Ben Murphey: Your South Florida Civil Trial Lawyer

Ben Murphey is a partner at the law firm of Lawlor, White & Murphey.  The firm has offices throughout South Florida.  Mr. Murphey represents people and businesses that have been harmed by the wrongful acts of others.  His practice areas include:

 

Fort Lauderdale & Davie Personal Injury Lawyer Ben Murphey Will Fight for Your Rights

Even if you take every precaution to protect yourself and your property, you can still be harmed by the careless or intentional acts of others.  Instead of dwelling on the injustice when something bad happens to you or a loved one, you should take action to protect your rights and hold the person or corporation responsible.

By filing a claim, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to obtain full and fair compensation for the harms and losses you suffered.  By holding the person or corporation who harmed you responsible, you are making the community safer for your family and reducing the chance that someone else will be harmed in the future.  When you have suffered a loss you need to take the time to find a lawyer who is well qualified to handle your case. You need a lawyer who:

  • Has handled cases similar to yours before
  • Is well-versed in Florida law
  • Understands the nuances of the type of law your case falls under
  • Has the resources and experience to help you, even if you are fighting a large corporation
  • Is compassionate and professional

Ben Murphey meets all those qualifications and goes above and beyond for his clients.  As a civil trial lawyer who has litigated a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts, he has the experience you are looking for.  As a partner at a long standing firm, he has the resources to help you fight your case against the largest of opponents.

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The Knowledge and Experience You Need in Your Civil Case

You want to give yourself the best possible chance of having a positive outcome in your case.  When you are recovering from an injury, a devastating financial loss, or even the death of a loved one, you have enough to worry about.  You should not have to worry about whether your attorney is doing his or her job correctly.  When you retain Ben Murphey you can rest assured you are working with someone who will do the best possible job for you.

Mr. Murphey earned his law degree with honors from the Shepard Broad Law Center at Nova Southeastern University in 2006 and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year.  He has helped people and businesses recover from the harms and losses caused by others ever since.  Mr. Murphey is admitted to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Florida, and all Florida Courts.  He handles cases in litigation and in the pre-suit phase.  matters is also adept at handling cases both in and out of the courtroom, and while he will work to get you a settlement if he believes that is your best option, he is also prepared to fight for you in a civil trial.

Ben Murphey’s Record is his Strongest Endorsement

Ben Murphey is recognized by his peers as an exceptional civil trial lawyer.  He is rated a 10/10 on Avvo and included in the top 1% of car accident lawyers.  Mr. Murphey skills have been recognized for several years in a row by Super Lawyers.  However, his most meaningful accolades come his clients.  Mr. Murphey believes actions speak louder than words, and it is his record of success that really sets him apart.  His victories include:

  • $837,500 settlement in a car/motorcycle accident, allowing the injured motorcyclist to pay his extensive medical bills and set aside money for future treatments
  • $300,000 settlement for an auto accident, covering the injured driver’s surgery, extensive rehabilitation, and lost wages while she was unable to work
  • $668,471 verdict in a negligent security case, allowing the injured party to pay his medical bills and set aside money for future treatment that he wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise
  • $1,336,593 verdict in a car/pedestrian accident, covering lost wages and the serious injuries sustained by the client

When someone has caused you to suffer large medical bills, lost wages, legal expenses, and other damages, Ben Murphey is ready to help you.  You will soon discover you are in capable hands.

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Focus on Your Recovery, not Your Finances when You Retain Ben Murphey

After you have been harmed by another person or organization, you may feel like your back is against the wall, with hospital administrators, bill collectors, and insurance claims adjusters trying to take advantage of you.  You should be focusing on your recovery, but the sad reality is that you may be preoccupied with your financial situation or thinking you are unable to afford the medical treatment you desperately need.

Do not become overwhelmed with financial desperation.  When someone else has harmed you they should be responsible for fully and fairly compensating you for your losses.  Ben Murphey can help you make that person or corporation answer for the damages you have suffered, no matter how reluctant they are to admit to their responsibility.

Mr. Murphey is also keenly aware that many people who need a lawyer are afraid to hire one because they do not think they can afford one.  This is why Mr. Murphey regularly works on a contingency basis.  That means you will not be expected to pay unless you recover something in your case.

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Case Results

  • Confidential Settlement Lawyers failed to Protect Client’s Intellectual Property:
    A law firm was hired to protect a client’s intellectual property.  The law firm failed to take the time to fully understand the client’s creation and to properly advise the client on how to best protect it.  The law firm drafted documents that failed to provide the client with the greatest protection, and when a competitor brought a similar creation to market the client discovered the error made by the lawyers.  The lawyers denied any wrongdoing and ...

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  • Confidential Settlement Lawyers Failed to Analyze Documents and Law Correctly:
    A client was involved in multiple legal disputes and wanted to protect some assets.  She hired a law firm to review several complex financial documents.  The lawyer told the client he knew how to accomplish her goal quickly.  The lawyer filed a lawsuit that was dismissed.  Instead of learning from that mistake, the lawyer filed the lawsuit again.  The lawyer’s plan of action was contrary to clearly established law.  The lawsuit failed to accomplish ...

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  • $1,025,000 Settlement Damaged Sidewalk Injures Skateboarder:
    A gas station made changes to the entrance of its property and was supposed to repair part of the sidewalk, but it failed to do so. A young child was skateboarding down the sidewalk when his skateboard wheel caught in the damaged sidewalk. He was thrown into the street, hit by a car, and suffered serious personal injuries. The settlement represents the policy limits of the defendants. The damaged sidewalk was finally repaired....

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  • $1,100,000 Settlement Fall on Old Broken Steps:
    A store in Key West had broken bricks on the steps at the store’s entrance. The bricks were damaged over time by delivery men dragging heavy hand trucks up the steps. Rather than fix the bricks, the store exposed the public to the danger of falling on the bricks. Our client was vacationing in Key West and when she exited the store she lost her footing on the bricks and tore several ligaments in her ankle. She developed RSD/CRPS that ...

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  • $1,336,593 Verdict Car Hits Worker on side of Interstate:
    Late one night our client was working as a heavy-duty tow truck driver on the side of I-95. Two cars were involved in a lane change accident. One car caused the other to spin out of control. The other car crushed our client between the car and the tow truck. Our client suffered multiple broken bones in his leg and pelvis. He went through a long painful recovery and had to take a lower paying job because he could not ...

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  • $100,000 Settlement Defectively Designed Rescue Board:
    A man working as a lifeguard suffered a partial amputation of his right middle finger that was caused by a poorly designed handle on a surf rescue board. We ensured the board was preserved as evidence, and discovered similar injuries occurred before on similar rescue boards. We continued to investigate the case and were able to settle it without having to file a lawsuit. Because we did not have to file a lawsuit we were able to keep the fees ...

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  • $170,000 Settlement Wave Runner Allision:
    Our client was vacationing in Florida from Philadelphia. She rented a wave runner on a local beach. Our client had no experience with wave runners and the rental facility failed to give her the pre-ride instructions required by Florida law. Because our client was not told about the effects of off-throttle steering in wave runners, she hit the anchor line of a boat moored off the beach and injured her throat and vocal chords. The injury required surgery and vocal ...

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  • $2,750,000 Settlement Fall from Dangerous Platform:
    A large local boat dealer had an elevated platform built in its showroom. The platform was sold with railings and other safety features designed to prevent falls. The boat dealer failed to install the safety features and built the platform without any permits or inspections. Our client was looking at boats and fell from the platform because there was no safety railing to grab. She suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery and developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) which is ...

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  • $249,900 Settlement ATV Malfunction:
    Three wheeled all terrain vehicles (ATVs) were popular in the 1970s and 1980s. Over time the four wheel design became more popular. One problem with the three wheel design is that it would often not turn safely in loose dirt and sand. That problem was called “plowing.” Our client was riding his friend’s three wheeled ATV when it plowed in loose dirt and caused him to hit a tree. He suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. We were ...

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  • $250,000 Settlement Man Needlessly Dies on Cruise Ship:
    This was a wrongful death case against a cruise ship and its corporate officers. Our client’s husband had a heart attack while on the cruise. The ship did not have an automated external defibrillator and failed to call the U.S. Coast Guard to get the man back to shore for treatment, even though they called the Coast Guard to take a man with a broken leg back to shore just days before. The ship also sailed in strong seas ...

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  • $250,000 Settlement Lawyers Failed to Timely File Lawsuit:
    A married couple hired a law firm to handle a claim for damage to their home. Their insurance company went out of business and the firm was supposed to sue the Florida Insurance Guaranty Association. However, the firm filed the lawsuit a few days late. The firm knew about that mistake and other mistakes it made in other cases. However, the firm failed to tell its malpractice carrier about the possible claims when it applied for coverage. The carrier tried ...

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  • $251,315.91 Verdict Unpaid Professional Wages:
    Our client was a doctor at a medical clinic. The clinic failed to honor the employment contract it signed with the doctor. We sued the clinic for the doctor’s unpaid wages. The jury awarded our client every penny the clinic failed to pay her which totaled $251,315.91....

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  • $3,000,000 Settlement Woman Burned by Dangerous Open Flame:
    A restaurant had open lit candles spread throughout the floor of its property. The candles gave the restaurant a romantic glow but they were dangerous and violated the life safety codes. Our client was on the restaurant’s patio when her dress was blown into one of the candles and caught fire. She suffered third degree burns over thirty percent of her body. She required multiple skin grafts and was badly scarred. The restaurant removed the candles and no other customer ...

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  • $300,000 Settlement Rear-End Car Collision:
    A man was not paying attention while he was driving and struck our client’s car from the rear. Her car was totaled and she was taken to the hospital for her injuries. An MRI showed multiple herniated discs in her back. Our client suffered through more than a year of painful rehabilitation and she missed a significant amount of work. The other driver’s insurance company settled our client’s claim for the full amount of his insurance policy. This case is ...

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  • $302,000 Settlement Young Girl Hit by Falling Storm Shutters:
    The neighbor of our young client allowed children to play in her garage. However, the neighbor stored her heavy metal storm shutters standing up against the garage wall with nothing securing them. One of the children hit the shutters and they fell and gashed open our young client’s face and hands. Our client had extensive plastic surgery to correct the wounds to her face. The neighbor’s insurance company paid the full amount of coverage available under its policy on the ...

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  • $305,670 Settlement Lawyers did not Advise Clients to Settle:
    A South American businessman and his wife were sued by two former nannies for unpaid overtime and other claims in federal court. The couple hired one of the largest law firms in the country to defend them. That firm failed to properly evaluate the nannies’ claims and advise the couple to settle the case. The firm also assigned three lawyers to the case who had never handled a single case with claims like the nannies were making. The firm failed ...

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  • $345,000 Settlement Car Strikes Man in Work Truck:
    A company failed to have workers’ compensation insurance for its employees who were involved in an auto accident. However, the company’s owner titled the truck the employees were riding in his name. A young man speeding in his father’s Corvette hit the truck and injured our client. Our client suffered multiple broken bones requiring surgery. The young man’s father had a $100,000 insurance policy and our client had $10,000 in underinsured motorist coverage. Rather than accept those policies, we looked ...

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  • $355,000 Verdict Breach of Contract for Sale of Business:
    A contract was signed for the sale of a small grocery store. The buyer failed to make all the payments for the purchase. We sued the buyer for breach of contract, violation of Florida’s Worthless Check Act, and breach of guarantee. The jury returned a verdict for our client just over $355,000.00....

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  • $768,000 Settlement Senseless Nightclub Attack:
    Our client was misidentified as being involved in a dispute in a nightclub. The club allowed the men who misidentified the client to leave first. The bouncers then put the client out an alley door where the men were waiting to attack him. Our client suffered a broken jaw that required hospitalization and surgery, and the jaw will cause him problems for the rest of his life. The client had no health insurance to cover his medical bills. After a ...

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  • $837,500 Settlement Car Strikes Motorcycle from Rear:
    Our client was struck on his motorcycle by a man driving a car leased by his employer. The accident left our client with a back injury that required surgery. The driver was arrested for DUI, but the charges were dropped because the arresting officer was caught falsifying a DUI claim in an unrelated case. Our client was allowed to make a claim for punitive damages against the driver and his employer. The client’s surgery corrected what could have been a ...

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  • Award of Benefits Longshoreman Burned in Chemical Spill:
    A chemical spill burned our client while he was working as a longshoreman at the Port of Miami. His employer denied the spill occurred and denied our client medical treatment. We found a missing key witness and filed a claim for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. We represented the client at a hearing before the United States Department of Labor and he was awarded benefits and received the medical care he needed to treat the chemical ...

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  • Space 34, LLC v. Lopez
    This was an appeal of a judgment entered after a jury trial. During the trial, the court limited the testimony of one of the defendant’s experts. The defendant also claimed we made improper closing arguments and there were errors in the jury instructions. The Third District Court of Appeal quickly issued a PCA which means it affirmed the judgment without an opinion. The client collected every penny of the judgment. 2014 WL 1493563 (Fla. 4th DCA April 16, 2014)....

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  • Bender v. Caregivers of America, Inc.
    A nursing agency sent our client a home health aide who was supposed to drive our client around town. The brakes on the aide’s car were not working properly and our client was injured in an auto accident. We sued the nursing agency and it argued it was not liable based on documents the client signed. The trial court entered summary final judgment for the nursing agency. We argued the documents were no defense to our client’s negligence claims. The ...

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  • Ginsberg v. Northwest Medical Center
    Our client sued a doctor, the doctor’s employer, and the hospital when he lost a kidney during a stone removal procedure. The trial court granted summary final judgment for the hospital on the client’s agency claims because of documents the client signed when he was in excruciating pain and on pain medicine. The forms stated in small print the hospital was not responsible for the doctor, even though the facts suggested the doctor was acting for the hospital. The trial ...

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  • Bender v. F.H.C.S., Inc.
    This was another appeal of a different defendant in Bender v. Caregivers. In this appeal, the trial court granted another summary final judgment based on the same defective agreement. Before the first brief was filed, we told F.H.C.S. the prior ruling in Bender v. Caregivers made this appeal frivolous, and we would seek sanctions for the frivolous appeal. In a rare move, F.H.C.S. filed a Confession of Error in the appellate court and our ...

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  • Confidential Settlement Crew Member Injured on Dangerous Stairs:
    Our client was a Jones Act seaman working on a large ocean liner. He suffered a back injury when he fell down a narrow flight of stairs in the ship’s kitchen. He required extensive orthopaedic treatment for his injuries. The settlement allowed our client to return to his home country in Europe and continue to recover from his injuries....

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  • Confidential Settlement Crew Member Diagnosed with Cancer:
    Our client was working on cruise ship when he was diagnosed with a jaw tumor. He was entitled to benefits under the maritime law and required multiple surgeries to remove the tumor and reconstruct his face. The client received maintenance and cure for more than a decade and was frustrated that he could not get the case settled. We took over representation of the case and settled it before trial....

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  • Confidential Settlement Boat Strikes another Anchored Boat:
    Our client was a passenger on a boat anchored at Peanut Island. She was relaxing with her hand slightly over the side of her anchored boat when a man operating another boat crushed her finger between the two boats. The man rented the boat from a local yacht club. The yacht club filed a limitation action in federal court. We filed a claim in the limitation action and settled the case at mediation. With the settlement, our client was able ...

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  • Confidential Settlement Crew Member Injured on Yacht:
    Our client was working on luxury yacht owned by a United States Congressman. The yacht had a problem with a cabinet near a stairwell popping open. The problem was not corrected and our client was injured when the cabinet popped open and caused her to fall. The ship refused to make a reasonable settlement offer to the client. The client hired us and the case settled after we filed a lawsuit. The client was able to continue her recovery with ...

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  • Confidential Settlement Lawyer Failed to Prosecute Case:
    Our client was injured in an auto accident and hired a lawyer to represent her. The lawyer filed a lawsuit but failed to prosecute it. The court notified the lawyer it was going to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawyer failed to take appropriate action and the court dismissed the case. By that time the statute of limitations ran on the client’s case. The lawyer did not realize that and re-filed the lawsuit. The defense attorney did not notice the statute ...

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  • Confidential Settlement Non-Compete, Copyright, etc.:
    Two men worked for a local auto garage under a written employment contract. They left and started their own garage. Their ole employer sued them for violating a non-compete agreement, copyright infringement, and deceptive trade practices, and other things. We discovered the men were not properly paid for the time they worked for the old employer. We sued the old employer for the unpaid wages. The issues between the men and the old employer were litigated simultaneously in state and ...

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  • Guarneri v. Nussbaum
    Our client sued a doctor for medical malpractice committed during surgery. After months of litigation, the trial court struck the doctor’s pleadings for multiple discovery violations. The doctor appealed the ruling to the Fourth District Court of Appeal. We argued the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the appeal. The Fourth District Court of Appeal agreed and within two weeks of oral argument it dismissed the case lack of jurisdiction. 40 So. 3d 925 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010)....

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  • Settlement Reimbursement of Inflated Medical Record Charges:
    A chain of South Florida medical clinics were overcharging patients for copies of medical records and our client was one of the victims of the overcharging. A class action lawsuit was filed against the medical clinics under Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act. We were able to get the medical clinics to refund 100% of the amount it overcharged each class member and pay our attorney’s fees and costs separately. Therefore, the class members did not pay any attorney’s ...

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  • Settlement Reimburse of Illegal Towing Charges:
    A Fort Lauderdale towing company had a policy of only accepting cash from people whose cars were towed. The towing company also refused to provide change when people would pay to pick their cars up. A class action lawsuit was filed against the towing company. We were able to get the towing company to refund the illegally withheld change, post a sign in its lobby informing towing victims of their rights, and the company agreed to stop its illegal practices. ...

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Contact Ben Murphey Today

Although it can be hard to think about hiring a lawyer right after you have been harmed, Ben Murphey and the partners at Lawlor, White & Murphey recommend contacting them as soon as you can.  Your first priority should be addressing your immediate concerns like medical care when you are injured, but next on your list should be contacting an attorney.  Certain types of cases, like claims against cruise lines, have a relatively short period of time in which you can file a lawsuit, and you should file a claim as soon as possible to give yourself the best possible chance of receiving full and fair compensation.

When you are ready, you can reach Ben Murphey by calling 954-587-0873, or emailing him directly at bmurphey@lawlorwinston.com, or filling out a convenient online case review form.  Stand up for your rights and get the compensation you need with Mr. Murphey’s help.