Every injury lawyer at Wolf & Pravato is willing to go the extra mile for clients, and it shows. An accident attorney with results that show trial experience, fairly assessed settlements, and acceptable resolution times is the type of attorney you should seek after a serious or fatal accident.
At Wolf & Pravato, we have the experience and resources to handle even the most complex of cases. From Chinese drywall claims to traumatic car and motorcycle crashes, our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers’ case results show they have won or settled lawsuits that take insurers and responsible parties to the limits of their insurance policies.
How do we do it? We give individualized attention for your unique situation, helping our personal injury lawyers arrive at successful case outcomes. At Wolf & Pravato, working with an accident attorney results in a partnership in which we can help with every aspect of your claims process. Our Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyers know that not all case results will be the same, and as they explore every option and concern you have they will do what it takes to simplify the claims process.
At Wolf & Pravato, we don’t shy away from the courtrooms in Fort Lauderdale; as personal injury trail lawyers, we see it as our “Home Court Advantage.” As accident attorneys, whenever we can achieve optimum results for our clients at the negotiating table, we’ll do so. But when litigation is necessary, our Fort Lauderdale injury lawyers know and have the resources needed to build a strong case on your behalf.
To get a better feel for what a personal injury lawyer can do to improve your case outcome, check out our recent case results. If you don’t live in Fort Lauderdale, we can still help. With offices in Miami, Ft. Myers and West Palm Beach, our injury lawyer team represents injured Floridians and their families.
CARELESS BUILDING CONSTRUCTION RESULTS IN DEATH - $2 Million Jury Verdict ▼
Thomas Joseph Heike lived a full life before it was cut short by a fall down a defective stairwell, where he suffered fatal traumatic injuries to his head and cervical spine. He was a father, grandfather and great grandfather, despite being just 61 years old at the time of his passing. He also spent what little free time he had volunteering at his church and participating in food drives all over South Florida. Shortly after his untimely passing, his family contacted the Law Offices of Wolf and Pravato seeking answers. Immediately, we retained an engineering expert and traveled to the scene of the tragic fall. After exhaustive investigation and research, it became clear the tragedy which claimed the life of Thomas Heike could have been easily avoided. As we alleged and would later establish in Court as a matter of law, the stairwell which claimed Tom Heike’s life was unfit for use. What made the stairwell even more dangerous was that the defects identified by our expert would not be observable to an untrained individual. We were able to prove that the stairwell was not built to code, was not properly permitted, was lacking required safety fixtures and fell well below the statutory standards regarding habitability. Once the Court determined fault, our next step was to present this tragedy to a Broward County jury for a determination of damages. Based on the Wrongful Death Statute in Florida, the only legal survivors were Tom’s four sons, who sought compensation for the loss of parental companionship, instruction and guidance, as well as for pain and suffering related to their father’s passing. At the close of trial, after about two (2) hours of deliberation, the jury awarded each son $500,000, and awarded the Estate of Thomas Joseph Heike $11,000 for medical and funeral expenses. Following trial, lead counsel Brett Yonon was asked what this 2 Million Dollar verdict meant: “Seeing the family’s reaction as the verdict was read aloud in Court is something I will never forget. Nothing will erase this tragedy or bring Tom Heike back, but if his family felt even a small measure of justice from this verdict, we did our job.” In addition to the very personal impact this case has had on the Heike family, our broader hope is that the substantial verdict will serve to encourage property owners across South Florida to follow all safety regulations and guidelines when building or improving any residential property.
TRUCK ACCIDENT - $765,000 Settlement ▼
In August, 2015, Jane D., was on vacation in Iowa. As she was slowing to make a right hand turn, a large construction truck struck her from behind. The damage to Jane’s vehicle was extensive, resulting in the vehicle being deemed a total loss. Jane suffered severe injuries to her head, neck and back. She underwent lumbar spine surgery, a discectomy, in August of 2015.
Unfortunately, Jane had significant complications following her surgery and she began to experience progressively worsening lower back pain with left sided sciatica. A repeat lumbar MRI revealed persistent abnormalities in the spine. Jane underwent a lumbar epidural steroid injection in February 2016. Finally, in an effort to resolve her ongoing lumbar pain and nerve damage, Jane underwent a second lumbar spine decompression and laminectomy in October 2016.
Jane was employed as an emergency room technician before the accident and has not been able to return to that job as it requires lifting and other strenuous activities. Jane lives in south Florida with her dog and is eager to return to a normal life. As the litigation team at Wolf & Pravato, PA was preparing to file a law suit in Iowa for Jane’s losses and for the severe personal injuries she sustained, the defense for the construction truck agree to settle the case for a total amount of $765,000.00.
Attorney Vincent Pravato and his partner and brother, Richard Pravato, were co-lead counsel on Jane’s case. Vincent Pravato said, “Jane was once a super healthy lady who enjoyed practicing Kung Fu and a healthy life style. In the blink of an eye, her world was shattered. At times, I witnessed the devastating pain and severe nerve damage literally take her off her feet and knock the wind out of her. I am happy that today she has improved and is doing much better.”
CAR ACCIDENT - $375,000 Settlement ▼
In June of 2015, Natasha, a mother of two, was sitting at a red light on Atlantic Boulevard in Broward County, Florida. A distracted driver crashed into the rear of Natasha’s car at near full speed, totaling both vehicles. The investigating police officer noted that she sustained “incapacitating” injuries, and paramedics transported her to the Emergency Room at North Broward Medical Center. The ER records reflect injuries to her neck and back.
Although her back improved over time, Natasha’s neck symptoms continued to worsen. She diligently attended physical therapy and followed all of her doctor’s instructions. However, despite the best efforts of her doctors and therapists, which included injection therapy, the pain never let up. Months after the collision she continued to have pain, numbness, headaches and other symptoms. An MRI of her neck revealed two fairly small herniations, the size of which defense experts would later seize upon in arguing Natasha’s injuries were minimal. Nonetheless, her physicians were concerned over her progressively deteriorating condition. For this reason, a spinal surgeon recommended cervical spine surgery. In October of 2015, Natasha presented to an outpatient surgery center, where a spinal surgeon performed a two-level anterior discectomy and total disc replacement at C3-4 and C4-5.
Prior to this horrific accident, Natasha was near the end of her college studies to become a medical assistant. Due to her surgery and lengthy recovery, Natasha had to postpone her internship, which was the final step toward finalizing her degree. Natasha’s life was severely impacted by this accident, as were the lives of her small children. Luckily, the surgery went extremely well and Natasha received the physical relief she needed and deserved.
Senior partner Richard Pravato demanded that the negligent driver pay their full policy limits of $500,000 to Natasha. After the insurance carrier evaluated Natasha’s claim, the defense offered only $150,000 to resolve the case pre-suit. Richard Pravato and Brett Yonon of Wolf & Pravato, PA filed a lawsuit in Broward County on Natasha’s behalf. The defense left no rock unturned in their efforts to avoid paying Natasha fair compensation for her injuries, as they retained private investigators to follow her and her children, combed through her entire medical, employment, financial and insurance history, and spent thousands of dollars hiring well credentialed medical experts, including an orthopedic spinal surgeon and a radiologist. The defense medical experts honed in on the minimal MRI findings, opining that there was no indication for the pain she was experiencing, that her MRI finding were “normal” and that her surgery was unrelated to the collision. However, through diligent research of the various medical issues by our attorneys and very skillful deposition questioning of these doctors, we were able to neutralize the defense medical experts.
After over a year of litigation and with a week-long trial just a few days away, Brett and Richard finally received a new offer to settle the case at almost 2 ½ times the pre-suit offer; $375,000 in exchange for a full and final settlement. After a great recovery from the surgical procedure, Natasha felt the offer was fair and accepted. Brett Yonon, who handled a large portion of the litigation, said, “Natasha’s life was turned upside down by this collision, and although she was terrified to have surgery, the amount of pain she was in was unbearable. Thankfully her surgeon did a great job and Natasha took her recovery very seriously. In the end, I am thrilled that we were able to get Natasha the compensation for her injuries that she deserved.”
FUNERAL HOME NEGLIGENCE - $3.5 Million Jury Verdict ▼
CHINESE DRYWALL - $800 Million Settlement ▼
The proposed settlement is subject to court approval and the settlement value is estimated to be between $800 million to $1 billion, with approximately $160 million paid in attorney’s fees. The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato, P.A. represent clients with approximately 395 homes that were affected by Chinese drywall.
Judge Eldon E. Fallon, United States District Court Judge for the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, presiding over MDL 2047 In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, advises that the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee (PSC) and Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin (KPT) jointly announced a landmark global class action settlement that will help thousands of American homeowners affected by problems with KPT Chinese drywall on December 15, 2011. This settlement effectively signals an end to the ongoing litigation and class action lawsuits against KPT and certain of its affiliated companies.
The agreement creates 2 funds from which plaintiffs may recover: the Remediation Fund and the Other Loss Fund. The Remediation Fund, which is uncapped, will pay costs of the three types of relief the class members can choose from: (i) remediation by Moss & Associates, the contractor for the remediation program established by the parties in October 2010; (ii) self-remediation by a qualified contractor of the homeowner’s choosing; and (iii) a cash out option, in which the homeowner can elect to receive a cash payment.
The Other Loss Fund, which is capped, will reimburse for certain provable economic loss and provide a review process for individuals who believe they have bodily injury claims. In addition, attorneys’ fees and costs will be paid.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - $1.5 Million Settlement ▼
Mr. Rivera attempted to avoid the accident by quickly moving his motorcycle to the right; however the car made an extremely wide turn. Mr. Rivera eventually was pinned between the motorcycle and the car, causing a near amputation of his left arm.
The trial lawyers at Wolf & Pravato, P.A., who are Ft. Lauderdale motorcycle accident attorneys, filed a lawsuit in Broward County, Florida.
TRUCK AND PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT - $1 Million Settlement ▼
However, Wolf & Pravato was able to show that the truck driver was not paying proper attention and that the accident could have been avoided if the truck driver had been more vigilant or taken evasive action once the child began crossing the street. The case was litigated and resulted in a recovery of the full insurance policy limits, which exceeded one million dollars.
COMMERCIAL CARRIER-TRUCK ACCIDENT - $3.85 Million Settlement ▼
After several hours, the rescue team was able to free the trapped man and his long road of surgeries and rehabilitation began. Wolf & Pravato quickly dispatched our top engineering team to perform a comprehensive evaluation of the 18-wheeler. Our engineers discovered that the enormous load had been improperly secured. Prior to entering the courtroom, the case was settled for $3.85 million dollars.
WRONGFUL DEATH - Confidential Settlement ▼
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & PREMISES LIABILITY - Multi-Million Settlement ▼
Our construction engineering team found that the apartment building owner had negligently reconstructed the wall several years earlier following a hurricane. Our medical experts found that medical malpractice clearly caused the resulting amputation of the child’s leg. The multi-million dollar settlement is confidential.
AUTO ACCIDENT - Confidential Settlement ▼
Prior to entering the courtroom, this case was settled. The amount of this multi-million dollar settlement is confidential.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - $1.2 Million Settlement ▼
NEGLIGENT ROADWAY DESIGN - Confidential Settlement ▼
Our engineering team discovered that the roadway was designed improperly; the curved roadway was designed at too great of an angle, thus causing a dangerous condition. Wolf & Pravato’s trial team filed suit against the national construction firm that led the project. After a vigorous prosecution of the case, we were able to achieve a large six-figure settlement at mediation; the amount is confidential.
AUTO ACCIDENT - Confidential Settlement ▼
Emergency spinal surgery was performed at the trauma center. Her devastating injuries digressed and she eventually underwent a 6 level thoraco-lumbar spinal fusion T10-L3 (a 6 level low back fusion with rods and 10 screws). Our litigation team successfully demonstrated to the opposition the extensive value of our client’s life altering injuries and was able to obtain a multi-million dollar settlement at mediation; the amount is confidential.