Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers Frequently Asked Questions

What types of personal injury cases do you accept?
We focus on personal injury cases.  The majority of our personal injury cases come from auto accidents.  We also are experienced in representing clients in personal injury claims involving: wrongful death, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, boating accidents, dog bites, premise liability, slip and fall, products liability, cruise ship injuries, work related injuries, and medical malpractice.  Back to top

What if I cannot afford a lawyer for my personal injury case?
We accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means that we can represent you without you having to pay in advance a retainer fee, hourly fee, or costs retainer.  We only recover our attorney fees when we recover money for you.  We also advance all costs on your case.  By accepting personal injury cases on a contingency basis, everyone is allowed access to our services.  Back to top

What is uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance?
Uninsured or Underinsured motorist insurance is a type of insurance coverage in auto insurance policies.  This type of coverage is not required under Florida law.  When you purchased your auto insurance you either elected to accept or reject this type of coverage as well as whether you wanted this coverage to be stacking or non-stacking.   There are certain requirements that insurance companies must meet to reject this specific coverage.  Uninsured or Underinsured motor coverage may provide coverage to you if you were in an auto accident and were not the at-fault driver.  Uninsured motorist coverage provides coverage for you if the at-fault driver did not carry insurance.  Underinsured motorist coverage will provide coverage for you if the at-fault driver did not carry enough insurance to cover the value of your personal injury claim.  Back to top

How are legal fees and costs paid on personal injury cases?
We accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  We only receive our attorney fees if we recover money for you.  Our attorney fees are based on a percentage schedule provided by the Florida Bar.  We also advance all costs associated with your case.  We only recover our attorney fees and costs if we are successful in recovering money for you.  Back to top

What if my child or a minor I am the guardian for is injured?
Unfortunately children also sustain injuries due to the negligence of someone else.  An injured child (anyone under the age of 18 years) can make a personal injury claim through their parent or legal guardian.  The parent or legal guardian will sign for documents on behalf of the child.  Depending on the settlement value of the personal injury claim, a court appointed guardian may need to approve the final settlement amount before the settlement funds are distributed.  Back to top

How do you make a wrongful death claim?
Unfortunately circumstances arise that can needlessly take the life of one of our loved ones.  To bring a wrongful death claim, a personal representative needs to be appointed to probate the estate and bring the wrongful death claim on behalf of the person who lost his or her life.  The surviving spouse and dependent children may also bring loss of companionship claims.  Back to top

Should I speak with the insurance company about my injuries?
No.  You have certain rights that need to be protected and can be waived.  As your attorney, our role is to speak to the insurance companies for you to correctly establish your claim.  This ensures your rights are protected to fairly resolve your claim. Back to top

What should I expect with my personal injury case?
Immediately after sustaining a personal injury from the negligence of someone else, you should seek medical treatment.  Do not speak with the insurance companies until you speak with us.  After you have retained us as your attorneys, we will set up your personal injury claim with the insurance companies.  You only need to focus on following your doctor’s advice and getting better.  When your doctor believes you no longer need treatment, he or she will write a final report stating you have reached your maximum medical improvement.  At this point we will formally present your claim to the insurance companies.  When your case resolves, all outstanding medical bills and any liens will be paid from the settlement amount so you do not owe any bills.  Back to top

How much do you charge for personal injury cases?
For personal injury cases we charge a contingency fee on a fee schedule that is set by the Florida Bar.  A contingency fee benefits the client because we only receive our attorney fees if we recover money for you.  Many clients like contingency fees because they do not have to pay us in advance for a retainer or hourly fees.  Back to top

How will my medical bills be paid?
In auto accident cases, some of your medical bills will be paid by your PIP insurance. For unpaid medical bills, our role as lawyers is to seek a recovery from the at-fault party’s liability insurance carrier to recover the costs of your unpaid past medical bills and your future medical bills.  Back to top

Do I have to file a lawsuit in a personal injury case?
No.  Once you have completed treatment, your doctor will write a final report stating you have reached maximum medical improvement.  At that point, we will prepare our demand package with our theories of liability, pain and suffering, future damages, and will also include all medical records, medical bills and any other documents supporting your personal injury claim.  We will first attempt to settle your case with the insurance company.  If a successful resolution cannot be made, then we consider filing a lawsuit.

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