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- Over 10,000 Accident Cases Settled
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With nearly a quarter-million residents within its borders, St. Petersburg is one of the most heavily populated areas in the state and one of the most visited. There's plenty to see and do here, from the Museum of Fine Arts to the St. Petersburg Pier. However, due to the high population it's also the site of frequent accidents.
We have more than 20 years of history serving the St. Pete area with personal injury law claim representation, and pride ourselves on settling for millions every year for our clients. If you've been injured, you probably have plenty of questions about what to do. Learning more is the first step towards getting the compensation that you deserve.
How can a lawyer help after an injury?
Simply put, a lawyer is one of the single most important allies you can have after suffering from an injury. While your doctor and medical team will be vital as well, your attorney will be able to offer you numerous benefits that make them vital to the recovery process.
Here's a look at just some of the ways we can help you after you've been injured:
An attorney will help you determine what your rights are and whether or not you can pursue compensation. This allows you to avoid going through a long, drawn out process of legal action if there is no point in it.
By using an attorney, you help yourself avoid a huge amount of stress. Recovering from an injury is something that can take a toll on your body and mind, and when you're trying to recover you don't need the added stress of trying to fight insurance companies or argue for a settlement. By letting our team take over, you can focus on what's important – recovering from your injuries – while we take care of the stressful, difficult task of negotiating your settlement.
You also get better, faster results when you trust in a personal injury lawyer for your case. The fact is that insurance companies have a long history of pushing around those who've been injured in an accident. It's because they can – they know that most people don't have the resources to take them to trial and that most will settle for a fairly low settlement. With an attorney on your side, the chances of the insurance company settling out of court are much higher since they want to avoid a large settlement fee ordered by the court. You'll get your compensation faster, and it will likely be higher than it normally would.
What Is The Process Of An Injury Claim Case?
A personal injury case can involve far more than most people realize, and it's vital that you understand just how complex it can be. This way, you'll have a clearer idea as to just what's going with your case and what steps your lawyer will be taking. Here's a look at some of the key steps involved.
First, the attorney has to determine just what your rights are. This means that they need to figure out whether or not you actually have the legal right to seek compensation. They'll have to determine if fault lies with the other party and why.
A lot of investigation will likely follow. We'll talk to witnesses, review accident reports, and more in order to help determine who is really at fault and what the specifics of the accident were.
The next step will be negotiating for a settlement. Once you have a legal team on your side, most insurance companies will be far more likely to settle out of court than to go to trial. The reason? They're worried that a judge or jury may award you far more than they want to pay. As a result, they're willing to negotiate to a sum that much fairer than what they'd pay you if you had no representation.
The attorney will discuss your options with you once a settlement is proposed, and help you determine whether or not it's a fair amount. If it is, the agreement will be signed.
If it's not fair and you don't feel it is, your next step will be a trial. At this point, the attorney will represent you and argue your case in court to get you the compensation you're owed.
Saint Petersburg Law Office Practice Areas
St Petersburg roads are very busy, and as a result they are the site of numerous accidents throughout the year. Under Florida law, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries if you’ve been hurt in an auto accident that was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else. Auto accident fault could lie with other motorists, road engineers, automakers, and more. As such, you’ll want to speak with a professional auto accident attorney to find out what your rights are and how best to pursue your compensation. Our experienced team is ready to help you.
Being injured in an accident can throw anyone’s life into chaos. Residents of St Petersburg who are involved in any type of accident already have to endure physical and mental healing, but what about the financial impact it can have on their life? Medical bills, lost wages from work, and other expenses can add up quickly and leave you in a stressful situation. Seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit is the best option to avoid this. By proving the other party acted recklessly and that they are to blame, you could be able to get the compensation that you need to recover fully.
Auto accidents in St Petersburg that involve commercial trucks are a much more complex and serious type of auto accident. Their size means that injuries can be far more severe, and recovery times much longer. However, they’re also different in terms of seeking financial compensation when your accident was caused by a truck driver. The reason is that major trucking and insurance companies often spend huge sums of money to fight against paying out what you’re owed. There are numerous methods used to prove fault, however, and getting help from an experienced truck accident lawyer is the smartest move you can make.
Florida residents love their bikes, and St. Petersburg is home to scores of motorcyclists. But when you’re involved in an accident on a motorcycle, the chance of suffering a serious injury becomes incredibly high. Broken bones, spinal injuries, brain trauma, and death are all alarmingly common in these types of accidents, and all can place a tremendous physical and mental strain on your life. But there is also a financial burden that comes with serious motorcycle accidents, and if you’ve been hurt in one you owe it to yourself to speak with our team to learn how you could get compensation for your injuries.
Personal injury law in St Petersburg can encompass a lot of different things, but one that is often overlooked is dog bites. Each year, hundreds of people suffer dog bites and over 600 hospital visits in Florida are due to this type of injury. If you’ve been bitten by a dog that an owner failed to properly secure or contain, you could be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries. You’ll have to show that the owner acted in a negligent manner concerning their pet, which can be difficult, but our legal team can assist you in the process.
Slip And Fall
A slip and fall accident can have a dramatic influence on the lives of those involved. St Petersburg is home to numerous types of residents, and a fall can lead to broken bones as well as other serious problems like head trauma and more. Seeking compensation is important, but slip and fall law is very complex due to the fact that it must be proven that a property owner knew about the potential risk of part of their property and did nothing to correct it or warn others about it. This can be challenging, and only an experienced personal injury lawyer can help.
A sudden death is something that nobody is prepared for. It can not only lead to sorrow, anger, and more, but can also place families in a serious financial bind. Funerary costs, lost wages, medical bills, and other factors can make it hard for those left behind to move on in any meaningful way. A wrongful death lawsuit in Sarasota is intended to help those people who have lost a loved one overcome the financial bind it can place them in and try to move forwards with their life the best they can. Those who have lost someone should speak with an attorney as soon as they can.
How Will Your Firm Prove My Case?
While the insurance industry has a finely honed playbook, their own attorneys and corporate salaried adjusters, the Attorneys at Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh understand what it takes to prove a case and determine fair compensation.
- Work with law enforcement to collect police reports
- Purchase wrecked vehicles involved in the crash
- Collect the witness statements
- Where applicable get black box data from commercial trucks
- Review the driving records of those involved
- Review the medical condition of drivers
- Work with a professional accident re-constructionist to create a computer animated presentation of how your accident occurred based on the investigative data
- Work with medical professionals and life-time care planners to understand the long-term, needs
- Communicate directly with the insurance companies for your interests
How Is Compensation Calculated?
Calculating the compensation you're entitled to is a complex process that involves a number of different things. Some of the different factors that go into compensation include:
- Medical expenses you've paid
thus far for injuries
- Future medical expenses your injuries
may lead to Lost wages
- Future lost wages as a result
of your injuries
- Pain and suffering
– emotionally and physically
Other factors could exist as well. In TBI cases, for instance, long term care costs may be a factor. Memorial service costs and a lifetime of lost wages may be used in wrongful death cases. Each case is different, but the points above are the most common factors used in compensation calculation.
Frequent Accidents that can result in personal injury lawsuits
There is a huge amount of accidents that could lead to personal injury lawsuits, but the most common that will lead to a case include:
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- On the job injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
- Commercial Trucking accidents
- Wrongful death cases
- And more
Common injuries that legal representation is recommended for
Likewise, there are countless types of injuries that could be sustained during an accident. Among the most common and the most serious are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Wrongful Death
- And More
If you've been injured, you owe it to yourself to get the kind of representation you need and seek out the compensation you deserve. We can help, and have a long history of doing so.
How Much Will Your Legal Representation Cost Me?
It costs you nothing for more than 100 years of combined years of personal injury law experience in St. Petersburg and throughout Florida.
If you have suffered an injury, Florida laws enacted recently have reduced the time available to file your case in some situations. Do not wait, contact an attorney today and learn your rights.
Personal Injury Lawyers Serving St. Petersburg FL
The lawyers of Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh have over 100 years of combined Florida legal experience in personal injury, wrongful death and negligence cases.
Attorney Michael J. Babboni was selected by the St. Petersburg City Council as a charter member of the city's Nuisance Abatement Board, which has served as a model for other large municipalities throughout the state of Florida. Michael J. Babboni also served on the City of St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Committee, which helped attract a major league baseball team to the city.