Sarasota Accident Attorney

Sarasota, Florida Accident Lawyers

The pain one experiences following an accident isn’t limited to physical injuries. Your body has been assaulted. But, so has your mind and your family budget. Is it any wonder you worry, “How am I going to pay these medical bills if I’m out of work? How will my family survive?”?

The pressure you feel is more than stress; it’s panic. Your mind races as you speculate about how long it will take to mend and how the accident will impact your future. And despite reassurances from people you love, perhaps you feel guilty or helpless, especially if you didn’t cause the accident in the first place.

Mind if we weigh in on your predicament? If your accident was someone else’s fault, you’ve got Florida law on your side. You read that right. You don’t have to be punished for someone else’s negligence or carelessness because you’ve got an advocate in Sarasota accident attorney Dennis Hernandez & Associates, PA.

Getting the compensation you deserve to recover physically, mentally, and financially requires compassion, proficiency, and acumen—especially when the world looks hopeless and you feel helpless. Every member of the Hernandez team specializes in accident law. You can count on us. Just ask the clients we have helped to recover from accidents since the day we opened our doors in 1997!

Don’t wait to make a consultation appointment.

There are several reasons it’s wise to book an appointment with the Sarasota law firm eager to help you successfully resolve your accident and/or injury:

  • A statute of limitations applies to filing accident injury claims. Miss that window and you have no recourse.
  • With every passing minute, evidence needed to prove your accident case can be irretrievably lost.
  • Even the best witness memories fade after an accident. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), post-accident memories may include “errors of commission,” resulting in illusions that can alter perception.
  • With time comes changes at the scene that can make defending your case more difficult.
  • It costs you nothing to talk with our experienced Sarasota accident lawyers, and because you are under no obligation to hire us, you have every reason under the sun to call us at 727-697-0000.

Our accident attorneys specialize in the following areas:

Automobile accidents
As you can imagine, this area of practice is the most common type of case we bring, but that doesn’t mean every accident is cut from the same cloth. We’re as adroit at helping clients through multiple-party cases as we are when only one person is impacted. And we follow through to take care of all aspects of a claim, from your first phone call to the day your case is resolved.

Motorcycle accidents
It’s no secret that more people are riding motorcycles than ever before. It’s also no secret that Florida’s roads aren’t always in the best shape, one factor leading to accidents that involve folks on motorcycles. Clients injured in motorcycle accidents may suffer life-threatening injuries, thus lawyers well-versed in this area aren’t just important—they can be critical if injuries lead to disabilities that last a lifetime.

Pedestrian accidents
Cell phones. Texting. Preoccupation with everything but driving. They’re symptoms of a distracted society. According to “Industrial Safety & Hygiene News,” “Pedestrian injuries and deaths are alarmingly high — especially among kids, teenagers, and seniors.” Our pedestrian accident specialists understand what you’re going through if you or a family member has been injured and we have the expertise you need to seek compensation.

Truck accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is following an alarming trend: the rise of truck accidents on today’s highways and roads. Despite mechanical advances, filled tractor/trailers can travel from 20- to 40-percent further than a car after a brake is applied. Factor in driver fatigue and faulty equipment and it’s easy to see why these accidents are not just increasing but being successfully settled by our firm.

Construction accidents
Infrastructure problems in the U.S. pop up regularly on the evening news given deteriorating roads and bridges making headlines. Myriad causes contribute to construction accident frequency, which is why you need highly-trained specialists like attorneys at Hernandez & Associates to represent you should you be involved in any type of construction accident.

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Do I Have a Case?

Our Sarasota accident lawyers stand ready to represent you.

Nobody anticipates becoming the victim of an accident that leads to injury, financial distress, and emotional trauma. But if the day comes when that accident scene involves you, and especially if you are a victim of someone else’s negligence, you don’t have to fight your battle alone. There are many types of compensation for which you could be eligible—perhaps more than you may have imagined. That stated, these are some of the damages you may be entitled to recover:

Medical care expenses
Whether you’re already painfully aware of escalating medical care costs or not, you know about the dizzying array of services that may be required for recovery via a friend or relative. At Dennis Hernandez & Associates, we’re familiar with them all: ER care, medicines, therapy, in-hospital charges, post-discharge care and more. We fight for every dollar of settlement claims on our clients’ behalf.

Lost wages
Every day you are out of work—especially if you exhaust sick leave and/or vacation benefits–adds to your burden. The stress can be so profound, recovery time is impacted. At Hernandez & Associates, we understand what you’re going through, which is why lost wages wind up at the top of our list when clients seek compensation. It’s good to have a nest egg, just in case. It’s better to have a Sarasota accident lawyer on the case who knows the ropes!

Future medical costs and lost wages
If you love visiting Saratoga Race Course, you may believe in hedging your bet with a “show” pick that pays off whether your horse comes in 1st, 2nd or 3rd. We use this analogy to drive home the importance of hedging bets to cover medical costs and lost wages down the road. You need an aggressive Sarasota accident lawyer who understands the complexity of future compensation resulting from the complications, surgeries, medication and long-term rehabilitation required following an accident.

Pain and suffering
Whether you’ve memorized every “Law & Order” plot or you are hooked on legal novels, you may be familiar with the concept of pain and suffering as it relates to the aftermath of an accident. While nobody can put a price on grief, fear, loss or physical disability, that’s our job and we’re good at it. Our ability to quantify emotional pain to seek client relief makes Dennis Hernandez & Associates the Sarasota accident attorney you’ve been searching for.

3 things to expect when working with your Sarasota accident attorney:

  1. We work closely with insurance firms to give our clients an edge. We work with underwriters, brokers, and agents every day of the week at Dennis Hernandez & Associates because we believe that only through close relationships can accident claims settle fast. Further, it’s no mystery that insurance companies exist to make money, but we have the navigational skills it takes to keep moving your case forward, no matter how formidable the insurance company happens to be.
  2. When you work with one of our experienced accident attorneys, you know where you stand from start to finish. Full accountings help you maintain some semblance of control, so whether we’re negotiating your medical bills, future compensation, or pain and suffering, we keep you in the loop consistently. Our financial experts understand the subtle ways in which someone else’s carelessness can impact your life and we are prepared to quantify that based on actuarial tables, statistics, and long-term projections.
  3. We are driven by the complexity of the law, so you needn’t worry that circumstances surrounding your accident are too cumbersome to understand. Our roster of experts at Hernandez & Associates is impressive. Whether you worry that a jury may not understand the technicalities surrounding your case or you need scientific backup to prove your claim, we stand ready to bolster your case and hold accountable all at-fault parties.

Our accident representation will guide you through the entire process

You deserve caring, thoughtful representation as you experience what may be the most traumatic event of your life. Dennis Hernandez & Associates don’t claim to corner the market on compassion, but we understand what it takes to nurture clients when they are the most vulnerable. What can you expect? The following 5 steps.

Step #1: The Investigation
After an accident, the first person you’ll probably hear from is an adjuster. These professionals are trained to assess damage, comb through details and make sure all aspects of your claim are valid and detailed. This type of evidence is most often sought by adjusters when they investigate your claim:

  • Medical records
  • Witness statements
  • Accident reports/documentation
  • Accident scene photographs
  • EMT/ambulance driver statements
  • Names and contact information for everyone at the accident scene.

Step #2: The consultation
As adjusters compile data about your accident on behalf of their client (the insurance company), we go full throttle on our end, too. We also collect data, gather information and engage other professionals to build a complete picture of your accident. We may talk to witnesses, your medical care team and law enforcement. Leaving no stone unturned isn’t a motto on the wall of our office; it’s business as usual!

Step #3: The negotiation
During any phase of an accident case, our attorneys may see opportunities for negotiations that can eliminate some of the stress clients are under as their case progresses. It matters not whether we have already filed a lawsuit; the Florida legal system takes into account the fact that discussions can lead to resolution at any time. But, you’re in the driver’s seat; the decision—to settle or go to court—-is yours to make.

Step #4: The settlement offer
Insurance companies eager to move quickly on accident cases—especially when evidence strongly points to their policy holder as being in the wrong—can lead to a settlement offer from the insurer. We’ll let you know about it. And we’ll help you decide if it’s in your best interest to say yes or no. Alternately, we may broach the topic of a settlement if we believe it’s in your best interest to resolve matters, but the decision is always up to you.

Step #5: The court proceeding/trial
Our staff’s courtroom skills are proven by our track record, so if we can’t resolve claims out of court, we make sure our clients are ably represented by our skilled trial attorneys, so you receive the settlement you deserve. Our trial experts are adroit at presenting evidence, examining witnesses and explaining every detail of your case, so a jury understands how much you have gone through and why you deserve compensation.

What to bring with to your no-obligation legal consultation.

These are some of the questions we hear most frequently when consulting with new clients. If you don’t find the answer to your question below, please don’t hesitate to contact our Sarasota auto accident attorneys.

Every document you bring gets us closer to the early resolution of your case! You may be asked for additional documents, but this list includes the basics:

  • The accident report filed at the scene, including witness statements.
  • Copies of appropriate insurance policies (auto or homeowners; disability; health; veteran’s; major medical).
  • Bills associated with your accident: medical bills; test results; medical reports.
  • Receipts/estimates for post-accident repairs and purchases related to the accident.
  • Names and contact information for witnesses; medical; ambulance and ER personnel.
  • Names, contact information and communications with insurance company personnel.
  • Videos and photos taken at the scene; subsequent video and photos related to your injury.
  • Dates and details about hospitalization, treatments, and follow-up after the accident.
  • If you are claiming lost wages, bank statements, pay stubs and/or W2 forms.

Frequently Asked Questions about accident/injury claims

These are some of the questions we hear most frequently when consulting with new clients. If you don’t find the answer to your question below, please don’t hesitate to contact our Sarasota auto accident attorneys.

Q: How will I know if the worth of my claim is accurate?

A: We review evidence and the facts of your unique case, using qualitative and quantitative methods to get you the best settlement available based on your injuries, financial circumstances and pain and suffering you endure.

Q: Do I still need a lawyer if I’m immediately offered a settlement?

A: More than ever! Remember that insurance companies are in business to make money. A representative could even tell you that you don’t need representation. They’re not on your side. You may still accept an offer after getting a free Dennis Hernandez & Associates consult, so you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Q: I keep getting phone calls from the insurance adjuster. What should I do?

A: You’re under no legal obligation to return an adjuster’s call. Simplify your life. Call us first so we can help you respond properly at 727-697-0000.

Q: I’ve heard that lawyers handling claim-recovery cases cost a fortune, is that true?

A: We work on what’s called a contingency fee. If you don’t recover damages, you don’t owe us a cent. If we are successful on your behalf, we get a percentage of the settlement or jury award.

Q: What’s my file claim window?

A: We mentioned earlier that Florida law requires a citizen to file an accident claim in a timely matter and for all the right reasons. Besides, injuries you sustain may not show up at the time of the accident or even in close proximity to it. Meeting with an accident attorney as quickly after an accident as time allows just makes good sense.

Q: My wife says that since my injury isn’t serious, I can’t pursue an injury claim. Is she right?

A: It’s important to repeat this: because injury symptoms may not show up immediately, you could be taking a big risk. You should always see a doctor following an accident to establish a record. Suppose what you thought was a minor injury became so severe, you couldn’t work? If that window is closed, you may have no recourse.

Q: Do I have to appear in court if my case goes to trial?

A: You do—-but with attorneys from Dennis Hernandez & Associates by your side, that hand-holding we mentioned earlier, combined with our courtroom skills, has resulted in plenty of our clients saying, “Wow; that was easier than I imagined!” Every case is unique, but they all have one thing in common: clients say they feel empowered knowing their attorney had their back.

Q: How long does it take to go from consultation to settlement?

A: If we knew the answer to this question, we would be the most famous Saratoga law firm on the planet. Insurance companies have everything to gain and nothing to lose by taking their own sweet time to close a case. We strongly recommend watching our “Stages of a Personal Injury Case” video featuring Dennis Hernandez: We invite your follow-up call at 727-697-0000 if this informative video triggers more questions

Our Practice Areas

Specializing in the practice of law that focuses on accidents is just the beginning of the Dennis Hernandez & Associates story. Our practice areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Personal injury cases. This covers civil, not criminal, proceedings. We are a full-service law firm.
  • Automobile accidents. We pride ourselves on the positive outcomes brought on behalf of our Sarasota clients.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Given the severity of injuries that can result, we stand ready to make sure your family receives the care and attention this type of case demands.
  • Truck accidents. Our history of negotiating and settling collision and commercial truck cases is unprecedented.
  • Medical malpractice. Doctors are not infallible, which is why medical procedures, care, testing and medication errors have become more frequent. Our practice’s medical negligence case track record speaks for itself.
  • Nursing home abuse. Proving nursing home abuse can be difficult—-unless you have our firm behind you. Your loved one deserves compassionate treatment, not neglect, which is why we treat these cases with utmost care.
  • Wrongful death. If you believe circumstances surrounding a loved one’s death are suspicious, we can help. Take advantage of our no-obligation consultation to find out if your suspicions ring true and if so, learn how we can help you find justice.
  • Construction accidents. Fighting “the system” can be fraught with landmines when workers find themselves seeking workers’ compensation. Don’t go into battle alone. Count on our attorneys’ collective expertise in negligence, defective equipment,and unsafe working conditions to seek the compensation you deserve.
  • Pedestrian accidents. Turn to Hernandez & Associates to pursue your claim for damages like lost income, medical bill reimbursement, and emotional trauma. We are particularly skilled at helping clients get through cases that involve life-changing injuries or death.
  • Product liability. No consumer product is perfect and if you encounter a defective one that causes injury, trauma and costs associated with recovery, you deserve compensation. We pursue design defects that can cause accidents and injury on your behalf, using state-of-the-art investigative techniques to get to the truth.

What to ask when hiring a personal injury attorney.

Given the high stakes that accompany accident claim negotiations, settlements and restitution—-and given the fact that your future can hang in the balance until your situation can be successfully resolved—-we recommend using the list of 12 questions most often asked by consumers seeking legal representation. Chances are, you’ve got more, so add them to this list:

  1. How many years has Hernandez & Associates specialized in personal injury/accident law?
  2. How many attorneys are assigned to a case? Will I work with just one or a team?
  3. Will I be charged for my initial consultation?
  4. Does a fee-free, initial meeting obligate me to hire your firm?
  5. How do you determine the amount of compensation you will seek on my behalf?
  6. What percentage of the settlement does your firm receive for representing me in a contingency case?
  7. How can I be sure you’ll allocate enough time and resources to my case to achieve success?
  8. Will the same attorney handle all aspects of my case–from negotiation to trial?
  9. How frequently will you update me on the progress of my case?
  10. How often will my attorney communicate with me and what method(s) will he or she use?
  11. Will my lawyer help me communicate with insurance company attorneys and/or adjusters?
  12. May I talk to one or more of your clients whose cases were similar to mine?

We work hard to earn your trust.

Experience. Expertise. There’s a difference, you know. And since 1997, attorneys belonging to the Hernandez & Associates family prove they have both every time we undertake the toughest accident and injury cases under the Florida sun.

But beyond our successful resolution of car and motorcycle accidents, wrongful death cases, personal injury claims, product liability and other aspects of personal injury law lies this irrefutable truth: Our first job is to earn your trust.

We pride ourselves on devoting just as much attention to cases easily resolved by mediation as we do when we’re battling cases through courts to get our clients the resolution to which they are entitled.

It’s surprisingly easy to discover how much you stand to gain simply by contacting us and making an appointment to meet with one of our attorneys. Your free, no-obligation consultation is as close as your fingertips: Either call us at 727-697-0000 or use this link [insert] for an immediate online response!

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