Personal Injury Lawyer in Pembroke Pines
Being injured in an accident can be frustrating and confusing. Our Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer knows that victims of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, construction site accidents, medical malpractice, and other accidents may suffer a serious personal injury. Some of these injuries may be catastrophic, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, broken bones, and other devastating injuries. Victims and their families may not know what to do next after they have significant medical bills and lost wages due to the negligence of another person, business, or government entity. But in times of great uncertainty, victims can rely on our experienced Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer at Schlacter Law to lead them in the right direction.
Here at Schlacter Law, our award-winning team and experienced lawyer can help victims and their families get back on their feet. We will work with your treating physicians to build up your bodily injury claim and use leading experts to establish liability against a negligent defendant. Our compassionate legal team will answer your questions while our aggressive lawyer fights back against insurance companies and defense attorneys who are trying to hide the negligence of their clients. Our Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer has recovered millions of dollars for personal injury victims throughout Florida, especially for Pembroke Pines residents. We do not let insurance companies undervalue or deny our clients’ claims. If you or a loved one were seriously injured, or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to the negligence of another, call our lawyer at Schlacter Law for a FREE consultation to learn how we can protect your rights to compensation under Florida law.
What Kind of Services We Provide
Our experienced personal injury lawyer and award-winning injury law firm can handle any type of serious accident resulting in permanent, debilitating, or catastrophic personal injuries occurring here in Pembroke Pines. This includes the following types of accidents:
- Car crashes
- Tractor-trailer truck wrecks
- Medical malpractice, including birth injury cases
- Premises liability cases including slip and falls or trip and falls
- Construction site accidents including fires, electrocutions, explosions, and chemical exposure
- Bicycle collisions
- Workplace accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Dog bites or animal attacks
- Cruise ship, jet ski, boating, and other watercraft accidents
- Intentional torts
- Fatal accidents resulting in wrongful death
- Swimming pool accidents
- Negligent security claims
- Pedestrian knockdowns or hit by a car
- Crimes including assault and battery or rape
- Any other incident causing a personal injury that our lawyer may be able to help victims and their families recover compensation
What May I Recover in a Florida Personal Injury Claim?
Florida law allows victims of personal injury accidents to recover compensation for their “damages.” This is the relief that a party in a legal action may recover. In personal injury cases, damages are typically monetary compensation. Our lawyer at Schlacter Law may be able to recover a variety of damages that you suffered as a result of a car wreck, slip and fall, or other negligent accident including the following:
- Past pain and suffering from the date of the accident to the date of the settlement or court award
- Future pain and suffering from the date of settlement or award to the end of the victim’s estimated life expectancy
- Medical bills, including past and future bills
- Lost wages from being out of work due to bodily injury or doctor appointments
- Future lost earnings if a victim is unable to return to the same line of work but must take a decrease in pay
- Modifications to a vehicle or home (including apartment) such as lifts, ramps, handles, wider door thresholds, or bathroom modifications
- Medication expenses for both past and future
- Nursing care at a nursing home, assisted living facility, or rehabilitation center, especially for catastrophically injured victims or as victims age and need increased support due to their permanent injuries
- Loss of consortium and services which includes relations with a spouse, society with a spouse and other family members, and general guidance, protection, and other interaction
- Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other therapy costs
- Mobility assistance devices including wheelchairs, canes, braces, and other ambulatory devices
- Equipment, including special chairs, beds, showering devices, TENS units, and other equipment necessary to help with a catastrophic injury
- Property damage
- Wrongful death damages, including funeral or burial costs, loss of income of a dependent, and other damages due to the untimely loss of a loved one
- Punitive damages in outrageous instances of negligence or misconduct
- Other damages that our Florida lawyer at Schlacter Law may be able to recover for victims in Pembroke Pines
Common Personal Injuries From Florida Accidents
The reckless, careless, and negligent conduct of another could result in a variety of personal injuries. Our lawyer knows that these bodily injuries could be debilitating and catastrophic, sometimes resulting in wrongful death. Many of these personal injuries will require surgical repair including placement of painful hardware, multiple procedures, and months of physical therapy. Some individuals may never fully recover from their bodily injury and have permanent limitations. Some of the most common personal injuries that our Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer can help you with include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, brain bleeds, diffuse axonal, penetrating damage, coup-contrecoup, and other brain damage 
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs), including paraplegia, quadriplegia, and monoplegia 
- Fractured bones, including orbital blowouts
- Head or face damage
- Organ injuries
- Back or neck damage, including lower back pain, disc injury, disc ruptures, disc herniations, or annular tears
- Loss of hearing, smell, taste, or other senses
- Disfigurement or significant scarring
- Burn damage
- Joint damage, including knee or shoulder injuries
- Many other common personal injuries that our Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer could assist you and your family with
What to Do After An Accident Causing You Harm
No one plans to be in a personal injury accident, but you can make a plan if you are unfortunately harmed by the negligence of another. Not only could having a plan protect your life, it could also protect your claim. This is because an insurance adjuster or defense lawyer will look for gaps in your case to try to undervalue your claim. But having a plan in place will allow you to help protect your rights to compensation with the help of an experienced lawyer like ours at Schlacter Law. Our lawyer provides some important tips on how to protect your rights in a serious injury accident in Florida:
- Call 911 for help: Even if it is just a fender bender, get the police to come and issue a report. Not only does this help to corroborate your claim, but an officer will evaluate the scene and may generate a report helping you prove liability against a defendant. In addition to asking police for help, for slip and fall or animal attack cases alert the property owner that you were injured because most stores have an incident report form that you may be able to use to help establish your claim
- Get medical help: No matter how slight you think your injury may be, our lawyer knows that sometimes a minor-appearing injury is just the tip of the iceberg. Some damages may start mild but quickly become debilitating and even life-threatening, especially head injuries. Always get evaluated at the scene by EMS and, if they recommend you get evaluated at a local hospital, always go. Not only can this help corroborate your claim, but it may save your life
- Take photographs or videos: If you are physically able to, take photographs or videos of where your accident occurred. This includes signage at an intersection, in a store, or even outside a house where you were bitten by a dog. Also make sure to take photographs of your injuries at the scene
- Exchange information: Unless you are leaving in an ambulance, never leave the scene of any personal injury incident without getting the other party’s insurance information, license plate, telephone number, and address. For slip and fall cases, always get the contact information of the store owner and the insurance company. If there are witnesses at the scene, make sure to get their full names and contact information as well
- Collect and preserve documents: You may receive a lot of paperwork at the scene or shortly after from insurance companies, law enforcement, the hospital, and the other parties. Always keep these documents, even if you think they have copies or it may not be useful. This is because these documents can help protect your claim in the future—especially if an egregious defendant changes paperwork or claims you did not get certain documents (i.e., discharge summaries saying one thing when it was clear that a victim should have done another). Do not destroy any documents, even if you think it hurts your case, and turn over all files to your lawyer
- Keep a journal: Using a journal can help your personal injury claim. Record each day and what issues you had, pain scale, what you were feeling, appointments, medications/painkillers, and other conduct or activities that you did during the day or conduct that you were medically unable to do. Turn over your journal to our lawyer at the start of your representation
- Contact a lawyer: While you should immediately notify your insurance company of a claim, this can sometimes backfire. This is because insurance adjusters will try to undervalue your claim, even if they are your own insurance company. Hiring a lawyer to help you right away should always be your first step because a lawyer can help notify your insurance company to protect your rights. Even if you are unsure if you have a claim, ask our lawyer how we may be able to help your claim in a FREE case evaluation. But the most important thing is to never give a recorded statement to an insurance adjuster and never accept a settlement check without first meeting with a lawyer to evaluate your claim
Fatal Personal Injury Accidents
Oftentimes the most catastrophic crashes, medical errors, intentional misconduct, or other incidents result in the wrongful death of an innocent person. Families who lose a loved one in a Pembroke Pines car wreck, slip and fall, surgical error, or other type of medical malpractice case may be entitled to compensation under Florida law. Our lawyer may be able to get families compensation for the following:
- Pain and suffering of a loved one before death
- Medical bills
- Burial costs
- Funeral expenses
- Emotional harm or distress
- Loss of financial support and income
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium, guidance, protection, and society
- Punitive damages in rare cases for egregious negligence
- Other damages that our Pembroke Pines lawyer may be able to obtain for families after the wrongful death of a loved one
What if I Was Partially At Fault?
Victims who were partially at fault for their personal injuries may still be entitled to compensation for their injuries. This is because Florida is a “comparative fault” state which means that a victim’s award is reduced by his or her proportional share of fault. For example, if a victim is awarded $100,000 but is 10% at fault, the victim’s award may be lowered to $90,000.
Injured in a Florida Accident, Call Our Pembroke Pines Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
When the negligent or intentional acts of another person, business, or government entity cause you or a loved one serious personal injuries, call our Pembroke personal injury lawyer at Schlacter Law. There is no upfront risk to have our award-winning law firm begin to protect your rights to compensation. Call for a FREE case evaluation to learn how we can start fighting for your rights today by calling (305) 999-1111.
How We Handle Cases
- Your attorney will aggressively investigate your case. Schlacter Law will compile all necessary evidence needed to maximize the value of your case. Which includes but is not limited to photographs, police reports, security camera footage, witness statements, medical bills and medical records.
- You will remain in constant contact with Schlacter Law about the progression of your case.
- Your attorney will present your case to the insurance company and will attempt to resolve your case before the case goes to court for maximum compensation.
- Your attorney will make every effort possible to resolve the case as quickly as possible for the most amount of money you may be entitled to. You will be actively involved in the negotiation process with your attorney. Schlacter Law understands that this is your one opportunity to get justice for your loss.
- If settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, Schlacter Law will be fully prepared to bring your case to court to fight for the justice you deserve.
- At no cost to you, Schlacter Law will hire any experts and professionals needed to maximize your recovery and present your case in the strongest form possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a lawsuit in Florida?
Most negligence causes of action and intentional torts are four years from the date of the incident. This includes car wrecks, truck crashes, dog bites, slip and falls, and similar types of cases. Medical malpractice cases are two years from the date the medical malpractice was discovered or should have been discovered. Wrongful death cases are two years from the date of death. There are some exceptions to these time periods. It is important for victims to always consult with a Pembroke Pines personal injury lawyer to ensure that their rights to compensation are protected.
Can I negotiate with the insurance company on my own?
Yes, but you really should not. Insurance companies train adjusters how to undervalue a claim and will trick you into admitting facts that hurt your case. Most insurance adjusters are being helped by a defense lawyer who is giving the insurance company a hidden and unfair advantage. If you attempt to negotiate with an insurance company alone, you are almost guaranteeing to lose money in your claim because it is not a fair fight.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
At Schlacter Law we do not charge clients upfront. Our experienced lawyer accepts cases on a contingency fee agreement which means that we only get paid once we collect a settlement or court award for you. This means there is no upfront financial risk to hiring Schlacter Law.