Lawyers in Tampa Helping With Your Injury Case
Tampa Lawyers to Help You With Your Injury Case
The attorneys at Williams Law, P.A. have more than 20 years of experience helping victims of accidents get the compensation they deserve. Our team, located conveniently in downtown Tampa, has resolved hundreds of injury cases against large insurance companies throughout Florida. Here at Williams Law, P.A. we take a personalized approach to your case – we provide the support and experience of a large firm, while maintaining a personal relationship of a small firm. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, contact the lawyers at Williams Law, P.A. to see how our law firm can help you! We offer a free initial case consultation to see if you have a case and how we can help you maximize your compensation.
Williams Law, P.A. dedicates time and resources to helping victims in Tampa and the surrounding areas. Retaining one of our attorneys can make a substantial difference in your future. With an attorney, you won’t find yourself struggling to get a fair settlement from your insurance company or facing hefty medical bills without a way to pay them. Our attorneys can stand up for your rights, seek justice for the negligence of others, and recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Is There a Time Limit on Filing a Claim in Florida?
Your injuries are personal to you, but they are legal matters in the eyes of the Florida civil court system. This can work to your advantage after an accident. The courts say you have the right to pursue financial recovery after sustaining injuries if someone else’s negligence or intent to harm caused them. To give your case its best chance of succeeding, you must obey the various state laws regarding injury claims. Some of the most important laws are as follows:
- Deadline for filing. The statute of limitations for filing a claim in Florida is four years from the date of your accident, or four years from the date that you discover your accident-related injuries. For example, if you become ill 10 years after exposure to asbestos in the workplace, you have four years from the date you discover the illness.
- Elements for filing. To have grounds to bring a claim, you must have four main elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care.
- The defendant breached this duty.
- The breach of duty caused your accident.
- You suffered real damages in the accident.
- Comparative negligence. Florida abides by a pure comparative negligence rule. This rule states that a plaintiff can still be eligible for damages even if he or she contributed to his or her injuries. The courts will reduce the amount of compensation by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault. Even if you partially caused your accident, you may still be eligible for financial recovery.
- No-fault car insurance. Florida is a no-fault insurance state. This means that after a Tampa car accident, each victim must seek recovery through his or her own insurance company regardless of fault for the crash. Your insurance company will provide recovery after most accidents. Under these laws, you can only file an injury claim after a wreck if you suffered “serious injuries,” including permanent injuries, scarring, disfigurement, or loss of bodily function.
- Dog bite laws. Did someone else’s dog in Tampa Bay attack you? The state’s strict liability laws mean you may be able to hold the owner of the dog liable for your damages regardless of the animal’s prior history of aggression. If you were lawfully on the owner’s property and did not instigate the attack, you are likely eligible for recovery from the dog’s owner.
- Damage caps. The State of Florida imposes caps, or limits, on the amount of compensation an injured party may receive in certain types of cases. For these cases, plaintiffs may only receive punitive damages up to three times the amount of compensatory damages, or $500,000 (whichever is greater).
A conversation with one of the attorneys at Williams Law, P.A., can help you understand Florida’s laws and use them to your advantage. Each case is unique. Retaining an attorney will give you a one-on-one consultation with a lawyer in Tampa Bay. You’ll receive personalized legal counsel and an in-depth look at the specific laws pertaining to your claim.
What Can I Recover In Case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence – whether it be from a car accident, negligent doctor, or some other accident – you could be entitled to compensation. Most people don’t know that compensation can be for things other than medical and hospital bills. In Florida, victims can receive compensation for events including:
- Past and future medical bills
- Property damage and diminution of value
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of companionship
If you were injured in Hillsborough county, a Tampa lawyer can assist you with getting the compensation you need and deserve to make a full and lasting recovery.
Over $100 Million Recovered for Our Clients in Florida
Although our main office is in Tampa, the attorneys at Williams Law, P.A. represent clients throughout the State of Florida and are dedicated to assisting injury victims to maximize their compensation from insurance companies. For over 20 years, Williams Law, P.A. has handled a variety of serious and fatal lawsuits, and has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Our lead attorney, K.C. Williams III, Esquire, is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar, and has been consistently elected a Super Lawyer by his peers.
Florida Injury Lawsuit Timeline
- Report your injury to the proper government agency (typically your local police department)
- Seek necessary hospital or medical treatment for your injuries
Hire a Lawyer
- File an insurance claim with the negligent party’s insurance company
- You and your attorney gather bills and other records to bring as evidence to court
File a Lawsuit
- Your attorney files all appropriate documents and ensures they are filed properly and on time
- Your attorney and law firm with hire necessary expert witnesses for trial such as doctors, accident reconstruction experts, etc.
- A mediator will guide a discussion between you and your lawyer and the insurance company to try and reach an agreement before going to trial
- Reaching a settlement for the fair value of a case is always the goal of mediation
- If both parties cannot come to an agreement during mediation, the case will head to trial in front of a judge and sometimes a jury
How Can Williams Law, P.A. Help Me?
After suffering an injury or illness – whether it be from a car accident, truck wreck, or medical malpractice – your first priority should be recovery and handling your medical concerns. Once you are able, reach out to a lawyer to discuss whether you have just cause to file a lawsuit against the person or entity who caused your accident. People who attempt to handle their own civil actions often find the stress of handling medical issues and legal entanglements is too much at once, and an attorney can make a tremendous difference.
An attorney will help an injured client gather the necessary evidence for an injury claim. The law revolves around the concept of negligence, which means an injured plaintiff and his or her attorney must prove the defendant in the case had a duty to the plaintiff to act with reasonable care, breached this duty in some way, and caused actual harm to the plaintiff. It’s important to note that a plaintiff can only sue if he or she suffered measurable losses or injuries.
The attorney will need to prove the defendant’s negligent actions “more likely than not” caused the plaintiff’s damages. This can be one of the most complicated parts of an injury claim, for several reasons. Some plaintiffs may have injuries or illnesses that are unrelated to a defendant’s actions, and the defendant’s attorney may attempt to shift responsibility for the plaintiff’s damages to some other issue. The plaintiff’s attorney will likely enlist the services of experts who will testify on the plaintiff’s behalf. Most expert witnesses in these cases are medical professionals who provide the court with an understandable interpretation of the plaintiff’s experiences and medical issues resulting from an incident.
We Take the Time to Treat You and Your Case Right
At Williams Law, P.A., you will never be encouraged to accept a quick settlement that may not fully compensate your injuries. Where other law firms seem content to accept a low settlement offer that requires little work and move on to the next case, our attorneys believe you deserve all the compensation you are entitled to.
You benefit from our determination to seek fair compensation in a number of ways. First, our clients receive more compensation due to our dogged determination in negotiations with insurance companies and corporate attorneys. We refuse to compromise with a settlement that does not adequately address the injuries you have sustained.
Second, you benefit from our trial experience. Because we are prepared to take every case to trial, we have more courtroom experience than many attorneys. You can rest assured your attorney will know how to try your case should it be necessary to take your case to trial. Because our attorneys prepare from the beginning to go to trial, we are better prepared when we step into the courtroom.We know that for you, this case is the most important case there is. We seek to treat each client that walks through our doors with the respect and consideration they deserve.
Finally, you owe us nothing up front and you only pay us if we WIN your case. Williams Law, P.A. works on a contingency fee basis – so you have nothing to lose by hiring us. Call us today to set up a FREE initial consultation with a member of our team.