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Tampa Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one has been injured in Tampa, Florida, the personal injury attorney you select to represent you in this specialized field of law will have a significant impact on the amount of compensation you receive for your injuries. Unlike many lawyers which rarely go to trial and are quick to accept a quick settlement, our Tampa attorneys prepare for trial from day one and will fight to protect your legal rights.

For almost 25 years, our Tampa personal injury attorneys have successfully represented thousands injured clients throughout the State of Florida. With over $90 million in verdicts and settlements, the Fernandez Firm has become a leading Florida personal injury law firm.  Our state-wide reputation as aggressive, yet professional, trial lawyers is the cornerstone of our continued success. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in car accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and slip and fall cases and work tirelessly to help those wrongfully injured recover the compensation they deserve.

Let us help you to take the steps necessary to recover your medical bills, lost wages and damages. Call now or contact our Tampa office immediately by completing our free online case evaluation form.

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At the Fernandez Firm, our lawyers are paid on a contingent-fee basis. That simply means, you pay nothing up front to retain our services and our attorneys do not receive any fees or costs unless we successfully win your case, whether through a negotiated settlement or by a jury verdict.  At the time of settlement, our fee is deducted as a percentage of your total recovery.   Unlike most bigger firms, our Tampa attorneys do not charge for legal consultations or hourly fees for their time.  Instead, you get immediate access to our vast experience in personal injury law without any financial strain on you and your family. If you have questions about our background, training, trial experience or the fess and costs associated with retaining a personal injury attorney, please contact our office today.  We are happy to meet and speak with you at anytime, the consultation is absolutely free.

Why File an Injury Lawsuit?

Florida has thousands of laws, rules and regulations designed to protect you and your family from negligent injury. For example, a motor vehicle is very dangerous instrumentality unless basic traffic laws are followed. Thus, a distracted driver may be negligent if he or she collides with your vehicle when operating a cell phone or rear-ends you while you are stopped at a traffic light. Medical treatment can become extremely dangerous when health care providers deviate from the acceptable standard of care. Thus, a hospital and its staff may be found negligent for failing to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke resulting in a patient’s permanent injury or wrongful death. Legal action protects the entire community against negligent rule breakers.

Filing a lawsuit certainly may not be your first-priority following an injury, however evidence and witnesses can quickly disappear.   As such, it is important you consult with an experienced personal attorney without unnecessary delay to allow that person adequate time to complete a thorough investigation and protect your legal rights.   Below is a list of the damages you may be intitled to recover in a personal injury action:

  • Past and future medical expense, including any prescribed medication, therapy and surgery
  • Past lost wages
  • Loss of future lost earning capacity
  • Pain, suffering and mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of companionship, comfort, affection of a loved one
  • Any funeral expenses, loss of support, services and loss of earnings and net accumulations in a wrongful death action

While a personal injury lawsuit cannot bring back a loved one or heal an injury, it can provide the necessary lost economic resources for a family during difficult times following an accident.

Cases Our Attorneys Handle

Our Tampa attorneys concentrate on the following types of personal injury cases:

We also handle personal injury cases involving:

Pressure Sores or Bedsores: Pressure sores, often called bedsore injuries and decubitus ulcer, are caused by unrelieved pressure which results in damage to underlying tissue on a patient’s body. Pressure sore usually develop over bony areas like the tailbone, coccyx and heels and are staged from 1 to 4 to describe the extent of underlying tissue damage. Pressure ulcers are typically very painful injuries which if not treated properly can become infected and lead to septic death. Patients injured as a result may be able to file a claim for compensation with the help of an experienced attorney in Tampa.

Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries:  Brain and spinal cord injuries can have a significant impact on an injured victim’s quality of life and economic future. Our attorneys understand terrible challenges these client’s face and seek to recover all associated economic damages including the cost of current and future medical care, loss of earning capacity and the loss of enjoyment of one’s life. In traumatic brain injury cases, it is particularly critical your hire an attorney who has litigated these claims and has significant experience in the field.

Wrongful Death: When a person dies wrongfully in the Tampa as a result of negligence or carelessness of another, the surviving spouse, children and other family members may be able to be entitled to recover compensation for the loss. These include medical expenses and funeral bills, loss of support, loss of household services and the loss of companionship. Wrongful death actions are often filed against negligent drivers, health care providers and corporations, including hospitals, nursing homes and other large businesses.

Dog Bites: Under Florida law, pet and animal owners can be held strictly liable if their animal or dog bites or injuries another person in a public place or on private property in Tampa (provided the victim was not trespassing on the property at the time the bite occurred). The animal owner can be held liable even if the victim was partially to blame. In these types of lawsuits, injured victims can recover past medical expenses, past lost wages and frequently past and any future necessary plastic surgery.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

The laws which set forth the limitations of time in which you must file a personal injury lawsuit are known as statutes of limitations.  When you are injured, your right to recover money damages can be lost if you fail to bring the claim within the required time frame of the statute, regardless of merit.  In Florida, the statutes of limitations for general negligence actions, such as car accidents and slip and fall claims, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases are outlined in Florida Statute Section 95.11.

At the Fernandez Firm, our Tampa attorneys have years of experience in calculating these often confusing and detailed statutory deadlines.  Once retained, our lawyers and legal team will investigate your claim quickly and review all the facts to determine the appropriate statute of limitations applicable in your case.  If you or a love one has been injured due to the negligence of another person, business or organization, it is important you contact our Tampa law firm quickly to allow our attorneys adequate time to investigate your claim and protect your legal rights.

Free Legal Consultations – Call Today!

If you have questions regarding a personal injury claimwrongful death action or insurance dispute, contact our Tampa office at 1-800-222-8163.  Our lawyers are available 24/7 to provide immediate legal advice and your consultation is free 

At the Fernandez Firm, we don’t get paid until we win… and We Want to Win!