When an individual is injured in an accident due to the carelessness or negligence of another person their life can be forever changed. You have to recover from your injuries while trying to handle your medical bills. There are often worries concerning being able to earn a living, taking care of your obligations and taking care of your family. This situation can become much worse due to battling insurance claims to try to ensure you receive what is rightfully yours. Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. understand the devastation involved with a personal injury and exactly what this can mean for the future of their clients in St. Petersburg. This is the reason they make certain you understand what your options are so you know what actions you must take to be awarded the compensation you deserve. If you have received injuries from an accident the St. Pete personal injury law experts are there to provide the help you need.
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If you are the victim of a personal injury time is critical. The correct procedures must be followed and the evidence preserved to ensure your rights can be protected. Whether your claim is in relation to a motorcycle accident, car accident, truck accident, nursing home abuse, wrongful death or any of the other areas out practice handles you will incur no cost unless we are able to recover damages for your case. Schedule a free consultation by contacting us now.
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There are no hidden fees and your initial consultation is free. If you are suffering from a personal injury do not hesitate to make contact with a St. Petersburg injury lawyer. We are available 24/7 to make it easy for you to schedule a free case evaluation. Please contact an experienced accident attorney at (727) 697-0000 as soon as possible.
OUR PERSONAL INJURY PRACTICE AREAS
There are numerous areas in which our St. Pete personal injury law firm are experts. We are experienced accident attorneys in St. Petersburg in these types of personal injury cases and many more:
Auto Accidents: Automobile accidents represent a common personal injury claim. It can be very challenging to establish fault. This is why an attorney with experience in auto accidents is important for the proper guidance of your case.
Motorcycle Accidents: Due to the increase in motorcycles the chances of a motorcycle accident in St. Petersburg has increased. A motorcyclist is more vulnerable during an accident than an individual driving a car. If you have suffered severe injuries the appropriate compensation can be determined by a motorcycle accident attorney. Your injuries can potentially impact you for the rest of your life.
Medical malpractice: Navigating the legal process for medical malpractice is complex and usually requires the help of an expert medical malpractice lawyer. This process involves challenging insurance companies, institutions, and medical professionals.
Construction accidents: Unfortunately accidents on construction sites are not uncommon. The cause can be using equipment improperly, inadequate training, defective equipment, a lack of correct safety precautions or policies and numerous additional reasons. A qualified construction accident attorney is a crucial aspect for this type of complicated case.
Brain injuries: When an accident results in a brain injury the results are often devastating. The victim must cope with the immediate aftermath in addition to any long-term disabilities and necessary care. You can be impacted for the rest of your life. Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. are personal injury experts. Successful catastrophic injury claims have been administered in the thousands for our clients.
Nursing home abuse: Our dedication is to protect the rights of the vulnerable and the elderly. If your loved one has suffered from neglect or abuse in a nursing home facility we will hold the parties responsible negligible.
Truck accidents: It is challenging to determine responsibility in a truck accident. There are a lot of entities involved including the truck driver, the owner of the trailer and the owner of the truck. A seasoned truck accident lawyer is important to ensure the outcome of the personal injury accident claim is successful.
Product liability: When a defect in consumer products, vehicles, building materials, medical products and additional product types results in a loved one being injured help is required. The liability may fall to numerous different parties so a product liability attorney with experience is critical for representation.
Dog bites: Dog bites are an extremely traumatic personal injury case. The laws in Florida establish the owner of the dog is responsible for any injuries caused by their animal. Our lawyers understand how to make these laws work for your case.
Pedestrian accidents: The cause of serious injuries or fatalities in a pedestrian accident is often due to the negligence of the driver. If you have lost a loved one or suffered an injury due to a pedestrian accident we will fight for the rights and interests of your family.
Mesothelioma claims: If cancer or mesothelioma diagnosis related to asbestos has been received by yourself or a loved one filing a claim quickly is important. There are time restrictions on how long you have to file a lawsuit due to the statute of limitations in Florida.
Wrongful death: Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. It is especially devastating for the survivors when the loss occurred due to the deliberate actions or negligence of another person. Our wrongful death lawyers are aggressive and will fight for the fullest compensation available for the loss of you and your family.
PERSONAL INJURY CHECKLIST: WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR FIRST CONSULTATION
The more information you can provide in your meeting with our accident attorneys, the better we will be able to advise you on whether you have a case. If any of the following information or documents pertain to your personal injury, please share them with us at your initial consultation. The more information you can provide in your meeting with our accident attorneys, the better we will be able to advise you on whether you have a case. If any of the following information or documents pertain to your personal injury, please share them with us at your initial consultation:
- Contact information of witnesses to your accident and any witness statements
- Photographs of any of the following: Damage to vehicles or other property, the surrounding area where the accident took place, and your or your passengers’ injuries
- Audio or video recordings related to the accident
- The license plate number of the other vehicle involved if you had a car, motorcycle, or truck accident
- Police reports and/or the name and badge number of the officer who responded to the scene
- Medical reports, such as the report from a doctor’s initial examination and reports from any specialists who may have seen or treated you
- Reports on the results of medical tests, such as X-rays or scans
- Your insurance company information and the insurance information on any other parties involved in your personal injury accident
- Medical bills, invoices or estimates for repairs, and receipts for any payments you have already made for expenses related to the accident
- W2 forms and/or paycheck stubs, which may be used to demonstrate lost wages and potential future effects on your earnings
PERSONAL INJURY FAQ
Q: How do I choose a lawyer for personal injuries?
A: It is critical the injury lawyer you choose has your best interests in mind. This decision is important and experience, a successful record, a focus on personal injury law and real-life client examples showing these individuals have received compensation should be requirements. Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. offers testimonials so you can see what our clients have to say. You can review these testimonials along with some personal injury settlements our clients have received due to our assistance.
Q: What are your charges for representation for my personal injury case?
A: All our personal injury clients are served on a contingency fee. The only way we receive payment is if secure a favorable settlement or verdict for your case.
Q: How long will my case take once it has been accepted?
A: Every case and client is unique so this question has no specific answer. Numerous factors can affect the progression of your case. This includes how aggressively the opposing party defends their case and if the case goes to trial or reaches a settlement. Our personal injury lawyers will never compromise any opportunity to secure your compensation and will work efficiently to help ensure you receive what you deserve.
Q: What is negligence?
A: The definition of negligence is the damage or injury caused to an individual due to reasonable care not being used. There are several standard elements to a negligence case including the duty of care between the injured party and the negligent party, when the duty of care is breached, an injury caused by the breach of duty and the resulting injury.
Q: What is the monetary amount I am entitled to?
A: Your potential compensation is just as unique as the duration of your case. One of the ways your compensation is determined is by estimating the amount most likely awarded by the jury when your case’s particulars are considered. Our personal injury attorneys in St. Pete are experts in calculating an accurate and fair amount for compensation.
Q: What are my compensation amounts factored?
A: Factors can be either non-economic or economic. A good example of economic damages are lost wages. This encompasses any paycheck the injuries you incurred in your accident prevented you from collecting. Additional factors include:
A loss of earnings: This is any income you can no longer earn due to your injuries.
Medical care expenses: These are all medical bills incurred for treatment due to your injuries.
Future medical expenses: These are all medical expenses required for future care including rehabilitation, therapies, etc.
Property replacement and repair: This covers the fair market value of any items damaged due to your accident.
Pain and Suffering: This type of compensation may include emotional and mental anguish, a loss of enjoyment in your life and physical pain.
A loss of consortium: This is a loss of companionship, comfort, affection and additional elements lost to a spouse in regards to married life caused by a personal injury accident. Damages may be recovered for these types of loss.
All of these factors will be explained in full detail during your free initial consultation.
Q: I do not know whether or not I should file a claim for my personal injury. Can I file later?
A: The time you have to file a personal injury claim is not unlimited. The Florida State Statutes only provide a period of 48 months from the time your accident occurred. If your case is for medical malpractice or wrongful death you only have two years to file your claim. There are important reasons to take action quickly. Critical details can be forgotten by witnesses as time passes and evidence can be degraded or lost. Schedule a consultation with a personal injury specialist as quickly as you possibly can.
Q: Will my case go to trial?
A: Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. consists of an experienced and talented team of trial attorneys. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary. We have resolved a lot of our clients’ cases with a settlement but remain prepared to be your representation in a trial.
Q: Will I have to go to court?
A: This is usually dependent on your insurance company. If they are in disagreement regarding what our personal injury lawyers feel you are entitled to receive litigation may be required to secure this amount for your compensation. You are entitled to make a settlement with your insurance company when the appropriate amount is offered. In this instance, you would not be required to attend court.
Q: What do I do when I receive calls from the representatives from my insurance company?
A: Delay talking to any attorneys, adjusters or representatives from your insurance company until you have had a consultation with a qualified accident lawyer. When you make statements in person, in writing or on the phone to a representative from your insurance company you may negatively impact the amount of compensation you are entitled to and damage the strength of your case. Our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers can be reached quickly by calling 855-529-3366.
Q: How do I establish a personal injury case?
A: We offer a free initial consultation at Dennis Hernandez & Associates, P.A. We will gather the details regarding how you were injured, establish if you have a case and explain all your options.
For additional details regarding pursuing your personal injury claim please watch our brief video:
NEARBY FLORIDA COURTHOUSES
Tampa: George E. Edgecomb Courthouse
Plant City: Plant City Courthouse
St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg Judicial Building
Clearwater: Pinellas County Courthouse
Bradenton: Manatee County Judicial Center
Brandon: Brandon Regional Service Center
Ruskin: South Shore Regional Service Center
Bartow: Polk County Courthouse
Lakeland: Lakeland Branch
New Port Richey: West Pasco Judicial Center
Dade City: Pasco County Courthouse
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If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, you do not have to face big insurance companies by yourself: We are ready to stand with you every step of the way. Find out if you have a case by scheduling your free initial case review with an expert St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer now.