A Personal Injury Law Firm Proudly Serving the People of Oldsmar, FL
Oldsmar, Florida and its 15,000 people hardly qualify as a metropolis – and we will be quite happy if it stays that way. We love strolling through Bicentennial Park or enjoying the superb waterfront view along Oldsmar’s Tampa Bay shoreline with our clients and friends. More than anything else, however, we enjoy the simple hospitality of Oldsmar’s friendly and hardworking people.
Although we hate to see a tranquil lifestyle interrupted by an untimely accident, it happens from time to time whether we want it to or not. Just like anywhere else, hidden dangers await an opportunity to strike when we least expect it. A texting driver, an overworked doctor, a careless shop owner, or a greedy corner-cutting employer can all contribute to dangers that can completely upend your life when they result in a serious accident.
The shock, pain, and confusion that you are probably feeling will take time to remedy. Meanwhile, your medical bills may be piling up and you may not even be able to return to work to earn the money you need to pay them off. Try pursuing your claim for compensation on your own, and you are likely to experience stonewalling time and time again. Evasive defendants tend to change their attitude very quickly once Abrahamson & Uiterwyk enters the picture, however.
A Good Personal Injury Law Firm Can be a Game-Changer
You wouldn’t go to a kidney specialist with heart problems – even though kidney specialists and cardiologists are both doctors, one is much more likely than the other to have developed the specific expertise to treat your ailment. Likewise, when you have a personal injury claim, you are going to need a law firm that specializes in personal injury law – not a general practitioner or a specialist in some other field of law.
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is a mid-sized law firm that focuses exclusively on personal injury law. Our 10 lawyers and 40 specialists focus on prompt and aggressive representation that is designed to persue a settlement as soon as possible. If push comes to shove with a stubborn defendant, however, we are not afraid to “duke it out” in court – in fact, we have won multimillion dollar verdicts for our clients on many occasions. Put us to work for you, and we guarantee you that you will owe us absolutely no fees or costs until and unless we win your case. That’s right – if we don’t win, you don’t pay.
Some of Our Practice Areas
Following is only a partial list of some of the major practice areas that we typically handle:
Car Accidents: Car accidents are the most common type of personal injury claim. Unfortunately, Florida car accident fatalities have been rising steadily over the past several years, due largely to the spread of handheld electronic messaging devices. Proving that the driver who caused the accident was breaking a traffic law at the time of the accident is one of the best ways (but not the only way) to establish personal injury liability.
Truck Accidents: Truck accidents tend to be catastrophic, due to the sheer momentum of so many tons of steel barreling down the highway like a missile. Many, if not most, truck accidents are avoidable consequences of the deliberate violation of one of the many regulations that restrict the activities of commercial truckers.
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of all motorists – accidents tend to be more common than among other motorists, and when they happen they tend to be more severe. Often, an accident is caused by an auto driver’s failure to look out for motorcyclists in the vicinity.
Slip and Fall Accidents: Slip and fall accidents can cause broken bones, paralysis, and even death. They most often trigger legal liability when a shop owner fails to remedy a dangerous condition or fails to warn the public of a hidden danger. Common causes of slip and fall accidents include wet floors, icy parking lots, or entrances and loose stairway railings.
Medical Malpractice: Considering how much trust we are forced to place in doctors, it is frightening to ponder the fact that they are human too, and prone to error just as much as the rest of us. When a mistake rises from human error to the level of professional misconduct, however, action needs to be taken. Medical malpractice claims are how we protect both ourselves and society.
Dog Bites: Dog bites are surprisingly common – in fact, they send nearly a million people to the hospital every year, and children are overrepresented among victims. Fortunately, under the Florida dog bite statute, you normally don’t have to prove that the dog owner was negligent in order to win a dog bite claim.
Nursing Home Abuse: Florida’s 70,000 or so nursing home residents are generally well-treated. With nearly 700 nursing homes in Florida, however, even the worst sorts of abuses are bound to occur sooner or later. When this happens, a personal injury (or wrongful death) claim is warranted.
We also handle the following types of claims:
- 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 – in fact, we handle as many types of personal injury cases as there are types of accidents and injuries.
Personal Injury FAQs
My child was injured due to someone else’s negligence. Can I handle the claim for him or her?
If your child is under 18, you can handle settlement on his or her behalf. Under Florida law, however, if the gross value of a settlement is $15,000 or more, you will need to obtain the approval of a court before the settlement will be legally binding. If your case proceeds to a lawsuit, your child cannot sue in his or her own name. In most cases, a parent may sue on behalf of the child. If the parents are unavailable or unfit, however, the court will appoint a guardian, often a lawyer, to file the lawsuit on behalf of the child.
How can I recover in case of a hit and run accident?
In case of a hit and run accident, you normally have two options – (i) locate the driver and file a claim against him or her or the insurance company, or (ii) file a claim under your own insurance policy. Although Florida requires all drivers to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance, a PIP policy will not cover a hit and run accident. Even though Florida does not require its motorists to carry uninsured motorist insurance, it is available on the market and may be your only option if you cannot locate the offending driver.
Can I still recover for an accident if the driver was acquitted of DUI?
It is still possible to recover under these circumstances, although there are no guarantees. The reason why it is still possible is that the standard of proof in a criminal trial is much higher than the standard of proof in a civil lawsuit. In a criminal trial, the prosecutor must prove guilt with near certainty, while in a civil lawsuit you need only prove that the defendant is more likely than not to be liable for your claim.
Can I sue the defendant’s employer together with the defendant?
Yes, you can – theoretically, at least. The issue that sometimes arises is whether the defendant is actually an “employee” of the company he or she works for. Most 18-wheeler truck drivers, for example, are considered “independent contractors” rather than employees of the trucking companies they work for, due to their relative independence. The distinction between “employee” and “independent contractor” is ultimately made by a court based on objective factors – a company cannot arbitrarily classify an employee as an “independent contractor.”
Can my claim be resolved out of court?
It probably can be – in fact, over 90 percent of personal injury cases are resolved out of court. Due to the time and expense of litigation and the unpredictability of juries, in most cases both sides prefer to avoid a courtroom battle. A lawsuit may be necessary, however, to force compensation out of a stubborn defendant or to beat the statute of limitations deadline. Even if you do file a lawsuit, settlement is still possible at any point before the court announces its final verdict.
Make It Happen Today
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.
None of this is the least bit surprising, since our lawyers enjoy over a century of combined experience and our firm has won hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients.
Call us today at 800-753-5203 or contact us online by email or live chat to set up a free case evaluation. We can evaluate your case over the telephone, or we can meet you at your home or office in Oldsmar. If you live or work in Oldsmar and you believe that you might have a personal injury claim, contact us day or night, regardless of whether you are certain of the validity of your claim. We will have a representative standing by to take your call and set up an appointment.