Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers
Skilled representation for injured victims in Tampa, Brandon & throughout Hillsborough County
Do I have to file a lawsuit to recover for my injuries?
Generally, no. Every case is unique, and we approach each case in the best way to maximize each client's recovery. Many times, through thorough investigation and a comprehensive presentation of each case, we are able to negotiate and resolve claims without litigation. We know that lawsuits can be stressful, expensive, exhausting, uncertain, and can last years. We take a practical approach to do what is in each client's best interests. However, we will not hesitate to aggressively and effectively litigate your case if it is within your best interests to do so.
How do I pay my lawyer?
If we accept your personal injury or wrongful death case, we will handle the case pursuant to a contingency fee agreement. If no recovery is made, there is no charge. We get paid out of the settlement or verdict award. We will advance all costs for investigators, experts, filing fees, and other expenses associated with obtaining the maximum recovery possible. If a recovery is not made, you pay nothing.
I was approached by an insurance company but I did not sign anything yet. What should I do?
Insurance companies may contact you directly unless you are represented by a personal injury attorney. You are encouraged to retain counsel as soon as possible to review your case and assist you in the claims process. Insurance companies have their own best interests in mind. You have the right to have an attorney look out for your best interests as well. Many times, the insurance companies will try and have you sign a release without fully explaining all of the rights you may be giving up.
How do I know if I need an attorney?
If you or a family member becomes injured because of someone else's negligence, you can benefit from speaking to a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Often the insurance company for the person who caused the injury will try to settle with you before you have an opportunity to retain an attorney. The insurance company knows it can most likely settle the case for significantly less money if you do not have a lawyer. We will investigate your case and obtain the necessary witness statements, documents, photographs, and other materials to protect your rights. You should hire a lawyer immediately after an injury or death to preserve valuable evidence and investigate before evidence is lost.
Will I meet with a lawyer?
Yes. At the initial consultation, a lawyer from Larson Johnson, P.L will meet with you. Throughout the remainder of our representation, a lawyer will be actively involved in the handling of your claim. You will communicate with a lawyer on all substantive matters that occur during the pendency of your case. We pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients, and will personally handle your case.
Will I have to go to court?
No. If the insurance company for the person who caused the injury is willing to offer a fair settlement, you do not have to bring a lawsuit in order to obtain a recovery. We are skilled at negotiating settlements without filing a lawsuit. In the event the insurance company is not willing to negotiate fairly, we will then proceed with filing a lawsuit if you so desire.
Who may bring an action for damages in a personal injury case?
A competent adult, who is over the age of 18 and injured, must bring the lawsuit in their name. A minor or an incompetent adult must have suit brought by either their parents or a court-appointed guardian. In a wrongful death case, a personal representative is appointed to represent the decedent's estate through the claims and litigation process. The personal representative is usually a family member of the decedent.
How long do I have to bring a case?
You must file your case within the statute of limitations, a fixed period of time dictated by the law. In many injury cases you are required to bring your case within two to four years from the date of the event that caused the injury. For an explanation of these time limits, always consult with a lawyer experienced in Florida law.
Should I get a second opinion if an attorney thinks I do not have a case?
Yes. Different lawyers will see a potential case differently. Some lawyers may not be familiar with the type of case you have or the available sources for recovery. If a lawyer rejects your case, it is always a good idea to seek a second opinion. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for clients who were initially told they did not have a case worth pursuing. If you have a serious injury or wrongful death case, you should always obtain opinions from experienced lawyers concerning liability and available sources for recovery.
How will I pay all my medical bills?
If you have been seriously injured, you will incur medical bills from physicians, hospitals, physical therapists, and other healthcare providers. Those bills will be in your name and will usually be sent to your address. You are primarily responsible for paying your bills, regardless of the cause of your injuries. If you have Medicare, Medicaid or health insurance to initially pay your medical bills, those sources will seek reimbursement from you once they determine that your injuries were the fault of a third party. The at-fault person's liability insurance carrier is responsible for paying for damages incurred, includes medical bills. We will handle medical bill and lien negotiation and reimbursement upon resolving your case.
What kind of cases does Larson Johnson, P.L handle?
Serious Personal Injury
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
Products Liability/Defective Products
Claims against Drunk Drivers
Pool Drowning Cases
Insurer Misconduct/Bad Faith
Complex Litigation Appeals
How will I be kept informed about my case?
You will be actively involved in the preparation of your case and will know its status at all times. We encourage our clients to speak with us directly whenever they would like an update regarding their case. From time to time information will be sent to you from the office which will also keep you informed of your case status.
What do I do when I have a question?
We are interested in your questions and we want you to feel free to ask them. Because we are often litigating and in court, it may not be possible for you to talk directly to counsel every time you call. However, we pride ourselves on one of our lawyers personally handling your case and communicating with you, and our lawyers make every effort to return messages as soon as possible.
How do I know what amount is fair for a settlement?
Our lawyers will explain clearly to you the factors which play a part in evaluating a claim. Our Tampa accident lawyers have considerable experience in evaluating and settling cases, and these issues will be discussed with you during the evaluation process. All aspects of your case will be thoroughly evaluated and discussed with you as the case is negotiated and litigated. We will provide sound recommendations to you based upon our research, investigation, and experience.
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Still have questions? Contact Larson Johnson, PL online or call us at 813.228.6688 for more information.