New Port Richey Personal Injury & Accident Lawyers
The day of your personal injury started like any other, but it ended with immense pain, suffering, stress, grief, and both medical and financial uncertainty. Our law firm exists to lift the burdensome weight of a personal injury, and get your life back on track.
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk our New Port Richey personal injury attorneys focus 100% on injury and accident representation; it’s all we do. If you’ve been injured, we want to help. Here are the top reasons that our firm is the best choice of personal injury representation for you and your family:
- We are a truly local law firm. Many of the law firms that advertise in New Port Richey aren’t actually located here. We are. We encourage you to check our our Google reviews from past New Port Richey clients.
- We’re here to stay. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has been in practice for over 30 years. When you hire us to take on your case you can know for certain that we’ll be around to see your case through to end, and that our work is backed by over three decades of experience.
- We have a reputation for excellence. We’ve achieved an A+ Rating with the BBB, a “Best Law Firm” rating by U.S. News and World Report, and an “AV Preeminent” Rating with Martindale-Hubbell.
- Our results speak for themselves. We have achieved sustained success as a law firm because we get big results for our clients. We encourage you to check out example settlements and verdicts here.
We understand that hiring a person injury lawyer is a big decision, so we understand if you aren’t quite ready to contact us. This page has considerable useful information that will help you understand the personal injury process, and what your best next steps are. If at any point you have questions, our New Port Richey injury and accident lawyers are ready and waiting to help.
5 Steps to Take After an Accident in New Port Richey
Unfortunately, many accident victims fail to recover just compensation for their injuries simply because they do not know how to protect their legal rights. After an accident, taking prompt action is critical, and you need to avoid mistakes that could justify the insurance companies in denying your claim for compensation. When in doubt it’s best to seek advice from an experienced personal injury lawyer.
If you believe that someone else may be to blame for your injuries, or if you are not sure and would like to find out, here are 5 tips for protecting your rights from the personal injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk:
1. Be Smart at the Scene of the Accident.
At the scene of the accident, you should remain calm and try to collect as much evidence as possible. Take photos with your phone, ask any witnesses to give you their contact information, get a copy of the police or accident report, and make sure to keep any of your personal items that were damaged.
Of course, some accidents are so devastating that victims must be transported to the hospital via ambulance for immediate medical assistance. If this happened to you, don’t worry. We can still conduct an investigation to recover the evidence needed to pursue your claim.
2. Seek Medical Attention and Follow Your Doctor’s Advice.
Regardless of how you feel, it is important to seek medical attention following any type of traumatic accident. Tell your doctor what happened; and, once you receive a diagnosis and treatment plan, be sure to follow your doctor’s advice.
3. Don’t Talk to the Insurance Companies.
As an accident victim, the insurance companies are not on your side. Despite all of the ways that the accident will impact your life, the insurance companies want you to settle quickly and for as little as possible. To avoid falling for their tactics, you should let your legal team deal with the insurance companies on your behalf. We offer a free initial consultation give a personal injury lawyer in New Port Richey a call (727) 847-1700.
4. Understand the Types of Compensation that Are Available.
The types of compensation available to traumatic accident victims are far more numerous than most people realize. Knowing what you have lost (or stand to lose in the future) will help you make informed decisions about your claim. If you have been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence or mistake, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages or salary
- Lost future earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket costs and incidentals
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of support, companionship, and enjoyment of life
- Other financial and non-financial losses
5. Call a Personal Injury Lawyer in New Port Richey
If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer give us a call 727-847-1700.
FAQs: Accident Injury Claims in New Port Richey, FL
Q: Should I report the accident to my insurance company?
Yes. If you have been injured in a collision with another vehicle, you should file a claim with your insurance company promptly. However, you should also be very careful about what you say to the adjuster or representative. If you give a recorded statement, it will only be used against you. Learn more about what to do after a car accident in 7 Important Things to Do After a Car Accident.
Q: How do I know what is a fair settlement in my case?
If you were seriously injured and you have been dealing with the insurance companies on your own, you may have received a settlement offer. Is it enough? Probably not. The insurance companies will try to settle your claim for as little as possible; and, if they are making you an offer, it is most likely because they know you are entitled to more.
Calculating your losses after a car accident is a complex process. You need to assess your current and future expenses as well as the non-financial impacts of your injuries (such as pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life). To avoid settling for too little too soon, you need to hire a law firm that can accurately determine the full extent of your physical, financial, and emotional harm.
Q: What types of injuries are eligible for compensation?
In a car accident claim, essentially all injuries are eligible for compensation. The key questions are: (i) “What caused your injury?” and, (ii) “What is the extent of your losses?” We routinely represent clients who have suffered injuries including:
- Bone fractures
- Eye, ear, and facial injuries
- Scarring burns and lacerations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Other serious injuries
Q: Do I really need a personal injury / car accident lawyer?
If you were injured in some sort of accident, and you believe you were not fully at fault, it is in your best interest to at least speak with a personal injury lawyer. Our New Port Richey accident lawyers provide free, no obligation case reviews. We will listen to the facts of your case and give you our honest assessment as to whether we believe we can help you recover substantial damages.
Studies show that folks who hire a lawyer to represent them do recover more money, on average, than those who handle the insurance claim process on their own. If you’ve been injured in a New Port Richey accident, it’s worth taking 15 minutes to speak with an experience attorney about your options.
Q: What is the personal injury claim process?
We start by learning about you and the most important facts of the case. Then, we set to work building your case. When you work with us, we carefully document your injuries, and we work with accident reconstruction experts in order to prepare to tell your story to the jury. We also handle negotiations with the other side.
In some cases, our case preparation is so convincing that the other party agrees to pay you fair compensation for your injuries before your trial date even arrives. In other cases, we look forward to telling your story to the jury and asking for fair compensation. We’re seasoned trial attorneys, and our case preparation utilizes technology to make sure that the jury can follow along in a way that’s easy to understand.
Q: Can I recover if the accident was partially my fault?
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that you can’t recover if you think the accident may be your fault in whole or in part. It’s important to remember that what you might think is your fault may not be under Florida law. It’s also important to remember that even if a law enforcement officer accuses you of a traffic violation, that may not be the end of the story. The officer’s investigation may not be accurate, or the traffic violation may not have contributed to the crash.
Even if you are partially to blame, Florida law still allows you to recover for your losses. This is because Florida uses a system called comparative negligence. Even if you’re to blame, if someone else is at fault too, you can still recover from them.
Florida law asks the jury to determine your fault by a percentage. For example, if the jury decides that you’re fifty percent at fault for what happened, you can still recover for fifty percent of your losses. If your losses are $50,000, the other side should pay you $25,000. This system allows you to recover to the extent that you’re hurt by the actions of someone else.
Q: How does proving negligence impact my claim?
A traditional claim against the person responsible for your injuries, you must show that that person acted negligently. To act negligently means to fail to exercise the level of care that an ordinary person would use in the same situation. For example, if a person injures you by disregarding a stop sign, they’ve acted negligently, because a reasonable person in the same situation would observe the stop sign.
When you’re hurt, it’s important to talk to an experienced New Port Richey accident lawyer about the case. Law enforcement isn’t in the job of determining who acted negligently. That’s a job for the jury, not the police. Our attorneys can help evaluate your case and give you an honest opinion of how Florida law applies. If another person didn’t behave in a way that a reasonable person should behave, you can recover for your losses.
Q: What damages can I claim after a personal injury accident?
You have a right to several different types of damages when you’re hurt in a New Port Richey crash. Besides punitive damages, these losses fall in the categories of economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages represent the financial losses that you sustain in a crash, while non-economic damages include things like pain and suffering and the loss of use of your normal bodily functions.
Economic losses are things like medical bills and loss of income. It also includes personal property losses. Basically, it’s any kind of financial loss that you sustain because of your injuries. These are direct, out-of-pocket losses that you can directly account for.
Non-economic damages are damages that are meant to compensate you for losses that aren’t financial. For example, if you lose full use of your shoulder because of the accident, non-economic damages aim to reduce that loss to a dollar amount to pay you for it. Of course, money can never give you your health back, but Florida law aims to pay you in some way. Non-economic damages also include things like pain and suffering, inconvenience, and mental anguish. When we work with a client, we aim to make sure that we carefully document all of your losses in order to ask for full compensation.
Q: Can I get punitive damages for my injuries?
Punitive damages laws exist in Florida in order to allow the courts to punish a person or company for bad behavior that isn’t necessarily criminal. Punitive damages allow you to recover extra amounts when your injuries result from another’s choice to put profits over safety. This usually comes into play in cases where a motor vehicle manufacturer ignores design problems at the expense of those on the road.
There are limits to the amount of punitive damages that you can recover in any case. It’s three times the amount of economic damages or $500,000, whichever is the larger amount. Punitive damages are meant to give companies an incentive to take reasonable precautions for the safety of consumers.
Types of New Port Richey Accident Cases We Handle
Our team of 10+ personal injury lawyers and 40+ legal professionals exclusively represents accident victims and their families in New Port Richey and the surrounding Pasco County areas. Having represented more than 20,000 clients and with more than 100 years of combined legal experience, our attorneys have likely handled many injury cases that are similar to yours.
We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for individuals and their families due to:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Accidents Resulting in Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Nursing Home Neglect or Abuse
- Medical Malpractice (including Birth Injuries)
- Dog Attacks
- Construction Accidents
- Dangerous Product Accidents
Car Crash Statistics in New Port Richey / Pasco County FL
A large percentage of the serious bodily injuries in the United States are the result of some sort of automobile collision, and the case is no different in New Port Richey.
The statistics below from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website convey how common car accidents and resulting injuries and fatalities are in Pasco County:
Breaking it down further, we see that of those 100 automobile-related fatalities in Pasco County in 2018:
- 10 involved bicyclists
- 25 involved motorcyclists
- 20 involved pedestrians
- 7 involved hit-and-runs (and 1,680 of the 7,505 total crashes were of the hit-and-run variety)
Sample New Port Richey Personal Injury Client Results
The reason we have been in practice in New Port Richey for over 30 years is because we get results for our clients. Below you’ll find several examples of personal injury settlements and jury verdicts that we’ve been able to secure for our New Port Richey clients.
Past results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case.
Read Reviews from Our New Port Richey Personal Injury Clients
Directions & Contact Info for Our New Port Richey Office
Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Personal Injury Law
7630 Massachusetts Ave
New Port Richey FL 34653
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we know what life is like for accident victims who have suffered traumatic injuries. This is why our New Port Richey personal injury attorneys are so passionate about seeking the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured in an auto accident, slip and fall, or other accident, we can help. Please call us at 727-847-1700 to let our New Port Richey Injury Attorneys get to work for you.