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slip and fall injury
Slip & Fall

When you slip and fall on someone’s property, if we can prove there was a dangerous condition you wouldn’t have reasonably anticipated, you may have a premises liability claim.

wrongful death
Wrongful Death

Nothing hurts more than the loss of a loved one, except for when the death was the result of negligence or misconduct of another. Let us help you recover financially and maybe prevent it from happening to someone else.

workplace injury
Workplace Accidents

Being hurt at work should mean that you are well compensated for your injuries, yet often, employers and insurance companies will try to minimize your injuries or deny the connection to work just so they can reduce or eliminate the payments you’re entitled to.

dog bite lawsuit
Dog Bite

We are well-versed of the statutes in place to protect the rights of dog bite victims. In the event of a dog bite, it’s important to take action quickly so we can investigate the situation and establish liability for the bite.

uber lyft car accident
Uber/Lyft Accidents

Whether you are a passenger, paid driver, or a third party injured in or by a rideshare vehicle, we are here to provide you with the experienced and skilled representation you need to get the compensation you deserve.

car crash
Vehicle Crashes

If you were involved in a vehicle crash of any type, no matter who’s at fault, we’ll protect your financial interests and handle all aspects of your claim.

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Meet The Attorneys

Donelle White

Florida Bar #979023

Ms. White was born in Reading Pennsylvania and has been a Brandon resident since 1993. She attended undergraduate at Albright College receiving her B.A. in psychology. She attended Temple University School of Law and began her practice in Philadelphia. Since graduation, she has concentrated in Workers’ Compensation cases. She is a past President of the Brandon Junior Women’s Club, past Chair of the American Cancer Society Brandon annual fundraiser, and was a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year 2017 (Suncoast Chapter).

B. Lee Elam

Florida Bar #126987

Mr. Elam is a Florida native. He is a graduate of Florida State University. Upon graduation, he worked as a claims adjuster for all lines of insurance. He also volunteered with the Peace Corps and spent two years in Columbia. While there he became fluent in Spanish. He is past President of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and is a certified Circuit Civil Mediator. Mr. Elam is an active member of the Brandon community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the President’s Roundtable and has been a member of the Brandon Rotary Club for twenty-nine years.

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Meet The Attorneys

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Donelle White

Florida Bar #979023

Ms. White was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and has been a Brandon resident since 1993. She attended undergraduate at Albright College receiving her B.A. in psychology. She attended Temple University School of Law and began her practice in Philadelphia. Since graduation, she has concentrated in Workers’ Compensation cases. She is a past President of the Brandon Junior Women’s Club, past Chair of the American Cancer Society Brandon annual fundraiser, and was a candidate for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman of the Year 2017 (Suncoast Chapter).

Personal Injury Attorney B Lee Elam

B. Lee Elam

Florida Bar #126987

Mr. Elam is a Florida native. He is a graduate of Florida State University. Upon graduation, he worked as a claims adjuster for all lines of insurance. He also volunteered with the Peace Corps and spent two years in Columbia. While there, he became fluent in Spanish. He is past President of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association and is a certified Circuit-Civil Mediator. Mr. Elam is an active member of the Brandon community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the President’s Roundtable and has been a member of the Brandon Rotary Club for twenty-nine years.

5 of 5 star rating on Lawyers.com
2017 AV Preeminent Rating
10 questions you should ask before hiring an attorney
Remember, this is your opportunity to interview and vet a prospective attorney who you want to represent you. The attorney should be trying to impress you and not make you think you need them. Most attorneys are respectful of other firms and typically don’t badmouth other attorneys but they should be able to provide you with their own selling points; what sets them apart from the other personal injury attorneys.

You want to look for an experienced attorney who has spent a long time practicing law, presenting their cases at trial, and who has a primary focus in personal injury cases (as they will be more familiar with the law surrounding it). You also want one who has the time and resources to dedicate to your case and your needs. Also, keep in mind that if the attorney you hire is not meeting or exceeding your standards, you are allowed to fire them and replace them with a better alternative.

In some cases, you may be seeking a form of civil justice or looking to make a change but typically, personal injury lawsuits are about monetary compensation. Once you sit down with the attorney and present your case, evidence of the third party’s fault, and the losses you are taking because of the injuries, they should be able to give you a rough estimate of what you can expect to receive at the end of your case. The amount they estimate should be realistic to your loss and medical expenses (including future medical expenses like physical therapy) – not just a large number thrown out to entice you to hire them.

Every potential client’s initial consultation is with the attorney that will be handling their case.  Once you become a client of our firm, you will always have direct access to your attorney.

Lawsuits, especially those that go all the way to trial, can be expensive. Asking the attorney you are prospecting this question is especially important if you are not fronting the bill for the costs of investigating and trying your case. A lack of resources can negatively affect your case and settlement amount.
Be sure to check if your attorney charges for other case costs separate from the contingency fee. This could include costs for an investigator to help gather evidence for your case, paralegal assistance, expert witnesses, etc. In most cases, these fees can be subtracted from your settlement but could be required as up front, out-of-pocket expenses. However, if you do not win your suit, you should verify with your attorney to see if you are still responsible for these costs.
Most personal injury lawsuits are taken on a contingency fee, which means that you are not responsible for paying a legal fee unless you receive compensation. What you need to know is how much of a cut the attorney expects to get from your awarded monetary compensation. Depending on the experience, location, and type of personal injury case the contingency fee can range from 25-40%. The reason to ask this question is so that you are not surprised at the end of your case.
Many firms consist of several attorneys – especially if there is more than one name on the door. Those attorneys are considered Partners and they can have other attorneys, paralegals, investigators, and other support staff working for them. It is important to know which attorney will be representing you and handling the case. This should also be the point of contact when you have any questions, concerns, or are getting an update on your case.
Many large law firms will use an investigator or a paralegal to handle the majority of your case and you may only meet with the attorney at your first consultation and not see them for the duration of the case. You want to avoid an attorney who operates this way, taking on mass amounts of cases and delegating most of the work to others. The attorney will not be overly familiar with you or your case.

It is important to know if you are hiring a lawyer who only settles cases. Although, many cases are settled outside of the courtroom, you need to know that not only will your attorney take it to trial if needed but also that they are capable of handling the stresses of the courtroom.

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