In Our Line of Work, People Never Know When They May Need Us
For attorneys who practice personal injury law, clients seldom ‘shop around' ahead of time. It's impossible to know when you leave your house in the morning that you may be involved in a serious crash, slip on a wet department store floor or become permanently injured because of a medical professional's tragic mistake.
So, there are a lot of people in the Southwest Florida area who do not know exactly what we can do, or if we can be of any help to them. If you're involved in a big real estate deal or going through a divorce or custody problem, you probably know a good attorney to help you. But when someone acts in a careless or negligent manner and smashes into your car, your entire life will be affected terribly, and you may benefit greatly by hiring the best personal injury attorneys to help you fight for your legal rights.
The vast majority of our clients – about 80% – come to our firm either because we have helped them in the past, or they have been referred to us by one of our current or past clients. We also get new cases because people found us on the internet, or through some other form of marketing we do. But, many people have no idea exactly what we do, or if they even need to retain a personal injury lawyer.
Here Are a Few Ways We Help Our Clients
1). Car Crashes
Most of our case work involves a person or persons who have been seriously hurt through absolutely no fault of their own. If someone is driving while distracted or just being reckless behind the wheel and smashes into your car, you could suffer some serious traumatic injury. We deal with a large number of motor vehicle crashes, (we don't call them accidents, because there is really nothing accidental about driving like an idiot), and we help clients who have long-term, severe injuries. They are left devastated, confused and unsure of what to do next. They will be facing astronomical expenses for medical treatment and care for their injuries. They may not be able to work after the crash, and have no way to pay the mortgage or even put food on the table.
That's where we can help. After practicing personal injury law for decades here in Lee, Charlotte and Hendry Counties, we know exactly what to do in order to aggressively protect your legal rights, and to get you the fair compensation you are entitled to under the law. Our years of experience mean your problems become our problems, and we are in your corner every step of the way through your ordeal.
If you've been hurt in a bad crash and are not sure if you even need to hire an attorney, all it takes is one phone call to speak with one of our attorneys and find out. We never charge for an initial consultation, and in fact you'll never pay us a dime unless we are successful in obtaining a settlement from an insurance company or a favorable jury verdict on your behalf.
2). Motorcycle Crashes
Since we launched the Goldberg Law Firm in 2000, we have helped hundreds of bikers in this area who were victims of some other person's mistake. In a large number of motorcyclist cases, they were injured because someone made the dreaded left turn into their path, or somehow did not see the motorcycle until after it was too late. Scot Goldberg, the firm's Managing Partner, is a former Harley owner and biker, although these days he has taken to spending his leisure time boating instead.
We know motorcycles and the laws that govern their safe operation. The attorneys at our firm have a complete understanding of the severity of injuries that can come from a bad bike crash, through handling so many of them over the years. Southwest Florida can be a fantastic area for taking a long ride on your bike, and we support all the local bikers out there who have every right to remain safe while on our roads. (For some rider testimonials about how we've helped them, click here.)
3). Commercial / Construction Vehicle Crashes
Many people we represent were hurt while doing their job. Maybe they are employed as a long-haul truck driver, or drive a dump truck to local construction sites to make a living. Or, they may work on a roadside construction crew, a job that carries with it an alarming number of safety risks regarding being seriously hurt in a crash.
Crashes involving a large commercial or construction vehicle require a distinctly specific set of discovery and investigative criteria. Our personal injury attorneys will know exactly what to look for in determining who was at fault in the crash, and we will leave no stone unturned when it comes to going after the responsible party in order to get you the financial relief you deserve. We investigate every possible scenario involving the safety and maintenance records of the vehicle involved, the hiring and training practices of their drivers, whether the company that owns the vehicle has any previous safety issues and a list of other investigatory efforts.
4). Negligent Security
Let's say you're going to a local apartment complex to visit a friend, and you're physically assaulted in the parking lot. You have every right to expect you will be safe while on their property, and the property's ownership and management must do everything reasonably possible to ensure your safety. Do they have any security personnel onsite? Are there holes in the fence that allow criminals access to the parking lot? Are there any security cameras, and are they monitored in real time by anyone who works for the property?
So many factors come into play when you are attacked and injured on some commercial property. Negligent security is a very specialized are of the law, and it takes a seasoned legal professional to know what to look for and the right questions to ask.
5). Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence
With our large population of elderly people, our area is home to many nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other types of adult residential homes. The problem is, not all of them operate under the scope of the law, and some employees take steps further by engaging in abusive or negligent care of the residents living there.
Not providing adequate care and supervisory oversight of an elderly resident can lead to disastrous results. In many cases, the resident is either unable to report any abuse or negligence due to a physical or mentally incapacity. Other cases involve a person who is scared to say anything to anyone outside the nursing home, (assuming they have a friend or relative who even takes the time to visit), fearing the employee may retaliate and make the situation even worse.
Our years of helping people with a relative or friend who has been victimized by a nursing home staff member have shown us the underhanded and diabolical methods used by unscrupulous employees, and the incredible lengths the facility's ownership and management will take in order to cover up or deny any wrongdoing.
6). Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death
Most people are generally very happy with their doctor, and with the services or care and treatment provided during a visit to the hospital or other type of medical facility. Sadly, there are cases in which a doctor, nurse, physician's assistant or other health care professional makes a mistake, leaving their patient with long-term, debilitating injury.
In the most severe cases, a patient may even die while under the care of a medical doctor. These wrongful death cases can tear a family apart, and result in extreme mental anguish, pain and suffering and possibly loss of income if the deceased was the primary wage earner in the family.
While it is true that people do make mistakes, the severity of an error in the medical profession can be devastating. If your car mechanic makes a misdiagnosis, it's not the end of the world. But if a doctor or ER nurse makes a misdiagnosis, it can mean a tragic outcome.
No One Has a Crystal Ball
People never expect to suffer an injury in some form of accident, but it does happen. We hope you keep us in mind should you ever find yourself in that horrible situation. Calling us for a free, no-obligation consultation, or filling out this simple form, will be your best defense in standing up for your legal rights.