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If you or a loved one are hurt because of another person’s negligence in Tampa, a dedicated Tampa personal injury attorney from Franchi Law can help. Our practice is dedicated to assisting personal injury victims receive the compensation they need so that they can move forward in their lives.
We provide free and confidential initial consultations so you can get started. Additionally, clients pay no fees unless we successfully resolve their claim. Contact a trusted Tampa personal injury lawyer today to learn how we can help.
How Franchi Law Is Different
When you’re involved in a personal injury claim, one of the most crucial aspects involved is evidence. As the person reporting the claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit, you must have the proper evidence to support your claim. Before becoming an attorney, William Franchi was a well-respected law enforcement officer. As a client of Franchi Law, you have the benefit of a Tampa car accident lawyer who understands evidence from both the legal perspective and from the perspective of a law enforcement officer who would work the accident.
At Franchi Law, we understand the anxiety that comes along with being involved in a personal injury claim or lawsuit. The severe anxiety starts when you want or need updates or information and you cannot get into contact with your legal team. We recognize the stress that you’re under during this time. That’s why we strive to provide you with timely case updates and information before you need to reach out to us.
While personal injury cases may have some similarities, we recognize that each case is different. Because of these differences, it’s essential that the same case strategy is not applied to every situation. Each case should receive a thorough overview of the facts, evidence, and injuries. Once the experienced Tampa personal injury lawyers of Franchi Law have done this, then they can come up with the right strategy for your case.
What You Need to Know about Personal Injury Law in Florida
Personal injury is a broad area of law in Florida that covers several types of accidents. Examples include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall accidents along with other premises liability accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Catastrophic accidents
- Wrongful death
- Negligent security
- Distracted driving
A personal injury may be handled by filing a claim with the negligent party’s insurance company or via a personal injury lawsuit. With a lawsuit, the victim receives the opportunity to be awarded compensation for their injuries. They may also receive other damages because of the negligence of another party or because the other party intentionally harmed them.
Time Limit in Personal Injury Claims
However, under Florida statute section 5.11, you only have a specific amount of time available to file your claim or lawsuit. Florida statute specifically lists that the victim has four years from the date of their injury to file, in most instances. However, there are a few exceptions to this time limit. In cases of medical malpractice, victims have two years for the date of the incident or from the time the injuries should have been discovered to file a claim. The families of wrongful death victims have two years from the date their loved one died to pursue a claim.
It is important to work with an experienced Tampa personal injury attorney as soon as possible after a personal injury so they can explain the time limits to you, and get started building a solid case on your behalf. An experienced Tampa pedestrian crash attorney will have a deep understanding of the legal processes and will be able to guide you through them.
Accidents and Auto Insurance in Tampa, Florida
If your personal injury claim arises from a motor vehicle accident, it is important to know that Florida is a “no-fault” state. This means that each driver’s auto insurance policy pays for their own injuries and damages. Under Florida law, each driver is required to carry a minimum of $10,000 in personal injury protection, better known as PIP. As you know, $10,000.00 in regard to a motor vehicle accident generally doesn’t go far when a serious injury is involved.
In Florida, an auto accident claim can only be filed against the at-fault driver when
- The injuries involved cause severe disfigurement
- The injuries involved are permanent
- The injuries involved result in death
- The medical costs from the injuries are over the $10,000 even if the injuries aren’t severe
What Could Affect the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim?
There are many things that can affect the value of your personal injury claim. The best way to know the factors that could impact your claim is to schedule a free consultation with a Tampa personal injury attorney. This is because every claim is different. However, some of the most common factors that could affect what your claim is worth include, but may not be limited to:
- The severity of your injuries. The more severe your injuries are, the more you are likely to receive compensation. Take a catastrophic injury as an example. That would likely cause a lifetime need for medical attention, medications, and possibly disability along with a loss of wages.
- Whether you held any liability with the accident. If you were partially responsible for the accident, you may only receive partial compensation. If you were more than 50% responsible for the accident, you will not recover compensation for the accident.
- The amount of non–economic damages you incurred. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering and other intangible losses you may experience because of the accident.
- Any lost wages. You may be entitled to receive compensation for any lost wages you incurred because of the accident.
Franchi Law: Your Trusted Tampa Personal Injury Attorney
Florida laws related to personal injury can be confusing and hard to navigate on your own. Franchi Law’s Tampa personal injury attorneys are passionate about helping injured individuals get the settlement they deserve. We don’t get paid unless you do. Schedule your free consultation by calling (813)-800-4LAW today.