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Miami Lawyers for Individuals and Families in Need of Just Compensation

There are lots of reasons why someone might need a lawyer. From car accidents to medical mistakes, all types of accidents and incidents can lead to unexpected harm and costs families cannot afford. At Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, our Miami lawyers bring centuries of experience in handling all types of claims. Whether you have been injured or lost a loved one, we are prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve.

We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means your initial consultation is free, and you do not pay anything unless we win. You will have direct, one-on-one access to your lawyer throughout your case, and your lawyer will help you make informed decisions at each stage of the process.  

About Miami

What is there to say about Miami that hasn’t already been said? With its beaches and nightlife, Miami is known as a tourist destination worldwide. It has been memorialized in movies and television shows for decades, and it is a bucket-list destination for many travelers.

But, many people also call Miami home. Miami is the second-largest city in Florida, and Miami-Dade County is home to numerous businesses, universities, sports and entertainment venues, financial institutions, and hospitals. Interstate 95, Route 1 and the A1A are key thoroughfares; and, as the city grows, its local roads are becoming increasingly crowded. Even so, Miami is still undoubtedly a great place to live and work, and we are proud to represent so many local residents.

We Handle Personal Injury Claims Throughout Miami

With a permanent population of nearly 500,000 and a heavy tourist population year-round, Miami is a busy place. While this is part of what makes Miami great, it is also a major contributing factor in the high number of accidents in the city each year. Our lawyers handle claims against insurance companies, businesses, property owners, hospitals,  and other entities throughout Miami, including areas such as:

  • Allapattah
  • Coral Gables
  • Coral Way
  • Downtown Miami
  • Grapeland Heights
  • Little Havana
  • Miami Beach
  • South Miami
  • Wynwood
  • The surrounding areas of Miami-Dade County

Regardless of whether you live in Miami, work in Miami or were visiting Miami from out of town, we can help you if you suffered injuries in an accident that was someone else’s fault. We can also help you if your spouse or child has been injured, or if you have tragically lost a loved one under circumstances in which someone else was to blame. We are passionate, meticulous and relentless advocates for our clients, and you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to recover the financial compensation you and your family deserve.

About Our Personal Injury Practice

At Searcy Denney, our practice is devoted to helping individuals and families who have suffered losses due to others’ negligence and mistakes. If you are in need of legal representation in Miami, here is what we want you to know about our firm:

Who We Are

Though we offer a host of practice areas, we are primarily a Florida personal injury and wrongful death law firm. We have been fighting for residents of Miami and other areas for more than 40 years, and our lawyers have centuries of combined experience securing settlements and verdicts for our clients. We also have a staff of dedicated legal professionals who are available to assist our clients with any questions they may have about seeking medical treatment, dealing with the insurance companies or dealing with their employers.

What We Do

Our lawyers represent individuals and families in cases involving serious and fatal injuries and illnesses. This includes cases involving accidents (i.e. car, truck and motorcycle accidents) as well as accidents involving medical mistakes and dangerous products. You can learn more about our main practice areas below, or you can simply contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights.

Our Results

We have handled cases resulting in awards of $1 billion or greater. We have also secured numerous multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts, as well as countless awards in the six-figure range. We take a personalized approach to every case we handle; and, as your law firm, we will accurately calculate your losses so that we can seek full compensation on your behalf.

Our Commitment

We do what it takes to win. When we accept a case, we also accept the responsibility to do everything we can to assert and protect our client’s legal rights. We take this responsibility very seriously, and we use our resources and capabilities to fight relentlessly for the outcomes our clients deserve.

Your Miami Lawyers in Times of Need

Above all, we are passionate about helping victims and families in their times of need. All of our lawyers and staff members care deeply about our clients, and we invest our time, energy and resources in making sure our clients receive the best outcomes possible in light of the circumstances at hand. While we will never be able to truly replace what you have lost, we can help make sure you have the financial resources you need to move on. You can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley 24/7. 

5 Important Facts about Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim in Miami

If you have a personal injury claim in Miami, there is a lot you need to know. As a result, we strongly recommend that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. You can lose your legal rights if you aren’t careful, and you will need an experienced lawyer to help maximize your financial recovery.

Here are five important facts about pursuing a personal injury claim in Miami:

1. Florida Has Several Uncommon Personal Injury Laws

Many of Florida’s personal injury laws are different from the laws in the majority of other states. These laws can have a significant impact on your claim, so it is important to work with a lawyer who can help you understand how they apply. Some examples of Florida’s uncommon personal injury laws include:

  • Florida’s “Pure Comparative Fault” Law – Florida is among a handful of states that follow the rule of “pure comparative fault.” This law applies when an accident victim is partially responsible for his or her own injuries. Under Florida’s pure comparative fault statute, even if you are 99 percent at fault for your own injuries, you can still recover one percent of your injury-related losses.
  • Florida’s “No-Fault” Insurance Law For Car Accidents – If you were injured in a car accident, your case is subject to Florida’s “no-fault” insurance law. This law limits accident victims to filing personal injury protection (PIP) claims unless they can prove that their injuries qualify as “significant” or “permanent” under the law. If you are diagnosed with a significant or permanent injury, then you can seek additional compensation through a fault-based auto insurance claim.
  • Florida’s “Strict Liability” Dog Bite Law – While many states have a “one bite rule” for dog bite claims, Florida does not. As a result, if you or your child has been bitten by a dog in Miami, you can file a dog bite claim regardless of whether the dog has bitten before.
  • Florida’s Lack of “Joint and Several” Liability – In most states, accident victims can seek full compensation from one company even if multiple companies are responsible for their losses. But, under Florida law, accident victims must sue each at-fault company in order to recover full compensation.
  • Florida’s Personal Injury Statute of Limitations – Florida has an unusually long statute of limitations for personal injury claims. In most cases, accident victims have up to four years to file a claim. With that said, if you or someone you love has been injured in an accident in Miami, it is still very important that you speak with a lawyer as soon as possible.

2. You Will Want a Miami Lawyer Who Has Local Knowledge

When choosing a lawyer for your personal injury claim in Miami, it is important to choose a lawyer who has local knowledge. Whether you have a car accident claim, premises liability claim or any other type of personal injury claim, you need a lawyer who knows the Miami area. Local knowledge can be extremely helpful when conducting an investigation, and you will want a law firm that works with local doctors as well.

3. You Will Want a Lawyer Who Has Relevant Experience

In addition to local knowledge, it is also important to choose a lawyer who has relevant experience. Pursuing a successful personal injury claim isn’t easy, and Miami is full of big defense firms that fight accident victims’ claims by all means available. You need a lawyer who has a proven record of success in personal injury litigation, and who knows how to do what it takes to win the financial compensation you deserve.

4. Florida Law Allows for the Recovery of Financial and Non-Financial Losses in Most Cases

Unless you are limited to seeking PIP coverage for a minor vehicle collision, Florida law entitles you to just compensation for your financial and non-financial losses after an accident in Miami. This means that in addition to recovering compensation for your medical bills and lost income, you can also recover compensation for the post-traumatic stress, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and other psychological consequences you endure.

5. Do Don’t Have to Pay Out of Pocket for Your Legal Representation

Our Miami lawyers handle all personal injury claims on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket for your legal representation. Our legal fees will be calculated as a percentage of your settlement or verdict, and we will only collect these fees if we help you recover just compensation. If your personal injury claim in Miami is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing.

Do you have a personal injury claim in Miami? If so, you owe it to yourself to take action, and you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. We are here to help you, and we can take action immediately to protect your legal rights if necessary. To speak with one of our highly experienced attorneys in confidence as soon as possible, call 800-780-8607 or tell us how we can reach you online now.

 

 

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"Nick DeBellis obtained the maximum recovery of full insurance limits in the case we worked on. He is a true professional and recommend him to anyone in South Florida."
Posted By: Michael Geoffroy