“Show me the money!” When a lawyer evaluates a personal injury case for an injured client a point of emphasis is always where the money will come from to compensate the injured party. Often times, the source is an insurance policy. However, what if the injury/accident, or even a death, occurred at work? In Florida, there is a limitation cap on the monetary amount that a person killed at work can obtain; it’s part of Florida’s worker’s compensation law. An attorney may tell a client that this cap is all they can get for their loved ones death, or injury. Or, you can get a second opinion from another lawyer…
That is exactly what a recent client of Mackey Law Group did when they came to us. The client’s family, whose mother died at a workplace accident, was told by numerous attorneys in the area that the most they (the survivors) could collect from their mother’s death was the worker’s compensation cap of $150,000.00. Mackey Law Group was contacted for a “second opinion.” Our lawyers found a way around that $150,000.00 limitation. Our second opinion made the difference for the grieving family, as Mackey Law Group procured a settlement in excess of $1.6 million dollars; far in excess of the $150,000 other attorneys had advised was all they could expect.
All attorneys are not created equal. There are often times thinking outside of the box is required and your attorney should be considering all possible avenues to maximize recovery. Legal tools are available to get around certain limitations; another insurance policy that one attorney couldn’t find may be discovered; or other financial sources may exist to compensate an injured client or a family devastated from the loss of a parent, spouse, or child.
By: Kyle Stalnaker, Esq