Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury can strike anyone without warning. In an instant, the negligence of someone else can leave victims severely injured and families reeling emotionally and financially.
At The Ansara Law Firm, we are dedicated to fighting for fair compensation for injury victims. Our accident attorneys have the experience, skill and proven track record to bolster each client’s opportunity for maximum monetary recovery.
The Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at our firm have successfully obtained damages for victims of:
- Car Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Tourist Injuries
- Bike Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Defective Vehicles
When your life is impacted – whether by loss of wages, snowballing medical expenses or catastrophic injuries – our accomplished legal team is committed to fighting for justice. We consider our clients family. Serving victims in Fort Lauderdale and beyond, our personal injury lawyers devote the necessary time and resources to ensure each case is handled according to our high standards.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports an average of 375,000 car accidents a year, involving more than 600,000 motorists. That breaks down to about 1,000 collisions every single day.
- 2,700 are fatal
- 160,000 cause serious personal injuries
- 212,000 result only in property damage
The good news is motor vehicles are getting safer as advancements in vehicle technology helps alert drivers with backup cameras, blind-spot detectors and other anti-crash sensors. However, technology is also a major factor in distracted driving accidents, with the National Safety Council reporting 1 in 4 Florida crashes involves cell phone distraction.
The car accident lawyers at The Ansara Law Firm are committed to fighting for a favorable outcome for your claim, whether that is through settlement, medication or trial.
Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident injuries have become increasingly common, and Florida has long held the top spot for bike-related deaths. The Florida Highway Patrol reported in one recent year, there were more than 7,100 bicycle accidents resulting in more than 150 deaths and 6,700 injuries.
South Florida – including Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties – have some of the highest rates of bicycle accidents in the state.
Much of this is because cyclists can ride year-round and the activity has grown in popularity. But two other major factors are:
- Poor road design that does not account for bicyclists and pedestrians;
- Drivers failing to watch out.
Our Fort Lauderdale bike injury lawyers will fight for bicyclists to obtain the full compensation they deserve.
Large truck crashes kill more than 4,000 people a year nationally and have been steadily increasing, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Florida has one of the highest rates of trucking accidents in the country. Federal officials estimate large truck crashes account for 5.2 percent of all fatal crashes in Florida.
Although any collision has the potential to maim and cause death, truck accidents are especially dangerous due to the sheer size of these vehicles.
We rely heavily on these vehicles and carriers for fast transport of important goods and services, but this does not excuse them from ensuring their trucks are in top condition and their drivers are qualified and safe. Too often, however, the personal injury attorneys at our Fort Lauderdale firm find this is not the case.
Florida is one of the most dangerous places to walk in America. South Florida in particular – Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties – report a stunningly high number of pedestrian accidents, often resulting in serious injuries and death. A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can help victims take legal action when this happens.
Smart Growth America’s Dangerous by Design annual report eight of the top 10 most dangerous metro regions for those traveling on foot are in Florida. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach region ranks No. 11. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports an average of 9,000 pedestrian crashes annually in this state, resulting in roughly 7,900 injuries and 630 deaths.
This alarming epidemic is perpetuated by the fact Florida’s roads weren’t designed with pedestrians in mind. They are wide, have high speed limits and few sidewalks, crosswalks and public transportation stops.
Our dedicated pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to ensuring victims are justly compensated.
Some of the most serious accidents result in the tragic death of a victim. While their family cannot bring them back, they may be able to gain a sense of justice and much-needed financial assistance by holding accountable the person who took their loved one’s life. Florida allows relatives of victims to bring a wrongful death claim to seek many forms of compensation. These claims are typically brought by a spouse, child, or parent, but other relatives who were dependent on the victim may be able to bring them as well. The compensation may cover not only the victim’s funeral expenses but also their pain and suffering before death and any medical costs related to their treatment. Relatives also may be able to seek damages for more subjective losses, such as their loss of companionship and support. Our Fort Lauderdale wrongful death lawyers can sensitively guide you through the process in these traumatic situations.
Boating is a way of life in Florida, but boating accidents don’t have to be. Yet Florida leads the nation in both boating registrations and boating accidents. Fort Lauderdale boating accidents, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, are often caused by:
- Inattention/ no proper look-out
- Operator inexperience
- Machinery failure
- Excessive speed
- Carelessness/ recklessness
- Alcohol use
In most of these instances, our Fort Lauderdale boat accident attorneys can assert a claim of negligence against numerous defendants, including the vessel operator, owner, mechanic or manufacturer.
Motorcycle accidents in Fort Lauderdale claim hundreds of lives and cause thousands of injuries each year. In most cases, other drivers are to blame for serious injuries and wrongful deaths of motorcycle operators and passengers.
Drivers of passenger vehicles and larger trucks simply do not look twice for motorcyclists, which is a failure to use reasonable care and grounds to assert a claim of negligence.
More motorcyclists lose their lives in Florida than in any other state. Partly this is because numerous cities here host “bike weeks” or “bike nights” that draw motorcycle enthusiasts from various regions. But it also has to do with the fact that too many other motorists are not careful. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of motorcycle accident victims.
We expect the vehicles we drive to be designed and manufactured in such a way that they are reasonably safe. That’s not always the case. Defective vehicles and defective vehicle parts – from unintended acceleration to ignition switch defects to faulty airbags – put all road users at risk.
There have been record recalls of vehicles in recent years involving millions of vehicles. The response rate on those recalls isn’t always great, and the sheer numbers mean manufacturers sometimes aren’t prepared to address these problems in a timely manner. That means we still have millions of defective vehicles on our roads. Past injury trials have revealed some car makers went to great lengths to conceal certain dangers from the unsuspecting public.
The Ansara Law Firm’s product liability attorneys in Fort Lauderdale know this is not an element that can be overlooked in car accident injury cases. That’s why we carefully and thoroughly investigate every claim to determine all possible angles of liability.
Companies that design and manufacture products for public consumption are required to ensure those products:
- Work as intended
- Are reasonably safe
- Contain warnings about unforeseen risks
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Our experienced Broward product liability attorneys have helped clients recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering caused by a defective product injury. Defendants in these cases may include the manufacturer, retailer and wholesaler.
Defective products can range from motor vehicles to medical devices to pharmaceuticals to toys and other products for children.
Workplace injuries can happen anywhere, but few job locations are more dangerous than construction sites.
Unfortunately, construction accidents too often result in serious injury and death, leaving workers and their families struggling to sustain financially.
Dedicated to assisting victims in the Fort Lauderdale area, our personal injury lawyers recognize these workers and surviving dependent family members may have numerous options in terms of financial recovery, and we are committed to helping our clients receive the full amount to which they are entitled.
Florida businesses are required to keep their property in reasonably safe condition for those who visit. This is true whether we’re talking about a small gas station or a large box store. This includes making sure spills or other slippery conditions are promptly addressed or that customers are warned of them.
Our Fort Lauderdale slip-and-fall attorneys recognize there are very specific legal standards that must be met to ensure proof burdens are met. This especially true since legislators passed F.S. 768.0755, which requires victims to show the business either created the slippery condition or else had actual or constructive knowledge of it and was negligent in failing to clean it up.
We understand well what kind of evidence is needed and how to best approach your claim.
Florida is packed with so many amazing parks that serve as a huge draw for locals and tourists alike. Our Fort Lauderdale amusement park accident attorneys recognize that while these parks are economic anchors in our communities, they are not above premises liability law.
Theme parks are businesses that have a core responsibility to ensure guests aren’t placed at an unreasonable risk of harm due to dangerous conditions. These could include trip-and-fall hazards, defects in rides, improper fencing from wildlife barriers or inadequate security/ failure to protect against known criminal threats.
Many amusement parks will outright deny liability or try to compel guests to agree right away to a settlement. We recommend avoiding a settlement agreement until you first speak with a Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer.
Tourism is one of the biggest industries in Florida, with an estimated 100 million annual visitors to the Sunshine State. Many businesses rely heavily on the dollars of those who come to visit. But with that benefit comes a big responsibility to make sure guests aren’t put at an unreasonable risk of harm.
Injuries to tourists may result in more challenging cases because it can be difficult for those who reside elsewhere to know where to turn for legal help.
Having a tourist injury attorney prepared to assist with the logistical and technical challenges can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case.
Florida dog owners are responsible for the injuries caused by their pets – even if they had no idea their pet was capable of viciousness.
F.S. 767.04 holds dog owners strictly liable for Florida dog bite injuries, but comparative negligence (on the part of the person bitten) could reduce the overall amount of compensation payable. However, children under the age of 6 can’t be considered comparatively negligent, and dog owners are expected to maintain control of their canine at all times.
It’s estimated by the Insurance Information Institute that approximately $570 million dog bite injury claims are paid by homeowners’ insurance companies annually.
Fort Lauderdale nursing home negligence can lead to dire consequences for patients, including serious injury and even death.
We expect that when we entrust the care of our vulnerable and elderly loved ones to a nursing home that they will be safe and receive the benefit of good care. Unfortunately, too many nursing homes have failed this task.
Nursing home negligence can manifest in the form of dehydration/ malnutrition, falls, wandering/ elopement, bedsores, medication errors, frequent illness or infection. Residents may also be victimized by abuse if staffers or fellow residents aren’t properly screened or supervised.
Our experienced injury lawyers are available to help answer your legal questions if a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect, abuse or negligence.
We trust our doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care workers to treat us to the best of their knowledge and ability. Many of these professionals are hardworking, skilled and careful. But when a mistake or oversight happens, there may be grounds to seek compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
In medical malpractice litigation, plaintiffs (those are the injured patients or surviving family members) must show the health worker breached the applicable standard of care for that profession and in that region. This must be established via expert witness testimony that is provided well in advance of a settlement or trial.
Our Fort Lauderdale medical malpractice attorneys understand the standards to which medical professionals are held, and can help you determine whether you have a viable claim for compensation.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers in Fort Lauderdale are prepared to answer your questions in a free consultation we provide as a courtesy to prospective clients.
Contact Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney Richard Ansara at The Ansara Law Firm by calling toll-free (888) 267-2728.