If you were injured in a devastating accident, you may be entitled to many forms of compensation. Understanding how to assert your rights and protect your legal interests can be complicated, especially if you are also coping with serious injuries and emotional trauma. The personal injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston proudly provide experienced legal counsel to car accident victims and other injured people throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties. With offices in Stuart and West Palm Beach, we can guide your family through each step of the recovery process while ensuring that you receive the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled. Our firm handles a wide variety of complex claims involving catastrophic injuries, and we are 100 percent dedicated to assisting accident victims.Car Accidents
Unfortunately, there are many different types of accidents on Florida roads, including distracted driving accidents, drunk driving crashes, highway accidents, rear-end collisions, and fatal car accidents, just to name some examples. In most cases, to recover compensation from the person who caused the crash, you will need to prove that he or she did not operate his or her vehicle with the appropriate level of care and that this failure was the cause of your injuries. The standard of care to which all drivers must adhere is the same level of careful skill and attention that a prudent driver would use. This includes a variety of things, such as following traffic laws and adjusting one’s speed for bad weather. Proving that the defendant failed to drive his or her car according to the standard of care can be complicated and may require the assistance of expert witnesses. At Donaldson & Weston, our car accident attorneys are ready to help you establish your right to compensation from a careless driver. You may be entitled to be reimbursed for your medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering, among other forms of compensation.
Truck accidents are often fiercely contested because the injuries and damages that result are often severe. These massive vehicles require experienced and attentive drivers who have received the appropriate training and certifications. If a driver fails to use due care behind the wheel of a semi or tractor-trailer, the result may be life-altering and deal a crushing blow to an entire family. To recover compensation from a truck driver, a personal injury attorney in Stuart or surrounding areas will need to show that he or she did not operate the vehicle with reasonable care and skill. This includes complying with traffic laws as well as state and federal trucking regulations. Some of these regulations require drivers to perform pre-drive safety inspections and place limits on the number of consecutive hours that they can drive. Additionally, you may be able to assert a claim for damages against the driver’s employer if the truck driver acted negligently during the course and scope of employment. The diligent truck accident lawyers at Donaldson & Weston can help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation from a truck driver or trucking company.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accident victims face some of the most severe and potentially life-threatening injuries. Unlike the occupants of a standard passenger vehicle, motorcycle riders are exposed to the elements and can be ejected from the motorcycle upon impact. If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, you can seek compensation from the driver who caused your injuries. In the lawsuit, you will need to show that the driver failed to use reasonable care and skill. Motorcycle accidents can happen in a wide variety of ways, but there are a few common types of crashes that involve riders, such as intersection collisions and failure to yield accidents involving left turns. Motorcycles are much smaller in stature than other vehicles, which means that if a motorist is not paying attention, it will be far more difficult to notice a nearby rider. At Donaldson & Weston, our Stuart personal injury attorneys fight on behalf of injured riders and families of victims of fatal crashes to ensure that they are compensated for their damages.Boating Accidents
When it comes to water-related recreational activities, Florida is one of the top destinations in the world. Due to its thousands of miles of coastline, rivers, and lakes, there are endless opportunities to engage in a variety of boating activities. When boat operators fail to use the appropriate level of attention and skill, however, the injuries that result can be devastating. Just as with car accidents, individuals involved in boating accidents can be held liable for the injuries and damage that they cause. This includes everything from regular boats to jet skis, canoes, kayaks, yachts, and other watercraft. To recover damages from a careless boat operator, a personal injury lawyer in the Stuart area will need to show that the defendant failed to operate the boat with appropriate care. This can involve violating boating laws or simply failing to pay attention. Many boating accidents result from operators engaging in distracted boating activities behind the wheel, or from intoxication.Premises Liability
Property owners have a clear responsibility under Florida law to keep their premises reasonably safe for guests and to provide warnings in some situations regarding any known dangerous conditions. The level of care that a property owner must use in protecting visitors depends on the reason why the visitor is on the property. In general, landowners owe the highest duty of care to individuals invited for business or commercial purposes, and a slightly lower duty of care to social guests. With some exceptions, a landowner does not owe a duty of care to adult trespassers, but child trespassers may be owed an elevated duty of care under the attractive nuisance doctrine. There are countless ways that you can get injured on another person’s property, including slippery floors, broken staircases, faulty electrical wiring, uneven pavement, and unstable balconies. To learn more about your right to compensation after a slip and fall, schedule a free consultation with our premises liability lawyers.Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse
When it comes to elders and nursing homes, the news is full of reports chronicling the abuse that residents often experience. It is devastating to think that your loved one may spend their final years in a facility that deprives them of basic things like assistance with daily tasks, medical attention, and adequate nutrition. If a nursing home facility engages in negligence or intentional abuse against a resident, our Stuart personal injury lawyers can help their family bring a lawsuit against the facility to recover compensation for the injuries and damages that resulted. There are many different types of abuse and neglect that residents can face, including physical, emotional, mental, sexual, and financial abuse and exploitation. In some unfortunate instances, the facility may also provide improper medical care to a resident, failing to provide timely diagnoses or overmedicating them to keep them under control. If you are seeing signs of abuse or neglect in your loved one, contact us today to learn more about how you can hold the facility accountable.Wrongful Death
Any accident is a stressful and difficult situation for a victim and his or her loved ones. But fewer things are more tragic than unexpectedly losing a loved one as a result of another person’s carelessness. If this has happened to you, you can bring a wrongful death action against that individual to recover compensation for your loss. In the lawsuit, you will need to prove that the defendant failed to act with appropriate care and that this caused your loved one’s death. If you are successful in establishing liability, you can recover compensation for medical bills associated with the incident, funeral and burial expenses, and the loss of your loved one’s companionship, society, and support. Let a compassionate and experienced wrongful death lawyer assist you during this emotional time.Workers’ Compensation
Suffering injuries at work can be a challenge, especially if they are serious injuries that prevent you from continuing in your occupation, or permanent disabilities that will affect the rest of your life. The Florida workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits for workers who suffer injuries on the job. If you are injured at work or as a result of your job duties, you can file a claim for benefits and medical expenses with your employer’s insurance carrier. You will then undergo medical examinations to determine whether your injuries are temporary or permanent and whether they are partial or total. The nature and scope of your injury will determine the amount and duration of benefits that you are entitled to receive. Ensuring that you are treated fairly during this process and that you receive all of the benefits that you need can be difficult. At Donaldson & Weston, we are prepared to put our experience in workplace injury claims to use for you.Meet with a Tenacious Personal Injury Attorney in the Stuart Area
If you were injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness, the personal injury lawyers at Donaldson & Weston are ready to help you fight for your right to compensation. Our diligent team of legal professionals can assist you with every aspect of your claim, from negotiating with insurance companies to ensuring that you maximize your recovery. We have provided legal counsel to victims and their families in Stuart, Jupiter, and Port St. Lucie, as well as other cities throughout St. Lucie, Martin, and Palm Beach Counties. To schedule your free consultation, call us at 772-266-5555 or contact us online to get started.
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