use a variety of tactics to deny your claim, and it will only share the information it wants you to know. If you make mistakes when dealing with the insurance companies, you could end up with far less than you deserve.
4. You Will Need a Lawyer to Prepare Your Case for Trial
Another important way that a lawyer can help with your personal injury claim is by preparing your case for trial. Even if your case does not go to trial (and most personal injury cases do not), by showing that you are prepared to go to court if necessary, your lawyer can convince the insurance companies to negotiate in good faith and offer a fair settlement.
5. You Only Get One Chance to Secure Just Compensation
When you have a personal injury claim, you only get one chance to secure just compensation. If you do not hire a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer to fight for you, you will be at a severe disadvantage. If you are serious about recovering just compensation, you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Representing Injured Victims and Their Loved Ones
The number of car accidents in West Palm Beach has increased in recent years. In the state of Florida, more than 235,000 car accidents occur annually. In 2010, over 2,400 fatalities and 195,000 injuries resulted from these accidents. Of these accidents, 794 fatalities and over 12,000 injuries were alcohol-related. Almost 7,900 of these accidents involved pedestrians and approximately 5,000 involved bicyclists.
With a population of over 1.3 million full-time residents, as well as a substantial part-time population of snowbirds and vacationers, West Palm Beach car accidents that result in serious injuries and fatalities occur on a regular basis. In 2010, the most recent year for which data is available, over 13,000 traffic accidents occurred in Palm Beach County. Over 12,000 injuries resulted from these accidents, and about 1,100 were alcohol-related. 123 fatalities were documented.
Our personal injury lawyers know this and work diligently to fight for the rights of accident victims throughout West Palm Beach and the entire state of Florida.
Contact a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney Today to Discuss Your Rights and Legal Options
A West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer can assist you with any potential claims that you or a loved one have as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another. You may be able to recover financial compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim with the help of our attorneys. Compensation for your losses may include medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be complex, and you only have a certain window of time in which file such claims. Therefore, an attorney with experience and knowledge of Florida laws will be essential in helping you obtain the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Contact our Florida injury law firm today to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys will review the details of your accident and determine if you have a viable case.