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Personal Injury Attorney

Shapiro Law Firm

1835 Fiddler Court
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone (850) 224 - 1011

Putting Our Experience and Resources
to Work For You

Personal injury due to the negligence of others is a tragic reality of life. Shapiro Law Firm has been fighting for the rights of injured persons and their families in the Tallahassee area for over 18 years.

Money should not be a barrier to justice and, as such, all personal injury cases are accepted on a contingency fee basis. Contingency fee representation simply means you owe us nothing unless we obtain a recovery.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case. Initial consultations are always free. Shapiro Law Firm handles a wide variety of injury cases. No case is too big. No case is too small.

Let Shapiro Law Firm put our experience and resources to work for you.

Bio of Paul A. Shapiro, Founder

Serving the Tallahassee community for more than 18 years, Paul Shapiro works tirelessly to obtain full, fair, and just compensation for his clients. Shapiro has represented clients in personal injury, wrongful death, product defect, and complex civil cases throughout the State of Florida. Shapiro has represented clients as far South as Miami, as far Northwest as Pensacola, and as far Northeast as Jacksonville; although most of the clients cases are from Leon, Gadsden, Wakulla, and Jefferson counties, as well as the surrounding Big Bend area.

Along with his dedication to serving injured clients, Shapiro is an active member of several organizations, including the Florida Bar, District of Columbia Bar, Tallahassee Bar, and American Bar Associations. Shapiro is also a member of trial lawyer bar associations, such as the American Association for Justice and the Florida Justice Association, which constantly are battling insurance companies and large corporations in Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. These trial lawyer bar organizations are dedicated to preserving the rights of citizens on both the State and National levels. This is particularly true with respect to fighting against unjust caps on damages to the injured in civil cases.

Shapiro graduated from Stetson University where he received both his undergraduate (92) and law school (95) degrees. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, has long been nationally recognized as one of the top schools in the country with respect to its trial advocacy programs. Shapiro had the privilege of interning with a Federal District Court Judge while attending Stetson and received top marks from the judge for his internship work. Shapiro also clerked for several prominant law firms in the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay area while attending law school. Shapiro was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995.

Shapiro recognizes the importance of family and strong family values. Shapiro spends most of his free time with his wife and three young children.

Shapiro is admitted to the U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as the State of Florida and District of Columbia courts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I hire an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney?
Insurance companies love nothing more than dealing with injured persons who are not represented by an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Make no mistake, insurance companies are in the business of maximizing profit and, as such, seek to pay as little as possible to settle injury claims with the help of experienced insurance adjusters and defense attorneys.

You deserve nothing less than full, fair and just compensation for your injuries and that is why you need to hire an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney. Be careful when considering whether to hire an attorney who does not specialize in personal injury law, i.e. an attorney who offers a laundry list of services such as criminal defense and divorce in addition to personal injury.

Shapiro Law Firm practices only in the area of personal injury law. We remain committed to our injured clients and that is why we focus all our energy and resources on representing only the wrongfully injured.
When should I speak to the insurance company for the at fault driver?
If you are contacted by the at fault driver's insurance company, advise them immediately that you have hired a personal injury attorney and will have your attorney contact them to discuss your injury claim. Kindly ask the insurance representative to provide you with a contact number and a claim number so your attorney can promptly return their call.

Never give the insurance company for the at fault driver a recorded statement. Simply put, do not speak to the insurance company for the at fault driver until such time as you have had the opportunity to speak with a personal injury attorney.
What damages am I entitled to recover in a personal injury case?
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, you can generally expect to recover damages for past and future medical expenses; past and future lost wages and past and future pain and suffering. The issue of whether your injuries are permanent will often times be a contentious issue in a motor vehicle accident case since Florida does not allow for pain and suffering damages absent proof of a permanent injury.

Insurance companies commonly deny payment of pain and suffering damages by arguing lack of permanency, even in cases were a treating physician has reached the opinion that the injured person has a permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability. An experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney knows how to establish and prove damages to obtain full, fair and just compensation for their injured client.
Who pays my medical bills and lost wages?
Every person who is injured in a motor vehicle accident who is a named insured on a Florida motor vehicle insurance policy or otherwise covered by a Florida motor vehicle insurance policy is entitled to personal injury protection benefits, commonly referred to as PIP coverage.

PIP coverage provides, in part at a minimum 80% of all your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages up to $10,000. Depending on the insurance coverage, there may be additional contracted for PIP benefits or medical payment coverage available under the policy. Your personal injury attorney should immediately obtain all applicable insurance policies, read the policies and clearly explain all available coverage.
Who pays for my injuries if the person who hit me has no automobile insurance or no bodily injury (BI) coverage or not enough BI coverage?
Florida law does not require operators of non-commercial vehicles to maintain bodily injury (BI) coverage. Unless the legislature acts to protect Florida citizens by requiring minimum BI coverage to operators of all vehicles, traveling on Florida roads will remain a risky venture.

The sad reality is you may ultimately be left to pay for your own injuries if the at fault driver does not have automobile insurance, adequate BI coverage or attachable assets, unless you have elected to purchase valuable uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage. If you have purchased UM/UIM coverage, your insurance company is required to compensate you for the damages an uninsured motorist causes or excess damages an underinsured motorist causes.

Hiring a personal injury attorney is critical to determining all the levels of insurance coverage available to compensate you for your injuries. Your personal injury attorney should immediately obtain all applicable insurance policies, read the policies and clearly explain all available coverage.
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