Did you sustain an injury in an accident in Tampa, FL? Accident victims often have the right to hold negligent parties accountable for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. An experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers can help you navigate complex legal rules and fight for the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.
Collectively, our legal team has over 100 years of experience, which has helped us recover over 675 million dollars in compensation for accident victims!
Do you have questions about your legal rights after an accident? Call us at (727) 796-8282 or contact our law offices in Tampa, Florida, to schedule a free consultation today.
How Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help With a Personal Injury Claim in Tampa
You’ll inevitably have to deal with an insurance company if you want to recover compensation under Florida personal injury laws, especially if you’re injured in a motor vehicle accident. Insurance companies operate to make a profit. They’ll do anything they can to pay less than you deserve– even their insured caused your injuries and you have a clear right to compensation.
A stressful insurance battle is the last thing you need while you’re struggling with painful injuries. An experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer at Perenich Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers can make a world of difference in your case.
Our award-winning lawyers have recovered over $500 million for injured clients. Our legal team includes Board Certified attorneys, Super Lawyers “Rising Stars,” and Tampa Bay Magazine’s “Top Lawyers.”
We’ll use the full weight of our experience to get you compensation by:
- Identifying all parties who owe you damages
- Building the strongest evidence-backed injury claim possible
- Calculating the fair value of your case
- Using decades of experience to negotiate the maximum settlement possible
- Taking your case to trial, if necessary, to obtain a fair award
Our Tampa personal injury attorneys are intimately familiar with the tactics the insurance company will use to undervalue your claim. Let us use our skills to help you fight back. Call our team for your free consultation today.
Overview of Personal Injury Laws in Tampa
A personal injury lawsuit is filed in civil court. In most cases, personal injury cases deal with an at-fault party that didn’t mean to hurt anyone. However, you can also file an injury claim against someone for intentional wrongdoing.
The remedy in a personal injury lawsuit is financial compensation. That compensation is referred to as “damages” because it accounts for the damages accident victims suffer.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Injuries
At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers, you can count on us to fight for you if you’ve suffered:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Back injuries
- Organ damage
- Burn injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our lawyers are here to help evaluate your claim and help you understand the potential long-term consequences of your injuries. If you or a family member have been injured and need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to our lawyers in Tampa for legal representation today.
How Common Are Personal Injuries in Tampa?
Hundreds, if not thousands, of people are hurt in Florida every day. In 2020, approximately 212,000 people were injured in motor vehicle accidents. Over 3,300 people lost their lives.
In Hillsborough County alone, 16,457 people were hurt in auto accidents in 2020. Fourteen bicyclists and 54 pedestrians lost their lives to the same.
We Handle All Types of Personal Injury Claims in Tampa, FL
Any type of traumatic accident can give you the right to file a personal injury claim. At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers, we have over 100 years of combined experience. We also focus exclusively on personal injury law. That makes us uniquely suited to handle any type of personal injury case.
Our Tampa personal injury attorneys handle all types of personal injury claims, including:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidcents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Uber or Lyft accidents
- Boating accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Premises liability
- Negligent security
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
- Nursing home abuse
- Birth injuries
- Child injuries
- Criminal acts, including sexual assault and assault
- Claims against negligent property owners
Regardless of how you were hurt, you shouldn’t have to handle the financial consequences of someone else’s mistake. Our lawyers will help you fight for the full compensation you deserve. Just give us a call for a free case review today.
What is My Tampa Personal Injury Case Worth?
It’s virtually impossible to estimate the value of your claim without understanding the facts. However, failing to assess the fair value of your claim can mean settling for less than you deserve.
More serious injuries tend to result in higher settlements. However, issues like shared fault and caps on insurance coverage can also play a role in your case.
Generally speaking, a number of factors are relevant when it comes time to determine how much your personal injury case is worth, including:
- Your out-of-pocket costs
- The cost, duration, and nature of your medical treatment and rehabilitation
- How the injury has impacted your career, lifestyle, and education
- Whether you’ll need help with daily activities like bathing and dressing
- The emotional impact of the injury
At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re well-equipped to assess the value of your case. We have insurance-industry-trained professionals on staff to offer insight into your case. We’ll also use years of experience to fight for everything you deserve.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Accident Victims in Tampa, Florida?
Personal injury laws are supposed to make accident victims whole again after an injury. Victims are entitled to damages for their financial, physical, and emotional losses.
Florida courts and insurance companies address financial losses by awarding economic damages to cover any past and future expenses related to an injury. Examples include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and income
- Future medical expenses
- Reduced future earning potential
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitative care
- Medications and medical devices
- Property damage
Your non-economic damages award should account for any non-financial losses you’ve sustained, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- PTSD, depression, or anxiety
- Loss of consortium
In cases involving intentional wrongdoing or extreme gross negligence, courts may also award punitive damages. These damages are meant to punish the defendant rather than compensating for losses.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for an Accident in Florida?
Insurance companies often try to blame accident victims for getting hurt. If successful, this tactic allows the insurance company to pay a reduced settlement award under the modified comparative fault laws in Florida.
Unfortunately, this is the type of scare tactic that often causes accident victims to abandon their injury claims entirely.
In reality, shared fault isn’t an automatic bar to recovering damages in Florida. These allegations do mean that you’ll have to fight harder to recover the full amount you deserve. An experienced lawyer can help if you’re being blamed for an accident.
For example, let’s say the insurer tries to hold you 30% responsible for the accident. If your award is $100,000, you’ll only be entitled to take home $70,000 (70%). However, if we can present evidence to show the insurance company’s claims are wrong, you might be entitled to a higher percentage. Florida does have a 51% bar to recovery in place, however, so you cannot receive damages if you were mostly to blame.
How Do I Prove Negligence After an Accident in Florida?
The vast majority of all personal injury lawsuits are based on negligence. In other words, you can recover damages if you show that someone else’s reckless or careless acts caused your injuries.
The legal standard for negligence requires proving:
- A duty of care existed
- The defendant breached the duty of care
- Causation, or that the breach caused your accident
- You suffered damages
The victim has the burden of proof in a personal injury case. To succeed, you’ll need strong evidence to back up your claim. Our attorneys can help you build the most persuasive case possible. Just call today to learn how we can put our experience to work for you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida?
Florida recently modified its statute of limitations for most personal injury cases. If your accident happened on or after 3/24/2023, you’ll have two years to file a lawsuit. If it happened before that date, you’ll have four years instead. This statute of limitations is a strict deadline. The clock usually starts running on the date of your injury. Once the deadline passes, you’ll lose your right to compensation entirely. However, there are exceptions.
It’s always better to act sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about the deadline for filing a claim, don’t hesitate to call our team for a free consultation today.
Contact a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Personal injury laws in Florida can be complex. That doesn’t mean you should back down. Call a Tampa personal injury lawyer at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes Personal Injury Lawyers to learn more about how we can help you fight for the fair compensation you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys also serve in Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and its surrounding areas. Contact us today to discuss your case in a free consultation.