Personal injuries result in millions of emergency room visits every year, with the associated costs estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be more than $1 trillion annually. Medical costs are just the tip of the iceberg, however, when it comes to assessing the true costs of a personal injury. If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, your financial future and that of your loved ones can be drastically affected for years or even decades to come. At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., our expert personal injury attorneys will fight to ensure that you get fairly compensated so that your rights and your future are protected. Many of our clients’ cases settle outside of court, however, we are always prepared to represent your personal injury case in a trial.
For more than two decades, we’ve helped clients in Tampa and Sarasota pursue their legal rights to compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills, vocational and physical therapy costs, and more. We have the expertise and experience you need for all types of personal injury cases, including:
Do you really need a Tampa personal injury attorney?
Without representation by a qualified personal injury lawyer, it will be very difficult for you to determine if you are entitled to financial compensation or calculate an accurate dollar amount for damages. Our Tampa and Sarasota personal injury attorneys have decades of hands-on experience navigating the complexities of personal injury law and dealing with insurance companies, so we know what it takes to investigate your claim, calculate the full financial and non-financial costs of your injuries, and expertly guide you through the legal process.
Checklist: How to choose a personal injury attorney
Choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent you is an important decision. Consider the following factors when making your choice:
A great many lawyers mention “personal injury” on their websites, but that’s no guarantee that they specialize in that area of practice. In addition, the category of personal injury includes a wide range of accident and injury types. Try to find an attorney whose main focus is on personal injury law, and who has experience in the specific type of accident in which you were involved. Such an attorney will be well-versed in the process of dealing with insurance companies and getting fair compensation for their clients.
While a lawyer fresh out of law school can certainly be qualified to handle your case, experience counts. Your personal injury attorney should have many years of experience in personal injury law, ideally in the specific type of injury you or your loved ones have suffered. Check attorneys’ websites for details on how long they have practiced and biographical information about their individual practice area focus. Attorneys who have been practicing law for many years are likely to also have deep experience in taking cases to court as well.
3. Reputation and standing
TV ads are used by attorneys for the same reason all types of professionals use them: To raise awareness and help potential clients understand what they have to offer. Advertising alone, however, does not provide enough information for you to make an informed decision. If you have ever retained a lawyer for other types of legal needs, ask him or her for a referral to a personal injury expert. Also talk to friends, family, and business associates about their experiences with an injury attorney. You can also check to see if a lawyer is in good standing with his or her local and state bar associations and search online ratings.
Very large law firms may provide services in several states. While this is not an indicator that a national firm will not adequately represent you, consider the benefits of working with a personal injury attorney in your region: He or she will be knowledgeable about state and/or local laws and regulations that can have a great bearing on the outcome of your case. A personal injury attorney near you is also likely to be familiar with local law enforcement policies and procedures, and local courts.
5. Personal service and attention
How responsive are the personal injury attorneys you contact? Who will be working on your case? How much access will you have to your attorney? Does the attorney take time to listen to your needs and concerns? These factors matter when you are trusting your financial future to an attorney in a personal injury case. Make sure you feel comfortable with the people who will be working on your behalf.
Personal injury FAQ
Q: How do I know if I have a case?
A: Personal injury law cases can be complicated, so it would be difficult, if not impossible, for most people to determine if they have a case simply by doing research online or asking friends or colleagues for advice. To make professional legal review accessible to our potential clients, Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., offers a free initial consultation to discuss the facts of your case and determine if you have a case.
Q: How much compensation can I get?
A: No two of our clients are ever alike and neither are their cases. There is no standard dollar amount that we seek on behalf of our clients. Instead, we do all we can to see that every client is fully compensated for his or her injuries, lost wages, and property damage. You can learn more about some of the settlements that we have recovered for our clients.
Q: How much does it cost to retain a personal injury lawyer?
A: All attorneys and cases are different, but at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A., we handle your case on a contingency basis. That means that we receive payment from you as our client only if you recover any expenses.
Q: How much time do I have to file a personal injury claim in Florida?
A: The statute of limitations on personal injury claims in Florida is four years from the date of the accident; wrongful death claims must be filed within two years of the death. These time limits are one of the most important reasons to act promptly if you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence.
Q: How long will my case take?
A: Several factors play a role in how long it may take to settle a personal injury claim, including what type of settlement you are seeking, whether you are willing to accept an insurance company’s offer, how long negotiations take, and more.
Call For Your Free Initial Personal Injury Consultation
To learn more about the claims process, watch our “Stages of a Personal Injury Case” video:
Don’t wait to contact us for your free consultation on your case. Our personal injury attorneys in Tampa and Sarasota have decades of experience helping people like you obtain the compensation they deserve. Call us at 813-250-0000 in Tampa or 941-210-0000 in Sarasota now.