Miami Lawyers Asserting the Rights of Accident Victims
Julio C. Acosta is the driving force behind a Miami law firm comprised of injury attorneys who are committed to maximizing the settlement or trial verdict value of your case. After representing insurance companies for over 20 years, and successfully trying cases to verdict for them throughout Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, Julio decided to put what he learned about what scares these companies to work for injured people who have now been wronged by those same insurance companies, or their insureds.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident of any kind resulting in injuries or death, let us put our experience and tenacity to work for you to maximize your settlement. At the Acosta Law Firm, our team of forceful, aggressive, and diligent lawyers believe that you never should settle for less than what you deserve.Seeking Compensation from a Careless Driver
In a busy region like South Florida, the highways are teeming with vehicles, not all of which are driven with the proper care. If you are involved in a car accident, you can potentially bring a claim against the responsible driver to seek compensation for your damages. In a motor vehicle collision case, the plaintiff usually tries to show that the defendant failed to act according to the duty of care that he or she owed the plaintiff at the time of the collision.
In this situation, the duty of care consists of taking the same precautions that a reasonably prudent driver would use in a similar situation. For example, if someone fails to yield at an intersection, texts behind the wheel, or swerves across lanes without warning, that person likely has breached the duty of care. This is because a reasonably prudent motorist would not be expected to break traffic laws.
After proving that the defendant has breached this duty, the plaintiff must next show that he or she would not have been hurt if the defendant had met the appropriate standard of care. This element is known as causation, and it also incorporates an inquiry into whether the accident was foreseeable. The last step of a car accident case involves identifying the quantifiable damages that the plaintiff incurred. These often include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.
Hold a Property Owner Responsible for a Slip and Fall
People often enter commercial spaces in their everyday lives, such as when they shop at a mall or go out to dinner. According to Florida law, property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition. They must fix or warn visitors of any hazards of which they know or should reasonably be expected to know. Some common examples include spills on floors, uneven pavement, or precariously stacked merchandise. When someone is hurt as a result of a property owner’s negligence, the victim may consider bringing a premises liability claim for compensation.
As with car accident claims, there is a limited time window within which a victim can take legal action after a slip and fall. This is known as the statute of limitations, and it is generally four years in Florida for personal injury cases. Wrongful death lawsuits that arise from a tragically fatal accident must be filed within two years.Discuss Your Personal Injury Case with a Miami Attorney
When people are hurt because of someone else’s careless actions, they may be entitled to compensation. At the Acosta Law Firm, our Miami lawyers are ready to assert the rights of car accident and slip and fall victims throughout South Florida. Armed with an understanding of what insurance companies fear most and how they view claims against their policyholders, our team knows what it takes to build a strong case. We can represent injured individuals in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, and Key West, as well as other cities throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. If you want to be treated with the compassion and personal attention that you and your family deserve after a painful and stressful experience, the Acosta Law Firm is here to assist you. Call us at 305-858-8880 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.