Mediations work. Mediation is a facilitated negotiation process in which a skilled third party neutral assists parties in conflict to reach a mutually acceptable reconciliation of their dispute. The majority of circuit civil mediations end with an amicable resolution of the case. As a local litigator of circuit civil cases with over twenty years of experience litigating, mediating and trying these very cases I bring a practical perspective to mediation negotiations. I have represented both plaintiffs and defendants in cases ranging from automobile crashes, slip and falls, and products liability cases to complex wrongful death cases. I bring that experience and legal knowledge into mediation to help the parties come to an amicable resolution of their dispute. Additionally, as a local litigator I have local knowledge of the Bay County and Panhandle courts and juries that can be indispensable negotiating a settlement agreement between the parties.
During this particularly difficult time in the panhandle following Hurricane Michael, I have seen the rapidly rising need for local mediators to assist homeowners, insurance providers, and contractors with bringing their cases to resolution without the necessity of protracted litigation. I am experienced and knowledgable regarding insurance and contractor statutes and case law and bring that experience into the mediation to assist all parties in crafting a settlement resolution and bring closure to the process.
I am more than happy to conduct your mediation at your law practice or a neutral site to meet the needs of the number of parties attending the mediation. I do not charge for travel within the panhandle. Full day or half day mediations are available. I look forward to serving as your mediator and assisting you with the resolution of your dispute. ** During the COVID-19 emergency I will be conducting mediations through my firm Go-to-Meeting video conference account allowing all parties to see and be heard, documents and presentations to be shown, and privacy during individual party caucuses. This allows everyone to continue with their social distancing while we continue to provide the best possible services in a timely manner.**
Car crashes happen every single day here in the Panhandle from Panama City to Pensacola. What do you need to know if you are involved in a car crash?
Check for injuries. Are you or a passenger in your vehicle hurt? What about in other vehicles? Call 911 and request an ambulance immediately if anyone is suffering pain or discomfort. Get to safety quickly and render first aid if qualified.
Take photographs or a video to document the crash scene, property damage, people involved, and tag numbers if you are able. Exchange names and telephone numbers with any witnesses.
Cooperate with Law Enforcement as they conduct their crash investigation. They will collect and document the names, addresses and insurance information for each vehicle and passenger involved. You will receive a copy of this information from the officer.
See a medical provider as soon as possible if you are experiencing any pain or discomfort! Typically, the sooner you see a medical provider the quicker and more successful your recovery. Delays in medical treatment are the insurance company's first line of refusing to compensate you for your injuries. Provide your medical provider with your automobile insurance information and any health insurance that you have.
Contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible and file a claim! You pay premiums for your coverage so use it! Every policy in Florida includes Personal Injury Protection (PIP). PIP pays up to $10,000 of your medical bills (at 80%) or lost wages (at 66 %). You must see a medical doctor (not a chiropractor) within 14 days of the crash to receive PIP benefits.
If you have "Collision" coverage make sure you file that claim with your carrier as well. Your insurance will pay to repair (or pay for if totaled) your vehicle minus your deductible. They will seek reimbursement from the at-fault driver's carrier and should refund your deductible. This is a much faster way of getting you back on the road than having to "deal with" the at-fault driver's insurance. It's also part of what you pay for with your premiums.
Do not talk with the at-fault driver's insurance adjuster. They are trained to get information and statements from you that helps them to not compensate you!
Contact a personal injury attorney if you are injured or are having issues with those insurance companies! If the worst has happened, allow a trusted love one to contact a It's never too soon to retain counsel. Depending on the circumstances of the crash there may be crucial evidence that needs to be secured before it is lost like cell phone data, security/traffic camera recordings, dash camera recordings, and often the actual vehicles before they are repaired or scrapped!
In addition to securing crucial evidence a personal injury attorney will also notify the insurance companies to stop calling you and will discover any applicable insurance coverage available to compensate you for your injuries and losses.
Continue with your medical treatment per your doctor's orders! Medical treatment creates a record and evidence of your injuries that your personal injury attorney will use to negotiate a settlement or during trial. Insurance companies love to tell juries that you weren't hurt if you didn't follow through with your treatment.
Stay OFF of social media. Posting about your crash, the people involved, your injuries or treatment, and your "goings on" will not help your case. In fact, under current Florida Law most of your social media can be admissible evidence during trial! Insurance companies and their lawyers routinely check out your public social media accounts as soon as you make a claim.
Be patient! Depending on the extent of your injuries and the insurance coverage available your case may take some time to resolve. Most car crash claims can be resolved within six months to a year without filing suit. If suit has to be filed expect the process to take longer even though most law suits are never tried in court.
I have represented hundreds of automobile crash victims or their families to recoup millions of dollars of compensation for their injuries and losses. It would be my honor to work with you and take the fight to them.
I am here to help you TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM. By now the insurance companies are likely giving you the "run around", the "denial", or the "cold shoulder". Time is on their side and they know it. I will cut through the delay tactics and move your case as quickly as possible.
Tractor-trailer and large commercial vehicle collisions are usually serious with serious, often deadly, results. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can legally weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. That's like a sledge hammer hitting an aluminum can. Due to the injuries typically involved in such crashes the tractor-trailer's insurance carrier will routinely send their investigators and even their legal team to the scene of the crash! Their drivers are trained on what to say and do following any crash. Most driver's are provided with "accident kits" that include cameras and contact information to alert their employer and insurance company from the scene, often before they exit their truck!
Retaining legal counsel immediately is absolutely imperative to making sure that your rights are protected. Securing crucial evidence is the most important thing that must be done as soon as possible including at the scene of the crash if possible. Photographs and video of the scene, documenting important information regarding the commercial carrier, securing mobile phone data and data from onboard GPS, routing, and reporting systems, and obtaining the data from the tractor's "black box" are absolutely crucial. Specialized experts are necessary to inspect the tractor-trailer for Federal Commercial Carrier Regulations violations and reconstructing the crash. The more evidence we have the better our ability to represent you!
I have represented dozens of victims of tractor-trailer crashes and their loved ones and recovered millions of dollars in compensation for my clients. The insurance companies and their legal counsel are already ahead of you. They are trained in what information and statements to gather and get from you to put them in the best position to defend their driver. Shouldn't you have the same advantage?
I understand the Federal commercial carrier regulations, the operation of tractor-trailers, and the company's rules and protocols. As always, I press the insurance companies and their lawyers from day one to pay a just settlement. If they chose not to do so in a timely manner I file suit and move the case to a trial date at the earliest possible time. Delays are on the side of the insurance companies so I don't let them have the luxury of not being ready to try your case to take the fight to them!
We are available 24/7 to help you if you or a loved one are involved in a tractor-trailer crash. We have investigators on call and I will personally be involved from the very beginning. CALL me now at 850-890-4296 or schedule an appointment.
Our Panhandle community from Panama City, Panama City Beach, Destin, Fort Walton, to Pensacola is a hub for motorcyclists. Whether you are a local rider or a tourist our beautiful and scenic roadways are favorites for riders. The Thunder Beach events are one of the biggest motorcycle gatherings in the nation attracting thousands to the area each year.
All too often motorcyclists are involved in tragic collisions that lead to serious injuries and death changing your life and the lives of your loved ones forever. You will need medical treatment. You may not be able to return too work. In the worst scenario, you are dealing with the loss of the life of a loved one. Drivers who are negligent are responsible for all of the injuries and losses they have caused.
As a personal injury attorney, I have represented dozens of injured motorcyclists or their families all across the Panhandle recouping millions of dollars of damages from those responsible. I study the science and causes of motorcycle collisions and injuries and work closely with you throughout the process.
Time is of the essence. There is an abundance of critical evidence that will be lost in matter of days. The crash scene itself must be evaluated and documented to preserve everything from roadway conditions to skid marks and scrapes on the pavement. Witnesses and video footage must be sought out and preserved, mobile telephones and navigation device data secured, and medical treatment coordinated. These are just some of the things that I do immediately.
The insurance companies defend motorcycle crashes aggressively. They routinely paint the injured motorcyclist as careless and at-fault. Their adjusters are trained on how to get information and statements beneficial t them and harmful to you. That's why you need and aggressive personal injury attorney on your side taking the fight to them.
We are available 24/7 to help you if you or a loved one are involved in a motorcycle crash. We have investigators on call and I will personally be involved from the very beginning. CALL me now at 850-890-4296 or schedule an appointment.
Property owners owe a duty to their guests and patrons to keep the property in a reasonably safe condition. This means they must routinely inspect for dangerous conditions, remedy those conditions and/or adequately warn you of the hazard.
Perhaps you slipped and fell in the lobby or walkway of a hotel in Panama City Beach, tripped over some product at a shop in Destin, hurt at a condo in Pensacola, or had something fall on you from a shelf at a big-box store in Panama City. Injuries occur from more than just slipping at a grocery store and can involve all types of flooring, sidewalks, and stairs as well as changes in elevations, lighting, building and safety code violations, improperly operating equipment, and even assaults due to inadequate security.
I have represented people injured on other's property across Alabama and the Florida Panhandle for over twenty years. These are very difficult cases and require immediate action to preserve critical evidence such as security video and the conditions of the property at the time before they are "no longer available". I move quickly to preserve this evidence and to engage the specific experts to investigate the injury site as quickly as possible. I do this so that I am prepared to push the property owner and their insurance company to resolve your case quickly for the most amount of compensation or to take your case to trial without delay.
I am here to help you TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM. Property owners and their insurance companies nearly always DENY responsibility for injuries on their property no matter what they may tell you at first. Time is on their side and they know it. I will cut through the delay tactics and move your case as quickly as possible.
According to a Harvard study over a million people each year are injured by mistakes made at the hands of medical professionals. A medical professional owes their patient a duty to exercise within the "standard of care" when providing services. This means that they must act in a similar manner as other medical professionals. A bad outcome is not the same as medical malpractice. Medical professionals can make mistakes but they cannot do or fail to do something most other providers would or would not do. Examples are failing to timely diagnose a medical condition, incorrectly prescribing medications, incorrect surgical procedures, over/under administration of anesthesia, and inattention to patient's complaints and needs.
These cases are extremely difficult due to the protections afforded to medical professionals by the Florida and Alabama Legislatures. In addition, they are extraordinarily expensive to litigate and they are nearly all litigated in court. Unfortunately, for these reasons it is not possible to litigate cases of malpractice absent serious injury or death.
If you have been seriously injured by the malpractice of a medical care provider you need a personal injury attorney with the knowledge, ability, and resources to take the fight to them. In addition to having represented numerous injured people in medical malpractice cases I will assemble the best possible litigation team of experts and if necessary injury specific, experienced, co-counsel from across Florida and the nation to seek out the justice you deserve. You and your loved ones deserve no less than the best!
I am here to help you TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM. Medical professionals and their insurance companies nearly always DENY responsibility for injuries caused by their own malpractice. Time is on their side and they know it. I will cut through the delay tactics and move your case as quickly as possible.
Brain injuries occur in two forms. severe traumatic brain injuries and concussions (TBI's) and acquired brain injuries (ABI's). TBI's are caused from direct trauma such as in an automobile crash or electrocution. ABI's develop over time from such events as exposure to chemicals or from loss of oxygenation. Either can drastically change the lives of the victim and their loved ones. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there were 2.5 million reported brain injuries in 2010.
Brain injuries are commonly caused in falls (40.%), blows (15.5%), automobile crashes (14.3%), assaults (10.7%), electrocutions, oxygen deprivation, heart attacks or strokes, and even exposure to toxins.
Brain injuries can cause paralysis, severe memory impairment, mental disorders like depression and anxiety, and forms of dementia. Even a concussion can cause impairments and difficulties both short and long term. Treatment and care of severe brain injuries can cost millions of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
Brain injuries are often missed altogether due to a lack of specialized testing. Medical science and technology can now detect the micro-injuries within the brain if properly tested. Often this requires the patient to travel to a facility with the diagnostic imaging equipment capable of "seeing" what ordinary MRI and CT scans cannot. In addition, specialized cognitive testing by qualified neuropsychologists is usually required to document the effects of the brain injury.
A brain injury case is highly technical from the medical evidence side, very difficult to litigate, and exorbitantly expensive. I work with a team of nationally recognized brain injury attorneys, Trojan Horse Method-TBI Med Legal, to get the justice you deserve. As an instructor for the Trojan Horse Method trial skills course I have personal and professional relationships with some of the best brain injury attorneys in the nation to bring their expertise and experience to Panama City, Destin, Fort Walton, Pensacola and across the Panhandle. You deserve no less than the best to take the fight to them.
If you have suffered a brain injury you need to act now. I am here to assist you with your needs of medical diagnosis and treatment, family support, and legal representation. The longer you wait the worse the outcome both physically and legally. Call me today so we can TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM!
The sudden loss of a loved one is the most traumatic and heart wrenching event that will happen to you. I know from experience and empathize with every emotion you and your family are experiencing. The time following the death of loved one is not the time to have to worry about legal matters or have lawyers expressing empty condolences and big promises. It's a time for grieving, mourning and being with your family. I'll be there with you day or night to not just take the legal worries off your shoulders but as an understanding fellow member of an unfortunate club that no one ever should have to experience.
The insurance companies routinely take advantage of this time. They will be gathering evidence, assigning legal counsel, getting witness statements, and hiring experts to defend their insured from legal action and to minimize their monetary exposure. Many times they will harass the family of the deceased to obtain adverse information or even to secure grossly inadequate and unfair settlements. I will be there with over twenty years of experience to counter the insurance company's efforts and will immediately investigate the incident, preserve critical evidence, and hire the investigators and experts necessary to make sure that the death of your loved one by the wrongful conduct of another sees justice.
Allow me to take the legal burdens from you as you grieve and mourn the sudden loss of your loved one. I've been there and know how difficult life is after a tragedy. There's so much that needs to be done as soon as possible following a death caused by someone else's conduct. CALL ME anytime day or night if you have lost a loved one.
The food scene in Panama City, Panama City Beach, Destin, Pensacola, and across the Panhandle is vibrant and growing. Restaurant patrons can be injured by the negligent conduct of the restaurant. The most common injuries come from poor food preparation and storage practices. Improper food storage results in bacteria and contagions contaminating the food product leading to what is commonly called "food poisoning". However, improper food storage can also lead to cross contamination and salmonella poisoning that can cause extreme illness and even death.
Patrons with food allergies are especially at risk for injury in restaurants even when they take precautions such as advising their server of their dietary needs and avoiding foods to which they are allergic. The culprit is usually, again, a failure in food preparation and storage by the restaurant or just a general failure to care. If you have a food allergy your meal should be prepared in a separate environment to avoid cross contamination with your allergen. In addition, your food should be cooked in separate pans and/or fryers. Often, this is not the case and too often severe allergic reactions occur leading to hospitalization and even death.
Injuries arising from negligent bar operations are all to frequent in the Panhandle. Over serving is the primary catalyst for most of these injuries. Injuries from assaults can be prevented by employing properly trained and adequate numbers of security professionals as well as not over serving patrons. Injuries from falls, from the floor, tables, chairs or bar tops, can be prevented with adequate supervision and policies. Drunken staff leaving the premises on our roadways should never happen under any circumstance and is actionable!
Injuries caused by patrons who leave a bar drunk and drive fall under Florida's Dram Shop Act and are extremely difficult to litigate due to the protections afforded the bars by the Florida Legislature. Typically, a bar cannot be held responsible for over serving a patron who then injures someone unless the bar knows or should know the patron is an alcoholic or the patron is a minor. I know that sounds ludicrous but it is the law.
I have years of experience in the food and bar service industry and have represented dozens of victims of restaurant negligence. You need a personal injury attorney with this experience to understand the industry standards and what actually happens behind the scenes to effectively take the fight to them.
I combine over twenty years of experience as a personal injury attorney with years of experience in the restaurant and bar industry to effectively represent you. I know how things are done behind those swinging doors and use that to knowledge to take the fight to them.
There is nowhere else I'd rather be than out on the water. Without a doubt the waters of Panama City, Panama City Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Navarre, and Pensacola and all across the Panhandle are some of the best in the world. This popularity puts a lot of water craft out there every day. Bay County, Florida has the highest per capita boat ownership in the State of Florida! Combine the locals, the tourists renting jet skis and pontoon boats, and the alcohol consumed by boaters and a fun day can turn tragic very quickly.
The skipper (operator) of a vessel owes a duty to everyone aboard the vessel and on the waters to operate the vessel safely. The number one cause of boat crashes is alcohol. Boating under the influence is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. It leads to terrible and dangerous decision making which leads to crashes with other vessels and injuries on the vessel itself. The second leading cause of boating injuries is the failure to know or follow the Rules of Navigation that leads to collisions with other vessels, markers, buoys, docks and even land. Did you know there is no requirement for out-of-state boat and jet ski renters to have a vessel operators license?
Boat crashes are hardly ever without serious injury. Broken bones, brain injuries, spinal injuries and drowning are very common. Fatalities occur at an alarmingly high rate because of the forces involved at impact, the lack of restraints, ejections and contact with the vessel. Drownings from not wearing a personal floatation device is the leading cause of fatalities in boating incidents.
Injuries can also occur on charter boats, parasail operations, and towed inflatables due to negligence on the part of the operator in the actual operation of the vessel at excessive speeds for the conditions, operating in dangerous conditions and even boating under the influence.
I was raised and spent my life boating on the lakes and rivers of north Alabama. Our family moved to the Panhandle in 2003 and lived aboard our sailboat for more than three years. I spend every opportunity onboard my center console that I can. I may not have seen it all but I've seen a lot and have responded to provide assistance and first aid on numerous occasions each year. These waters and the safety of those who use them is a priority to me. I bring over twenty years of personal injury experience and a lifetime of boating experience to take the fight to them.
If you are injured in a boating accident you want a life long boater as your personal injury attorney. I don't just know the rules of the waterways I live them nearly every day. I use my maritime knowledge and over twenty years of experience to TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM.
Hurricane Michael wrought devastation on our beloved Panhandle. Panama City, Parker, Callaway, Mexico Beach, Lynn Haven, and towns and communities all the way to the Alabama and Georgia lines were decimated. Then came the flood of contractors. They went door to door. Called. Advertised. They signed as many residents as they could to contracts promising to help us put everything back together again. Good people paid their contractors out of desperation and trusting, as we are in the Panhandle, that they would complete their work in a reasonable amount of time and with quality workmanship. Sadly, far too many have failed to do so or just vanished outright.
As a homeowner, you have rights and remedies available to you if your contractor isn't living up the their end of the contract, have or are threatening to lien your home, or have performed shoddy workmanship. Florida lien laws are very explicit and have deadlines for filing for both the contractor and the homeowner. In Florida, these laws allow subcontractors to lien your home even if your general contractor has already been paid! As a homeowner, you have the right to contest any lien filed on your home which will force your contractor to enforce (and prove) their lien in court. You also have legal remedies available for breach of contract if your contractor has failed to perform or has performed inadequately.
I am here to help you take the fight to contractors who conduct themselves wrongly so that you can get your home or business rebuilt! As a personal injury attorney I have spent my career seeking justice from those that do others harm. I bring that same experience and intensity to homeowners being taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors.
If you are having issues with your contractor I can help! Call me today so that we can begin working immediately to take the fight to the contractor!
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