From the 600 Block Arts District to the Kenwood District, there's plenty to love about living in St Petersburg. But when you're injured in an accident, it can be difficult to enjoy anything the city has to offer. Your physical and mental health can take months or years to recover, and along with that comes the heavy financial burden of medical bills and lost wages. Our legal team will help ease that burden by fighting for your rights and making sure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Can You Seek Compensation?
First, you need to ensure that you have a case. Under Florida law, victims of an accident can seek financial compensation if they show that the accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else.
Negligent or reckless actions can include a wide range of different things. Some examples include:
Essentially, you must be able to show that the person responsible for the accident acted in a way that any reasonable person would recognize as being negligent or reckless. If this is the case, you likely have the grounds to seek restitution. The only way to know for sure, however, is to contact an attorney. Our team can provide you with a free case review and quickly give you an idea as to what your rights are. And if you have the right to restitution, we'll start fighting immediately for you.
What Is My Settlement Based On?
One problem that occurs constantly is that of unfair settlement offers. Often, insurance companies offer a lowball settlement amount to victims of an accident. Upon accepting it, you have little chance of getting additional compensation. But a fair settlement offer includes a number of things including:
- Lost wages
- Lost future potential wages
- Medical bills
- Future potential medical bills
- Pain and suffering compensation
- Punitive damages
You'll need an attorney to argue for your rights and to make sure that your settlement is as much as it should be. The Heavy Work An Attorney Does When you trust in our legal team, you get a lot of benefits. Attorneys do a lot to help show that you deserve compensation including:
- Gathering of all applicable evidence
- Working with medical experts to show the extent of your injures
- Negotiation with insurance companies towards a fair settlement offer
- Arguing your case in court if it goes that far
Usually, having a lawyer on your case means that you'll avoid courts and instead be able to negotiate a fair settlement offer out of court. This translates to faster results and better overall success at making a full recovery. Our team takes care of the hard work so you can focus on physical healing instead of on worrying about financial worries that have come about as a result of the accident. But if we have to go to court and fight the insurance companies there, we will.
Standing Up To The Bullies
Insurance companies and the legal teams on the other side likely have much deeper pockets and more resources than a victim of an accident will have. They may try things like:
- Stall tactics
- Forcing you to sign endless paperwork
- Refusing to pay
- Offering settlements that are lower than you deserve
And they do all of this knowing that you are injured and struggling. Their profit is all they care about, and we fight against these actions to make sure you aren't pushed around.
With your St Petersburg personal injury attorney on your side, you'll show the big guys that you mean business and get their respect. They can't push around our experienced legal team, and we have a reputation for standing up to legal bullies and making sure our clients' rights are protected. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, we're here to stand up to the bullies. Contact us today to get your initial case review and see more about what we can do for you.
The lawyers of Shapiro Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh have the firm belief that justice pays.