A proven law firm helping the injured in Port Charlotte 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
Named one of the ten best places in the US to retire by US News and World Report, Port Charlotte is known for its great climate, scenic beauty, and abundance of activities. It's easy to enjoy life here, but when you're injured in an accident it becomes much harder to do.
We understand just how hard it can be to recover, especially when your finances take a serious hit as a result of your injuries. That's why we've spent the last 20 years serving the Florida area and providing personal injury representation. If you need help after an injury, we're here to help.
How can a lawyer help after an injury?
After an accident, your medical team will be your greatest allies. But after them, a lawyer will be your best friend. That's because a skilled personal injury lawyer will fight for your rights and help get you the compensation that you're owed.
Having a lawyer on your side means that you don't make the mistake of accepting a low settlement offer and miss out on the kind of compensation that you're owed. It also means that you will get a larger settlement amount and that the insurance companies are more likely to settle out of court. They do all they can to avoid paying you, but our legal team will fight to ensure you get what's rightfully yours.
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What is the process of an injury claim case?
It can seem like an injury claim case is incredibly complex, and in some respects it is. The various laws involved can be confusing to anyone who has no history in the field. However, in most instances a case can be broken down to a few basic steps. These include:
Determining Fault – The first and most important step is simply determining who is at fault in an accident. This is a must before any other steps can be taken.
Proving Negligence or Recklessness – The legal team also has to show that the other party was negligent or reckless in their actions and that those actions led to your injuries. During this phase, evidence will be gathered and a case against the other party will gradually be built.
Negotiation – Thanks to having an attorney on your side, it's far more likely that you will get a settlement quickly – and a settlement amount that's much higher. Negotiation is a key part of any personal injury case, and more than 80% of personal injury lawsuits are settled in this way.
Trial – If your case is one of those rare ones that actually go to trial, your legal team will represent you in the court system and ensure that your rights are protected. We'll fight for you, and do all we can to show a court that you deserve compensation.
Settlement – Once you receive your settlement, the attorney will deduct their fees from it and you'll receive the rest of the money.
The process can take some time, but it's well worth going through to get what you deserve. And with an attorney on your side, your role is much smaller. You mainly just need to wait and recover from your injuries while the lawyer handles the hard work.
How will your firm prove my case?
We put all of our effort into proving that you deserve compensation, and we use all of our tools and techniques – skills we've honed over more than 20 years of serving the Florida region. We gather all available evidence including:
- Witness testimony
- Police reports
- Black box data
- Commercial driving records
- Property maintenance records
- Inspection information
- And more
But we'll go beyond that when needed. We will work with computer animators to reconstruct an accident through computer technology, hire our own investigators and adjusters to get to the bottom of an accident, and more. Simply put, we work harder than most other firms because we believe that our clients truly deserve justice and compensation for their injuries.
How Is Compensation Calculated?
Determining compensation can often be one of the trickier aspects of a personal injury lawsuit. To begin with, a number of figures will be considered. These include:
- Medical costs
- Long term care costs
- Lost wages
In the case of things like lost wages and medical costs, the amount you've already spent on care will be combined with an estimate as to the total amount you are likely to have to pay over the future. Usually, a medical professional will have to be consulted in order to get this figure.
Additionally, pain and suffering – physically and emotionally – will also be looked at. This is a harder thing to put a figure on, and one that we can't really estimate with 100% accuracy. It's also a key reason that insurance companies are much more likely to agree to a settlement – they often fear the unknown factor that pain and suffering sums can be.
Frequent Accidents that can result in personal injury lawsuit
While any accident can cause an injury, we see injuries from several types of accidents far more frequently. That's because they're among the most serious accidents you can be involved in, and because they're far more likely to have been caused by negligence or recklessness of the other party. The more common accidents that lead to lawsuits include:
- Trucking accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Work related injuries
- Pedestrian accidents
No matter what the source of your injuries, it's important for you to speak to a personal injury attorney to determine whether or not you have the grounds for a lawsuit. We can help you, so don't hesitate to contact us to get started getting the help you deserve.
Common injuries that representation is recommended for
While the range of injuries that can occur in any accident will vary greatly, a few injuries are more severe than others and are also much more commonly seen by our legal team. We represent clients suffering from any injury, but the following are among the more common.
- Traumatic brain injury
- Wrongful death
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal injury
- Lost limbs
- And more
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.
Port Charlotte Injury Attorneys
The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & 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.