If you are injured due to the negligent actions of another person, you might need to hire a Tampa personal injury lawyer. They can help you file a Tampa personal injury claim or a lawsuit. In this article, we’ll explain the different types of cases personal injury lawyers resolve and if you have valid grounds for a personal injury case.
While every personal injury lawyer varies in their scope and practice, most handle car accidents, motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, and more. Before hiring a lawyer, you’ll want to find the right one with the appropriate qualifications and experience so you have a better chance of winning your case.
Our Tampa personal injury lawyers offer a free consultation so we can review the details of your case and find out how we can best help you. Read on to find out more about what areas of practice we specialize in and what you can expect from a Tampa personal injury claim.
How Can a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
We help protect the legal rights of injury victims who have been physically, emotionally, and mentally injured due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing. Or, it could be a company, agency, person, or some other entity. Whatever the case, we help you navigate the legal process and hold the at-fault party accountable while you recover.
How Do I Know if I Need to Hire a Lawyer?
First, you should contact a lawyer and tell them about your case so they can assess your unique circumstances and give a professional opinion on whether or not you need to hire a lawyer. Most personal injury lawyers offer a free case review or initial consultation where you can discuss your case and make a determination whether to take the case or not.
There are many different factors for you and the attorney to consider to assess the validity and strength of your case. How severely did you get injured? Will you miss work, and for how long? How much will your medical bills, property damage, and other economic losses cost? All of this will need to be thoroughly examined to decide if you have a case and what the value of your claim might be.
Do I Have a Valid Tampa Personal Injury Claim?
Before consulting with an attorney, verify that you’re even eligible to take legal action in accordance with Florida’s laws. For instance, in Tampa, there is a law known as the “statute of limitations,” which enforces a deadline or time limit wherein you can take action for a given case. Depending on the type of accident, that time limit could be two to four years from the date of the accident (Florida Statutes “statute of limitations”).
Under very rare and extenuating circumstances, the deadline can be extended or curtailed. For example, if you didn’t find out about your injuries until some time after the accident, your time limit would start at the discovery of your injuries rather than the date of the accident.
In order to have a solid foundation for a personal injury case in Tampa, there are three other requirements you generally need to meet:
- There is a defendant (the at-fault party) responsible for your losses and damages and
- You have proof that they are liable and you incurred damages such as medical expenses and lost income
- You are entitled and able to collect a financial reward from the defendant
If you’re unsure of any of the above, ask your lawyer for more information.
What Types of Tampa Personal Injury Cases Do Our Attorneys Handle?
While we handle a wide range of personal injury cases, these are the most common ones we handle, and we have a track record of winning. In addition to these types of cases, we handle Dog Bites and Animal Attacks, Boat Accidents, Waterpark Accidents, Rideshare Accidents, and more.
Car Accident Cases
This is the most common type of case we handle. Multiple car accidents happen on a daily basis in Tampa, with people getting injured left and right. Unfortunately, many of these are preventable, avoidable accidents that are caused by distracted or careless drivers. Florida is the third leading state in the country for motor vehicle accidents, with over 400,000 annual crashes.
According to the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Department, car accidents in Florida cause over 250,000 injuries every year and over 3,000 traffic deaths.
We know how devastating and scary the aftermath of a car accident can be, and that’s why we are passionate about fighting to help you win the rightful compensation you need to cover damage expenses and move forward with your life. Click here to learn more about your car accident case and how our Tampa car accident lawyers can help you.
Motorcycle Accident Claims
Motorcycle accidents usually end in serious or debilitating injuries for the motorcyclist, as they lack the same protective barrier as a car. In such cases, we can help you win a huge settlement for long-term injuries and the pain and suffering they’ve caused you.
Being that Florida is one of the top destinations in the US for motorcyclists, hosting some of the biggest motorcycle events of the nation, accidents are prone to – and do – happen quite often. High-speed motorcycle crashes, in particular, can be the worst of the worst and result in permanent injuries or even death. Cases this serious require the expertise of a personal injury lawyer who has experience in dealing with these cases and knows how to maximize the compensation for the client.
Pedestrian Accident Cases
Like motorcycle accidents, pedestrians are very vulnerable to severe injuries and are no match when it comes to motor vehicles. A pedestrian who gets struck by a vehicle can result in life-threatening injuries like permanent brain damage, paralysis, broken bones, or even death. This would require long-term, ongoing assistive care and a sizable payout for damage compensation.
Likewise, bicycle and electric scooter accidents are common in Tampa, especially at busy intersections, crosswalks, and, surprisingly, even at designated bike lanes and walking lanes. They can happen just about anywhere when a driver is disobeying traffic laws or simply distracted and driving carelessly. If you were running or jogging while someone injured you, this would fall under a pedestrian accident.
Truck Accidents (including Commercial Vehicle and Semi-Trucks)
Truck accidents have the potential to cause monumental damage. They often experience faulty brakes and cause pile-up accidents. Another factor that makes truck drivers prone to accidents is their long work hours, often making for drowsy truck operators, which can end in a disastrous accident.
Bad Faith Insurance or Insurance Claim Dispute Cases
Insurance companies sadly don’t have your best interest in mind, even if you’re an innocent injury victim. They really don’t care about your injuries and suffering, but rather, are interested in protecting themselves from liability and having to pay too much money to injury victims. This is why we fight ruthlessly for innocent people who have been injured by negligent people and now have to deal with insurance companies’ unfair treatment. They use tactics to intentionally delay, dispute, or just deny claims. But our job is to fight back and get you the money you need and deserve to recover.
Additional Personal Injury Cases We Specialize In
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death Cases
Finding the Right Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer to Win Your Case
With the right lawyer who is skilled in their practice and has a lot of experience, you have a good shot at winning the maximum possible payment for your injuries. Our attorneys will help you gather all the evidence you need to build a solid case, investigate the case in-depth, and strategically negotiate with insurance companies before it’s too late to take legal action for your case. Legal proceedings can become a complex and frustrating process without a knowledgeable attorney helping you.
Look for the following qualifications before you hire a Tampa personal injury lawyer:
- They should have ample experience handling and winning cases similar to yours.
- They should specialize in the particular area of your accident (i.e., if you were in a car accident, you need a Tampa car accident lawyer)
- For example, if you have a motorcycle accident claim, ask them about how many motorcycle injury victims they’ve successfully represented.
- Find one you feel comfortable with. They should be professional and still warm and compassionate about your situation. It’s important to work with an attorney you feel you can trust and have what it takes to win your case.
Referrals from friends and family members are a great way to find a good lawyer who has a trusted and reliable track record. You can also look online for the top local Tampa personal injury lawyers near you.
Lawyers Can Help You Recover Damage Compensation After an Accident
Part of your lawyer’s job is to get you justice, which means getting you financial recovery for the inconveniences that a faulty driver or other person causes you. Speak to your Tampa personal injury lawyer about what damages you are entitled to claim, such as;
- Payment for medical care, hospital fees, ambulance costs, medications, doctor visits, and future medical costs
- Lost income
- Property damage and repair costs
- Pain and suffering (non-economic damages)
What Can I Do to Be Fully Prepared to Win My Personal Injury Case?
If you decide to move forward with legal action or a personal injury claim, there are several key actions to take to help build a strong case. First, you need to gather evidence to support your claim and provide proof of the claims you’re making.
Examples of evidence you can start gathering to help your case include medical records, property repair receipts, invoices, bills, and any other paper trials showing. That you’ve incurred financial losses from the accident. You can get a letter from your employer saying you missed work and lost wages or any other loss, such as a promotion or bonus due to missed work while you were out injured.
Lastly, keep a record of any communication you have with the at-fault party and the insurance companies. Be sure to keep a copy of any letters and emails, record phone calls, and document any other communications.
You can also keep a journal to record your personal account of the pain and suffering that you’ve endured due to the accident injuries. You might want to describe how your life has changed and been negatively affected by your injuries and how you’ve been affected by the injuries emotionally and mentally. This will support your claim for pain and suffering damages.
Contact the Best Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers With the Experienced Needed for Your Case
Our attorneys have over helped win our clients millions of dollars in settlements and lawsuits for everything from car accident catastrophes to wrongful death claims. Our mission is to bring justice to innocent victims who have been unduly harmed by the fault of others.
Call us today for a free consultation with Tampa lawyers who know how to get you the financial reward you deserve.