Palm Beach is a city in southern Florida of approximately 30,000 inhabitants. Founded in 1902, Palm Beach was built as a resort by the founder of Standard Oil. Henry Morrison Flagler constructed a Beaux-Arts mansion and two luxury hotels near Lake Worth, attracting the rich and famous on winter vacation. Today, the city’s barrier island and tropical climate continue to lure tourists and residents who want to enjoy “The Best of Everything,” the Palm Beach motto.
The Palm Beach personal injury attorneys at Anidjar & Levine are renowned for their legal acumen and trial experience. We are committed to defending the rights of parties injured by the negligence of others. Our law firm provides the highest quality legal representation to personal injury victims in Palm Beach and other areas of Florida.
Like any busy city, Palm Beach sees its share of accidents and fatalities. If you were in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you have recourse under Florida law. Negligence refers to the breach of a duty of care owed to others, proximately causing harm. In traffic accidents, drivers who are at-fault are liable for any damage or injury caused by their negligence. This means paying for the injured party’s property damage, medical expenses, lost income, and other damages. Because drivers only receive up to the policy limit under Florida’s “no-fault” coverage, injured parties may also have to pursue a legal claim against the driver.
Manufacturers have a duty to protect consumers from harm caused by their products. Parties injured by a defective product may recover damages from the manufacturer if the defect occurred at any time during the product’s construction, assembly, or design. Florida’s product liability laws holds manufacturers strictly liable for any injuries caused by a dangerous product’s intended or “reasonably foreseeable” use. In many product liability cases, negligence is presumed. This means that injured victims can hold the manufacturer liable without having to prove a breach of duty. Above the usual damages awarded for negligence, the claimant may also be entitled to attorney’s fees and costs.
Physicians are negligent when they breach their duty of care to patients. Negligence during any stage of the patient’s treatment can give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Mistakes made during delivery, for example, can result in birth defects such as Erb’s palsy. In hospitals and assisted living facilities, the abuse or neglect of elderly patients can likewise be lethal to the patient and devastating for the family. Health care providers who are negligent at any stage of treatment, from their birth to hospice stay, are liable for any harm that results.
Employers and property owners also have a duty to keep the premises safe for people who enter the property. This may require fixing steps to prevent slip-and-fall accidents or posting workplace safety standards to minimize exposure to toxic chemicals. The person in control of the property must keep the premises clear of dangerous conditions and perform reasonable repairs. Dangerous conditions can mean dim lights, broken locks, or a spilled drink. They include a wide range of conditions, from inadequate security to an overzealous guard dog. Owners who breach their duty to exercise reasonable care are liable for any resulting injuries.
As the injured party, you are entitled to compensation for your property damage, medical expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. The leading Palm Beach personal injury lawyers of Anidjar & Levine are dedicated to helping you get back on your feet. For a free consultation, contact our office at 800-747-3733.
We are conveniently located in Fort Lauderdale at 12 Southeast 7th Street, Suite 604. To reach the office from Palm Beach, travel south on Interstate 95 and exit Davie Boulevard; turn left. Turn left on South Andrews Avenue. When you reach Southeast 7th Street, turn right. In less than a mile, the office will be on the right.