Blogs By K Ryan

Selecting Your Best Advocate

Have you ever looked at an insurance commercial on TV and wondered what are they trying to sell with these commercials? People jumping off of bridges with their identity hidden. Emus dressed up as cabbies pecking on a mirrored glass. Or Flo and Jamie, really? Is it that they have more of our money then they know what to do with or simply have forgotten that it is important to sell their benefits and advantage over the competition. I for one am not amused. Understanding that insurance companies like to take your money not give you money when you have a claim makes these commercials seem very insulting to me. The insurance industry has the second largest lobbying budget other than pharmaceuticals, with over $140 million dollars to persuade our politicians to enact laws that benefit their industry. No telling how much is spent on television alone. Yet when the big storm hits, they suddenly cry poor mouth. Get in a tragic accident and your rates go up. Then you have to fight to get even your medicals bills paid. Sad to think that the good hands people really have their hands in your pocket. You could try to fight big insurance yourself but are you legally armed and ready to take on that fight alone? Lets face it, the reality is that you not going to be able to do that without help. It’s just too frustrating and difficult to navigate the insurance companies hidden policies.

Seek professional legal help. I know some people will say they don’t trust lawyers any more than they trust the insurance companies but the fact still remains they don’t care for them anymore than you do. Most of these law firms work on a contingency basis which means if there is no recovery, there is no cost to you. These lawyers are prepared to fight for your rights, that’s their job. So what should you look for when choosing an attorney to represent you? Lets first look at board certification. Any lawyer can get you a recovery but a board certified civil trial attorney should be ready to take your case to trial and to verdict if necessary. Experience and resources would be the next thing to review. Does the lawyer have the experience and the firm the resources to take on a lengthy case if it comes to that? Does the lawyer have trial experience and knows their way around a courtroom? Do they even know where the courthouse is located? Silly question but you would be surprised at some of the realities there. Look at some of the peer reviews such as Best Lawyer or Super Lawyers. These reviews are what other lawyers think about lawyers in the same area of practice. Call the state bar association to see if any complains have been logged against the lawyer. Ask questions and do a little research and you will have a potentially better experience and greater results fighting the insurance companies. Still have questions? Call Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath at 561-655-1990. There is no obligation, no high pressure and best of all, no cost to help you make the best choice in finding legal help.

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Personal Injury

Conveniently located in West Palm Beach for 27 yrs, Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP concentrates in Personal Injury, Wrongful death, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability and Auto accidents.

At Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, we specialize in helping victims and their families get fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others. Our main areas of practice include personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, product liability, medical malpractice, and premise liability. We provide each client with the highest quality representation from a top Florida accident and injury lawyer.

Over last 27 years, we have helped hundreds of clients in Florida and throughout the United States. Our experience in personal injury cases allows us to hold insurance companies, medical organizations and other major corporations responsible for your safety and well being. Our legal services include, but are not limited to, representation in the following case types: Our nine Florida Bar certified trial attorneys are here to help you win your case with drive and compassion. Additional areas of expertise include;

Wrongful Death

Nursing Home Negligence

Insurance Bad Faith

Negligent Security

Environmental Toxic Torts

Mass Torts

Slip and Fall

Spinal Cord Injury

Dog Bites

Construction Site Accidents

Appellate Litigation

Traumatic Brain Injury

In addition to providing these expert legal services to all of Palm Beach County we also service the entire State of Florida.

Wrongful Death

Florida Wrongful Death Attorney

A wrongful death claim can be filed when someone dies as a result of the negligence or misconduct of another person.Auto accidents, defective products, medical malpractice or other acts of negligence can be grounds for a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, many people do not know when a loved one’s death was caused by a negligent act because the evidence can be difficult to detect.

The attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have handled hundreds of wrongful death matters and have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.

Only immediate family members can file a wrongful death claim. We understand that no amount of money can bring back a loved one, however, it can help with medical and funeral costs, lost wages, pain and suffering and other expenses.

Our Florida Accident Attorney can provide your professional help for your case

If you think you may have a wrongful death claim, please contact us immediately.


Medical Malpractice

Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney

Although it is never the intention of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to cause injury or death, mistakes are made every day. Every year, more people in Florida die from medical malpractice than auto accidents. Unfortuately, many people do not even realize that something went worng.

Medical malpractice results when a health care provider either fails to act reasonably or does something that a reasonable health care provider would not do which results in injury or death.

If you have suffered injury due to inferior health care or lost a loved one because of mistakes made by a health care provider or facility, please contact a Florida medical malpractice attorney from Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath to represent you. You may be eligible for compensation to cover your medical bills, loss of income and pain and suffering. Our firm represents victims throughout Florida and nationwide.

LRSI&F’s medical malpractice staff is prepared to handle your case. We have a team of attorneys and nurse consultants who specialize in handling Florida medical malpractice cases. One attorney is a former critical care nurse herself. We also hire some of the best medical experts in the country to serve as expert witnesses on your case. Our state-of-the-art comprehensive research library system supplies us with the latest regulations, court decisions, changes in the law and legal precedents. We also have the experience as well as the financial resources necessary to go up against hospitals and major insurance companies.

Our Florida Medical Malpractice Attorney is experienced, skilled and ready to take on your case

Florida medical malpractice cases include but are not limited to:

  • Birth Injury
  • Surgical Errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Medication Errors
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Failure to institute proper treatment
  • Failure to order appropriate tests
  • Delay in treatment
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Brain Injury
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Nursing Errors
  • Cerebral Palsy

The law states that patients have the right to request and receive, from their health care provider, the records of any harmful incidents including those that caused injury or death. LRSI&F encourages people to learn all they can about their medical condition, their medical professionals and their hospital. Other sources of medical provider information are:

  • Hospital Compare, a web site made available by the Federal Government that compares hospitals’ performances on some common procedures.
  • Medical Licenses
  • Doctors On-Line Profile
  • Doctors’ History of Previously Paid Malpractice Claims
  • American Medical Association


Don’t be one of the 7 out of 8 victims of medical malpractice cases in Florida who never file a claim. Call a Florida medical malpractice attorney from the law offices of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today for a free consultation. We have the experience and the resources to help you to pursue the justice that you deserve. Contact us today!

Resources for Nursing Home Abuse

Resources for Nursing Home Abuse

As people get older, many move into nursing homes for care and compassion during their later years of life. Sadly, evidence shows that more than 50% of nursing homes in the United States are understaffed and one third of employees have been caught abusing or neglecting residents. Unfortunately, only 20% of nursing home abuse is ever reported.

Our team of West Palm Beach nursing home negligence lawyers have handled numerous cases that deal with the following types of abuse and neglect:

  • Failing to properly turn residents causing skin breakdown
  • Failing to monitor nutrition
  • Failing to guard against falls
  • Failing to protect residents from being physically and verbally abused by the staff
  • Medication errors
  • The use of restraints for discipline or convenience

Our law firm has compiled resources to help you choose the right nursing home for your loved one. The following websites allow you to compare nursing homes and check for any health or safety violations.

If you suspect that someone dear to you is suffering from any form of abuse or neglect at the hands of nursing home staff, you should immediately contact the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE and, if urgent medical attention is necessary, call 911 or take the victim to the hospital. When your loved one is out of harm’s way, please call an experienced West Palm Beach nursing home negligence attorney at the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath.

LRSI&F is dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home patients. Through professional associations such as the Florida Justice Association, we have successfully lobbied for those rights in the courtroom and in legislature, as well.

We understand the sensitivity of elder abuse cases and promise that you will be treated with the utmost respect.Please contact a professional West Palm Beach medical malpractice lawyer from the law firm of Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath today to discuss your situation. We are here to help you.

Premises Liability

Our firm has always dedicated itself to protecting consumers from the harmful effects of corporations acting in a manner which places their profits over individuals.  Our class action practice serves to further this mission by seeking out justice for large groups of consumers who have been defrauded by predatory companies. By allowing people who have suffered similar wrongs to band together to share costs and

Truck Accidents

Florida Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer

Accidents involving large trucks can have devastating consequences. Because eighteen-wheelers weigh so much more than an average car, the impact is much more severe than an accident involving vehicles similar in size. In 2007, more than 5,000 people died in crashes involving large trucks in the United States.

In addition to the size of the truck, driver fatigue is another factor that makes these accidents to dangerous. Recent studies have shown that one in five semi truck drivers reported that they have fallen asleep behind the wheel at lease once in the course of a month.

Contact our experienced Florida Accident Lawyer and get your questions answered

Florida has specific laws for tractor trailer rigs and other large trucks. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck, it is important that you hire an attorney with extensive knowledge of these laws. Our Florida accidents attorneys at Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath have handled hundreds of cases involving commercial trucks. We have the experience and financial resources to take on the most powerful trucking companies and insurance giants.

If you’re injured in a crash with a truck, you and your family could be eligible for compensation to cover medical expenses, pain, emotional distress and lost wages. Please contact our firm to have an experienced Florida accident lawyer to represent you.

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Defective Airbags

While airbags save thousands of lives each year, they also cause serious injuries and even death when they operate improperly due to a defect. During an accident, airbags are designed to deploy in a fraction of a second. This instant deployment requires incredible force and speed—up to 2,000 pounds of pressure released at 200 miles per hour. The combination of incredible force and speed is