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West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney

For more than 30 years, West Palm Beach personal injury attorney Thomas J. Lavin has represented individuals injured in auto accidents, workplace accidents, construction accidents and many other accidents. Our firm, The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, provides hands-on, step-by-step guidance through the personal injury claim process, including all facets of claim preparation, negotiation, settlement and trial. If you were injured due to the negligence of another, we can help.

Personal injury cases can range from relatively minor accidents, to complex and catastrophic injuries or death. Whatever your circumstances, we are prepared to put the full force of our skill, experience and resources behind you. Our Palm Beach personal injury lawyer will stand up to insurance companies and at-fault parties to pursue full and fair monetary damages for your losses.

  • Motor vehicle accidents

    Any accident, crash or collision involving cars, boats, trucks, motorcycles, scooters, pedestrians, bicyclists, buses, taxis, trains, recreational vehicles and more.

  • Work-related accidents

    Construction accidents, machinery accidents, falls from scaffolding, ladders or elevators, and workers’ compensation claims.

  • Health care and medical injuries

    Medical malpractice claims, hazardous drugs and side effects, defective medical devices, and nursing home abuse and neglect.

  • Poisoning and exposure

    Lead paint, asbestos (mesothelioma).

  • Sexual abuse and unwanted sexual contact

    Claims involving abuse or sexual misconduct in the workplace, in nursing homes, in schools or daycares.

  • Other injuries resulting from

    slips, trips and falls or from rape, sexual assault or police brutality.

PROVING NEGLIGENCE

In any personal injury lawsuit in the state of Florida, proving the defendant’s negligence is the key to winning your case. You have to establish that another person’s negligent behavior caused you to sustain injuries. When you are injured by someone else’s negligence – an intoxicated driver, a doctor or a dentist in a malpractice incident, or a property owner who fails to repair a dangerous condition – Florida law allows you to file a personal injury claim. If you establish that the person or persons you name as defendants were legally liable for your injury – that is, if you prove negligence – you can obtain compensation for your medical expenses and related losses. However, you’ll need the help of an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer.

In a personal injury case, the actions of a defendant are generally contrasted with what a typical reasonable person would have done in similar circumstances. Sending a text message while navigating congested traffic, performing surgery while intoxicated, or failing to repair a dangerous condition on one’s property are not the actions of a reasonable person; they’re negligent behaviors. You must prove negligence, but to win a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove two other elements as well. You have to demonstrate that you were actually genuinely injured, and you must prove that the defendant’s negligence was the direct cause of your injury.

If you’ve been involved in a traffic collision or some other accident that aggravated a pre-existing medical condition, do not let an insurance company persuade you that you have no claim. If another person’s negligence caused an accident that re-injured you, you can file a personal injury claim, and if you were genuinely harmed, your claim is likely to prevail.

Temporary aggravation implies that the injury is short-term or self-limiting, causing only a mild, brief increase in symptoms with no real persistent effect. This is sometimes referred to as an “exacerbation.” Permanent aggravation happens when a new injury causes permanent change to an ongoing condition. A permanent aggravation accelerates or permanently worsens that condition. Permanently aggravated pre-existing injuries may require substantial long-term treatment, and thus, substantial compensation. A good personal injury lawyer will help you compile the medical documentation and other evidence you’ll need for your personal injury claim to prevail in such cases.

WHY YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY

Insurance companies are in business to make profits. The less an insurance company has to pay out in claims, the more profit it can make. When people are injured in accidents that are someone else’s fault, their medical bills can pile up while the responsible party’s insurance company is still not paying the claim. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you. If you’re injured by another person’s negligence in south Florida, get legal help at once and contact an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer.

Here’s an example of what can happen. Let’s say you are injured in a way that is clearly another person’s fault. You have x-rays that prove you’re injured and a police report that explains what happened. Still, the insurance company won’t pay. You may start receiving calls from collection agencies; when will you pay the medical bills? The insurance company may be trying to coerce you into accepting a settlement that’s less than your case is worth, or they’re hoping you’ll just go away. If this happens, you should file a lawsuit, but many injury victims grow desperate and accept whatever low amount the insurance company offers. Don’t let that happen.

If you’re hurt in an accident that’s someone else’s fault, whether it’s a car crash, job-related, or some other type of mishap, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you’ve been seen by a doctor. Putting an attorney on the case as soon as possible tells the insurance company that you can’t be bullied or manipulated. A good personal injury lawyer will handle all the negotiations and will either reach an acceptable settlement with the insurance company or take the company to court. Don’t be the pawn of any insurance company. If you’re injured by someone’s negligence in south Florida – now or in the future – speak to an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer and promptly get the legal help you need.

WHAT TYPE OF ATTORNEY DO YOU NEED?

A good personal injury attorney will first try to negotiate an acceptable settlement out of court, but when a negotiated settlement isn’t possible, your attorney should be ready and able to take your case to a jury trial. Many people are confused by terms such as litigator, litigation attorney, trial lawyer, and personal injury lawyer. This explanation should help.

Most lawsuits are settled out of court without ever going to a jury trial. This is thanks to the work of the litigation attorney or litigator. “Litigation” is all of the legal work that happens outside a courtroom. Litigators file lawsuits, gather evidence, conduct research, meet with clients, and file and argue motions. This all happens before a lawsuit even gets close to going before a judge and jury. In the largest law firms, litigators are not trial attorneys; their job ends when the case goes to court, and a trial attorney takes over.

In larger law firms, trial attorneys are specialists. They don’t usually get involved in a case until it goes in front of a judge and jury. The trial attorney questions and cross-examines witnesses, presents evidence, and argues your case in a courtroom. While a “trial attorney” technically is any attorney who participates in trials, in common use – in news stories, for example – the expression “trial lawyer” generally refers to and means “personal injury lawyer.”

If you’ve suffered a personal injury because another person was negligent, you want an experienced personal injury attorney who’s not only a skilled litigator but also an experienced trial attorney. Don’t hesitate to ask your prospective attorney about his or her background in both fields. If you need advice or legal representation regarding a personal injury in south Florida, discuss your case at once with an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer.

GET HELP TODAY!

Our firm, The Law Offices of Thomas J. Lavin, provides hands-on, step-by-step guidance through the personal injury claim process, including all facets of claim preparation, negotiation, settlement and trial. If you were injured due to the negligence of another, we can help you. Contact us at 561-557-4546, or complete the form on our Contact Page.

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To learn more about your rights and options, contact us at 561-557-4546. We return all phone calls promptly. If you cannot travel to our office, we will come to your home or the hospital. We speak Spanish — Hablamos español.

There are no legal fees if we do not obtain a recovery.