Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers - Levin Papantonio
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Suffering a personal injury can be a life-changing event. It's a very difficult time for those involved, especially when the injury is caused by someone else's fault. The very last thing individuals want to worry about and deal with is the financial problem caused by the injury or speaking with an insurance company. This is where we can help.

Since 1955 our law firm has earned a reputation as one of the most successful personal injury law firms in the country, with our 35 attorneys handling claims involving prescription drugs, medical devices, defective products, medical malpractice, auto accidents, workers comp, and all other type injury claims.

We have won more than $4 billion dollars in jury verdicts and settlements. Our accomplishments in personal injury law have been featured on 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, and US magazine.


Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle


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 auto accidents, medical malpractice, workers compensation, prescription drugs, medical devices and defective products.

Any situation in which a person suffers physical injuries or death because of the fault of another person, company or government can be a personal injury case.

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 the person at fault to use reasonable care, which is the care that a reasonably careful person 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; and if necessary, to a judge and jury.


What Will Levin Papantonio Do To Maximize My Claim

Immediately after you retain our services, we will begin taking the following actions in order to prove your claim and damages, and prevent the insurance company and opposing side from minimizing your claim.

  1. We will take photographs and video of your injuries; the scene where the injury occurred; and all objects involved in the incident (such as the motor vehicles involved).
  2. We will collect all government reports on the incident, such as police, fire, and EMS records.
  3. We will question and record statements of witnesses.
  4. We will reconstruct the incident, such as the speed and movement of the vehicles, and each driver's actions and reactions.
  5. We will gather all your medical records and bills, analyze them, and speak with your treating doctors.
  6. We will calculate your loss of income, loss of earning capacity, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
  7. We will speak with the insurance companies on your behalf, and negotiate your compensation.
  8. We will retain expert witnesses to testify on your behalf.
  9. 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.

Why Choose Us

Our law firm was founded in Pensacola more than 60 years ago, and is considered a national leader in accident and insurance litigation.

We have received well over 150 jury verdicts throughout the country in the amount of $1 million or more, and achieved verdicts and settlements in excess of $4 billion. For more information, please visit our About Us section.


What Does It Cost to Hire Us

We provide absolutely free confidential consultations, and if we are fortunate enough for you to hire us, we never will charge you any fees or costs unless you first recover.

The contingency fee we charge ranges from 20% to 40% depending upon how much we recover for you.

Our fee should be identical to or less than what other lawyers are charging, especially in Florida, as the amount is controlled by The Florida Bar. This is true whether your lawyers have never handled an accident case or whether it has been the focus of their practice for more than 60 years, as with our law firm. For a detailed discussion on our fees and costs, click Fees & Costs.


Contact Information

To contact us for a free confidential consult, you can call us at (850) 435-7000 or (800) 277-1193. You also can request a confidential consultation by clicking Free & Confidential Consult, which form will be immediately reviewed by one of our personal injury lawyers.


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 an auto accident occurs in 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, even if you decide not to hire a lawyer. It costs you nothing, but provides you much protection.


Are There Any Limitations on My Recovery

The most significant limitations Florida places on the recovery of damages in personal injury litigation are the following:

  1. The state of Florida and all state agencies, counties and cities can only be held liable for damages up to $200,000 per person and $300,000 per incident.
  2. Punitive damages are limited to three times the compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. If the conduct of the defendant was "motivated solely by unreasonable financial gain," then the punitive damages will be capped at four times the compensatory damages or $2 million, whichever is greater. The only exception to this cap is when the defendant intended for the harm to occur to the injured person.
  3. An employer can only be held liable for punitive damages for the conduct of an employee if the employer "actively and knowingly participated" in the conduct; "knowingly condoned, ratified, or consented" to the conduct; or "engaged in conduct that constituted gross negligence."