Jonathan T. Levy
Jonathan T. Levy is an invaluable member of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles. In fact, he is a cut above the rest, in terms of belonging to the elite one percent of Florida Bar Members who are Board Certified Civil Trial attorneys. This is a distinguished honor that allows Jonathan to endorse himself as a Civil Trial Specialist. This is certified by the Supreme Court based on his experience, education, and expertise in civil trial practice.
Building a Successful Personal Injury Practice
Early on, Jonathan knew that he wanted to be of service to his community and his country. His path to the practice of law began at the University of Vermont where he completed the Political Science Honors’ Program. He then proceeded to complete his Juris Doctor Program at the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1995.
Jonathan Levy began building his successful law practice specializing in litigation. Jonathan has only represented injured individuals, where he has never worked for an insurance company or major corporation. It is his expertise, complemented by a good professional relationship with his clients, that has enabled him to build a successful career in law. He comes highly recommended by his clients who remember him by his professionalism, reasonable expectations, and drive to succeed.
This passionate lawyer has dedicated his career to handling cases involving catastrophic medical malpractice, products liability, and vehicle collisions. It is his dedication to pursuing what is right and due, that has built him an extraordinary reputation in trial litigation. Jonathan has also achieved victories in securing insurance benefits beyond the policy limits for clients who have been denied by their claims in bad faith. Jonathan also has over 15 years of experience in securing his clients social security disability benefits.
Building the Name of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles
Jonathan’s talent and contribution to Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles paved his way to becoming a name shareholder of the firm in 2004. When asked his secret to success, Jonathan replies, “Injury cases can be tragic and complicated, that is why I establish a personal relationship with my client from the first time I meet them. I see my clients through all phases of a case, from the time of the injury through a trial or settlement.”
He is fueled by the aim to do what is best for his clients. Jonathan is known to be smart, aggressive, and relentless, with only the best interests of clients in mind. His years of experience have helped many live the quality of life they deserve.
Jonathan Levy is an example of an attorney committed to serving his community through the practice of law. He is a rare find; a perfect balance of compassion and work ethic.
The attorneys at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles are asked questions on a daily basis. We want to share a few of them with you. If you have a legal questions you would like answered, email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Will the contractor’s insurance cover water damage he caused while doing repairs?
Question: While replacing the plumbing and tile in my upstairs bath, the contractor cracked a pipe and caused water to flood the entire bottom level of my home. I assume that since he caused the problem, his insurance will cover my home repairs. Am I right?
Answer: You have two, perhaps, three, potential sources for coverage of your damages:
- If, in fact, the contractor (a) caused the flood that damaged your home and (b) has insurance, then his insurance company should be the first in line to pay for the repairs. Before hiring, always check that the contractor is licensed and insured.
- If your contractor is not insured, you can file suit against him personally. However, it has been our experience that uninsured contractors rarely have sufficient assets available to pay for such losses.
- If neither of the first two sources is available, then you will have to turn to your homeowner’s insurance to cover your losses. Do not assume, however, that funds for all the costs of repairs will be handed over promptly.
When going through your own homeowner’s coverage, you are required to proceed “according to you policy.” That could mean paying thousands of dollars out-of-pocket. Worse still, you could find yourself waiting weeks, perhaps months, to get those costs reimbursed by your own insurance company!
Consider this: Most homeowners’ policies require you to “mitigate” your losses or damages. That means you have to take the necessary steps to get all the water out of your home before additional damage occurs. If you discover mold associated with the water damage, you must also take care of it immediately.
Sound complicated? It can be, especially with insurance companies working overtime to avoid costly claims. Protecting your rights is what the firm of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles does. We are dedicated to providing you the justice that you deserve.
- I cut my mouth on a piece of metal in my meal. Is the restaurant responsible?
Question: A few days ago, I was at a restaurant and cut my mouth and lip on a chunk of metal in my meal. I told the manager, but the only thing he did was offer to take the meal off my bill. I was upset and quickly left the restaurant but did take the metal object with me. My mouth is still very sore and has not yet healed completed. Is there anything I can do now?
Answer: Absolutely! A restaurant is always responsible in this type of situation. The idea is that the restaurant is selling a “product” (the meal), which makes them responsible for ensuring the safety of this product.
I would have preferred if you had stayed at the restaurant and filled out an incident report. This report gives a brief description of what occurred, the time and date of the incident, names of witnesses, and the signature of the manager or employee on hand filling out the incident report with you.
Although you didn’t get an incident report, I’m glad that you took the metal with you. The offending object is a key piece of evidence that you do not want the restaurant to lose or destroy.
As for next steps, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention:
- Have your mouth fully examined and your wounds thoroughly cleaned to ensure that no metal fragments are lodged in your mouth or lip.
- Have photos of your mouth and lip taken and obtain a full medical report of your injuries, which should then be filed with your insurance company. The medical report is essential when filing any claims for reimbursements for your medical bills.
The restaurant should be held responsible for any medical bills you incurred as a result of your mouth injury, as well as any lost wages due to doctor visits or an inability to perform your job duties. A jury may also place a monetary value on the pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of this ordeal.
Protecting rights is what we do. With insurance companies working overtime to avoid costly claims, injury cases are more complicated than ever. We are dedicated to providing you the justice that you deserve.
- How do I prove my husband’s fatal heart attack was an “accident”?
Question: My husband, a 45-year-old father of four, suffered a fatal heart attack at work. His life insurance company claims that he died from natural causes. Some of his co-workers called me to say that they think his death may have been prevented if he had received prompt intervention. If so, doesn’t have make his death an “accident?” How do I handle this?
Answer: I’m sorry for your loss. We often see this problem. Insurance companies do not profit by paying double benefits for accidental death. It is to their advantage to rule that the death was due to natural causes. Our investigation can uncover the issues that prove the death was an “accident” according to the terms of the life insurance policy. We do this by:
- Reviewing the victim’s medical history.
- Determining if the employer proactively trained staff members to respond to emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes and trauma.
- Questioning witnesses to determine if co-workers could have assisted the victim with CPR or use of an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). You have probably seen these devices on the walls of manufacturing plants, grocery stores, malls and workplaces. Most places of business should have an AED device to resuscitate someone whose heart is not beating properly. If used in the first 3 to 5 minutes, the machine can help re-establish the heart’s rhythm and prevent heart attacks, brain damage and death.
- Securing a strong cardiologist to determine if the victim could have been saved had efforts begun sooner.
The lawyers of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles have prosecuted cases for families who lost a loved one after he or she suffered a heart attack in facilities which were not equipped with an AED. In those cases, doctors were able to determine that the deceased person could have been saved if proper action had been taken immediately. We proved that the deaths were due to “negligence.” As a result, the death was considered accidental, meaning the insurance company was required to pay double benefits to the victim’s family.
These cases can be very difficult to prove. Since it is not always clear whether the death could have been prevented, you need an experienced attorney to review this type of case. Protecting rights is what the lawyers of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles do. With insurance companies working overtime to avoid costly claims, we are dedicated to providing you the justice that you deserve.
“Mr. Levy always gave me the best advice to resolve my case.” –Client
“Jonathan was a great guy to have on my side throughout the entire process. He and Amarys are true professionals.” –Client