Personal Injury

Average Loss of Consortium Settlement Amount in Florida

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If a close family member of yours dies or suffers a severe life-altering injury, you might have a right to claim damages for loss of consortium as part of an eventual settlement.  Loss of consortium is a category of non economic damages that compensates family members for losses they suffer as a result of their loved one’s injury. Typically, spouses, parents, and children of injured parties can claim compensation through loss of consortium settlements. Essentially, loss of consortium damages compensate parties for intangible losses that they suffer as a result of the loss of their loved one or their loved one’s loss of ability to function in a certain way. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, one of the most common questions about loss of consortium settlements we hear is, What is loss of consortium worth? Read for more information on loss of consortium, including loss of consortium claim values. What Is the Average Loss of Consortium Settlement? Unfortunately, there is no clear answer we can give regarding loss of consortium settlement amounts. The truth is that there are numerous factors and circumstances that affect how much a loss of consortium claim is worth. The main reason that loss of consortium settlement amounts differ so much is that the accidents and injuries that give rise to loss of consortium claims are all unique. As a result, their settlement amounts, including any claims for loss of consortium, are also unique. However, with that said, there are ways that you can maximize your loss of consortium claim. How Can I Maximize My Settlement? There are a few ways that you can maximize your loss of consortium settlement. Here, we will cover two of them: Carefully documenting your damages, and Hiring an attorney to help you maximize your damage claim. If you do these two things as soon as possible after the accident, you will set yourself up to maximize your eventual settlement. Documenting Your Damages Because loss of consortium damages are non economic, they are inherently intangible and subjective. Thus, proving that you suffer from loss of consortium damages is a little different from proving economic damages. After all, to prove economic damages, you simply have to show a bill as evidence.  To document your loss of consortium damages, you should maintain a journal that details any difficulties that you and your family suffer as a result of your loved one’s accident. Damages may include things like: Loss of physical intimacy, Loss of companionship, and Loss of assistance or protection. To further bolster your claim, you can seek help from a mental health professional. They can document exactly how the loss affects you in a real and tangible way. With that sort of evidence on your side, it is difficult for the responsible party to deny the real impact of your loss of consortium damages. Hiring an Attorney Hiring an attorney is another effective way to maximize your loss of consortium damage claims. Your lawyer can help you establish the relative value of each aspect of your loss of consortium claim. It helps to have your lawyer do this because your lawyer, drawing on their prior experience, knows how to effectively frame your damages in an effective manner. This will help you not only prove the existence of those damages, but maximize their value in your eventual settlement.  How to Calculate Loss of Consortium Damages The only effective way to get a somewhat accurate estimate as to the value of your loss of consortium damages is with the help of an attorney. For your lawyer to make an accurate estimate, however, you need to make sure that you carefully document all the harmful impacts that the accident has on you and your loved ones.  With this information in hand, your lawyer can draw on their prior experience with loss of consortium claims to place a dollar value on each aspect of your loss of consortium claim. It is critically important to remember, however, that this is just an estimate. Because loss of consortium damages are intangible, they are, by definition, subjective. As a result, different juries, judges, attorneys, and insurance adjusters may all place different (subjective) monetary values on the exact same claim. Do Loss of Consortium Damage Calculators Work? You may have seen loss of consortium damage calculators in research on loss of consortium damages. These tools are tempting to use, but they do not provide accurate results. There are simply too many external factors that affect the value of your loss of consortium settlement, let alone other parts of your settlement.  Your lawyer, on the other hand, will know how to account for the various external factors that will impact your claim. You might use a loss of consortium damage calculator to start a discussion with your attorney on the value of your settlement, but you should always seek a lawyer’s advice. What Is It Like to Deal With Insurance Companies? Insurance companies are often a pain for individual parties to deal with. They can do a number of things that make the settlement process more difficult, including: Dragging out the negotiations in an attempt to run out the clock on the statute of limitations; Offer you lowball settlement offers in the hope that you will accept them to make the case go away; and Generally, do as much as they can to avoid paying out the maximum settlement amount. This is another area where a lawyer can be extremely helpful. If you have a lawyer representing you in your loss of consortium claim, your lawyer can handle all communications with the insurance company. This takes the pressure off you, and leaves the negotiating to the expert—your attorney. That way you can focus on healing instead of worrying about the ins and outs of the legal process.  Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for Help Today For help with your loss of consortium claim, get in touch with our team of personal injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our firm has more than 30...

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Average Travelers Insurance Personal Injury Settlement in Florida

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If you have a claim with Travelers Insurance, you might be curious how the claims process works and what average Travelers Insurance personal injury settlements are. Pursuing a personal injury claim on your own through a third-party insurance company can be a stressful and frustrating process. Fortunately, the Florida personal injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have developed an excellent reputation for successfully helping Florida clients get the compensation they deserve. What Is the Average Settlement Check Amount? Unfortunately, there is no average amount for Travelers Insurance settlements. All claims are different, and many factors can influence your potential settlement value. Some of the most significant factors that impact your claim’s value include injury type and severity, liability, your total amount of damages, and the available insurance policy limits. Extent of Injury Someone with a spinal cord injury and paralysis will have a higher claim value when compared to someone who sustained soft tissue injuries that healed within three months. Even similar injuries can have significantly different values. For example, someone with a broken leg that healed within three months with no residual pain complaints would likely have a lower claim value than someone who is permanently disabled due to a fractured leg. Comparative Fault Liability also plays a significant role in determining settlement value. Florida is a pure comparative negligence state, which means you can still collect a portion of your damages, even if you are partially at fault for the accident. For example, if you are 40% at fault, you can collect 60% of your damages. If you are 60% at fault, you can collect 40% of your damages. Policy Limits Available policy limits can also impact your settlement value. Two cases can be worth similar amounts, but available insurance can affect how much you receive. Consider a situation where you have $200,000 in damages. If the at-fault party only has $50,000 in insurance coverage, you won’t be able to collect the total $200,000 unless you sue the defendant directly or have other potential avenues of recovery. On the other hand, if the defendant has $500,000 in available coverage, you could receive the total value of your claim from the defendant’s insurance company. How Long Will My Claim Take? How long it takes your case to resolve can also vary. Some claims might settle right away, while others can take several years. Claims that resolve quickly often involve significant injuries and low insurance policy limits. If it’s evident that the other party is at fault and your financial losses exceed the available bodily injury insurance, the adjuster may offer to pay the policy limits early in the process. However, be cautious of insurance adjusters who make early settlement offers. The adjuster knows your claim is worth more in many cases but wants to resolve early to cap their exposure. They hope by offering you some money now, you will settle before the actual value of your claim is revealed.  If Travelers denies your claim for lack of coverage or liability, you will need to file a lawsuit. Claims that enter the litigation phase may take considerably longer to resolve. It could be several years at that point before your case goes to trial or there are further negotiation talks. Tips for Dealing with Travelers Insurance If you are unrepresented, dealing with an insurance company can be daunting. You want to keep some helpful tips in mind when dealing with Travelers to improve your chances at a better settlement. Do Not Give the Adjuster a Recorded Statement Whenever you open a claim, the insurance company will request a recorded statement from you. This request may seem harmless, and the adjuster will assure you that it is standard practice in the claims process. However, that statement could harm your case. The adjuster is looking for you to say anything that gives them the chance to place liability on you or reduce your claim value. Be cautious if you are supposed to meet with a claims representative in person as well. You are not obligated to give a recorded statement, and most personal injury attorneys will advise against it. When an attorney represents you, the insurance company cannot speak with you directly. Instead, all communication is between the adjuster and your attorney. Do Not Sign a Release You should not accept a settlement offer or sign a release of all claims without first speaking to a Tampa personal injury attorney. Once you sign a release or cash a settlement check, you extinguish the right to any future claims. If you are not done with your medical treatment and find out after signing a release that you need additional surgery, you cannot demand further compensation. That is why you should have a clear picture of your total claim value before engaging in negotiation talks or agreeing to settle. Retain an Attorney The best tip for dealing with Travelers or any other insurance company is to retain an experienced personal injury attorney to represent you. Attorneys, especially those who have prior experience negotiating with Travelers Insurance, can benefit you in these situations. Your attorney will protect your rights, gather evidence, and negotiate directly with the Travelers representative. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have years of experience resolving personal injury insurance claims with insurance companies, including Travelers. What to Do If Travelers Contacts You If Travelers Insurance contacts you, it’s important you know your rights. You are not legally obligated to talk to the other party’s insurance company. As the third-party insurance company, Travelers does not have your best interests in mind. Instead, their priority is protecting their insured. That means the claims adjuster will be looking for any way to reduce their exposure. Dealing with the insurance company on your own can seem daunting. That is one reason why working with an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer is recommended. When one of our attorneys represents you, we will handle all communication with the other party’s insurance company. Please do not feel pressured to...

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E-scooter Safety a Growing Tampa Concern

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In late May 2019, the city of Tampa launched its electric scooter pilot program. Tampa plans to have four different vendors place 2,400 E-scooters on streets across the city. The pilot program will go on for one year, and then city officials will evaluate whether to continue the program. The scooters will not be permitted on East Seventh Street, Bayshore Boulevard, and the Tampa Riverwalk. What are E-scooters? Electric scooters, also known as E-scooters, are provided by a number of different companies including Bird, Lime, and Spin. To use an electric scooter, a user must download an app, enter their credit card information, and then find and scan a scooter. The E-scooter can then be left at the user’s destination. E-scooters can travel up to 20 mph and will be permitted on sidewalks only. The Dangers of E-scooters While E-scooters may be convenient, they are certainly not the safest mode of transportation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) foundthat there has been a recent uptick in emergency room visits for fractures, dislocations, and head trauma since the scooters have hit the streets of cities across the country. The CDC found that 45% of accidents involving scooters resulted in head injuries. Many of these injuries result from the fact that riders are not wearing protective gear when they use scooters. While typically riders agree that they will wear a helmet when they sign in to use an E-scooter, the reality is that most riders are not wearing any protective gear. This makes them particularly vulnerable to serious injuries. Negligent drivers can cause accidents with scooters. Because scooters have a low profile, they can be difficult for a driver to see, especially if the driver is not paying attention to their surroundings. Drivers need to respect an E-scooters space, especially when they are operating in crosswalks. A failure to do so can result in catastrophic injury. Contact a Tampa Bay Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an E-scooter accident, you may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have been representing accident victims for over 30 years. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Pain and Suffering in Florida

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When you’ve been in an accident involving an injury, you’ve likely sustained economic loss in the form of medical bills and lost wages. In addition, you’re probably experiencing a significant amount of physical pain and emotional anguish as a result of the accident. In Florida, you may be entitled to compensation for this pain and suffering. What is Pain and Suffering? Pain and suffering includes any physical, emotional, or mental distress that you’ve experienced as the result of an accident. There are a number of factors that a court may look at to determine the extent of an individual’s pain and suffering, including: The duration and extent of the injuries sustained The effect these injuries have had on the overall well-being and mental and physical health of the individual The physical pain and mental anguish suffered in the past and what can be expected to be suffered in the future Any disfigurement and the embarrassment associated with the disfigurement Any loss of capacity to enjoy life While it can be difficult to put a dollar figure on someone’s pain and suffering, these factors can help establish a framework for determining the extent of someone’s anguish. Examples of Pain and Suffering The extent and type of pain and suffering endured depends entirely on the circumstances of the accident and the severity of the injuries sustained. Some examples of pain and suffering include: If you sustained burn injuries as the result of a serious truck accident and these burns are still painful and resulted in significant scarring, you may be able to recover damages for the physical pain you continue to suffer and the disfigurement you sustained. If you fractured your leg in a car accident and sustained serious pain for nine months, you may be able to recover damages for the period of time you were in pain and unable to engage in your daily activities. Contact a Tampa Bay Injury Attorney If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced injury attorney near you evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Should I Get Medical Treatment After my Car Accident

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One of the most common questions people have after a car accident is whether they should seek medical treatment. People involved in minor accidents, “fender benders,” and even serious accidents sometimes feel that if they’re not actively bleeding everywhere, they wouldn’t need medical help. Some people believe that if they can’t see the injury, then there must not be one. This is not true, and it is important to remember that, just because you can’t see an injury doesn’t mean one isn’t there. Injuries such as whiplash, internal bleeding, some fractures, and head injuries don’t necessarily present themselves right away. In addition, the adrenaline coursing through your body following an accident can prevent you from feeling the effects of an injury. It is important to always seek medical attention, even if you were involved in what you feel was a minor accident. Seeking Immediate Medical Treatment It is important that you get checked out by a medical doctor as soon as possible. Documenting your injuries immediately following your accident can be important to proving a claim for compensation. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeing a doctor immediately. Seeking Medical Treatment the Next Day  Many car accident victims go to the doctor the next day because that’s when they begin to feel pain and other symptoms from their injuries. It’s common to wake up the morning after an accident and feel pain and stiffness caused by your injuries. While it doesn’t necessarily mean you are seriously injured, some latent symptoms can be a sign of serious injuries. Whiplash and some muscle injuries can take days or even weeks before presenting symptoms. Later Symptoms If you sought medical treatment and the doctor believed you weren’t injured, this does not mean it is necessarily true. You may feel the symptoms of an injury days or weeks down the road. Headaches, body aches, and other symptoms should be checked out by a doctor even if they occur days after an accident. You may believe that the stress of the accident is the source of your headache, but it could be a sign of a traumatic brain injury such as a concussion. It is important not to self-diagnose your symptoms. Contact a Tampa Bay Car Accident Attorney It is always a good idea to seek medical treatment after a car accident. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may also want to seek the help of an experienced car accident attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, have helped thousands of car accident victims and are available to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Abrahamson & Uiterwyk: What Our Clients Say About Us

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At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our personal injury attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping the injured. We’ve helped over 20,000 accident victims get the compensation they deserved for their injuries and pain and suffering. We’ve demonstrated that we can get the job done and have results to show for it. We are proud to have served our community and are very proud of the hundreds of 5-star reviews and testimonials we have received from satisfied clients. Here’s what some of our clients have to say about us: Chiara B. of Clearwater notes in her Yelp review: “After being injured in a car accident, a relative of mine highly recommended that I contact Attorney Erik Abrahamson.  After contacting his office, they met with me the very same day and immediately began working on my case.  As a result, I was able to focus on me and getting better.  The staff was always professional, kind, and compassionate.  They kept me up to date every step of the way and always took the time to thoroughly answer any questions I had.  In the end, I was very pleased with the settlement Attorney Erik Abrahamson obtained in my case.  All of my medical bills were taken care of and I was fully compensated for the pain and suffering I endured due to someone else’s carelessness.    I highly recommend this firm and will definitely hire them again if ever needed.” Adrianne T. notes in her Google review: “Calling Abrahamson & Uiterwyk was the best decision. After my accident their staff helped put me at ease by taking care of everything. They answered all of my questions and were always so friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this firm!” Laura P. noted in her Google review: “I used Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to represent my daughter and I after we were hit in a car accident. Everyone was extremely helpful, friendly and professional. I appreciate the easy communication I had with the entire staff. Everyone went above and beyond throughout the entire process. I would definitely highly recommend them!” Rick M. noted in his Google review: “Abrahamson & Uiterwyk were amazing from the time I called them to the time they closed the case. They quite literally took care of everything so all I had to do was show up for the doctor visits and focus on healing. They handled everything else throughout the process and remained in constant communication to keep me abreast of my case. Initially,I was a little apprehensive to hire an attorney, but looking back now I couldn’t be happier with that decision. Any stigma or negative preconception you may have about hiring an attorney will be quickly dispelled by Abrahamson and Uiterwyk – they are thorough, professional, compassionate and will always work for your best interest. I highly recommend them if you ever find yourself in a situation where you may need an attorney.” This is just a small sample of the positive reviews we’ve received from our clients over the years. You can find more of our reviews hereand on the Google pages for our offices. While not all clients will have the same or similar outcomes, we would still love the opportunity to evaluate your case for free. Contact us onlineor call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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The Elements of a Negligence Claim

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In most injury and accident claims, the basis for the claim is that someone acted in a negligent manner. Generally speaking, when a person acts in a negligent way, that person may be held liable for the injuries they cause. In order to establish a negligence claim, there are four essential elements that must be proven. Duty It must be established that the negligent party owed a duty of care to the injured party. Whether there is a duty will depend on the circumstances. A property owner owes a duty to residents and visitors of the property to keep it reasonably safe from hazards. So, unless you were a trespasser, if you were on someone’s property, they had a duty to make sure the property was safe. Every driver on the road owes the basic duty to other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists not to drive in an unsafe and careless manner. Breach of Duty A breach of duty occurs when the negligent person does something careless or carelessly doesn’t do something, in violation of their duty. In a slip and fall case, if a property owner fails to fix a broken staircase, then they have breached their duty to keep their premises reasonably safe from hazards. If a driver texts while driving and causes an accident, that driver has breached their duty to drive in a safe manner. Causation The causation element means that an injured party must show that their injuries were caused by the other person’s breach of duty. If someone sustains a head injury in a slip and fall accident, they must show that the injury was the result of the property owner’s failure to keep the property in a safe condition and not the result of something else. In a car accident, you would have to prove that any injuries sustained were the result of negligent driving. Damages This is the most basic element, and it means that there must be some sort of injury or loss for which the victim may be compensated. If you were in a slip and fall accident and you weren’t injured in any way, then the property owner can’t be held responsible because there are no damages. Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Proving the elements of a negligence claim can be complicated. So, if you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you may want to consult with an experienced Tampa Bay injury attorney . The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping injured Floridians. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Choosing the Right Tampa Bay Attorney

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When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may decide that hiring a personal injury attorney is the next step. In the Tampa Bay area, there are hundreds of personal injury attorneys. So how do you know which attorney is right for you? There are a few key things you should look for before hiring an attorney. Focus of Practice When choosing the right attorney for your personal injury claim, you want to find a firm that focuses on accident claims. Some firms practice in multiple areas of the law. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we focus solely on accident cases such as car accidents, slip and falls, and motorcycle accidents. This allows us to give these cases the attention they deserve. Experience One of the most important things to look for when choosing the right attorney is finding someone with extensive experience handling accident cases. Hiring a personal injury attorney with a great deal of experience in your area means that the attorneys will know how to investigate your case, what to look for, and where to look for it. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience handling accident cases. We work on these cases every day and know the steps needed to help you pursue compensation for your injuries. Reputation Look for testimonials and reviews of an attorney before you hire them. The opinions of past clients can be very helpful in determining whether they are trusted and experienced. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are proud to have represented over twenty thousand satisfied clients over the years. We have hundreds of five-star reviews from clients on Google. In addition, we have received a “Best Law Firm” rating with U.S. News and World Report, an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and the highest possible AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Results Another important thing to look for when choosing the right attorney is whether they have successfully achieved results for their clients. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients. Contact an Experienced Tampa Bay Attorney At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have the skills and experience you need if you decide to hire a personal injury attorney. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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What is a No Fee Guarantee?

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At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are honored to represent thousands of clients who have been injured due to negligence. As part of this representation, we are proud to offer all of our clients a No Fee Guarantee. This means that you pay no fees or costs unless you receive compensation.  What is a No Fee Guarantee? Our No Fee Guarantee means that if you decide to hire us to represent you in your injury claim, you pay Abrahamson & Uiterwyk nothing up front. This is also known as a contingency fee arrangement. We don’t collect any fees or costs unless you win. If you don’t receive compensation, then you owe us nothing. If compensation is obtained, either through a settlement or a verdict at trial, you pay us a percentage of the settlement or verdict. What are the Advantages of a No Fee Guarantee? A No Fee Guarantee is advantageous to a client for a number of reasons. Not having to pay money up front means that you don’t have to worry about paying thousands of dollars to an attorney in order to pursue your claim. In addition, a law firm in a contingency fee case generally only takes on a case if they believe there’s a good chance of success. A lawyer then has a huge incentive to work hard on your case in order to get the best possible outcome for everyone involved. Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are happy to answer any questions you may have about our No Fee Guarantee and other aspects of a personal injury claim. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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How Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Helps Accident Victims and How We Can Help You

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When you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, it is a stressful time. You may have decided to hire a personal injury attorney, and now you have the tough choice of deciding which attorney is right for you. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have helped thousands of clients get compensation for their injuries, and we’d like to show you what we can do for you. Aggressive & Prompt Representation The attorneys at Abrahamson &. Uiterwyk work hard for our clients every day. We don’t represent the insurance companies; we represent accident victims. We fight hard for our clients and help them pursue the maximum compensation they deserve. We also work to bring cases to resolution in a timely manner. The Right Experience The most important thing to look for when hiring an attorney is whether that person or firm has the right experience. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience representing accident victims. We know the right way to handle a negligence case because our attorneys do it every day. Our attorneys know how to communicate with insurance companies and get the job done. We can deal with insurance companies on your behalf and save you the stress and hassle. Personal Attention At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our clients are more than just a file. Our clients are individuals who deserve personal attention through every step of the claims process. There is always someone available to answer your questions or listen to your concerns. We want you to know that we take your questions seriously and want to make sure that you know what’s happening with your case as it progresses. Results Over the years, the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have successfully helped thousands of clients. We have obtained hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for accident victims. You can see some of our results here.  If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, let us show you what we can do for you. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have been helping accident victims for over 30 years, and we’d love the chance to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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10 Reasons Why You Should Hire Our Injury Law Team

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When you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you have many decisions to make. If you make the decision to pursue compensation for your losses, you’ve likely chosen to hire a personal injury attorney to help you through the process. With hundreds of personal injury lawyers throughout Florida, who are you going to hire? Here are 10 reasons why you should consider hiring the injury law team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk: 1. Our No Fee Guarantee Simply stated, you pay us nothing to represent you unless you win. There are no attorney’s fees, no costs, or other expenses unless you win your case. No exceptions. 2. Focused on Personal Injuries  At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we focus our practice on injury cases. We help victims of motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, and slip and fall accidents pursue compensation for their injuries. 3. Experienced Injury Law Team Our injury law team has over 30 years of experience helping accident victims pursue compensation. The 10 attorneys and 40 legal staff have extensive experience protecting the rights of the injured. 4. Aggressive & Prompt Representation At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we represent accident victims and not the insurance company. We fight hard for the rights of our client and work toward a fair and prompt resolution to all claims. 5. Accreditations Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has been recognized for integrity and hard work. We were recently achieved “Best Law Firm” rating by U.S. News and World Report. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and an AV rating (the highest rating) with Martindale-Hubbell. 6. Results The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. 7. Client Satisfaction Our clients are happy with the representation we’ve provided them and have proven this with hundreds of 5-star Google reviews. 8. Thousands of Injury Victims Represented We have represented over 20,000 injury victims over the last 30 years. We have helped these victims of negligence pursue compensation for their injuries. 9. Personal Attention Our staff is available to give each of our clients the personal attention they deserve. There is always someone available to answer your questions. 10. Immediate Help We have people on standby 24/7 ready to help you when you need it. Contact us any time of day to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.  If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider setting up a consultation with the injury law team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today. 

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Abrahamson & Uiterwyk: Giving Back

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Over the years, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has been proud and honored to represent thousands of injury victims. To show our appreciation for the trust the community has put in us, we began a scholarship program. Our hope is that this program will encourage students to pursue a quality education and achieve their dreams. As part of our scholarship program, we ask contestants to write an essay about safety. We receive hundreds of applicants who are interested in this program. Scholarship Winners Tristen Sharp and Melanie Mooney are two of the most recent recipients of the scholarship.  Tristen Sharp 18-year old Tristen Sharp, a resident of Illinois, won our scholarship for her essay about distracted driving. Tristen was enrolled in a pre-law program and was pursuing a degree in political science at Illinois State University. Tristen hoped to attend law school in the future. One of the things about Tristen that made her stand out from the rest of the applicants is that she had twice been the victim of a negligent driver. Tristen sustained traumatic brain injury twice in an 18-month period and followed a long road to recovery. In her essay (which can be read here) Tristen points out that all drivers have a duty to others on the road to remain focused on driving and not get distracted. In her essay, Tristen lays out a plan for combatting distracted driving. We are so proud of Tristen and wish her all the best. Melanie Mooney Melanie Mooney was a high school senior residing in Indiana. Melanie was a member of student government and planned to attend Purdue University when she was awarded our scholarship. Applicants for the scholarship Melanie won were asked to write a “Safety Contract” and an essay on distracted driving. Melanie’s essay stood out from the crowd.  In her essay (which can be read here) Melanie points out the toll that distracted driving takes on our society. Melanie notes that there are different types of distractions that can impair one’s ability to safely drive and lays out a plan for learning to avoid distractions. Melanie’s essay was outstanding and helpful, and we know she has a bright future. Notable Mentions We have had hundreds of applications over the years, but a few students stood out, and we’d like to tell you about them. Komel S. Patel Komel S. Patel was a freshman at the Florida International University when she won our scholarship contest. As part of the contest, applicants were asked to create a Family Safety Contract and to write an essay about the importance of the contract. Out of hundreds of applicants received at that time, Komel’s essay (which can be read here) stood out. In her essay, Komel talked about her own experience having almost been injured in an accident while she was walking in a parking lot texting on her phone. Komel pointed out the importance of drivers and pedestrians being aware of their surroundings at all times to keep everyone safe. We are proud of Komel and we know she has a bright future. Isaac Boulter Isaac Boulter was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when he won our scholarship contest. In his application, Isaac wrote an outstanding essay (which can be read here) on the topic of distracted driving. In his essay, Isaac included important statistics as well as personal stories. Isaac discussed the importance of not taking the risk of distracted driving as the results can be deadly. Isaac wrote an excellent essay, and we wish him all the best. Sona Patel Sona Patel was a student at the University of Michigan when she won our scholarship contest. Sona was an active student with a strong interest in finance. Sona and the other applicants were asked to write an essay about distracted driving. Sona wrote a compelling essay (which can be read here) encouraging people to avoid distracted driving. In her essay, Sona notes that even briefly taking your eyes off the road can lead to devastating consequences. We are proud to honor Sona and know she’ll make the most of her future. Contact Us At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are proud to help our scholarship winners. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, you may want an experienced personal injury attorney in Tampa, Florida on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

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Myths About Personal Injury Claims

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There are a number of myths about personal injury claims, and here we clear up some of the most common myths. Myth #1: Personal Injury Claims are Frivolous Many people have a negative impression of personal injury claims and believe that the majority of them are frivolous. While there is a very small percentage of frivolous claims out there, the vast majority of personal injury claims are filed for a valid reason. When someone has been injured due to the negligence of another person, they usually have medical bills and lost time from work. An injury victim deserves to be compensated for these bills that they’ve incurred through someone else’s negligence. A victim also deserves to be compensated for any pain and suffering they’ve experienced as the result of an accident. A personal injury claim is an avenue for pursuing that compensation. Myth #2: It Costs a Lot of Money to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be hesitant to hire a lawyer because you don’t believe you can afford one. The majority of personal injury lawyers in Tampa, including Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, operate on a contingency basis. This means that the client pays no money up front and the attorney receives a percentage of any compensation recovered.  Myth #3: All Personal Injury Claims Go to Trial Some people believe that most personal injury claims are resolved after a lengthy trial. However, the majority of personal injury cases never go to trial. Most cases settle before the need for a trial. Nonetheless, the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are prepared to take a case to trial in the unlikely event that it becomes necessary. Myth #4: I Have Plenty of Time to File a Personal Injury Claim This is one of the most common misconceptions about personal injury claims. When you’ve been injured, you have to keep in mind that there is a statute of limitations that can prevent you from filing a lawsuit against the negligent party if you wait too long. In addition, if you plan to hire an attorney, it is important to get them involved as soon as possible. An attorney may need to conduct an investigation into your claim, and the longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence will disappear.  Myth #5: Personal Injury Claims Can Take Years to Settle The length of time it takes for a personal injury claim to settle depends entirely on the particular circumstances of your case. However, very few cases take years to settle.  Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured, and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

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What Makes Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Different from Other Law Firms

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When you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, one of the most important things you can do for your case is to hire the right personal injury attorney.  Although there are many considerations when deciding to hire a personal injury attorney, you should try to find a firm that stands out from the others. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is not like other law firms, and we’d be happy to put our skills to work for you.  Experience Our injury law team consists of 10 attorneys and 40 legal staff who have extensive experience helping the injured. Our team has over 30 years of experience handling injury cases ranging from car accidents to slip and falls. We know how to handle insurance companies because we do it every day. Focused Practice Unlike some other law firms, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk focuses only on injury cases including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and slip and falls.  Aggressive & Prompt Representation We represent victims injured by negligence.  We do not represent the insurance companies. We use our experience to push insurance companies to settle claims fairly and quickly with our aggressive and prompt representation.  Accreditations Our injury law team has received multiple accreditations. We were named a “Best Law Firm” for 2019 in the U.S. News and World Report. In addition, we have an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and an “AV” rating at Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating.   Client Satisfaction We have helped over 20,000 clients who were injured as a result of someone’s negligence. Our clients have expressed their gratitude for the services we provide as demonstrated by the hundreds of five-star reviews on Google. Proven Results The injury law team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. We have also obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Personal Attention To some injury law firms, you’re just another client. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we ensure that all of our clients get the personalized attention they deserve. Schedule Your Free Consultation Today If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may want an experienced injury attorney on your side. Let the attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk show you how we can help. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Abrahamson & Uiterwyk: The Benefits of Hiring an Injury Law Team vs. an Individual Lawyer

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When you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you have many important decisions to make. One of those decisions is whether to hire a personal injury lawyer. Once you’ve made the decision to do so, you then must decide whether to hire an injury law team or an individual lawyer. There are some distinct benefits to hiring an injury law team like the team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Focused Practice Oftentimes an individual lawyer practices in a number of different areas of the law in order to keep their business going. The injury law team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk focuses solely on personal injury cases. This allows us to become experts in injury cases since our lawyers deal with them every day. Personal Attention Individual lawyers don’t generally have a great deal of time to dedicate to answering all the questions and concerns of their clients. The injury law team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk consist of 10 lawyers and 40 support staff which means there is always someone available if you have questions or need assistance.  Resources of an Injury Law Team An injury law team tends to have more resources available to pursue a claim than an individual lawyer would have. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have the combined experience of our team of lawyers and support staff. We also have the resources to focus on investigating your claim and putting together the best case to obtain a favorable outcome. We have access to expert witnesses and accident reconstructionists that can help us pursue compensation. We have the resources to take on the big cases. Experience Since individual lawyers often have to practice in many areas of the law, they may not have as much experience in your type of claim. The team of attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk represent a wealth of different types of experience that can be useful in handling different cases. Contact Our Injury Law Team If you’ve been injured as the result of someone’s negligence, let us show you what our injury law team can do for you. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured, and we are here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Abrahamson & Uiterwyk: Proven Results

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When you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, and you are looking for the best personal injury attorney in South Florida to help you with your claim, it is important to look for a team that has experience and has demonstrated that they can get the job done. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have successfully helped our clients pursue compensation for their injuries. We’ve demonstrated that we can obtain multi-million dollar settlements and jury verdicts for clients. Examples of some of our proven results include: Motorcycle Accident–$11.1 million Jury Verdict Our team successfully won a substantial jury verdict for a client who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. The negligent driver rear-ended our client who sustained a traumatic brain injury which resulted in severe brain damage. The original jury verdict was $15 million, but the jury found that our client was 25% at fault for his own injury because he was not wearing a helmet at the time. This verdict helped our client cover his $800,000 in medical bills and provided him with the financial security he needed to obtain further treatment. Motorcycle Accident/Wrongful Death–$5 million Settlement A 34-year old man was riding his motorcycle when a large tractor-trailer turned left into his right of way killing him. He was survived by his wife and two young children. We helped the family obtain a $5 million settlement for the wrongful death of their loved one. Premises Liability/Wrongful Death–$20 million Jury Verdict A teenaged young man was killed after his neighbor invited him to ride an ATV. He did not have proper safety equipment or adult supervision. While operating the ATV on the neighbor’s property, the young man struck a barbed wire fence and was decapitated. We obtained a $20 million verdict against the insurance company for the parents of the young man. After fighting hard to collect on the verdict, we were able to land on a seven-figure settlement with the insurance company.  Motor Vehicle Accident–$6.1 million Settlement  A 12-year old child sustained serious injuries after being struck by a cement truck. The accident resulted from negligent driving and the fact that the child was unable to access the crosswalk due to construction. A lawsuit was filed against the driver of the truck, his employer, and the contractor who was working on the road and sidewalk.  Contact a Firm with Proven Results To learn more about our verdicts and settlements visit our Case Results page. If you’ve been injured due to someone’s negligence, you may want an experienced personal injury team on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve proven that we can help our clients pursue the compensation they deserve. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today. 

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Will My Rates Go Up if I Make a Claim on My Own Insurance?

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When you’ve been involved in a car accident, you want to focus on getting medical care for your injuries and getting your car repaired. The last thing you want to think about is your insurance rate. But many accident victims are concerned about whether making a claim on their own insurance will increase their rates. The answer is: it depends. Florida Law Florida law prohibits insurers from increasing your insurance rates if it is determined that you were not substantially at fault for the accident. In Florida, you are required to have at least $10,000 of personal injury protection (PIP). Your PIP benefits are available to cover some of your medical bills and lost wages. If you make a claim against your PIP coverage, then the insurance company should not raise your rates.  Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage If you make a claim on your uninsured/underinsured motorist (UM) coverage, it will stand to reason that your rates would not increase because the accident was not your fault. Depending on the circumstances, your rates may not increase. However, if you make multiple UM claims over a period of time, the insurance company may use that information as a factor in determining your rates. Another Driver is At-Fault If the other driver is at fault for an accident, then your insurance company should be able to recoup any money they paid you from the other driver’s insurance company. This makes it less likely that you will see a rate increase. However, if you are involved in multiple car accidents, the insurance company could see you as a risk and raise the rates on your insurance. When You are at Fault If it is found that you are at fault for an accident, then it is very likely that your insurance rates will increase. The insurance company will find that you are a risky driver to insure. Some insurance companies offer accident forgiveness in their policies, which means that your first accident may not lead to an increase in your rates, but subsequent accidents could. Every Situation is Different Whether your insurance rates will increase after an accident will depend entirely on the practices of your insurance company and the specific facts of a claim.  Contact a Trusted Car Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident and you have questions about insurance, you may want to consult with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney near you. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians with insurance claims. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 to set up your free consultation today.

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Should I Hire a Personal Injury Attorney for my Accident?

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When you’ve been involved in an accident, whether it is a car accident or a slip and fall, you may wonder if you should hire a personal injury attorney to help you out. Whether to hire an attorney is a very personal decision and there a number of factors you should consider. Have You Been Injured? If you’ve been injured in a car accident or a slip and fall, chances are your medical bills are mounting and you’re in substantial pain. With the high costs of healthcare, your medical bills could be significant. You want to focus on healing from your injuries and not on haggling with the insurance company. If this is the case, it is likely in your best interests to let an attorney handle the insurance company so that you don’t have to worry about the details. Experience Dealing with Insurance Companies Chances are you haven’t been involved in dozens of car accidents or slip and falls and that you don’t have a lot of experience dealing with insurance companies. Most people are not prepared for the tactics insurance companies use to avoid paying claims. Experienced personal injury attorneys, like those at Abrahamson & Uiterwykdeal with insurance companies on a daily basis. They speak the language and know how to pursue the compensation you deserve.  Ability to Evaluate a Claim When you’ve been injured in an accident, you probably have no idea how much your claim is worth. Sure, you know how much your medical bills are, but do you know the value of your pain and suffering and whether you are going to incur future medical bills? Insurance companies don’t have your best interests at heart and may offer you a settlement that will not cover all of your losses. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have handled thousands of accident cases and are able to see a case for what it’s worth. Having an attorney on your side can be helpful in seeking to maximize your compensation. Taking a Case to Trial If settlement negotiations with an insurance company break down, there is always the chance that a case will have to go to trial. Chances are you don’t have the experience necessary to take a case a trial. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has experienced trial attorneys on their team who can move a case forward in the unlikely event that a trial becomes necessary. Contact a Tampa Accident Attorney If you still have questions about whether you should hire a personal injury attorney for your accident claim, you should consult with the experienced and helpful Tampa injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We provide free consultations and are happy to answer any of your questions. Contact us online or call us at 800-538-4878 today to set up your free consultation.

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Ankle Injuries

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While it is easy to take your ankles for granted, they are an important part of your ability to be mobile. If you suffer an ankle injury it can hamper your ability to go to work or to do daily tasks. Ankle injuries are commonly the result of car accidents or slip and fall accidents. Types of ankle injuries include: Ankle Sprains An ankle sprain is an injury to a ligament that holds the bones and joints of the ankle together. A sprained ankle occurs when ligaments become stretched or torn. This is usually the result of twisting or rolling the ankle beyond its normal range of motion. Ankle sprains are graded based on severity: Grade I:  a mild sprain where the ligaments have been stretched but are usually not torn. There may be swelling and some soreness but no loss of stability. Grade I sprains usually heal in a couple of weeks. Grade II:a moderate, more painful sprain where the ligament is partially torn. There is usually some swelling and bruising throughout the foot and ankle. The ankle may feel loose and unstable. Treatment includes immobilization of the ankle in a brace or splint. Grade II sprains can take up to 8 weeks to fully heal.  Grade III:a severe sprain with gross instability in the joint. It typically results in a complete tear of the ligament. There is sharp and severe pain with significant swelling and bruising. Often the instability makes it difficult to walk, and crutches and a boot are needed. In some cases, surgery may be required and can take up to 6 months for a full recovery. Ankle Strain An ankle strain deals with the muscles and tendons of the ankle, and not the ligaments. An ankle strain occurs when muscles or tendons are stretched or torn. Ankle strains are less common than ankle sprains. Ankle Fractures An ankle fracture is a partial or complete break in the bone. A broken ankle involves the far or distal end of the tibia and/or fibula. Ankle fractures typically occur at the ankle joint. Doctors classify ankle fractures based on the area of the ankle that is broken. Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney If you sustained an ankle injury due to someone’s negligence, it is important to contact a trusted personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our attorneys have extensive experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 today to schedule your free consultation.

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What Does it Mean if My X-rays are Negative After an Injury?

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Were your x-rays negative after an injury? In this post you will learn about the most common diagnoses and what a negative x-ray can mean. When you’ve been involved in an accident, whether it’s a car accident or a slip and fall, it’s very important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Your doctor should run tests to determine whether you’ve been injured. One of the first tests that a doctor will perform is an x-ray. Your x-ray may come back negative and not show injury. However, some injuries don’t appear on x-rays alone. Car accidents especially can lead to hidden damage and injuries that are not always immediately apparent. If you’re still having pain or you believe you’ve been injured, there are other tests that a doctor should run to determine whether you’ve been injured.  Common Diagnostic Tests Generally speaking, a doctor will order an x-ray first to determine if there are any obvious injuries. An x-ray can rule out things like larger broken bones, dislocated joints, or some other internal injuries. There are other tests that should also be performed including: CT Scan (computed tomography scan)—a CT scan produces an x-ray image but can be used to create detailed images of bones, internal organs, and blood vessels. A CT scan creates more detailed images than an x-ray. Sometimes a doctor will order a CT scan with contrast which means that you will drink a dye in order to make the images more pronounced. CT scans are used to show internal bleeding, damage to organs, and smaller broken bones. If you have possible head trauma or trauma to your internal organs, a doctor will likely order a CT scan. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)—an MRI works by using a magnetic field and radio wave pulses to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Patients are usually placed inside an enclosed tube for several minutes while images are taken. MRIs can show injuries that other tests can’t because of the detail of the images. For example, for neck and back injuries an MRI can be used to determine whether you have herniated or bulging discs. Cartilage and muscular tears can also be shown with an MRI. Contact a Trusted Accident Attorney If you’ve been injured in a car accident or a slip and fall, you should get in touch with an experienced and trusted personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience helping the injured, and they’re here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-538-4878 today to schedule your free consultation.

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