Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers Provide Legal Assistance to Florida Accident Victims
Injuries are always painful and often frustrating for victims. But an injury becomes a tragedy when it is needlessly caused by the negligent actions of someone else. If you’ve suffered losses due to injuries caused by another person or entity, you have the legal right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. While it is possible for individuals to file personal injury claims on their own, enlisting the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer can simplify the process significantly and remove much of the stress involved.
We know the time after an accident can be difficult for victims and their families. Our helpful, compassionate injury lawyers at RTRLAW are here to support you with legal assistance you can count on. We have a proven track record of securing settlements for clients and make it our mission to provide the best possible client service. Since our founding in 1988, we’ve helped tens of thousands of clients recover hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries.
Contact us today for a FREE, no-obligation case review of your accident matter and find out why RTRLAW is a trusted name in Tampa personal injury law. Call (813) 370-0229 or toll free at 1-833-HIRE-RTR (833-447-3787).
What Harm Can an Accident Cause?
All injuries have the potential to change your life, whether they result from a car accident, a slip and fall or another type of accident. Even minor injuries can disrupt your work schedule and cost thousands in medical bills. More significant injuries may leave you permanently disabled and unable to work or even perform basic daily tasks. Major injuries commonly seen in accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Head injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Lacerations and contusions
- Organ damage
- Severed or crushed limbs
- Spine and neck damage, possibly leading to paralysis
While injuries from an accident can wreak havoc on your body, they can also cause severe emotional damage. In nearly all personal injury insurance claims, non-economic damages must also be considered when negotiating a settlement. Many victims suffer from chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, reduced quality of life, limited mobility, phobias, and other challenges directly caused by their accidents. At RTRLAW, our qualified personal injury lawyers will determine all the ways your injuries have impacted your life, so we can help you recover the fair compensation you deserve.
What is the Statute of Limitations on Florida Personal Injury Claims?
When you are injured in an accident, looking beyond your immediate circumstances can be challenging. Most people are rightfully occupied with healing from their injuries, managing their finances, and attempting to return to work. However, ensuring your claim is filed within the statute of limitations is vital to protecting your right to recover compensation for your losses.
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is the filing deadline that you must adhere to when filing a lawsuit against the person responsible for your injury. In Florida, the statute of limitations for most personal injury claims is four years from the date of the accident. However, in wrongful death suits, you only have two years from the date of the person’s death to file a claim. Furthermore, if the responsible party for causing your injuries is a governmental entity, you may even have a shorter period of time in which you must report your claim.
Four years may seem like a long time, but when dealing with recovery, rehabilitation, and the challenges of daily life after an accident, the time can pass rapidly. It’s in your best interests to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to protect your legal rights and allow yourself the best chance at the strongest possible claim. Evidence can quickly degrade or go missing, and witnesses become harder to track down and are less likely to recall details as time passes. Promptly enlisting the services of one of our experienced personal injury lawyers will provide enough time for our attorneys to thoroughly investigate the case while making sure that you meet all necessary deadlines.
What is Comparative Fault and How Can It Impact Your Claim?
Some states operate under the legal doctrine of contributory negligence, or in other words, the failure of the injured person to act prudently, which can contribute to the injury suffered. In these states, plaintiffs found to be partially at fault for their accident cannot pursue damages from the other parties involved. Luckily, Florida follows the doctrine of comparative fault, which means the plaintiff’s (the injured person’s) damages are reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to them.
To demonstrate how comparative fault operates, imagine a scenario where you were legally passing through a green light at an intersection but were driving significantly above the speed limit. Suddenly, a drunk driver runs a red light and strikes the side of your car. Although the drunk driver is mainly at fault for the accident, the court may assign a small portion of fault to you because you were not following the rules of the road at the time of the crash, possibly making the incident worse. If the court decides you were 10% at fault for your crash, then the value of your settlement will be decreased by 10%. For example, if your damages totaled $50,000.00, they would be reduced by $5,000.00, leaving you with a $45,000.00 settlement.
Having a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side to push back against any inaccurate assessments of fault can be vital to collecting the full value of your claim. At RTRLAW, we have access to experts in the accident reconstruction and medical fields who can provide critical insight into the incident and establish the facts of what occurred in your accident.
When your family’s future financial well-being is at stake, these professional assessments can prove crucial to the success of your case and the amount of compensation you receive.
Is Florida a No-Fault State for Car Accidents?
Car accidents represent one of the most common types of personal injury cases. In 2019 alone, The Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported more than 29,000 car accidents in Hillsborough County. Understanding the differences between at-fault and no-fault insurance can help make the claims process clearer after your accident.
Florida is a no-fault state and requires mandatory PIP coverage of at least $10,000.00. PIP benefits can provide a quick, convenient way to get paid for medical expenses and cover paychecks you lost while you were hurt. However, the minimum PIP coverage limit may not be enough to cover you and your passengers if you are involved in a serious crash. PIP benefits also do not include property damage or compensation for pain and suffering. To take advantage of your PIP benefits, you have 14 days from the date of your accident to seek medical attention for your injuries (the 14-day rule). If you fail to do so, you will not be entitled to PIP benefits, but you may still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit for compensation. In addition, if your losses surpass your PIP benefits, be sure to consult with a personal injury attorney from RTRLAW, who can explain your legal rights and options for recovering damages.
What Practice Areas Does Our Law Firm Serve?
Personal injury law covers a wide range of legal situations. What they all have in common is a victim harmed by the negligent actions of another. At RTRLAW, our personal injury lawyers are skilled negotiators with decades of experience securing settlements for those injured in accidents. We take pride in protecting our clients’ legal rights and advocating for their financial recovery.
Some of the personal injury cases where we can assist and advise clients include, but are not limited to:
- Car accidents
- Truck and commercial vehicle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Ridesharing accidents (Uber/Lyft, buses and taxis)
- Bicycle accidents
- Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Wrongful death
- Negligent security casesSexual assault cases
- Food poisoning
- Bed bug injuries
- Nail salon injuries and other premises liability cases
RTRLAW provides a FREE, no-obligation case review for all personal injury cases. This allows you to discuss your case with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer before proceeding with your claim. We also take cases on a contingency basis, so you will owe nothing unless we successfully recover a settlement for you.
You can meet with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys at our centrally located Tampa office, or at one of our other convenient offices throughout Florida. Or if you prefer, we can come to you – at your home, office/workplace, at the accident scene or even the hospital. We can take care of all the paperwork in person or electronically – over the phone or online. At RTRLAW, we make it easy for you to meet wherever and whenever is most convenient for you.
Call us today for a FREE, no-obligation case review at (813) 370-0229 or toll free at 1-833-HIRE-RTR (833-447-3787).