Personal Injury FAQs

What is a personal injury case?

A personal injury case is generally where you make a claim against someone else for negligence for causing or contributing to your injuries. In order to have a claim for personal injury, you generally have to prove that the property owner or manager had a duty to use reasonable care or to reasonably maintain their property, they failed to do so, as a result of their failure to maintain the property someone was hurt or killed, and the person or their family sustained damages.

How long do I typically have to make a personal injury claim if I was hurt on someone’s property?

Florida law limits the time you can file a claim if you are injured on someone else’s property. Generally, you have 4 years from the date of the incident. However, the time could be shorter. For example, if the Defendant is a government entity, you may be required to send a specific statutory notice to them within 3 years or the claim could be barred. If the injury occurred at a nursing home, the time could be limited to 2 years. Every case is fact specific and it is important to talk to an attorney as soon as possible to see if you can bring a claim for your injuries.

If I was hurt while on vacation in Florida but live in another State, where should I get a lawyer?

A lawyer admitted to practice in Florida should be the person handling your case.Florida law prohibits out of state lawyers from practicing law in Florida unless certain specific requirements are met. Generally, they must associate with a Florida lawyer. We’ve represented many people injured at hotels, resorts, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, amusement parks, theme parks, motels, beaches and at special events. Our office represents many people who live outside of Florida. We can easily communicate with you via email, telephone, fax or snail mail. In general, you may not even have to come back to Florida for your case depending on the type of case.

What companies have you handled personal injury cases against?

We’ve handled slip and fall and trip and fall cases against many large corporations who do business in Florida. These include Walmart, Kmart, Walgreens, CVS, Publix, Winn Dixie, Costco, Sams Club, and Sears. We’ve also represented clients against shopping malls, homeowners, apartment complexes, restaurants, and amusement parks.

Do I need an attorney to represent me if I slip and fall and get hurt or can I try and settle the case on my own?

It is often a good idea to hire an attorney to help fight for your rights and protect your rights. You are not required to hire an attorney. However, the benefit is that you are hiring someone with experience in this specific field, someone who understands the system and who analyzes settlements and verdicts as part of their career. As attorneys, we fight for our client’s rights and to maximize their settlement value on their cases. We try to gather all of the facts to present to the attorneys or adjusters for the insurance companies and to fight for compensation for our clients.

How do you get paid? Do I have to pay you anything up front or out of pocket?

We work on a contingency fee and it does not cost you anything out of pocket for our work on your case. We only get paid if we get something for you for what happened. If for some reason there was no recovery, we waive all fees and costs.