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What is a Personal Injury Claim?

Personal injury is a term used in the legal field for an injury to a person’s body, mind, or emotional wellbeing. Personal injury law provides a legal recourse for an injured person (also known as a plaintiff when a lawsuit is filed on behalf of an injured person). A personal injury lawsuit may be filed when one person suffered a bodily injury because of another person or entity’s negligence, reckless, or sometimes even intentional conduct. 

Below are a few examples of situations that may lead to a personal injury claim being filed:

  • A truck driver transporting cargo on behalf of a company is tired and should pull over to a rest stop to take a nap. However, instead he decides to continue driving to meet his company’s aggressive delivery deadline, and as a result he falls asleep at the wheel and crashes into the back of an SUV of another driver. The other driver sustains severe injuries as a result of the truck driver’s negligence. 
  • A customer decides to make a trip to her local grocery store. Immediately after entering the store, she slips and falls injuring her shoulder.  The surface she stepped onto was wet because a store worker just cleaned the floor, but failed to put up a yellow “Caution Wet Floor” sign to notify patrons of the slippery surface. 
  • A passenger aboard a cruise ship is attacked and injured by a crew member who has a violent criminal history. The cruise ship failed to perform an appropriate background check on the crew member before hiring him. 

Compensation for Damages for Personal Injuries

If you have sustained a personal injury caused by the negligence, reckless, or intentional behavior of another party, you may be able to recover for a variety of different damages which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical bills (current and future)
  • Loss of income and future ability to earn
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Disability
  • Funeral Expenses

In some states, punitive damages may be available where a party injured another party intentionally or because of the party’s gross negligence or recklessness behavior.

Why Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney?

An experienced personal injury attorney can help advise you of your rights and the legal remedies available. The personal injury attorneys at Brais Law Firm can advise you on the specific laws that apply to your case as well as help you obtain the compensation you may be entitled to for the injuries you sustained because of the conduct of another party. 

Sometimes personal injury litigation can require complex legal advocacy that involves negotiating with the liable party (which may include an insurance company), presenting your case at a trial, and even figuring out creative ways to recover damages for parties who do not maintain adequate insurance. An experienced personal injury attorney at Brais Law FIrm can help you navigate through the settlement and litigation process and help you recover the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.

Below is a list of some of the personal injury claims that our accident attorneys handle:

For more information on these claims and the companies we sue, see our Miami Personal Injury Lawyers page.

Contact the Personal Injury Attorneys at Brais Law Firm

Contact the personal injury attorneys at Brais Law Firm for assistance with your claim today. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click contact us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.

WE FOUGHT ON THEIR BEHALF, HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY:

Cruise Ship Crew Member Injury

I was in pain for a good 6 months, it was just a nightmare…It wasn’t until I got Mr. Brais that I really started getting the help I needed from the doctors. You need somebody you can trust, somebody to give you some guidance. They stuck in there with me the whole way.

Client

Tug & Barge Crew Member Death

I just thought he [Mr. Brais] was the man to do it. I felt comfortable with him being by my side. The pain my family has suffered has been immeasurable, but he was there with me. It’s not just him, it’s his team also. Keith really stood up for my son. I know I made the best choice.

Client

Resort Guest Injury

As we worked with Keith, I realized what would have happened had we just selected an attorney in town…I realized that the outcome would have been probably entirely different, and not as successful as it was. I felt very comfortable going through with the whole process. I would say Keith is a superhero.

Client

MEET THE TEAM

Keith S. Brais

Having graduated with a B.S. degree in Marine Engineering from Massachusetts Maritime Academy, acquired three U.S. Coast Guard licenses and worked on offshore oil drilling platforms for more than seven years, Keith Brais brings an uncommon degree of real world experience to his clients’ personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Eliot T. Brais

Eliot T. Brais is the sole and managing shareholder in his North Attleboro, Massachusetts office. He began his law career in 1988, joining his father, Ronald A. Brais, who had enjoyed a 40 year practice primarily concentrating on estate planning and small business law.

Michelle Y. Gurian

Michelle has concentrated in the area of plaintiffs’ civil trial practice since the beginning of her legal career. Her experience includes land-based and admiralty/maritime personal injury, wrongful death, and class action litigation.

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CLIENT RECOVERIES*

The attorneys with the Brais Law Firm are leaders in the field of personal injury with decades of reported cases, establishing new and favorable law, and a proven record of obtaining million and multi-million dollar recoveries (settlements and verdicts).

In fact, since deciding to represent only individuals, the firm’s recoveries exceed 60 million dollars in the last several years alone*. Every personal injury case is different. Results will vary depending upon the facts of your case, governing law and injuries suffered. These important issues aside, your choice of a law firm experienced in the highly specialized field of personal injury law will likely have the single greatest impact on the financial outcome of your claim.

$19.9 Million

Resort Guest Lifetime
Client Payout

$9.8 Million

Premises Liability Resort Guest

$6.8 Million

Premises Liability Lifetime Client Payout

$6.6 Million

PWC / WaveRunner Personal Injury

$2.9 Million

Premises Liability – Unsafe Property

$2.2 Million

Negligent Security Sexual Assault

Confidential Settlement

Negligent Security & Unsafe Property

$1.29 Million

Premises Liability – Unsafe Property

Confidential Settlement

Premises Liability – Unsafe Property

Confidential Settlement

Premises Liability – Unsafe Property

$750,000

Resort Guest Personal Injury

$500,000

Premises Liability – Unsafe
Property

Practice Areas

WHY CLIENTS HIRE US

Over 70 Years & 100 Trials of Collective Experience

The attorneys within and “of counsel” to our firm have more than 70 years and 100 trials of collective experience trying cases before judges and juries.

Board Certified Expert in Maritime & Admiralty Law

Keith Brais is among a select number of attorneys who have achieved board certification in maritime law by the Florida Bar.

“Protecting Rights and Restoring Lives”

Our mission statement is “Protecting Rights and Restoring Lives.” These are not merely words. We have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Award Winning Legal Team

The members of our legal team have received numerous awards and accolades throughout the course ion their careers, including being “AV Preeminent rated with Martindale Hubbell and named as members of both Super Lawyers and Legal Elite.

Real World Experience in the Maritime Industry

Keith Brais graduated from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy with a B.S. degree in marine engineering. Over his seven plus years working aboard ships and offshore oil rigs, he acquired three U.S. Coast Guard Licenses.
(now inactive).

First-Hand Knowledge of Opposition

The attorneys at our firm represented maritime employers, cruise lines, insurance companies and other major players in the maritime industry for nearly 20 years. These “blue chip” marine employers and insurers can and do hire only the best available attorneys. The attorneys with Brais Law Firm now put their expertise and experience to fight for the rights of the individuals who have suffered serious personal injury or wrongful death of a loved one.

Exclusively Representing Injured Individuals

At Brais Law Firm we focus our efforts on helping individuals, not insurance companies, cruise lines, corporations or marine employers. Our firm is here to help you and your family.

Track Record of Success

Every maritime injury and cruise ship accident lawyer at our firm is focused on getting individuals the compensation they deserve. In the last several years alone, we have proudly secure more than 60 million dollars for our clients.

Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Partner Keith Brans is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members of this prestigious group of trial lawyers.

I highly recommend Brais Law Firm. Their professionalism and expertise were top notch. My slip and fall injury case involved a well known cruise ship and was nerve racking to me. They calmed all my fears and walked me through step by step. In the end they helped me obtain a favorable recovery. Look no further, call them with your Maritime case!!!

P.C.

I was in an accident where I was struck by a boat and boat propeller. The Brais Law Firm represented me in a very professional manner. I am very satisfied with the service and support I received from the firm and happy with the results they achieved. I recommend Keith Brais and his firm to anyone needing representation related to a maritime personal injury.

M.C.