MANATEE COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
MANATEE COUNTY PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
When navigating the emotional and physical challenges resulting from loss or personal injury, the prospect of litigation and dealing with insurance adjusters may not be a high priority; however, Florida’s legal system operates on strict deadlines, and insurance companies will attempt to exploit victims or descendants who lack the benefit of legal representation.
At the Shiner Law Group, our personal injury lawyers take on large national insurance companies and their policy holders while guiding our clients through the civil litigation process. Our lawyers understand the approaches used by insurance companies and implement strategies to protect our clients’ right to a full financial recovery.
We are committed to the principle that practicing law is a service-oriented profession; we represent victims and their families with compassion, diligence, and the highest standards of legal ethics.
Insurance companies representing negligent parties in lawsuits stemming from serious injury or wrongful death are prepared for litigation with a team consisting of adjusters, investigators, attorneys, and experts (among other litigation resources), giving them a strong advantage over unrepresented parties.
Our law firm has provided a list of some of the strategies used by insurance companies to minimize their liability:
- Suggest parties will recover more without legal counsel
- Offer a premature settlement
- Drag out the litigation process to encourage settlement
- Misrepresent recorded statements
- Contest the existence or severity of an injury
- Shift fault to the injury victim
- Mislead injury victims regarding the amount of insurance coverage
- Place injury victims under surveillance
We recognize the claims process for injuries and deaths caused by negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct is complex, but when injury victims and surviving loved ones understand what to expect, the process of pursuing a settlement or judgment seems less daunting.
Although we customize our legal representation to the specific facts and circumstances of each case, there are certain stages involved in the litigation process that are part of many personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, including gathering evidence and investigating, dealing with insurance companies, initiating the lawsuit, discovering relevant information (interrogatories, production of documents, depositions, request for admissions), negotiations, and trial preparation.
Common Categories of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims
While hardly an exhaustive list, the Shiner Law Group has identified several major categories of injury or fatality-related areas of law:
Traffic Safety Motor vehicle accidents constitute the largest number of personal injury claims, and while the rules of the road often dictate the basis for imposing liability, there are many laws mandated to specific vehicles.
Premises Liability: Establishes legal standards for holding property owners accountable for injuries and deaths caused by hazards on their property. The legal duty owed to the injury victim could vary depending on the relationship of the parties and the victim’s purpose for being on the premises.
Dog Bite Under Florida’s Dog Bite Law, owners can be strictly liable for bite injuries if the dog was not provoked. In cases where the Dog Bite Law is inapplicable, the victim might rely on the responsible party’s negligence or claim a Leash Law violation to impose liability.
Medical Malpractice: Filing a medical malpractice lawsuit in Florida requires obtaining a medical expert’s opinion that supports a claim’s validity. Medical malpractice lawsuits can involve many forms of negligence by healthcare providers.
Commercial Carrier: Commercial carriers operating across state borders pose a heightened risk of injury, and while these companies are primarily regulated by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA), carriers operating exclusively in Florida have safety standards and practices imposed on their companies and drivers in accordance with state (and federal) regulations.
Wrongful Death: A wrongful death caused by the negligent or intentional conduct of another provides a legal right under Florida law to compensation for losses that is ensured by the descendant’s estate and designated surviving family members.
Nursing Home Regulations: Nursing homes are subject to regulations that govern the care and treatment of residents. These regulations are enforced by inspections designed to expose improper practices and substandard care.
Speak with a Manatee County Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you love has been injured because of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another, we welcome you to contact our experienced legal team so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options. We are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they need to move past injuries or loss, so call us 24/7 at (855) 462-6878 or online for a free case review to see how we can help.
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