Palm Harbor Personal Injury Attorney
Advocating for Individuals Injured in Palm Harbor Accidents
Situated in North Pinellas County on Florida’s central west coast, Palm Harbor is less than an hour away from metropolitan Tampa and St. Petersburg yet home to a charming hometown atmosphere. Despite Palm Harbor’s mostly residential population, congested highways in Pinellas County were the site for over 17,000 auto accidents involving commuters, tourists, and residents in 2018. And year-round mild weather has led to catastrophic pedestrian accidents and motorcycle crashes on Palm Harbor streets.
While crash fatalities and serious injuries make local headlines, individuals who have suffered may struggle to balance both healing and financial stress. Under Florida law, you have the right to pursue legal action related to your injuries if they were caused by another person’s negligence. Experienced Palm Harbor personal injury attorneys at The Fran Haasch Law Group can help you take a proactive approach toward getting the compensation and justice that you deserve.
If you were injured or you lost a loved one as a result of someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior, call our legal experts at (727) 784-8191 or contact us online for a free, no-risk case evaluation with one of our personal injury attorneys in Palm Harbor.
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1275 Nebraska Ave
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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When Should I Call a Personal Injury Attorney?
When you suffer serious injuries, feel overwhelmed by the insurance claims process, or begin to experience financial hardship from property damage, medical bills or lost wages, you should call a personal injury attorney right away. Many injury victims do not immediately think to call for legal help after an accident but waiting to hire a personal injury lawyer can put your claim at risk. Your legal rights have an expiration date. Witnesses and video footage are short-lived proof, and time limits exist for notifying the at-fault party that you are going to pursue a claim.
Personal injuries happen as a result of carelessness or negligence. For example, motorists are expected to obey traffic laws and make sound judgments while driving. Store and hotel owners are expected to maintain hazard-free buildings. Dog owners are expected to train and restrain their pets. When these expectations fail and serious injuries result, it is important to contact our Palm Harbor personal injury attorneys right away for the following types of injury claims.
How Do You Prove Fault in a No-Fault Insurance State?
- Witness statements about the collision
- Photos of vehicle damage and surveillance video
- Reviewing the Florida Driver’s Handbook for traffic law violations
- The official police car accident report
Personal injury attorneys at The Fran Haasch Law Group can determine your options, including how to potentially file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
- Severe head trauma
- Road rash
- Bone fractures
- Eye and neck injuries
- Broken arms or legs
- Spinal cord injury
Slip and Fall Accidents
Wrongful Death Pedestrian Accidents
Other Types of Claims Palm Harbor Personal Injury Attorneys Handle
Personal injury cases include many forms of legal negligence and wrongdoing. Here are the other common claims we handle:
Semi Truck Accidents.
Commercial and semi-truck accidents result in more serious injuries and property damage than auto accident cases but are often more difficult to handle due to multiple parties, complex paperwork, federal and state regulations, and a team of lawyers representing the trucking company. A personal injury lawyer will protect your rights throughout the legal process.
Florida is a “strict liability” state. That is, a Florida dog owner may be held liable if their dog bites you, even if the owner was unaware of their dog’s aggressive nature. An experienced personal injury attorney can protect your legal rights after a dog attack by determining the level of liability that should be placed on an owner.
Most bicycle accidents are caused by driver negligence, but research shows that Palm Harbor’s warm weather, poor road design, and high-risk driver population make them more common in the Tampa Bay area. If you have been injured in a bicycle accident, an experienced attorney can identify the responsible party and ensure that you receive full and fair compensation.
House Bill 453 legalized electric scooters in Florida in 2019. The law allows e-scooter companies to operate anywhere under the regulation of Florida counties, cities, and towns. Already, companies such as Lime, Spin, and Jump have been given licenses by nearby cities to provide e-scooters to the public. While Florida lawmakers have established new safety statutes, any injuries that result from another’s negligence may lead to claims with the help of our Palm Harbor personal injury attorneys.
In Palm Harbor, where tourists and residents travel increasingly by rideshare app services, the Florida Senate passed a bill overriding all city regulation. Instead, they established universal rules for transportation network company (TNC) operations throughout the state. When a Palm Harbor rideshare accident occurs, our experienced legal team may be able to recover compensation if the company or driver violated Florida rideshare law.
If you have sustained injuries serious enough to cause a deformity or long-term disability, then you have suffered a catastrophic injury. Our Palm Harbor personal injury lawyers can help you recover compensation for surgeries, rehabilitation, permanent medical devices, medication, lost wages and emotional damages that you may have suffered.
Is It Worth Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?
It is almost always worth hiring a personal injury attorney immediately after an accident or serious injury. An experienced lawyer can help to determine the value of your case, work to prove damages, and offer guidance surrounding insurance payments for medical bills. Even if your injuries appear minor following an incident, it is in your best interest to at least consult with a personal injury lawyer to ensure that you are taking steps to protect your right to file a claim in the future.
What Do Personal Injury Attorneys Do to Get More Settlement Money?
People who have been injured require compensation to relieve the pressure of mounting medical expenses and lost wages, which is why turning to personal injury attorneys is critical to maximizing your settlement. Here is what an experienced lawyer can do to potentially increase your injury award:
- Use reputation and negotiations to end insurance company tactics. A personal injury attorney’s reputation and a threat of legal fees can stop strategies such as blaming you for an accident or tying up your claim so you have no choice but to accept an undervalued settlement.
- Accurately evaluate pain and suffering. Actual damages like medical bills, rehabilitation costs, property damage and lost wages are typically multiplied by a calculation of the severity of your injury.
- Assess long-term effects of injuries. Lawyers work with your healthcare team to evaluate whether you will need continuing medical care throughout your life or if an injury will reduce your effectiveness at work.
- Fight for you in court. Personal injury attorneys are experts who know Florida personal injury law, relevant statutes, insurance companies, and legal precedents for personal injury cases. If necessary, our Palm Harbor personal injury lawyers can take your case to court to get the fair settlement you need to move forward.
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Palm Harbor residents and visitors deserve quality legal representation for their personal injury cases. The Fran Haasch Law Group provides access to experienced lawyers who understand how Florida laws apply to your unique situation.