Personal Injury

Abrahamson & Uiterwyk: Giving Back

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Over the past 30 years, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has had the distinct honor of representing thousands of injury victims. We wanted to show our appreciation and give back to the community, so we established a scholarship program. The purpose of the program is to help students further their education and work toward their dreams. The scholarship program required that students write essays about safety. 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 an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve been injured in an accident with a distracted driver, you may want an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping the injured. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.

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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. 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. Contact Us At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are proud to help our scholarship winners, and if you were injured due to someone’s negligence, we’d be happy to help you as well. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 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 attorneys, 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 800-753-5203 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 800-753-5203 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 800-753-5203 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 right personal injury attorney 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 800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today. 

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What to Look for in a Florida Personal Injury Attorney

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When you’ve been injured in an accident, you may decide that the right course of action is to hire a personal injury attorney. There are hundreds of personal injury attorneys in Florida, so how do you know you’re choosing the right one? There are some factors you should look for when deciding which personal injury attorney is right for you. Practice Focused on Personal Injury Many attorneys and firms out there practice in a number of different areas of the law. You may see lawyers who handle personal injury cases as well as criminal defense and family law. It is important to find a firm that only handles injury cases. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we only handle accident cases, so we can focus 100% of our attention on that area of the law. Experience in Personal Injury It is very important to hire a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience in the field. Experienced attorneys know how to deal with insurance companies and the best path to take to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. The attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have over 30 years of experience handling accident claims. They know the steps to take to help injured victims because they do it every day. Client Reviews One of the best ways to determine whether a personal injury attorney is right for you is to check out their client reviews. Former clients can provide the best perspective on how their case was handled and whether they were satisfied with the representation they received. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are proud to have hundreds of 5-star Google reviews from our clients. No Fees Up Front It is important to find an attorney who will not charge you any fees up front to take your case. Personal injury attorneys should work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don’t get paid until you get paid. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have a No Fee Guarantee, meaning you incur no costs or fees unless you win. Proven Results Finding an attorney who has demonstrated that they can be successful is also very important. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have achieved numerous  multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients which proves that we can get the job done. Contact Us If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking for the right attorney, we hope you will consider Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We have the experience and proven results you need. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 to set up your free, no-obligation 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. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have over 30 years of experience helping Floridians with insurance claims. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 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 attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. We provide free consultations and are happy to answer any of your questions. Contact us online or call us at 800-753-5203 today to set up your free consultation.

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Hip Fracture Injuries

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Breaking a hip bone can be a very painful and devastating injury. A hip fracture can even be life-threatening. A hip fracture almost always requires surgery or even replacement. Unfortunately, hip fractures are commonly the result of car accidents and slip and falls. What is a Hip Fracture? A hip fracture is a break in the upper part of the femur or thigh bone. Hip fractures result in pain in the hip or groin. Individuals with hip fractures usually can’t put weight on their leg and are unable to walk. Doctors can usually determine that someone has a hip fracture based on their symptoms and the positioning of their leg. X-rays and other scans are used to determine the exact location and severity of a hip fracture. A risk of a hip fracture increases as you get older and the bones become weaker. Sometimes complications can result from a hip injury. They can reduce your independence and cause you to be immobile for an extended period of time. This can lead to conditions such as blood clots, infections, bedsores, and loss of muscle mass. Some people never fully recover from a hip fracture and develop painful arthritis as a result.  Causes of Hip Fractures Hip fractures are commonly the result of a severe impact. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of hip fractures in people of any age. Motorcycle and pedestrian accidents can also result in hip injuries. Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures especially among people aged 65 years and over. Falls due to slippery floors, torn carpeting, and other hazards in businesses and nursing homes can lead to serious hip fractures. Treatment for Hip Fractures Hip injuries almost always require some type of surgery. Sometimes the fracture will need to be fixed using surgical screws in order to stabilize the fracture and hold it in place. Some patients require a replacement of some or all of the parts of the hip. Total hip replacement is an extensive surgery and recovery can take months. Contact a Trusted Personal Injury Attorney If you’ve suffered a hip injury as a result of someone’s negligence, it can be helpful to have an experienced and trusted attorney on your side. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we’ve been helping the injured for over 30 years, and we are here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 1-800-753-5203 to set up your free consultation today.

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