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Losing a loved one in a train accident can have devastating effects on surviving family members and friends. Besides dealing with the emotional trauma that often comes with a premature death, surviving family members are often left with expensive funeral costs, hefty medical expenses, loss of future income, and sometimes property damage. 

What can make matters worse is when insurance companies refuse to cover the costs associated with the loss of a loved one. This is why it is important to speak to a qualified train accident lawyer who has experience working with these types of cases. An experienced lawyer will be able to negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf to help you pursue the proper amount of compensation you may legally deserve. 

If you lost a loved one in a train accident, contact the law office of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers today to schedule a cost-free, initial consultation. Our skilled attorneys have in-depth knowledge of state and federal transportation regulations, insurance laws, and past cases, which can be applied to a train accident claim. There is no obligation to retain our legal services and your personal information is kept confidential.

Although Florida is famous for being the perfect place to go on a cruise, many passengers suffer serious injuries every year due to cruise ship accidents. Cruise lines are in constant competition with each other, as they continue to build elaborate swimming pools, water slides, wave pools, and other aquatic activities which can lead to various types of injuries.

If you or a loved one was injured at a cruise ship’s pool, it is important that you understand your legal rights to seek compensation to pay for your medical expenses and other damages. Discussing your situation with an experienced lawyer may be critical to pursue the fair amount of compensation you may deserve. 

At the law office of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers, our licensed lawyers have a wealth of legal experience, which includes in-depth knowledge of local and state maritime laws. We know what it takes to hold cruise lines liable for any damages you may have sustained such as medical bills, lost wages from missing work, pain and suffering, and other damages. Call our firm today to schedule a no-cost evaluation of your injury claim.

Although most employers in the United States generally take the necessary measures to keep workers safe, many employees in today’s workforce are still at risk for serious injury. Accidents happen and sometimes injury victims are left with high medical bills and lost income from missing work. 

It is critical to understand your legal rights and how your employer may be held liable for your damages, such as lost wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. Furthermore, if you lost a loved one in a workplace accident, surviving family members may be able to recover these funds, along with funeral and burial costs. Speaking to a qualified lawyer may be crucial to obtain the full and fair amount of compensation you may legally deserve.

The compassionate lawyers at the law office of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers understand the struggles injury victims and their families face when bills pile up and you cannot return to work. This is why our team of legal professionals is available to answer your work injury questions in a no-cost, initial consultation. 

While a serious personal injury can be considered a personal injury, there can be some significant differences between a common personal injury and a serious personal injury. It is important to understand these differences, especially if you plan to seek financial compensation to cover your damages. Speaking to a licensed lawyer could help you understand your legal rights in pursuing the compensation you may need to pay for medical costs, lost wages from missing work, pain and suffering, and property damage. 

At the law firm of Frankl and Kominsky, our distinguished lawyers are committed to protecting the legal rights of injury victims in the Miami area and throughout the state of Florida (by appointment only). We take on injury cases of all kinds, whether they include minor injuries to more serious cases with catastrophic injuries. Our attorneys have more than four decades of combined legal experience and know how to apply state and local laws, along with referring to past cases, to obtain the financial support injury victims need for a healthy recovery. Call our firm any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to schedule a no-cost, initial consultation. 

Below, we discuss how Florida law interprets the meaning of a personal injury and how serious injuries can affect individuals, as well as their families. Knowing your rights to seek legal compensation could make a significant difference to the outcome of your recovery process and financial future. 

A serious burn injury can often leave victims and their families with a lifetime of physical and mental pain and suffering, lost wages from missing work, hefty medical expenses, and property damage. Depending on what caused your burn injury, negligent parties who fail to keep burn injury victims safe could be held legally liable for monetary compensation to pay for these damages. Having a qualified attorney on your side to help with your burn injury claim could be a critical step for you to pursue the full amount of compensation you legally deserve.

The reputable attorneys at Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers are standing by to discuss your burn injury claim during a free initial consultation. Our firm has over 40 years of combined legal experience while amassing more than $100 million in successful verdicts and settlements for our past clients. We have handled thousands of cases involving serious injury, including burn injury claims. Our knowledgeable attorneys know how to apply state and local laws to help you seek compensation from negligent parties that are responsible for the damages they created.

If your case is viable, we can properly guide you through the necessary steps to take throughout the legal process so that you can recover from your injuries. Read on to learn some of these crucial steps and why they are so important to the outcome of your burn injury claim. 

Injuries from train accidents can range in severity from mild scratches and bruises, which can heal in a short period, to long-term catastrophic injuries that may require expensive medical care. Add to this the funds you may lose out on from missing work while you recover, the results from a serious train crash could leave you and your family in a difficult financial situation. Discussing your train accident claim with a knowledgeable attorney may be in your best interests. 

The experienced attorneys at the law firm of Frankl Kominsky Injury Lawyers, help educate accident victims about their legal options to seek compensation to help pay for medical bills, lost wages, loss of future wages, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and more. Our dedicated attorneys know what it takes to help victims through the legal process following a train crash. We never settle for less when it comes to protecting the rights of our clients. 

Our firm has over 40 years of combined legal experience, so we have seen our fair share of train accident injury cases. Read on to find out about some of the more common types of injuries we have observed over the years and some of the physical, psychological, and emotional effects they tend to have on injury victims.

In December 2020, the Florida Supreme Court announced that effective May 2021, Florida state courts would begin following the federal summary judgment standard. These changes will inevitably drastically impact Florida personal injury lawsuits. Further solidifying the change, at the end of April, the Florida Supreme court reviewed comments from the legal community and amended the language of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.510 (FLRCP 1.510). The amendment “largely adopted” the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 56 (FRCP 56) text as a replacement for FLRCP 1.510.

The standard governs summary motions pending or decided on or after May 1, 2021. Additionally, the Supreme Court stated that courts should allow parties to file a renewed summary judgment motion if their motion was denied under the old rule. The critical changes to the rule change involve:

  1. The summary judgment standard now “mirrors” the standard for directed verdicts;

If you have an existing medical lien during your personal injury case, you may be wondering if this will prevent you from receiving financial compensation. You may need to pay your past due bills before receiving a payment from your personal injury settlement. Having an experienced lawyer look into this issue is one of the many advantages to hiring legal representation. 

Learn how you can protect your rights to seek legal compensation by contacting the attorneys of Frankl and Kominsky for a cost-free initial evaluation of your injury claim. Our distinguished attorneys have over 40 years of combined legal experience. 

Do not worry about medical expenses interfering with your recovery efforts. If your claim has merit, our attorneys can guide you through the legal process and help you manage any medical liens and other expenses related to your injury. Our job as a personal injury law firm is to help you pursue the fair amount of allowable compensation.

When someone is injured in a Florida accident, the state’s law allows them to file a civil suit against the responsible party. If successful, plaintiffs may be able to recover monetary compensation to cover lost wages, pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, loss of consortium, and even funeral and burial expenses. This compensation is called compensatory damages. In some cases, plaintiffs can also file for what is called punitive damages. In contrast to compensatory, Florida punitive damages focus on punishing the defendant, rather than making the plaintiff whole.

Punitive damages are only available in a small percentage of cases, where the conduct of the defendant was particularly egregious. But when they are awarded, they can be set as high as $500,000. Thus, when they are sued, it is in the defendant’s best interest to ensure that the plaintiff does not seek punitive damages. Generally, Florida has two situations in which plaintiffs can receive punitive damages—when the plaintiff can prove either intentional misconduct or gross negligence. Intentional misconduct occurs when someone knows that their conduct was dangerous and could injure someone but did it anyway. Gross negligence occurs when someone, indifferent to the life and safety of others, acts extremely recklessly or carelessly.

Plaintiffs may sometimes want to amend their complaint to seek punitive damages after it has already been filed. Section 768.72(1) of the Florida Statutes does allow plaintiffs to do just that in cases where “there is a reasonable showing by evidence in the record or proffered by the claimant which would provide a reasonable basis for recovery of such damages.” Whether or not a trial court grants this amendment is very important to a case; the Florida Supreme Court held 25 years ago that appellate courts cannot review a lower court’s decision to allow an amendment to a suit to include punitive damages so long as the judge follows proper procedures.

In April of 2019, a state appellate court issued a written opinion in a Florida personal injury case discussing whether the plaintiffs were properly allowed to amend their complaint to add a claim for punitive damages against the defendant. Ultimately, the court concluded that the trial court followed the required procedures when granting the plaintiffs leave to amend, and that the appellate court did not have jurisdiction to reconsider the lower court’s substantive legal decision once it determined the procedures were followed.

According to the court’s opinion, the plaintiffs were the parents of a young girl who was seriously injured when she fell from a ride called “Psycho Swing.” The safety harness was not installed on the ride at the time of the girl’s injury. The plaintiffs filed a personal injury claim against several parties, including the defendant, which was the company that owned the ride and leased it to the company that was operating it when the plaintiff was injured. The plaintiffs claimed that the ride was missing crucial safety equipment and was being operated without the instruction manual.

Initially, the plaintiff sought punitive damages from all other defendants but not the defendant involved in this appeal. However, the plaintiffs soon after requested a second hearing, seeking leave to amend their complaint to add a claim for punitive damages against this defendant. The court considered evidence from the first hearing, as well as deposition testimony from the creator of the ride who stated, among other things, that providing the swing to another company without the safety harness was “unconscionably something that you shouldn’t do.” After hearing all the evidence, the court determined that there was a reasonable basis for the plaintiffs’ claim for punitive damages. The defendant filed an immediate appeal.

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