The qualities you should look for when you go to hire a personal injury law firm in south Florida

Personal Injury Law

There are many personal injury law firms located here in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, south Florida, and throughout the entire country. What you need to figure out is who are the best personal injury attorneys to handle your case and give you the best chance of getting what you think you deserve out of your case.

 

The first important thing for you to know: most personal injury law firms like ours at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. will sit down with you and have a free initial consultation with you. So the first thing we would advise you is to cut out most if not all of the law firms who want to charge you for that initial consultation. There are enough quality firms and lawyers that will look at your case and give you an honest assessment for no charge that you need not consider paying for that meeting.

 

Here are some other important questions you should ask when hiring a personal injury law firm:

  • Do I have a legitimate case?
    • Practically everyone who walks into a personal injury law firm believes they have a case that could get them money… often, a lot of money. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Be willing to listen to what feedback the lawyer is giving you. If you do not agree with the feedback, you can always go and get a second and even third opinion. But also be open to the fact that maybe you do not have as easy a case to win as you think.
  • Who will be working on my case on what are their resources?
    • Will a lawyer be working on your case, or paralegals and legal assistants? Yes, you should expect that the paralegals and assistants will do some of the work, but one of the firm’s lawyers should be involved every step of the way as well.
  • What types of cases has the firm worked in the past?
    • This is an important question as most people do not realize that there are many types of personal injury cases. Make sure to find out if the firm has a positive history in working cases in the area which your case would fall under – including Slip & Fall, accidents, malpractice, workers compensation, defective products just to name a few.
  • What is the firm’s reputation?
    • This can be found by doing some research on google. Look for industry recognition and accolades. And definitely check on their website, and through social media to view testimonials from clients and others who have worked with the firm and the attorneys in the firm.
  • How does the law firm get compensated for working your case?
    • In addition to offering a free initial consultation, The best personal injury law firms also give a “No Fee Unless We Win” guarantee. In the legal industry this is known as a “contingency fee contract.”

 

Arm yourself with these questions and you will give yourself the best chance at winning a personal injury lawsuit.

 

You often here personal injury attorneys and many other types of attorneys say that they give the best service, have the most experience, and will do what it takes to help you win your case, and get you a lot of money in the process. You can see it in the ads on television, hear it on the radio driving to and from work, or see it on the multiple billboards along I-95 that you pass on a daily basis.

 

But you will never see Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. on a television ad, or on a billboard along the highway? Why? Because we believe that our best sources for new business always come from our current and former clients. We pride ourselves on delivering on our promise – to help you get the compensation that you deserve for the injuries you have suffered: physical, mental and psychological.

 

While a television advertisement or a billboard may make an attorney appear knowledgeable and trustworthy, that is not always the case. Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne has stayed away from big advertising and relies on word of mouth referrals from prior clients which is the true test of a law firm’s service to a client. Relying on referrals can only be accomplished when past clients are happy with the dedication and services provided by Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne.

 

The Law Firm of Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. provides:

  • Contingent fee contracts – No Fees or Costs unless we prevail on your injury case.
  • Free confidential initial consultations
  • Attorneys who handle your cases…not just paralegals or support staff
  • We are proud to offer home, hospital and nursing home visits to you in the event that you are unable to meet with us in our office. Let us travel to you.

 

If you are in an automobile, motorcycle or boating accident; or a Slip and Fall accident, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury situation, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, or many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred, contact us immediately.

You can contact us by phone at (561) 686-3400, via email at info@sswlawfl.com, via fax at (561) 686-5683, or by filling out the contact form on our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com/contact/.

 

We look forward to helping you obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A., where we have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years!

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne advice: what to do if your car breaks down this holiday weekend, or any other time

Broken down car

This coming weekend marks the 2nd of the three major holiday weekends of our summer season here in the United States – Independence Day. In fact, according to a recent survey by the travel organization AAA, over 44 million Americans are expected to travel this weekend, a record number for any holiday since the great recession almost a decade ago. Around 2 million of those travelers are expected to be Floridians, almost 5% of our nation’s total.

 

Therefore, with a number of our Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and Treasure Coast family and friends traveling this weekend (including a number of us here from the Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. law offices) we believe it is the perfect time to offer all of you some important rules for what to do if your car breaks down while you are traveling:

  • As soon as you sense there is a problem, turn on your hazard lights
  • If your car is still moving, try to steer to the right and pull over to the right shoulder as quickly but also safely as possible. If you are unable to get over to the right but there is an area available to stop your vehicle out of moving traffic in the median area, move your vehicle to that area.
  • Wherever your vehicle comes to a complete stop, fully activate your emergency brake. You want to make sure that your vehicle will not start rolling in either direction, which can happen on even a normal, almost imperceptible slope to your naked eye.
  • Call for help – if you do not know the local number for roadside assistance or for the local police, call 911.
  • Stay in your vehicle until traffic clears. For example, if the worst happens and your vehicle stalls on the highway in traffic, do not leave your vehicle until help arrives, no matter how long it takes.
  • Once you are able to exit your vehicle safely (if you are) pop your hood and leave it open to signal other drivers that your vehicle is broken down.
  • DO NOT try to make any repairs or checking under your car if you are on the side of busy roadway or still in the line of traffic. People have been seriously injured and even killed in such situations.
  • If you can, put out some type of flares or other safety devices that behind your vehicle that signal you are in distress and can not move. Put one about 10 feet behind the vehicle, and another about 200 feet behind.
  • Once you have done these things, walk as far away from oncoming traffic as possible to wait for help to come.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne we strongly believe in sharing any information that can help prevent tragedy from happening – like these tips for what you should do if your car breaks down this Independence Day holiday weekend. We know that automobile accidents and other issues you’re your car happen. To learn more about all areas of personal injury law we practice, please go to: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/. You can also contact us directly by phone at (561) 686-3400. We offer a free initial consultation, and there are no fees unless we collect for you on your case.

 

Our main offices are in Jupiter, Florida, and we have handled cases throughout south Florida and the Treasure Coast. We have been devoted to protecting south Florida families for over 40 years!

 

Whether you are in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida, you need to find and hire a law firm that has the level of knowledge and experience that will get you the financial results you deserve, while also working with you throughout your case until some type of resolution has been reached.

 

The following video article was used to help create the list in this blog: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/auto-and-vehicles/what-to-do-if-your-car-breaks-down?cmpid=enews-mar17

 

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne: what our membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® means to you

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At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we realize that most of our neighbors here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast of Florida go through life hoping they never need the services of a personal injury law firm like ours. Honestly, we wish that for all of you as well.

 

The fact is; the average automobile driver will be in between 3 and 4 accidents during your life, according to recent car insurance industry estimates as stated in this Forbes magazine article. http://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybuilder/2011/07/27/how-many-times-will-you-crash-your-car/#1e1ddcb050f9. A sobering statistic for all American drivers, to be sure.

 

Although not all of those automobile accidents require the use of a personal injury attorney, some of them obviously do. So how do you find the best law firm to represent you in your case when you need one?

 

One way is to find attorneys who have distinguished their ability to be successful enough for their clients to belong to a group that less than 1% of all personal injury law firms across the United States are a part of. In the case of personal injury attorneys, that select group is called the “Million Dollar Advocates Forum®”.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum limits its membership to only those personal injury lawyers who have demonstrated “their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases.”

As stated on the forum’s website: “Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members.

The quality of our membership is very impressive and includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. Many of our members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results (several members have won billion dollar cases). Their practice areas include most areas of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum provides recognition of such accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues for information exchange, assistance and professional referral.

Since 1993 membership has been based upon strict objective qualifications.”

 

To learn more about this exclusive group of the Top Trial Lawyers in America®, go to:  http://www.milliondollaradvocates.com/

 

Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. is a proud member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We practice in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, the Treasure Coast and throughout the great state of Florida. We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years, and getting you the results that you deserve.

 

Contact our Palm Beach law firm at any time with questions about your legal issue. Provide as much information as possible regarding your inquiry. While this contact does not serve to establish an attorney/client relationship, it will allow our legal team to begin an assessment of your case even before you come in for your initial consultation.

 

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we understand that an accident, serious injury and wrongful death can occur without warning. Whatever happened, we also know that it is tragic for all of the loved ones left behind. We help our clients obtain payment to cover funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. If you want to learn more about how to go about hiring the right attorneys for you in a situation where someone you love has been injured or died in an accident or some other situation caused by negligence, then go to http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/. We specialize in Auto Accident & Serious Injury, Motorcycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

 

Our main office is located in Jupiter, Florida at 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. Contact us directly at (561) 686-3400, or via email at info@sswlawfl.com.

Easy-to-follow guide for safe and stress-free holiday light hanging from Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A.

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Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror and we are now officially in the middle of the holiday season. Across Jupiter just like the rest of Florida and the United States people of all ages are decorating their houses with trees, candles, ornaments and of course, lights. Stringing up the lights around your home can be one of the most entertaining activities of your holiday prep work. Particularly here in Florida, where we can sit outside all night and enjoy the light show without freezing half to death.

Unfortunately, it can also be one of the most dangerous.

In order to help you string up your lights as stress-free and safe as possible, here is a step-by-step guide for hanging your holiday lights by Yourself (or with a helper). Make special note that THE FIRST 5 STEPS happen BEFORE you begin the actual work of stringing!

  1. Preparation: Make sure you have assembled the proper tools and materials. Whether you are putting up lights only, or adding in all kinds of extra decorations, having the proper tools to do the job is important. Unfurl the lights and check them to ensure each and every bulb is working. Have extension cords, your hanging tools (clips, adhesive hooks and light-hanging pole) and ladder (if needed) laid out for easy access. We also recommend that you have some sort of timer so that you do not have to worry about turning the lights on and then off yourself every day and night.
  2. Figure out the best lights for your job: better to do this before you start. There are many different types of holiday lighting out there, and it is a good idea if you evaluate the different types and pick the best ones for your home before you start stringing.
  3. Measure: Always measure the areas where you are putting up your lights. You will find it virtually impossible to know how many strands of lights you will need to adequately complete the job without measuring your surface area first.
  4. Evaluate the surfaces you will be securing the lights to: When you think about it, rarely will you be securing the lights to just one surface. There are the roof tiles, gutters, siding/shingles, porches, poles, doors, windows and other surfaces. All of them can have different types of clips. Be forearmed with this knowledge when you are going to purchase the lights so the expert in the hardware store can tell you exactly which type of clip is best for which surface.
  5. Power: How will the lights be connected to your power source, and how much power will they need: This one seems simple enough, but can turn what looks like a straight-forward job into a complicated mess. You want to calculate the power usage because you want to prevent overloading your circuits or blowing a fuse. Just ask Clark Griswold what can happen when you “wing it”.
  6. Stringing: If you have correctly and patiently gone through the first 5 steps, this step should be relatively straight-forward. Of course if you are having to go up high enough that there will be ladders involved, then you should have a spotter if at all possible. Even the most secure ladder can slip or tip over. And chances are you will get injured, maybe quite seriously, if you fall. It is not worth not asking for help.
  7. Turn on the lights and Enjoy (hopefully)! Now comes the time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. If there are any lights not working, re-checking them to make sure they are screwed in correctly. If they are and still not working, then replace them. Put the lights on the timer, and now you get to enjoy your beautiful display every night during the holiday season!

 

The following article was used to help prepare this blog: http://www.christmaslightsetc.com/pages/Hanging-Christmas-Lights.htm

Holiday safety is important to us here at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We hope that all of our friends and neighbors here in south Florida are able to enjoy a Happy, Healthy & Safe Holiday Season.

If you need more information for yourself or a loved one regarding a potential personal injury case at any time during the year please contact us at http://www.sswlawfl.com. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne we offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

Our main office is in Jupiter and we serve Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, Stuart, West Palm Beach or any other city in the state of Florida. We specialize in cases involving Defective Products including toys, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall, and many other types of situations where injury or death has occurred.

Resources that may help you save a teenager from a devastating distracted driving accident from Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne

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Summer has long been known as a time when automobile accidents involving teenage drivers increase. Teenagers are on summer break from either high school or college, so they tend to be out on the roadways more, and more often at night, then during the rest of the year.

Unfortunately, the problem with teenage driver accidents has been exacerbated with the introduction of cell phones and other devices into the mix. Distracted driving has led to a significant increase in accidents, injuries and deaths for all driver, but particularly those in the 15 to 20 age group. In previous blogs we discussed the statistics compiled by the National Safety Council, AAA and other organizations dedicated to stemming the tide of teenager distracted driving accidents, injuries and deaths.

And just last year the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded an extensive study of recorded data from the last six seconds before 1,700 crashes found an astonishing 58% of “moderate to severe teen crashes” are the result of the driver being distracted. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we believe there has to be a concerted effort by all Americans to help all drivers understand the risk of distracted driving – with an even larger focused message to teenage drivers.

To that end, we are providing links to several more websites that offer support and information to teenage drivers, their families and anyone else who is interested in combating this problem that has led to so much needless pain and suffering of those who have been involved in distracted driver accidents:

http://www.distraction.gov/

http://www.teendriversource.org/support_teens

 

and a local non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of traffic safety, particularly amongst teens:

http://dorisaveslives.org/

 

We will continue to share information and stories related to this extremely important topic. At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne we believe if we can help save one life, stop one accident, it will be more than worth it.

If you are injured in an auto accident because the other driver was distracted or otherwise impaired in Florida, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries incurred. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400. Our main office is located in Jupiter, Florida. We have been devoted to protecting South Florida families for over 40 years.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an automobile accident caused by distracted driving, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and throughout Palm Beach, the Treasure Coast and all of Florida.

Tips for safe boating during the summer season in Florida

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Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, and schools are on summer vacation. The summer boating season has begun. Now is a great time to remind all of you out there who plan on boating this summer here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and throughout south Florida of some important boating safety tips to help keep you, your family and friends healthy and happy out on the open water this year.

Here is a list of 8 boating safety tips that you, your family should follow each and every time you go out on a boat here in south Florida at this time of year:

  1. Do not drink if you are driving or planning to drive the boat. First of all, it is just as illegal to drink and drive a boat as it is an automobile or motorcycle. Furthermore, drinking dulls your senses, greatly increases your response time if something happens. And boats do not maneuver as fast as cars to begin with. Leave the drinking for later.
  2. Check the weather before you go – have an idea what is supposed to happen throughout the time you are out on the ocean. People who have lived here a while already know this, but the summer season on the east coast of Florida sees many afternoon rain storms that also go out over the Atlantic Ocean. If you are unaware or not paying attention, you can be caught in a dangerous rain squall in a relatively short amount of time.
  3. Make a “float plan” and share it with someone. Let at least one other person (several, optimally) know of your travel plans for that day. Include your name, address, phone number, make and model of the boat, departure and arrival time and any stops you are planning along the way.

** There are mobile phone apps available for just this purpose. Here is a list of a few of them from Discover Boating.com:

http://www.discoverboating.com/appsandtools.aspx?c=681

  1. Check the boat for sea-worthiness before putting it in the water. The middle of the ocean is no place to figure out that your boat has a problem that you could have detected before leaving.
  2. Make sure you have all the proper safety equipment onboard. In addition to having and wearing life jackets, make sure to carry at least the minimum required equipment by the U.S. Coast Guard. Here is a list, depending upon the length of your boat: http://www.boatus.org/guide/equipment_6.html
  3. Once onboard, wear a properly fitting life jacket; make sure to outfit any children with life jackets as well. The United States Coast Guard recently released estimates stating that over 80% of the people who died in boating accidents could have been saved if they had been wearing a life jacket.
  4. Ensure the safety of every child on board your boat:
    1. Make sure they have a life vest made for their size
    2. Teach them not to run around the boat; to stay seated while the boat is moving, and to keep their hands and feet inside the boat at all times
    3. If they are your children and you plan on having them out on the water with any consistency, have them enrolled in swimming and boater safety classes.
  5.  Watch for swimmers and other smaller water craft. You are in control of a vehicle that can turn into a deadly weapon very easily. You can neither slow down, reverse or maneuver anywhere near as quickly as you can when manning most other types of vehicles, particularly in the canals and Intracoastal Waterway areas. Therefore, you need to anticipate what moves anyone else within your vicinity might make at least 8 to 10 seconds in advance, if possible.

Our Board Certified lawyers from Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, P.A. are the right lawyers to get you the best legal advice based upon your unique set of circumstances when you have been involved in a boating accident or any type of incident out on the water.  We have more than 40 years of experience specializing in protecting families here in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Stuart and throughout Florida. We make sure to ask the right questions of all companies and interested parties in your case. We represent clients anywhere in the state of Florida.

If you or someone you know is involved in a boating accident or any other marine legal issue, contact us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and we will try to help you through this very difficult and emotional time. Our phone number is (561) 686-3400. Or go to our website at http://www.sswlawfl.com.

Accidents can and do happen. We help our clients and their children obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

The following additional articles were referenced in the compilation of this blog:

https://blog.boatsetter.com/boating-safety-tips/

http://www.coit.com/blog/boating-safety-tips

Teens still need to be pushed to wear their seat belts in cars in Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and everywhere else in America

Safety: Female Driver Fastening Seat Belt

Even with the additional emphasis by practically everyone – the media, automobile companies, the government (through their “Click It or Ticket” campaign) and even society in general – the percentage of teenagers who drive without wearing their seatbelts has remained largely unchanged over the last decade and a half. That according to statistics published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Approximately 20% do not wear their seat belt now, or 15 years ago; the percentage of male teen drivers not wearing seat belts is still about 10% higher than female teen drivers; and the percentage of teens who died in motor vehicle accidents who were not wearing their seat belt still hovers around 50%. To read more on these sobering and sad statistics, please go to the following articles:

http://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/teen_drivers/teendrivers_factsheet.html

and

http://www.gallup.com/poll/6145/teens-buckling-up.aspx

Advocates of increasing teenage driver safety point to driving programs that “Driving programs that combine education, peer-to-peer strategies, publicized enforcement, and parental monitoring may show potential for increasing teen seat belt use.” – See more at:

http://www.teendriversource.org/stats/support_teens/detail/59#sthash.0KQmDMyw.dpuf

At Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne, P.A. we agree that driving programs that emphasize better education combined with stricter laws for those who refuse to wear seat belts could work to lower the numbers of teenager injuries and deaths in auto accidents. Ultimately, though, the greatest effect can most likely come from responsible parents, and peers who help to make wearing seat belts fashionable, and a must for all teenagers. WE applaud websites like the CDC and Teen Driver Source that are pushing every day to educate teenagers and their parents on the dangers of not wearing seat belts.

If you are injured in an auto accident because you or someone you love was not wearing a seat belt, you may have a right to bring a claim for various damages and injuries incurred. Call us at Slinkman, Slinkman & Wynne. We offer a free initial consultation, and our phone number is (561) 686-3400.

At Slinkman, Slinkman, & Wynne, we know that automobile accidents involving people not wearing their seat belts happen all of the time. If you are in an accident where someone got hurt because they were not wearing their seat belt, then you need to contact us right away. We help our clients obtain payment to cover hospital and other medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more, if the situation warrants it.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you in a situation where someone you love has been in an auto accident, then go to this page on our website: http://www.sswlawfl.com/areas-of-practice/auto-accident/. We also specialize in Slip and Fall accidents, Wrongful Death & Serious Injury, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products,  Motorcycle accidents, Boating accidents and many other types of legal situations where injury or death has occurred.

Our main offices are located in Jupiter, Florida at 1015 West Indiantown Road, Suite 101A. We service Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and anyone who needs help with their potential personal injury case anywhere throughout the state of Florida.

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  • 1015 W. Indiantown Road, Suite 101A