Personal Injury Representation in Cooper City, FL
Cooper City, Florida is a small community of just over 34,000 people nestled about halfway between Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Known as a great place to grow families and recognized as one of the safest cities in Florida, Cooper City has a large population of families and lots of parks and activities to keep them busy. The city is about a half hour drive to Fort Lauderdale Beach and Hollywood Beach as well as all the two larger cities have to offer. It’s also located within easy driving distance to other popular attractions like Tree Top Park, Flamingo Gardens, and Everglades Holiday Park.
Though the city itself is small, it’s part of the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach Metropolitan Area, which is home to over six million people. This gives the residents of Cooper City easy access to lots of attractions, amenities, and resources, but it also means that there is a chance of getting hurt in an accident due to someone else’s negligence. In Broward County in 2022, there were 1,250 Medical Malpractice Payment Reports, resulting in over $382 million in settlements. That same year, 4,889 Worker’s Compensation claims totaled $118,000 in total benefits. In 2021, there were 41,000 vehicle crashes with over 23,000 injuries and 280 fatalities.
If you live in Cooper City and are the victim of an injury that resulted from someone else’s negligence, Attorney Erika V. Garnes can help. Even accidents that don’t seem to have a responsible party may be the result of negligence, and Attorney Garnes offers consultations to determine if you may be eligible for a settlement. She will fight for you to get the compensation you deserve and, as the victim of an accident due to negligence herself, she understands how important it is to get compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional harm.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Accidents can happen quickly, and in the moments following an accident, it may be difficult to determine fault. Whether the accident involved another automobile, a semi or commercial truck, or an Uber or Lyft, Attorney Garnes will work with you to determine who was at fault and if you’re entitled to compensation. Settlements can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional harm, and property damage, allowing you to move forward with your life and work on healing.
If you’re in a motor vehicle accident, exchange information with the other party, but do not admit fault for the accident even if you believe you were responsible. Seek immediate medical attention for any apparent injuries. In the days following the accident, contact Attorney Garnes as soon as possible to discuss the details of the accident, so she can assess whether or not you should take legal action.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slipping and falling in a public place can be immediately embarrassing, leading to the urge to brush it off as an accident and move on with your day. If you’re not immediately injured, an injury can reveal itself in the days or weeks following the fall and lead to distress, medical bills, and lost wages. If you fall in a public place, make sure to document the area by taking pictures, and record the names of any witnesses. Even if you don’t need immediate medical attention, you should visit your doctor after a few days to assess your condition. After a slip and fall injury, call Attorney Garnes to discuss your situation and determine your next steps.
In looking at your case, Attorney Garnes may see that legal action is necessary to get you the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional harm.
If you’re injured on the job, you may think it’s an accident or a result of clumsiness, but in reality, your employer may be responsible or could be held liable for financial compensation. If you’re injured while on the clock, whether you’re on company property or not, be sure to document the area where the incident occurred and write down the names of any witnesses. Make sure to seek medical attention immediately to have a record of your condition immediately following the incident, and you may need to follow up to record any progression in your condition or injury. Unfortunately, some employers will fight a Workers’ Compensation claim, but Attorney Garnes can help hold them responsible.
After a workplace injury, contact Attorney Garnes as soon as possible to receive guidance for your next steps and help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional harm.
If you’ve been injured as a result of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be eligible for a settlement to cover medical expenses, lost wages, or emotional harm that resulted from medical malpractice. Medical malpractice can come in the form of a misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgical procedure, false or misread lab results, inaccurate patient history, or more. The statute of limitations on medical claims runs out after two years from the time of the incident or two years after the incident should have been discovered, and runs out entirely after four years, so you should contact Attorney Garnes as soon as you believe yourself to be a victim of medical malpractice. She will help you get the compensation you deserve to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional harm.
In the case of a catastrophic injury, the life of the victim and most likely the lives of their family members are forever changed too. Catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, severe burns, and other injuries that forever alter the victims cognitive or physical abilities or both. Settlements for catastrophic injuries can include money for medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional harm, but they can also include compensation for the financial support that the victim provided to their family, lost wages of the family members responsible for their care, home and vehicle modifications, and home medical services. After a catastrophic injury, it’s important to contact Attorney Garnes as soon as possible, so she can get to work fighting for compensation on your behalf.
After the death of a loved one, families and friends are grieving, and if that death was at the hands of negligence or an intentional act, the grieving process may be even more difficult. It may be hard to think about pursuing legal action after the unimaginable, but holding the responsible party accountable and receiving compensation for their role in the wrongful death can help pay for medical expenses, lost wages of the victim, emotional harm, funeral expenses, and even lost future financial support. If you decide to seek compensation for a wrongful death, Attorney Garnes and a personal representative will fight for justice on your behalf with compassion and understanding, so you can get the financial compensation that’s rightfully yours.
Call Attorney Garnes to Discuss Your Case and Your Options
After an accident or death that results from negligence or an intentional act, contacting a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind or the only thing you can think about. In either case, calling Attorney Garnes and discussing your case can help give you clarity as she walks you through your options. With over 15 years of experience working with more than 20,000 clients, she will offer a sympathetic ear as she listens to the details of your case and recommends a course of action. She also provides services in English and Spanish to best serve her community!