Car Accident Lawyers Serving Brooksville Florida
Experienced Auto Accident Lawyers in Brooksville and Hernando County
Brooksville, Florida is home to some of our friends and clients. Its quaint tree-lined neighborhoods attract a steady stream of visitors (including some of us from time to time), as do local events such as the Blueberry Festival, the GET HEALTHY Brooksville Cycling Classic, and the hiking trails at Withlacoochee State Forest. More than anything else, though, it is the people of Brooksville who make it special.
When a serious car accident or other catastrophe happens it’s easy to forget anything but the shock and pain of your unexpected loss. Your bills may be mounting, even as your income decreases while you are out of work. It can be distressing to realize that the accident that injured you would have been completely avoidable except for someone else’s inexcusable carelessness. It can be downright infuriating to seek compensation only to run into a stone wall of an evasive perpetrator or a dismissive insurance company.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we won’t stand for it. As a matter of fact, it downright annoys us when an opposing party mistreats our client under trying circumstances like this. When you are injured through someone else’s misconduct, Florida personal injury law entitles you to pursue monetary compensation, not only for your medical bills but also for any other losses that might arise out of your accident, such as lost earnings and pain and suffering. Contact our office today to set up your free case evaluation.
Do You Need a Brooksville Car Accident Attorney?
Personal injury claims are typically complex, but they are winnable if you secure the right kind of assistance. The ideal result, of course, is a quick settlement for the full amount of your losses, and that is what we will strive for from the moment we take your case. You will need a Brooksville car accident and personal injury lawyer that is prepared to fight it out in court. Some attorneys resolve all their claims by settlement. Insurance companies know who these attorneys are, and know that they need not fear an adverse verdict. Unfortunately, it is difficult to obtain a fair settlement offer from an opposing party who doesn’t respect your attorney.
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is a respected and trusted firm in Brooksville, FL. Although a number of our clients’ claims are resolved through settlement, the main reason why opposing parties are so willing to offer full compensation is that we have secured courtroom verdicts against stubborn defendants time and time again – in fact, on a number of occasions our clients have walked away with millions of dollars in compensation.
Auto Accident & Other Personal Injury Cases We Take in Brooksville
Following is a sampling of some of the types of personal injury claims we handle for residents of Brooksville, FL here at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk:
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.
Drunk Driving Accidents: Drunk driving accidents are among the most preventable of all accidents, and they are often the most tragic. Although nearly one-third of all Florida traffic fatalities are alcohol-related, proving a defendant is liable for a serious accident requires more than just showing that he or she was drunk behind the wheel. Our Brooksville personal injury lawyers can help.
Bicycle Accidents: No one on the road is more exposed than a bicyclist, rendering the typical bicycle versus motorist accident among the most serious of all road accidents. Although a bicyclist enjoys the benefits of relatively low speed and short stopping distances, he or she cannot even accelerate out of a dangerous traffic situation the way that a motorcyclist can.
Brain Injuries: Two factors make brain injury cases unique: (i) brain injuries tend to be among the most serious of all injuries, and (ii) you might not even be aware of a brain injury until quite some time after the accident or malpractice that caused it. Moreover, brain injury cases tend to be scientifically complex.
Product Liability: Manmade products permeate every aspect of life in a post-industrial society. When a defective product causes an accident, there are a number of legal theories upon which a good attorney might rely to obtain compensation for his or her client, including strict liability, negligence, misrepresentation, and breach of warranty.
Birth Injuries: Nearly one percent of all births involve injury to either the infant or the mother, and some are quite serious. Since many of these injuries involve lifelong consequences and long-term medical treatment, healthcare providers must be held responsible when professional negligence is involved.
Construction Accidents: Construction work is some of the most dangerous work available. Although the workers’ compensation system is designed to compensate employees who suffer on-the-job injuries, some accidents are outside the scope of the workers’ compensation law. None of them, however, are outside the scope of Florida personal injury law.
Pedestrian Accidents: When flesh meets steel, the result is almost always serious injury or death – in fact, about 15 percent of all road accident deaths are pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents are on the rise in Florida as well as elsewhere in the United States. Damage awards tend to be high for these types of accidents.
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The Types of Brooksville Car Accident Cases We Most Often Handle
Car wrecks (motor vehicle accidents) are approximately 90% of our injury client cases. That statistic alone reveals a lot about the risk which people encounter when getting into their vehicles. There are a number of types of collisions that can occur when someone is involved in a car accident in Brooksville and throughout Florida. Some of these include:
REAR END COLLISIONS
The most common type of car accident is a rear-end collision. This commonly occurs from drivers not paying attention to the traffic in front of them or not allowing a proper safe distance. This type of accident commonly results in a hyperextension hyperflexion injury but also other injuries can occur including but not limited to dashboard knee, carpal tunnel, head injury, etc.
The second most common type of car accident is a lateral collision. This is commonly also referred to as a T-bone collision. This typically occurs as a result of some driver negligently missing a traffic signal or executing an improper term. These types of collisions can be exceedingly significant since the impact commonly occurs directly on the side of our client’s vehicle directly adjacent to the driver or the passenger. These injuries commonly result in a variety of injuries including significant spine and appendage (shoulder/leg) injuries.
HEAD ON COLLISIONS
The least common but the most significant type of collision involving cars is the head-on collision. These types of accidents are the result of two vehicles striking each other when traveling in opposite directions. Typically the impact is very significant. The occupants of our client’s vehicle come to an immediate stop, which results in an overwhelming and dangerous amount of g-forces inflicted upon our client’s body.
LOW PROPERTY DAMAGE
There is the mistaken belief that only significant injuries can result from large impact collisions. We handle cases involving large property damage as well as other cases with less obvious damage to the client’s cars. With retractable bumpers and other safety features, it is not uncommon for a client’s vehicle to have minimal damage despite a significant impact (especially in a rear-end collision). A surprising and dangerous amount of G-forces can be inflicted upon an occupant of a vehicle, even with minimal resulting property damage.
Brooksville Personal Injury FAQs
Can I still collect damages if the accident was partly my fault?
Strictly speaking, under Florida’s “pure comparative fault” system, you can recover at least something from the other driver, even if the accident was mostly your fault. You would recover an amount equal to the other party’s degree of fault – 25 percent of your losses, for example, if the other party was 25 percent at fault and you were 75 percent at fault. Remember, though, that in this case the other driver could file a counterclaim against you for 75 percent of his or her damages, which could leave you with a net loss. As long as the other driver was mostly at fault, you are likely to come out ahead.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim?
In an ordinary personal injury claim, you have four years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit; otherwise, your claim will become permanently unenforceable. If you did not discover your injury until later (as is common with some types of brain and spine injuries), this deadline can sometimes be extended. If your claim is based on medical malpractice, you have two years from the date when you discovered or should have discovered the injury, although exceptions to this deadline apply to small children and certain other classes of people.
What is a “certificate of counsel” and why do I need one?
A certificate of counsel is a statement from your lawyer to the court affirming that he or she is filing the medical malpractice lawsuit in good faith based on solid evidence of malpractice. It normally includes a supporting statement by a medical expert. Your initial lawsuit complaint must include a certificate of counsel; otherwise, the court will dismiss your case. The purpose of the requirement for a certificate of counsel is to discourage the filing of frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.
I slipped on a wet floor in a restaurant and broke my hip. Do I have a personal injury claim against the restaurant?
You may – it depends on the details of your case. The key question is whether the restaurant had a reasonable opportunity to dry the floor before you slipped on it. If an employee had mopped the floor two minutes before you slipped but had forgotten to post a “Wet Floor” warning sign, your chances of recovery would be relatively good. If, on the other hand, another customer spilled a drink on the floor five seconds before you slipped, your chances of recovery would be relatively poor. Contact one of our Brooksville personal injury lawyers to discuss the details of your case.
I signed a medical consent form before treatment. Can this be used against me in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Not in most cases. A consent form will never be interpreted by a court to constitute consent to medical malpractice – a doctor is always required to treat you with a professional degree of care, regardless of whether you sign a consent form or not. Just about the only situation in which a consent form could be relevant would be if your claim asserted that you were not given the opportunity to consent to a particular treatment, and that you would not have consented to the treatment if you had known of its risks.
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At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are not an impersonal mega-firm where clients are little more than case numbers. As a mid-sized firm, however, we have access to resources that small firms simply cannot match. Moreover, since our award-winning lawyers and highly experienced legal staff focus exclusively on personal injury law, our firm is larger than the personal injury divisions of many large law firms.
After serving over 20,000 clients during 30 years of practice, we have gained an intimate understanding of the local legal systems of nearly every community in central Florida. The legal and business communities have noticed. Not only is Abrahamson & Uiterwyk accredited by the Better Business Bureau, but an “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.”
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We do not charge our personal injury clients any upfront fees or costs unless we win. If we take your case, your total cost will be zero unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. We can evaluate your case over the phone and, when necessary, come to your home or office. If you live or work in Brooksville, call us any time of the day or night at 800-538-4878 to set up a telephone conference, or contact us online by email or live chat.
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