FAQs

  • QWhy do I need a personal injury lawyer to represent me if I have insurance?

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    If you have established that you do indeed have a legitimate personal injury case, retaining the services of a competent, experienced and professional personal injury lawyer, such as one of ours at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green, is crucial to success. Representing yourself in a personal injury case is very risky; insurance companies and their attorneys know just how to coerce you into accepting far less than you deserve in exchange for agreeing to sign a release.Experienced personal injury lawyers know this type of law, and how to handle the insurance companies, very well. Despite being lawyers themselves, other attorneys even hire personal injury lawyers, like ours, to handle their personal injury matters. Retaining a lawyer such as one of ours can significantly increase the amount of money you are able to recover.

  • QHow do I know if I have a personal injury case?

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    The legal term “personal injury” falls within the scope of tort law and it refers to an injury to an individual’s body or mind as opposed to their property or possessions. Personal injury cases result from incidents of negligence, in which someone has, through their negligent and/or reckless actions, caused another to suffer an injury.In a personal injury case, the injured individual (the plaintiff) will seek to recover damages in the form of financial compensation from the individual (the defendant), who caused the injury. It is important to remember that whether your injuries were caused by the acts of a single individual acting alone or by a company or agency, acting through an employee/agent, you still may have a personal injury case.To know whether or not you have a legitimate personal injury case, contact one of our personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green to schedule a free consultation by calling 561.266.9191.

  • QWhat types of cases does Aronberg, Aronberg & Green handle?

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    Our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green focus all of our efforts on helping individuals recover damages after they have been wronged. Almost all of our cases involve people who have sustained injuries due to the negligent or reckless actions of others. At our family-operated law firm, we have combined decades of experience in personal injury law, having represented people injured in auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice cases, hit & runs, nursing home neglect incidents, etc.

  • QWhat sets Aronberg, Aronberg & Green apart from other law firms?

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    We know you have many options when it comes to personal injury law firms, especially in the South Florida region. Nevertheless, we are confident that our unique qualities make us the most well equipped to handle your personal injury case. Since we first opened our doors as a family-operated law firm in 1999, we have purposefully remained small.While other lawyers have viewed firm expansion as the key measure of success, we have remained focused on client satisfaction and personal care. To us, you’re not a client number in a computer – you’re a person who we are dedicating to providing with special attention and expert legal representation. Our team of trained attorneys and experienced paralegals at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green are incredibly accessible; we will be guiding you through the entire process.If personal attention, competent legal representation, and a history of success are qualities you’re looking for in a law firm, look no further.

  • QHow much money do I need to pay to hire a personal injury lawyer at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green?

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    At the Law Offices of Aronberg, Aronberg & Green, we charge our clients $0 upfront. That’s right – it will cost you nothing to retain our legal services and, should we fail to recover money for you, regardless of how hard and how long we work on your case, you still won’t owe us a dime. If we do recover money for you, as would have been agreed-upon previously, our law firm will take as payment an industry-standard percentage of the total amount of money recovered for you.

  • QHow can I meet with a personal injury lawyer at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green?

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    By calling our law firm at 561.266.9191, you can schedule a free consultation at no cost or obligation to you. If it is convenient for you, we welcome you to come to our central office in Delray Beach, Florida, right off I-95 on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Congress Avenue. If you are unable to come to our offices, one of our lawyers or paralegals at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green will come to you – at your home or in the hospital, or anywhere else you might need to see us.

  • QHow much money can I recover by pursuing a personal injury case?

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    Without analyzing the specifics facts of your case, there is no way to tell how much money you might be able to recover in damages from your specific case. That said, we can tell you that our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green passionately represent our clients and seek to recover substantial compensation for them in order to cover medical bills, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and lost wages (and, in the event of a wrongful death, funeral costs and loss of companionship).

  • QHow long will my personal injury case take?

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    Because each case is unique, there is no way for us to know how long your personal injury case might take. Some cases take mere weeks to be resolved, while others take months and some take years. Everything depends on the complexities of the case, the amount of money at stake, and whether or not the opposing party is willing to be reasonable. While we strive to resolve every case as quickly as possible, our personal injury lawyers at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green know that rushing things is not the best legal approach.

  • QCan’t I deal with the personal injury case later, after I’ve fully healed?

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    You might be thinking, “what’s the rush?” As our personal injury lawyers know, the law maintains that after a certain amount of time, you can no longer pursue a claim for a personal injury. The statute of limitations in Florida holds that, for negligence cases, you must file a legal claim within four years following the date of the incident, meaning we need to get started on your case well before that deadline. Ideally, you should meet with and retain an experienced personal injury lawyer at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green as soon as possible after your accident so that we can get to work right away.Because your primary responsibility is focusing on your recovery, our personal injury lawyers want you to know that our attorneys will be “running the show,” so to speak; we will handle all of the details and submissions, leaving you to focus on getting back on your feet.

  • QWill my case go to trial? Will I need to testify?

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    In the law, a common answer to most complicated questions is: “it depends.” Although the vast majority of our cases never go to trial, there is no way for us to know from the get-go whether or not your case will need to go to trial, as that largely depends on whether the opposing side is acting in good faith and is willing to compromise. If our personal injury lawyers come to believe that the only way to obtain the compensation you deserve is by actually taking a case to trial, doing so might be a necessity. Should you need to testify in court, you will be briefed and well prepared by our experienced team of trial attorneys at Aronberg, Aronberg & Green.

  • QWhat do I do if I’ve just been involved in an auto accident?

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    ·     Immediately after you’ve been involved in a car accident, survey the damage. If there hasany damage to property or injury to any individual(s) as a result of the crash, make sure you stayat the scene of the accident. If you are unsure as to whether there has been injury or damage, besafe and wait at the scene. If somebody has been injured, and you are qualified to provide firstaid care, do so; if you are not so qualified, do not attempt to care for the injured. Also, be sure tonever move an injured individual’s body, as doing so may exacerbate any injuries.·    Once you’ve surveyed the scene, contact the police (or have someone else contact the police) toreport the accident. When they are contacted, the police should be told how many people areinjured (if there are injuries). While you wait for the police, make sure that the emergency lightsare flashing on the involved vehicles and, if possible, that the vehicles are moved out of travellanes. (This is for your safety as well as the safety of other drivers.)·     As soon as it is feasible to do so, contact a personal injury lawyer, such as one of ours atAronberg, Aronberg & Green, by calling 561-266-9191.

  • QWhat type of information should I collect/document at the scene of the accident?

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    On the scene of the accident, collect information.·     Write down the name, address, driver’s license number (and state), license plate number (andstate) and insurance information for the other driver(s). Also, be sure to collect the names,addresses and telephone numbers of any and all witnesses to the accident.·     In addition to taking down information for the involved driver(s) and any witnesses, take downnotes about the scene and location of the accident. Document the cross streets, the posted speedlimit, the weather during the accident, any street lighting (or lack thereof), traffic lights or stopsigns (or lack thereof), etc. All of this can prove helpful in establishing whether negligence wasinvolved in the accident. ·     Make sure to request, from the police officer investigating the scene of the accident, a copy ofthe officer’s business card along with the “incident number,” so you or your attorney can obtaina copy of the police report.·     Finally, jot down notes about how the accident took place, including the direction in which thevehicles were travelling, what the cars were doing at the time of the collision, etc. Photographingthe vehicles involved in the crash, and documenting the damage, is always a good idea.

  • QWhat should I say (or not say) at the scene of the accident?

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    Aside from exchanging insurance and contact information with the other driver(s), and speakingto them in the course of any absolutely necessary discussion, do not make statements to anybodyat the scene of the accident except for the police.What you tell police officers at the scene of the accident can come back to bite you if and whenyou seek compensation for any damages you might have incurred as a result of the accident.·     Do not admit fault. Whether or not you honestly believed the accident was your fault, do notadmit fault to the other driver(s) or to the police officer. You do not have all of the facts yet, andprematurely claiming responsibility could prove harmful. Unbeknownst to you, the other drivermight have been speeding or texting, etc., a traffic light might have been malfunctioning, etc.Any number of factors, which you are unaware of immediately after an accident, could havecontributed to the accident.·     Do not claim to be free from injury. Your back might feel fine at the scene of the accident, but itmay start to cause you serious pain in a week. Some injuries do not appear until days, weeks oreven months after the accident. Saying you are “fine” can complicate your ability to seekcompensation for your injuries later.

  • QWhat are the most common causes of boating accidents?

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    Most boating accidents aren’t caused by sensational storms or giant, unforeseen icebergs. Inrecent years, the most common causes of boating accidents in Florida have included (in order offrequency): operator inexperience, lack of proper look-out, operator inattention, excessive speed,machinery failure, careless/reckless behavior and hull failure, followed by hazardous waters,alcohol use, and a number of other factors. As you can see, the four primary causes of boatingaccidents are results of avoidable human errors. If you have been injured in a boating accidentcaused by the wrongdoing of another, you have a right to recover damages for your injuries.

  • QWhat types of injuries arise from boating accidents?

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    Unfortunately, boating accidents cause more than bruised bows and sterns. In Florida, the mostcommon types of injuries to result from boating accidents have included (in order of frequency):lacerations, contusions, broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, sprains/strains, internalinjuries, etc. As our personal injury lawyers know, in recent years, Florida has even seen spinalinjuries, instances of shock and amputations result from boating accidents. When these horribleinjuries result from preventable, avoidable mistakes made by inexperienced or negligent boatoperators, victims of these accidents can exercise their legal right to seek compensation for theirdamages.

  • QWhat should I do immediately after a boating or cruise ship accident?

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    ·     Immediately after a cruise ship accident, help will likely be offered to you by cruise shipoperators. If no help appears available, make ship officers aware of the emergency. If yousustained an injury on a cruise ship, the first thing you need to do is read the fine print on yourcruise ship ticket, which contains your rights, duties and obligations. The passenger ticket willinclude information about how and where you can file a legal claim. Sometimes, cruise shipaccident cases may only be brought in the state in which the cruise ship company is based(frequently Florida), regardless of where the cruise originated or visited.·     Dealing with a non-cruise ship boating accident is similar to dealing with an auto accident(except for, of course, the boating accident likely took place on the water). After making surethat all injured parties are properly tended to, you should collect contact, license and insuranceinformation from all boat operators involves. Additionally, as our personal injury lawyers atAronberg, Aronberg & Green know, you should be sure to collect contact information from allwitnesses (everyone who was on the boat with you or on any other boats involved in theaccident). Once authorities shave been contacted, make sure to request information from theofficers such that you will be able to access the police report once it has been generated.As soon as it is safe to do so, contact a personal injury lawyer, such as one of ours at Aronberg &Aronberg, by calling 561-266-9191.

  • QWon’t the local prosecutor handle this type of case?

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    While driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense, and while police and localprosecutors will certainly become involved if a DUI incident leads to an auto accident, youshould certainly still retain a personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured in a car accidentcaused by a drunk driver.As our personal injury lawyers know, prosecutors (representing the government) will manage thecriminal case against the drunken driver; their goals of landing a conviction and making sure thatthe drunk driver is punished appropriately are intended to protect society as a whole. While thecriminal proceedings might involve a determination of what restitution is to be made to you, thevictim in the incident, it isn’t designed for that purpose, which is why we have civil courts inwhich you can bring a civil claim (likely of negligence) against the drunk driver who caused theaccident in which you were injured.

  • QMight I have a claim against the bar at which the drunk driver – who caused the accident in which I was injured – continuously served alcohol?

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    Yes. Bars, restaurants, etc., have a duty (both legal and ethical) to stop serving alcohol to peoplewho are unfit to consume alcohol, including minors and alcoholics. Florida state law holds that aperson who willfully and unlawfully sells or gives alcohol to a minor, or who knowingly servesalcohol to someone habitually addicted to alcohol, may be liable for any injury or damage causedby or resulting from the intoxication of the individual.For example, let’s say John D., a known alcoholic, is served whiskey at a bar, then proceeds toleave the bar, get into his car, and get into a car accident, injuring somebody. The injuredindividual would have a legal claim against John D., but also against the bartender whoknowingly, and unlawfully, served him.

  • QWhat if I was partly at fault in the car accident but the other driver involved in the crash was legally intoxicated?

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    The State of Florida, just like many other states, has laws that deal with comparative andcontributory forms of negligence. Regardless of whether or not you might have acted negligentlyand thereby contributed to a given car accident, if there was another negligent driver involved(particularly if such a driver was drunk at the time of the accident), you can still file a legal claimseeking compensation. Your negligence in the incident, if it is proven in court by the defendant,is important in that it will reduce, proportionately, the amount of money you are able to recoverin compensation.Again, to be clear, Florida law holds that a claimant’s contributory negligence does not bar his orher ability to recover economic damages.

  • QWhat are some examples of medical malpractice?

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    While incidents of medical malpractice are wide-ranging and far too common, we have listedsome examples of ways in which a doctor may have committed actionable medical malpractice.      Failing to diagnose a disease;      Making an error in anesthesia;      Failing to anticipate birth defects when signs are present;      Making a mistake during childbirth;      Operating on the wrong arm or leg;      Using unsanitary medical tools and devices;      Leaving medical equipment inside the body being operated on; and      Writing the improper prescription/dosage.This list is by no means comprehensive, and if you feel you have been the victim of medicalmalpractice, contact our medical malpractice attorneys immediately to set up a consultation bycalling 561-266-9191.

  • QWhat is medical malpractice?

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    Put simply, medical malpractice is negligence committed by medical professionals acting withinthe scope of their practice. In order for a medical professional to be liable for medicalmalpractice, there must have been:(1)  a duty owed to a patient by their doctor;(2)  a breach of that duty;(3)  resulting injury proximately caused by the breach of duty; and(4)  harm or damage sustained by the injury.It is important to remember that an unanticipated, unsuccessful or unwanted result of a medicaltreatment does not by itself suggest medical malpractice has taken place.The standard for medical malpractice revolves around the “reasonable” test of the law. In otherwords, in determining whether a doctor has committed malpractice, one must compare thedoctor’s actions to how a “reasonably prudent doctor,” with the same specialized training andexperience, would have acted. The distinction here is that one doctor’s actions are beingcompared to another comparable, “reasonable” doctor’s hypothetical actions. Yes, brain surgeryis immensely complicated and difficult, but you are not comparing a brain surgeon’s actions to alayman’s; rather, you are considering how a reasonably prudent brain surgeon would have actedin similar circumstances when trying to figure out if malpractice has occurred.

  • QWhen does my right to bring a medical malpractice claim expire?

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    Florida State Statute 95.11 deals with the statute of limitations for medical malpractice.According to the law, an action for medical malpractice shall be commenced within 2 years fromthe time the incident in question occurred or within 2 years from the time the incident isdiscovered or should’ve been discovered with the exercise of due diligence.So, what does all of that mean? Suppose you had leg surgery on January 1, 2000, during whichthe surgeon negligently left a piece of medical equipment inside your leg.      According to the law, you could have certainly brought a medical malpractice action up untilJanuary 1, 2002.      But let’s say you didn’t become aware of the negligence until April 1, 2000, when you felt apain in your leg and went to the doctor, who told you what had happened. In such a case, youwould still be able to bring a medical malpractice claim up until April 1, 2002 (two years fromthe time that you became aware of the negligence).      However, let’s say you felt a pain right after surgery and didn’t investigate it; then, in Januaryof 2008, you finally had it checked out and realized what had happened. Because you didn’tperform due diligence by investigating the pain when you started feeling it, you would have lostyour chance to bring an action for the January 1, 2000, incident.

  • QWhat is product liability law, and when it is applicable?

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    Product liability law is the name for the area of law governing consumer products that causeinjury or death. This field of law is designed to protect consumers from harmful or defectiveproducts. The fact is that thousands of preventable deaths (and many more thousands ofpreventable injuries) occur each year due to use of faulty products. When someone is injuredwhile using a faulty product, the resulting injuries can mean significant pain, medical costs, jobloss, and a variety of other social and personal losses (not to mention the possibility of death).When someone is injured or killed because a product they were using was manufactured in afaulty manner, they can bring a product liability action against and seek compensation fordamages from the manufacturer.If you have any questions about a potential product liability case, please contact our personalinjury lawyers at 561-266-9191 to schedule a free consultation.

  • QWhat are common examples of faulty products, which trigger product liability cases?

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    Faulty products come in all shapes and sizes and in all types of utility. Some of the mostcommon products that can cause injury due to faulty manufacturing include:      Faulty tires, which can cause car accidents;      Baby toys which can prove to be choking hazards; and      Construction tools that cause user injury.

  • QWho is held liable in product liability cases?

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    When the matter is an issue of faulty product liability (as opposed to strict liability, in whichother involved parties along the chain of commerce might be held liable), the manufacturer of agiven product can be held liable for claims arising out of injuries sustained and caused bymanufacturing defects. Companies have a responsibility to the consumers who purchase theirproducts; before an item is sold and released into the general public, it should be properly testedand approved for use. When a company fails to ensure that the products it is selling are safe, andwhen said products cause injury to the consumer who purchases them, the manufacturingcompany can be held liable for the resulting damages.

  • QWhat do I do if I am in an accident?

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    Stay At The SceneSafeguard The InjuredDo Not Admit FaultGet Medical Care

  • QMy 13 year old son slip and fell at school. Now he is complaining about pain in the neck and back, does he have a case?

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    Yes it sounds like your son may have a case. We would need to know a bit more details like how he fell, what did he slip on, what kind of shoes was he wearing. You should get him to a doctor as soon as possible to determine what his injuries are.

  • QHow much should I ask for my settlement and should I take them to court?

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    There a many factors involved that need further discussion to determine the value of your case. You really should consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss.  You can always call a personal injury attorney and get a free consultation about your case.

  • QCan my employer get access to my medical information without my authorization?

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    Your employer cannot get your medical records without your permission.

  • QIf my attorney removes himself from slip and fall case does he lose rights to any money recovered ?

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    If your lawyer withdraws from the case, he is not entitled to a fee. If you fire your lawyer, he may be entitled to his fees and costs. His fee may be calculated based on the contingency (if he obtained a settlement offer for you prior to being fired OR based on the amount of hours he worked on the case.

  • QCan someone sue a lawyer for not filing a suit?

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    Did your lawyer not communicate to you about filing a lawsuit within 2 years of the malpractice? He/she should have within that time frame.  You could potentially have a legal malpractice claim against your lawyer.

  • QIf I get sued for an accident I was found to be at-fault, can they also sue my innocent spouse?

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    Yes, in Florida both the driver and the owner of a vehicle involved in a crash are liable for the other person's injuries.

  • QCan I sue a tattoo artist who went too deep and gave me cellulitis?

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    Yes you can pursue a negligence case against the artist. The value of your case depends on how long your injury lasts and how it effects your life. You should go to a plastic surgeon for follow up care. Also try to find out if the artist has insurance.

  • QI am at fault for accident causing serious injury to another driver. My limits are spent, are the things I own in jeopardy?

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    It depends on many factors such as what type of asset, are you head of your household, do you own a house and is it homesteaded, and do you own a second house.  It is also possible to garnish your wages if you are employed.   You really should speak to an attorney who handles asset protection.

  • QI tripped and fell. Do I Need A Lawyer?

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    You should definitely consult with a personal injury attorney to see if you have a case. Did you, by any chance, take pictures of the area where you fell? That would be helpful to the attorney's evaluation.

  • QI went to a restaurant and bit into food, there was something hard in it that broke my porcelain crown.

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    Hire a personal injury lawyer in your area to present your claim to the restaurant's insurance company. Try to settle the claim first and then, if case does not settle, file a lawsuit.

  • QWhat should I settle for?

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    If you are still treating for your injury it may be premature to settle your claim. You do have to be careful though to file a workers compensation claim timely. If you don't, you may lose some legal rights to compensation.