Justice For Personal Injury Victims
Did you know that in a given year, three million people will be hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in accidents? Or that injuries are actually the leading cause of death for those below the age of 44? With more than 18 million people living in the state of Florida, a large number of those injuries will occur here.
Those injuries can cause huge changes in the lives of a family, impacting the injured party as well as their loved ones and having an effect on their health, happiness, and their finances. The days and weeks following an accident will be filled with pain, stress, and confusion and in most cases it can be difficult to focus on anything beyond recovery from your injuries.
The big problem with most of these situations is that while you're recovering, insurance companies are already doing everything they can to make sure they don't have to pay out a penny more than they absolutely have to. They'll assemble their legal team, start trying to take steps to reduce your chances of getting financial assistance for your injuries, and more. As desperation sets in, many are more likely to simply accept any offer they're given.
That's why we take our jobs so seriously. Here at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, and Walsh, we take pride in making sure that we're able to help our clients get the compensation that they deserve. We know that you're extremely vulnerable in the weeks following an accident, and we want to ensure that you get the kind of help you deserve so you can recover without having to stress about money.
Our team has more than 20 years' experience serving the Florida region, and a combined experience level of more than 100 years. Every year, we help our clients settle for millions and we've built a reputation within the justice system for getting results – even the insurance companies know that we'll take a case all the way to trial if it means getting our clients what they're owed.
Why should I work with an attorney?
After an accident, it's easy to feel like you have few options. Insurance companies will usually offer a low figure for a settlement and hope that you accept it – and millions do just that, passing up their right to get a figure that is fair. Insurance companies work very hard to ensure that they provide only the smallest amount of compensation, and they will often try to delay paying out even those small settlements.
When you have an attorney on your side, things are different. That's especially true when you have a legal team as experienced and respected as us. Once you have representation, insurance companies become much more likely to agree to pay out instead of going to trial, and the amount they're willing to settle for suddenly increases.
That's because when you have an injury lawyer on your side, the insurance company knows that they can't get away with those shady actions. They also know that when a case reaches trial, their odds of having to pay out huge sums in damages are increased as well. As a result, they'll be far more willing to negotiate and provide you with a settlement amount that's fair.
Having an attorney on your side also lets you relax a bit and focus on your physical recovery instead of having to endure even more stress as you try to figure out what kind of legal steps you need to take – we'll do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on recovery.
Why Choose Our Law Firm
We know there are plenty of law firms out there, but our clients agree that we stand out. For starters, our firm has the financial backing and the experience needed to take cases all the way to trial if need be. That's something that some other firms just won't do, and insurance companies know it.
Our team also follows a solid playbook when it comes to getting you compensation. We know what needs to be done, and we do it. Whether it means using our own adjusters and investigators, building a case from scratch, obtaining black box data from vehicles, or something else entirely, we take every step needed to get you the compensation you deserve.
That's why we settle for millions for our clients every year, and we're as skilled in the courtroom as we are at the negotiating table. With a long, respected 20 year history in the Florida region, it's apparent why we've built up a reputation in the state.
Additionally, we use a wide range of techniques to ensure that your case is given the right level of attention. Here's a look at just some of the steps we will take:
- Review medical histories
- Review driving records of all drivers involved
- Investigate police reports
- Work with law enforcement to gather their opinions and any evidence on the accident
- Obtain commercial driver's logbooks or black box data
- Collect witness statements
- Reconstruct accident through use of computer animation
- Work with medical professionals to understand the costs of your injuries
- Make an accurate estimation as to the total amount of compensation you're entitled to receive
- Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
We also don't charge you a penny until your case is settled. You shouldn't have to worry even more because you're trying to raise funds to hire an attorney – we deduct our fees from the settlement amount.
Types of Injury Claim Law Suits
There are numerous types of lawsuits that are tied to injuries, and we offer representation for all of them. The first step in determining what steps we need to take is to figure out exactly what kind of injury has occurred. Potential types of lawsuits could include:
- Wrongful Death
- Traumatic Brain Injury – also called TBI
- Slip and Fall Liability Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Spinal Injuries
- Personal Injury
- Swimming Pool Injury Cases
- Workers Compensation
- Automotive Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- And more
The key thing to understand is that any accident that isn't your fault could be grounds for a lawsuit. It must be proven that the other party was either reckless, negligent, or both and that your injuries were caused as a result of their actions. If those things are present in a case, a lawsuit may be the right steps to take.
You'll want to talk to our team in order to understand whether or not you have a case and just what type of lawsuit you have, but since we offer free no-risk consultations that's an easy step – and one that could give you the compensation you deserve.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
The amount of compensation that is awarded in a personal injury case is one of the most misunderstood and confusing things in the industry – at least to those with no experience in law. This is only made worse due to the way that the media handles coverage of injury cases. While there's no way to say exactly what your compensation will be with 100% accuracy, there are a few basic things that will have a direct impact on determining your compensation amount. The factors that will influence it include:
- The medical expenses you've already paid as a result of your injuries
- An accurate estimation of what the long-term costs of your treatment will be
- Any lost wages or reduced income that have come about as a result of your injuries
- Future lost wages or reduced income
- Pain and suffering on a physical level
- Emotional suffering
- Mental or psychological trauma
- Disruption of marriages or families
Of these, things like emotional and physical pain and suffering are the ones that are most subjective and are usually left up to a judge or jury. However, they're also the things that most insurance companies are the most afraid of and are the key reasons that with legal representation on your side they'll be more likely to agree to settle out of court.
Also, for those who are bringing a wrongful death lawsuit forward, different factors could be included. These include:
- Medical costs for treatment of the departed
- Funeral costs for the departed
- Lost wages and income that the family will endure due to the loss of life
- Mental and emotional suffering
Once again, mental and emotional damages are very hard to put a dollar sign on and as a result juries and judges award widely varying amounts to those who have suffered from them.
As you can see, a variety of different things will have a direct impact on what kind of settlement you receive. Our team will do its best to provide you with a clear idea as to what kind of compensation is fair, so that when a settlement offer is made you will have a clear idea as to whether or not it's fair.
Frequent Accident Causes
Florida is a big place, with lots of residents and lots of visitors. And the world is very unpredictable. As a result, there are countless ways that accidents can occur every day. However, some are far more common than others and over the years there are several that we see more than any others. Here are some of the most frequent causes of accidents:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Commercial drivers operating their vehicles while tired
- Weather related issues
- Negligence on the part of a property owner
What's really important for those injured in an accident to understand is that no matter what the cause, a legal case may exist if the root cause is related to negligence or recklessness. In those cases, you may have the grounds to seek compensation for your injuries.
For instance, if a property owner knows that a specific handrail is loose but does nothing to fix it, and that handrail comes loose as you use it and results in an accident, it will likely be considered negligence.
If a truck driver is driving when they have passed their legally allowed hours for the day, and they cause an accident as a result, they're being reckless. A teen driver who is texting while driving will likely be considered to be reckless as well.
At jobsites, failure to install proper warning signs or to maintain equipment properly could be negligence.
These are just a few examples of what may be considered negligence or recklessness. However, the law goes a little further than that. You also need to show that your injuries were sustained as a result of their recklessness, and you must show that you couldn't have reasonably known that a risk was involved.
To get a better idea as to whether or not the cause of your accident is grounds for legal action, you'll want to speak to one of our skilled legal professionals. They can help explain more about your options, your rights, and your situation to you.
Common injuries resulting from accidents
The injuries that are caused by accidents vary greatly in terms of severity and location. They also vary greatly in terms of the overall financial cost of medical treatment, recovery, and lost wages. Some of the most common injuries caused by accidents include:
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Internal Bleeding
- Dental Damage
No two accidents are the same, and each case is different. Any combination of the above injuries may be present, and the medical costs of treatment can climb so quickly that it can be incredibly stressful for those involved.
We've seen firsthand the kind of stress and financial burden that can come from accidents, and we do all that we can each year to help our clients get the compensation that they deserve. We serve the Florida region with pride, and have offices located throughout the state so we can better serve you. If you've been injured in an accident, you owe it to yourself to find out more about what kind of rights you have and whether or not you deserve compensation. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
We Fight To Protect Your Rights
The Law Offices of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh are dedicated to your rights. We seek maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, future losses, mental anguish, pain and suffering. We are also ready to take your case to court, if necessary, and use our more than 100 years of combined experience to help recover your losses.
Still, not all cases must be tried. We are experts in obtaining the medical records, photographs and other documentation that virtually forces an insurance company to evaluate your claim properly and offer a fair settlement. Our 100 years of combined Florida legal experience and reputation as aggressive advocates for our clients encourage insurance companies to negotiate properly with us.