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While many personal injuries seem like run-of-the-mill accidents, some are far from it. Instead, they are the result of negligence, carelessness, or even the intentions of another person or party. In these cases, the injured parties deserve justice in the form of compensation for their damages. Seeking such financial recovery is much easier with a skilled Tampa personal injury lawyer on your side.
The Tampa personal injury attorneys at Mickey Keenan, PA, are passionate about improving lives. We know ideal results won’t happen by accident; instead, they demand knowledge, experience, and tenacity. Our attorneys exude all these qualities, putting them to work for you.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Car accidents occur on a daily basis in our area, often leaving victims with extremely serious injuries. In many cases, victims incur thousands of dollars in medical bills, lose income from being unable to work, and experience significant pain and suffering. Under Florida law, when people are hurt in car accidents caused by the negligence of others, they can usually recover compensation for these and the other losses they experience. The best way to find out whether you are eligible for compensation is to have your case reviewed by a lawyer immediately.
Commercial trucks regularly operate on Florida’s roadways. When these massive vehicles are involved in accidents with smaller passenger vehicles, the results can be devastating. In many instances, the occupants of smaller cars and trucks suffer severe, life-changing injuries, including traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
Thankfully, in many cases, victims are entitled to obtain compensation under the law. As a victim, it’s vital to keep in mind that trucking companies and their insurers do not want to pay out on claims and will do everything they can to limit their liability. For this reason, anyone hurt in a commercial trucking accident should talk to an attorney immediately.
Motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable to serious injuries in the event of an accident. Not only are they more vulnerable to injuries, but the fact that motorcycles are so much smaller than passenger vehicles makes them harder for drivers to see, increasing the risk of an accident. When motorcyclists are involved in crashes with cars or trucks, it’s usually the motorcyclist that suffers the most.
Catastrophic injuries that require intensive medical treatment are not uncommon, and many motorcycle accident victims never fully recover from their injuries. Thankfully, an attorney can ensure that victims obtain the compensation they deserve under Florida law.
Many people love to cycle around Florida, and they might not consider that a bike crash can happen at any time. Negligent drivers often collide with cyclists, leaving them with extensive injuries. Cyclists have little protection in a crash, and they often suffer multiple traumatic injuries.
Common bike crash injuries include fractures, road rash, and traumatic brain injuries - even if you were wearing a helmet. Drivers who do not properly share the road with cyclists should be fully liable for all the harm they cause, and we seek compensation for injured cyclists in Tampa and surrounding areas.
Pedestrian accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence in our area. When pedestrians are involved in accidents with cars and trucks, they often sustain extremely serious injuries. In many instances, pedestrian victims are left with life-changing injuries and may even develop disabilities that prevent them from working or living without help.
Some of the more common injuries that pedestrian accident victims sustain include broken bones, crush injuries, traumatic amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries. Many pedestrian accident victims are entitled to significant compensation as a result of these injuries, but insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid paying victims what their claims are worth. For this reason, victims should be certain to work with an attorney when pursuing compensation after a pedestrian accident.
When you visit a store or another business, the last thing you expect is to end up in the emergency room with injuries. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence when business owners or managers fail to maintain their premises. The same is true for common areas of condo or apartment complexes, or other public or private properties where you are a visitor or customer.
Property hazards can range from poor lighting, dangerous stair or railings, inadequate warnings, or inadequate security, leading to possible criminal assaults. No matter what type of property hazard led to your premises liability accident and injuries, you deserve full compensation for your medical bills and other losses. Liable parties can include property owners, HOAs, businesses, government agencies, and more.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and fall accidents can occur anywhere. When they occur on someone else’s property, however, injured victims can often recover compensation for their accident-related losses. Examples of dangerous conditions that often result in serious slip and fall accidents include wet floors, inadequate lighting, uneven stairs, exposed electrical wiring, and inadequately maintained premises.
Slip and fall accidents often result in surprisingly serious injuries, some of which may result in long-term medical issues. For example, a serious slip and fall could result in a brain injury that may affect a person’s ability to work or even live independently. Even in less serious cases, slip and fall accidents can result in significant losses, including thousands of dollars in medical expenses and substantial pain and suffering. As a result, many slip and fall victims are entitled to meaningful compensation under Florida law.
Steps of the Personal Injury Claims Process
During the initial consultation, you will discuss the circumstances of your personal injury and ask about concerns that you might have. You should be prepared to discuss:
- How the incident occurred
- Who was involved in the incident
- Who could be liable for causing it
- What injuries were sustained
- What treatment you have received for your injuries
- What future treatment you may need to treat them
Your Tamp personal injury attorney will initiate a thorough investigation into the circumstances and facts of your claim.
The investigation typically consists of:
- Going to the scene of the accident to take pictures and videos.
- Securing any accident or incident reports related to the incident.
- Identifying all possible people and parties who could be at fault and filing claims with their insurance companies.
- Ordering copies of all related medical bills and records for the treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.
While your injury lawyer is performing a complete investigation and setting up insurance claims, you can focus on recovering from your injuries. It’s crucial to follow your physician’s prescribed course of treatment to make a full recovery and reach maximum medical improvement (MME).
The demand package paints the picture of your personal injury claim. It details how the accident happened, the theory of liability, and your demand for a monetary settlement. The demand package often includes the following pieces of information:
- Police or incident report
- Pictures of injuries and property damage
- Medical bills and records
- Receipts or invoices for out-of-pocket expenses
- Documentation of lost wages and income
Your attorney will send the package directly to the insurance company. They will review it and evaluate the value of your claims.
After the insurer has reviewed the demand packet, they will typically respond with an offer for settlement. Ultimately, whether to accept their settlement offer, make a counter-demand, or file a lawsuit is up to you, the injured party.
If your attorney can negotiate a settlement that adequately compensates you for your personal injuries, you will need to sign a settlement agreement outlining its terms. While most personal injury claims can be successfully negotiated, sometimes a lawsuit must be filed when the insurance companies don’t appreciate the full and fair value of the injuries you sustained in the accident caused by their insured.
Suppose the negotiations with the at-fault party stall or completely fail, and we can’t reach a settlement agreement for you. In that case, the next step is to file a lawsuit, presenting your claim for injuries to a judge or jury, and securing a fair verdict against those liable for your injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Types of Damages are Personal Injury Claimants Entitled to Receive?
With the help of an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer, personal injury claimants can receive both economic and non-economic damages. Economic, also known as special damages, include medical and other injury-related expenses, property damages, and lost wages. On the other hand, non-economic or general damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
In some cases, personal injury claimants might also be eligible to receive punitive damages. These types of damages are limited to cases that go to trial, as only a judge or a jury can award them. Only at-fault parties who acted with severe carelessness or recklessness are potentially subject to owing victims’ punitive damages.
Do You Need a Lawyer for a Personal Injury Claim?
It’s always in your best interest to consult with a reputable Tampa personal injury attorney if you think you might have a personal injury claim. Since our initial consultations are free, you have nothing to lose. If the attorney can’t help you or you don’t have a valid claim, they will let you know and provide you with the best next steps. However, if you do have a claim, they can help you get it started right away. Personal injury claimants who have legal representation typically receive more compensation, even after paying their lawyer, than those who don’t have legal representation. Your attorney can help protect your interests and identify ways to maximize your compensation.
Can You Seek Personal Injury Damages on Behalf of a Deceased Loved One?
Sadly, sometimes a personal injury can result in fatal injuries. In such a case, the personal representative or court-appointed family member can seek damages on behalf of their deceased loved one. It works much the same way as if they were still alive and filed a personal injury claim or lawsuit. These are called wrongful death claims. The compassionate Tampa personal injury lawyers at Mickey Keenan, PA, are experienced in handling these types of claims. Damages sought in wrongful death claims include:
- Wages or income the deceased individual would have earned had they lived
- Benefits lost due to their wrongful death
- Loss of the care, companionship, love, comfort, protection, assistance, and affection of the decedent
The decedent’s estate can also seek damages for medical bills and pain and suffering leading up to their death.
Discuss Your Claim with an Experienced Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Today
Suppose you or a loved one was injured in a recent accident or incident. In that case, the experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys at Mickey Keenan, PA, are here for you. They know how to investigate your claim to determine who should be held liable for your damages. You can count on them to maximize your claim’s value and protect your interests. Get your claim started today with a free case review. Call 813-871-1300 or contact us online.