Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer stands up to large corporations and insurance companies on behalf of injured individuals. The Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP have recovered substantial compensation on behalf of those who have been injured due to other people’s negligence.
Unintentional injuries caused 1,280 deaths in Broward County in 2020 and 15,987 across the state. These numbers have risen significantly over the years. Many of these injuries could have been prevented were it not for the negligence of others. The personal injury attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP are passionate about getting justice for individuals harmed because of negligence.
Your first consultation is free, so call our Fort Lauderdale personal injury law office to get started today.
- Why trust Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP with your personal injury case?
- Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale
- What does a personal injury attorney do?
- Do I have a personal injury case?
- How much is my personal injury case worth?
- Cases We Handle in Fort Lauderdale
- Who may be liable for my damages?
- What is the statute of limitations in Florida?
- What should I do after suffering a personal injury?
- How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
- Our Fort Lauderdale Office
Why trust Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP with your personal injury case?
The most important measure of a qualified law firm is the firm’s history of success. Our successful case results are a reflection of the value and importance we ascribe to every case:
for a woman who was critically injured after her ignition failed and her airbag did not deploy
for a client whose fingertip was severed by a defective beach chair
for a slip and fall injury resulting in a jaw fracture
in a mesothelioma settlement on behalf of a former Navy machinist’s mate who also worked as a civilian mechanic
Results like these have won us the respect and admiration of the legal community. Our attorneys have received the following awards and designations:
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- Regular invitations to speak at legal summits and conferences
- Frequent appearances on various news networks for legal analysis
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP prides itself on representing people, not corporations. Our clients can expect to receive compassionate, responsive service with personalized attention. We place great emphasis on the attorney-client relationship and go above and beyond by referring clients to the best care facilities and other resources to ensure they achieve the best health outcomes possible.
We regularly receive feedback from our clients, such as the following:
Our Personal Injury Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale
Although legalities may be the farthest thing from your mind when you are severely injured, you will need financial resources to pay for your medical care and living expenses. You are already paying the price for someone else’s carelessness in the form of injuries. You should not have to pay financially too.
An insurance company may pressure you to accept a lowball settlement that will fall far short of meeting your needs. This could leave you in a position where you must foot the bill for your ongoing medical costs and struggle to make ends meet.
When you hire the experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we will manage these important details for you, relieving you of this burden and ensuring you are compensated proportionately to your injuries.
What does a personal injury attorney do?
A personal injury lawyer provides legal advocacy and representation to people who have been severely injured because of someone else’s careless or malicious conduct. Personal injury lawyers must use a combination of legal and medical knowledge to prove a case.
In many instances, the opposing party will deny culpability and blame the victim. A personal injury lawyer must have access to resources and experts, such as forensic analysts, to reconstruct your accident and successfully refute these claims.
Calculating Case Value
One of the biggest mistakes unrepresented injury victims make is underestimating their case value. Before you can estimate the value of your case, your medical team must determine the extent to which you will recover and the long-term effects of your injury.
Determining case value also requires a detailed understanding of your financial status before the accident and how this will change after the accident. These considerations include the following:
- Your actual earnings before the accident
- Your prospective earnings had the accident not occurred
- Your earning potential after the accident
- Business opportunities before and after the accident
- The cost of care that will be required after the accident
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, we rely on financial planners, economists, and medical experts to provide critical information to help us determine your case value.
Our team consists of world-class trial lawyers who skillfully negotiate with insurance companies and other representatives of the opposing party to reach the highest settlement available. We are dedicated to ensuring our clients receive nothing less than remarkable outcomes.
In the event that a satisfactory settlement cannot be reached, our attorneys are always prepared to take your case to trial.
Do I have a personal injury case?
The only definitive method to determine whether you have a case is to meet with a reputable attorney with experience handling cases like yours. When you book a consultation with one of our attorneys, we will evaluate the following:
- Did the other party have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care?
- Did the other party breach that duty?
- Did the other party’s breach of duty cause you to suffer a compensable injury?
- Was the other party’s breach of duty the proximate cause of your injury?
If we can answer all of these questions affirmatively, you may have a case. However, we will also need to evaluate individual factors specific to the incident that gave rise to your injury before we can confirm the validity of your case.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
The value of your case is specific to your unique situation. The factors that may influence your case value include the following:
- The type of case
- The available insurance of the opposing party
- The severity of your injuries
- Whether any share of the fault can be attributed to you
- The financial impact of your injuries
What damages can I recover for a personal injury in Fort Lauderdale?
The types of damages available in Florida include economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. However, all types of damages are not available in all cases.
Economic damages are the verifiable monetary losses attributable to your injuries. These damages typically include lost wages and medical expenses.
Lost wages may include the following:
- Missed days at work
- Lost future wages
- Loss of business opportunities
- Loss of work-related benefits
- The value of domestic services provided
Medical expenses include the following:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor bills
- Assistive devices
- Home health
- Personal care
Non-economic damages are the subjective, intangible losses often experienced by people who have suffered serious injuries. Non-economic damages may include the following:
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society
- Loss of capacity to enjoy life
- Loss of bodily functions
- Loss of consortium
Florida generally limits non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases to $500,000. The law does provide exceptions in specific cases. There are no limits on non-economic damages in other personal injury cases in Florida.
Punitive damages are awarded only when clear and convincing evidence shows that the defendant’s conduct was deliberate or grossly negligent. Florida defines gross negligence as conduct that was “so reckless or wanting in care that it constituted a conscious disregard or indifference to the life, safety, or rights of persons exposed to such conduct.”
Punitive damages are limited to three times the total economic and non-economic damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. If your legal team can prove that the defendant’s conduct was intentional and motivated by financial gain, the limit is increased to the greater of four times the compensatory damages or $2 million.
Wrongful Death Damages
In the tragic event that your loved one passes away as a result of a wrongful act or omission, the immediate family of the victim may be eligible to claim the following economic, non-economic, and punitive damages:
- Medical expenses of the deceased
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of earnings, past and future
- Loss of support and services
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of parental guidance
- Grief, pain, and suffering
What if I am partly at fault for the incident?
You can still recover damages if you were partially to blame for the accident. However, your compensation will be reduced in proportion to your share of the fault. Our attorneys can refute any initial findings of fault by Fort Lauderdale police or the insurance company and potentially eliminate or minimize your share of fault.
Cases We Handle in Fort Lauderdale
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP has extensive experience with personal injury cases caused by the following:
- Construction accidents
- Slip and falls
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Asbestos exposure
- Wrongful death
Catastrophic Injury Cases
Many of our clients have suffered catastrophic injuries. Florida law recognizes catastrophic injuries as permanent injuries resulting in the following:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burn injuries
- Sensory and motor impairments
- Severe neurological effects
Injuries that meet Florida’s criteria for catastrophic injuries may yield higher compensation.
Who may be liable for my damages?
Liability in personal injury cases is not always as simple as identifying the opposing party. In some cases, multiple parties may be liable.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The following parties may be liable in a motor vehicle accident:
- The other driver
- The owner of the vehicle, if not the driver
- The manufacturer of a defective vehicle part
- A government entity that failed to properly maintain a roadway
- A mechanic who improperly performed a repair
In commercial vehicle accidents, such as truck accidents or bus accidents, the employer and companies that own the vehicle may be vicariously liable if the accident occurred in the line of duty. This means they are liable for the actions of the driver, even if the companies were not negligent.
In medical malpractice cases, any person or facility involved with your care may be liable, including the following:
- Physician’s assistants
- Lab technicians
Product liability is dictated by the doctrine of strict liability, which means a manufacturer, distributor, or retail seller of a product can be held liable if harm stems from any of the following:
- An inherently dangerous product
- A manufacturing defect
- Failure to provide adequate warnings or instructions
If you are injured on the job, your employer’s workers’ compensation policy may be liable for your damages. If you are eligible for workers’ compensation, you cannot sue your employer. However, third parties whose negligence caused or contributed to your injuries can still be held liable, which may include the following:
- Defective product manufacturers
- Premises owners
- Contract workers
- Non-employee vehicle drivers
If you are an independent contractor who is not covered by workers’ compensation, you may be able to hold the employer liable.
Premises liability includes slips and falls, dog bites, inadequate security, and other incidents that result in injury while on property owned by an individual, business, or public entity. In these cases, the property owner is typically the liable party.
What is the statute of limitations in Florida?
What should I do after suffering a personal injury?
When you are injured, your first priority is your health and well-being. Seek immediate medical attention at one of Fort Lauderdale’s trauma centers or urgent care centers, depending on the nature of your injuries.
When possible, if you are in an automobile accident, take the following steps to protect your personal injury case and comply with the law:
- Report the accident to the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and request a copy through the records division.
Trauma Centers in Broward County
Trauma centers are best equipped to manage catastrophic injuries or multiple injuries that occur together. Broward County is home to the following trauma centers:
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost?
Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP charges nothing upfront and absorbs the risks of pursuing your case by advancing case costs, such as filing and consultation fees. This is how we ensure finances do not stand in the way of justice. After your case is successfully resolved, we will collect an agreed-upon percentage of your compensation.
Our Fort Lauderdale Office
We are located in downtown Fort Lauderdale in the beautiful One Financial Plaza building off East Broward Boulevard. Our address is:
We offer free case reviews, which you can arrange by calling our office at (954) 678-4141 or by using our easy online contact form. Contact the team at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP today to schedule your free consultation.
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