Palm Coast Injury Lawyers
Our Palm Coast Office
When you’ve sustained serious injuries in an accident caused by someone else, you need an experienced attorney to protect your legal rights. The Palm Coast injury lawyers at Rue & Ziffra understand what you’re going through, and we can help. For more than four decades, we have assisted Flagler County clients who were unjustly hurt by the actions of another party. You might be entitled to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost income, emotional trauma, and more.
Palm Coast is a great place to live, work, and play. Unfortunately, accidents are a common occurrence. If you need help getting justice and compensation for your injuries, contact the personal injury lawyers at Rue & Ziffra now to schedule your free consultation.
Why We Love Palm Coast, Florida
What’s not to love about our amazing Palm Coast community?
Although we have convenient access to both Daytona Beach and St. Augustine, we enjoy the peace and quiet that feels distinctly like a small town. Yet we have all the amenities and opportunities anyone could ask for.
From expansive nature preserves to beautiful golf courses, we have abundant offerings for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors. Visitors and residents alike enjoy birdwatching, eco-tours, and relaxing strolls through our many parks and formal gardens.
We have fabulous resorts and pristine residential communities, along with all the shopping, dining, and entertainment options you can imagine. We have more than 125 miles of trails for biking, jogging, and walking. A delightful quote from the City of Palm Coast sums it up nicely:
“You can feel at home
While you play as you please,
In a part of Old Florida,
Set in the trees.”
Our little secret has apparently gotten out, as new residents are flocking to the area. In fact, the population of Palm Coast has exploded over the past two decades, more than doubling between 2000 and 2010.
As you might expect, more residents and visitors unfortunately mean more potential for accidents and injuries.
We Get Results
Palm Coast & Flagler County Personal Injury Statistics
In addition to the wealth of amenities we enjoy here, Palm Coast has some of the lowest crime rates in the country. The statistics that are a cause for concern, however, involve the number of serious injury accidents we experience every year in Palm Coast and Flagler Country.
Car accidents in our community regularly result in serious injuries and, too often, fatalities. Data published by the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics indicates that accident-related deaths are consistently well above the state average in Flagler County—almost double the state’s average in some years.
Motorcycle crashes are also a persistent problem. In fact, half the Flagler fatalities in 2019 were the result of motorcycle accident injuries. As for pedestrian and bicycle crashes, personal injury accident statistics from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) indicate a marked increase in both categories. In 2018 (the most recent data available), pedestrian crashes rose by 20% over the prior year, while pedestrian crash-related injuries increased by almost 24%. Bicycle accidents were up by a significant 37.5% over 2017.
The bottom line is that, although we enjoy incomparable benefits here in Palm Coast, we must all remain vigilant to avoid becoming another tragic accident statistic.
If you are a victim of an injury accident, pick up the phone and contact Rue & Ziffra for help from one of our Palm Coast injury lawyers.
Palm Coast & Flagler County Personal Injury Statistics
Trust us when we say that the Palm Coast injury lawyers of Rue & Ziffra can handle any type of personal injury claim you can imagine.
Not only does our firm specialize in personal injury cases, but this complex area of the law is our sole focus. We have the knowledge and experience you need on your side.
Some of the types of cases our Palm Coast accident lawyers see most frequently include:
We assist clients who have sustained all types of serious or severe injuries. Some specific types of injuries that we have encountered include:
Burn injuries and explosions
Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
Traumatic brain injuries
If you don’t see your type of accident or injury listed here, we can still assist you with your Palm Coast personal injury claim. Contact us now to discuss the details of your case, and learn more about how we fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose the Palm Coast Accident Lawyers of Rue & Ziffra?
Selecting the right personal injury attorneys to assist you is critical to the outcome of your case.
Our personal injury attorneys take a highly personalized approach to every case. Our innovative team approach allows us to put the weight of our combined experience to work for you. When you trust the Palm Coast personal injury lawyers at Rue & Ziffra, the following are just a few of the benefits you will experience.
The last thing you need is to worry and wonder constantly about the status of your claim. We provide regular updates and keep you apprised of our progress and critical milestones in your case. We are always just a phone call away whenever you have questions or need information.
Building a strong personal injury case requires resources. Our network of investigators and subject matter experts allows us to thoroughly investigate and document your claim, so we can build the most persuasive case for you.
Our extensive experience in negotiating personal injury settlements gives us a distinct advantage when it comes to dealing with insurance companies. We hold the at-fault party and their insurance company accountable, taking an aggressive stance during negotiations to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Not every attorney is comfortable in the courtroom. However, our Palm Coast accident lawyers have extensive experience in court. We make it clear from the outset that we aren’t afraid to take your case to court if the insurance company will not extend an acceptable settlement offer.
Dedication to Our Community
We care deeply about our community, just as we do our clients. We are actively involved with a variety of charitable organizations through our RZ Cares program. We sponsor sports teams at our local schools and provide teen safety driving school programs. Every year, we actively volunteer our time and raise funds for many worthy causes. We devote this same level of compassion and caring for each of our clients.
We have been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1995, where we proudly maintain an A+ rating. We receive glowing reviews and client testimonials. Even our peers recognize our dedication, naming us as a Gold Client Champion and “AV Preeminent” personal injury law firm through the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell organization.
From the beginning of your case to the end, we will be there with you and for you. We handle everything, so you can focus on regaining your health and getting your life back to normal. Your initial consultation is free, and you don’t pay a penny in legal fees until we recover compensation for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have many questions, and we are here to provide answers. Although we can address only the specific details of your case in person, the following information will provide a general overview of how the injury accident claim process works.
How Do You Determine Who Had Fault for My Injuries?
In many cases, the answer to this question is obvious. If a drunk driver struck your vehicle and caused a crash, proving liability for your damages could be relatively straightforward.
In other cases, however, we must conduct a thorough investigation of your circumstances and gather extensive evidence to prove your case.
Some examples of evidence we use to establish fault and prove liability include:
- Accident reports,
- Photos of the accident scene,
- Surveillance videos,
- Witness statements,
- Accident reconstructions, and
- Expert opinions or testimony.
If your injuries were the result of another party’s negligence, we must demonstrate the following four elements to establish liability for your damages.
1. Duty of Care
This means that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care to act in a manner that did not unreasonably place you at risk for harm. For example, motorists have a duty of care to obey traffic laws, pay attention behind the wheel, not drink and drive, etc.
2. Breach of Duty
If the at-fault party does not act in a reasonable manner to avoid placing others at risk of harm, they breach their duty of care. If, for example, someone got behind the wheel while impaired by drugs or alcohol, they unreasonably put you and others in harm’s way.
If the at-fault party’s actions cause an accident—and if you suffer injuries and other damages as a result—they become liable for any resulting damages you suffer. Following our example, if a drunk driver crosses the center line on the roadway and strikes your vehicle, they are liable for your injuries and other damages.
4. Actual Damages
Once we establish liability, we must prove the damages you suffered as a result of the accident. The amount of your claim will be based on the actual damages—physical, mental, and financial—that you incurred.
How Do You Calculate the Value of My Personal Injury Claim?
The amount of your claim will depend on the damages that you experienced as a result of your accident.
Although your case value will depend on your injuries and how they affect your life, you may have the right to pursue compensation for some or all of the following:
Medical treatment and care,
Medications and assistive devices,
Medical testing and imaging,
Lost wages and benefits,
Pain and suffering, and
You may also have the right to seek compensation for future medical care or treatment you need, as well as any future lost income. If you sustained a disabling or disfiguring injury, your attorney will include the value of these losses when calculating your claim.
We take the time to document your case as thoroughly as possible. This allows us to fight for the best possible personal injury settlement for you. To date, we have helped almost 30,000 clients and recovered more than $430,000,000. Even though our past settlements and verdicts do not necessarily reflect the potential outcome of your case, you can see for yourself what we have accomplished for our clients in the past.
How Long Do I Have to File an Injury Claim in Palm Coast?
The time frame in which you must take action on a personal injury claim in Palm Coast is governed by Florida’s statute of limitations. For any claim involving negligence, you have only four years to file a lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you are likely to lose your legal right to recover compensation for your injuries and any other damages related to your case.
If you sustained a personal injury due to medical malpractice, you have only two years to take action. Likewise, in the case of a wrongful death claim, eligible family members must file legal action within two years of the date of the death.
Some exceptions do exist that could potentially extend the time you have to file your claim. Our Palm Coast accident lawyers can help ensure you don’t lose your legal rights due to the statute of limitations.
Contact Our Palm Coast Car Accident Lawyers Today for Help
After an injury accident, you need a compassionate advocate on your side. The Palm Coast injury accident lawyers at Rue & Ziffra can help you get the medical care and resources you need. Our no-cost consultation provides the ideal opportunity to learn more about your options for taking legal action and helps you make the right decision for your future. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you recover the compensation you deserve.