Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer

Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents are one of the leading causes of death and personal injury in Tampa and throughout the United States.  Sadly, nearly all so-called accidents are entirely preventable and occur when people, companies, and institutions do not prioritize safety.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in Tampa, Pasco County, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, or surrounding areas of Florida, our personal injury attorneys can help. You may be eligible for compensation for medical bills, missed wages and pain and suffering. Contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential case evaluation with an experienced personal injury attorney.

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Why Choose Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, as your Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer?

At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, we are passionate advocates for injured people. Our Tampa personal injury lawyers take a hands-on approach, devising comprehensive strategies tailored to your case, and aggressively litigating for the maximum possible damages. Your specific circumstances inform all our legal decisions, and we make sure you are aware of all your legal options before proceeding.

When we represent you, we will thoroughly investigate your Tampa car accident or injury to discover all potentially liable parties and decide on liability before proceeding with your case. We handle all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we never charge a fee unless we make a successful financial recovery on your behalf.

How Can a Tampa Injury Attorney Help You?

Personal injury claims may involve technical or legal complexities that are best handled by an experienced Florida attorney. If your injuries are severe or have left you with impairments, having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help you maximize your compensation. If the insurance company refuses to make a fair settlement, an experienced injury attorney can negotiate skillfully on your behalf or fight for your rights in court if necessary.

Your attorney can hire experts, conduct their investigation into your case, and make sure all important deadlines and filing dates are met. If an insurance company or other defendant refuses to treat you fairly, our attorneys are ready and able to take them to trial if necessary.

Additionally, cases with serious personal injuries often involve significant medical bills and lost wages. An attorney can help you find medical treatment, manage the mounting bills, and help ease the burden of lost time at work.

Common Personal Injury Claims in Tampa

A variety of situations can give rise to a personal injury claim. Common examples include:

Such cases may be resolved through an out-of-court settlement or civil court proceedings. Our personal injury attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, have more than 100 years of experience representing clients in all types of personal injury matters. Contact us for a free consultation if you have been hurt through the negligence or wrongdoing of another.

Tampa Child Injuries

There many different ways where children have the potential for injury to occur. We understand the devastating impacts a child injury can have on a family. Our compassionate attorneys are here to help you through every step of the legal process, so your family may focus on healing.

Common Causes for Childcare Injuries in Tampa:

  • Daycare Negligence
  • Daycare child abuse
  • Drowning
  • Car Accidents
  • Children left in hot vehicles
  • Burn injuries
  • Drowning
  • Slip & fall accidents

If your child- or a child you know- has suffered an injury that you believe was due to negligence or abuse, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule a free initial consultation with our attorney.

Causes of Personal Injuries in Tampa, Wesley Chapel, New Port Richey & Surrounding Areas

Unintentional injuries are by far the leading cause of hospitalization. This year thousands of people were hospitalized in Tampa as a result of unintentional injuries, the vast majority of which were injuries that resulted from falls.

This is almost five times as many hospitalizations from falls than from motor vehicle collisions. This trend holds in every year of data available.

In cases of fatal injury, deaths that result from falls are second only to poisonings in Florida.  Motor vehicle traffic deaths rank third.

Damages Available in a Personal Injury Case

In personal injury cases, damages refer to the monetary award paid to someone as compensation for their injuries. These damages typically fall into two categories, compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Compensatory damages, as the name implies, are awarded to compensate someone for damages, injuries, or other losses. Compensatory damages can be economic and non-economic.  Economic damages are easily measurable and include medical bills, lost wages, and property damage. Non-economic damages can be much more difficult to calculate and include non-tangible things such as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, emotional distress, and more.

Punitive damages exist to punish, particularly reprehensible, reckless, or dangerous behavior. In Florida, there are laws that set a limit or cap on the amount of money that can be awarded as punitive damages. In most cases, punitive damages are limited to three times the amount of compensatory damages or $500,000, whichever is greater. Punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant for unusually reckless or dangerous or egregiously bad behavior and are not often levied.

Legal Elements of Personal Injury Negligence in Tampa

Personal injury claims arise when a person suffers harm from an accident or injury for which someone else is legally responsible. Usually, the legal responsibility for an injury is based on the concept of negligence. This means that a negligent person failed to exercise reasonable care in their actions and in doing so, caused another person’s injuries.

Establishing negligence in a personal injury case typically hinges on four main elements:

  • Duty: The defendant (responsible party) owed a legal duty to act towards the plaintiff (victim) with a level of care that a reasonable and prudent person would use. An example is the legal duty of care that all drivers have to other motorists on the road.
  • Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must show that the defendant breached a legal duty. For example, an aggressive driver causing an accident by speeding and weaving in and out of traffic breaches their duty to show care on the roadways.
  • Causation: It must be shown that the defendant’s breach of duty caused the plaintiff’s harm or injuries.
  • Damages: The plaintiff must have incurred actual damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, stemming from the incident. In personal injury cases, this typically means that the plaintiff has suffered a serious injury of some kind.

Florida’s Comparative Negligence Law

Sometimes the person you think is responsible for your injuries will respond by trying to prove that it is you who was negligent and is responsible. He or she may allege that you are at least partly responsible for your injuries or in some cases, for making your injuries worse. If it is determined that you are partly responsible, it will affect the amount you are eligible to recover in compensation.

Florida follows a pure comparative compensation rule. Under this rule, your damages will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, you are driving the speed limit, and a driver runs a red light and hits your car in the middle of an intersection. Now suppose that you were traveling over the speed limit when the same hypothetical driver hit you.

If you hadn’t been speeding, you might have been able to avoid the collision, so you are partly at fault. Now, suppose that damages amounted to $5,000, and you were 10% at fault while the other driver was 90% at fault. In this case, your settlement would be reduced by 10%, and you would receive $4,500 instead of $5,000.

How Do I Know if I Have a Case?

If you have suffered a serious injury of any kind, you may have a personal injury case.  Even if you are not sure if your injuries were a result of someone else’s negligence, you should at least speak with a personal injury attorney. At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, we offer free and confidential case evaluations and would be happy to talk to you and learn the facts of your case.  Our attorneys can investigate your situation and discover who may be liable for your injuries and let you know what your options are.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Charge in Tampa?

At Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, our personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency-fee-basis. Our clients don’t pay anything unless we win a settlement or judgment. There are no upfront out-of-pocket costs when you work with us. If and when we are successful in secure compensation on your behalf, either through settlement or a jury verdict, our fees will be taken out as a percentage of the recovery.

There are many advantages to this system. First of all, it allows anyone to be able to have quality legal representation without having to pay hourly or with a retainer. In personal injury cases, our clients are often going up against insurance companies or large corporations. Without an attorney, there is a very low likelihood that these companies will deal fairly with injured people. Having an attorney on your side can help level the playing field and ensure you receive fair compensation. Secondly, this system helps clients get the best possible outcome. Our attorneys are invested in every case we take, and our results speak for themselves.

What Are Florida’s Statute of Limitations on Injury Claims?

Every state sets a time limit on how long a plaintiff has to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations. In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is four years from the date of the accident, Florida Statutes 95.11(3). If the case is filed after that time, the courts will likely refuse to hear the case.

Not all cases have a four-year limit, however.  The statute has several provisions for specific circumstances and situations, such as cases involving wrongful death, medical malpractice, and others. Because of these exceptions and rigid timelines, it is imperative that you speak with an attorney as soon as you are able if you have been seriously injured.  However, if a significant amount of time has passed, don’t assume that you have missed the opportunity to file a suit. Consult an attorney to discuss your exact circumstances.

Contact Your Tampa, New Port Richey and Wesley Chapel Attorneys Today

Our Tampa personal injury attorneys at Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC, provide our clients with the attention and respect each case deserves and requires.

We understand that this might be a tough time for you, and we offer a free initial consultation to determine if you have a case before proceeding. Contact us today if you have suffered harm through the negligence of another. Florin Gray Bouzas Owens, LLC proudly serves personal injury victims in Tampa, New Port Richey, Wesley Chapel, Pasco County, and surrounding areas.

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