America's Top Personal Injury Law Firm
Since 1955, the law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty has earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the nation. Our attorneys handle claims throughout the country involving prescription drugs, medical devices, defective products, car accidents, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, consumer protection, and all other types of personal injury claims.
One or more of our personal injury attorneys are listed in Best Lawyers in America; National Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame; America's Elite Trial Lawyers; U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms; Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent Woman Attorney; and SuperLawyers.
Our Specialty and Expertise
Below is a list of the types of cases we handle. Click on the images to read detailed information on the practice area.
Nationally Recognized Leader in Personal Injury Law
Our accomplishments in personal injury law have been featured on CNN, Fox, ABC, CBS & NBC. Our personal injury lawyers have appeared in The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; Forbes magazine; Time magazine; National Law Journal; and US magazine.
What Makes Our Law Firm Different
Over the past 68 years, we have handled more than 100,000 claims involving personal injury. Each year we teach 2,000 lawyers and 250 paralegals how to successfully handle personal injury cases. We host the international show "America's Lawyer."
Our personal injury attorneys have been featured in America's top legal publications; including Best Lawyers in America, U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms, Trial Lawyers Hall of Fame, and America's Elite Trial Attorneys.
Our personal injury lawyers provide free case evaluations and work on a contingency fee. We never charge any fees or costs in a personal injury case unless you first recover. Our 45 lawyers, 28 paralegals, 5 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 explain to them how long it will take to resolve their claims and the likelihood of success. And when a potential client contacts us, we always respond no matter how big or small the case might be.
Our Commitment to Our Clients & Our Community
The law firm of Levin Papantonio Rafferty started helping clients in our hometown of Pensacola, Florida in 1955. Today, we represent clients throughout America. Yet, we have never forgotten our roots, and we have kept our office in Pensacola for more than 68 years.
We encourage our employees to perform community service to give back to those who have given so much to us. To date, our employees have donated more than $75 million to charity, and tens of thousands of hours of time.
For more information, visit our Community Service page.
What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit is a legal claim filed by an individual who has suffered physical injury or death because of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another individual, company, or governmental entity. It typically occurs with car accidents, medical malpractice, workers' compensation, prescription drugs, medical devices, and defective products.
What Do I Have to Prove to Win a Personal Injury Case
In order to succeed in your personal injury claim, you will need to prove three things: (1) the other side acted in a negligent, reckless, or intentional manner; (2) the other side caused your injury; and (3) the amount of your damages.
In regard to the first thing you need to prove, negligence is the failure of a corporation or a person to use reasonable care, which is the care that a reasonably careful person or corporation would have used under the same circumstances.
The second thing you need to prove is causation, which means the other side caused your injury or substantially contributed to causing your injury. The third thing you need to prove is your damages.
It's our job to gather all the evidence to prove your claim, and then present your best case possible to the insurance company or corporation; and if necessary, to a judge and jury.
What We Do To Maximize Your Personal Injury Recovery
Immediately after you retain our services, we will begin taking the following actions to prove your claim and to prevent the insurance company from minimizing your claim.
- We will take photographs and video of your injuries; the scene where the injury occurred; and all objects and items involved in the incident.
- We will collect all applicable government reports, such as police, fire, EMS, NTSB, national recalls, and evidence of similar incidents.
- We will interview and record statements of all potential witnesses.
- We will gather all your medical records and bills, analyze them, and speak with your treating doctors.
- We will calculate your loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
- We will speak with the insurance companies on your behalf, and attempt to negotiate a favorable settlement.
- We will retain expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.
- If we can't settle your case to your satisfaction, then we will file your lawsuit, conduct discovery, and present your case to a judge or jury.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Personal Injury Lawsuit
There is no easy answer to this question because it depends on many factors, such as where the injury occurred, the type of injury, and who caused the injury.
As an example, if a car accident occurs in Pensacola, Florida, the injured person has four years to file a lawsuit for injuries, but only two years if the accident causes death.
If an injury is caused by a Florida governmental entity, there are papers that need to be filed at least six months before the lawsuit is filed, and the maximum time period in which the lawsuit can be filed is three years.
The most important thing is that you immediately seek free legal advice when you become aware of a potential injury caused by the fault of another person or corporation, even if you decide not to hire a lawyer. It costs you nothing but provides you with much protection.
Comparing Personal Injury Law Firms
When hiring a personal injury law firm, it's important to take your time and perform research. Review each law firm's website for its credentials, experience, resources, success, and fees. Meet with the firms. Ask a lot of questions, and determine who you feel most comfortable trusting.
Remember, any law firm can advertise it can successfully handle a personal injury case. Make sure that really is the case.
What Our Clients Say
Below are some of the emails and letters that our clients have sent us.
You saved my life. I was in a state of fear. I was a lay person all alone. . . . You all are good people. I am grateful you are in our community protecting the vulnerable and wronged. . . . I know there are far worse tragedies and I am soooo lucky, but for me this was a defining moment in my life and I am glad you were there to act with grace when I could not. Aisha A.
I am so appreciative of the hard work and dedication that you put forth on my case. I cannot thank you enough for making my mom and I feel so comfortable throughout this whole process. . . . I wanted to let you know that I will never forget you! Shelly R.
I want to express my deepest appreciation for all the hard work you and your team did for my father. I can’t tell you the words to tell you how impressed I was with the passion that you showed through the process. While I know that this is what you do for a living, it is obvious that you care deeply about your clients. Carol W. & Ernest S.
To read more of our client statements, visit our Testimonials page.