Clearwater Personal Injury Attorneys
Servings Residents All Throughout Tampa, FL
After an accident that leaves you injured, you may be feeling frustrated that you are drowning in medical bills and are unable to go back to work because someone else was careless. We understand and we’re here to guide you through your case.
Accidents We Represent
At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, we handled a wide variety of personal injury cases and have deep and extensive expertise in each category. If you are suffering injuries from any of the following incidents or accidents, you may be eligible for compensation and we encourage you to set up a free consultation with us as soon as possible.
Types of personal injury cases we handle:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bike accidents
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Construction accidents
- Wrongful death
- Nursing home negligence
- Boating accidents
- Product liability
- Medical malpractice
Each of these accidents carry with it their own unique set of injuries. They range from minor injuries such as bruises or cuts, all the way to the worst injuries including paralysis, traumatic brain injury, and in the worst of the worst cases, death. What you should be aware of in cases where there is a surviving victim, your compensation will go up in relation to how severe your injuries are. You will be compensated in a way that covers your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Fighting Gross Negligence
As citizens of this nation, we all have a responsibility to observe the law. We have rules and regulations to foster a safe society that gives everyone an opportunity to demonstrate their potential. Likewise, we all have the opportunity to seek justice when we have been wronged. If you’ve been injured by gross negligence , know that you have a way to fight back. Everyone in our society has a responsibility to foster a safe environment–at work, play, on the road, and everywhere else. To betray that obligation also means to betray a foundation of trust we hold among our fellow citizens. The damages done due to negligence can cost people money, time–or even more. Carelessness can lead to damage, injury, and even death. If a dangerous scenario could have been easily prevented had the perpetrator exercised reasonable care, they can be accused of gross negligence. Gross negligence involves a willful disregard for human life and property. It can happen anywhere, in virtually any setting. For example, if your child is participating in sports practice and gets a fracture, a reasonable response to the incident would be for the coach stopping all activities and seeking care for your child. If the coach were to continue practice while your child was still injured, and waited until after practice to get help, the coach would be considered grossly negligent.
First Steps After an Accident
The very first thing you should do after an accident, and probably will want to do, is seek medical attention. There are some instances where people get in an accident of some sort and try to shake it off and get on with their day. They walk away from the scene of the accident and ignore the pain they’re in. That is a huge mistake. Not only are you risking your wellbeing, you’re risking losing any compensation. An essential part of determining how much your case is worth revolves around the state of your wellbeing. A doctor needs to document your condition and your treatment plan. If you go to the insurance without ever having seen a doctor, they could throw away your case. They’ll say you couldn’t possible be all that injured if you’ve avoided seeking medical treatment. After an accident, there is evidence that you need to document. If it’s an auto accident, there might be tire marks on the road. If it’s a slip and fall, there might be a liquid that you slipped on. If it’s a dog bite, there may be a broken gate the animal escaped from. Every accident has a cause and you need to do your due diligence to document it. Whether you do it yourself, having a police officer on the scene do it, or call upon a friend or even an attorney to do it for you, it is an essential step. The only reason you would not be able to do it yourself is if you are too injured to take photos and videos of the scene. Either that or you were taken in an ambulance. In those instances, you will have to rely on help from others.
Hiring an Attorney
Hiring a personal injury attorney reflects the American spirit of self-reliance, which dictates that we pursue our grievances on our own and throw off the badge of helplessness. The threats that an injury poses to an individual and there family requires a prompt, decisive and strong response from a personal injury attorney. Arming yourself with a Clearwater personal injury attorney is the first step in the right direction. The life and home that is built over many years cannot be summarily wiped away, merely because another has acted carelessly.
Do Not Delay
A successful case is both well-planned and prepared timely. When you are told not to delay, that doesn’t necessarily mean to rush through the process. What you need to know is that in Florida, after most accidents you have a statute of limitations of four years from the date of the accident to bring your claim. Now, if you were to procrastinate and talk to an attorney three and a half years after your accident, your case will not be as strong or as valid as it would be if you called an attorney a few days after your accident. Just because you have the time doesn’t mean you should take it. Your witnesses will forget what happened to you after a few years. Your evidence could complete disappear after a few weeks. If you were injured on a construction site, even waiting a few days could be detrimental to your case if it’s an active site that changes daily. Also be aware that if you’re involved in an accident with a government entity such as a government bus, or slipping on government property, your statute of limitations may be shorter. To be sure, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to get them on your case with plenty of time to make it a success.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
There is one big misconception that you should be aware of. If, for instance, you are pursuing a slip and fall claim or a dog bite claim at a friend or acquaintance’s house, you might be worried about having to bring a lawsuit against them. That is a huge misconception with these cases. You’re not actually suing your friend, you’re pursuing an award from their insurance company. This money is not coming out of your friend’s pocket. Their insurance company is providing them coverage, and they bought coverage for these exact reasons. There’s nothing to feel guilty about if you have a reason to bring a claim. The people you need to be concerned with are the insurance adjusters. The person they designate to take your case is more than likely going to talk to you after the accident and ask for a recorded statement. The worst thing you can do is comply. This is not like a job interview where you’re trying to sell yourself. The questions the insurance adjuster asks you is going to very much be designed to get answers from you that will paint you in an unfavorable light. They want to get you to back yourself in a corner and take the blame for the accident. They are not looking to help you out, they’re looking to deny or reduce your claim. The best thing you can do is refer them to your attorney.
Florida Compensation Laws
Florida follows pure comparative negligence rules which basically means you can collect a reward even if you are 99% at fault for your accident. If you were to be found 99% at fault, that means you only get to collect 1% of the compensation you are rewarded. An example of how this rule works would be if you were walking across the street, and you glanced at your phone after you looked both ways, but a car blows a stop sign coming around the corner, didn’t see you and you didn’t see them. Let’s say in that case you’re 20% at fault. Then your injuries are awarded $100,000. You would be collecting $80,000 to account for your part in the accident. With the help of a skilled attorney, they will reduce or eliminate fault on your end of the accident and help you get full and fair compensation.
Call Our Clearwater Personal Injury Attorneys
Our founding injury attorneys are lifelong residents of the Clearwater, Florida area. As Clearwater personal injury attorneys, we know that our community will not countenance the irresponsibility of others. Our personal injury attorneys stand as the gatekeepers of safety in our community. Regardless of what is accepted as the standard in other parts of the country, Floridians, as well as Clearwater injury attorneys, demand a safe society where each member stands accountable to his neighbor. At Perenich Law Injury Attorneys, our injury attorneys will stand up for the safety you demand and deserve.
Our personal injury attorneys understand the responsibility that is demanded of others to create a safe society for ourselves and our families. If you or a loved one has been injured because of another’s careless actions, our personal injury attorneys are here to fight for you. A personal injury litigation attorney will inform you of your legal rights and protect them in a court of law.