Diminution of Value Claims

You may have never heard of Diminution or Diminished Value or how it can help financially after an automobile accident. These are claims that insurance companies are obligated to pay, but most of the time do not have to because the victim does not know he/she is entitled to this money. 

"Show me the Car Fax." You've heard the commercials. What concerns people when they are buying a used car? Has the vehicle been in an accident? Your car may be fully repaired and running fine, but if an accident shows up on your "Car Fax" or similar report, you are going to get less money when you trade it in or sell it. 

Don't get the short end of the stick. If you have been involved in an accident in the past 4 years, even if you were not injured. You are entitled to compensation for the loss of value to your property. Feel free to call us at 954-341-2777 for more information.

Suing Your Insurance Company

Are you being mistreated by your insurance company? Insurance companies are required to act in the best interests of their insureds (aka their customers). All too often, they ignore their customers' best interests. When a person sustains damage to his/her home either by a natural disaster such as a hurricane, mold or some other unforeseeable event, insurance companies are supposed to pay money for the home owner to fix the damage. Insurance companies will try to either deny the claim entirely, or pay an amount that is not enough money to fix the damage. These claims are brought directly by the home owner against his/her own insurance company, and often, the insurance company is required to pay for the home owner’s attorney fees and costs at the end of a case. For that reason, it is to the home owner’s advantage to get an attorney involved immediately if they are having a problem with their insurance company being reasonable and fair with him/her. We do not represent insurance companies and always represent the insured. If you or someone you know want to learn more about your rights concerning home owner’s insurance claims, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Specific Illness Insurance Claims

A serious/specific illness policy pays a lump sum cash benefit should the insured person develop a specific illness or condition within the term of the policy such as a stroke, cancer,  heart attack, and coronary artery bypass surgery. If your insurance company does not pay the benefit, you can hire an attorney, and potentially have your insurance company pay some or all of your attorney’s fees and costs for the insurance company making it necessary for you to hire an attorney.

If you or someone you know has been denied a claim for serious/specific illness benefits, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Practice Areas

Disability Claims

We represent individuals who have applied for and have been denied disability benefits. People make disability claims for a number of reasons. A person could be injured as a result of an accident, or an ongoing condition. Either way, insurance companies collect disability premiums while you are healthy, but are often difficult when it comes to collecting the benefits a person has been paying premiums for.

If you or someone you know has been denied a claim for disability benefits, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Home Owner’s Liability Claims

When a person is injured inside another’s home, and that homeowner is negligent, the injured person can make a claim against the home owner for negligence. This is covered under the home owner’s liability insurance policy. The home owner maintains this coverage in the event that someone is hurt on his/her property. If you or someone you know has been hurt as a result of a home owner’s negligence, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Home Owner’s Insurance Claims & Hurricane Claims

When a person sustains damage to his/her home either by a natural disaster such as a hurricane, or mold developing due to moisture in a home, insurance companies are supposed to pay money for the home owner to fix the damage. Too often, insurance companies will try to either deny the claim entirely, or pay an amount that is not enough money to fix the damage. These claims are brought directly by the home owner against his/her own insurance company, and often, the insurance company is required to pay for the home owner’s attorney fees and costs at the end of a case. For that reason, it is to the home owner’s advantage to get an attorney involved immediately if they are having a problem with their insurance company being reasonable and fair with him/her. We do not represent insurance companies and always represent the insured. If you or someone you know want to learn more about your rights concerning home owner’s insurance claims, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Assumption of the Risk Waivers

If you or your child have ever played organized sports, in all likelihood you have signed a waiver that allegedly protects the league and its participants from lawsuits for injuries that may be sustained as a result of participating in that sport. If you don’t sign the waiver, you are not allowed to play, so of course you sign it. “Assumption of the risk” is often the term used for these type of waivers. But what risks are you actually assuming?

In accordance with Florida law, the only risks you are “assuming” are “known risks.” In other words, “expected risks.” It is assumed when you play ice hockey, that there is a chance of injury from being hit by someone’s hockey stick or the puck. However, there is a big difference between a player being injured from being tripped by a hockey stick, and a person taking a baseball swing at another player’s head, causing them to black-out from a concussion. It is certainly not a known risk that a person will attempt to end another player’s life on the ice. This is certainly not the intention of the law.

An athletic facility or playing field must be in reasonable playing condition for participants, otherwise the owner can be held negligent. For example, a player in a softball game hits a ball over the right fielder’s head. The right fielder runs to retrieve the ball, and steps into a six-inch hole left in the outfield, breaking his ankle. That player could have a claim against the owner of the field or the league as the player likely had no knowledge that such a defect would exist on the softball field. In comparison, if the player running the bases slips and breaks his ankle, he would not have a claim as this would be a known risk of playing softball. There is a world of difference between the player hurting himself due to exertion than due to a problem with the expected maintenance of a field.

Although waivers are enforceable in Florida, the law does not favor them, and strictly construes them against the person who created the waiver. The next time you are presented with a waiver, take a close look at the wording. Sometimes there will be language concerning absolving the league or the facility from negligence. But what negligence is the waiver presenter talking about? This again presents the issue that a person can only assume “known risks.” To allow otherwise would provide facilities and leagues a “free pass” to be as careless and negligent as they elected to be, and face no consequences.

Waivers may be necessary to protect entities from injuries that occur while an individual is participating in a sport, or other risky activity. However, it does not absolve the duty of the facility or league to act with peoples’ best interests and safety in mind.

If you or someone you know has been injured from an activity where an assumption of the risk waiver was signed, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Premises Liability

Premises liability is established if there is a negligent maintenance of the owner’s property. Negligent maintenance of the premises makes the owner liable for any injuries that occur. This type of neglect is seen in homes, apartments, and common areas. Additionally, stores, restaurants, malls, and other facilities need to protect their customers and individuals from slip/trip and falls on surfaces and objects, caused by the negligent maintenance of these areas. Injuries that occur while walking on sidewalks, parking lots, and within buildings involve premises liability claims. These accidents can also occur as a result of inadequate lighting. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligent maintenance of property, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Negligent Security

It is the responsibility of business owners to know the latest state of the art security techniques to protect victims of foreseeable crime. South Florida is a dangerous place, unfortunately, and all businesses, associations, and other organizations must take appropriate security measures to minimize these risks to others. Failing to have adequate or any security to protect individuals from criminal activity is known as a negligent security claim. Often, retired police officers are utilized to determine whether any security precautions could have prevented the criminal activity from harming the injured person. Whether it is a gated community, mall, shopping center, restaurant, or entertainment complex, owner’s have a duty to do as much as possible to protect individuals and deter criminals from harming them. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a negligent security issue, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Medical Malpractice

When a doctor or medical facility does not perform up to the reasonable standard of care expected of doctors or medical facilities in the same or similar fields, terrible results can occur. Medical malpractice is medical negligence. It takes extensive investigation and review, including a review by a medical professional, prior to filing a lawsuit. Medical malpractice claims are among the most sophisticated injury actions and require great attention to detail and experience. If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical malpractice, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Defective Products / Products Liability

Companies are obligated to make sure that the products they are putting into the marketplace are safe for consumers and their families. When they do not, and someone is hurt, they are responsible for the injuries suffered by the victim. These injury claims can be caused by a number of everyday products including: children’s toys, appliances, cleaning products, automobile tires, defective prescription medications, and many other products as well.

If a product has a defective design, it is the company’s obligation to pull the product off the marketplace to ensure that nobody gets injured based on the negligent construction of that product. These are very complicated claims as they often require experts and engineers to show the defectiveness of the product, and the failure of the company to correct or anticipate the type of harm someone has suffered.

If you or someone you know has been injured by a defective product, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Pedestrian Accidents

Drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians. They are responsible if their failure to pay attention results in a pedestrian sustaining injury. In addition to the negligent driver’s insurance policy, the victim’s insurance policy can provide additional benefits in some circumstances. If you or someone you know has been involved in a pedestrian motor vehicle accident, resulting in injuries, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect

Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect claims involve the abuse of the elderly in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and similar facilities. They involve basic negligence, not treating medical conditions, medication errors, physical abuse, and other abhorrent treatment of the elderly.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of nursing home abuse, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Worker’s Compensation

A person has a worker’s compensation claim if he/she was injured while at work, or on the job. For example, a person who trips over a file cabinet at work has a worker’s compensation claim, as well as someone who is involved in a car accident while delivering goods. The delivery worker however would also have a third party personal injury claim in addition to his/her worker’s compensation claim. A significant difference between worker’s compensation claims and other personal injury claims is that negligence is not considered. It does not matter if the employee tripped over his/her own feet, or slipped on water left on the floor. If you or someone you know have been injured while at work, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Construction Accidents / Injuries

Construction accidents resulting in injuries are common. However there are several issues that need to be addressed when handling these personal injury claims. It has to be determined whose negligence caused the injury. If it was caused by the actual employer of the worker, then they may have to assert a worker’s compensation claim. However, if another company and/or entity is responsible for the accident, then the worker may be able to make a third party personal injury liability claim, separate and apart from any workers compensation claim.

If you or someone you know has been involved in a construction accident, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Dog or Other Animal Bite Claims

With the choice to own an animal comes a responsibility to make sure the animal does not harm others. An animal owner is responsible for keeping his/her dog on a leash, and off his/her neighbors property. If that animal bites or injures someone, the animal owner is responsible, whether it is a dog, horse, or any other animal.

If you or someone you know needs help as a result of a irresponsible animal owner’s negligence, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Slip/Trip and Falls

Slip/Trip and fall injuries are caused by a negligent entity, often a store, leaving a dangerous condition on the floor, causing an innocent victim to slip or trip and fall. Examples would be a person slipping on water in a grocery store, or a person tripping over a broken parking stop with exposed rebar in a shopping center parking lot. Companies have a duty to ensure safety for their customers, and when this duty is violated, disastrous consequences resulting in injuries can occur.

We handle slip/trip and fall accidents against some of the biggest corporations in America. These cases need to be handled in an aggressive and responsive fashion from the beginning. This may include taking photographs, obtaining cleaning records from the business, as well as preserving evidence for use at trial. If you or someone you know has been injured by a slip or trip and fall, call us today for a FREE consultation at 888.705.5795 in Broward or toll free 1-877-TRIALS-2(1-877-874-2572).

Wrongful Death

The death of a loved one caused by another’s negligence is known as a wrongful death claim. The emotional heartache and financial disaster that these sudden accidents cause to a family are recognized by the law, and the spouse and/or family are entitled to compensation as a result of someone’s poor judgment that caused this irreparable damage. Any type of negligence can result in a wrongful death claim.

At the Law Offices of Adelman and Adelman, we will do everything possible to zealously advocate for the rights of the survivors, and to be a comfort to the family members during this horrific time. There are very specific court procedures that must be followed prior to filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally, the amount of time permitted to assert a claim for wrongful death is shorter than that of most personal injury claims, making it even more important to get an attorney involved immediately.

If your family or a friend’s family has lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person or corporation, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be caused by any type of accident involving trauma to the head. It could be from a slip and fall, automobile accident, or a negligent security case where someone is violently assaulted. It is important to get an attorney involved in these cases as soon as possible, as the damages caused by these types of injuries include, but are not limited to, lost wages in the past and future, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.

If you or someone you know have been involved in an accident resulting in brain injury contact us for a free consultation.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries caused by an accident can affect a victim’s life in many harmful ways. It can affect his/her ability to work, play sports, spend time with his family and friends, and enjoy life. It is very important to begin treating with a qualified physician immediately if you suspect you or someone you know has sustained a spinal cord injury, as the damage can become more severe over time if the injury remains untreated. At the Law Offices of Adelman & Adelman, P.A., we are zealous advocates for victims of spinal cord injuries as we are for all victims of negligence, resulting in harmful personal injuries.

Contact us for a free consultation regarding brain injuries or spinal cord injuries.

Accidents Involving Children (Minors)

Handling minor children’s personal injury cases can be complex. A court appointed guardian may be required if the value of the claim is above a certain amount. The proper procedures must be followed to protect the welfare and safety of the child. We will guide you every step of the way to ensure your child receives fair compensation for their personal injuries.

If your child or the child of someone you know has been involved in an accident, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Truck Accident Injury

Truck accidents are among the most catastrophic types of crashes for reasons of size, the heavy loads they carry, and force of impact. They also result in some of the worst permanent injuries, and even death due to the violence of these crashes.

Truck accident claims are complex as often the owner of the truck is carrying materials for a separate business. For this reason, truck accident injury claims including tractor-trailers, dump trucks, gas trucks, and construction vehicles, often involve multiple negligent parties.

The trucking and insurance companies are well funded and represented and will work to minimize your truck accident claim. You need aggressive, diligent, and competent representation to take on these powerful forces.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicyclists are entitled to the same protections as drivers or passengers in automobiles. Personal injuries to cyclists caused by careless drivers can be devastating due to the vulnerability of a person on a bike versus a motor vehicle. Cyclists not only can make personal injury claims against negligent drivers, but also against their own automobile insurance policies.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a bicycle accident, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Boat Accidents

People come to Florida from all over the world to enjoy the beautiful weather, the beaches, and the opportunity to participate in numerous outdoor activities, including boating and using other watercraft. Unfortunately, with hundreds of miles of coastline, and so many people taking advantage of what Florida has to offer, comes negligence as a result of careless boat and other watercraft operators not acting responsibly.

The results of a boating accident can be as devastating, if not worse, than motor vehicle accidents. Safety precautions must be taken by boat operators to prevent injuries to innocent victims who are doing nothing more than enjoying the Florida sunshine as these boat operators are.

Careless boat driving can result in serious injuries or deaths to victims. If you or someone you know has been injured in a boating accident, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcyclists are entitled to the same protections on the road as people within other motor vehicles. Injuries sustained from motorcycle accidents are often severe due to the vulnerability of motorcycle drivers, as they have no protection from air bags, seat belts, or other safety vehicles that other motor vehicles have. Insurance questions often arise after a person is injured in a motorcycle accident as sometimes insurance policies separate from motor vehicle accidents are involved. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, contact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.

Car and Truck Accident Injuries

Why should I consult an experienced lawyer for my car accident injury (or any other vehicular accident injury)?

More than 2.6 million people a year are injured as a result of car or other motor vehicle accidents. You never know when an accident will occur, but you have to protect yourself in the event you are involved in one of these unfortunate events. The personal injury attorneys at Adelman & Adelman, P.A. offer experienced, aggressive, and diligent representation for automobile injury claims. We will not charge you anything, unless we are able to collect money for your damages suffered as a result of someone else’s negligence.

Of the millions of drivers on the road, many of them are uninsured or underinsured and it is extremely important to have attorneys that are knowledgeable and experienced as to how these automobile claims should be handled. At Adelman & Adelman, P.A., we will look into the liability insurance maintained by the vehicle responsible for causing your accident, as well as looking at your own insurance coverage in the event that the negligent party is uninsured or underinsured. We will also look at additional parties to try to maximize any recovery that you are entitled to. We will even handle your property damage claim, if you need our help.

Aside from the obvious physical pain they cause, car accidents can cause extraordinary stress and financial hardships on a family. Victims may miss a significant time from work and need to treat with a physician for several months or even years.

Insurance companies in most cases will contact you shortly after an accident through adjusters. The insurance company adjusters are experienced in handling claims, always with the insurance company’s best interests in mind. You should have someone looking out for your best interests as well. Adelman & Adelman, P.A. will be there for you and your family every step of the way, and you will have access to our attorneys throughout your claim. You can trust the experience of Adelman & Adelman, P.A. to see you through the difficulties caused by these unexpected events.

Truck Accident Injuries

Truck accidents are among the most catastrophic types of crashes for reasons of size, the heavy loads they carry, and force of impact. They also result in some of the worst permanent injuries, and even death due to the violence of these crashes.

Truck accident claims are complex as often the owner of the truck is carrying materials for a separate business. For this reason, truck accident injury claims including tractor-trailers, dump trucks, gas trucks, and construction vehicles, often involve multiple negligent parties.

The trucking and insurance companies are well funded and represented and will work to minimize your truck accident claim. You need aggressive, diligent, and competent representation to take on these powerful forces.

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a truck accident, contact us today for a FREE consultation.

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You are encouraged to read our article “10 Tips If You Are Involved In A Motor Vehicle Accident” for additional guidance.

If you are someone you know has been injured as a result of a motor vehicle accidentcontact Adelman & Adelman, P.A. today for a FREE consultation.