Pinellas Park Personal Injury Lawyer

Experienced Pinellas Park Personal Injury Lawyer

Many days and many places, accidents take place leaving someone physically hurt. Immediate attention must be given to the injured party’s care and safety.

  • Who was careless and who caused my injury?
  • Who is going to pay for my medical expenses, lost wages, or other financial burdens as a result of this incident?
  • How much will this incident cost me overall; how long will it take to resolve the many issues in this incident and what can be done now?

The best questions to ask are not the easiest to answer. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you learn more about your right to compensation after an injury. At STARR Law Offices, we believe that good representation is no accident. You need an experienced attorney who can provide you with the facts and answer your question. Contact us today at 727-578-5030 for a free consultation that will help you learn more about your legal rights following any type of personal injury.

 

Pinellas Park Personal Injury Lawyer

Common Types of Personal Injury Claims

At STARR Law Offices, we have assisted in a variety of personal injury cases, including:

  • Car Personal Injury Accident Claims

Car accident claims are some of the most common personal injury claims. Motor vehicle accidents can result in substantial injuries, many of which may cause limitations that can linger for a lifetime. We help our clients understand the insurance policies that cover their car accident injuries, investigate those claims, and offer more information about the compensation they may deserve.

  • Motorcycle Accident Claims

Motorcycle accident victims often sustain more severe injuries than victims of traditional car accidents since motorcycles offer little protection from the road. While Pinellas Park offers a great environment for riders, those riders can sustain life-altering injuries in an accident. We help motorcycle accident victims in the area understand their rights and seek compensation.

  • Bicycle Personal Injury Accident Claims

Your bicycle offers a convenient method of transportation. Unfortunately, drivers on the road may fail to take your needs, as a bicycle rider, into account — and ignoring your presence on the road may result in substantial injuries. At STARR Law Offices, we help bicycle accident victims learn more about their rights and pursue the compensation they deserve.

  • Pedestrian Accident Claims

Pedestrian accidents often result in severe personal injury as Pinellas Park residents and visitors attempt to navigate the local streets on foot. Often, pedestrians have ongoing complications following their injuries. We help pedestrian accident victims obtain the compensation they deserve.

  • Dog Bite Claims

Florida is a strict liability state: that is, dog owners bear liability for the actions of their animals even if the dog had previously shown no signs of violence or biting. We can help you learn more about your rights after a dog attack.

  • Premises Liability/Slip and Fall Accident Claims

Whether you suffer a personal injury on public or private property, you may deserve compensation. Property owners bear a high duty of care to anyone who visits those properties, including a duty to ensure a safe environment. Failure to keep up with maintenance, clean up spills, or issue adequate warnings about challenges that visitors to those premises may face can leave the property owner liable for any injuries you sustained.

  • Scooter Personal Injury Accident Claims

Many Florida residents choose to use scooters to get around. Those scooters can freely use local streets but may face additional complications as their riders try to navigate safely. If you suffer serious injuries in a scooter accident, the experienced attorneys at STARR Law Office can help.

  • Bus Accident Claims

Public transportation, including school buses, can substantially increase convenience when it comes time to get around town. When a bus driver behaves negligently, however, it can lead to severe injury for everyone on the bus.

  • Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one due to the negligent actions of another causes a gaping emotional hole in your life. Indeed, it leaves you with immense financial difficulties. Contact STARR Law Offices to learn more about your right to compensation after negligence.

Do I Have Grounds for a Pinellas Park Personal Injury Claim?

If you suffered serious injuries due to someone else’s negligent actions, contact STARR Law Offices. In general, we will ask these questions to determine whether you may have grounds for a personal injury claim in Pinellas Park.

1. Did Someone Else’s Negligence Cause Your Accident?

To show that you have grounds for a personal injury claim, show that another party caused your accident due to negligence. For example, in a car accident claim, your attorney might show that you had an accident due to the other driver.

While establishing grounds for a personal injury claim, your attorney will try to show that the negligent party failed to take reasonable actions to protect others around him. For instance, if you suffer injuries in a slip and fall in a store, your attorney might try to prove that the negligent party failed to thoroughly clean up after a serious spill.

2. Did the Negligent Party Bear a Duty of Care to You at the Time of the Accident?

In general, you will have grounds for a personal injury claim if the negligent party bore a duty of care to you. Drivers all bear a duty of care to others on the road, including pedestrians and cyclists. Premises owners, including both public and private, bear a high duty of care to anyone visiting those premises.  When they don’t care, we do.

3. Did You Suffer Injuries or Damages Due to That Negligence?

To file a personal injury claim, establish that you suffered injuries due to the careless actions of the other party. Suppose, for example, that you noticed another driver swerving erratically due to inebriation. While that driver may face criminal penalties because of his decision to ignore the rules of the road, you do not have grounds for a personal injury claim unless you suffer injuries due to that driver’s actions. On the other hand, if that driver slams into your vehicle, resulting in severe injuries, you may have grounds for a claim.

What Types of Compensation Can I Seek for a Personal Injury?

At STARR Law Offices, we cannot guarantee the compensation that you can recover for your injuries. In most personal injury claims, however, you can pursue compensation for:

  • Your Medical Costs from the Injury – If you suffered serious injuries in your accident, chances are, you have substantial medical bills to go along with them. High medical costs can leave you reeling. Fortunately, you can keep track of those medical expenses and include them as part of a personal injury claim, which can help you recover much-needed compensation for those financial losses.
  • Wages Lost If You Could Not Return to Work –Many types of injuries prevent you from going back to work immediately after the injury. Those lost wages make it incredibly difficult for you to manage your regular bills in the aftermath of your accident. As part of your personal injury claim, you can calculate the cost of those lost wages and seek compensation for them. Did you permanently lose the ability to fill your usual job duties or to work in your industry as a result of your accident and your injuries? We can help you pursue compensation for that lost earning potential.
  • The Suffering You Faced Because of Your Injuries –Severe injuries in an accident can leave you facing an extended period of debilitating pain, unwelcome changes to your lifestyle, and serious losses related to the activities and occupations you usually enjoy. That suffering may not have a direct fiscal impact, but it does have a considerable impact on every area of your life. As part of your personal injury claim, you can include compensation for the suffering you faced. We can help you calculate the financial value of that suffering to give you a better idea of compensation.

Common Questions Asked by Our Personal Injury Clients 

What Exactly Is a Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim is an attempt to get the responsible party, usually an insurance company, to pay for the costs that the injured person now faces. This can include lost income and medical bills.

What Are the Top Misconceptions People Have About the Personal Injury Recovery Process?

Many people are surprised by what an attorney really does. People’s vision of an attorneys is standing in front of a jury somewhere, making an impassioned plea for their client. In reality, lawyers are spending more time trying to wade through investigation reports, medical records, and bills.

People also do not realize all the details that they need to be aware of after an accident, like the total medical bills, wages, and repairs. All these expenses need to be carefully calculated in order to produce a fair settlement.

What Are the Steps in The Personal Injury Recovery Process Before Filing a Claim?

The first step is to document the facts of the accident. That includes photos, statements of witnesses, and obtaining videos if they are available. Then, figure out who the responsible party is. Sometimes, it is more than just the driver of a car or the owner of a property. There can be additional parties who are responsible for an injury or for the condition of a property.

How Important Is the Evidence in A Personal Injury Claim?

The evidence is everything. If you look at the damage on a car, you can get some idea of what happened to the person inside the car. You have a limited period of time to get this evidence. That is why it is important. Statements from witnesses need to be taken as soon as possible. You do not want to wait until a year later and try to ask someone about an accident that they saw; you want to get to people when their memories are fresh. Without evidence, you do not have a good basis for your claim.

Do You Recommend That Clients Keep a Journal of Events Following an Accident?

A client’s journal helps when we are evaluating and describing their claim. The journal helps document you in the days after the accident. It is easy to forget because as you move on with your life, you may still have some effects of the injury, but you have forgotten about all the daily inconveniences.

How Long Do Personal Injury Cases Typically Take on Average to Be Resolved?

The length of a case depends on how much treatment the person gets and how much documentation there is. The quicker you work at the beginning, the quicker the case gets resolved. If you wait to do your investigation or delay your treatment, that can extend the case.

What Is the Consequence of Waiting Too Long for Medical Treatment After an Injury or An Accident?

If you wait to get medical treatment, the insurance company will suggest that your injury is mild or nonexistent, due to the fact that you did not seek treatment at the time of the incident or waited an extended period without treatment. Emergency medical treatment at the scene of the accident often begins the documentation of injuries. You will also loose valuable insurance benefits as described here.

How Do People Unintentionally Harm Their Personal Injury Claim?

One way people harm their case is forgetting about a similar injury that they had in the past. You do not want to be accused of covering something up. Be sure to take your time when explaining your medical history to the doctors who treat your injuries.

What Makes You and Your Firm Different or Particularly Suited to Handling Personal Injury Cases?

I have been working in this field since 1989 and I am proud of the results our staff has achieved for clients. We are incredibly detailed and determined to achieve the recoveries we get for clients. We work hard to get people the recovery they deserve.

Contact Our Pinellas Park Personal Injury Lawyer 

At STARR Law Offices, we are with you from the first call to your personal injury case is completed. We assist you with every aspect of the claim. We offer a free initial consultation and no fees unless we help recover compensation related to your injury.  Contact us today at 727-578-5030. We cover Clearwater, St Petersburg, and Tampa areas from our Pinellas Park office.