Personal Injury Attorney
Personal Attention for Personal Injury Victims
New Port Richey Personal Injury Lawyer
Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A. represents only injured claimants. We do not represent insurance companies or their clients. We take great pride in the fact we do not engage in direct mail solicitation of clients, but instead rely upon a vast referral base of former clients and their friends and family, referring attorneys who trust us, and various medical providers.
We have been handling injury and death claims for nearly forty years. Craig Laporte is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a nationwide lawyer ranking company for highest quality of work and ethics. He received this distinguished award based on a recommendation of his peers. He is an active member of the Florida Justice Association, the state’s main advocate for injured individual’s rights against the insurance industry.
We provide free consultations on all cases, and handle injury or death claims on a “no recovery, no fee or cost basis.” If we don’t obtain a recovery, we are owed nothing by our clients.
The Types of Cases We Handle
At Laporte, Mulligan & Werner-Watkins, P.A., we represent clients injured in a wide variety of circumstances. Here are some of the most common types of incidents that prompt injured people to seek our help:
We have represented thousands of clients involved in auto accidents. For more than 40 years, our legal team has focused on personal service in the legal arena while helping make arrangements for quality medical care by compassionate physicians and medical providers. We remove the worries of dealing with insurance adjusters, investigators and finding quality medical care so you can recover from your injuries with peace of mind.
Heavy Truck Accidents
Due to the sheer size of trucks and their height over many other vehicles, trucking accidents often involve catastrophic injuries or death. Our team of attorneys has handled hundreds of cases involving trucking accidents. These accidents are often complex because of federal and state laws that apply to different types of trucks and their drivers.
Motorcyclists face more dangers on the roads than other motorists do. They lack the crash protections that come with passenger vehicles, for one thing. And car and truck drivers often fail to afford them the respect and precaution the law requires. We have represented numerous motorcyclist injured in “left turn” accidents and similar situations in which cars and trucks turn directly into the motorcycle’s path without seeing it, often leading to devastating injuries.
Slip & Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents are usually complex cases. Even more complicated than most people think. The business where the slip or fall takes place is not responsible for the customer’s injuries unless the business was negligent and that negligence caused the fall. For example, if a person falls at a business location but can’t pinpoint the cause of the fall, there is likely no claim against the business. Therefore, it is very important to get photos of the condition that caused the fall because the condition will likely be removed by the business immediately after you leave the premises.
Americans love their boats, especially Floridians. But a day on the water can turn into an injury-filled nightmare, particularly when alcohol or boater inexperience play a role. Accidents on marine vessels involve their own unique legal issues, depending upon where and how they occur and the parties involved.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Like motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians tend to suffer catastrophic injuries when a motor vehicle collides with them. Driver distraction poses a serious risk to anyone who uses pedal power or their own two feet to get around. A moment’s inattention behind the wheel, even at low speeds, can change the life of someone who steps out into a crosswalk or rides a bike in a traffic lane in front of that driver’s vehicle.
Doing your job should never be a life-threatening activity, but for many Floridians workplace accidents (especially on construction sites) can turn a normal workday into a tragedy. Workers’ compensation picks up some of the expenses for these injuries, but not always all of them. When parties other than an employer are to blame, there may be other ways to seek reimbursement for any uncovered expenses.
Aviation accidents are extremely complex cases requiring prompt intervention by our attorneys, engineers and aviation reconstruction experts. These accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or death and the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) investigates all aviation accidents involving death or serious injury. However, their experts cannot be used in court. For that reason it is imperative to have our experts involved as quickly as possible.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
As Baby-Boomers age, many increasingly need help caring for themselves. The most vulnerable of our elderly population live in nursing home facilities, where they sometimes fall victim to nursing home staff or other residents’ abusive or neglectful behavior. This should never happen, but when it does, victimized elderly residents have rights to compensation under Florida law.
What Our Clients Say
“You will never find a better team, they make you feel like family and are always knowledgeable, fair and willing to go the extra mile. I wouldn't recommend anyone else and I can promise you'll feel better about your situation after consulting in the best team at Laporte, Mulligan and Werner.”
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