A Personal Injury Law Firm Serving Plant City and Hillsborough County
For 25 years, we have been assisting residents of Plant City who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. Some of us have also enjoyed local attractions such as Dinosaur World and the Florida Strawberry Festival (a ten-day extravaganza featuring some of the region’s best food, as well as the festival’s official mascot, Mr. Berry). So far none of us have dared to try out Jump Florida, a major skydiving drop zone.
“Extreme sports,” such as skydiving are not the only way to suffer an injury. Most serious injuries, in fact, arise from everyday activities such as driving, going to the doctor, or shopping in a local supermarket. You might be somewhat more prepared for an accident resulting from a high-risk activity. Nevertheless, it is almost impossible to prepare emotionally for the shock, pain, and confusion that typically accompany an unexpected injury.
Anger is likely to follow if you discover that your accident was the result of someone else’s carelessness, especially if the responsible party has been giving you the runaround when you seek compensation for your losses. It is at this point that you might decide to seek the services of a personal injury law firm to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve. If you did, you just made the best decision you could have made under the circumstances. The next decision is who to select to represent you.
Not All Law Firms Are Created Equal
When Florida licenses a lawyer, that lawyer is entitled to practice in almost any area of law, with or without experience. Most law firms choose to practice in a wide variety of legal fields from contract law to criminal defense to disputing the validity of someone’s will. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we reject this philosophy of practice. We practice in one and only one field on law – personal injury law – all day, every day. We have won hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for over 15,000 personal injury victims who were in much the same position as you are.
Our 10 lawyers enjoy over a century’s worth of combined personal injury law experience, and are supported by several dozen professional legal staff. We focus on aggressive representation designed to pursue the quickest possible settlement of your claim with full compensation. Nevertheless, if a lawsuit becomes necessary, our trial lawyers are so good that other law firms hire them for their own cases.
A Few of Our Practice Areas
Car Accidents: Florida roads are the fourth most dangerous in the United States on a per-capita basis, and deaths and injuries have increased dramatically in recent years. Florida personal injury law fully protects your right to pursue compensation, and its “comparative fault” principles allow you to seek at least some compensation even if the accident was partly your fault.
Drunk Driving Accidents: Drunk driving accidents are utterly avoidable, yet they account for at least a quarter of all traffic fatalities in Florida. Many people don’t realize that you can win a DUI accident lawsuit even if the defendant is acquitted of DUI charges in criminal court.
Brain Injuries: Because the brain is the body’s command and control system, brain injuries tend to result in lifelong debilitation and even death. Unfortunately, in some cases you might not even be aware of a brain injury until weeks or even months after an accident. Brain injury cases tend to be scientifically complex and can result in huge damages awards.
Product Liability: When a defective product injures you, you are entitled to more than just your money back – you are entitled to seek full compensation for all of your losses, both economic and non-economic. In certain cases, you can win a products liability lawsuit without having to prove that the defendant was at fault.
Birth Injuries: Nearly one percent of all deliveries result in birth injuries, not including birth defects that were already present while the baby was in its mother’s womb. While some of these injuries are not serious, some of them involve lifelong debilitation. Mishandled births can also cause injury to the mother.
Construction Accidents: Construction workers are killed and injured on the job at rates that are nothing short of deplorable. Although many of these accidents are covered under the workers’ compensation program, when the defendant is not the injured worker’s employer, it is possible to file an ordinary personal injury lawsuit.
Pedestrian Accidents: A car is made of steel and the human body is made of flesh. When these two meet on the road, catastrophic injury or death is a likely result. Pedestrian accidents kill close to 5,000 people every year in the United States, and they account for nearly 15 percent of all road deaths in Florida. Unfortunately, Florida suffers the third-highest pedestrian fatality rate in the nation.
We also handle the following types of cases:
- truck accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- bicycle accidents
- slip and fall accidents
- medical malpractice
- dog bites
- nursing home abuse
This is only a partial list of the types of cases we handle – if you have suffered a type of personal injury not listed above, feel free to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Personal Injury
Can I file a claim over a prescription drug that turned out to have harmful side-effects?
That depends on several factors. Were you warned of the possibility of the specific negative side-effects that you suffered? If not, you might have a product liability claim based on failure to warn. Ultimately, however, the focus of a product liability is the product itself rather than your particular reaction to it. The relevant questions are whether the product itself was defective and unreasonably dangerous, and whether you were harmed by it.
Even if you cannot win a product liability lawsuit, you might be able to win a medical malpractice lawsuit by asserting that your doctor acted negligently in prescribing this particular drug in light of your individual medical history.
Can I still file a personal injury claim if I didn’t discover my injury until a long time after my accident?
For an ordinary personal injury claim, you have four years to file a lawsuit. If you don’t discover the injury for several years after the accident (possible with some types of injuries), you might find yourself scrambling to beat the deadline and filing a lawsuit with a hastily prepared case. If your failure to discover the injury until later was reasonable, however, it is likely that the four-year period will not begin running until you discovered your injury.
For medical malpractice, you only have two years to file a claim, extendable up to four years if you didn’t discover the injury right away. An exception applies if your doctor fraudulently concealed the malpractice.
If an accident victim dies, can a claim still be filed?
Yes. Instead of the victim filing a personal injury claim, the personal representative of the victim’s estate must file a wrongful death claim. The personal representative is either the victim’s estate executor listed in the will or another party appointed by the court. Any damages awarded will be distributed among the estate and certain eligible relatives.
Who can I sue if I am injured by a defective airbag in an automobile accident?
If you can prove that the airbag was defective and unreasonably dangerous, you can probably sue anyone in the chain of distribution of the airbag – the manufacturer, the distributor, the wholesaler, or the retailer – without proving that any of these parties were actually at fault. You can sue a retailer, for example, for a manufacturing defect, even though the retailer didn’t manufacture the airbag. Of course, if the accident was caused by a negligent driver, you would also want to sue the driver (or file a claim against the insurance company) for his or her contribution to your injuries.
Can I sue the trucking company for an 18-wheeler accident?
Most of the time you can’t, because most trucking companies hire their drivers as independent contractors, not employees. An employer is liable for the on-duty conduct of its employees even if the employer itself was not negligent, while a company that hires an independent contractor is liable only for the conduct of the contractor if it acted negligently (by negligently hiring a dangerous driver, for example).
You can still sue the truck driver, who as a commercial driver is likely to be covered by liability insurance.
Contact Us 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.
Ultimately, however, it is client satisfaction that is the source of satisfaction for us. We represent injured victims, not insurance companies, and we are not afraid to stand up to insurance company stonewalling and bullying tactics that are designed to shortchange you out of the fair compensation that you deserve.
Call us today at 800-753-5203 or contact us online by email or live chat, so that we can schedule a free case evaluation for you. In most cases, we can conduct an evaluation of your case over the phone, but we can also come to meet you wherever you might be located in Plant City. If you live or work in Plant City, contact us 24/7 and you will find a representative standing by to take your call.