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North Miami Beach, FL Personal Injury Lawyer

Brent Sibley, Attorney at Law

Representing Injured Accident Victims in the North Miami Beach Area

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 28 million people in the United States visit emergency departments each year when they sustain accidental injuries. Accidents and injuries can happen in an instant—when you least expect it—yet the fallout from a serious injury can last for a long time—sometimes, even a lifetime. You should know that victims of accidental injuries often have important legal rights to compensation for their damages. The personal injury law firm of Sibley Dolman is here to help.

After an accident, it’s often difficult to know where to turn or what action to take. Many people do not even realize they may be entitled to compensation for their medical costs and other extensive losses that may accompany a serious injury. The good news is that you have nothing to lose by discussing what happened with an experienced personal injury attorney who can advise you of your legal options. If you’ve been injured, do not hesitate to contact Sibley Dolman today for a free case evaluation.

Assisting Traffic Accident Victims in North Miami Beach

Traffic-related accidents are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in a single year, motor vehicle accidents resulted in almost 2.45 million injuries and more than 35,000 deaths. It should be no surprise that many personal injury cases stem from traffic and transportation accidents.

While the most common type of traffic accident is a car crash, there are many other accidents that arise from transportation in and around North Miami Beach. Anyone who is near a road or highway can potentially become involved in one of the following:

  • Car Accident – The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) indicates that nearly 16 million people were licensed to drive in our state in 2016. This figure does not include the many out-of-state drivers who are regular visitors. The significant number of cars on Florida roads each day makes it inevitable that crashes will occur, often resulting in serious injuries.
  • Commercial Truck Accident – Large tractor-trailers are essential to the U.S. economy as they transport goods across the country each and every day. However, these trucks pose serious risks. There were an estimated 480,000 accidents involving commercial vehicles in 2015 alone. These huge and heavy vehicles can cause particularly devastating injuries when they crash into smaller passenger cars.
  • Bicycle Accident – More and more people are riding bicycles for fun, exercise, or an economical and environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. Yet some drivers lack familiarity with the rules on sharing the road with bicyclists, and other drivers are not willing to follow those rules. Bicyclists in Florida seem to be at an especially high risk of collisions, given that for many years, the state had the highest rate of bicyclist fatalities of any state, according to a CDC report.
  • Pedestrian Accident – Almost everyone is a pedestrian at some point during the day, even if you are just walking from a parking lot into a store or office. Whenever you are on foot and near traffic, there is the possibility that a car or truck will crash into you. Pedestrians have no protection from such collisions and often sustain life-changing injuries.

Your rights and options following a traffic accident will depend on your specific circumstances, including who caused your accident and the severity of your injuries. The following are some common causes of traffic accidents in the North Miami Beach area:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Aggressive driving
  • Violating traffic laws
  • Defective roads
  • Defective auto parts

No matter what caused your crash, you can trust that the personal injury lawyers at Sibley Dolman will be able to evaluate your case and provide information based on your particular situation.

Handling a Wide Range of Personal Injury Claims

Of course, traffic accidents are not the only type of incident that can cause serious injuries and lead to personal injury claims. Each case will involve unique legal questions and strategies based on the type of accident that occurred and the relevant laws in Florida. Our North Miami Beach personal injury law firm has the ability to handle complex injury cases, including the following:

  • Slip and Falls – Slip and fall accident cases arise when you are injured because a property owner negligently allowed a dangerous condition to exist on his property that caused your fall. These accidents can cause serious injuries, and it is important to seek help from an attorney who understands premises liability law principles.
  • Defective Product Accidents – Many types of products can be defective or dangerous and cause injuries to consumers. Products liability claims can involve household products, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, vehicles, recreational equipment, electronics, and more.
  • Medical Malpractice – Doctors should always treat you in accordance with the standard of care expected of medical professionals. When a doctor’s care falls below that standard, patients can suffer costly and unnecessary injuries. Such injuries can stem from misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgical errors, birth injuries, and more.

Our firm has the skill and knowledge to handle many types of personal injury cases, so please call to discuss your accident and injuries for free today.

We Know That Injuries Can Be Serious

Accidental injuries can be as varied as the accidents that cause them. Each type of severe injury will result in unique symptoms, long-term effects, and losses for you and your family. Our firm regularly handles cases involving the following type of injuries, among others:

  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Spinal cord injury (SCI)
  • Broken bones and compound fractures
  • Head and face injuries
  • Sprains, strains, and soft tissue injuries
  • Lacerations and contusions
  • Burns
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal hemorrhaging

Losses Incurred by Injury Victims

All of the above injuries require immediate medical attention and often, a long course of treatment. The costs of medical care are overwhelming and constantly on the rise, so it is understandable that medical bills can create serious financial problems for entire households. While some injuries heal after a short period of treatment, others require ongoing care indefinitely. When calculating losses, future medical expenses should always be carefully considered as well as existing bills.

Many injuries can cause physical or cognitive impairments that can make it difficult or impossible to perform your job. Some accident victims need to rest as part of their recovery plan. In either situation, missing work often means losing income that is needed to pay your bills and cover your basic needs. Seeking lost income is an important part of a personal injury claim.

The symptoms of many injuries may subside with time and you may return to your regular life. Other injuries, however, have permanent effects, and victims may be left with impairments and disabilities. These impairments may prevent you from returning to your previous job or even from ever being in the workforce again. Future lost earning potential is a complex calculation that can take into account your education, training, experience, economic predictions, and more.

Not all personal injury losses are financial in nature, as some are intangible and not as easily measurable. Some intangible losses include:

  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental distress
  • Loss of enjoyment of your life
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Punitive damages

Our Personal Injury Firm Can Help in Many Ways

Many injury victims are not familiar with the legal process of seeking compensation for their losses. In fact, they may not even be certain of their rights to compensation. When you call our firm, you can schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who will listen to what happened and advise you of the best way to proceed. At Sibley Dolman, we ensure that you fully understand your rights and options and we guide every client throughout every step of the process.

Insurance Claims

Many cases do not begin with a personal injury lawsuit. Instead, they start by filing an insurance claim to attempt to obtain proper compensation without litigation. This is especially true for car accident claims in Florida, as state law requires injured car accident victims to first go through their own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy before they can pursue further legal action.

While the insurance claims process may seem simple, it can be shocking how often claims are partially or completely denied. Insurance companies regularly make settlement offers that are far lower than policyholders deserve, and unfortunately, many accident victims accept such offers and give up their rights to the compensation they deserve.

The attorneys of Sibley Dolman help clients with the insurance process—from preparing and filing the initial claim to reviewing and negotiating settlement offers. We will always advise you when there are better options in your case than to accept an insurance payout.

Personal Injury Litigation

In some cases, even with the help of an experienced attorney, you will not receive an insurance offer that is adequate to cover your losses. This may be due to difficult insurers or because your injury-related losses exceed any relevant insurance policies. In such situations, we can identify whether clients should seek compensation by filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Like any type of court case, personal injury litigation is a complicated process that involves many strict rules and requirements. Our legal team fully understands this process and how to successfully file and pursue a claim on your behalf. We handle the following for our clients:

  • Drafting and filing petitions
  • Discovery and evidence gathering
  • Court hearings
  • Settlement negotiations
  • Jury trials

Settlement negotiations are one of the most important parts of the litigation process, as a favorable settlement allows you to walk away with adequate compensation without going through the stress of a trial. We know how to build a strong case and use effective negotiation strategies to resolve your claim as efficiently as possible.

Can You Afford to Hire a North Miami Personal Injury Law Firm?

Unfortunately, it is all too common for an injured accident victim to choose not to speak with a law firm because of concerns regarding the cost. After all, if you’ve already lost income and are facing costly medical bills, you do not want to add any additional expenses. We have good news for you—anyone can afford to hire a personal injury attorney to represent them.

Our firm represents clients based on contingent fee arrangements. This means the following:

  • Consultations and initial meetings are always free
  • Our firm pays upfront for the cost of investigation and litigation
  • You pay no fees unless we successfully obtain compensation for you

With nothing to pay out of pocket until your case is successfully resolved, you should never hesitate to consult with a member of our legal team regarding a possible case.

If You Were Injured, Call a Personal Injury Attorney in North Miami Beach for a Free Consultation

An accident can cause your life to come to a screeching halt. Not only do you have to abide by a medical treatment plan, but also your professional and personal lives may be completely disrupted. The last thing you likely want to do is to deal with a complex legal matter.

However, you should always remember that a successful legal case can improve your situation substantially by recovering your medical expenses, lost income, and other losses you incurred. Such a case can be relatively stress-free with the assistance of the North Miami Beach personal injury lawyers at Sibley Dolman. We understand how an injury can affect your life and strive to provide the highest quality of representation to every single client so that you only need to focus on your physical healing.

If you would like to discuss your situation, please contact our firm at305-239-0237 or contact us online today.

Sibley Dolman
1820 NE 163rd St # 306,
North Miami Beach, FL 33162