Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
Help and Representation after a Tampa Injury Incident
Home to the University of South Florida, and possessing a population of nearly 350,000 people, Tampa, Florida is a jewel of the sunshine state. With plentiful golf courses, a pair of professional sports teams, and ample bayside areas playing host to all kinds of water recreation, Tampa is bustling with activity. Unfortunately, even in paradise, accidents and injuries are bound to happen. The Pendas Law Firm is dedicated to representing the victims of these accidents. Our experienced Tampa personal injury lawyers work tirelessly to secure maximum compensation for personal injury victims, regardless of the complexity of the case.
Serving victims in need of top legal representation, the team of lawyers at The Pendas Law Firm specializes in a variety of areas, including wrongful death, personal injury protection, automobile accidents, and medical malpractice. Each of our personal injury lawyers possess a wide range of experience in both trial and mediation settings. No matter if you or a loved one has been in a car, truck, motorcycle, or boating accident, suffered a slip and fall in a business establishment, or been the victim of a dog bite or animal attack, The Pendas Law Firm will use Florida’s negligence and/or wrongful death laws to fight for maximum compensation for any damages suffered.
Experienced Legal Counsel for Every Tampa Injury Type
There are a variety of injuries that can occur in Tampa. We can help you with the aftermath of the following issues:
- Airplane Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Insurance Claims
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Slip & Fall
- Truck Accidents
- Uninsured & Underinsured Motorists
- Whistleblower Claims
- Workers’ Compensation
- Wrongful Death
Where there are no witnesses to a car crash, it may become difficult for you to prove who was at fault. We know how to investigate automobile accidents and will work with reconstructionists and other experts to help prove who was at fault and get you compensation for your car crash injuries.
Dog bites can leave a person with severe, scarring injuries and require medical attention to treat cuts and diseases like rabies. Although Florida dog owners are strictly liable for the injuries their animals cause, there are exceptions to this general rule. We can help show that these exceptions do not apply in your case and help you obtain compensation for your injuries from the dog’s owner.
An insurance company makes money by taking in more money through premiums than it pays out in claims. If you are having trouble settling your claim with an insurance company, contact us for help. We can negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company and help you obtain a fair settlement of your claim.
Mistakes by doctors and nurses can exacerbate an existing condition or even leave a patient dead. While doctors and nurses are only human and thus prone to mistakes, the law does allow injured patients or the families of deceased patients recover damages from healthcare providers who gave the patient substandard care.
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Nursing home employees have been accused of neglecting residents’ basic needs like food, water, and cleanliness. Other employees have been convicted of physically or sexually abusing residents under their care. Nursing homes are responsible for the actions of their employees and compensation is available if your loved one has been abused or neglected while in a nursing home.
Personal injury cases usually focus on whether the careless actions of another cause injuries to you. A full investigation of the facts and circumstances of your injury, including consultation with experts, may be necessary in order to properly present your personal injury claim and increase your chances of success.
Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Like other insurance claims, PIP claims (made for personal injuries sustained in car accidents regardless of fault) may be stonewalled or subject to low settlement offers by the insurance company. Sometimes a phone call or letter from our offices is all that is necessary to encourage your insurer to move promptly and fairly on your claim.
A property owner who does not correct or warn guests and invitees of hazards on his or her property may be liable for damages if a guest or invitee is injured as a result. These hazards can include chemical or liquid spills, sinkholes, exposed wiring, and other similar conditions.
Defective products can be dangerous to unsuspecting consumers. Serious injuries can result. By using experts and engineers to analyze a product’s design or construction, we can show that a manufacturer was careless in its creation or design of a product and show that you are entitled to monetary damages for your injuries.
When a water main break, drilling, or mining activities loosen the earth underneath the surface of the ground, a sinkhole may form. These sinkholes can swallow unsuspecting cars and homes, resulting in property loss as well as personal injury. We at the Pendas Law Firm have experience in investigating sinkhole causes and holding those who caused the sinkhole responsible for the injuries and damages they cause.
Slip and Fall
Slips and falls can result in serious injuries like broken bones and traumatic brain injuries, especially in those who are older. Where a slip and fall or trip and fall is caused by a dangerous property condition or the carelessness of another, we can help you recover compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and other losses.
Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UM)
UM coverage is a standard feature on most auto insurance policies and is meant to protect you and provide you compensation in case you are injured in a car crash with an uninsured driver. We can help you negotiate a settlement with your insurer (if possible) and encourage the insurer to pay your claim quickly and in full.
If you reported an illegal or dangerous condition at work and were fired or forced to leave as a result, you may have a whistleblower claim. The law makes it illegal in most cases for an employer to take retaliatory actions (including firing or creating a hostile work environment) against a whistleblower.
Florida’s workers’ compensation laws exist to provide injured workers with benefits quickly following a workplace accident. Insurers may attempt to avoid paying you benefits by claiming that your “injury” is nothing more than a preexisting condition unconnected to your work or by downplaying your condition’s severity. We can help represent your interests in a dispute with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
The death of a loved one is an extremely sensitive and stressful time. This is especially true when someone’s carelessness caused the death of your loved one. A wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring your loved one back, but it can help alleviate financial worries by providing you with compensation for funeral and burial expenses, medical bills, and losses you will experience as a result of not having your loved one nearby.
Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers
How would you pay for an expensive trip to the hospital? Even a trip to the emergency room to find out that you have badly sprained ankle can cost a considerable amount out of pocket. Do you have enough to fix your car if it were to be in a fender bender? While many traffic collisions are minor and no party is seriously injured, and most slip and falls end in nothing more than a few bruises and a damaged ego, a startling amount of these “accidents,” many of which are avoidable if all parties involved took the proper duty of care, end up much, much worse. Instead of a sprained ankle, it could be a traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding from a ruptured spleen, and a spinal column injury that last a lifetime. Instead of a fender bender, the cost of a new car totalled in a rollover may be your least costly and least important problem. None of us enjoy thinking about these types of events, much less making financial plans around them. Most Americans, it turns out, are in no such position to even scratch the surface of a costly hospital bill.
Whether you have been injured by negligent or willful conduct, our experienced Tampa personal injury lawyers will use every tool available to help you secure adequate payment for the injuries you suffered. For over ten years the team of caring and dedicated lawyers at the Pendas Law Firm has been helping people injured in Tampa and throughout Florida recover compensation for their injuries. We pride ourselves on delivering superior results for our clients while providing exceptional customer service. We will be there to help you during every step of the process of obtaining compensation. Contact our successful Tampa personal injury lawyers and we’ll put our years of experience to work.
Our firm’s paralegals and lawyers speak fluent Spanish, so we are able to represent our client’s interests even if they are more comfortable speaking Spanish. We can ensure that your testimony and statements are translated accurately and help you understand the court process.
The Unfortunate Financial State of the Average American Family
According to an annual survey by Bankrate.com in 2014, over a quarter of Americans have zero emergency savings, and, of the people that do have emergency savings, 67 percent don’t have enough to cover half a year’s worth of expenses, as reported by USA Today. These rates have stayed roughly the same over recent years, with the minute fluctuation showing the true and unfortunate situation of most American families. Go Banking Rates’ survey found that 62 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings account. Of those people, 28 percent had no money in their savings account, and 21 percent did not even own a savings account. It was discovered that only 10 percent of Americans have more than $10,000 in their savings account. When asked how they would pay for an emergency, for which few people truly ever plan, 12 percent said they would use credit cards, 16 percent would attempt to rely on friends and family, and 26 percent said they would reduce their other expenditures. These are some of the repercussions of the Great Recession of 2007, during which millions of families already used up what little savings they had.
No Safety Net for Those Hit by Hard Times that are Out of Their Hands
The U.S. may be the largest superpower in the world, but that obviously does not mean everyone, or even a large percent of the population, is wealthy. And, it doesn’t meant that an adequate safety net exists for everyone in need during their own personal times of trauma. Even the highest deductable, and least expensive health care policy is incredibly expensive. Medical bills for serious injuries can easily cripple even upper middle class families, adding further complications to an already dire and scary life-threatening situation. However, if the injured person is victim of another’s negligence, there may be financial compensation available. Often, compensation doesn’t come without a fight. And, it may be entirely necessary to seek financial payment given the consequences of high medical costs, pain and suffering, and even bankruptcy or joblessness due to an injury that causes permanent debilitation.
The Cost of Injuries in Tampa Accidents and Your Options for Compensation
An overnight stay in a Tampa hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU) costs upwards of $25,000. A few nights and surgeries later and the medical costs of a fall down a flight of slippery stairs, a safety procedure disregarded by your employer, or another driver’s moment of inattention as they sent a text at 60 miles per hour down the interstate can reach astronomical proportion.
While not everyone has healthcare (and even health insurance policies have their limits), everyone does have the right to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer, and to file a civil lawsuit for personal injury. In many cases, a personal injury lawsuit is settled by the liable party’s insurance provider. However, if no such insurance policy exists, such as auto or property (in the case of an individual, not a company), you may have the right to go after the individual’s personal assets. In both scenarios, you will need and rely on the help of a lawyer with the experience, resources, and knowledge to get the job done. Contact one of the best Tampa personal injury lawyer today.
National Safety Council on the Comprehensive Cost of Motor Vehicle Injuries and Death
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the average cost of a fatality, including the value of lost quality of life, is $9,887,000, while a disabling injury is $1,082,00. These figures, as the NSC suggests, should not be looked at as the true economic costs of crashes that end in death and injury, but as the cost when calculating pain and suffering and lost quality of life, or loss of consortium. The average cost of a fatal car crash when only looking at lost wages, medical costs, administrative expenses, motor vehicle damage, and employer uninsured costs is calculated to be around $1.5 million, or $88,500 for a disabling injury.
Contact Us for Tampa Personal Injury Representation
Our Tampa personal injury lawyers pride themselves on aggressively representing our clients’ interests, obtaining the compensation and damages they are entitled to under the law. If you or a loved one has been injured in a Tampa accident, contact our dedicated and experienced legal team at (888)-LPENDAS (573-6327), or contact us online right away to schedule a free consultation.