Everyone knows that sometimes accidents just can’t be prevented, even if everyone involved was doing their best to stay safe. Most of the time, though, that’s just not the case.
If you or someone you love slips on a store’s wet floor and there was no warning sign, that store should be held responsible for their negligence. When someone crashes into you because they had a few drinks before getting behind the wheel or decided to text their mom that they were going to be late for dinner, your injury is due to their recklessness. And even in situations where no fault can be assigned, insurers have been known to fight tooth and nail to avoid paying victims of injuries and property damage the benefits clearly laid out in the policy they signed.
At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we make it our business to protect the residents of Weston when they get hurt or suffer a loss and others try to push them around or avoid paying what they owe. It’s not a question of punishing those who wronged you, either, but of getting the money that you and your family need to survive. Medical treatment and rehabilitation isn’t cheap, and neither is paying to rebuild or replace your property. Many people spend years trying to recover after they’ve been hurt or have suffered a catastrophic loss, but that doesn’t have to happen to you. If someone else hurt you through their negligence or recklessness, they should be responsible for helping you to put your life back together. Additionally, forcing people and companies to be responsible for their actions will decrease the likelihood that they’ll do the same thing to someone else.
Because Lawlor, White & Murphey specializes in personal injury cases, we have expertise in a number of areas of the law and have successfully helped all kinds of people in Weston and all over Florida. Our practice areas include auto accidents, cruise ship accidents, medical and professional malpractice, premises liability, defective products, brain injuries, wrongful death, and bad faith insurance claims.
When you call us to set up a free consultation, one of our experts will look over the facts of your case and tell you what they think in plain English. Sometimes trying to work with the responsible party to come to a settlement is the smartest option, but only if they’re willing to give you what you need and deserve. If our lawyers believe that you’re being low-balled, we’re happy to go to court and fight, regardless of whether the opponent is a regular Floridian or a big insurance company or corporation. In our eyes, no one is above the law.
Insurance companies all want us to believe that they’re on our side, and for the most part they are – to an extent. After all, if you continually refuse to pay on claims that are obviously valid, you’re not going to have many customers for long. But insurers still have a bottom line to worry about, and if there is any way for them to avoid payment, they’ll attempt to do so.
Once in a while, this zeal to keep money in their pockets causes insurance companies to engage in practices that are at best gray and sometimes downright illegal. Basically, they act in bad faith. If your insurer tries to argue that you aren’t covered for an event and you don’t agree with the decision, the legal experts at Lawlor, White & Murphey can help. We not only know how to look at insurance policies and interpret the language, but also find ways to turn it to your advantage.
If you drive in Florida, you’re required to pay for PIP insurance. It’s supposed to cover your medical expenses in the event you’re hurt in an auto accident, but unfortunately many Weston residents discover that the coverage doesn’t begin to make up for the money they lose from missed work and medical treatment. To make matters worse, PIP laws require you to seek treatment within an extremely narrow time frame or forfeit any coverage from your insurance, and don’t allow you to seek out certain lower-cost forms of care like acupuncture or massage therapy.
The only recourse left to Florida accident victims is to sue, and if you decide to go that route you want one of our experts on your side. We’ve helped countless people with crash injuries to prove that the other party was responsible and get the compensation they deserve.
The wet floor example above may be particularly egregious, but there are plenty of ways that you can get hurt because a property owner or their employees aren’t doing their jobs correctly. This area of the law is called premises liability, and if you or someone you love suffers an accident because of an unsafe condition on another’s property, that property owner should pay for what happened to you.
This applies not only to retail stores in the area, but also to restaurants, hotels, malls, parks, airports, and even apartment buildings. That’s right – if your landlord doesn’t keep your rental unit safe, you can sue them if you’re hurt. We’ve successfully handled many cases like this and would love to help you, too.
Weston residents, like everyone else living in Florida, love to spend time enjoying our amazing access to open water. We swim, boat, and play in not only the ocean, but also the many other abundant water channels nearby. But most people, even if they’re using our waters on a regular basis, don’t realize that there’s an entirely different set of laws that cover injuries at sea – maritime law.
This complex and distinct area of the law governs things like cruise ship injuries, international shipping, workplace accidents at sea, and more, so it’s something that every Floridian should know about. Maritime or admiralty law is also something that can’t just be handled by any old attorney, either. You need specific training to try an admiralty case, and our maritime lawyers worked hard to understand the nuances of the law. All told, Lawlor, White & Murphey has more than 40 years of admiralty law experience, so you can be confident that you’re in good hands.
Traumatic brain injuries are among the worst types of accidents that anyone can experience. Without a brain that functions normally, victims can be forced to deal with:
Why are so many problems connected to our brains? Because our brains are connected to every single bodily function we have, and when signals get crossed, things go awry. Treatment and rehabilitation from brain injuries can take months or even years, and most people never fully recover. As you might imagine, the bills associated with this kind of medical care can quickly become astronomical – not to mention the fact that many of those who suffer brain injuries can’t work anymore.
If you or a loved one is dealing with a brain injury caused by someone else, it’s vital that they be held responsible and compensate you for what you’ve had to go through. The attorneys at Lawlor, White & Murphey have dealt with many Weston cases involving brain injuries, and we understand how to fight hard to help you get what you deserve while still maintaining compassion and allowing you to keep your dignity.
No one should have to suffer the loss of someone they love because another person or organization behaved in a way that was negligent or reckless. Unfortunately, Lawlor, White & Murphey can’t bring back the deceased, but we can help you to offset the financial cost associated with their death and make the responsible parties face justice to keep this from happening to someone else.
What is wrongful death? Many things fall under this category, from a cop using excessive force to motor vehicles accidents to medical malpractice. Depending on the circumstances, the way we try to bring the guilty party to justice may vary, but the desired results are the same – getting compensation for you to cover the cost of funeral expenses, lost wages, and emotional suffering. Nothing will make up for their loss, but compensation can at least help you to go on living.
The last thing most people want to think about when they’re dealing with a serious injury or loss is trying to find the extra money to pay for a lawyer. Lawlor, White & Murphey knows this. It’s why we offer a free initial consultation, and also why our cases are taken on contingency.
What’s contingency? To put it simply, we don’t get paid unless you do. You literally have nothing to lose.
Start fighting for what you deserve today by contacting us to schedule a free consultation by calling us in South Florida: 954-525-2345 or toll-free at 855-347-5475, or you can reach us by email.