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At Searcy Denney, we are committed to righting wrongs for victims of accidents, negligence, and social injustice. When our Florida injury lawyers take your case, you become a member of our family.

When an accident disrupts your life, you deserve help putting the pieces back together. As you attempt to move on, you will discover more and more ways that your injuries impact your life, and you may discover that certain things will never be the same. If someone else, a company or a defective product is responsible for your injuries, the law entitles you to compensation; but, to ensure that you maximize your recovery, you need experience on your side with the help of the right Florida personal injury attorney.


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Our injury attorneys will take the time to get to know you as a person and will guide you every step of the way. If we cannot resolve your case, then we will take it to court to fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.


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Our lawyers are passionate about helping accident victims and prepared to pull out all the stops to pursue justice. Based in West Palm Beach, Tampa and Tallahassee, we fight for clients across the state and beyond.

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To Us, Every Case is Personal You Are Not Alone

Our Florida injury lawyers know that you are coming to us during one of the most challenging periods in your life. When a serious accident or other traumatic event happens, it is normal to feel a flood of emotions – fear, anger, confusion and pain. We want you to know that you don’t have to go it alone, we are here to help you get through this difficult time. Every person has a different story with their own needs and concerns and we will make it point to understand yours. 

If you have been seriously injured in an accident, your injuries could impact your life for years to come. Some accident victims may even face a lifetime of suffering and financial loss. Along with medical bills and loss of income, many accident victims suffer from chronic pain and post-traumatic stress, and scarring and disabling injuries can prevent accident victims from spending meaningful time with their spouses, children and other loved ones.


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When we represent you, our Florida personal injury attorneys will spend all the time necessary to learn about your legal, medical, financial and personal concerns. We want to understand the bigger picture so that we can develop a course of action that best serves your needs today and into the future.

We listen.

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We know that dealing with accident claims, insurance companies and the legal system can be overwhelming. Our team will provide straightforward answers to your questions and walk you step-by-step through the legal process.

We make life easier.

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At Searcy Denney our clients are our first priority. We will always take the time to talk with you. When you call or email us, we respond.

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When you are hurt in an accident, insurance companies and big corporations can make it difficult to get fair compensation for your injuries. Our personal injury attorneys are well recognized throughout the state of Florida as highly skilled and powerful litigators who go up against the strongest opponents and win.

We level the playing field.

Our goal is to ensure that you not only obtain the compensation you deserve, but that your case is handled to your preferences and that you and your loved ones are protected from unnecessary conflict and stress.

Over 5.8 Billion Dollars in Verdicts and Settlements Get a Free Consultation with Our Florida Injury Lawyers Today 1-800-780-8607

How You Can Pursue Compensation in a Florida Personal Injury Claim

Our Florida injury lawyers level the playing field. When you are hurt in an accident, insurance companies and big corporations can make it difficult to get fair compensation for your injuries. Our accident and malpractice attorneys are well recognized throughout the state of Florida as highly skilled and powerful trial lawyers who go up against the strongest opponents and win.

Seeking Fault-Based Damages After an Accident in Florida

In most cases, claims for financial compensation are based on the concept of fault, or “negligence.” If you were injured in an accident and the accident was someone else’s fault, then you may be entitled to full compensation for all of the financial and non-financial losses that you have sustained (and that you will sustain in the future) as a result of your injuries. This is generally true for accidents such as:

  • Slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents
  • Falls from heights
  • Car accidents resulting in significant and permanent injuries
  • Commercial truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Watercraft and boating accidents

What does it mean to be “at fault” or “negligent” in an accident? Negligence take many different forms, from texting behind the wheel to failing to repair a dangerous sidewalk. Due to the numerous ways that individuals and companies can be liable for accident-related injuries and the challenges that are often involved in proving liability (more on this below), we recommend that you contact a Florida injury law firm regardless of who or what you think might be to blame for your injuries.

Seeking Financial Compensation Based on “Strict Liability”

Were you injured by a defective product? If so, then you may not need to prove negligence in order to secure a financial recovery. In Florida and other states, product defect claims are often governed by the law of “strict liability.”

Under the law of strict liability, companies that design, manufacture, and sell defective products can be held liable without proof of negligence. This is intended to ensure that companies are held responsible for selling dangerous products – and incentivize them to take the steps necessary to avoid putting dangerous products in consumers’ hands. Unfortunately, accidents involving defective products still happen all the time. If you were injured by any of the following (or any other type of product), you should speak with a personal injury attorney about filing a claim for compensation:

  • Airplane or boat (or any component)
  • Car, motorcycle, SUV or truck (or any component)
  • Children’s furniture, toy or playground equipment
  • Construction tool or equipment
  • Household product or appliance
  • Landscaping tool or equipment
  • Medical device or pharmaceutical

Seeking “No-Fault” Compensation for Injuries from Vehicle Collisions

If you were injured in a car accident in Florida, then you may be entitled to file a claim for “no-fault” compensation under your personal injury protection (PIP) policy. Most Floridians have PIP coverage of up to $10,000 for their medical expenses and lost wages. But, while this may sound like a good thing, it actually presents a number of challenges for individuals who have been seriously injured in vehicle collisions.

  • Despite being “no-fault” coverage, auto insurance companies will often aggressively fight accident victims’ PIP claims.
  • In order to recover compensation beyond PIP, you must be able to prove that you have suffered a “significant” or “permanent” injury.
  • If you are entitled to coverage outside of PIP (either based on negligence or strict liability), this is not something that the insurance companies are going to tell you.

For these reasons, even when filing a PIP claim with your own insurance company, it is still a good idea to select an attorney at our Florida personal injury law firm to represent you. 

How Your Injury Lawyer Can Help 

Putting the pieces of your life back together after an accident or instance or negligence is not easy. Our attorneys and staff members will guide you through every step of the process, helping you in ways that go far beyond simply handling your claim.

Of course, filing a successful claim is a major part of the process, and securing just compensation for our clients is at the heart of what we do. Here is what you can expect when you choose a Florida personal injury lawyer from Searcy Denney to represent you:

1. Obtaining Professional Medical Care

In many cases, it can be difficult to find the right doctor to treat your injuries. If you are not sure where to go for medical treatment, we can provide you with solid information for doctors who specialize in your area of need. We do not send you to a specific doctor, we understand how important that relationship is and you must choose who treats you, but we will provide you with the information to help you make that choice.

2. Dealing with Your Employer

If you have missed work or expect to miss work in the future (or both), we can deal with your employer for you. Your personal injury attorney can explain to your employer why you are unable to perform your job duties, and we can help you take full advantage of the benefits you have available.

3. Dealing with Your Creditors

For many people, being unable to work due to an injury also means being unable to pay their bills. If your injuries cause you suffer financial strain, we may be able to assist with your creditors.

4. Filing Your Insurance Claim

Once you obtain a diagnosis and treatment and we have a comprehensive understanding of all of the various ways that your injuries will impact your life in the future and we will make those a part of our demand for payment to the at-fault party’s insurance company.

5. Negotiating with the Insurance Company

Once we file your claim, we will negotiate aggressively for a fair settlement. We will use the evidence to paint a clear picture of liability, and we will use your medical records, employment records and other documentation to seek just compensation for all of your injury-related losses. This includes not only your losses to date, but also the losses that we anticipate you will incur in the future.

6. Our Florida Injury Lawyers Will Advise You Regarding Settlement

If the insurance company offers a settlement, we will sit down with you to go over the offer and help you make an informed decision about resolving your claim. We will let you know if we think more is on the table, and we will discuss the potential outcomes involved in taking your case to court.  This is your decision after consulting with us and we will respect that decision.

7. Taking Your Case to Court

If the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement, we will file a lawsuit in court. While this will mean preparing your case for the possibility of trial, we will continue to negotiate, and we regularly resolve our clients’ lawsuits via settlement prior to trial. We are skilled personal injury trial attorneys, so if you want to proceed to trial, we will be there for you.

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Why You Need to Hire a Florida Injury Lawyer as Soon as Possible after an Accident

In order to recover just compensation, you will need to engage a Florida injury law firm to represent you. Here are five reasons to schedule a free initial consultation as soon as possible:

1. Evidence Could Disappear

Aside from any evidence you have in your possession, the evidence needed to prove your claim could begin to disappear quickly. Your personal injury lawyer will need to conduct an investigation promptly in order to preserve all of the additional evidence that is available.

2. Eye Witnesses Could Forget Key Details

Your injury law firm will also need to get in contact with any witnesses and obtain statements from them before their memories start to fade. It is also important for your law firm to interview witnesses first before their recollections are skewed by the insurance companies.

3. The Insurance Companies Will Try to Take Advantage of You

If you do not have a lawyer, the insurance companies will try to take advantage of the fact that you are not represented. They will try to get you to settle for minimal compensation, and they will not inform you of key factors that could drastically impact the value of your claim.

4. You Could Make Costly Mistakes

In addition to settling for too little, there are numerous other mistakes you need to avoid as well. During your initial consultation, your attorney will advise you of common mistakes that could jeopardize your claim for damages.

5. You Could Run Out of Time

If you wait too long to seek legal representation, you could run out of time to file your claim. All personal injury claims are subject to statutes of limitations in Florida; and, as a practical matter, the longer you wait, the harder it will become to establish liability and recover your losses.

Let Our Vast Experience and Resources Work for You

Over $5.8 billion in verdicts and settlements.

In our more than 40 years' experience as personal injury lawyers in Florida, we have obtained verdicts and settlements for thousands of clients, inside and outside the courtroom. View All Case Results

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Our legal team includes trained paralegals, thorough investigators, expert witnesses, and other professionals to support your case and help build a winning case strategy. Meet Our Team

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We do not hesitate to try your case in court, going toe-to-toe against big insurance companies and powerful corporations that put their profit before your safety. Learn More About Our Attorneys

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When the son of my parents (my brother) was killed by policeman and an apparent cover up was revealed, the lawyers of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley provided the leadership that our family needed. During several of the most difficult days of our lives, they provided comfort, care, support and understanding as we grieved our loss. We would not hesitate to recommend this law firm again and again. We THANK YOU!

I would like to thank Carter Scott and his staff for all the hard work they put in to settle my case. Mr. Scott kept me and my husband informed about everything that was going on with my case. He called to make sure that we were okay and to see if we had any questions about what was going on the case. He provided us with excellent representation and I would recommend this firm to all my friends and family who need legal advise. Once again, I would like to thank Carter Scott and his staff.

Personal Injury FAQs Your Questions Answered by Our Florida Injury Lawyers

What is a personal injury claim?

When you are injured in an accident that is not your fault, you are entitled to receive financial compensation from the party that is liable for your injuries. You do this by filing a personal injury claim. As a practical matter, most personal injury claims are resolved through settlement negotiations with the liable party’s insurance company. However, some cases go to court, and it is important to choose Florida injury lawyers who are willing to take your case to trial if necessary.

How do I know if I have an injury claim?

In order to find out if you have a claim, you will need to discuss your case with an attorney. Accident claims are complicated, and there are numerous factors that will go into determining your legal rights. At Searcy Denney, our Florida personal injury lawyers offer free initial consultations, and we can tell you if you have a claim for damages.

Do I need Florida injury lawyers to handle my accident claim?

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury due to the negligence of another, you should discuss your case with a Florida personal injury lawyer skilled in handling accident claims. The legal system can be complicated, so it is best to get advice from an experienced lawyer as soon as possible after an accident occurs. At Searcy Denney we will fight to protect your rights and interests at each step of the process so that you can get the full financial compensation you are entitled to receive.

What types of personal injury claims does your firm handle?

Our firm has over 40 years of experience representing injured people. Our team of attorneys is equipped to handle all types of personal injury claims ranging from car crashes and truck accidents to complex medical malpractice cases. As one of the oldest existing injury law firms in the South Eastern United States, we have built a reputation for successfully litigating challenging cases against some of the largest corporations in the United States.

Is there a time limit for filing a personal injury claim in Florida?

Yes, in Florida, all personal injury claims are subject to a “statute of limitations.” This is a law that limits the amount of time you have to assert your legal rights. If you wait too long and the statute of limitations expires, you will lose the ability to seek just compensation. In most cases, the statute of limitations is four years from the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions, and it is important that you discuss your case with an injury lawyer as soon as possible.

How much is my case worth?

The amount of compensation you are entitled to receive also depends on numerous factors. The extent of your injuries, what you do for work and whether you may have played a role in causing the accident are just a few examples. Once our lawyers have the opportunity to thoroughly evaluate your case, then we can tell you exactly how much we believe we can recover on your behalf.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

It depends. Most personal injury claims are resolved through insurance settlements, and settlement negotiations can take anywhere from a few months to a year or longer. If our lawyers need to take your case to trial in the Florida courts, this can extend the duration of the process as well. While we cannot tell you how long your case will take, what we can tell you is that we will work diligently to achieve a favorable result as quickly as possible.

Will your personal injury attorneys negotiate a settlement?

Yes, if it is possible to do so, and if negotiating a settlement is in your best interests. While we understand that you want to resolve your case quickly, we also know that it is imperative that you not settle for too little too soon. It is ultimately up to you to decide when to settle, but we will let you know if we believe it is in your best interests to proceed toward trial.

How much do your Florida personal injury lawyers charge?

We charge a contingency fee that is commensurate with the fees charged by other Florida personal injury law firms. However, you only pay this fee if we win your case, and our fee will never be more than a fraction of your award.

How do I know if you are the right personal injury firm for me?

At Searcy Denney we want you to be confident in your decision to hire our firm. We offer free, no-obligation consultations where you can discuss your case with our Florida injury lawyers. When you are dealing with an accident or other personal injury claim, the thought of hiring an attorney can be overwhelming. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible for you. We are caring and compassionate attorneys who will answer your questions and provide you with the support and guidance you are looking for every step of the way.

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