Personal Injury Lawyer
The South Florida Personal Injury Attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin Represent Individuals Injured as a Result of Someone Else's Negligence
If you or a loved one requires legal representation as a result of an South Florida automobile accident, South Florida motorcycle accident, South Florida cycling accident, South Florida slip and fall, trip and fall, or South Florida wrongful death related matter, it is important to immediately contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.
South Florida Accident attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder aggressively protect their clients’ best interests by not backing down from a fight. As former Assistant State Attorneys with the Broward County State Attorney’s Office, our team of accident attorneys have tried over 100 jury trials. As a result of this trial experience, and unlike many personal injury attorneys in Florida, we are willing to litigate cases through trial.
Although a majority of cases resolve pre-suit (without litigation), some cases need to be tried when the insurance company isn’t properly valuating your accident claim. More and more, State Farm, Allstate, Liberty Mutual, GEICO, etc. do not properly compensate individuals for their pain and suffering pre-suit. Routinely, these insurance companies only offer to pay your past medical expenses -- this is unacceptable! As a result, accident attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder personally handle each accident case from start-to-finish as if it were going to trial.
Our attorneys write the demand, review the medical records, negotiate with the insurance adjuster, prepare the Complaint, take the depositions and speak to you when you call -- we do not simply pass you off to an assistant or paralegal.
Knowing your case inside-and-out allows Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder to better negotiate with the insurance company (pre-suit or mediation) or educate a jury on how this accident has grossly affected your life (i.e. pain and suffering).
We Fight To Get You Every Penny You Deserve
Whether it is an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, cycling accident, slip and fall, trip and fall, or wrongful death, your team of personal injury attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have the trial experience, credentials (Martindale AV rated, Million Dollar Advocate Member, National Trial Attorney: Top 100 Trial Attorney, SuperLawyers, CNN and FOX News correspondents) and compassion to GET RESULTS and ensure you are financially compensated as a result of someone else’s negligence.
We refuse to settle for anything less than maximum compensation for your accident claim. Our clients have received millions in dollars in settlements.
The accident attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin handle all cases on a contingency basis; If we do not collect, you owe us nothing. That is our no-fee guarantee.
Call us today to learn how our accident attorneys make the insurance companies feel your pain!
Personal Injury Representation
The personal injury law firm of Lyons, Snyder & Collin diligently represents victims of automobile/motorcycle accidents throughout South Florida.
Personal injury attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder evaluate each claim to determine whether you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries arising from the negligence of another.
Dangerous South Florida Roads and Drivers Lead to Accidents
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, auto accidents are the second leading cause of death in the United States, and the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 35. More so, a recent study showed that South Florida, earned the title as the worst road rage in the country. Combined with the increased frequency of individuals driving while: speaking on cell phones; text messaging; eating breakfast; painting their fingernails; and being under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, it is not surprising that innocent, law abiding drivers and pedestrians are unexpectedly victimized.
Do not guess the value of your case
Injuries suffered as a result of automobile accidents can be severe and life altering for you and your family. You may have suffered a slipped or herniated disc, whiplash, burns to your head or neck, nerve damage or spinal cord paralysis, broken or dislocated a bone, torn a ligament, or even have lost the use of a limb. In the blink of an eye, you and your family may have to cope with the immediate impact of this accident and be faced with the following dilemmas:
Who will pay for my medical bills;
Who will pay for my damaged vehicle;
Who will pay for my lost wages;
Who will pay for my mortgage, electric and water bills; or will I lose my job?
Additionally, you and your family will have to plan for and the possible long-term impact of this accident and confront the following:
Will I be able to function without the aid of a live-in nurse;
Will I be confined to a wheel-chair;
Will I be able to provide for my wife and children; or
Will my injury require surgery and/or a lifetime of rehabilitation?
Our personal injury attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder in South Florida, will personally meet with you or a loved one in the hospital, nursing home, or residence to review your case and discuss all your options. Upon being retained, our firm will immediately contact your insurance company and other parties involved in your case to make sure all your medical and financial needs are handled quickly and appropriately.
The South Florida personal injury attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin handle all types of slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accidents (sometimes known as trip and fall accidents) fall under an area of law called premises liability.
It can happen to anyone
Generally, slip and falls refer to accidents which occur due to the negligent maintenance or unsafe/dangerous condition on property owned by someone other than the accident victim. A slip and fall can result in serious injuries, including fractured bones (such as a fractured wrist or shoulder), torn ligaments, and head injuries. Some of these injuries may cause you to miss a few days of work - Others may result in a life-altering disability.
Our South Florida slip and fall attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder, assist clients through all aspects of a premises liability/slip and fall claim, including communication with your medical provider, investigating potential insurance coverage, negotiations with the insurance company or responsible party, and filing a lawsuit, if necessary.
Accidents occur anywhere and everywhere
A slip and fall accident can happen anywhere: in a retail store (such as Publix, Costco or Walmart); at a friend's house; department store (such as Macy's); in a parking lot (such as Home Depot or Office Depot); or on a public sidewalk. Owners and operators of public places such as restaurants, supermarkets, showrooms and retail stores have a specific responsibility/duty to maintain a safe place for the public. This is a legal responsibility that serves to your benefit if you slip and fall in their property.
Our personal injury practice includes, slip and fall accidents involving:
Restaurants, bars & nightclubs
Retail stores and other businesses open to the public
We assume all the risk
Our slip and fall practice, like other areas of our South Florida personal injury practice, operates on a contingency fee basis, which means that you never have to pay any fee or cost until and unless we obtain a settlement and/or jury award at trial. Of course, if we are unsuccessful, you do not pay anything.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, you may be entitled to receive compensation for the injuries suffered. The dog bite attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin assist clients through all aspects of a dog bite claim, including treatment of injuries, contact with the police, animal control, negotiations with the insurance company or responsible party, and filing a lawsuit, if necessary.
Dog bite injuries can be very serious and often result in permanent scarring. The scarring is more than just a cosmetic problem. Often children who are bitten by dogs suffer significant emotional distress that often can result in long-lasting mental injury.
Our dog bite attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin in South Florida, ensure that the responsible party is held accountable for all injuries sustained, including all related mental health injuries that other law firms may neglect.
Does My Family Have a Dog Bite Claim?
In South Florida, there are several statutes or laws that impose strict liability upon dog owners for a bite that causes injury to a human being. Simply said, the owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners' knowledge of such viciousness.
Additionally, it is important to note that there are specific Florida laws that apply to children who have been injured as a result of a dog bite. If your child has been injured from a dog bite, it is important to immediately contact the South Florida dog bite attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin to discuss all aspects of the law to ensure maximum potential recovery.
Lyons, Snyder & Collin diligently represents families of wrongful death victims throughout Broward county. Martindale AV rated South Florida personal injury attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder personally handle each claim to ensure that wrongful death victims receive the appropriate attention they deserve in their time of need.
Does My Family Have A Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful Deaths are the result of the negligence, carelessness, or reckless act of another person or corporation. Some common causes of wrongful death are car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, drunk drivers, plane crashes, medical malpractice, construction accidents, fires, and defective products (product liability). Our South Florida personal injury lawyers Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder will personally meet with you to discuss your unique set of circumstances and provide an assessment on the value of the claim.
By evaluating such factors as, the age and health of the deceased, the profession of the deceased, the insurance coverage available, loss of companionship, loss of love and affection of the surviving spouse, children, parents, and other surviving family members, we can give you a preliminary estimate of the possible value of your claim.
If not exposed, the insurance adjuster handling your claim will try to persuade you to resolve the matter quickly, discouraging you from retaining a personal injury attorney. Insurance adjusters frequently offer minimal settlements offers that do not adequately compensate wrongful death victims. Insurance adjusters often neglect to inform wrongful death victims of the following compensation available such as:Compensation for your pain and suffering;
Recovery of lost earnings of the decedent;
Compensation for your loss of companionship;
Reimbursement for burial & funeral expenses;
Recovery of your present & future financial losses;
Reimbursement or payments of any medical expenses incurred.
Poor planning equals poor performance.
The first few weeks of any wrongful death claim are critical to a successful resolution. A case can suffer significant financial setbacks if evidence is not immediately preserved, pictures not taken, witnesses not located, records not retained, and statements provided in haste. Personal injury attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder utilize all resources available including, but not limited to, actuaries, accountants, accident reconstruction specialists, and private investigators to develop a thorough and well prepared claim.
The personal injury lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin fearlessly and aggressively challenge the insurance companies to obtain the best possible settlement for you and your family. Unlike many personal injury lawyers, Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder are not afraid to take your case to trial, when appropriate, if the insurance company submits an offer not commensurate with the claim.
The South Florida personal injury attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin seek to obtain financial compensation for victims of rape, aggravated battery, and wrongful death.
Hit Them Where It Hurts
Trial attorneys Marc Lyons and Philip Snyder formally worked as Assistant State Attorneys representing the State of Florida in prosecuting violent crimes such as aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and armed robbery. In our role as Assistant State Attorneys, we encountered countless victims who were left with an indelible mark of emotional pain and distress as a result of the criminal acts of another. The State of Florida punished these individuals by incarceration; the victims were not made financially whole as a result of their pain and suffering, however.
In our current role as personal injury attorneys, we are able to seek financial compensation for our clients who are victims of crimes such as rape and aggravated battery. Additionally, in Florida, we can move to seek punitive damages against individuals whose intentional conduct or gross negligence caused severe emotional distress.
In some cases, we directly sue the individual who committed the rape or aggravated battery as these crimes are intentional torts.
In other cases, we sue the property owner, landlord, or property manager under a negligent security claim as their negligence allowed another to commit a criminal act.
Property owners, landlords and/or property managers have a duty to protect individuals lawfully on their premises. “Negligent security” is a special type of premises liability claim where a person is injured by a third-party on another’s property. In a negligent security claim, our personal injury attorneys argue that the property owner, landlord and/or property manager failed to provide foreseeable security measures to protect a victim from a preventable harm. Foreseeable security measures may include: adequately trained security guards, working security cameras, locks, fencing, or proper lighting.
Some common examples of cases where Lyons, Snyder & Collin may seek financial compensation for the intentional tort or negligence acts of another:
An individual who is raped in a dark stairwell of an apartment complex or office building as a result of poor lighting, lack of security cameras and guards, and broken locks.
An individual who is raped as a result of meeting an individual through a dating site or social media. Oftentimes, these rape victims are drugged. An individual who is beaten by club bouncers.
An individual who is kidnapped while at a gas station as a result of poor lighting and lack of security cameras.
An individual is robbed by force while withdrawing money at an ATM.
An individual who is shot in a nightclub, bar or sporting event.
The South Florida personal injury trial attorneys of Lyons, Snyder & Collin aggressively represent athletes who were injured in automobile, motorcycle, and cycling accidents throughout Broward County.
Athletes Deserve Special Attention
The lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin represent athletes at all levels, from the casual cyclist to the fanatical CrossFit instructor, to professional football players. Every lawyer in the firm exercises on a daily basis, in some shape or form. Exercising enhances our lives not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. As a result, and unlike other personal injury attorneys, we understand the mental and emotional pain from being unable to exercise. Our lawyers would be miserable if we couldn't partake in our daily basketball, yoga, or golf outings; as such, we will work tirelessly to ensure you are financially compensated (“made whole”) if you are unable to participate in your daily exercise activities.
Athletes should receive special compensation
Injuries suffered to athletes as a result of automobile accidents can be severe and life altering. Although lower back or neck pain can be a nuisance for some clients, the same pain can be devastating for athletes who routinely exercise.
(1) A lower back, oblique or hamstring injury for a golfer can preclude them from swinging a golf club;
(2) An elbow injury for a tennis player could preclude them from swinging a racket;
(3) An upper back injury for a swimmer could preclude them from swimming;
(4) A lower back injury could preclude a cyclist from riding;
(5) A heel injury for a jogger could preclude them from running;
(6) A shoulder injury for a softball player could preclude them from throwing/hitting;
(7) A knee injury for a basketball player could preclude them from jumping/cutting;
(8) A neck injury could preclude an individual from engaging in CrossFit.
An athlete’s inability to perform the activities they love due to the negligence of another should be a focus of their case and not an afterthought. Our personal injury attorneys are skilled at effectively relaying to insurance adjusters and, if needed, juries, about the physical, mental, and emotional importance of athletes exercising on a daily basis and, more specifically, why athletes should be compensated for being unable to exercise on a daily basis.
As you can imagine, many lawyers have not seen the inside of a gym since college – the lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin believe routine exercise is necessary for a balanced life and will aggressively fight to make the negligent party pay for your injuries.
Athletes require special doctors
A large majority of personal injury lawyers send all their clients, regardless of their physical abilities, to the same chiropractors, physical therapists, and orthopedic surgeons. Our personal injury attorneys make it a priority to appropriately send our clients for treatment depending not only on their injury(-ies) but based on their physical background. It may not be appropriate for a professional golfer to be treated by the same doctor as an 80-year-old retiree.
Many of the doctors we recommend to clients have specialized training with athletes and work closely with local high school and college athletic departments. As such, these doctors can not only properly evaluate injuries specific to athletes, but can effectively describe the severity of injuries to the insurance companies taking into consideration the athletes’ unique characteristics.
The South Florida personal injury law firm of Lyons, Snyder & Collin aggressively represents cyclists who were injured as a result of being struck or hit by an automobile or motorcycle.
Cyclists Deserve Special Attention
The trial attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin represent cyclists at all levels, from the weekend warrior to the long-distance competitor. Every lawyer in the firm exercises on a daily basis, in some shape or form. Exercising enhances our lives not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. As a result, and unlike other personal injury attorneys, we understand the mental and emotional pain from being unable to exercise. Our lawyers would be miserable if we couldn't partake in our daily basketball, yoga, or golf outings; as such, we will work tirelessly to ensure you are financially compensated (“made whole”) if you are unable to cycle regularly.
Cyclists should receive special compensation
Injuries suffered to cyclists as a result of being struck by an automobile can be severe and life altering. Although lower back, neck or foot pain can be a nuisance for some clients, the same pain can be devastating for cyclists.
A cyclist’s inability to perform the activity he or she loves due to the negligence of another should be a focus of their case and not an afterthought. Our personal injury attorneys are skilled at effectively relaying to insurance adjusters and, if needed, juries, about the physical, mental, and emotional importance of cyclists exercising on a daily basis and, more specifically, why cyclists should be compensated for being unable to exercise on a daily basis.
As you can imagine, many lawyers have not seen the inside of a gym since college – the lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin believe routine exercise is necessary for a balanced life and will aggressively fight to make the negligent driver compensate you for your injuries.
Cyclists Require Special Doctors
A large majority of personal injury lawyers send all their clients, regardless of their physical abilities, to the same chiropractors, physiatrists, physical therapists, and orthopedic surgeons. Our personal injury attorneys make it a priority to appropriately send our clients for treatment depending not only on their injury(-ies) but based on their physical background. It may not be appropriate for an avid 30-year-old cyclist to be treated by the same doctor as an 80-year-old retiree.
Many of the doctors we recommend to clients have specialized training with athletes and work closely with local high school and college athletic departments. As such, these doctors can not only properly evaluate injuries specific to athletes, but can effectively describe the severity of injuries to the insurance companies taking into consideration the cyclists’ unique characteristics.