Florida Super Lawyers 2019 Digital Edition is now available.
Partner Eli Stiers is honored to be included in Florida Super Lawyers magazine for the 10th straight year.
This is Mr. Stiers' first time being listed as a Florida Super Lawyer; from 2010-2018 Mr. Stiers was included in the magazine as an Under-40 "Rising Star."
Inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers magazine is an honor bestowed only on the top 5% of attorneys in the State of Florida.
Kudos to all Florida Super Lawyers, and congratulations to Mr. Stiers!
Partner Eli Stiers was once again chosen for inclusion in Miami Today's "Best of Miami" issue for 2019.
This is the third time Mr. Stiers has been featured in the "Best of Miami" issue, as he was previously selected in 2014 and 2015 by Miami Today for his tireless efforts to improve the Miami community.
Read more about why Mr. Stiers is one of "Miami's Best," below, and how he employs the same vision, tenacity, and effective advocacy skills used to fight for his clients in the fight to improve the transportation options for Miamians.
Stiers Law was recently honored when managing partner, Eli Stiers, was selected by The New Tropic to be interviewed as part of their "Changemaker" Series.
Eli was featured for his work in the community, changing Florida law by co-writing the Aaron Cohen Life Protection Act, and fighting for safer pedestrian and bicyclist infrastructure by working with organizations that are transforming Miami-Dade County’s transportation infrastructure.
Click the link or watch the video above to learn more about how Mr. Stiers is leaving his mark on the Miami community.
Stiers Law is pleased to announce that partner Eli Stiers has been named to the Florida Super Lawyers List for 2019. Mr. Stiers was previously recognized in Florida Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Rising Star" from 2010 to 2018. Upon turning 40, Mr. Stiers is now honored to be included for the first time in the annual Florida Super Lawyers listing.
Only 5 percent of attorneys in Florida were selected to receive this honor. “It’s an honor to be recognized by Super Lawyers for my firm's long-standing commitment to advocating for those who have been seriously injured,” said Mr. Stiers. “For over 15 years now, I have devoted my practice to the highest possible professional and ethical standards, and my goal is to continue delivering ‘Super Lawyers’-quality work to all of our clients.”
Each year, Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multi-phase selection process that includes peer nominations and evaluations as well as independent research. Candidates are assessed using 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional performance. Since Super Lawyers is designed to help individuals select a qualified lawyer, the publication limits the lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public.
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Stiers Law is proud to announce that Eli Stiers has been recognized by a 2017 Super Star by Attorney At Law Magazine.
Click the link below to read the full interview and learn more about Mr. Stiers, his background, and his law practice.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that caps medical malpractice lawsuits by limiting plaintiff damages to $250,000. The deceptively named Protecting Access to Care Act applies to anyone whose claim is based on care that was provided through a federal program, subsidy, or tax benefit. That includes patients insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), veterans, service members, civil servants and Medicare and Medicare beneficiaries.
The bill, H.R. 1215, has yet to come before the Senate, but if it were to become law, it would immediately become the most unprecedented and comprehensively draconian effort at so-called “tort reform” by our federal government in U.S. history. The bill not only places arbitrary caps on pain and suffering damages, but also sets limits on attorneys' fees and imposes a three-year statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims.
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, a sponsor of the bill, claims that H.R. 1215 is necessary to curb healthcare spending. In reality, the bill does nothing to "curb healthcare costs," "reign in jackpot justice," or any of the other trite canards these politicians will trot out in support of this bill.
In reality, medical malpractice claims are on the decline, and have been for some time. Just this year JAMA Internal Medicine published a study finding that the “the overall rate of [malpractice] claims paid on behalf of physicians decreased by 55.7% from 1992 to 2014.”
Moreover, caps on damages like the ones proposed in H.R. 1215 will provide only a modest reduction in health care costs.
The sad truth is that the “Protecting Access to Care Act” is a scam, concerned more about protecting insurance companies' bottom lines than protecting you, the patient or consumer. Imagine losing a loved one to the negligence of a physician or hospital and being limited to $250,000 in damages for your pain and suffering. Is the value of your child, spouse, mother, or father worth so little in the eyes of these politicians? The short answer is: yes.
Insurance companies don't like paying medical malpractice claims no matter how meritorious a claim may be. Private insurance carriers are in the business of collecting premiums and not paying claims unless forced to do so. Paying out money to a medical malpractice plaintiff, no matter how deserving the plaintiff may be, is quite simply bad for their business.
So these companies spend millions annually to convince the public that an imaginary medical malpractice crisis exists, and is to blame for the exorbitant costs endemic in our healthcare system. At the same time, they pay a small fortune to lobby the very politicians proposing this legislation, and have a hand in writing the very legislation that will benefit them most. All of this is done at the expense of the public, who is deceived into believing that their elected officials are now acting in their best interests.
The White House has already signaled its support of H.R. 1215, and there is no doubt that President Trump will sign the Protecting Access to Care Act into law in the event it passes the Senate. Contact your senator to express your opposition to the H.R. 1215 to truly protect your access to quality and accountable healthcare.
Stiers Law excels at the representation of persons injured due to the negligence of doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and other medical providers, including maritime medical malpractice claims against physicians and nurses employed by cruise ship operators. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Miami attorney L. Elijah Stiers of the law firm Stiers Law, P.A. has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Stiers is the founding partner of Stiers Law (www.stierslaw.com) and is an AV-rated trial attorney with fourteen years of experience practicing personal injury litigation. A 1999 graduate of the University of Florida, Mr. Stiers received his Juris Doctor degree from University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2003. He has successfully represented numerous clients in both federal and state courts and has also argued appellate matters before the Third and Fourth District Courts of Appeals for the State of Florida. Mr. Stiers primarily represents persons injured due to the negligence of others, and regularly handles cases involving medical negligence, automobile negligence, premises liability, and negligence by cruise ship operators, and has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.
The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.
Mr. Stiers is also an energetic and vocal advocate for better access to parks, green spaces, and the rights of cyclists and pedestrians in Miami-Dade County, where he serves as the Chair of the City of Miami Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and on the Citizens Transportation Trust, overseeing a $250 Million annual budget.
Stiers Law is pleased to announce that founding partner Eli Stiers has been selected as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, one of the most prestigious associations of trial lawyers in the United States.
Membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is restricted to those attorneys who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. The organization has only 4,000 members nationally, and fewer than 1% of all U.S. lawyers nationally qualify for selection.
Throughout his career, Mr. Stiers has helped his clients obtain millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in their personal injury, medical malpractice, and wrongful death cases, consistently demonstrating a proven track record for success.
Let Stiers Law fight to get you the results you deserve for your important case.
You should know that the facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the matters in which results have been provided. The results provided are not necessarily representative of all results obtained by the lawyer/firm or of the experience of all clients with the lawyer/firm. Every case is different, and each client’s case must be evaluated and handled on its own merits.
Stiers Law, P.A. is pleased to announce that Eli Stiers has been appointed to the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust (CITT) as a representative of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.
The CITT is the independent board created to oversee spending of the half-penny transit surtax that Miami-Dade County voters approved in 2002 to finance transit improvements - better known as the People's Transportation Plan (PTP). The Office of the CITT currently receives approximately $250 million annually in surtax revenue to oversee for transit-related spending, and helps envision the future of Miami's transportation needs through its members' use of business or professional knowledge, skills, and experiences.
As Miamians know too well, the planned expansion of Metrorail never came to fruition, and the original PTP plans to add six new rail lines and over 88 miles to the Metrorail system never materialized. Meanwhile traffic in Miami-Dade has only gotten worse, with little in the way of relief.
Fortunately, a number of exciting transit solutions are on the horizon, and the CITT is playing an integral role in fulfilling the promise of the PTP. From purchasing a new fleet of state-of-the-art Hitachi Metrorail cars, complete with Wi-Fi and integrated bike racks at a cost of $376 million, to the recent completion of the Orange Line extension to Miami International Airport, the CITT is delivering results.
What truly excites Stiers, however, is the chance to work on expanding commuter rail service and connecting our community, finally realizing the vision of the original PTP. The newly proposed Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) plan aims to build out the original six lines envisioned by the PTP, in part by using these surtax monies as they were intended.
Moreover, the opportunities to participate and capitalize on the construction of several new "big idea" transit projects in Miami-Dade County - including All Aboard Florida, the Tri-Rail commuter expansion to downtown Miami, and the Baylink connection between Miami and Miami Beach - are happening right now.
"People are so desperate for transit solutions, these projects are going to be welcomed and I think they'll be wildly successful. Once they come online, it will be like the first dominoes to fall, and everyone is going to want to buy in." says Stiers.
An accomplished trial attorney and community advocate, Stiers looks forward to lending his voice to the CITT. "It's an exciting time to be a part of the CITT, as we are going to play a pivotal role in bringing lasting change to our community. The future is now in Miami, and I'm excited to lend my voice and experience to help define that future."