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    Personal Injury Practice Areas

    Matthew Erjavec, P.A. in Lakewood Ranch, FL has successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases throughout Florida. Our experienced legal staff has a thorough understanding of personal injury cases and a Florida personal injury attorney with us is available to assist you in the following practice areas:


    Car Accident

    According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 600 car accidents take place in Florida every day. And while car accidents have become a regular occurrence for most Floridians, it is sometimes difficult to fully appreciate their devastating consequences unless experienced first-hand.


    Car accidents can cause severe and permanent injuries which may result in significant impairment and economic loss. However, under Florida law, accident victims may be entitled to recover for their damages from the at-fault party. These damages may include medical expenses, lost wages and vehicle repairs along with compensation for pain and suffering. That’s where a Sarasota injury lawyer can come to help.


    Immediately following a car accident, insurance companies from both sides begin working to minimize your claim. Due to their vast resources and misleading negotiating tactics, accident victims may instantly find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. That is why it is important to consult an experienced attorney who understands your rights before signing any documents or giving any statements to an insurance company.


    Experienced Lakewood Ranch Car Accident Lawyers

    The experienced Lakewood Ranch car accident lawyers of Matthew Erjavec, P.A. fully understand the rights of injury victims and are dedicated to providing them with the legal representation they deserve. As a result, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars for car accident victims throughout Florida. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call our office to speak to an experienced Lakewood Ranch car accident lawyer today.


    Back or Neck Injury Lawyers

    Back and neck injuries are some of the most commonly diagnosed injuries following a collision or impact. The severity of these injuries range from sprains and strains to disc bulges and herniations. Without proper diagnosis and medical treatment, back and neck injuries may become chronic, permanent and debilitating.


    Because back and neck injuries are so commonplace, insurance companies are very versed in combating claims for such injuries. That is why it is important to contact a personal injury attorney who understands the nuances of back and neck injuries and will ensure you receive the medical attention necessary to not only treat these injuries, but also illustrate their significance.


    At Matthew Erjavec, P.A., we understand the delicate nature of back and neck injuries and possess the necessary resources to ensure you receive the medical attention and legal representation you deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a back or neck injury, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch back or neck personal injury lawyer today.


    Brain Injury Lawyers

    Brain injuries can occur when the head is subjected to a direct external impact (when the head is struck, or when the head strikes an object) or when the head is subjected to a sudden acceleration and then is suddenly stopped. Both causes are extremely common in motor vehicle collisions, especially rear-end collisions involving whiplash.


    While it is not difficult to detect and diagnose brain injuries in those who sustain concussion, hemorrhage, significant loss of consciousness, coma, and skull fractures, many times these symptoms are not present and brain injuries go undetected. An experienced personal injury attorney in Sarasota and Bradenton would understand the symptoms of a brain injury may or may not persist, and for varying lengths of time, after a brain injury has been suffered. Those who suffer brain injuries can exhibit persistent emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physical symptoms, alone or in combination, which may produce a functional disability. These symptoms generally fall into one of the following categories, and are additional evidence that a brain injury has occurred:


    • Physical symptoms that cannot be accounted for by other injuries or causes: nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache, blurred vision, sleep disturbance, quickness to fatigue, lethargy.

    • Cognitive deficits involving: attention span, concentration, perception, memory, speech/language.

    • Behavioral changes involving: irritability, quickness to anger and disinhibition.


    Due to their sometimes “invisible” nature, brain injuries are often overlooked, even by lawyers. If you or a loved one has suffered a whiplash injury or impact to the head due to the actions or negligence of someone else, it is important that you consult a Lakewood Ranch brain injury lawyer experienced in detecting and handling brain injuries.


    At Matthew Erjavec, P.A., we have the experience and resources necessary to effectively detect and handle matters involving brain injuries. Call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch brain injury lawyer today.


    Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers

    Drunk driving accidents are often considered the most horrific of all vehicle accidents. This is due to the fact that a drunk driver’s senses have been impaired and they do not possess the reflexes, coordination, or decision-making ability of a sober driver.


    As a result of this sensory impairment, drunk driving accidents commonly result in catastrophic injury or death. In Florida, laws have been put into place to help protect the rights of drunk driving victims. In some instances, the establishment serving the alcohol may be held liable alongside the drunk driver. Additionally, if the drunk driver is found to be underage, the potential liability for the at-fault parties may be even more severe.


    At Matthew Erjavec, P.A. we understand your rights and have dedicated our practice to providing accident victims with the legal representation they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured as the result of a drunk driver, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch drunk driving accident lawyer today.


    Defective Products Lawyers

    By law, manufacturers have an obligation to ensure their products are safe or warn of any hazards that may accompany their use. Unfortunately, many products released into the marketplace carry unreasonable amounts of risk of serious injury due to inadequate monitoring or testing. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 30 million people suffer personal injuries each year as a result of dangerous or defective products.


    Product liability laws allow victims of defective products to sue the manufacturers, distributors, and vendors for compensation. Products are considered to be defective if they have design, manufacturing or marketing defects. This is where a personal injury lawyer can come in to help.


    • Design defects arise due to flaws in the design of the product.

    • Manufacturing defects occur when the product fails to conform to the designer’s specifications. In this type of defective product claim, the product’s own design is used to prove that it is defective.

    • Marketing defects take place when a product is improperly marketed. This may involve improper labeling, incorrect or insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.


    When these flaws make a defective product unreasonably dangerous, injury victims may pursue product liability claims to recover compensation.


    If a product is known to be hazardous, a manufacturer may issue a recall to warn consumers about the danger of the product. However, these product recalls are often issued after many consumers have been seriously injured by these defective products.


    Obtaining justice alongside a personal injury lawyer in Sarasota, in a case involving a defective product, can be an extremely difficult task as it typically requires confronting a large corporation with a seemingly unlimited amount of resources in federal court. That is why it is important to select a Lakewood Ranch defective product lawyer that possesses the experience and resources to protect your rights and the courage to confront even the largest corporate giants.


    If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective product, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch defective product lawyer today.


    Medical Device Liability Lawyers

    Manufacturers and developers of medical devices have an obligation to ensure their products are reasonably safe for use by those who depend on them for their physical wellbeing. Unfortunately, many medical devices released into the marketplace carry unreasonable amounts of risk of serious injury due to inadequate monitoring or testing. As a result, thousands of serious injuries and deaths occur due to defective medical devices, which is where a liability lawyer can help.


    Much like other products, medical devices are considered to be defective if they have design, manufacturing or marketing defects.


    • Design defects arise due to flaws in the design of the medical device.

    • Manufacturing defects occur when the medical device fails to conform to the designer’s specifications. In this type of defective medical device claim, the device’s own design is used to prove that it is defective.

    • Marketing defects take place when a medical device is improperly marketed. This may involve improper labeling, incorrect or insufficient instructions, or inadequate safety warnings.


    When these flaws make a defective medical device unreasonably dangerous, injury victims may pursue medical device liability claims through a personal injury lawyer to recover compensation. However, unlike other products, producers of medical devices are provided with various levels of protection by the federal government based on the type of medical device and the way the device was introduced into the marketplace.


    If a medical device is known to be hazardous, a manufacturer may issue a recall to warn consumers about the danger of the product. However, these medical device recalls are often issued after many consumers have been seriously injured by these defective products.


    Obtaining justice in a case involving a defective medical device can be an extremely difficult task as it typically requires confronting a large corporation with a seemingly unlimited amount of resources in federal court. That is why you need a Lakewood Ranch medical device lawyer that possesses the experience and resources to protect your rights and the courage to confront even the largest corporate giants.


    If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a defective medical device, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch medical device lawyer today.


    Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

    Statistical research indicates that the majority of all motorcycle accidents in Florida involve collisions with motor vehicles.  Most commonly, these collisions are caused by negligent or inattentive motor vehicle drivers. Examples include:


    • Motor vehicle swerving directly in front of a motorcycle

    • Motor vehicle pulling out into the path of an oncoming motorcycle

    • A motor vehicle driver’s failure to follow posted traffic laws or yield the proper right of way

    • Motor vehicle driver’s failure to observe a motorcycle when changing lanes or passing other motor vehicles


    Personal injury lawyers in Bradenton and Sarasota can help you understand your rights more fully. Since motorcycle riders and their passengers do not have the protection of doors, airbags, seat belts, and other safety features of motor vehicles, motorcycle accidents account for a disproportionately high number of catastrophic traffic accidents requiring extensive medical treatment. In fact, according to the Center For Urban Transportation Research, the median hospital charge in 2011 for motorcyclists admitted to a Florida hospital for treatment of traffic crash injuries was $56,966.00. However, unlike automobiles, motorcycle owners are not required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance.  As a result, many victims of motorcycle accidents are left to deal with significant medical bills, lost wages, and other economic loss.


    Under Florida law, motorcycle accident victims may be entitled to recover their damages directly from the at-fault party. However, in order to do so, it is important to understand the nuances of automobile insurance and how your rights may vary if you are injured while riding a motorcycle. That is why it is important to select an experienced Lakewood Ranch motorcycle accident lawyer who understands your rights and is willing to fight for you.


    At Matthew Erjavec, P.A., we are committed to protecting the rights of motorcycle accident victims in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Parrish. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a motorcycle accident, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch motorcycle accident lawyer today.


    Slip and Fall Lawyers

    Owners and property managers of premises such as restaurants, shopping malls, grocery stores, or office buildings have a responsibility to protect visitors from dangerous conditions or defects in the property. If they fail to do so and an individual is injured due to their negligence the injured party may be able to seek compensation under a body of law called premises liability with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Some of the most common conditions that result in slip and fall injuries include:


    However, liability in premises liability accidents may be difficult to prove because the injured party must prove that their injury was caused by an unsafe condition and the landowner or property manager was aware or should have known of such condition.


    Because most of the evidence needed to prove liability in a slip and fall case is in the possession of the landowner or property manager, it is extremely important that they be notified immediately of the incident and the proper steps be taken to ensure that the evidence is preserved. Additionally, in order to prove your case, witness statements, surveillance footage, photographs, and a working knowledge of state and local codes will also likely be required. That is why it is important to select an experienced Lakewood Ranch slip and fall accident lawyer who understands your rights and is willing to fight for you.


    If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a Lakewood Ranch slip and fall accident, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch slip and fall accident lawyer today.


    Spinal Cord Injury Lawyers

    A spinal cord injury occurs when delicate spinal cord tissue is bruised, torn or crushed. After the spinal cord is injured, messages no longer flow through the damaged area, essentially cutting off information between the brain and certain parts of the body. Generally, the functions of the body located above the point of injury will continue to work without loss of function, while the areas of the body located below the injury will be impaired.


    The effects of spinal cord injuries can be devastating as victims may face shortened life spans along with the loss of both voluntary and involuntary bodily functions.


    If you or a loved one has suffered a spinal cord injury due to the actions or negligence of someone else, it is important that you consult a Lakewood Ranch spinal cord injury lawyer immediately.


    At Matthew Erjavec, P.A., we are experienced in evaluating the permanent effects of spinal cord injuries and have dedicated our practice to providing victims with the legal representation they deserve. Call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch spinal cord injury lawyer today.


    Trucking Accident Attorneys

    Trucking accidents occur when a large truck, tractor trailer, or semi (weighing over 10,000 pounds) collides with another vehicle or pedestrian. Often times, these large trucks weigh more than 30 times more than a motor vehicle. As such, most trucking accidents result in catastrophic injuries to motor vehicle drivers and their passengers leaving them with significant medical bills, lost wages and other economic loss.  According to the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Transportation:


    • Nearly 286,000 truck accidents were reported, accounting for nearly 4% of all motor vehicle accidents.

    • At least one person was killed in 3,215 of the reported trucking accidents and injuries were sustained in over 53,000 of the reported truck accidents.

    • Only 14% of the reported truck accident deaths were truck occupants; 70% of the fatalities were drivers or occupants of the other motor vehicle while 14% were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.

    • Nearly 75% of reported truck accidents resulting in death involved tractor-trailers and 25% were single large trucks.


    Under Florida law, victims of trucking accidents may be entitled to recover for their damages from the at-fault party. However, most trucking accidents require knowledge of various state and federal laws specific to large trucks and involve large commercial insurance carriers who are willing to utilize their vast resources in an effort to minimize your claim. That is why it is important to select an experienced Lakewood Ranch trucking accident lawyer who understands your rights and is willing to  fight for you.


    At Matthew Erjavec, P.A., we are committed to protecting the rights of trucking accident victims in Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and Parrish. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a trucking accident, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch trucking accident lawyer today.


    Wrongful Death Lawyers

    No amount of financial compensation can replace a family member or loved one. However, when a family member dies due to the negligent acts of someone else, it may be necessary to consult an attorney experienced in wrongful death matters in order to protect your rights.


    Wrongful death claims may arise from any negligent act, including: automobile accident, medical malpractice, dangerous premises, and defective products.


    Under Florida law, family members of wrongful death victims may be eligible to collect economic damages for medical and funeral expenses, as well as non-economic damages for loss of companionship and emotional suffering.


    If you have suffered the loss of a family member due to the negligent acts of someone else, call our office and talk to an experienced Lakewood Ranch wrongful death lawyer today.


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    "I hired Matt almost three years ago when I was hit on my motorcycle by a careless driver. I spent the next two years going through ten surgeries and going from wheel chair to crutch to cane. I was at a place in my life I couldn't care for myself and I needed a lot of medical attention. Matt handled all my needs and was a real person when I needed someone to talk to. He went above and beyond the job. He came to the hospital , to my home and set up dr visits for me when I couldn't do it myself. My life was taken away from me and for a long time I wondered if I'd ever get it back. I watched myself transform from a successful young man into a destroyed handicap person. Matt assured me it would be alright and fought for me when the insurance tried to give me as little as possible . I had so many surgeries I watched my life I once knew turn into a new life of complete misery. I couldn't imagine what it would of been like in my condition had I hired another attorney. I felt like Matt was trustworthy and honest with me through the legal battle and in the end my expectations were met. Mind you a legal proceeding is not an overnight journey, it takes time and who you hire is a BIG DEAL! It took years of hell and patience but Matt never pressured me to sell myself short or settle for his benefit. Through the entire legal procedure he looked out for my best interest. I was a very needy client and my injuries are very serious. Had I not hired Matt I doubt I'd of gotten the personal attention from an attorney or the settlement I received. I am very grateful to Matt Erjavec !
    Matt if you're reading this thank you for watching over me through the legal proceedings and getting me an unbelievable settlement. I will never forget your service! You're a one of a kind attorney and people would be crazy not to hire you."

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