● PERSONAL INJURY
Our offices handles a variety of other personal injury matters and accidents, ranging from automobile, trucking, slip and fall, pedestrian, motorcycle, negligent security and construction accidents. Our Firm has handled hundreds of accident cases and Mr. Del Rio is experienced at litigating and trying these matters. We are proud of our reputation in the personal injury arena. Our attorneys and staff have undivided loyalty to our clients and will persevere to achieve successful results. Compromise is not always the best solution, and we recognize this fact. At the same time, we are known for the highest ethics, professionalism and integrity. The Law Offices of Franklyn Del Rio, P.A. also has access to some of the most respected medical and accident reconstruction experts necessary to achieve the best possible results in these types of cases. These experts are necessary to help demonstrate to a jury exactly what happened and why.
● AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
These accidents are the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, every 10 seconds someone in the U.S. is involved in a car accident. In 2000, approximately 6, 279 traffic crashes were reported, over 41000 people were killed, and over 3,000,000 injured. Amazingly, in 1999 alone, 38 percent of traffic fatalities involved alcohol. It is critical to retain an attorney who understands the arena of laws and medical issues to navigate the pre-suit and litigation process. Our attorneys know the court system, the judges, and the claims process. After an accident, most people have questions and concerns. Who will pay for vehicle repairs and/or replacement? Who will provide me with transportation while my vehicle is being repaired and/or replaced? Who will pay for medical expenses? If I can’t work who will pay for my wages? These are some of the many questions which concern a person who’s been involved in an automobile accident and/or slip and fall. Our firms provides our clients with those answers while working to resolve those very worrisome issues. So if you’ve been involved in an accident, do not hesitate to contact our office. Our consultation is free, your questions will be answered by attorney Del Rio and if you choose to hire us, you will pay no fees and you will pay no costs unless we can successful recover compensation for your loss.
● MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
We all know the unfortunate and devastating effects of these types of accidents. They are some of the worst accidents on the road with life altering results. Many times due to the nature of the injuries, the medical expenses associated with them and possible liability arguments, these types of claims must be handled through the court system in the process known as litigation. Our firm has experience litigating these claims ensuring that our clients claim receive full and detail evaluation by the defense to increase the probability of a favorable outcome for our clients.
● TRUCKING ACCIDENTS
Trucking accidents are typically among the most serious accidents, because of the size and typical speed of large tractor trailers on our roadways. Trucking companies must adhere their equipment to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Drivers are also regulated on the permissible number of hours they can operate the vehicles. The Florida Department of Transportation also regulates commercial carriers and drivers. Oversized loads, mechanical failure, speed, reckless driving and improper driver training account for many of these accidents, but most truck crashes are caused by driver fatigue. It is important to quickly obtain the history of the driver and the service history of the truck involved before records are lost or destroyed.
● BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS
Similar to motorcycle accidents, these are also some of the most devastating types of accidents. Motorists do not always respect the rights of cyclists and pedestrians. It is not unusual for cyclists to get hit in the bicycle lane or pedestrians to be struck in crosswalks. As a result, there are thousands of accidents each year involving motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Also, when pedestrians and bicycles are involved in accidents with motor vehicles, the insurance laws and coverages applicable can vary drastically. Personal injury protection benefits may still apply, although different carriers may provide such benefits. It is important to consult an attorney to determine these issues immediately and ensure that any medical bills are paid. Mr. Del Rio can sit with our client and assist in explaining the different types of coverage available when these types of accidents occur. Like motorcycle accidents, often times these types of claim require litigation due to their complexity and since every case is different, our attorney first sits with our client and explains the circumstances of the case, renders his advice and proceeds to litigation if the client so desires.
● WRONGFUL DEATH
Wrongful death can result from the negligence of others from any of the accidents described here, or as a result of defective products or medical negligence. Losing a loved one is extremely difficult situation, both financially and mentally. Florida has a specific statutory scheme called the "Florida Wrongful Death Act" which controls these cases and there are very specific timing and legal requirements to file clai ms under the Act. Typically, these cases must be filed within two (2) years of the date of death, although it may be earlier or later depending on the nature of the claim. If you have lost a loved one due to the fault of another, you should consult with an attorney at our firm to help you receive compensation.
● TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a medical phrase used to describe the damage to the brain suffered by sudden impact or physical force to the head. Essentially, the human brain floats in a fluid substance call cerebrospinal fluid. TBI can result when an impact causes the momentum of the brain to come into contact with the skull. This type of injury, often the result of hitting your head on the windshield, pavement, or object, is frequently referred to as a "closed head injury." Whiplash can also cause TBI and is similar to "shaken baby syndrome." These closed head injuries can result in lasting physical and mental problems. Because closed head injuries are often caused by accidents, there may be others responsible for the injuries and resulting damages. Some TBI patients require long-term rehabilitation and extensive medical care and may miss significant amounts of work. The financial impact of these injuries can be tremendous, and finding a law firm that understands the medical and legal issues involved is crucial. Locating and retaining the right biomedical experts is important and our firm has contacts with the best ones available in this field.
● SLIP & FALL/PREMISES LIABILITY
Slip and fall accidents can cause serious injury, although often are not taken seriously. A fall on another person's property due to unsafe conditions may be eligible for compensation due to personal injury. Property owners are responsible for keeping their premises safe and must warn visitors of potential non-obvious hazards. For example, if fluids are left on the floor of a store for an unreasonable amount of time or there is no effort to clean the floor after notice of the condition, the owner may be legally liable for a slip and fall injury occurring in that location. Most slip and falls happen in commercial settings, including grocery stores, drug stores, office buildings, construction sites, and even gas stations and malls. These accidents may also happen on private property. Either way, there exist duties on the part of the property owners to maintain the property responsibly and avoid the existence of dangerous conditions. If you have been injured on another's property, you may be eligible for compensation.