Areas of Practice
Automobile accident representation is complex as it involves dealing not only with the at-fault insurance carrier but also with your client’s own insurance carrier in the administration of their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits and Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage (UM/UIM). Proving that your injury is “substantial and permanent” against the testimony of paid-for defense experts takes the utmost skill and tactics.
Due to the large load of tractor trailers (up to 80,000 points when fully loaded), truck accidents oftentimes involve serious injuries or even fatalities. Huge medical bills, loss of income, physical therapy expenses, and long-term pain can turn into a huge burden for truck injury victims. That is why it is crucial to find good representation that will work with you to get the help you need.
The PIP law does not apply to motorcycle accidents, making ongoing and future medical treatment and medical bills more complicated issues than in automobile cases. Physician access is also an issue if the client does not have any health insurance. Furthermore, the injuries are usually more serious resulting in higher medical bills, higher lost wages and higher potential recoveries for injuries. Additionally, dealing with motorcycle bias among juries (a very unfair yet very common form of contempt for some types of motorcycle riders) takes experience.
Accidents can happen anywhere, including in the open water. If you or a loved one is injured aboard a boat or recreational watercraft, you can get compensation to help with the costs of medical bills, lost income, pain, and suffering. Whether the accident was caused by the driver of another vessel or malfunctioning parts, you need an attorney who knows the best way to pursue a claim.
Perhaps the most extensive of injury cases, these cases are very complex as proving liability against the manufacturer involves technical data, usually outside of the common knowledge for many jurors. You are also dealing with the best defense attorneys money can buy, who have unlimited time and budgets in their defense of very wealthy corporations. Tenacious litigation skills are necessary here, along with the ability to understand technical data and exhibits and explain these to the jury.
Unfairly referred to as “slip & fall” cases, this body of law generally covers cases involving injuries received at someone else’s property. This includes construction site injuries, injuries resulting from poorly/negligently designed properties, contact with a foreign object or substance causing injury, etc. The Florida Legislature has made these cases difficult for two reasons. First, any actions taken by the potential defendant to make the property safer (such as putting a cone on a wet floor, or putting red flagging tape around a pit or hole) are inadmissible in court and a jury is not allowed to see pictures or hear evidence about these “remedial measures”.
This was done to allow defendants to repair their premises without having it used against them in court, however many defendants use this law to hide repairs they make to dangerous hazards after someone receives a significant injury. The limited exceptions to this rule of evidence are complex. Secondly, many of these types of cases involve a “foreign substance”, such as water or a slippery substance on the floor that caused someone injury. The law in many cases cialis use in young adults requires us to prove that this substance was on the floor for a sufficient period of time as to allow the defendant time to become aware of the substance. Your depositions and discovery are critical in overcoming this burden.
Unfortunately, the most difficult of all injury cases to prevail, the Florida Legislature made pursuing these cases very difficult by placing caps on the amounts that we can recover for even the most catastrophic of injury cases. When damages are capped there is little incentive for insurance companies to resolve these cases prior to trial. Being able to win your case without spending all of your client’s recovery on expert and trial costs are critical here, as well as the ability and willingness to go to trial when the insurance company doesn’t make a fair offer.