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Forensic Discovery Methodology

We built our Forensic Discovery Methodology over decades of courtroom battles. Our Forensic Discovery Process seeks out evidence that others often miss, and finds proof in evidence that means nothing to attorneys without forensic experience.

Justice For All

Every member of our team is committed to fighting for justice. With over 325+ years of combined experience in personal injury law, we examine every detail of each case we take in an effort to defend the rights and interests of the injured and the wronged.

No Recovery, No Fees

We handle cases on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything. Our Initial case evaluations are always free, so don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today.

Fort Lauderdale, FL Personal Injury Lawyer

Our Team Is Committed to Helping You Seek Justice

At Kelley | Uustal, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorneys in Florida are committed to fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. Our team is backed by more than 325 years of experience and a track record of success that includes over a quarter of a billion dollars in compensation. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, you can turn to our firm for the help you need.

Why Choose Kelley | Uustal in Florida to Represent You?

We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, and our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers are regularly recognized as the top in their field. Lawyers USA recognizes Robert W. Kelley as one of the top ten attorneys in the nation.  Kelley was also named among the Most Effective Lawyers in South Florida by the South Florida Daily Business Review. Founding partner, John Uustal has also been listed as one of the Best Lawyers by the World’s Premier Guide. Uustal has won Millions for his clients and his successes have resulted in safer medical care, safer fuel tanks, safer seatbelts and safer equipment for firefighters and paramedics. Kelley and Uustal together make a strong team of personal injury attorneys, with their combined experience, Floridians are in the right hands. We also stay ahead of the curve by using a specific and advanced Forensic Discovery Methodology when handling our clients’ cases. This gives us a distinct advantage over other law firms. At Kelley | Uustal, every member of our team is dedicated to aggressively and compassionately helping you obtain the compensation you deserve. Personal injury claims often become complicated legal battles with insurance companies and you need a strong local personal injury attorney who has a long history of working in Fort Lauderdale to make sure you are getting the justice you deserve. If you have questions not answered here, call our team for a free consultation. One of our experienced personal injury lawyers will look over your claim to determine the potential recovery values of damages after an accident. He or she will also ensure your case meets all the legal requirement, including important deadlines. At Kelley | Uustal we will protect you no matter if you got into a car accident, or you have a medical malpractice case.

Our Team Is Committed to Helping You Seek Justice Our Team Is Committed to Helping You Seek Justice

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The personal injury attorneys at Kelley | Uustal have recovered over a quarter billion dollars on behalf of their clients

Cindy Naugle Wins $300 Million Against Tobacco Giant Philip Morris International Inc.

Tobacco case

The verdict included $56.6 million for Ms. Naugle's pain and suffering and for her past and future medical expenses, along with $244 million in punitive damages to punish the company and discourage future misconduct. The jury attributed 10% fault to Ms. Naugle.

A jury found General Motors (GM) guilty of negligently designing the fuel tank in a family station wagon

Product Liability

Six people burned, and two died, including a young boy named Shane McGee. The McGee family sued GM for their horrible burn injuries and for the death of Shane. During the six-month trial, attorney Bob Kelley questioned a former GM engineer named Ronald Elwell. Elwell testified that GM knew of the problem with this fuel tank, and knew how to solve it with a fuel tank shield that cost approximately $4.50.

Local family man, football coach, and former United States Marine, had his neck broken

Devasting Car Wreck

He worked the night shift at the railroad for a friend, and was headed home early that morning for a Fourth of July Barbecue. He was hit by a car being driven by a man who had been out all night. The Defendant’s attorney argued that our client was speeding and ran a red light. John Uustal, proved that our client had a green light, and asked the jury to recognize our client's pain and suffering in their verdict. The jury found the Defendant negligent.

Alamo-Cruz, a tree trimmer, falls while on the job, sustaining permanent and severe injuries

Traumatic Workplace Fall

Attorneys Eric S. Rosen, Michael A. Hersh, and Kimberly L. Wald of Kelley | Uustal represented Efrain Alamo-Cruz and his wife, Maria Alamo, in a case that received a victory in excess of $23 million, which was handed down by a Broward County Jury. In the suit, the plaintiffs alleged that Affordable Treemen, Inc. and Robin Croce’s negligence caused Alamo-Cruz, a tree trimmer, to fall while on the job, sustaining permanent and severe injuries.

Vivian Wilkinson, a former bartender, passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Tobacco Case

Kelley | Uustal attorney Eric Rosen has been representing Ms. Wilkinson’s children, who claim that Vivian Wilkinson’s fatal disease resulted from an addiction to cigarettes containing nicotine manufactured by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and other cigarette manufacturers. The Plaintiff also claimed that R.J. Reynolds engaged in a decades long conspiracy to conceal critical information about the health effects and addictive nature of their products.

Kelley | Uustal is recognized as one of the Nation’s Best Law Firms

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Florida?

Florida law requires a person to file a lawsuit within a specific time period, or statute of limitations, depending on what happened and who caused the injury after an accident. For most cases, you can file four years from the date of the accident. However, if the at-fault party is a government entity, the time limit is three years. If the case is a wrongful death suit and it’s against the government, then the statute of limitations is only two years. Failure to file a claim or lawsuit within that period may mean the injured party can never recover money. Florida’s personal injury statute of limitations varies by the nature and severity of an injury.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Settlement in Florida?

Every personal injury case is different. The timeframe for the recovery of settlement money in Florida varies from a few months to years. There are a few reasons why personal injury settlements can take a lengthy amount of time, and some of it depends on whether a settlement is possible or whether the case needs to go to trial. Our personal injury lawyers at Kelley | Uustal will not make a choice without having the client’s best interest in mind. We will take care of the legal process while you worry about getting healthy, no matter the injury case, we stride to make sure our clients have a smooth process.

Will My Case Go to Court?

Determining where you case will go depends on the type of case. Small claims courts will likely handle minor injuries where there is no settlement. Florida small claims court handles cases worth up to $5,000. Larger claims will go to the civil courts.

Kelley | Uustal Has a History of Success

At Kelley | Uustal, our goal is to fight for justice by protecting accident victims and punishing intentional wrongdoing and negligence. Our personal injury attorneys are a committed and ethical law firm, and our history of success stands in testimony of that. In 2009, Lead Attorney Robert Kelley obtained the 7th largest jury verdict in the country, as reported by the National Law Journal.

 

Justice for All

With over 325 years of combined experience, our lawyers are regularly recognized as the top in their field, including Lawyers USA’s recognition of Robert W. Kelley as one of the top ten attorneys in the nation.

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