Personal Injury Lawyers for the People of Hudson, FL
We love Hudson, Florida, which some refer to as the “Venice of the South” because of the multitude of canals built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. To us, though, it is the hometown of some of our closest friends and clients. Although the stunning waterfront views from Hudson Beach are part of the reason why we love this town so much, the friendly residents are the main reason.
When an accident happens, however, a relaxing lifestyle can be instantly transformed into a nightmare of pain, shock, confusion, and financial pressure. Trying to handle mounting medical bills when it is painful to even get out of bed and you cannot even go back to work is difficult enough. The stonewalling you get from insurance companies and culpable parties can add to these difficulties until it is enough to overwhelm you.
A Personal Injury Law Firm That is Ready to Take the Reins
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, personal injury law is what we do. In fact, it’s all we do. Our 10 lawyers and 40 support personnel focus exclusively on pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of injured victims. You can relax once we join your side – we have been doing this for 25 years, and our attorneys enjoy over a century of combined practice experience. We will handle your legal difficulties as thoroughly as possible, so that you can concentrate fully on recovery from your injuries.
The ideal result, of course, would be a quick settlement that fully compensates you for all of your losses, both tangible and intangible. This is what we will be pushing for from the moment we take your case. Insurance companies, however, don’t respect lawyers whose sole experiences lies at the negotiating table, because they know that these kinds of lawyers are helpless to compel them to pay by winning a lawsuit against them. Our experienced trial lawyers are at times hired by other firms for particularly tough litigation.
Some of Our Main Practice Areas
Personal injury law includes as many different types of practice areas as there are types of accidents and injuries. Following are some of the main categories:
Car Accidents: Unfortunately, Florida’s roads kill more people than any other state outside of Texas and California, with many times as many people seriously injured. More than a quarter of these deaths can be attributed to DUI. When an accident happens, with or without a DUI, we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.
Truck Accidents: The same accident that would qualify as a fender-bender with a compact car can result in serious injury or death when the other vehicle is an 18-wheeler truck. Truck accidents are often the result of a violation by the driver of one of the many regulations that govern the trucking industry.
Motorcycle Accidents: Only pedestrians and bicyclists are more vulnerable on the road than motorcyclists – in fact, motorcyclists are arguably more vulnerable than bicyclists because of the higher speeds at which motorcycles travel. A very high percentage of these accidents are the result of a failure by an automobile driver to even notice motorcyclists.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Gravity, unfortunately, claims more victims than just about any other cause, especially among the elderly. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident that took place in someone else’s home or in a public establishment, the owner or renter may be liable for failing to keep the premises safe for guests.
Medical Malpractice: Doctors are professional healers, and most of them perform their jobs competently and conscientiously. When a doctor’s professional incompetence harms you, however, failing to hold him or her responsible merely encourages the doctor to make the same mistake with the next patient. Instead, a medical malpractice claim is called for.
Dog Bites: Most of the time, a dog is a man’s best friend. One or two percent of dogs, however, turn into enemies, sometimes without warning. Florida’s dog bite law is one of the strictest in the nation. Fortunately, most dog bites are covered by insurance.
Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing home abuse is one of the most despicable acts imaginable if done intentionally, and not much more tolerable even if done carelessly. Unfortunately, with nearly 700 nursing homes in Florida, it is bound to happen from time to time. When it does, we will help you hold the responsible party liable.
We also handle the following types of cases:
- bicycle accidents
- brain injuries
- product liability
- drunk driving accidents
- birth injuries
- construction accidents
- pedestrian accidents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Personal Injury
Can I sue for a dog bite that occurred on the dog owner’s property?
Generally speaking, you can sue a dog owner under the Florida dog bite statute for a dog bite that occurred on the owner’s property, even if the dog had always been gentle and the owner had no way of predicting that the dog would bite you. Legal problems could arise if you were trespassing at the time of the bite, if you provoked the dog, or if the bite occurred on the owner’s property with the presence of a “Beware of Dog” sign.
Can I file a lawsuit for emotional distress?
You cannot win a personal injury lawsuit for purely emotional distress – you must have suffered some physical injury that is verifiable through medical evidence. Once physical injury is proven, however, you might be able to recover for emotional distress that arises from the physical injury. A few people have been able to recover for intentional infliction of severe emotional distress without proving a physical injury; however, the victim must prove that the defendant’s act was intentional, not merely negligent.
Should I sue or settle out of court?
All other facts being equal, an out-of-court settlement is a better way to handle a personal injury claim than a lawsuit because: (i) lawsuits take time and money, and (ii) juries are unpredictable. Nevertheless, in some cases, filing a lawsuit is the only way to pressure the defendant into making an adequate settlement offer. Moreover, if the statute of limitations deadline is approaching, you may be forced to either file a lawsuit or abandon your claim. Even if you file a lawsuit, it is perfectly legal to reach a settlement at any time before the final verdict is announced.
Do I have to prove liability beyond a reasonable doubt?
No, you don’t. “Beyond a reasonable doubt” is the legal standard for criminal charges, because a conviction could subject the defendant to incarceration. In a civil trial, you usually need to prove your case by a “preponderance of evidence,” which means something similar to “more likely than not.” In certain cases, such as when you are asking for punitive damages, you may be required to prove certain elements of your claim by “clear and convincing evidence,” which is more stringent than “preponderance of the evidence” standard but less stringent than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard.
Am I eligible for punitive damages?
Florida courts award punitive damages in personal injury cases only occasionally. To qualify, you must be eligible for compensatory (ordinary) damages by proving the defendant is liable in court. You must also prove that the defendant acted intentionally or with “gross negligence” – ordinary negligence is not enough. Furthermore, you must prove intent or gross negligence by “clear and convincing evidence,” a standard that is higher than the ordinary “preponderance of the evidence” standard necessary to quality for ordinary damages. You might realistically seek punitive damages in a DUI accident or a criminal assault, for example.
Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are proud of its “AV” rating, the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a national law firm rating system. The “A” signifies that the firm’s legal ability is “very high to preeminent.” The “V” denotes that our firm observes “very high” ethical standards. Also, we are an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau.
We are so confident in our ability to seek a fair settlement in your case that we offer this guarantee: If we take your case, you will owe us nothing until and unless we win. If we lose, your total expenses will be zero, meaning no fees or costs unless we win.
Call us today at 800-753-5203 or contact us online by email or live chat. We can evaluate your case over the phone and, when necessary, travel to your home or office in Hudson. If you live or work in Hudson, contact us today for your free case evaluation. We have a representative standing by 24/7.