Since our founding in Pensacola in 1955, we have earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the nation. Our lawyers handle cases throughout the country involving prescription drugs, medical devices, medical malpractice, auto accidents and consumer protection.
What is a Personal Injury Claim
A personal injury claim is a legal action filed by an individual who has suffered physical harm or death because of the fault of another.
In order to succeed in this type of lawsuit, you will have to prove three things: (1) the other side acted in a negligent, reckless or intentional manner; (2) the other side caused your harm; and (3) the amount of your damages.
If you survive the injury, your damages include physical pain and suffering; mental pain and suffering; medical expenses; and wage loss. If death occurs, the damages include medical and funeral expenses; mental pain and suffering; loss of support; and loss of future estate.
An individual injured in an automobile accident has four years to file a lawsuit to seek compensation if the accident occurs in Florida. The lawsuit must be filed within two years, however, if the person dies.
If the accident is caused by a governmental entity, there are papers that need to be filed at least six months before the lawsuit is filed. These papers must be submitted within three years of the accident in an injury case, and two years in a death case or in a case involving the federal government or its employees.
Even if the person at fault does not have enough insurance to cover your losses, it's possible that your insurance carrier, or even that of someone living in your household, will provide additional compensation for you. This is known as uninsured motorist coverage.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider fails to deliver the level of care that is keeping with accepted practices and procedures. It happens when a doctor, nurse or technician does something or fails to do something that is important to a patient's good care.
If malpractice occurs in Florida, the patient has two years to file a lawsuit after becoming aware, or should have becoming aware, that an injury was caused by a medical mistake. The lawsuit must be filed within four years after the error occurs, even if the patient does not know he was injured by malpractice.
An exception to the four year limitation period occurs if the healthcare provider has committed fraud, misrepresentation, or concealment. Additionally, a child's malpractice claim does not get cut off before the child's 8th birthday, unless the parent or guardian knew or should have known of the medical negligence.
If you are injured on the job in Florida, you are entitled to compensation, regardless of who is at fault. If an employer hires four or more employees on a regular basis, it must obtain a workers compensation insurance policy.
Unlike other types of personal injury cases, you will not have to prove your employer did anything wrong in causing your harm. Instead, you simply must prove that you were an employee (not an independent contractor) at the time you were hurt, and that your injury occurred during the course of your employment.
Workers compensation will cover your medical expenses; a portion of your wage loss; vocational re-education and retraining expenses; and compensation for permanent injuries. If the incident results in death, dependent family members may be eligible for compensation.
You must report your loss to your employer within thirty days of it occurring. Next, you must file a claim within two years of the incident. After the two year period, you must continue to seek authorized medical treatment, or receive reimbursement for your injury, at least once per year. Otherwise your compensation will be cut off.
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Comparing Personal Injury Attorneys
When hiring an attorney, it's important to take your time and perform research. Review each law firm's website for its experience, success and fees. Meet with the firms. Ask a lot of questions, and determine who you feel most comfortable trusting.
What Makes Our Law Firm Different
We have successfully helped many thousands of clients throughout the country in every type of injury case. Each year, our law firm teaches 900 attorneys how to successfully handle these type claims.
One or more of our attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America; National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame; America's Elite Trial Lawyers; and U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms.
We provide absolutely free confidential consultations, and never charge any fees or costs unless you first recover. Our 35 attorneys, 6 investigators and 2 medical staff work together as one team for you.
We provide our clients the individual attention, dignity, and respect they deserve. We keep them informed, and speak honestly about the time it will take to resolve their individual cases and their chance of success.
Will Levin Papantonio Accept My Case
Our law firm reviews and accepts injury cases of every type and size, whether in the Pensacola area or nationwide. No case is too big or too small.
The one thing we can assure you is that we will take your call, provide you an absolutely free consultation, discuss with you the facts and issues of your case, and tell you whether we can help you. If not, we will try our best to get you to someone who can.
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We Place Community First
Our firm started helping personal injury clients in the Pensacola area in 1955. Today, we represent clients all over the country. However, we have never forgotten our roots, and have kept our offices in Pensacola for more than 60 years.
We make sure that all of our lawyers and 150 employees provide extensive community outreach to give back to those who have given so much to us.
Nationally Recognized Leader in Personal Injury Law
Our accomplishments have been featured in numerous national news programs and magazines such as CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes magazine, Time magazine, National Law Journal, and US magazine.