The Fran Haasch Law Group is a full-service personal injury law firm led by founding attorney, Fran Haasch. Our firm serves Pinellas and Pasco Counties with special emphasis in Palm Harbor, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the Greater Tampa Bay region and beyond. We are committed to providing professional and honest legal representation to our clients.
It is our passion to build strong, client-attorney relationships as we work to recover the full compensation our clients deserve. With nearly 20 years of experience and an in-depth understanding of the law, we are adept at handling a wide range of injury and wrongful death claims. We provide all of our services on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no upfront cost for you and, if we don’t recover compensation on your behalf, you don’t pay.
If you were injured or your loved one was killed as a result of someone else’s negligence, call our firm at (727) 784-8191 for a case evaluation with one of our Clearwater personal injury attorneys.
How Long Do I Have to File A Claim?
The state of Florida has a four-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases. This means you have four years from the date of your injury to file a claim or you may lose your right to compensation. There are some exceptions to this rule including if the injury victim was declared mentally incapacitated at the time of the accident. In this case, they would have up to seven years to file a claim depending on the circumstances. A second exception is if the defendant leaves the state or intentionally tries to hide their identity in order to prevent a claim from being filed against them. In both of these cases, the statute of limitations can be extended, to what length depends on the specifics of your situation.
What Damages Are Available?
There are three main categories of compensation an injury victim can pursue in a personal injury case, also called damages, which are economic, non-economic and punitive damages. Economic damages, as the name suggests compensates for financial losses associated with sustaining an injury such as medical bills, future medical expenses, and the inability to work. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, compensate for more abstract losses such as mental anguish, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Since non-economic damages compensate for losses that are not easily quantifiable, they are also called general damages. Punitive damages are different from both economic and non-economic in that their main purpose is to punish the defendant. As such they are not awarded very often.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
Our legal team focuses on injury claims. Helping those who are unable to help themselves is our mission, and we confidently leverage our vast legal capabilities to address your unique issues. You can have confidence that we are 100% committed to your case and are prepared to fight for and protect your rights under the law.
At The Fran Haasch Law Group, we regularly assist clients with personal injury and wrongful death cases involving:
Florida car accident laws can be complex, our team can help you determine liability in your claim and navigate Florida law. Even if you are partially at fault for your accident, Florida’s comparative negligence rules make you eligible to pursue compensation.
Underinsured / Uninsured driver accidents can be complex. Our attorneys can help you navigate UIM/UM insurance claims, so you get the compensation you deserve.
Distracted driving is quickly becoming a major cause of accidents on the road in Florida. Our team is adept at investigating distracted driving claims, whether it be a visual, manual, or cognitive distraction that led to your injuries.
Drunk driving accidents are often severe, in 2016 461 alcohol-confirmed fatalities were recorded in Florida. Collecting adequate damages is imperative in accidents as serious as this. Our team will work tirelessly to recover as much as possible for you and your family.
Negligence is a common cause of most motorcycle accidents; at our firm, we work hard to prove negligence and hold careless driver’s responsible for their actions.
Due to their sheer size and weight truck accidents account for nearly 12% of motor vehicle accident fatalities. While truck drivers are heavily regulated, negligence still plays a major role in many accidents. Our legal team and accident reconstruction experts work hard to secure as much compensation as possible.
In Florida, dog owners are responsible for harm caused by their pet, even if they had no prior knowledge the dog could be dangerous. Our attorneys can help you navigate Florida’s dog bite laws so you can focus on recovering.
Slip and fall accidents
Slip and falls accidents can lead to serious injuries. Property owners are responsible for ensuring their visitors are safe, when they fail to do so they can be held responsible for the injuries that result.
Bicyclists are vulnerable to serious injuries, even when wearing protective gear. Since most bicycle accidents are a result of driver negligence it is important to speak to an attorney about your accident to find out what compensation you are eligible to recover.
Rideshare services are extremely popular, however, who is liable when you suffer an accident involving a rideshare service? Our attorneys can explain all you need to know.
An injury is catastrophic when it prevents an injury victim from returning to normal life or leaving them incapable of caring for themselves. Often catastrophic injuries result in permanent injuries or disfigurement.
Regardless of your particular situation, we can clearly educate you on the process and communicate with you about every aspect of your case to ensure you understand what we do and why we do it. Furthermore, you can expect us to handle your case with professionalism and personalized attention. Our goal is to help you recover the maximum compensation you are owed for your medical bills, lost wages, and other economic and non-economic damages.
Trust Your Case to Our Skilled Team
Our injury lawyers in Clearwater have been recognized by both their peers and a number of well-respected legal organizations. Our founding attorney, Fran Haasch, has been named a Life Member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been honored by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as being among the 10 Best Attorneys—Exceptional and Outstanding Client Service. She has also been included in Elite Lawyers of America, an exclusive list of civil trial lawyers who have obtained a verdict or settlement of at least $2 million.
Most of all, we are dedicated to humbly serving our local community, as well as individuals and families in need. We understand how difficult it can be to recover from a serious accident; our goal is to help you secure the financial compensation you need to get back on your feet and begin the healing process.
Learn more about our practice areas by browsing our website or contact us for a case evaluation. We can be reached online or by phone at (727) 784-8191.