Why Hire a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney?

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Many individuals may assume that a personal injury attorney automatically specializes in that area of law, or that attorneys can call themselves personal injury specialists if they practice no other area of law.  However, this is not true.  The Florida Bar prohibits attorneys from claiming to be specialists unless they meet the rigorous requirements of Board Certification as set forth by the Florida Supreme Court.  Board Certification is The Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys, and only six percent of all attorneys in the state of Florida are certified.

Attorneys who wish to hold the title of certified personal injury and wrongful death specialist must first meet extensive eligibility criteria, which include:

  • Practice law for a minimum of five years
  • Pass satisfactory peer review of competence in personal injury law, as well as in character, ethics, and professionalism
  • Satisfy the certification’s legal education requirements
  • Receive a passing grade on the difficult written examination
  • Conduct a minimum of 15 contested civil cases in courts of general jurisdiction
  • Certification only lasts five years, after which an attorney must undergo the certification process again.

Choose Nothing but the Highest Quality Lawyer

As you can see, obtaining certification as a personal injury and wrongful death specialist is no simple task.  In order to be certified by The Florida Bar, a lawyer must be the best of the best with extensive experience.  Personal Injury Attorney, Steve Hoskins, is the Senior Partner at Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, and has been a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer since 1989.

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Hiring a Board Certified Lawyer Can Make or Break Your Case

Attorney Steve Hoskins has been recognized by the Florida Supreme Court for his skill, authority, and accomplishments in personal injury law.  His Board Certification sets him apart from area attorneys and can make the difference in your case for four reasons:

  • Handle Insurance Companies: Insurance companies recognize and respect Board Certified lawyers and are more likely to make appropriate initial settlements.  Insurance companies do not want to risk contesting a Board Certified attorney in front of a jury.
  • Obtain Evidence to Win Your Case: Part of an injury attorney’s job includes gathering all relevant medical bills, records, forms, photographs, and investigative reports.  A Board Certified attorney has the knowledge and authority to secure all documents to best represent your case.
  • Experience Working with Other Lawyers: A Board Certified attorney is recognized by his peers for his proficiency and excellence in the courtroom.  He can deal effectively and expediently with opposing counsel.
  • Best Jury Verdicts: If a trial becomes necessary, a Board Certified attorney has the experience to zealously represent you in court and work toward obtaining the best verdict possible.

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For more than 25 years, Steve Hoskins has been a practicing Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, and he has devoted his practice to helping individuals suffering from overwhelming injuries, financial loss, and emotional damages sustained by the negligent actions of others.  His purpose is to safeguard the well being of his clients.  Zealous and compassionate legal advocacy is his uncompromising goal.  Get the experience and aggressive legal representation you deserve for your case!

Toll Free: 1-866-460-1990;  After Hours:  1-772-359-0342;  Email:  [email protected]

Verdicts and Settlements

$1.2 Million

Auto Accident Settlement

$1.6 Million

Wrongful Death Settlement

$11.1 Million

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