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Brooks Law Group, P.A.
Stephen Brooks

123 First Street North
Winter Haven FL 33881
(863) 299-1962

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Brooks law Group, P.A.

The Brooks Law Group
Attorneys Practicing Wrongful Death And Personal Injury Law

For a free consultation, call 863-299-1962

Winter Haven Location: 123 First Street. N., Winter Haven, Florida, 33881
Tampa Location: 1 block west of famous Columbia Restaurant in Historic Ybor City

 

We proudly represent clients throughout Central Florida, including Lakeland, Haines City, Winter Haven, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Brandon, Plant City, Kissimmee and Orlando. If you are interested in receiving help on your potential case, please click here for free (secure online) Case Evaluation. Any initial consultation with the Brooks Law Group is free. For more information, contact us at 863-299-1962, or by e-mail

Brooks Law Group refuses to stop helping people fight against unfair insurance companies. We will fight for you against any corporation that puts profits over people. Call our law firm today at 863-299-1962 or fill out a free online consultation form to be contacted by an attorney from our firm. We want to help.

In the article below, CNN Reveals Why You May Need a Lawyer to Fight the Insurance Company.

Insurance companies fight paying billions in claims
Source:
Insurance companies fight paying billions in claims, published 02/07/07 on Anderson Cooper 360 Blog. Accessed 02/08/07 via www.CNN.com.

Put yourself in the driver's seat of this accident. You are heading down the street when a truck comes out of nowhere and slams into the right side of your car. The damage to the vehicle is obvious: dents across the passenger door.

You are hurt too, thought it's not obvious how much: a slight cut above your eye, an ache in the neck.

Your doctor says your spine was injured, you have soft muscle tears, and the pain in your neck mostly likely is whiplash.

It's going to need therapy, she says, and some time off work to heal. And in the end it's going to cost you $15,000 in medical payments and another $10,000 in lost wages, because you took so much time off work.

But when you send the $25,000 bill to the insurance company of the person who hit you, the insurance company says it's only going to pay you $15,000. You can take it or leave it.

What do you do?

That's what producer Kathleen Johnston and I have been investigating for the last 18 months -- accidents most of us don't pay attention to, the fender-benders we pass by without even slowing down. In part, we looked at how Allstate handled the claim of one woman, Roxanne Martinez. Her car was hit in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her medical bills and lost wages added up to $25,000.

Allstate offered $15,000 to settle. Roxanne Martinez didn't know what to do.

Sure, she could try to find a lawyer. But if you were in her shoes, would you? After all, you are fighting insurance giant Allstate over a $10,000 difference. What attorney is going to take on that case?

Martinez's case represents what 10 of the top 12 auto insurance companies are doing to save money. And if you are in a minor impact crash and get hurt, former insurance industry insiders say, insurance companies will most likely try doing the same thing to you: delay handling your claim, deny you were hurt and defend their decision in drawn-out court battles. It's the three Ds: delay, deny and defend.

That, in a nutshell, is the strategy adopted by several major auto insurance companies over the past ten years, a lot of lawyers, former insurance company insiders and others tell CNN.

With nowhere to go, Allstate and others bet you'll take what they offer and walk away. It's right in the training manuals we obtained from Allstate: force "smaller walk-away settlements."

Shannon Kmatz, a former claims adjuster for Allstate, told us she would offer as little as $50 dollars in some cases. Poor people would take it, she said, fearing that if they didn't, they'd get nothing at all.

Roxanne Martinez didn't take it. She sued and a jury awarded her $167,000 dollars. But that verdict took three years.

Allstate is betting you won't wait, you won't sue and you'll take what you get and walk-away. And that, say our experts, has been a good bet for Allstate and others. Accident victims have been walking away from billions of dollars that insurers now keep for themselves.

Allstate would not grant an interview or answer our questions. Instead, they sent an e-mail saying they didn't think CNN would deliver a fair report. I hope you will watch our report tonight and decide for yourself who is being fair.

Brooks Law Group refuses to stop helping people fight against unfair insurance companies. We will fight for you against any corporation that puts profits over people. Call our law firm today at 863-299-1962 or fill out a free online consultation form to be contacted by someone from our firm. We want to help.


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Steve Brooks

BEACH A. BROOKS JR received his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law in 1983. Since becoming a member of the Florida Bar, Beach has practiced law in the Winter Haven area and was a partner with a large local law firm prior to joining his brother.

Beach practices primarily in the areas of civil litigation, marital and family law, and personal injury law. He is a member of the Florida Bar, the Polk County Trial Lawyers Association, and is a past president of the Polk County Family Lawyers Association. He has also been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He is past chairman of the Tenth Judicial Court Grievance Committee.

Beach is also active in the Winter Haven community. He has served on the boards of Polk County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Winter Haven Board of Adjustments, and chaired the Lake Region District Friends of Scouting Campaign.

If you are interested in receiving help on your potential case, please click here for free (secure online) Case Evaluation. Any initial consultation with the Brooks Law Group is free. For more information, contact us at 863-299-1962, or by e-mail


Steve Brooks

STEPHEN K. BROOKS received his B.A. degree from Stetson University and his law degree from Stetson University College of Law . Stephen also had the opportunity to study at Oxford University through an arrangement with Stetson University College of Law . He then joined a six-member law firm. The diverse experience he gained there has been invaluable to his own firm. It is the basis of a wide pool of practical knowledge and personal contacts from which he continues to draw.

Stephen devotes all of his current practice to "people" problems, such as personal injury, wrongful death, and social security disability. His widespread success in these areas is quickly creating a reputation of a force to be reckoned with. Yet he is easy to talk to and his sincerity quickly turns clients into friends as well.

One of the reasons for Stephen's success is immediately apparent. He is the rare combination of a "can-do" individual with a no-nonsense approach to getting things done. He cares about the people he represents... and it shows.

Raised in the Winter Haven area, Stephen maintains his close ties in the community. He has served on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels. He is a member in the local Chamber of Commerce and on the professional side, Stephen is a member of The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, National Organization of Social Security Representation (NOSSCR) and The Polk County Trial Lawyers Association.

If you are interested in receiving help on your potential case, please click here for free (secure online) Case Evaluation. Any initial consultation with the Brooks Law Group is free. For more information, contact us at 863-299-1962, or by e-mail


Steve Brooks

CHARLES M. LAYCOCK
Charles "Cj" Laycock left high school as a sophomore and went directly to college. He received his Bachelors of Science degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1996 in Psychology and his law degree from Tulane School of Law in New Orleans Louisiana in 2000 with a certificate in Admiralty Law. During his time at Tulane, Mr. Laycock participated in a study abroad program in Greece studying Admiralty Law, worked in Tulane's Civil Litigation Clinic and a clerked for the Offices of Administrative Law Judges in Metairie Louisiana handling Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act claims.

After graduation Charles moved to Florida and begun his career working as a contract attorney for a large Admiralty Defense Firm in Miami. Disappointed with the lack of trial work that a junior associate in a large firm is exposed to and generally dissatisfied with insurance defense in general Charles decided that he rather spend his life helping people and accepted a job with the Public Defenders Office in Tampa. At the Tampa Public Defenders Office Mr. Laycock tried over 100 cases and specialized in handling juvenile's issues, drug charges and working with the mentally handicapped individuals.

Charles is committed to helping people in need and now applies his trial experience solving "people" problems, such as personal injury, wrongful death, social security disability and select criminal cases. His "pull no punches, drag them to court," style is quickly getting the attention of the defense industry gaining him the reputation of an extremely aggressive, highly competent litigator that truly cares about his client's needs.

If you are interested in receiving help on your potential case, please click here for free (secure online) Case Evaluation. Any initial consultation with the Brooks Law Group is free. For more information, contact us at 863-299-1962, or by e-mail



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