Experienced Legal Representation For The Injured And Their Families In Ft. Myers and Across Florida
- Millions Of Dollars Recovered
- For Our Clients Every Year
- Over 100 Years Injury Law Experience
- The Resources and Experience To Take A Case To Trial
- Over 10,000 Accident Cases Settled
- A Highly Trained Team Of Legal And Technical Professionals
Fort Myers has a history dating back to 1886, and today the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metro area is very large – more than 618,000 people call it home. The area is rich with natural beauty and plenty to do, but due to its size it's common for accidents to occur here.
Accidents that aren't your fault shouldn't be your financial burden, and we have more than 20 years of history serving the area's residents and helping defend them against the insurance companies. We know that it can be hard to recover from your injuries while you're worried about lost wages and medical costs, and that's why we fight so hard for you.
We also know that you have questions about personal injury law, and we want to ensure you have answers.
How can a lawyer help after an injury?
A lawyer is one of the most important people you can speak to after an accident. We help in numerous ways, but it really comes down to results. Consider the following:
Studies have shown that insurance companies are far more likely to settle out of court quickly if you're represented by an attorney – they don't want to risk the publicity or the huge settlement amounts that could come from a trial.
Settlement amounts are larger with an attorney on your side. Instead of offering ultra-low amounts and trying to pressure you into signing the agreement, insurance companies start offering amounts that are fair with an attorney on your side.
You're able to focus on your recovery while we work on getting you what you're owed. By having an attorney on your side you'll avoid a lot of stress and worry.
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What is the process of an injury claim case?
A personal injury case can seem difficult, mainly because of the fight that an insurance company will put up to avoid paying you what you're owed. However, the basic process comes down to a few basic steps. These include:
Determining Fault – We have to start by determining who is at fault and what kind of behavior led to the accident. We're looking for negligent or reckless behavior in particular.
Building The Case – Next we build your case by compiling evidence. We'll use a variety of different tools, techniques, and skills to get the information needed to build a solid case for you, and won't proceed until we're confident we have what we need.
Negotiation – Once a lawyer is on your side insurance companies are far more likely to settle out of court, and to negotiate for a fairer settlement. We'll enter negotiations and argue to get you the right kind of settlement amount.
Trial – In some cases we may need to go to trial. If so, we take our evidence in front of the court and argue on your behalf. This is rare, and insurance companies will usually do all they can to avoid reaching this phase of the process.
Settlement – Whether through negotiation and out of court settlement or a court-ordered award, your settlement will be provided to you at the end of the process. We deduct our fees from the settlement amount and you receive the remainder of the sum.
How will your firm prove my case?
We use all of our resources, skill, and experience to prove your case. This includes using evidence related to the accident including:
- Medical histories
- Blood Alcohol Levels of the other driver
- Logbooks of commercial drivers
- Black box data where applicable
- Witness testimony
- Police reports
Essentially, we're trying to prove that the other party was reckless or negligent in their behavior, and that their actions directly led to your injuries. With a combines 100 years' experience in the field, we know what it takes to determine fault and what's needed to prove it in a court of law.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
Our team will calculate an estimate of your compensation – or at least an estimate of what we think is fair. We use the same factors that a court will use to do so, including:
- Medical expenses spent on injuries thus far
- Estimated medical expenses over the future
- Long term care costs
- Lost wages – up to present and an estimate of the future lost wages
These things are easier to put a number on than many realize. However, in many instances juries also award injured parties based on pain and suffering and emotional damage. These are harder to put a dollar figure on, and as a result harder for us to estimate.
Courts will use the points mentioned above and then look at your pain and suffering to render a settlement amount they feel is fair – and that's a big part of why so many insurance companies will settle out of court first. Knowing how compensation is calculated helps us get the right settlement amount for you.
Frequent Accidents that can result in personal injury lawsuit
Accidents are all too common, but thankfully the majority of them result only in very minor injuries. Also, it's important to understand that if fault lies with you or if the accident didn't involve reckless or negligent behavior on the part of the other person, a case may not be present. Here's a look at some of the more common accidents that are involved in personal injury lawsuits.
- Commercial Trucking Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Workplace Injuries
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Struck Pedestrian Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
Common injuries that representation is recommended for
There are numerous injuries that can occur during an accident, and while minor scrapes, cuts, and bruises usually won't lead to a personal injury case there are many more serious injuries that may need representation. Injuries commonly involved in personal injury lawsuits include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury – or TBI for short
- Spinal Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Broken Bones
- Lost Limbs
- Serious Internal Injuries
- Other Injuries Requiring Long Term Care
If you've been injured in an accident, you owe it to yourself to get help from a professional personal injury lawyer. It could be the only way to escape the financial burden your injuries have placed on you.
How Much Will Your Legal Representation Cost Me?
It costs you nothing for more than 100 years of combined years of personal injury law experience in Venice and throughout Florida.
If you have suffered an injury, Florida laws enacted recently have reduced the time available to file your case in some situations. Do not wait, contact an attorney today and learn your rights.
Ft. Myers Personal Injury Attorneys
The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh have over 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death and negligence cases.
Attorney M. David Shapiro is an AV-rated civil trial lawyer, the highest rating awarded to litigation attorneys.
Attorney David Goldman has practiced law exclusively in personal injury and wrongful death.
Since October of 1987, Michael Babboni has practiced civil and criminal litigation in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Stephen Fernandez has been named a “Rising Star” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine
Mr. Walsh is listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.