Personal Injury Representation Backed By Decades Of Experience
Personal injury law helps those who have been injured or harmed due to the wrongdoing of others, including negligence, carelessness and recklessness. In a successful personal injury claim, those who have been injured or harmed are compensated for their damages and losses by the at-fault party or parties. Those parties may be other persons, businesses or corporations, or governmental agencies. This is generally done through settlement negotiation outside of court but may also involve courtroom litigation wherein both sides present their case to a judge and jury for a verdict.
When you bring your personal injury case to Weston Smith Law, PLLC, you can rest assured that your claim will receive the time and attention it deserves from an attorney who has been in practice since 1992. Our firm does not practice in any other field of law. Therefore, we have developed the insight, skills and resources needed to build thoroughly-prepared cases. We also limit the number of cases we take on so that our clients get our full attention. Furthermore, we operate on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if we help you recover money.
Ready To Assist You With A Wide Variety Of Injury Claims
In a personal injury claim, you will generally be asserting that the other party was partly or wholly responsible for your injuries and thus can be held financially accountable for the resulting damages. Besides negligence, these claims can also include situations where intentional acts also caused your injuries such as criminal attacks. These claims can arise from:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical negligence and physician malpractice
- Sporting event accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Abuse or neglect of nursing home residents
- Accidents involving dangerous or defective consumer products
- Accidents on private or public premises involving dangerous or unsafe conditions such as slip-and-fall events
- Fatal accidents
Injuries in such cases can range from cuts, bruises and sprains to more serious damages such as broken bones, organ damage, internal bleeding and catastrophic injuries – neck and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, loss of limbs, severe burns – and other injuries leading to permanent disability.
These cases generally start with your claim against the at-fault party or parties who owed you some type of duty of care. For example, another driver on the road is under a duty of care to drive in a safe manner that is would be considered reasonable. Should the driver get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, that driver can be held liable for your damages when causing a traffic accident. Your claim will assert that the other party breached the duty of care owed to you which then led to your injuries and damages. Once this is established, settlement negotiation generally ensues in which each side will haggle over the type and amount of compensation owed to you as a result. When these negotiations continue to be in dispute, it leads to courtroom litigation where a judge and jury will decide.
Available Compensation In Personal Injury Matters
The compensation you will recover in your personal injury case will depend on how seriously you were injured and the extent of your losses. Compensation can involve:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages or income
- Property damage
- Mental anguish
- Other losses and out-of-pocket expenses
Throughout the phases of your claim, you will generally be dealing with an insurance company that will do everything in its power to reduce the liability of its insured. These companies commonly have legal teams and representatives of their own whose main job is to fight your claim. They typically engage in pressuring accident victims to accept lowball settlement offers which is why you need an attorney of your own.
Work With A Proven Personal Injury Attorney – Contact Us Today
Trust your case to an attorney with a strong track record of success. To discuss your options in a free initial consultation, phone our office at 727-866-4103 or reach out online. Weston Smith Law, PLLC, is based in St. Petersburg, Florida, and we serve clients throughout the Tampa Bay area and beyond.