INJURED IN AN ACCIDENT?
Personal Injury Lawyers
Civil litigation attorneys fighting for your rights
For the past 45 years, the Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at KCM have successfully litigated and settled thousands of cases, winning hundreds of millions of dollars for those who have been harmed due to the negligence of others in Broward County and throughout Florida.
Our Florida injury lawyers are known nationwide for their specialized areas of practice. Other firms from across the United States and around the world have called upon KCM’s expertise before bringing a lawsuit in U.S. and other courts.
ACCIDENT & INJURY CASES WE HANDLE
One of the most common areas of personal injury law, auto accidents occur every day. While some who are involved in auto wrecks may experience no injuries, others may sustain debilitating injuries or even death. All parties who are involved in a car accident should immediately seek medical attention as some injuries may at first be very difficult to detect in the absence of a medical exam. Victims should speak with a personal injury lawyer in Fort Lauderdale as soon as possible to ensure their rights are protected.
Truck drivers require more training than the average driver and are typically more careful when on the road. Nevertheless, trucking accidents do happen in Florida, and pose a unique risk of devastating outcomes due to the massive size of commercial trucks. The potential for severe injuries further increases if the truck is carrying hazardous materials. Big rig accidents may also have several defendants, as a plaintiff may file his or her action against the trucking company, the company’s insurer or the driver as an employee or contractor of the trucking company.
Wrongful death occurs when one person is killed due to negligent or reckless actions by another party. These cases may arise from situations that involve accidental death, or criminal defendants may also be the subject of a wrongful death claim. The plaintiff’s family, or in some cases a designated representative, will typically file the action in civil court. A defendant in a wrongful death action who was previously found not guilty in civil court may still be ordered to compensate the plaintiff’s family in a civil court judgment.
If a doctor or other medical professional fails to perform competently, and a patient is injured as a result, the patient may file a legal claim for medical malpractice. Failure to diagnose, improper treatment, and failure to warn a patient of a known risk of treatment are three common causes of malpractice claims. Fort Lauderdale patients who suspect their injuries were caused by their doctor or surgeon should contact a medical malpractice attorney in Broward County immediately as the statute of limitations may be more complex in malpractice cases when compared to other areas of personal injury law. Some states also cap the amount of damages a plaintiff may be awarded in a medical malpractice judgment.
Florida motorcycle riders are especially vulnerable on the road as their vehicles are smaller than cars and trucks, and they lack the protection of being inside an enclosed vehicle. If a motorcyclist is injured in a wreck, there are several legal components that may be relevant. Many states have a helmet statute that requires a motorcyclist to wear a helmet. In some cases, the injured plaintiff may have a cause of action against a vehicle or equipment manufacturer due to a recall or defect. Therefore, Broward County residents who are hurt in a motorcycle accident should immediately seek out a Fort Lauderdale injury attorney to assist with navigating the complexities of the laws that may apply to your case.
If a customer is injured as a result of using a defective product, he or she may file a product liability claim. In product liability cases, the manufacturer, seller, or other parties in the distribution chain may be liable. A claim may be brought under the theory of negligence, breach of warrant, or strict liability. Claims are based on Florida state law and may be subject to commercial statutes modeled on the Uniform Commercial Code; there is no governing federal law in product liability cases.
Brain injuries may range from mild to severely debilitating. Some injures to the brain may cause death. Injuries may result from a fall, car accident, playing a sport or from a work-related accident. Workers who are injured on the job may require time off work in addition to being retrained for a more accommodating position if they are able to return, but are still suffering impairment. The nature of a brain injury may make it more difficult for the injured party to properly track his or her treatment; therefore, these individuals require the assistance of family and friends as well as the help of an experienced brain injury attorney.
Similar to brain injuries, auto accidents often result in neck injuries, like whiplash. However, Broward County drivers may also suffer a neck injury through other means. Other types of neck injuries accident victims often experience include dislocated or fractured vertebrae, herniated disc, spinal cord compression due to hematoma, or even spinal cord severance. The rate of missed diagnosis among patients who eventually discover the neck injury is significant at approximately 33 percent. Therefore, it is important that accident victims receive thorough medical examination immediately following the incident. A knowledgeable Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer can guide individuals who have been involved in an accident through the process of obtaining an appropriate medical work-up and treatment.
Airplane / Aviation Accidents
Aviation law is complex as it often involves Florida, federal and international law; therefore, several legal theories may potentially apply to a single case. Aircraft manufacturers, equipment manufacturers, pilots, aviation workers, and the governing Federal Aviation Administration itself are among the numerous parties that may be liable in the event of an aviation accident. In addition to plaintiffs having several potential defendants from which to choose, an airplane accident trial may be heard in one of several different courts. Moreover, jurisdictions differ in terms of damages the plaintiff may recover in an aviation case.
CAN YOU AFFORD LEGAL REPRESENTATION?
Personal injury cases in Florida generally work on a contingency basis, meaning that the law firm you retain will not be compensated until and unless your case is settled or won. Your accident likely left you struggling to pay your bills, including a barrage of medical expenses related to your injuries. You have enough to worry about, and this structure helps you focus on recovery – not paying us. Even if the bills aren’t flooding in – or if you’re feeling better – it doesn’t mean you’ll be as lucky tomorrow. Always seek a consultation with an injury lawyer in Broward County as soon as possible after your accident.
OUR CLIENTS ALWAYS COME FIRST
Our top priority is that of our clients. State law is complicated, and our team of knowledgeable and experienced Florida injury lawyers has a strong history of success in fighting and winning battles for our clients across a broad spectrum of case types. Our commitment to our clients is the driving force behind the battles we litigate for them.
When someone suffers because of the malice or neglect of another, the importance of seeking help from a Fort Lauderdale accident attorney cannot be overstated. Many of our successful civil litigations have resulted in improvements in equipment and safety practices that go beyond the courtroom to make the world a safer place for all.
If you have suffered injury or loss, now is the time to seek relief. KCM is prepared to secure the compensation that you deserve. We believe our clients should have the freedom to concentrate on recovering from their loss without worrying about how they will pay for it. Call us today at (954) 763-8181 to schedule a consultation in Fort Lauderdale and let our Broward County injury attorneys help you begin your journey to restoration.