Personal Injury Lawyers Serving Largo and Pinellas County
Largo, Florida, “The City of Progress,” is a delightfully small city of about 85,000 people that might be described as an outlying suburb of the Tampa Bay area, bordered in part by Tampa Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway. We love it partly because of the cultural offerings at the Central Park Performing Arts Center, the city’s charming neighborhoods, and the Central Park Nature preserve on the bed of the former Lake Largo. Mainly, though, we love Largo because of the hospitality of its people, which include some of our friends and clients.
Despite all of Largo’s virtues, it is just like anywhere else in one respect – catastrophe, in the form of a serious injury, can strike faster than lightning. That sets in motion a chain of events over which you are likely to have little control. Shock, pain, and confusion are the inevitable immediate reactions.
As the days pass and you find it difficult to get out of bed, much less return to work, financial pressures start bearing down on you. Medical bills are mounting just as you are running out of sick leave time – and the party responsible for causing the accident is avoiding you. Or, just as likely, the responsible party’s insurance company is treating your claim as an annoyance not worth serious consideration. Under these circumstances, it would not be wise to handle your claim for compensation on your own any more than it would be wise to handle your medical treatment on your own.
You Need Legal Representation
Your choice of law firm could be the most important choice you make during the entire case. There are four main mistakes that injury victims tend to make when selecting their legal counsel out of an abundance of alternatives: (i) choosing an inexperienced Largo personal injury lawyer or firm; (ii) choosing a sole practitioner with limited time and resources; (iii) choosing a lawyer or firm that does not focus on personal injury law; and (iv) choosing a large mega-firm that will likely assign the case to an inexperienced associate with only minimal supervision.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our ten lawyers and 40 support staff practice personal injury law and only personal injury law – all of our clients are personal injury victims seeking compensation. With over 100 years of combined practice experience and 20,000 previous personal injury cases to draw on, there is little that can happen that we haven’t seen many times before. In addition to our long history of negotiating settlements, our trial attorneys are so good that we frequently rent them out to other firms who outsource excellent trial lawyers for difficult litigation.
Some of Our Areas of Practice
There are as many types of personal injury claims as there are ways to get injured, and we cannot list them all here. Nevertheless, some of the most common types of personal injury claims that we handle include:
Car Accidents: Car accidents kill about 3,000 people and injure five times as many on Florida roads every year. Over a quarter of these accidents are alcohol-related, and most of the rest are the result of driver error. When negligence causes an otherwise avoidable injury car accident, a personal injury lawsuit is appropriate.
Truck Accidents: Truck accidents tend to be particularly serious, because the sheer momentum of tons of steel can easily cause serious injury and death. Truck accidents commonly involve commercial drivers, who are subject to a multitude of regulations that govern their behavior both on and off the road (minimum sleep regulations for long-haul truck drivers, for example).
Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycling is dangerous, even with a helmet. Accidents are more likely when motorists are not alert to motorcycles entering their blind spots. When accidents happen, they tend to be more serious than car accidents.
Slip and Fall Accidents: A million people visit the emergency room every year due to slip and fall accidents. A significant number of these accidents occur because the owner of a public establishment (a restaurant, for example) failed to make sure the premises were reasonably safe.
Medical Malpractice: Medical malpractice is a frightening topic – after all, who among us will not have to trust a doctor sooner or later? Fortunately, most doctors are professional and conscientious, even though they may err from time to time. When a medical error rises to the level of professional misconduct, however, a medical malpractice claim is appropriate.
Dog Bites: When it comes to dog bites, Florida is one of the nation’s most victim-friendly states. In most cases, you do not even need to prove that the dog owner was negligent in order to win a dog bite claim. Furthermore, most homeowner’s insurance policies cover dog bite liability.
Nursing Home Abuse: Nursing home abuse shocks the conscience, even when it is done negligently rather than intentionally. Unfortunately, with nearly 700 nursing homes in Florida, abuse is bound to occur from time to time. When it does, a personal injury claim on behalf of the elderly victim is appropriate.
We also frequently handle claims arising from:
- bicycle accidents
- brain injuries
- product liability
- drunk driving accidents
- birth injuries
- construction accidents
- pedestrian accidents
Our practice is not limited to these categories – you needn’t feel, for example, that we would turn down a helicopter accident claim simply because it isn’t specifically listed above.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can I sue a government agency for personal injury?
Probably, but not necessarily. All governments – local, state, and national – hold the inherent power of “sovereign immunity,” which means that they can restrict the filing of lawsuits against them. The rationale behind this rule is that if you sue the government, you are essentially suing the taxpayers. Nevertheless, both Florida and the federal government have partially waived their sovereign immunity protections. You may sue local, state, and national governments for personal injury claims subject to certain exclusions, damages limitations, and filing deadlines that are more restrictive than the limitations that would apply if you were suing a private party.
What is an accident reconstruction specialist?
An accident reconstruction specialist uses physical evidence (e.g., skid marks) and scientific principles such as stopping distances to reconstruct an accident to determine how the accident happened and whose fault it was. If you are claiming that your injuries were the result of driver negligence, you may need an accident reconstruction specialist to investigate and testify on your behalf, especially if there were no third-party witnesses to the accident. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has developed working relationships with accident reconstruction specialists who can help you prove your case.
Can I sue a nursing home for neglect?
Yes, you can, and you can win if you can show that the neglect harmed your loved one. Nursing homes are subject to strict and expensive regulations at both the state and federal levels that govern their treatment of their residents. Proving that the nursing home violated one of these regulations could be tantamount to proving negligence, which would go a long way toward winning your case. Additionally, you don’t necessarily have to prove that the nursing home violated a regulation in order to prove negligence.
Can I sue a nightclub for serving alcohol to a drunk driver who injured me?
Under certain circumstances, this is possible under Florida’s dram shop law. Unfortunately, the Florida dram shop law is one of the friendliest statutes in the nation toward nightclubs and other drinking establishments. In order to hold such an establishment liable for injuries arising out of a drunken driving accident, you must prove that: (i) the driver who caused the accident was a minor (under 21), or (ii) the driver was “habitually addicted” to alcohol, and that the establishment that served him or her knew of the addiction, yet served him or her anyway. The restrictions contained in this law can make it more difficult to establish dram shop liability in Florida than in most other states.
I was injured by a defective prescription drug. Who should I file a claim against – my doctor or the drug manufacturer?
It depends on the details of your case. Under certain circumstances, you might be able to sue both. If the drug is defective, you can win a lawsuit against the manufacturer if you can prove that the defect rendered the product unreasonably dangerous and that this danger was the cause of your injury. In this case, you might also be able to win a lawsuit against the distributor or retailer of the drug.
You might also have a claim against your doctor if he or she negligently prescribed the drug to you – if, for example, he or she knew or should have known of the unreasonably dangerous character of the product but prescribed it to you anyway, or prescribed it for an off-label use.
Take the First Step Today
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 with an A+ rating. If we take your case, you will owe us absolutely nothing in legal fees or otherwise, unless we win.
Call us today at 800-753-5203 or contact us online by email or live chat for a free case evaluation. Although we might be able to evaluate your case over the telephone, we will be happy to meet you at your home or office in Largo. If you live or work in Largo and you believe that you may have a personal injury claim, contact us 24/7.