Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been hurt because another person failed to use a reasonable amount of care in the way they were driving or maintaining their property, you would rightly expect the responsible party to pay for your legal damages, which can include your present and future medical expenses, lost income if you missed work or became disabled, and the pain and suffering you have to endure because of the injury. The Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce personal injury lawyers at Eighmie Law Firm can help you get the care and compensation you need and deserve when you have been wronged by another person’s careless or reckless behavior.
Florida Personal Injury Law
Even though another person caused your injuries and is responsible for the damages caused, the burden actually falls on you to collect the compensation that is owed to you. This means that you may have to file a lawsuit, and it is your job to prove that the other party is legally responsible for your injuries, and to prove the nature and extent of your injuries and other legal damages you are seeking. The negligent party, meanwhile, will likely be represented by lawyers hired by the insurance company to challenge you at every step by claiming that your own negligence caused the accident, or that you are not as seriously injured as you claim. If they can prove that you were even just partly responsible in some way for your injuries, the value of your claim is diminished.
Our Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce personal injury practice covers many different types of accidents and injuries, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, and nursing home negligence.
Car, Truck and Motorcycle Accidents
People injured in car accidents can suffer serious injuries from whiplash to serious head trauma or spinal cord injury. If the injury victim was riding a motorcycle, or if the vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer, then the injuries can be extremely serious or fatal. At the Eighmie Law Firm, we start right away investigating the accident, gathering evidence, and preparing your case. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we are ready to take your case to trial to get the compensation you need. See our page on auto accidents for more information about recovering under Florida’s car accident laws. Contact our Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce auto accident lawyers today.
Slip and Fall
Property owners have a duty to provide a safe environment for people on their premises, and they can be liable for accidents that happen because of their negligence. For people invited onto the property for a business purpose, the owner has a duty to inspect the premises and repair any defects or warn of the danger. For social guests, the owner must at least warn about known dangers if they are not obvious to the guest. Even people trespassing without permission can sue for their injuries, if the property owner intentionally created hidden dangers to harm trespassers. Slip and fall cases are often hard to prove, but our attorneys understand how to investigate an accident and determine the fault of the property owner, and present that evidence in a compelling way to the insurance company, judge or jury. Contact our Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce slip & fall lawyers today.
Property owners should make sure common areas such as parking garages, stairwells and carports are adequately lit at night to reduce the chance of an assault. If the property is in a high-crime area or recent criminal activity is known, the owner or property manager may have a heightened duty to provide security gates, alarms, keyed entry or patrols. Nightclubs who hire security personnel should screen, train and supervise their bouncers or security to only use appropriate force; bar owners can be held liable for excessive force used by their employees. If you are injured because a property owner failed to provide adequate security for your protection, we can help you hold the owner accountable for this failure. Contact our Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce negligent security lawyers today.
Dog owners are strictly liable under Florida dog bite law when their animal attacks, bites or harms another person. This strict liability applies when the attack occurs on public property, or if the victim was lawfully on private property at the time. It does not matter if the owner had any idea that the dog might be dangerous, but if the owner can prove that the victim somehow provoked the attack, then any compensation award can be reduced according to the dog bite victim’s own negligence. Other defenses are available to dog owners as well, and dog bite cases in Florida can become complicated. Dog bites can be painful, damaging, terrifying, and leave lasting physical and emotional scars; we help you or your family member through this difficult process. Contact our Port St. Lucie, Stuart & Fort Pierce dog bite lawyers today.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
When we have loved ones who can no longer care for themselves and whose needs are beyond what family can provide, we place our trust in nursing homes and assisted living facilities to provide the proper level of professional care. Unfortunately, symptoms such as overcrowding and high resident-to-staff ratios, lack of skilled nurses, high turnover rates, and inadequate training and supervision, all contribute to frequent instances of neglect or abuse. In fact, of the 15 nursing homes in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce and Stuart ranked by Medicaid, more than half are rated below average. Patients have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, provided with adequate medical care, and given an environment that offers opportunities for independence and social interaction. Government agencies should enforce these rules, but they are often understaffed and slow to respond. The Fort Pierce, Stuart & Port St. Lucie nursing home abuse lawyers at Eighmie Law Firm move swiftly to stop nursing home negligence and make sure our seniors get the care and attention they deserve.
Get Help with Your Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce & Stuart Personal Injury Case
Having experienced Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce & Stuart personal injury lawyers on your side will help make sure that you do not wind up with a settlement that is less than your case is worth, or that you don’t lose your case in court due to insurance company trial tactics. Throughout Florida’s Treasure Coast and Palm Beaches, contact Eighmie Law Firm for a free consultation on your car accident, slip and fall or other injury. We take personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not charge a fee unless we get a recovery for you. Call us anytime at 772-905-8692. We maintain offices in Port St. Lucie, Stuart and Fort Pierce, but if you are unable to travel to our offices, we will gladly come to you.