serving the injured throughout south florida

John Clarke: Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyer | Attorney in South Florida

When you or a loved one has been injured, your focus should be on recovering your health and peace of mind. ClarkeLaw can take care of the many details involved in getting your insurance claim approved and preparing your case for trial.

How We Can Help

We have extensive experience analyzing injury cases, and assessing damages for medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. ClarkeLaw has also worked with many medical providers on both a cooperative and adversarial basis, so we can anticipate the issues that will be raised by providers regarding your claim. We will put your best case forward and work diligently to achieve an outcome that makes you whole. The client never pays a fee for our services unless we obtain a recovery.

Areas of Expertise

We handle a variety of cases involving accidental injuries, including:

  • Automobile accidents

  • Slips and falls

  • Medical malpractice claims

  • Wrongful death

  • Denied insurance claims

  • Workers compensation claims

To recover damages for personal injury sustained in an accident, you will have to prove the following facts:-

1. that the accident occurred wholly or in part through the negligence of the Defendant.

2. that the Defendant owed you a duty of care.

3. that the accident has caused the injury, loss or damage for which you are seeking compensation.

4. that the injury, loss or damage you suffered was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the Defendant's negligence.

In order to prevail at trial, you must prove the elements above by a preponderance of the evidence (in other words, show that it is more likely than not that the Defendant was negligent). You may need to hire experts, such as medical doctors, to establish the extent of your injuries and the present and future costs of treatment. You will also need to gather evidence concerning the Defendant's allegedly negligent action, which may involve taking statements from him under oath (depositions) or getting physical custody of evidence (through the use subpoenas).

Most accident claims are settled prior to trial. A competent attorney can accurately assess the value of your claim (based on the extent of your injuries and the likelihood that you will prevail at trial). He or she can then negotiate a settlement with the Defendant to compensate you for your loss. Your attorney can advise you on whether to settle a claim, but it is ultimately the client's decision as to whether to settle or go to trial. The advantages of a settlement over a trial are that the client's recovery is certain and resolution occurs much more quickly. The outcome of a trial is never guaranteed. Furthermore, the Defendant may appeal a verdict or a judgment against him and ultimately get the verdict overturned.