Palm Beach County Personal Injury Accidents
Palm Beach County is a beautiful place to live, work, raise a family, vacation, and more. But it is also a place where thousands of personal injuries occur on a routine basis, causing serious harm to the victims that suffer from them. If you have suffered an injury that you believe was caused by the fault of another person, a Palm Beach County personal injury lawyer can represent you in your claim for damages.Types of Personal Injury Cases
There are multiple types of personal injury cases that may warrant legal action and legal representation. These include:
- Car accident cases
- Acts of medical malpractice
- Slip and fall claims
- Dog bites
- Boating accidents
- Intentional harm cases
While there are many different types of personal injury cases, throughout all personal injury claims, the process of recovering damages is relatively similar.The Four Components of a Personal Injury Case
There are four primary components of a personal injury case. Each component must be proven in order for any compensation to be recovered.
Existence of duty. Existence of duty just means that the defendant owed the plaintiff some sort of duty of care, and that a relationship existed between the two parties. For example, a doctor-patient relationship, where the doctor has a duty to treat the patient with a high standard of care.
Breach of duty. Breach of duty is also referred to as negligence, and means that the defendant violated his or her duty to the plaintiff by doing something outside of what would be considered reasonable by another ordinary person in the same position. A doctor who fails to refer a patient to a specialist, for example, may have breached the duty of care.
Causation. Causation means that the breach of the duty of care was the direct cause of the patient's harm. For example, had the patient in the scenario above not suffered harm had his doctor referred him to the specialist, then causation has been proven.
Damages. Finally, ‘damages' refers to the extent of harm that the person suffered. In a slip and fall accident, for example, a slip victim may suffer medical expenses, lost wages, and even psychological injuries.What Can I Recover If I Have Been Injured?
If you have been injured because of someone else's negligence, you are entitled to recover damages for the harm that you have suffered. Palm Beach County personal injury attorneys can help you to quantify your damages, and may be able to help you recover compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional anguish/psychological injuries
- Current and future medical expenses
- Loss of ability to work
Do not wait to take action to file a claim if you have been injured in Palm Beach County Florida. The state's statute of limitations prevents you from filing a claim after more than four years' time has passed in a personal injury case, so it is essential that you reach out to a Palm Beach County personal injury attorney. Serving Palm Beach County personal injury attorney Jarrett Blakeley of Blakeley Law Firm, P.A. is ready to meet with you. Contact the firm today to learn more about how we can help you after you have suffered a personal injury.