OUTCOME: MEDIATION SETTLEMENT EXCEEDING 4 MILLION DOLLARS

CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

Although concerns arose that the buildings were not performing, lack of funds and tight budgets discouraged the condominium’s board of directors from hiring a lawyer or engineer to investigate.

Ansbacher Law agreed to accept the case on a full-contingency. This meant that we would pay all of the costs to investigate and prosecute the claim, and the association would be responsible to repay costs and pay fees only from their recovery at trial or by settlement. The association did not have to increase its assessments to cover the expenses of pursuing legal action for construction defects. Only weeks before the 10-year statute of repose expired, the Florida condominium association hired Ansbacher Law.

Moving rapidly, we hired a professional engineer to assess the condominium property and discovered that the national builder was negligent leading to numerous construction defects. The condominium association faced the bleak prospect of special assessments to pay for millions of dollars in stucco repairs. Condominium owners were in jeopardy of losing their entire investment.

Ansbacher Law quickly filed a lawsuit and served the notice of defects required by Chapter 558 Florida Statutes just beating the expiration of the claim period.  After meticulously establishing the building defects caused by the builder and its subcontractors, and days of mediation we held out and obtained a fair settlement to enable the homeowners to begin repairs and protect their investment. Even the pandemic and suspension of civil trials did not prevent us from achieving a successful outcome for the condominium association.

Although no attorney can guarantee the outcome of any case, the resources of our firm are available to Florida associations on a contingency fee basis so that justice is available even when funds are not. Rather than hiring a public adjuster that cannot file a lawsuit or a law firm that won’t devote the resources to achieve fair compensation, Florida condominium associations have the option to hire Ansbacher Law without paying anything unless we win your case.

Outcome: Over 1 Million Dollars

Truck Crash

Our client was driven off the road by a commercial truck which encroached into his lane when making a left turn. The truck driver’s insurance companies denied liability, claiming that the accident was caused by the driver’s own negligence. The insurance companies also claimed that the driver was exaggerating his injuries, and disputed his lost wage claims.

Ansbacher Law spared no expense to overcome the defenses and support our client. We hired a professional engineer to analyze the cause of the truck crash; a neurologist, neurosurgeon, and other medical professionals to establish the medical injuries due to the accident; a life care planner and economist to document future medical costs and lost wages, and mental health care professionals to establish the lifelong effect on our client and his family. Several jury focus groups were held to determine the fair value of the claim and to test the truck driver’s defenses.

The result was to overcome the many challenges, prove our client’s claims, and obtain fair compensation to safeguard our client’s future.

Outcome: Nearly 2 Million Dollar Settlement

Personal Injury at Retail Store

Our client came to us after being injured at Tractor Supply Store. While shopping, our client had a heavy object from an unsecured shelf fall onto his back. The injuries ultimately required our client to undergo spinal injections and surgery.

Tractor Supply initially denied any responsibility. Only after Ansbacher Law filed suit did this national retailer treat our client with any respect. Even then Tractor Supply refused to offer fair compensation to our client for the injuries and medical expenses.

Ansbacher Law methodically prepared for a jury trial. Depositions were taken of the treating physicians and other witnesses. Expert witnesses were retained by Ansbacher Law to substantiate the injuries suffered by our client, including a neurologist, engineer and life care planner.

Only days before jury selection and commencement of the trial, Tractor Supply became serious about paying fair compensation and a just settlement was reached.

This case proves that the best (and often only way) to achieve a fair settlement is to hire trial lawyers who are prepared to present your case to the jury. At Ansbacher Law, we treat every client and case with respect and if the at-fault party does not show you the respect you deserve, we are always prepared to give you your day in court to obtain justice. Don’t settle for the first offer or even the second. Everyone is entitled to fair compensation when they are injured due to the fault of others.

Outcome: 19+ Million Dollar Settlement

Condominium Construction Defects

A Florida condominium association was confronted with millions of dollars in defects caused by negligent construction and violations of the Florida Building Code. The 300+ homeowners hired Ansbacher Law to even the odds against one the country’s largest builders and nearly seventy-five subcontractors who were responsible for the defects. By bringing the case to the eve of trial, Ansbacher Law achieved a settlement that will enable the homeowners to complete all necessary repairs, protect their investments and financial future.

Outcome: $2,240,000 Judgment After Jury Verdict

Auto Accident - Personal Injury

After rejecting a $5,000 settlement offer recommended by her first attorney, the victim of an Orange Park auto accident hired Ansbacher Law. Our client knew her injuries were serious, but nobody was listening.

After the collision, she had trouble concentrating, suffered from migraine headaches, and her academic and work performance went into decline. Her close family relationships began to suffer from her memory loss and uncharacteristic short temper. Impact of the collision and airbag deployment created serious permanent injuries. The professionals at Ansbacher Law went to work.

Working with her medical professionals, we discovered that our client suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in the collision. Although most victims recover over time, the injuries can be permanent and life-changing. This was, unfortunately, the reality of our client’s situation. We carefully documented her injury through neuropsychology and with the assistance of neurologists and a neurosurgeon retained by Ansbacher Law. We left no stone unturned and located a witness who observed the at-fault driver smoking marijuana shortly before the accident. Finally, after carefully documenting the fault of the other driver, and the serious nature of our client’s injuries Ansbacher Law submitted her claim to the insurance company. We made numerous detailed demands for the insurance company to pay the $100,000 policy limits, but when they chose to play hardball, we did not give up.

We filed a lawsuit against the at-fault driver and when a fair settlement was not offered at mediation, we took her case to the Clay County jury for justice. Ansbacher Law hired the most qualified experts available to explain her injuries to the jury. After years of denial and having her injuries minimized, our client was validated when the jury returned a unanimous verdict in her favor. Ansbacher Law believed in our client and stuck with her all the way.

Most cases settle, but a law firm that is prepared to take your case to the jury is the best way to assure fair compensation.

Outcome: 12+ Million Dollars after Jury Verdict

Condominium Association vs. National Builder

A Jacksonville, Florida jury awarded the full demand of 240 home condominium association against America’s largest home builder. Professional engineers uncovered defective stucco and numerous other construction defects at this Jacksonville condominium, but those responsible refused to honor their warranties and repair the homes.

When the condominium association’s previous attorneys were unable to get the case resolved, Ansbacher Law was engaged to hold the at-fault builder accountable. Following a landmark 36-day jury trial, the condominium owners prevailed and were awarded 100% of the damages for the construction defects. The jury found the developer to be negligent in violation of statutory warranties and the requirements of the Florida Building Code.

The builder challenged the verdict and took numerous appeals. In November 2019, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of the condominium association and the association recovered not only its damages but also money for its attorney’s fees and costs.

Most cases settle, but a law firm that is prepared to take your case to the jury is the best way to assure fair compensation.

Outcome: Settlement after Arbitration - Excess of $5.7 Million

Condo Association vs. Developer, Builders & Subcontractors

St. Johns County (St. Augustine) condominium association sued the developer, general contractors, subcontractors for defective construction of their 300 unit complex.

Outcome: $5.5 Million

Condominium Association vs. Developer

Suit over construction defects in new residential community.

Outcome: Excess of $3 Million

Condominium Association vs. National Builder and Developer

Ansbacher Law was retained by a condominium association on account of construction defects. Our firm filed suit against the builder and developer. After mediation, the association accepted a settlement.

Outcome: In excess of $4.5 Million

Condominium Association vs. Developer, Builder & Subcontractors

Our client, a North Florida condominium association sued the developer, builder & subcontractors for construction defects, fraudulent practices, and building code violations. Case settled in favor of client after arbitration.

Outcome: Settlement at Mediation for $1.3 Million

Condominium Association vs. National Builder

192 unit condominium complex was subject to water leaking and wood rot on account of defective construction.

Outcome: $180,000 Jury Verdict

Auto Accident Claim

We were retained by an auto accident victim who suffered back and soft tissue injuries. The case was complicated by a second auto accident shortly after the first. A lawsuit was filed and discovery was commenced.

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