Practice Areas

Legal Insights, Trusted Results As a licensed counsel, Richard A. Foster has experience with:

Personal Injury

Free consultation for cases that the firm handles include personal injury cases are handled based on a contingency fee, meaning your attorney only gets paid when you get paid. Contact Richard Foster Law for your personal injury claims including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Public transportation accidents
  • Ridesharing services
  • Construction site accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Accidents in which you are struck by or against objects
  • Sports and recreational accidents
  • Dog bites or other animal-related injuries

What is a Personal Injury?

Richard provides the legal representation you will need to get the compensation you are entitled to in a claim from the at-fault party or parties involved or their insurance company.

Richard is an experienced attorney serving clients who have suffered the following common injuries:

  • Soft tissue injuries such as muscle or tendon sprains, strains, and tears
  • Broken bones and dislocated joints
  • Severe cuts, lacerations, and burn injuries
  • Crushing injuries, resulting in damage to limbs and body organs
  • Back and neck injuries, resulting in herniated discs and fractured vertebrae
  • Head injuries, such as concussion skull fractured, and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injuries resulting in permanent injury including partial or complete paralysis

Personal injuries occur due to the reckless and negligent actions of others. When you suffer serious injuries, you have the right to seek compensation for the medical costs, lost wages, physical and mental injuries, and other expenses you might incur through a personal injury claim.

Always on your side, Richard will act as a strong legal advocate to assist you in pursuing action against the people at fault for your injuries or losses. If an insurance company is involved, Richard's experience as a defense attorney will benefit you because he can anticipate the other side's next move.

Overview of Personal Injuries

Motor Vehicle Accidents

For most motor vehicle accidents not involving a commercial vehicle, you can sue another driver if you have one of these serious injuries, called "piercing the verbal threshold."

  • Significant disfigurement
  • Bone fracture
  • Permanent limitation of use of a body organ or member
  • Significant limitation of use of a body function or system
  • Substantially full disability for 90 days

While other factors may be involved in an accident involving automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles, trucks, or vans, reckless and negligent driving behavior on the part of others is generally to blame.

This Includes
  • Speeding and driving too fast for weather conditions
  • Running red lights or disregarding other traffic signals/signage
  • Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating, failure to yield, rushing to make a left-hand turn/U-turn or improper passing
  • Distracted driving, such as using cell phones, changing the radio station, staring at something other than the roadway, or texting
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescription medications.

These types of dangerous driving behaviors are also common causes of bicycle and pedestrian accidents. In these cases, the motorist involved can be held legally liable for the injuries you suffer through a personal injury claim.

Slip & Fall Accidents and Premises Liability Cases

Premises liability is a type of personal injury case involving injuries that occur on another's property. They can happen at places such as

  • Grocery stores
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls
  • Resorts
  • Medical facilities
  • Office buildings
  • Apartment/condominium/townhome complexes or even in the homes of others
Protecting Your Rights

Richard represents individuals, families, and business owners against other parties responsible for the sustained injuries and their insurance companies. When slips and falls happen, or you suffer injuries due to being struck by or against objects, it is often the negligent actions or inaction of the property owner, tenant, property manager, or maintenance personnel that are ultimately to blame.

As an experienced attorney with an extensive background in civil litigation defense and plaintiff cases, Richard will hold the property owners, tenants, managers, maintenance personnel, and associations accountable for failing to warn you of potential dangers and for failing to address the following types of safety issues:

  • Wet, slippery floors
  • Cluttered aisles and walkways
  • Torn carpeting and loose flooring tiles
  • Overstocked shelves and loose fixtures
  • Lack of property exist signs or markings for fire and smoke
  • Lack of proper lighting or landscaping
  • Lack of hand or guardrails on stairs and at heights
  • Lack of proper markings when there is a change of ground elevation or steps.

When injuries occur due to any of the above or other causes, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other incurred damages.

Sports or Recreation Accidents

Personal injuries suffered while engaged in sporting activities are common and are often due to negligence on the part of team administrators, coaches, and staff in failing to provide proper instruction, the appropriate safety equipment and/or staff training.

Recreational accidents, such as when personal injuries occur while boating, swimming, sports, or other hobbies, can happen due to lack of experience or being under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances. In these types of cases, as well as in cases involving dog bites and other common causes of personal injuries, Richard Foster Law is here to help you receive the compensation you deserve to recover in a claim. Richard is here to protect your rights in all personal injury matters including sports and recreational injuries.

Construction Site Accidents & Injuries

Injuries can occur to workers, vendors, visitors, and other individuals on a construction site through others' negligence or reckless behavior. General contractors, subcontractors, other vendors, owners, and tenants must make the construction site safe from hazards and dangers that could cause harm, physical injury, or death.

Richard has the experience of defending litigants and representing plaintiffs in construction site accidents resulting in significant injury. Often, the party or parties involved defending a construction site accident tend to point the finger at others for the cause of the harm to the injured individual. Richard will use the legal tools necessary to determine the party or parties responsible for your injuries through persistent and diligent investigation and discovery to obtain your just compensation.

Dog Bite & Other Injuries From Animals

Florida is a "strict liability" state, which means an owner can be held liable for a dog bite, even if they were not previously aware of the animal's aggressive nature. Most importantly, Florida dog bite laws do not require the victim to prove their injuries resulted from an owner's negligence. A dog owner can be held liable for any injuries resulting from a dog bite in a public or private space. Richard Foster law is her to help with a free consultation to discuss your case.

Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Florida

Under Florida's statute of limitations for personal injury cases, you have four years from the accident date to file a lawsuit in Florida's civil courts (Florida Statutes Annotated section 95.11(3)).

This allows enough time to determine

  • The exact nature of your injuries
  • Any long-range impact they are likely to have on your health
  • Your future quality of life
  • The amount of any unpaid medical bills
  • Third-party liens that may be asserted, such as
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid

Negotiation & Lawsuit

With his insurance defense background and knowledge, Richard will negotiate directly with the insurance companies on your behalf. If the insurance company will not negotiate, insurance is unavailable, or your injuries are severe, Richard will not hesitate to file a personal injury lawsuit on you or your loved one’s behalf.

Richard Foster Law serves all of Florida with a primary practice in South Florida including Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties.

Damages Covered in a Personal Injury Claim

Compensation in personal injury cases is referred to as "damages." Richard's goals are to get his clients the maximum amounts of damages they are entitled to as quickly as possible. Damages include the losses you have suffered and any future costs you are likely to incur due to your injuries.

Get Compensation

Common types of damages available under the Florida Statutes include:

  • Economic damages, which cover actual costs, such as current and future medical expenses, Federal Liens, and lost wages
  • Non-economic damages, which cover intangible costs, such as pain, suffering, and any loss of enjoyment in life you experience due to your personal injuries
  • Punitive damages, which are an additional amount the judge may order in your case to punish those at fault for conduct that was particularly reckless
  • Legal expenses are also often included as part of your personal injury settlement or award.

Richard Foster Law generally represents personal injury victims on a contingency basis. This means that you pay no attorney fees or costs unless Richard Foster Law successfully obtains compensation for your injuries.

Landlord - Tenant Disputes

Richard Foster Law is a full-service law firm dedicated to serving residents, families, and businesses South Florida. Whether in a courtroom, a board room, or your living room, we are committed to providing only the highest quality of legal counsel possible.

DSC_0727 revised

Condominium and Homeowner Association Matters

The Florida Condominium Act, Fla. Stat. §718.001, et. seq., governs the formation, management, powers, and operation of Condominium Associations in Florida. Most legal matters must be filed with the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes. The Florida Homeowners' Association Act (HAA), Fla. Stat. §720.301, et. seq., governs the formation, management, powers, and operation of Homeowners Associations in Florida. Richard Foster Law is experienced in this area of law to assist clients with these types of cases.

fm=f 10931
fm=f 1251

Richard Foster Law handles disputes between owners, tenants and other parties with Homeowners and Condominium Associations including:

  • Nuisance claims
  • Disputes regarding fines and penalties
  • Personal Injury claims
  • Vendor and contractor disputes
  • Contract disputes
  • Any matters arising under the Association’s By-laws and Florida Law