Personal Injury Matters
He personal injury matters we handle include, but are not limited to: truck crash claims, auto accident claims, motorcycle wreck claims, boating collision claims, claims against cruise lines, premises liability claims, slip and fall accident claims, negligent security claims, and defective products claims.
Unfortunately, many individuals get injured or killed each day in Florida as the result of the fault or negligence of others. When this happens to you or a loved one, call The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke today at 305-669-0281. Our office has over 20 years of experience at handling personal injury claims and we will work diligently in an attempt to see that you are adequately compensated for your losses.
Automobile Accidents, Truck Crashes, and Motorcycle Wrecks
One of the most typical ways people sustain injuries in Florida is in automobile accidents, truck crashes, or motorcycle wrecks.
During the past 25 years, there have been more than 2,000 deaths per year in Florida as a result of traffic accidents – that is the equivalent of more than 5 deaths per day. In fact, recent data suggests that Florida has one of the highest rates of traffic related fatalities in the United States. Those accidents involve people traveling in passenger cars, light trucks, large trucks, buses, and motorcycles, as well as those walking or running (pedestrians), and cycling (using bicycles, etc).
In recent years, there have been over 235,000 traffic crashes per year in Florida, which averages to be over 600 traffic crashes per year. Those accidents involved over 300,000 drivers per year, and resulted in nearly 200,000 injuries per year.
Traffic accidents often happen as a result of the negligence of certain drivers. That negligence occurs when certain drivers fail to abide by the traffic laws, such as speeding, failing to keep a safe distance between motor vehicles, failing to pay attention to the road (including texting or using a cellular phone while driving), and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This is why it is important to make sure you have adequate insurance – including uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage.
If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury (such as a traumatic brain injury) or a more minor injury, call The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke today at 305-669-0281 for help.
Boating Collision Claims and Claims against Cruise Lines
Florida has 15 public seaports (Port of Pensacola, Port of Port St. Joe, Port Citrus, Port of Tampa, Port of St. Petersburg, Port Manatee, Port of Key West, Port of Miami, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Ft. Pierce, Port Canaveral, Port of Jacksonville, and Port of Fernandina), and many marinas and harbors throughout its more than 1,000 miles of coastline, and inland waterways. Florida is surrounded by water, and has beautiful weather on a year-round basis, making it a boater’s paradise. Unfortunately, with the great volume of boating and other maritime activity in Florida comes the increased likelihood of boating accidents and associated injuries.
Recent data indicates that Florida has more registered recreational vessels than any other state, and not surprisingly, leads the nation in annual boating accidents. A recent report shows that there are consistently more than 500 boating accidents a year in Florida.
Boating accidents happen for a number of reasons. Some of the leading causes include carelessness, operator inattention, operator inexperience, excessive speed, and alcohol and/or drug use. There are many rules governing boat safety and navigation, including the Navigation Rules (also referred to as the Rules of the Road), but unfortunately many operators fail to abide by them, thus causing accidents on the water. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a boating accident, call The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke today at 305-669-0281 for help.
Defective Product Claims
Each year, individuals (including children) are injured or killed by defective consumer products. For example, from 2008 to 2010 there was an average of more than 2,000 deaths per year from consumer product related fires. During the same period there was an average of over 12,000 injuries per year from such fires. The financial losses related to those fires averaged over $6 billion per year.
Other examples involve deaths and injuries to children. From 2007 to 2009, there was an average of more than 110 deaths per year to children under the age of 5 caused by nursery related products. In 2011 alone, there were over 74 thousand emergency room visits for children of the same age related to such products.
Dangerous products are typically defectively designed or defectively manufactured such that they pose a serious risk of harm to consumers. While some companies actively report such problems to the public, others fail to properly warn consumers of the problem or potential hazards with such products. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a defective or dangerous product, call The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke today at 305-669-0281 for help.
Other Legal Matters Handled by The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke
Accidents and injuries are also common on cruise lines. Florida happens to be home to three busiest cruise ports in the world – including Port of Miami, Port Everglades, and Port Canaveral. Other ports include the Tampa Port Authority and Jacksonville Port Authority. More than ten million cruise passengers depart from Florida every year. Although many of these individuals will enjoy their vacations, some will be injured in the process.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on a cruise, call The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke today at 305-669-0281 for help. There are often strict limitations on the time in which a lawsuit must be brought against a cruise lines. Call our office if you have any questions regarding these limitations.
Premises Liability Claims; Slip and Fall Accident Claims; Negligent Security Claims; Dog Bite Claims
Each year, many people get injured on property owned by others. These injuries occur for many reasons. For example, individuals are often injured when they slip and fall due to a dangerous condition. It is important to consult an attorney regarding these types of accidents as they involve complex legal issues. In fact, there is a Florida Statute regarding slip and fall accidents.
People are also injured on the property of others when they are attacked due to inadequate or negligent security. A careful legal analysis needs to be considered regarding such claims, including whether there is insurance coverage available to compensate the victim, and whether the owner of the property was on notice of other security issues. As a result, you should consult an attorney regarding these matters.
Another common reason for injuries while on the property of others is a bite from a domestic pet, including dogs. These claims may be covered by a homeowner’s insurance policy or other insurance policy. However, coverage for such claims may be excluded.
In addition to personal injury claims, The Law Offices of Donald M. Kreke handles other legal matters including: property insurance claims – both residential and commercial – and inception claims, and supplemental and re-open claims (including, but not limited, broken pipe claims, fire claims, flood claims, hail claims, hurricane claims, mold claims, roof leak claims, sinkhole claims, storm claims, tornado claims, vandalism and theft claims, water claims, wind claims, loss of business income claims, and extra expense claims), bad faith insurance claims, property damage claims, collection matters, criminal defense matters, traffic offenses (including speeding tickets), claims against insurance brokers and/or agents, medical malpractice claims, nursing home claims and elderly abuse claims, and matters involving contract disputes. We also assist clients with reviewing and drafting contracts. If your legal issue or matter is not listed above, please contact us. We may be able to help.