Have You Experienced a Personal Injury in New Port Richey, FL?
Personal injuries range from mild to very severe. However, even a minor injury can have a significant effect on your everyday life. It is even more frustrating when the injury happened because of someone else’s negligence. If someone else’s carelessness caused your accident, seek out a free evaluation with a New Port Richey personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawyers know your rights and help you recover the losses you’ve suffered due to the accident.
The Fran Haasch Law Firm has 20 years of experience working on personal injury cases. We serve clients in Pasco County and the surrounding areas and provide professional and honest legal representation.
Are you uncertain if you should file a personal injury claim? Call our office at (727) 784-8191 or contact us online to find out what you may be entitled to. We are happy to answer your questions free of charge. Our clients do not pay unless we recover compensation for them.
What Is Considered a Personal Injury?
Personal injury means an injury to the body, the mind, or emotions. A personal injury occurs when someone acts negligently and harms you. That individual then has a legal responsibility to pay for any damages (economic and non-economic) incurred due to the accident.
Many types of accidents are included in personal injury law. Most of these cases, like car accidents, can be very complex and, therefore, require the expertise of an experienced personal injury attorney. Personal injury law firms have a staff of employees dedicated to helping you recover from your accident.
The Fran Haasch Law Group Personal Injury Practice Areas
Our New Port Richey, Florida lawyers have over 21 years of experience working with injury victims and their families in several personal injury practice areas. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping those injured by someone else’s negligence. Our law firm handles the following types of personal injury claims:
Unfortunately, injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident are often severe or life-threatening. A personal injury attorney experienced with motorcycle accidents can help determine if someone’s negligence caused your accident injury. The Fran Haasch Law Group is a strong supporter of the local motorcycle community.
Florida roads have a lot of traffic due to residents and visitors, which increases the likelihood of having an auto accident. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) reported 7,327 motor vehicle crashes in Pasco County in 2020. Those auto accidents resulted in 111 deaths and 6,364 injuries. In addition, Florida’s auto insurance requirements allow many drivers to be underinsured which adds to the complexity of Florida car accident cases.
We also represent car accident clients who have been hit and injured by impaired drivers. FLHSMV reported 314 fatalities in 2020 were caused by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, accidents caused by impaired drivers are often severe. Therefore, if you’ve been in an auto accident with an impaired driver, it is crucial to recover adequate damages to cover the expenses involved with this type of car accident.
The loss of someone you love due to an accident is devastating. Unfortunately, a wrongful death claim will never make up for your loss. Still, it can provide for surviving family members to cover losses the family has sustained. When the negligence of someone causes a death, the surviving family members have the right to file a wrongful death claim.
Truck accidents are often severe because of the size and damage a truck can do. Truck accidents are also highly complex cases because several different liable parties are involved in the accident. For example, responsible parties might include the driver, the trucking company, or the manufacturer of a defective truck part.
The trucking industry is regulated by many state and federal laws and regulations. Our lawyers are well-versed in both the state of Florida and federal trucking laws and regulations.
Dog bite injuries can be severe and even deadly. Florida was ranked second in the total number of dog bites per state in 2020, with 1,235 claims. When dog owners act negligently, the results can be disastrous. In Florida, dog owners are responsible for injuries caused by their pet, even if they had no prior knowledge that their dog could be dangerous. Our New Port Richey personal injury attorneys can help you receive compensation for your injuries.
Property owners are responsible for keeping their sites reasonably safe. Therefore, the property owner might be held liable if someone is injured in a slip and fall accident on their premises. Slip and fall accidents frequently occur due to dangerous conditions such as debris, clutter, spills, or wet floors. Slip and fall accidents can also happen due to exposed wires, uneven stairs or pavement, uneven flooring or broken tiles, lack of handrails, poor lighting, or not posting proper warning signage.
The nice weather in Florida promotes outdoor activities like cycling. FLHSMV reports that in 2020 there were 161 bicycle crashes and 13 bicycle fatalities in Pasco County. These accidents often occur because a driver of a car or other vehicle was distracted or acting recklessly. Cyclists are vulnerable to severe injuries because they do not have the same protection as cars and trucks.
Scooter use has increased significantly in the past several years, and so have scooter accidents. As a result, there have been more scooter riders visiting the emergency department.
More people are utilizing rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft. Therefore, it is not surprising to see rideshare-related accidents increase. You can experience a rideshare accident as a passenger, a driver, a driver or passenger of another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a cyclist.
These are serious injuries that impact the victim, their family members, and loved ones. Catastrophic injuries are so severe they prevent the injury victims from caring for themselves and returning to their everyday lives. Injuries like these result in significant physical, mental, emotional, and financial hardships.
How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
Many accident injury victims don’t recover fair compensation for their injuries simply because they don’t know their legal rights. After a New Port Richey accident, taking prompt action is crucial. It would help if you also avoid costly mistakes that could cause the insurance companies to deny your compensation claim.
If you’re unsure if you have a case, seek out a free evaluation by a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who knows the laws in New Port Richey, FL. Our lawyers can advise you whether or not to file a personal injury claim.
For a successful claim, certain elements have to be met regarding the accident. One of our personal injury lawyers will be able to determine if your accident meets these factors. These elements include:
- Duty—The defendant had a legal obligation to act reasonably and in a way that wouldn’t put you in harm’s way.
- Breach of duty—The defendant failed to take steps to fulfill this legal obligation or responsibility to you.
- Damages—You’ve been harmed in some way. You may have suffered physically, emotionally, or financially.
- Causation—Your injuries are a direct and proximate consequence of the defendant’s conduct.
Steps to Take If You Have an Accident
Suppose you are injured in a New Port Richey accident, and you believe that someone else might be to blame. In that case, it is beneficial to provide as much information as possible for your lawyer. If you are able, follow these steps as able to help gather evidence for your case.
1. Survey the Scene
- Take photos and video to document the accident scene.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Get a copy of the accident report or police report.
- Keep any of your personal items that were damaged in the accident.
You might be unable to take action at the scene due to injuries. In that case, we will investigate the site and recover as much evidence as possible.
2. Get Medical Attention
After an accident, you may have apparent injuries or hidden injuries that are less visible but still dangerous. Hidden injuries may require imaging or other tests to find. For this reason, you must seek medical care. Your health is the most important thing after an accident. Therefore, follow all of your doctor’s instructions.
3. Be Aware of Insurance Companies’ Tactics
Insurance companies don’t want to pay you a lot of money. So they will try to offer you as little as possible for your injuries.
- The insurance company might call right away to get you to say you’re OK. They may seem concerned; however, they’ll often use the information against you. Therefore, it’s better to let your New Port Richey personal injury lawyer talk to the insurance company.
- The insurance company might encourage you to quickly accept a less than optimal settlement before fully understanding the extent of damages you suffered.
- Or they might take excessive time to process your claim, hoping you will accept any low amount they finally offer.
- They might tell you that certain damages are not covered when they should be.
- Insurance companies might request that you authorize them to have access to your medical records. Then they’ll use the information against you and possibly say injuries you have from the accident were pre-existing.
- An insurance company might pressure you to sign paperwork before you have the opportunity to talk to a lawyer.
- They will discourage you from hiring a lawyer who can tell you what your rights are.
4. Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer in New Port Richey
You Want An Expert on Your Team
Port Richey personal injury attorneys understand the details of insurance policies. They are also experts in Florida law. It is advantageous to have a personal injury attorney with this knowledge on your side when dealing with big corporations and other lawyers.
Hiring a New Port Richey personal injury attorney quickly after your accident allows your lawyer to handle all communication with the insurance adjusters. In addition, this will keep you from falling for traps insurance adjusters use to decrease the value of your personal injury claims.
The large insurance carriers and big corporations have teams of lawyers and experts looking to save money. Hiring a personal injury lawyer helps even the playing field.
It is best to hire an attorney as soon as possible to deal with medical expenses and other costs that will start to add up quickly. Also, you may only have a short time to file a claim in some instances. Experienced Port Richey personal injury attorneys know how long you have to file different types of claims.
Additionally, evidence may be altered or no longer available to substantiate your claim if you wait too long to pursue legal action. Waiting to make a claim also opens up the possibility that witnesses to the accident may have moved, or their memory of the accident may have faded.
Attorneys Get You More Money
Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer will most likely increase the amount of money you recover from your accident. However, suppose you don’t have legal representation for your personal injury claim. In that case, the insurance adjuster knows that you don’t intend to go to trial. However, if you have an attorney, the threat of a lawsuit is present. It encourages a more fair settlement to be offered by the insurance company.
We Understand How Much Your Case Is Worth
Experienced personal lawyers understand all of the ways an accident injury has and will affect your life. A New Port Richey attorney will determine how much your claim is worth based on economic and non-economic factors. In addition, we will consult with experts to prove the extent of your injuries. Ultimately, we lookout for your well-being now and in the future.
We Get Results For Our Pasco County Clients
Our New Port Richey personal injury law firm has recovered millions for our clients. Below are just a few of our Pasco County million dollar case settlements for personal injury cases:
$5,010,000 Pasco County, FL Motorcycle Accident
A 33-year-old male was killed when the defendant driver turned left in front of him. Our client was driving his motorcycle and died shortly after being transported to the hospital. This case involved heavily contested liability, and the amount reflects the total available insurance.
$1,550,000 Pasco County, FL Car Accident
A 46-year-old male was stopped at a red light on U.S. Highway 19 in Pasco County and was rear-ended by the defendant at a high rate of speed.
$1,555,000 Pasco County, FL Motorcycle Accident
We recovered $1.55 million for a wrongful death motorcycle accident case in Pasco County.
$1,350,000 Pasco County, FL Car Accident
The defendant turned left in front of our client, causing the client’s vehicle to flip and resulting in many injuries from this motor vehicle accident.
How Much Money Can I Receive for My New Port Richey Personal Injury Case?
Deciding how much compensation to pursue in your personal injury claim is complex. Several factors must be examined when determining the amount of money you may be entitled to. Some elements are economic, and others are non-economic damages that are more difficult to assign a value. Punitive damages may also be warranted in some cases. Nevertheless, a successful claim will provide you with the resources to assist your recovery.
Economic damages are financial losses due to an injury. These damages include lost wages and benefits, current and future medical bills, property damages, household service costs, and future earning capacity.
The purpose of non-economic damages is to cover losses that are not financial but significantly alter your quality of life due to your personal injury. These damages may include physical and mental pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in activities that previously brought you joy. An additional type of non-economic damage is the loss of consortium. This term refers to the loss of the benefits of married and parental life. Finally, disfigurement or physical impairment can also be considered a non-economic loss.
In Florida, punitive damages are utilized to punish the at-fault party. These damages are pursued when the defendant either recklessly or intentionally acted in disregard for the safety of others. Or if the defendant demonstrated indifference towards another’s life and safety. Punitive damages may also serve as an example to discourage others from engaging in the same behaviors.
A New Port Richey personal injury lawyer from The Fran Haasch Law Group understands when punitive claims are justified and when they are not. Therefore, we strive to maximize the amount our clients are awarded and punish wrongdoers when necessary.
Will I Have to Go to Court?
Often both sides can reach an agreement outside of the courtroom. However, suppose we cannot achieve what we believe to be a fair settlement with the insurance company and opposing counsel. In that case, we are happy to take your case to trial. We will fight for you until you receive the compensation you deserve.
Why Choose Personal Injury Lawyers From the Fran Haasch Law Firm?
We Want to Help Those In Need
Our law firm focuses on injury claims. Our personal injury lawyers help New Port Richey residents who have been injured in an accident and experiencing pain and suffering due to someone else’s negligence. Our mission is to help those who are unable to help themselves. It is not fair that someone’s carelessness is causing you pain and loss of enjoyment in your life. Our New Port Richey personal injury lawyers want you to receive the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We also want to educate our New Port Richey clients about the legal process, rights, and personal injury case details. A well-informed client understands what we do regarding their case and why we do it. Open communication helps both the client and the attorney. By working together as a team, we can build a stronger claim.
“I was struck by a car in July 2020 while cycling. I met with Fran Haasch’s team that following Monday. Through this very difficult time, the team at Fran Haasch Law Group was amazing. They were complete professionals, responsive, and there with me through the whole case. While the whole team was amazing. A special thanks goes to Shelley Hayes and Robert Fryer whom I worked with the most. I highly recommend Fran Haasch and her team. The whole team is a class act.“—Dan Marciano
We Have a Strong Reputation
Our New Port Richey, Florida personal injury attorneys have a reputation for being knowledgeable, thorough, and determined. In addition, we are also known for not being intimidated by big insurance companies and opposing counsel. Our previous successes have resulted in respect from insurance companies and other lawyers. This prestige helps us in our negotiations regarding your accident injury.
Our firm’s founding personal injury attorney, Fran Haasch, is an active member of the legal community and a thought leader in personal injury law. The following are some of the associations she belongs to:
- Multimillion-Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Florida Justice Association, Member
- Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association, Member
We Are Committed to Your Case
We are committed to working hard and getting the best outcome for our New Port Richey clients. We help our clients have access to the best resources possible to assist with the healing process. When you’re a Fran Haasch Law Group client, you’ll feel like part of a team. Our goal is for you to make the best possible recovery in every single way. We will be there for you throughout the healing and legal process. In addition, we will fight to get the best settlement possible.
We Are Connected to the Community
The Fran Haasch Law Group has been serving and giving back to the local community for 20 years. We love where we work and live. Therefore, we have committed to thanking our community by providing cash donations, food drives, and community service. In addition, our law firm has partnerships with many charities in the state of Florida.
“Fran Haasch Law Group is always committed to the motorcycle community in Florida. They are present in almost every motorcycle event supporting everyone’s needs from bikers, businesses, and the community as a whole. If you are ever involved in an accident don’t hesitate to reach out to them, they will take care of your case in a professional way with excellent results.“—Bike ER
Fran Haasch was taught at a young age that giving to those in need is the right thing to do. Therefore, she has made it a top priority for her family and her law firm to help those in need. So, whether you have suffered from a motor vehicle accident or a dog bite injury, we are here for you in New Port Richey.
We Offer Clients a Free Case Evaluation
It is better to have your questions answered than to suffer quietly and wonder if you have a case. You may not be sure who is responsible for the accident or think the accident might partially be your fault. Either way, it benefits you to find out. You have nothing to lose by asking questions in a free case evaluation. Why miss out on the compensation you might be entitled to? The payment you recover from your personal injury claims can help you pay medical bills and other costs associated with your accident.
We don’t charge initial fees, and you only pay if we successfully recover compensation for you.
Our law firm also serves those injured in Pasco County and the surrounding areas, including New Port Richey, Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Palm Harbor, and beyond.
Contact us online or call our phone number at (727) 784-8191 to discuss your personal injury case.
Our lawyers will work diligently to help you receive the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim in New Port Richey or the surrounding areas. So don’t hesitate, call today for a free case evaluation by one of our New Port Richey injury attorneys.