Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz is a boutique litigation and trial law firm that handles almost exclusively high-stakes litigation matters. Though its flagship office is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz handles complex commercial litigation, class actions, consumer protection litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death matters across the United States and the world.

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz’s Personal Injury Team understands the devastating impact that a personal injury case can have on a victim and his or her family. That is why, in a world where Personal injury lawsuits have become about “quick cash,” Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, strives to obtain real, impactful, compensation. With verdicts as large as $100,000,000.00, if the insurance companies or defendants refuse to pay proper compensation, the Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz Personal Injury Team will take the case to trial.     

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz’s Personal Injury Team can help with cases involving:

  • Car Accidents, 
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Slip And Falls 
  • Trip And Falls
  • Drownings
  • Pool Accidents
  • Plane Crashes
  • Air traffic controller negligence
  • Aircraft maintenance negligence
  • Aircraft operator negligence
  • Aircraft product liability
  • Negligent Security
  • Shootings
  • Stabbings
  • Fights
  • Assault
  • Battery 
  • Crime Victim Representation
  • Product Liability
  • Failure to Warn
  • Bad Drugs 
  • toys, clothing, or other items containing toxic substances
  • Funeral Home Negligence
  • Cemetery Negligence
  • Crematorium Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Death caused by Tobacco

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz’s Personal Injury Team understands the devastating impact that a personal injury case can have on a victim and his or her family. That is why, in a world where Personal injury lawsuits have become about “quick cash,” Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, strives to obtain real, impactful, compensation. With verdicts as large as $100,000,000.00, if the insurance companies or defendants refuse to pay proper compensation, the Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz Personal Injury Team will take the case to trial.     

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz’s Personal Injury Team can help with cases involving :

Personal Injury Litigation encompasses these areas:

CAR ACCIDENTS AND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

At Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP, we know the rules of the road and how to investigate and prove violations. Our roads and highways are modern miracles. They provide us with the ability to travel freely to and from work, school, vacations, friends and family. The rules of the road are designed to protect us against harm along the way. Vehicles of all sizes share the road and are bound by the rules, regardless of size. Whether your vehicle has two, four or eighteen wheels, if you violate the rules of the road, you must compensate those who you injure. If you are injured by a motor vehicle, it does not matter whether you were travelling in a bus, a truck, a passenger vehicle, a motorcycle, a bicycle or by foot. Those who are negligent should pay for the damage they cause.

Our trial attorneys and staff prepare your case to maximize your recovery and minimize your worry and concern. We also understand your injuries and what it takes to compensate you for:

  • Medical bills
  • Property damage
  • Wage loss
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Long term disability

PLANE CRASH ACCIDENT

personal injury litigation servicesOur aviation accident attorneys are pilots and seasoned aviation litigators.

Aviation connects the world. It allows us to travel thousands of miles back and forth in a single day. In just over half a century, it has become commonplace to commute from Florida to New York for a meeting, and return in time for dinner that night. For those with a pilot’s license, aviation opens up a new world of travel opportunities, from vacations to business-related day trips. It is an activity that connects family, business and commerce.

The U.S. airspace system is heavily travelled, particularly in Florida where the year-round temperate climate attracts commercial aviation, tourists, private aviation, flight training and national annual aviation gatherings. Aviation activities involve not only adherence to federal and state regulations, but compliance with local ordinances as well as administrative and lobbying efforts.

Florida’s geographic location makes it a popular international departure point for travel destinations in the Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic – attracting hundreds of thousands of departures and arrivals from other states annually. Well over 200 flight schools operate daily in and around the State.

Partner Todd Payne is a federally certified aircraft pilot with years of flight and aviation experience. In 2013, Mr. Payne obtained a $100 million verdict against a Florida air traffic control company that issued flight instructions to a banner towing aircraft operated by a commercial pilot. The instructions, which directed the pilot to fly a non-standard and very tight landing pattern, led to the loss of control of the aircraft and severe neurological, cognitive and physical injuries to the pilot. Mr. Payne’s aviation experience played a significant role in obtaining a successful result for the pilot.

Aviation activities entail an increased element of risk management. Whether you are flying aboard a private single engine flight to the Bahamas or boarding a domestic jet flight to Los Angeles, accidents and injuries can occur anywhere along the chain of events that make flight a possibility. When aviation accidents occur, you need knowledgeable legal representation, capable of collecting the necessary facts and evidence before they are lost to time.

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP represents clients in a wide range of aviation matters. Areas of representation include:

  • Air traffic controller negligence
  • Aircraft maintenance negligence
  • Aircraft operator negligence
  • Aircraft product liability claims
  • Airport facility and premises liability
  • Aviation contractual disputes
  • Aviation lobbying representation
  • Banner towing and skydiving operation accidents
  • Commercial carrier negligence
  • FAA administrative matter representation
  • FAA civil enforcement case representation
  • Flight instruction accidents and injuries
  • General aviation accidents
  • Noise abatement and local ordinance enforcement actions
  • Pilot fatigue, training and negligence
  • Weather-related aviation incidents

CRIME VICTIM REPRESENTATION

If you are a Crime Victim, you have certain rights under the law in regard to the criminal case as well as possible civil remedies. In other words, from one criminal episode, you can have two separate actions in two separate systems of justice.

Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP helps Victims of crime who are injured or sustain monetary losses. If you are the Victim of a crime, contact the police, get any medical attention you may need, and then contact us so that all of your rights in all of the courts are protected.

personal injury caseIn representing you as the victim of a crime, the attorneys at Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP:

Will strive to determine whether the Defendant or other entities such as insurance companies can he held civilly liable for the Defendant’s criminal acts, and if appropriate, will file a lawsuit for money damages against the responsible party.

  • Will work with the police, prosecutors and Victim Advocates to protect your rights as a Victim.
  • Will be by your side throughout the civil and criminal processes, including appearing with you in criminal court and at depositions, and will explain to you the process and your rights.
  • Will assist you in having your voice heard by the prosecution and the judge when the Defendant is sentenced for the crime committed against you or your family member.

Criminal Case/Action (also known as the Criminal Justice System) — In this court, the suspect or accused is charged with a crime and is facing criminal sanctions including jail. The Plaintiff is the State or Government and the suspect or accused is the Defendant. The Victim is a witness in the case with certain additional rights provided by the Constitution and statutes, but is not a party to the action. The criminal action must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

CIVIL CASES

Crime Victims also often have civil remedies available to them for money damages separate and apart from what you would be entitled to as the Victim of a crime. For example:

personal injury caseIf you or your family member are injured or killed by someone Driving Under the Influence or by someone driving recklessly, you may be able to bring a civil action against:

  • The impaired (drunk) driver
  • The owner of the vehicle being driven by the impaired driver
  • An automobile insurance company
  • A person or establishment responsible for the driver’s impairment (i.e. bar driver was drinking)

As the Victim of a shooting, stabbing or battery at a business, you may be able to bring a civil action against:

  • The perpetrator who committed the crime against you
  • The business or person or entity responsible for the premises.

As the Victim of Theft or Financial Exploitation (i.e., scams, embezzlement, fraud, thefts by caregivers), you may be entitled to bring an action:

  • Against the perpetrator for treble (three times) the amount of the financial loss under the civil theft statute.
  • Against any person, entity or financial institution that assisted or facilitated the theft or exploitation.
  • Will strive to determine whether the Defendant or other entities such as insurance companies can he held civilly liable for the Defendant’s criminal acts, and if appropriate, will file a lawsuit for money damages against the responsible party
  • Will work with the police, prosecutors and Victim Advocates to protect your rights as a Victim.
  • Will be by your side throughout the civil and criminal processes, including appearing with you in criminal court and at depositions, and will explain to you the process and your rights.
  • Will assist you in having your voice heard by the prosecution and the judge when the Defendant is sentenced for the crime committed against you or your family member.

PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

The attorneys of Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP understand the devastating impact that a personal injury case can have on a victim and his or her family. When a family member is unable to work and medical bills are piling up, the stress of trying to deal with an insurance company whose goal is to pay the least amount of money possible can become unbearable. Our seasoned litigators can help.personal injury litigation

Personal injury lawsuits occur when an injured person seeks compensation from a responsible party or parties whose negligent acts caused the plaintiff’s injuries.

Rather than navigating the confusing and often hostile process of filing claims with an insurance company that is unsympathetic to your plight, put your faith in Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP to zealously advocate on your behalf. We will help you gather the necessary medical documentation and other paperwork in order to prove the legitimacy of your claims and help to resolve your personal injury case in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible. While most personal injury cases are finalized through a settlement with the insurance company, or through arbitration or mediation, some cases must proceed to trial for resolution.

Personal injury lawsuits occur when an injured person seeks compensation from a responsible party or parties whose negligent acts caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Personal injury litigation includes motor vehicle accidents, defective consumer products and slip and fall accidents on another person’s property. Typically, personal injury lawsuits are filed to seek compensation for victims who have suffered serious injuries and include wrongful death actions, in which a family member has died as a result of another’s negligence. In these cases, you may be entitled to a monetary damages award from the responsible party in order to compensate you for medical bills, loss of income, pain, and suffering, and property damage.

If your personal injury case reaches trial, the Florida injury attorneys at Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP will investigate your case, gather evidence, develop a compelling trial theme and guide you through the litigation process. We put our decades of experience, knowledge, and skills to work to help you achieve a desirable outcome. Through our years of experience in personal injury negotiations and trial practice, we have garnered the resources necessary to tackle insurance companies and the expertise to handle complex issues of causation and scientific evidence.

WHAT IF MY CASE REACHES TRIAL?

If your personal injury case reaches trial, the Florida injury attorneys at Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP will investigate your case, gather evidence, develop a compelling trial theme and guide you through the litigation process. We put our decades of experience, knowledge, and skills to work to help you achieve a desirable outcome. Through our years of experience in personal injury negotiations and trial practice, we have garnered the resources necessary to tackle insurance companies and the expertise to handle complex issues of causation and scientific evidence.

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PRODUCT LIABILITY

product liability - personal injury litigationAt Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP, we work with medical, engineering, chemical, electrical, and other types of experts who can investigate and explain the problems with a given product. Based on this expert advice, our attorneys will prepare your case to maximize your recovery and minimize your worry and stress.

When a person develops a disease or illness or sustains an injury from a defective product, he or she may have no idea why or how the product malfunctioned, or that the product was even dangerous. Only knowledgeable and experienced trial attorneys have the ability to understand the legal duties and obligations that companies who manufacture and sell products owe to their customers. Furthermore, proving the existence of product defects and the causation of injuries frequently requires expert scientific evidence.

In today’s economy, most companies mass produce and mass market consumer products. Many of these products are complex and involve hidden dangers that the average person cannot understand or anticipate. Mass media advertising makes all consumer products seem safe and desirable. However, it is no secret that many products have hidden defects that can cause injury or death to unwary consumers because many businesses put profits over people.

Examples of underlying defects found in consumer products include:

  • Drugs that cause serious side effects and even death
  • Children’s toys, clothing or furniture containing lead or other toxic substances
  • Power tools with insufficient safeguards and warnings against dangers known to the manufacturer
  • Construction materials that contain toxic substances
  • Motor vehicles containing design flaws or material defects
  • Construction products that cause houses to decay and fall apart

BOTTOM LINE

Whether you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, harmed by a defective product, or injured on another’s property, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP will zealously pursue compensation for your injuries. Contact our office today for a thorough consultation regarding your personal injury claim. Since we work on a contingency basis in personal injury cases, you owe us no attorneys’ fees unless we obtain compensation for your case.