St. Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer
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Personal injury law is that body of law that has been established to protect
those who have been injured or harmed due to the wrongdoing of others,
whether that wrongdoing has been action or failure of action through negligence,
carelessness, or 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.
Injured through negligence in or around St. Petersburg?
Contact Weston Smith Law at
(727) 312-1264 to arrange for a free consultation about your case.
Personal Injury Claim Basics
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 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 in the wake of the following situations:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Sporting event accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Wrongful death
- Accidents involving dangerous or defective consumer products
- Accidents on private or public premises involving dangerous or unsafe conditions
such as slip and fall events
Injuries in such cases can range from cuts, bruises, and sprains to more
serious damage such as broken bones, organ damage, internal bleeding, and
catastrophic injuries such as
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.
Compensation Owed in Personal Injury Cases
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 that for your past and future medical expenses, other out-of-pocket
costs, pain and suffering, loss of wages or income, property damage, mental
anguish, and more. 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 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 St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney
When you bring your personal injury case to Weston Smith Law, you can rest
assured that your claim will receive the time and attention it deserves
from an attorney who has decades of experience. That is because our firm
does not practice in any other field of law; this focus has given us 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 so
you never have to worry about paying upfront fees.
Want to get legal advice about your potential claim? Phone our office at
(727) 312-1264 to get started today.