Personal Injury Lawyers
Florida personal injury lawyers may practice in one of the key
tourist destinations in the U. S., but like other states, it's
all business when it comes to settling claims. In fact, with all
the sunshine and other distractions, Florida personal injury lawyers
often need to focus just a bit more than others.
For information on choosing a Florida personal injury
lawyer, first see the general section on personal
injury lawyers for questions to ask when screening for someone
who is well-suited for your specific interests. Afterwards, please
return to this page for specifics on choosing a Florida personal
injury lawyer to fit your needs.
Like any state, personal injury laws are influenced by politics,
geography and social attitudes. Florida is no different. At one
time, Florida was largely Democratic, but in the last half of
the century, conservative Democrats have swung into voting Republican,
a large Republican influx has crowded into the state and Democrats
have left. This means in 8 out of the last 10 presidential elections,
Florida has voted Republican and is regarded by many as the ultimate
swing state in presidential elections.
Geography also has a big influence in Florida since its part
of Hurricane Alley and has been pummeled by many large hurricanes
within the last 5 years. Central Florida is also known as the
lightening capital since more lightening strikes happen here than
anywhere else in the U. S. Like New York and California, Florida
also is a state made up from a large immigrant population, which
reflect unique social mores and belief.
Florida personal injury lawyers need to be aware of the politics,
geographical / environmental and social aspects unique to Florida
all the way from the Keys to Jacksonville to Tallahassee and beyond
in order to be effective. They need to know how these different
elements interplay with injury and state law. For instance, since
Hurricane Wilma swept through Florida in 2005, there have been
many personal injury claims for those doing home repair in the
aftermath. The Florida personal injury lawyer you choose needs
to be up-to-date on the injury trends throughout the state.
In order to find a pool of Florida personal injury attorneys
in which to interview for your particular case (or to see if you
have a case), the Florida State Bar is one place to start as they
have a low-cost lawyer referral service that can be accessed either
online or by phone. Checking with friends, colleagues and neighbors
can also yield valuable referrals.
Once you have set up initial meetings with a few personal injury
lawyers, it is important to ask the general screening questions
and also questions specific to the injury as it applies to Florida
law. For instance, you may wish to ask the prospects what the
current trends are in Hurricane Wilma-related personal injury
cases. Quizzing prospects about the Florida Medical Consent Law
also known as the Good Samaritan Act may also yield valuable information
about the lawyer. If you'd like to get really specific, ask the
lawyer about the 2006 Florida Statute Title XLV, Chapter 767,
which concerns a dog owner's liability in cases where their dog
bites someone else. Or you may wish to inquire about 2006 Florida
Statute Title XLV, Chapter 774, which involves the statute of
limitations for asbestos and silica claims.
It is important to ask as many questions as possible of the Florida
personal injury lawyer so that you can later compare choices and
make a decision based upon the attorney's qualifications, experience,
knowledge-base, current knowledge of law and rapport. Don't forget
rapport as having a positive attitude with your lawyer during
a long trial process will make a big difference in seeing the
case through to its natural conclusion.