Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Palm Harbor Florida
At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, our Palm Harbor injury attorneys don’t dabble in various fields of law like most “general practitioner” law firms do. We focus exclusively on personal injury law – in fact, our attorneys enjoy over a century in combined experience helping clients just like you.
With a 30+ year history of obtaining justice for over 20,000 clients, there is not much that can happen in your case that we haven’t seen many, many times before – and we are ready for action.
Speak to a Palm Harbor Accident Lawyer Immediately
Our Palm Harbor personal injury lawyers are adept at negotiating settlements and winning contentious lawsuits. Our first focus, however, is prompt and aggressive representation with the goal of winning a generous settlement for you as soon as possible. If a lawsuit becomes necessary, though, we are well-prepared – in fact, other law firms hire our trial attorneys for their most difficult litigation. We are so confident in our ability to bring you a settlement or verdict that we work on a “no fees/no costs unless we win” system. If we don’t bring back a settlement or verdict for you, you will owe us precisely nothing.
Personal Injury Case Types We Handle in Palm Harbor
Car Accidents: Florida roads are some of the nation’s most dangerous, unfortunately. Someone dies about once every three hours, and someone has probably been injured in an accident in the time that it has taken you to read this article thus far. About 25 percent of injury accidents are alcohol-related, and many more are caused by careless activities such as texting while driving.
Bicycle Accidents: Bicyclists share the road with vehicles far heavier and faster-moving than bicyclists. In some ways, a bicyclist is even more vulnerable than a motorcyclist, because it is often impossible for a bicyclist to accelerate out of a dangerous traffic situation. Moreover, when bicycle accidents do happen, catastrophic injuries are often the result.
Brain Injuries: The brain is the most marvelously complex organ in the human body. Since it functions as the body’s command and control center, when the brain is injured, the resulting disability is frequently catastrophic. Dangerously, you might not even be aware of a brain injury for weeks or even months after it occurs.
Product Liability: When a defective product causes an injury, a number of legal theories are available to a resourceful products liability lawyer, including strict liability, negligence, misrepresentation, and breach of warranty. In some cases, the victim doesn’t even have to prove misconduct on the part of the defendant to win the case.
Drunk Driving Accidents: Drunk driving accidents are among the most avoidable of all road accidents. A drunken driver can be held liable for an injury accident even if his or her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) falls below the DUI limit. Even so, more than 25 percent of all traffic deaths are DUI-related.
Birth Injuries: Nearly one percent of all deliveries involve birth injuries. While most are not serious, some cause lifelong debilitation. In some cases, the mother suffers significant injury, as well. Birth injuries, if caused by professional negligence, are a form of medical malpractice, and proving liability might require the use of a medical expert witness.
Construction Accidents: Construction work causes more occupational injuries and deaths than any other form of labor, with the possible exception of coal mining. Most construction injury claims fall within the scope of workers’ compensation insurance. Other construction injuries, however, are exempt from workers’ compensation recovery limitations and can be pursued as ordinary personal injury lawsuits.
Pedestrian Accidents: The human body is no match for the cold steel of a moving automobile. Pedestrian accidents are far more common than most people realize – pedestrians make up about 15 percent of all road deaths. Even pedestrians who survive their injuries are often left with lifelong disabilities, which require continuing medical treatment.
We also handle the following types of cases:
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Medical malpractice;
- Dog bites; and
- Nursing home abuse.
This is only a partial list of the types of cases we handle – the basics of Florida personal injury law apply no matter what kind of injury you have suffered.
Palm Harbor Personal Injury & Accident FAQ
Can I still collect damages if the accident was partly my fault?
Yes, you can, but you may have to pay damages to the defendant in proportion to your degree of fault, which, in some cases, could mean that you’ll end up with a net loss. Florida pro-rates damages according to a percentage of fault determined by the court – if you are 35 percent at fault, for example, you will pay 35 percent of your own damages, while the defendant will pay 65 percent. Meanwhile, the defendant could file a counterclaim against you demanding the you pay 35 percent of his or her damages, since the accident was 35 percent your fault. You will usually come out ahead if the accident was less than 50 percent your fault.
How long after an accident do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
For a general personal injury lawsuit, such as a lawsuit over a car accident, you have four years after the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. If you fail to meet the deadline, your claim will die. This period can be extended if you didn’t discover the injury until after the accident (some brain injuries are like that, for example).
If your claim is for medical malpractice, you have only two years after the malpractice to file a lawsuit. This deadline can be extended if you didn’t discover the injury immediately, if your doctor fraudulently concealed your malpractice, or if you are under eight years old.
What is a “certificate of counsel” and do I need one?
A certificate of counsel is a document, filed together with an initial lawsuit complaint, that is required to initiate a medical malpractice lawsuit. It is essentially a statement from your attorney confirming that reasonable grounds exist to believe that medical malpractice occurred. It is typically accompanied by an opinion from a medical expert that medical malpractice is likely to have occurred. The purpose of this requirement is to discourage frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.
I slipped on a wet floor in a restaurant. Do I have a claim?
Maybe. The question of liability in this instance depends on the details of the occurrence. The essential question is whether the restaurant had a reasonable opportunity to either dry the floor or warn of its hazardous condition by the time of your accident. If a customer spilled a soda on the floor ten seconds before you slipped, for example, the restaurant could argue that it had no reasonable chance to dry the floor before your accident. If, on the other hand, the floor was wet because an employee mopped it but failed to erect a warning sign, you might have a good chance to establish liability.
I signed a medical consent form before treatment. Can this be used against me in a medical malpractice lawsuit?
Probably not, but under limited circumstances a consent form could be used against you. Of course, no one ever “consents” to medical malpractice, and courts would refuse to acknowledge a form that purported to grant such consent. If, however, your claim asserts that you did not consent to a particular medical treatment, the consent form could be used to prove you wrong.
Examples of Recent Major Accidents in Palm Harbor Florida
Accidents can happen anywhere, and sometimes they are serious. Here are two examples of deadly crashes that happened in Palm Harbor recently.
Palm Harbor Crash Kills One, Injures Two
On October 18, 2019, a fatal crash took place outside the Shoppes at Cloverplace in Palm Harbor.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, at around 11:30am, Stephanie Ann Tunender, 43, was driving west on Tampa Road when she veered into the median and ended up in the eastbound lanes. She crashed head-on into Suzanne Cosper, 52, causing the vehicle to spin and hit the van of 75-year-old Elza England.
Tunender was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. She was not wearing her seatbelt. Emergency services took the other two victims to Mease Countryside Hospital and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.
Three People Killed in Pinellas County Car Crash Involving Stolen Vehicle
On August 6, 2017, three boys died after crashing a stolen vehicle they took for a joyride. Deyon Kaigler, 16, and his friend Kamal Campbell, 18, were racing their friends in a stolen Chrysler Sebring.
The other group of friends, identified as Jimmie Goshey, 14; Dejarae Thomas, 16; Keontae Brown, 16; and Keondrae Brown, 14 were driving a stolen Ford Explorer from the same dealership.
At around 4:40am, the Ford Explorer and the Chrysler Sebring were playing a game of “cat and mouse”, driving at more than 100 mph down Tampa Road in Palm Harbor. Investigators stated that both vehicles ran a red light and hit a Toyota Camry driven by Ricky Melendez Jr., 29, who was on his way to work.
The Ford Explorer flipped several times, while the Chrysler Sebring fled the scene. Three of the four occupants of the Ford Explorer died on the scene. According to the Tampa Bay Times, police later found the teens driving the Chrysler Sebring and arrested them.
The driver of the Camry suffered several injuries but eventually recovered.
How to Get Your Palm Harbor Accident Report from the Pinellas County Sheriff
To get your Palm Harbor accident report, you need to visit the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office online or in-person. On the website you can order and download your Palm Harbor accident report as a PDF file. Keep in mind that the website only has accident records going back one year.
Depending on the nature of the accident, the sheriff’s office may take anywhere from a few days to several weeks to put the record in the database. If you cannot find your online Palm Harbor accident report two weeks after your crash, call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Records Division at 727-582-6281.
There are also two Records Division locations you can visit to pick up your accident report.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Central District
10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office North District
496 Bayshore Boulevard
Dunedin, FL 34698
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm
Palm Harbor Accident Report Fees
The first ten pages of the accident report are free. After the first ten pages, the sheriff’s office charges:
- $0.15 per one-sided copy;
- $0.20 per double-sided copy; and
- $1.00 per certified copy.
Any accidents requiring extra research or audio will have additional fees.
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Call us today at 800-753-5203 or contact us online by email or live chat to schedule your free case evaluation. We can conduct a telephone evaluation of your case, or we can meet you at the place of your choosing in Palm Harbor. If you live or work in Palm Harbor, contact us anytime regardless of whether you think you have a good case. We will have a representative standing by to take your call.