Our personal injury attorneys at the Shiner Law Group provide zealous advocacy and effective legal representation to individuals and families who have suffered personal injury because of the carelessness of another. Our law firm has earned acclaim from our peers, former clients, judges, and others for our ability to maximize recoveries for our clients by taking on negligent individuals, large corporations, government entities and other negligent, reckless, or intentional parties that cause injury to innocent parties. Our law firm combines meticulous investigation and discovery, up-to-the-minute knowledge of relevant legal changes, compelling legal arguments, and persuasive negotiation and litigation to provide the sophisticated representation provided by large firms. This representation is delivered with a focus on personalized attention and timely communications usually considered the province of smaller firms.
We have successfully handled hundreds upon hundreds of personal injury and wrongful death claims seeking a fair and full recovery whether through negotiation with insurance carriers or civil litigation. Our law firm has received exemplary reviews and ratings from many respected legal organizations and portals that include the highest possible ratings from AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell, as well as listings in Superlawyers® and Best Lawyers in America® along with dozens of 5-star ratings by satisfied clients. These awards and accolades are particularly meaningful because they are based to a significant degree on evaluations by other attorneys and clients who have retained our office.
Because we have handled a broad spectrum of injury-related claims in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Boynton Beach, West Palm Beach and the surrounding counties and unincorporated areas, we can handle the full spectrum of injury related lawsuits.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
While car crashes, tractor-trailer collisions, motorcycle accidents, and collisions involving other motor vehicles can be lumped together as vehicular accidents, the many types of vehicles and scenarios involving collisions raise unique legal and factual issues. Because of the vast number of vehicle accident claims we have handled, our personal injury lawyers have the expertise, litigation experience, and the familiarity with factual and/or legal issues to represent clients in all types of vehicle collision claims.
Car Accidents: Car accidents can be caused by a multitude of factors, including intoxicated, distracted, speeding, or otherwise unsafe drivers. Whether we are pursuing a negligence claim against a driver who blew through a stop sign or a product liability claim against the manufacturer of a car involved in a sudden acceleration crash, our lawyers tailor our representation to the specific facts and circumstances of the accident while conducting a careful investigation. Our attorneys also work closely with accident reconstruction experts, medical experts, mechanical experts, vehicle design experts, and others with specialized knowledge. Our goal is to develop the most persuasive claim and protect car accident victims from sharp insurance company practices to maximize the fullest financial recovery. Since a verdict only has value to the extent the damage award can be recovered, our law firm works diligently to identify all potential defendants and sources of insurance.
Motorcycle Accidents: Because motorcycles offer no protection from injury, riders are especially vulnerable to drivers who disregard traffic safety laws or drive carelessly. Motorcyclists face special challenges that do not affect car accident victims. These obstacles include preconceptions about riders being reckless and law enforcement accident reports prepared without the benefit of the crash victim’s input. Since motorcyclists typically are transported directly to a hospital, the accident report often will be skewed toward the driver of the car who is available to provide a statement. The experience our attorneys have representing clients in motorcycle accidents means we understand the importance of looking at evidence beyond the law enforcement report when analyzing liability involved in a crash. Our West Palm Beach motorcycle accident lawyers also understand the special handling limitations of motorcycles and defects that can contribute to steering wobble. We also work with motorcycle accident reconstruction experts when pursuing the fullest compensation for crash victims.
Trucking Accidents: Crashes involving large trucks can have catastrophic consequences because a fully loaded big-rig can weigh as much as forty tons. Because passenger cars can weight 25 times less, the outcome of a collision between these vehicles often is devastating for occupants of the passenger car. Tractor-trailer accident litigation involves complex issues. When large trucks are involved in collisions, trucking companies routinely use emergency response teams to initiate an investigation shortly after the crash. Commercial carriers (i.e. trucking companies) anticipate that their drivers and big-rigs will be involved in collisions, so they have the litigation resources and procedures in place to effectively defend against lawsuits. Successful pursuit of trucking accident claims requires the following:
- Knowledge of trucking regulations which often constitutes the basis for imposing liability
- Preempting the loss of evidence when tractor-trailers are quickly repaired and rushed back into service following a crash;
- Preserving and analyzing black box data from the large truck;
- Obtaining and reviewing driver log books, fuel receipts, tire purchase invoices, emails between the driver and carrier, driver personnel records, records of prior violations by the carrier and driver, maintenance logs, and other relevant documents;
- Comparing driver logbooks against other documents to identify inconsistencies that reflect manipulation of the logs; and
- Sending spoliation letters or seeking restraining orders to preserve critical evidence that might conveniently “disappear.”
Our trucking accident attorneys have the experience to effectively negotiate these complex and challenging issues central to prevailing in trucking accident litigation.
15-Passenger Van Rollovers: These vehicles are widely used for transporting kids to sporting events, parishioners to church outings, students to extracurricular functions, and senior citizen on getaways. Nonetheless, large passenger vans often lack sufficient seat belts and tend to roll over in collisions. Although the vehicles are purportedly designed to transport a large number of passengers, studies have shown that the likelihood of a 15-passenger van rolling in a crash increases with more occupants or cargo on the roof rack. Many rollover accidents involving passenger vans occur because they are driven by inexperienced drivers who do not understand the unique handling characteristics of these vehicles. Neglected tire maintenance also causes many preventable vehicle rollovers involving large passenger vans. Tires that are old, sun-damaged or not properly inflated can lead to a blowout, triggering a rollover. Our law firm works with accident reconstruction experts and understands the special handling limitations and defects often associated with these vehicles.
Special Types of Negligence: While it might be accurate to state that most motor vehicle accidents are caused by some form of negligence, the identity of the responsible party and form of negligence can have a dramatic impact on a vehicle accident claim. When a drunk driver causes a collision, for example, the driver might be exposed to liability for punitive damages. This category of damages is designed to compensate victims for their loss by punishing particularly egregious conduct and discouraging it in the future. If a motorist violates a traffic safety law or crashes because of a vehicle defect, strict liability (liability without the need to prove negligence) might be a viable theory of liability. Our Boca Raton personal injury lawyers draw on our extensive litigation experience, which allows us to skillful navigate these special forms of liability in vehicle accident claims.
The area of premise liability law involves hazards on the property of others that cause injury to those who the owner or occupier owe a duty of care. The liability of a property owner or occupier often turns on the nature of the relationship between the parties. Our attorneys represent individuals injured by hazardous conditions on private property, businesses, and public property. The liability rules that apply in premises liability cases involve a range of factors, so injury victims need an experienced Boca Raton premises liability attorney who understands the importance of key issues, such as:
- Classification of the party coming on the premises (invitee, licensee, trespasser)
- Nature of the dangerous condition or hazard on the premises
- Age of the injured party (i.e. child v. adult)
- Knowledge of the owner of existence of the hazard
- Duration of time the hazard was present
- Remedial efforts taken by the property owner
- Adequacy of warning posted on the premises
These are merely a handful of issues that might need to be analyzed when investigating accidents caused by hazards on another’s premises. Our lawyers handle the full spectrum of premises liability case, such as:
Slip and Falls: Although many people presume that falls because of slip or trip hazards result in only minor injuries, falls can cause catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries (SCIs), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and even wrongful death. When businesses are open to the public like grocery stores, department stores, and restaurants, owners and occupiers (like commercial tenants) have a duty to warn of potential fall hazards or eliminate the unsafe condition. These hazards might include spilled liquids, debris in walkways, pallets of merchandise in aisles or walkways, or other fall-related hazards. Our slip and fall lawyers investigate fall accidents by reviewing accident reports, watching store surveillance footage, interviewing employees and other witnesses, analyzing prior incidents, reviewing medical records, and other evidence.
Dog Bites (Animal Attacks): Dog attacks can result in disfiguring physical injuries, long-term emotional trauma, and even fatal mauling incidents. Under the Florida dog bite statute, owners can be strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog biting a person in a public place or lawfully in a private place. Florida dog owners can be held accountable even if the owner does not have any knowledge of the dog’s propensity toward violence, and the dog has never bitten anyone before. Many situations require a bite victim to rely on other grounds for imposing liability, such as negligence or violation of a leash law. Under Florida law, dog bite claims must be handled differently than incidents involving different types of injuries, such as a broken leg resulting from a dog chasing and knocking over a cyclist. Our Boca Raton dog bite lawyers represent many people injured because dog owners and those entrusted with dogs (e.g. dog walkers, groomers, dog sitters) fail to secure their dog properly. Although many dog attacks involve family, neighbors, or friends who own the dog, the claim usually will be covered by homeowner’s insurance.
Negligent Security: Businesses open to the public are in a unique position to assess the crime in the vicinity and implement appropriate security measures to protect suppliers, customers, and others. Owners of nightclubs, restaurants, bars, motels, retail stores, common areas of condos and apartments, shopping malls, hotels, resorts and other businesses open to the public do not have a duty to guarantee the safety of customers and others who visit their business. However, they are required to implement reasonable security measure based on the extent and severity of prior crime on the premises and the local vicinity. Our experienced Boca Raton negligent security lawyers often work with board certified experts in security disciplines with experience in legal claims involving deficient security measures. Since the precise type of security measures will depend to a significant degree on the crime demographics of an area, we collaborate with experts to establish why the security measure implemented by an owner were insufficient.
Pools and Spa Accidents: While swimming pools and spas at resorts, hotels, private residences, and housing developments can provide a source of fun, exercise, and recreation, private and public pools also can pose life-threatening hazards. Children face the most significant risks including:
- Drowning and near drowning from lack of supervision
- Drain entrapment accidents
- Falls on wet surfaces
- Diving board accidents
- Injuries caused by defective life-saving equipment
Whether the accident is caused by the failure to construct an adequate fence, lock a gate, supervise children, maintain the area and equipment, or some other form of negligent conduct, our Boca Raton law firm tenaciously pursues the fullest recovery for our clients.
Nursing Home Abuse
Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse exact a devastating toll on victims, and seniors residing in nursing homes are particularly vulnerable to such abuse, as well as chronic neglect. Elderly nursing home residents can be limited in their ability to immediately recognize elderly neglect or abuse. Even if the patients understand that they are being mistreated, they might lack the capacity to disclose the abuse or neglect to a loved one. Residents in long-term care facilities also might be hesitant to report abuse because of the fear of reprisals. Nursing home abuse and neglect is a chronic problem because of the common practice of hiring unqualified or insufficient staff.
If you notice signs of abuse or neglect, such as bruises, pressure sores (bed sores), broken bones, or unexplained changes in mood that you discover reflects abuse or neglect, you might want to talk to your loved one in a safe environment. Our nursing home and abuse attorneys provide tenacious advocacy for victims of all forms of nursing home abuse and neglect. Our knowledge of the laws and regulations covering nursing homes allows us to identify violations that lead to accidents and substandard care. We examine relevant forms of negligence by examining pre-employment screening, safety practices, medical care, fall preventative measures, staffing levels, and other factors that might contribute to nursing home abuse and neglect.
Consumers typically assume that motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals, consumer electronics, baby products, and other consumer goods will function as they are intended. Despite this reasonable assumption, millions of consumers suffer some form of injury caused by a defective product annually. Florida product liability law empowers consumers harmed by defective products to pursue entities throughout the production and distribution chain. Sometimes consumers can seek to hold entities involved in the design, manufacture, and labeling of a product liable on a strict liability basis (e.g. liability without fault). Many products harm consumers because companies cut corners during the design or manufacturing process, fail to conduct product safety testing, or neglect to implement appropriate quality control procedures. Our product defect lawyers bring fifteen (15) years of experience, extensive litigation resources, and the tenacity to take on large multi-national corporations that harm the public with unsafe or defective products. Our law firm handles product liability claims involving many goods, including but not limited to the following:
- Defective Motor Vehicles
- Dangerous Drugs
- Faulty Consumer Electronics
- Children’s Products
- Imported Products Tainted by Led Paint
- Defective Household Goods
- Hazardous Chemicals Lacking Sufficient Instructions
When a loved one is taken from you prematurely, the grief and pain can be devastating. If the death of your family member was the result of the negligent, reckless, or intentional act of another, the experience might be even more emotionally challenging. When trying to cope with grief and loss, loved ones typically do not want to focus on insurance company issues and lawsuits. Under Florida law, surviving loved ones, such as a decedent’s spouse, children, parents, and other blood relatives who were at least partially financially dependent on the decedent can bring an action for wrongful death. If the defendant’s negligence was the proximate cause of the decedent’s death, plaintiffs might be able to recover:
- Loss of Companionship
- Children’s loss of support or guidance
- Lost income and family support
- Emotional suffering
- Mental anguish
Some of the types of cases that our wrongful death attorneys handle include motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, criminal acts, defective products, and medical malpractice. Our lawyers conduct a diligent investigation of the facts surrounding a fatal accident or criminal attack and work with renowned experts to develop strong theories of liability. Insurance companies frequently use sharp practices to minimize payouts, but our wrongful death lawyers anticipate such traps and diligently work to protect our client’s interest.
Although this page includes several types of personal injury claims that we handle, these are just a few types of lawsuits that we handle. Our Florida personal injury lawyers represent clients in the full range of injury cases involving negligent conduct. Some other negligence claims that we handle include:
- Construction Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Amusement Park Accidents
- Resort Accidents
- Cruise Ship Injuries
- Sport Injuries
- School Accidents
- Day Care Accidents
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury, we welcome you to contact our experienced legal team so that we can evaluate your claim and advise you of your rights and options. We are committed to helping victims recover the compensation they need to move past injuries, so call us 24/7 at 561-777-7700 or online for a free case review to see how we can help. The Shiner Law Group represents victims of negligent and intentional misconduct in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, and throughout the surrounding counties.