Personal Injury Lawyers Serving the People of Lutz
We love visiting Lutz, Florida – whether for business or pleasure – because of its naturally friendly population and its prime location in the unspoiled Florida wetlands. Fishing and boating in Lutz Lake or Lake Stemper are always attractive options, as is simply strolling through Lutz’s tranquil rural atmosphere with our friends and clients. Lutz is a beautiful, friendly, and safe place to be.
Unfortunately, no location, no matter how safe, is completely free from accidents. It is particularly tragic, however, when an accident happens that was easily avoidable. Yet an intoxicated motorist, an incompetent doctor, a careless shop owner, or even a greedy manufacturer cutting corners for profit has the power to turn your life upside down in a moment when his or her actions cause a serious accident. Pain, shock, and confusion all compete for your attention in the first few days after an accident, and then your attention may stray to secondary consequences such as financial distress from mounting medical bills.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Law Firm?
Defendants tend to be evasive; insurance companies tend to be dismissive and stingy; admissible evidence in favor of a personal injury claim can be difficult to obtain and interpret. When the stakes are high, it is no better of an idea to handle your own claim than it would be to handle your own medical care. You are going to need professional assistance.
The is where Abrahamson & Uiterwyk comes into the picture. When selecting a lawyer, you will be faced with a dizzying array of alternatives – sole practitioners, small general practice firms, giant mega-firms, and medium-sized “boutique” law firms that focus on a single practice area. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is one of the latter variety, and the “single practice area” that we focus on is Florida personal injury law – all day, every day. We are committed to prompt and aggressive representation of your claim.
We have dedicated ourselves exclusively to personal injury law for a quarter of a century now, representing over 15,000 clients during that time. There isn’t anything that is likely to happen to you that we haven’t seen many times before. Although the majority of our clients walk away with an out-of-court settlement, sometimes it is necessary to file a lawsuit or at least credibly threaten one in order to obtain fair compensation for our clients. Defendants know that we are perfectly capable of filing and winning a personal injury lawsuit – our reputation in the courtroom is so fearsome that other law firms temporarily borrow our trial lawyers for their most difficult lawsuits.
Some of Our Areas of Practice
Following is an incomplete list of the types of personal injury cases that we see most often:
Car Accidents: Every day, car accidents on Florida roads kill eight people and injure 50 times as many. About a quarter of these are DUI-related, and many more are the result of other negligent activities like texting and driving. In other words, if you are injured in a Florida car accident, it is likely that the accident was somebody’s fault. If you were injured and that “somebody” is another driver, you should be entitled to compensation.
Truck Accidents: Truck accident cases sometimes have to be handled differently than ordinary automobile accidents, because the truck driver is often a commercial driver subject to hundreds of regulations. Violation of any one of these can trigger liability if it causes an accident.
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists are often hit or run off the road because drivers are not watching out for motorcycles, and because a motorcycle can easily “hide” in a driver’s blind spot. Combine this risk with a motorcycle rider’s complete lack of frame protection, and catastrophic injury is the all-too-common result.
Slip and Fall Accidents: A slip and fall accident that would be minor for a young person may result in broken bones and lengthy hospitalization for an elderly victim. When a slip and fall accident results from a property owner or renter’s failure to keep the premises safe for visitors, a personal injury claim is appropriate.
Medical Malpractice: At some point or another, we all depend on doctors more than we would like to have to depend on anyone. After all, doctors are prone to human error like the rest of us, no matter how high the stakes may be. When a doctor acts carelessly or incompetently, however, justice demands that the patient who suffered harm be fully compensated.
Dog Bites: Roughly 98 percent of dogs earn their designation as “man’s best friend.” The other two percent, however, can be aggressive and unpredictable at times. When a dog bites, Florida’s dog bite law holds the owner liable, even if he or she had no way of knowing in advance that the dog would act aggressively.
Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing home abuse comes in two forms: Acting in a way that harms the victim, and failing to properly care for the victim. Although most of Florida’s 700 nursing homes offer professional and compassionate care, with so many institutions, abuses are bound to occur from time to time.
We also handle the following types of personal injury cases:
- bicycle accidents
- brain injuries
- product liability
- drunk driving accidents
- birth injuries
- construction accidents
- pedestrian accidents
This is only a partial list of the types of cases we handle. We handle as many types of personal injury cases as there are types of accidents.
Personal Injury FAQs
My child was injured due to someone else’s negligence. Can I handle the claim for him or her?
In Florida, the parents of a minor can settle a personal injury claim on behalf of the child if the gross settlement value (excluding amounts such as attorney’s fees) is less than $15,000. If the gross settlement value is $15,000 or more, the parents must obtain the court’s approval.
A minor under 18 cannot file a lawsuit in his or her own name. Normally, a parent can file the lawsuit on behalf of the minor. If no parent is available, if the parents are unfit, or if a parent is a defendant in the lawsuit, the court will appoint a guardian ad litem, often an attorney, to act on behalf of the child.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Although every case is different, the average is somewhere between a year and a year and a half. Since the vast majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court, your case may take longer if the defendant refuses to settle and you are forced to proceed with a lawsuit. A lot also depends on the duration of your medical treatment. It is difficult to determine how much money to ask for until you have reached the point of “maximum medical improvement,” which means that you have recovered as much as you are ever going to.
Should I sign a settlement agreement with the defendant’s insurance company?
Not without your lawyer’s approval. Insurance companies love to offer quick but paltry settlements in the hope that the victim, under financial pressure from outstanding medical bills, will jump at the opportunity for a quick settlement. Have your lawyer read over any proposed settlement agreement before you sign it. As a matter of fact, you shouldn’t sign anything that the insurance company asks you to sign without your lawyer’s approval, and neither should you give any recorded statement to the insurance company.
Can I sue someone who physically assaulted me in a bar? Can I sue the bar?
Yes, you can sue someone who physically assaults you in a bar, and you might be able to win the case even if the defendant is never convicted of assault in criminal court. If the defendant was a bouncer or other employee, you may have a claim against the bar, as well, since employers are responsible for the wrongdoing of their employees. This could be important if the employee does not carry insurance that would cover an intentional assault. You might also have a claim for punitive damages.
What is a letter of protection?
A letter of protection is a document that guarantees that if you win compensation, your healthcare provider will be paid out of that compensation. It is designed to forestall bill collection activity by your healthcare provider until you resolve your claim. This could be important in, for example, an auto accident in which your damages exceed your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits.
Call Us for a Free Case Consultation
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is highly respected among its peers and clients. 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 confident enough to offer you this guarantee: If we don’t win, you don’t pay. You will owe us precisely nothing in legal fees or costs until and unless we bring home a verdict or settlement for you.
Call us today at 800-753-5203 or contact us online by email or live chat to set up a free evaluation of your claim. We can evaluate your case over the telephone or meet you at your home or office in Lutz. If you live or work in Lutz and you have a personal injury claim, contact us day or night, and we will have a representative standing by to take your call.