Miami Personal Injury Lawyers
A standard bearer of excellence among Florida Personal Injury Attorneys for four decades, Leesfield Scolaro's statewide reputation for aggressive advocacy and client concern have brought record-setting verdicts and settlements for victims of careless and negligent conduct. The firm is recognized as one of Florida's leading personal injury trial law firms in diverse practice areas.
In addition to an active practice throughout Florida, our firm represents visitors from all locations, including clients from South America, Europe and Canada. A complete list of practice areas is found here. Representative verdicts and awards can be easily accessed by clicking on Verdicts & Settlements.
Founded in Miami-Dade County, Florida in 1976, the firm now serves the entire state through offices in Miami, Key West, and Orlando/Central Florida. Our Miami personal injury lawyers have won major cases in all Florida locations. Your future and our reputation depend upon the outcome of your case. If you are looking for a Florida personal injury firm to keep you informed while pursuing your recovery, please contact us.
We have the resources, skill and experience to tackle the tough cases and complex litigation against individuals, corporations and government. You want a law firm with experience and dedication. You want lawyers who will answer your calls and questions, and advocates who combine strong legal skills with an understanding of your particular situation. We do not charge for consultations, whether by e-mail, telephone or in person. We primarily represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless you win.
When our Miami personal injury lawyers represent you, you have a team of dedicated professionals on your side. We will fight for you. We understand that your case is very important to you, and that it is our job to advance your case as quickly and efficiently. Your future and our reputation depend on the outcome.
To contact one of our experienced board certified trial lawyers, please call our Miami, Florida office today at 800-836-6400 or click here for a free and full case evaluation.
Catastrophic injuries are injuries that are so serious that they can alter an accident victim’s life permanently. Often, a single at-fault defendant does not have sufficient insurance coverage to fully compensate for the losses of a catastrophically injured person. When life-long care is needed, it is critical to uncover a source of coverage that will guarantee the financial safety and independence of a catastrophically injured individual. We have experience in the aggressive and creative lawyering that can lead to compensation under these circumstances.
Under Florida Statutes section 768.19, a decedent’s estate may bring a wrongful death lawsuit in a Florida court to seek legal remedies if the decedent was killed by the carelessness or misconduct of someone else. While nothing can replace a beloved family member, you may be able to recover damages for the value of the services and support that the decedent provided to the family, loss of companionship, and medical and funeral expenses that you paid for the decedent. The estate may be able to recover damages for medical and funeral expenses paid by the estate, lost wages, lost earnings, lost benefits, and lost prospective net accumulations that the estate could reasonably have been expected to collect had the decedent lived.Car Accidents
Our Miami personal injury attorneys have provided strong legal representation to car accident victims for almost 40 years. In most cases, a car accident victim must establish another driver’s negligence in order to recover damages. This requires proof that the accident resulted from a driver’s failure to use the proper care behind the wheel. A driver’s breach of the duty to use reasonable care can involve behaviors such as speeding, weaving, drunk driving, failing to obey traffic signals or signs, reckless driving, tailgating, and aggressive driving. Even if you were partly at fault for an accident, you still may be able to recover damages in proportion to the defendant’s fault.Truck Accidents
Truck accidents are often devastating. People in smaller vehicles that collide with a truck may suffer catastrophic injuries or death. These accidents happen for many different reasons, including truck driver fatigue, drugged or drunk driving, overloaded trucks, and failures to follow applicable regulations. Interstate truck drivers must follow the rules promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), including hours of service rules mean to curb truck driver fatigue. In some cases, truck accidents also result from the fault of the trucking company, a third-party loader, a mechanic, or the manufacturer that made the truck. A victim should retain a personal injury attorney in the Miami area who will thoroughly investigate the causes of the accident.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcyclists are mostly unprotected in case of a collision. As a result, some of the most devastating injuries occur in motorcycle accidents. It is crucial to look carefully at a motorcycle accident to determine all of the parties that may have been at fault. In addition to suing a negligent driver, we can look at factors like whether the road was negligently maintained or designed, or whether there was a manufacturing or design defect that contributed to the motorcycle accident. Over the last 20 years, our attorneys have brought many lawsuits on behalf of victims of defective design in motorcycles. For example, we secured one of the largest jury verdicts in American history against Honda in a case in which our client was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident.Scooter and Moped Accidents
People who operate mopeds and scooters are also particularly vulnerable to the possibility of catastrophic injuries. We have represented clients who have suffered serious injuries because of the negligence of scooter manufacturers or moped drivers. Generally, under Florida law, people who drive cars may be able to collect Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits when they are injured in an accident, but this protection is not provided to moped or scooter operators. After a moped or scooter accident in which you were injured, it is crucial to retain an experienced Miami personal injury lawyer who can look at all of the possible sources of compensation. When one client sustained nine crushed facial bones and three fractured vertebrae in a moped accident after a driver ran a red light, for example, we obtained a $2.1 million settlement.Pedestrian Accidents
Florida is considered one of the most dangerous states in the country for pedestrians. Drivers are supposed to take special care to avoid hitting a pedestrian. Pedestrians hit by cars may suffer catastrophic injuries or death. Under Florida Statute section 316.130(15), drivers of cars must use reasonable care to avoid hitting pedestrians and provide warnings, if necessary, and they must also use appropriate precautions if they see an obviously confused or incapacitated person or a child. If there is a crosswalk, drivers are supposed to let a pedestrian who has the signal cross the street.Product Liability
We represent clients in product liability lawsuits, such as cases involving defective guns or defective furniture that tips over. Product liability law deals with the liability of a manufacturer and others in the distribution chain for damages caused by a defective product. Generally, products can be defective in terms of their manufacturing, design, or marketing. It is possible to recover damages in product liability lawsuits based on theories of strict liability, negligence, or breach of warranty. Strict liability is different from negligence because it requires a personal injury lawyer in the Miami area only to show that there was an actionable defect in the product and that the defect caused the victim’s injuries.Cruise Ship Injuries
When you take a cruise, you do not expect to be injured. Unfortunately, accidents do happen on cruise ships, and sometimes passengers are injured or killed as a result of negligence or misconduct by crewmembers. Often, cruise ships lack fundamental safety policies, protocols, and procedures. They can be held accountable in litigation, but often antiquated laws and contractual language limiting remedies can make these cases more complicated than ordinary personal injury cases. This is why it is important to retain an attorney with experience in this area. Some of the cases that we have handled have involved sex crimes by crewmembers against passengers, trip and falls on cruise ships, excursion accidents, and injuries to children supervised by crew members.Negligent Security
In a negligent security lawsuit, a plaintiff injured because of a criminal act sues the owner, manager, or occupier of the premises on which the criminal act occurred. It may be possible to recover damages for injuries caused by rapes, assaults, robberies, and other attacks because of inadequate security on the premises, or because of other inadequate conditions on commercial and residential premises. Generally, there is no duty to protect against the criminal acts of a third party, but a property owner does have a duty to take reasonable measures if a criminal act is foreseeable. Serving clients in Miami and beyond, our personal injury lawyers have been on the cutting edge of inadequate security cases and the development of trial techniques in negligent security litigation.Medical Malpractice
If you have been injured by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, or dentist, you may be able to recover damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Not all errors by a health care provider constitute medical malpractice. Instead, medical malpractice occurs when a health care provider’s performance of duties deviates from the professional standard of care, causing harm to a patient. The professional standard of care comprises the accepted practices and standards used by people of similar training and experience in the medical community. A plaintiff generally has two years to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit.Boating Accidents
Florida is the state with the most recreational boating. It also unfortunately has the most boating accidents of any state in the country. If someone operates a boat in a negligent way, they can be held liable for a boating accident that results. If somebody in a boat causes an accident, they may be held liable under a theory of negligence or another theory, depending on the circumstances. For example, if a boater creates a wake that causes another boat to capsize and results in the death of passengers, it may be possible to hold the boater liable. Similarly, a boater who negligently travels into an area restricted to snorkelers may be held accountable. Many of our cases have involved people who were injured while snorkeling or scuba diving.Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Miami
If you need to get compensation following a serious accident, you should contact the skillful trial attorneys at Leesfield Scolaro. We represent accident victims in cities such as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Orlando, Kissimmee, and Key West. Call us at 800-836-6400 or contact us online for a free consultation.
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