Michael D. Eriksen, the principal attorney of the Eriksen Law Firm of West Palm Beach, Florida, is one (1) of only three (3) active plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the State of Florida (out of several thousand personal injury lawyers) who are Board Certified by the Florida Bar in both Civil Trial Law and Admiralty and Maritime Law; and he is highly respected by the defendants, insurance companies, and defense lawyers he regularly opposes.
Over the last thirty years, Mr. Eriksen has tried over 160 cases to juries (and has successfully settled hundreds more), many of which have involved automobile negligence, premises liability (including on-premise crimes, and slips, trips, and falls resulting in very serious injuries - only), and product liability (including defective or unreasonably dangerous vehicles, machines, drugs, and medical devices).
Mr. Eriksen personally handles all cases accepted by the firm.
Unless a lawsuit for death or serious injury is settled beforehand, a jury (or, rarely, a judge) sets the amount of compensation due at a trial in a court.
Often, insurance companies and self-insured defendants wait to offer their “top dollar” settlement amount until, just before (and sometimes during) the trial itself.
First they want to see that the plaintiff’s attorney is a technically-skilled trial lawyer who is willing to spend the time and money necessary to fully prepare a winning case for trial, and who possesses the medical knowledge necessary to contend with the doctors hired by the defense to discount the plaintiff’s injuries.
Having the knowledge and ability to win a major automobile negligence, premises liability, or product liability case for the plaintiff means more than just a law degree and a knack for advertising and self-promotion.
Instead, it comes only from years of experience actually handling such cases and trials to conclusion, and becoming immersed in the latest technical and medical developments and literature in the process.
A rational way to evaluate and select a plaintiff’s attorney is to identify, contact, and ask lawyers who have opposed him or her (rather than relying on an advertisement or website).
Mr. Eriksen is happy to provide, as contact references, names of defense lawyers who have opposed him in cases and trials involving automobile negligence, premises liability (including on-premise crimes, and slips, trips, and falls resulting in very serious injuries - only), and product liability (including defective or unreasonably dangerous vehicles, machines, drugs, and medical devices).