If you were hit by a careless driver or involved in another accident, you may be worried about looming medical bills and other financial burdens. You likely also are going through substantial pain and, if the injuries are serious, adjustments to your daily life. The aftermath of an accident in South Florida can be extremely stressful. It is important to hold accountable for your injuries all of the people or entities that may have contributed to them. The skillful and compassionate personal injury attorneys at the Gainza Law Group are ready to help you fight for all of the compensation that you deserve. We can take your case all the way to trial if needed to maximize the money that you receive.
Our attorneys also are knowledgeable in the areas of family law and immigration. If you are seeking to build a strong future after a divorce, or if you need to establish or protect your legal status in the U.S., we can handle the nuances of the legal process for you.
Most personal injury lawsuits arise out of an accident that happened because someone failed to use the proper care in the situation. Generally, a victim and a personal injury attorney in Fort Lauderdale will need to prove negligence. In other words, the defendant had a duty to use reasonable care, they failed to use reasonable care, and the accident and the victim’s injuries resulted from this lapse. The duty owed depends on the specific circumstances of the accident. If you are able to establish liability, you may be able to recover a wide range of compensatory damages, including medical bills, future medical costs, lost wages, lost earning capacity, out-of-pocket expenses, pain and suffering, and mental anguish.Car Accidents
Many car accidents in South Florida result from careless behaviors behind the wheel. Some common examples include speeding, weaving in traffic, running a red light or stop sign, drunk driving, distracted driving, driving while fatigued, or driving aggressively. Any of these behaviors may support a negligence claim and give rise to liability. Even if you were partly at fault for an accident, such as if you were speeding while the other driver was texting, you can recover a compensation award that is proportionate to the defendant’s degree of fault.Truck Accidents
Interstate truck drivers and trucking companies must adhere to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys are familiar with the nuances of these rules and the state regulations in Florida. For example, truck drivers need to follow strict hours of service regulations to reduce the risk of truck accidents, and they must keep a logbook showing their compliance. Trucking companies are supposed to review and monitor these logbooks to ensure that drivers are abiding by the FMCSA regulations. An interstate truck driver's failure to abide by the FMCSA regulations may be strong evidence of negligence if they fall asleep behind the wheel and crash into another vehicle.Motorcycle Accidents
There is little to shield a motorcyclist from injuries if they get into an accident. Sometimes motorcyclists suffer catastrophic injuries or death, even when the driver of the larger vehicle that hit them walks away without a scratch. We can carefully investigate your motorcycle accident case and gather evidence to not only establish the driver’s liability but also show the full scope of the injuries and losses that you have sustained. In some cases, this may mean retaining experts, such as accident reconstructionists, medical professionals, and vocational experts. With so much at stake, you should not risk going through the legal process on your own.Slip and Fall Accidents
After a slip and fall accident, a plaintiff and their Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer must establish actual or constructive knowledge, among other elements. In other words, you will need to show that there was actual knowledge of the dangerous condition that caused you to fall, or that the property owner or occupier should have known about the dangerous condition. To establish constructive knowledge, you will need to show that the dangerous condition existed for so long that the property owner or occupier should have discovered it and either put up warnings or made repairs. For example, there may be a strong argument for a grocery store’s liability if there is video surveillance footage showing that a soda spill in the store existed for eight hours without being cleaned up and without any sort of warning being given to customers.Wrongful Death
The Florida Wrongful Death Act allows for the recovery of damages by surviving relatives after a family member's death was caused by the negligence of another person or business. This recovery is restricted to the decedent's survivors. The law provides that a decedent's survivors for the purposes of bringing a wrongful death case are the decedent's spouse, children, parents, blood relatives, and adoptive sisters and brothers. In most cases, in addition to establishing the victim’s relationship to you, a personal injury lawyer in the Fort Lauderdale area will need to establish that the defendant's negligence caused your loved one's death.Family Law
Going through a divorce or another family law matter can be stressful. The family law matters that we handle include divorce, separation, child custody, premarital agreements, alimony, property division, and issues related to domestic violence. You can file for divorce in the circuit court in the county where you or your spouse lives. The other spouse needs to be notified of the petition. There are two grounds for divorce, but generally the person filing will state that the marriage is irretrievably broken. You do not need to show fault by either spouse to get a divorce in Florida.Immigration Law
Immigration matters that we handle include permanent residency visa processing, nonimmigrant visas, visas for students and trainees, temporary visitor visas, family-based green cards, work permits, and employment-based green cards. There are multiple avenues by which to obtain permanent residence or citizenship. It can be challenging to get an employment-based visa, since the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services gives a limited number of employment-based visas for immigrants trying to get permanent residence in the country. For example, first preference employment visas are for people with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, business, education, or athletics. To get permanent residence based on a family petition, the petition needs to be filed by a relative who is either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.Consult a Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale or Seek Guidance in a Family or Immigration Matter
If you were injured in an accident in South Florida, you should contact the Gainza Law Group. We provide dedicated legal representation to people throughout Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach Counties, as well as statewide. Many of our clients come from cities such as Pompano Beach, Miami, Hialeah, West Palm Beach, Coral Springs, Hollywood, Lauderhill, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Sunrise, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Cape Coral, Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tallahassee, Orlando, Jacksonville, and Daytona Beach. Call us at (954) 463-1210 or complete our online form to set up a free consultation.