If you’ve been involved in an accident that caused property damage, injuries, or even the death of a loved one, you may be considering legal action to claim compensation for your losses. Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath are your respected Boca Raton personal injury lawyers, helping countless victims recover damages due to another party’s fault.
We serve clients who need compensation after car accidents, truck accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, premises liability, and product liability. We’d love to help you with your case, no matter where you are in the recovery process.
Not sure if you have a case or not? Check out common questions we receive from our clients and schedule a free consultation with one of our Boca Raton personal injury attorneys by calling 561-867-4117 or sending us a message now.
Our personal injury practice areas
Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath has a staff of 15 attorneys, 14 paralegals, two seasoned accident investigators, and one registered nurse paralegal. We have recovered billions of dollars for clients in a wide range of practice areas.
Whether you’ve been involved in a car or truck accident, a medical-related personal injury, or a liability injury, our attorneys are highly experienced in many different case types and practice areas. We can help you win the maximum compensation that you are entitled to by law.
The Florida statute of limitations for personal injury claims
You may be aware that there is a certain time limit in which you’ll need to bring a legal claim to the local court, governed by Florida’s statute of limitations. The time limit you have to file a claim against the at-fault party depends on the claim that you have. Most commonly, our clients are filing claims for damages under the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death, personal injury, personal property, and liability.
As the statute of limitations states for medical malpractice and wrongful death actions, you must bring forth a legal claim within two years from the date of the accident. For personal injury, personal property damage, and liability claims, you must bring a claim to the local court within two years.
Outside of these time frames, you will likely not be able to recover compensation by a legal claim.
Determining fault in a Boca Raton personal injury accident
When you are hurt in an accident, determining fault in the accident can be tricky as there can be many layers of responsibility. Depending on the type and severity of the accident, there could be a single person or entity responsible or several different entities at fault. The fault is determined primarily by four things.
1. Duty of care
This is the expectation of a person or entity being watchful, attentive, cautious, and prudent about their property to ensure the safety of those around them. If an expected duty of care can be established, they can be found negligent.
For example, a shop owner is responsible for keeping a store’s floor dry, level, and clear of debris for the safety of their customers.
2. Breach of duty
A person or entity must be found guilty of breach of duty by failing to do something they were legally obligated to. This can be refusing to repair part of a shop, not scheduling routine maintenance, or ignoring a safety hazard.
For instance, a shop owner ignoring a leaky ceiling tile for months. A customer slips, falls, and sustains a traumatic brain injury. The shop owner had a responsibility and noticed the leak beforehand, but chose to do nothing about it. This was a breach of duty.
Proving negligence and causation is an important part of your personal injury case. Your Boca Raton personal injury lawyer must prove that a person or entity was knowledgeable and negligent, and this caused your personal injury.
Using the example above, the lawyer may speak to employees who cleaned up the same leak for weeks, have someone examine the damage to give an estimate on how long it had been occurring, or request video footage showing the leak was cleaned up for a time prior to the accident. This is how the cause of the personal injury is determined.
Damages are financial compensation given to the injured to pay for their injuries, medical costs, and any other costs related to the incident. If your injury was caused by someone’s negligence, you should not pay for your medical costs or related expenses.
The shop owner from the previous example would have to pay for the traumatic brain injury to the victim, their lost wages, and any lingering costs due to the injury like therapy or projected healthcare costs if the damage is deemed permanent.
A Boca Raton personal injury lawyer provides effective representation
Sustaining a serious injury can be a traumatizing experience, both physically and mentally. When you choose Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath as your personal injury law firm, we will begin protecting your rights immediately.
If you’ve been hurt, know your rights. Contact a Boca Raton personal injury lawyer as soon as you can to make sure that your rights are protected.
That means that we will handle:
Corresponding with insurance companies
Dealing with creditors
Communication with your health care providers
Working with the police to receive your police report of the incident
Paying the up front litigation and court fees
Investigating the accident or incident
Talking with employers about lost income
The potential impact of comparative fault in Florida
When an accident occurs in Florida, courts use comparative fault to determine where financial liability lies. It also helps to set the amount of damages that each party may pursue in the accident itself. Florida determines that each party may be partially at fault for an accident, and if that is the case, compensation should be reduced by the percentage that person is at fault.
Additionally, each party may sue the other party for damages, regardless of the amount of fault as long as neither party is responsible 100% for the accident. If a party is found to be 100% at fault, they can not pursue damages against the other. This percentage is called Florida’s pure comparative negligence rule.
Because of these two things, it’s vital to contact a Boca Raton personal injury attorney as soon as possible. You need an experienced lawyer to help you prove negligence and protect your rights in a personal injury lawsuit.
Reasons to choose Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath as your personal injury attorneys
We’ve been around for more than 35 years and we aren’t going anywhere. We’ve taken on big corporations and insurance companies to protect the rights of our clients and those big companies know exactly who we are. They know we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial and are more willing to negotiate because of it.
Our reputation of aggressive representation is why over 40% of our new cases come from referring attorneys and past client referrals.
Since 1985, we’ve recovered more than $2.5 billion for our clients. You can rest assured that we will earn maximum compensation for your injuries.
Why should you choose us as your Boca Raton personal injury lawyers?
1. We only get paid if you win
We work on a strict contingency fee basis. We only get paid if you do.
2. We treat clients like family
With over 40% of new cases from attorney referrals and past client referrals, you can believe we treat every client like family. And we protect our family.
3. We prepare every case for trial
Big corporations and insurance companies know that we mean business and that we won’t hesitate to have a case tried before a jury if they aren’t responsible.
4. We earn maximum compensation for your personal injuries
We make sure your injuries and damages are covered completely and fairly.
Common types of personal injuries
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
If you are injured and suffer a traumatic brain injury, your life may be permanently changed. Any type of head injury should be seen by a doctor even if you believe it is not a serious issue.
Side effects of a traumatic brain injury may be confusion, disorientation, headaches/ migraines, nausea, vomiting, vertigo, seizures, memory loss, difficulty regulating emotions, personality shifts, loss of speech and communication, loss of motor function, and loss of cognitive function.
A spinal cord injury can lead to severe problems, pain, and suffering. Whether you’ve slipped due to an unsafe area or were hit by a car on the side of the road, a spinal cord injury lawyer can help you navigate the waters to receive fair compensation for your injuries.
Side effects of a spinal cord injury may be limited mobility, limited range of motion, nerve damage, muscle tearing, mild to severe pain, muscle spasms, difficulty breathing or coughing, loss of bladder or bowel control, paralysis, and more. A qualified spinal cord injury lawyer can help you pursue compensation while you focus on healing.
Sometimes life-threatening, burn injuries change parts of your body permanently, both inside and out. Whether your burn was caused by an auto accident, liquid burns, chemical burns, explosions, or radiation, contact a burn injury lawyer so you’re properly informed of your rights.
Dogs are man’s best friend – unless they are raised or treated the wrong way. Unfortunately, when these animals are abused or conditioned to be aggressive or defensive, it can lead to very serious injuries to innocent individuals.
If these animals injure people, dog bite injury lawyers step in to make sure that the owners of that animal are held accountable for their dog’s behavior.
Soft tissue damage
Soft tissue damage can lead to a lot of problems in a person’s life. While sometimes not visible on the surface, they can be painful and life-changing. Soft tissue injuries can include whiplash, sprains, contusions/bruising, tendonitis, bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, and more. This doesn’t only concern your medical costs.
Our lawyers understand the change in the quality of life for someone like a baseball player who experiences a rotator cuff injury. That injury impacts their hobbies, earning capacity, and even their mental health.
Losing a loved one is one of the most painful experiences a person can go through. If that loss could have been prevented, it hurts even more.
When the negligence of another person causes a wrongful death, you have every legal right to pursue damages against them for your loved one. This includes any medical costs accrued due to the accident, lost wages and potential income, and any emotional turmoil and suffering you’ve gone through due to the loss of your loved one.
Meet with a top personal injury attorney in Boca Raton at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath. We have deep experience in your practice area and can plan your path forward. Whether you have questions about your case, are wondering if you have a case or not, or you are ready to get started with a claim immediately, we’d love to help. Contact us today.
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