If you got hurt in a collision, a Tampa car accident lawyer with our firm can help you pursue compensation for your losses. We do not charge any upfront legal fees to handle injury cases. Our legal fees come out of your final settlement or court award. The Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine is here for you.
- You Generally Have Four Years to File Your Accident Lawsuit
- Compensable Losses Following a Car Accident in Tampa
- How Florida’s No-Fault Laws Can Affect Your Car Accident Claim
- How a Tampa Car Accident Attorney with Our Firm Can Help with Your Injury Claim
- We Can Prove These Elements in Your Tampa Car Accident Case
- Get Help with Your Tampa Car Accident Case
You Generally Have Four Years to File Your Accident Lawsuit
Under these laws, you generally have:
- Four years to file an injury lawsuit, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a)
- Two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit, per Florida Statutes § 95.11(4)(d)
If you file your case outside of these deadlines, you could lose the right to seek damages through the court system. The liable insurer might also have no incentive to pay your losses, leaving you with few options.
Compensable Losses Following a Car Accident in Tampa
You can recover compensation for your various injury-related losses. We understand that your medical bills could make up a large part of your case’s value, and you can rest assured that we will fight for what you are owed. Yet, we could also seek damages for the following:
Your Lost Income
Whether you own your own business or work a nine-to-five job, we can pursue compensation for any lost income, tips, and bonuses. If you work freelance, we can seek the cost of any lost contracts or commissions as well.
Pain and Suffering
We believe that no part of your accident should go unaccounted for – and that goes for your physical and emotional pain. While pain and suffering does not come with an inherent value, we can calculate this loss based on your situation.
Property Damage Expenses
Was your vehicle damaged or totaled in the collision? Not a problem; we can consult your repair invoices and replacement costs to determine these losses.
Wrongful Death-Related Losses
If you lost a loved one to a car accident in Tampa, our hearts go out to you and your family. While you celebrate your loved one’s life and lay them to rest, we can pursue the following losses:
- Funeral expenses
- Final medical expenses, like life support
- The decedent’s lost income
We can include other losses depending on your situation.
How Florida’s No-Fault Laws Can Affect Your Car Accident Claim
Florida follows a no-fault insurance rule, which means that for a small crash, you usually make a claim against your automobile insurance policy. Florida law requires all drivers to have personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, per Florida Statutes § 627.736.
If you suffered significant injuries, there is a way that you can sue the negligent party for your losses. You have to satisfy the “permanent injury threshold” to seek damages outside your no-fault coverage, per Florida Statutes § 627.737.
Most of our car accident cases are settled through insurance claims. Yet, if your insurance coverage does not account for your losses, we can determine whether you qualify to file a lawsuit.
How a Tampa Car Accident Attorney with Our Firm Can Help with Your Injury Claim
Here are some of the ways in which our law firm can help you:
We Can Deal with the Insurance Adjuster for You
Dealing with multiple insurance policies, meaning your PIP coverage and the at-fault driver’s liability insurance, can be perplexing. A car accident lawyer on our team can sort through your coverage options and develop a plan for maximizing your settlement.
Most people are afraid of taking on one insurance company without a legal professional to help, much less two or more insurance carriers. With us on your side, you only have to worry about getting better; we’ll take care of everything else.
We Can Evaluate Your Damages
We want you to walk away with compensation that leaves you with no outstanding expenses. To do this, we will calculate the sum of your losses by reviewing your:
- Medical bills
- Pay stubs and employment records
- Property damage receipts
- Information from your doctor
We may also consult economists to determine your long-term injury-related expenses.
We Can Protect You Against “Red Flags” That Could Hurt Your Case
We recommend working with us after a car accident because even the smallest error could jeopardize your case. Here are some “red flags” that we can spot and protect you against:
- The insurance company unjustly stalls the claims process.
- The insurance company asks you to give a recorded statement.
- The insurer offers you a settlement and pressures you into accepting it.
- The other party personally tries contacting you, offering cash.
We’re not just your law firm; we’re your protectors. You can always give your lawyer a call if you feel that something’s not right. We’ll take care of it.
We Can Prove These Elements in Your Tampa Car Accident Case
Florida law requires that we prove all of these factors before we can hold someone responsible for your losses:
The Other Driver Owed You a Duty of Care
Everyone who operates a motor vehicle on the streets owes a legal duty of care toward other road users. All drivers must obey the laws and drive cautiously.
Breach of Duty of Care
Negligence is when someone fails to live up to their legal duty of care. Let’s say that the crash happened because the defendant was driving in a rainstorm on bald tires. When the traffic light changed, they were unable to stop their car because of the lack of tread on the tires.
They skidded through the intersection, striking the side of your car. The failure to keep their car properly maintained was negligence.
We must show that the other driver’s negligence caused the collision. We can do this by using the information in the police report, talking to witnesses, and consulting accident reconstruction specialists.
Finally, we must show that you incurred damages as a result of getting hurt. These damages could be financial, emotional, or physical in nature.
The American Bar Association (ABA) requires us to prove all of these elements in your case.
Get Help with Your Tampa Car Accident Case
If you got hurt in a crash, a car accident lawyer in Tampa could help you recover compensation. We handle vehicle accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, pedestrians, bicycles, and more.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-800-747-3733. We offer free, no-obligation case reviews.