Delray Beach Injury Firm

Delray Beach Firm

Injured in Florida? We Will Fight for Your Right to Compensation

In a state as large and dense as Florida, the third most populous in the U.S., it may come as little surprise that the personal injury rate is high here as well.

Still, the numbers are alarming. Accidental injuries are the number one cause of death among Florida residents under the age of 44 and the fourth leading cause of death overall.

In the year 2018 alone, injuries claimed 17,654 lives, which added up to about 8.6% of all resident deaths statewide.

If you or someone you love is wrongfully injured by the negligent behavior of someone else, you deserve to receive prompt, quality medical care and the funds to cover it. Often the best way to secure the amount of fair and just compensation you are entitled to is to work with an attorney.

At Samuel M. Yaffa P.A., our Delray Beach personal injury lawyer is a compassionate and dedicated advocate with decades of experience obtaining injured client’s settlements that cover all their accident-related expenses—and we can help you, too!

At Samuel M. Yaffa P.A., we always go above and beyond for our clients. To learn more, call (561) 677-8566 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

What is Personal Injury Law?

When an individual is injured at no fault of their own due to the negligent or careless behavior of another party, personal injury law allows the victim (also known as the “plaintiff”) to bring a lawsuit against the liable party (the “defendant”) for damages.

What Are Damages?

Damages encompass any losses suffered by the plaintiff, such as wages they were not able to receive due to having to take time off work for recovery. Either the defendant or the defendant’s insurance company, depending on the claim, is responsible for paying these damages to the plaintiff.

How Do You Prove Negligence?

The crux of a personal injury claim is negligence. A plaintiff (or their lawyer) must be able to prove that the defendant caused the accident/injury by behaving in a careless manner or by failing to act in a way that a person typically would under similar circumstances.

Example of Negligence

For example, if a property owner fails to warn a visitor of a hazard which leads to the latter’s injury, the former can be held responsible for their visitor’s medical bills and other accident-related expenses

Our full-service law firm is equipped to handle the following types of personal injury claims from start to finish:

Understanding Florida's Personal Injury Laws

Navigating the legal complexities of personal injury claims in Florida can be overwhelming, especially when you are dealing with the physical and emotional aftermath of an injury. At Samuel M. Yaffa P.A., our experienced Delray Beach personal injury attorneys are well-versed in Florida's laws and can guide you through the process with compassion and expertise.

Some key aspects of Florida's personal injury laws include:

  • Comparative Negligence: Florida follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which means that your compensation may be reduced if you are found partially at fault for the accident.
  • Statute of Limitations: In Florida, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is generally four years from the date of the injury. However, there are exceptions to this rule, so it's important to seek legal advice as soon as possible.
  • Potential Damages: Florida law allows for various types of damages in a personal injury claim, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
  • PIP Rule: Florida's Personal Injury Protection (PIP) rule requires individuals to seek medical treatment within 14 days of an accident in order to be eligible for PIP benefits.

By understanding these laws and how they apply to your case, you can make informed decisions about your legal options.

To learn more about how our personal injury firm can help, call (561) 677-8566 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

What Else Can Our Practice Do For You?

We are committed to working diligently and fighting passionately for our clients.

Personal Injury FAQ

  • Q:How much money is my personal injury claim worth?

    A:Every personal injury claim is unique. There are so many factors that determine a personal injury settlement—how serious the plaintiff’s injuries are, the defendant’s assets, the strength of the claim, etc.—that it is impossible to provide a one size fits all answer to this question. However, consulting with a personal injury lawyer should give you a good idea of what your specific case is worth.

  • Q:What damages are available in a personal injury claim?

    A:You can receive compensation for any accident-related losses you have suffered, including (but not limited to) the full cost of your medical treatment, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Make sure to save all bills, receipts, and correspondence related to your claim so you can be properly reimbursed.

  • Q:What is Florida's 14 day PIP rule?

    A:Under Florida's no-fault system, you have 14 days to get medical care for the injuries you suffered in a Florida car accident or your PIP provider may deny your claim benefits. As long as you have received medical care at a hospital, ambulatory surgical center and/or from a statutory approved health care provider within 14 days and are determined to have sustained am “Emergency Medical Condition” your PIP provider should be responsible for the reimbursement for medical services up to $10,000.00. If, however, you are determined not to have sustained an “Emergency Medical Condition” your PIP provider may only be responsible for reimbursement up to $2,500.00. This time is required in order for you to be able to file a claim for compensation through your no-fault, personal injury protection insurance (PIP).

  • Q:What is the personal injury statute of limitations in Florida?

    A:In Florida, the deadline to file a personal injury claim (also known as the statute of limitations) is four (4) years.

  • Q:How often do personal injury claims go to court?

    A:Not very. Most personal injury claims are settled with negotiations and never see the inside of a courtroom. Only about 5% of personal injury cases in the U.S. make it to trial. However, we always prepare our cases for trial just in case.

  • Q:Do I need to hire a lawyer for a personal injury case?

    A:Whether or not you should hire a lawyer depends largely on two factors: the extent of the damages and your personal preference. If you were in a minor accident that resulted in minor injuries and it is clear who is at fault, you can probably handle the claim on your own. If you have suffered serious injuries, the liable party is being uncooperative and denying fault, and/or other factors are making the case more complex than you feel capable of handling on your own, hiring an attorney is likely a good call. However, ultimately the choice is yours. We recommend at least consulting with a lawyer—or even a few—before making your final decision.

Case Results

  • Premises Liability Wrongful Death/Premises Liability

    Multimillion-dollar settlement in the wrongful death/premises liability claim.

  • Trucking Accidents Trucking Catastrophe

    Recovered $2 million for the family of who lost their son due to a trucking accident.

  • Auto Accident Confidential

    Secured up to twenty (20) times the policy limits of available coverage to aid the families of the deceased victims and/or the injured survivors.

  • Medical Malpractice Confidential

    Confidential seven-figure settlement for failure to timely treat pediatric patient with an allergic reaction.

  • Auto Accident Confidential

    Confidential seven-figure settlement twenty times more than the applicable uninsured motorist policy limits.

  • Nursing Home Negligence Millions

    Recovered millions to compensate the victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.

  • Auto Accident Confidential

    Confidential settlement fifteen times more than the applicable insurance policy limits.

  • Medical Malpractice Confidential

    Confidential settlement for failure to provide antibiotics to a man admitted with infection.

  • Premises Liability Multimillion

    Achieved a multimillion dollar settlement in the wrongful death/premises liability claim.

  • Nursing Home Negligence Confidential

    Confidential settlement for failure to timely treat C-diff recurrence.


Our Clients Are Like Family

Read What They Say
  • “Attorney Samuel Yaffa and Lori are extremely competent professionals who treat their clients like family.”

    - V.R.
  • Sam Yaffa was incredibly helpful during the most difficult time of my life. My husband was in the hospital not getting the proper care he deserved [and paid for], and Sam and his team guided us every step of the way. They were extremely knowledgeable, c”

    - Former Client
  • “Samuel M. Yaffa is the best attorney ever! I was badly injured in a trip and fall accident and was so fortunate that a friend referred me to Mr. Yaffa. He is a very good lawyer, extremely ...”

    - Evelyn
  • “I highly recommend Attorney, Sam Yaffa, and his paralegal, Lori Ostrowski. They are professional, compassionate and meticulous, which immediately put me at ease. Sam and Lori handled two automobile ...”

    - Cecelia K.
  • “Mr. Yaffa and Lori were very professional and kept me informed of anything and everything. They were extremely friendly and really became like "family".”

    - CM

Why Put Your Trust In Us?

What You Can Expect
  • Over 20 Years of Experience

    We have over two decades of experience with proven success in personal injury cases.

  • Personalized Representation

    You aren't just another client - we take the time to get to know you and your case.

  • Dedicated & Determined

    We are not afraid to go to trial and obtain justice for you. We put time and energy into your case.

  • Above & Beyond for You

    We are here to support you physically and emotionally. We help protect you and your case.

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