Women and Personal Injury
When would having a female attorney make a difference in personal injury cases? There are many legal issues that some women might be more comfortable discussing with a fellow female. Topics like prescription drug errors for female contraceptives, horrible scarring in sensitive places after a catastrophic injury or a botched breast reduction, birth trauma, or a rape survivor suing a company for negligent hiring.
Part of an attorney's calling is to counsel. Just as some women prefer female physiatrists, some women prefer female lawyers. Finding a woman attorney, however, is not always easy.
According to a 2013 American Bar Association (ABA) study, entitled "First Chairs at Trial: More Women Need Seats at the Table," women represent just thirty-two percent (32%) of lawyers on civil cases, twenty-seven percent (27%) at trial, and only twenty-four percent (24%) as lead counsel.
In personal injury cases specifically, women only make up twenty-one percent (21%) of attorneys who handle tort cases. Our goal at the Florida Women's Law Center (FWLC) is to fill that void and allow women to have access to female attorneys to discuss sensitive issues that they may not feel comfortable discussing with men.
Female Personal Injury Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL
Considering women make up such a small percentage of personal injury attorneys and personal injury cases make up a large percentage of civil cases, having an attorney who understands women's issues and the sensitivity associated with some case topics is invaluable.
The attorneys at the FWLC are dedicated to providing women with stellar legal advice and helping women navigate an often convoluted and complex legal system. Our office is located in Downtown Fort Lauderdale and we take cases throughout South Florida in cities such as Miami, LaBelle, West Palm Beach and East Naples, Florida.
Call our office at (954) 500-5555 for more information about how an experienced personal injury attorney at the FWLC can help you.
Broward County Women and Personal Injury Information Center
- When do personal injury cases particularly affect women?
- Are there advantages to being a woman in a personal injury case?
- Which kinds of personal injury matters does your firm handle?
There are some personal injury issues that women prefer to discuss with other women. Other issues are unique to women and their physiology, so discussing those issues with another woman may be comforting. For example, female clients may feel comfortable speaking with women attorneys in cases like:
- Sexual Assault – as a result of sexual assault by men, some female victims feel uncomfortable speaking about their experience with male attorneys. Some victims simply have trouble talking about it regardless. Having an experienced woman attorney may be easier for sexual assault victims to feel safe and to share their story.
- Negligent Medical Procedures – scars and disfigurement from negligent medical procedures may make a female client feel embarrassed or less likely to share specific details about the incident if her attorney is a man.
- Birth Injuries – while not all women are mothers, most females have the physiological capacity to become mothers and being able to speak to a woman about birth defects, injuries, and trauma can be very invaluable when dealing with such high emotional stress.
These are just a few of the case types where having a woman attorney can be a benefit to a female client.
Some studies have shown that women are viewed more favorably than men in the courtroom. Generally, juries see women as more honest and trustworthy, and more relatable than their male counterparts.
While there is no actual proof that women attorneys are more honest and trustworthy, being relatable to juries and clients is important when dealing with any legal issue that goes to trial.
The lawyers at the Florida Women's Law Center represent women in all types of personal injury cases. Some of the most common cases we handle include the following:
- Medical Malpractice
- Dog Bites
- Wrongful Death
- Workplace Injuries
- Nursing Home Negligence
- Car Accidents
- Premises Liability
Find a Personal Injury Attorney in Broward County, FL
If you or a woman you know has sustained serious injuries due to medical malpractice, negligent hiring, or assault and battery, you may file a lawsuit directly against that party.
The attorneys at the Florida Women's Law Center will walk with you every step of the way from litigation to settlement or trial. Our attorneys will work diligently to help clients from Broward County, Miami-Dade County, Hendry County, Palm Beach County, or Collier County, Florida, to get the compensation they need and deserve.
We represent clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning we will not charge you anything unless we obtain financial damages for you first. You can have our personal injury attorneys review your case by calling Bacchus & Navarro Law Group now to take advantage of a free legal consultation.
This article was last updated on Monday, June 19, 2017.