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Accidental Death

The death of a loved one is extremely difficult. If the death was caused by an accident, negligence or misconduct, it’s even harder to process the situation. There are a number of things that can result in accidental death, such as a motor vehicle accident, negligence by a medical professional, nursing home abuse, or the use of a defective product. Since there’s a time limit on filing this type of lawsuit in the State of Florida, it’s important to contact a Tampa accident death attorney right away. Your lawyer will know which forms and documentation to gather so that everything can be filed on time.

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Car Accidents

If you’ve been in an car accident in Tampa, it’s important to contact an car accident attorney right away. In Florida, automobile owners have to purchase Personal Injury Protection, which covers a certain amount of damages in the event of an accident. Personal Injury Protection can also limit the amount of legal action the victim is allowed to take, which is why it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. In addition to helping you build your case, your car accident attorney will also be able to help you file an insurance claim with the other party’s insurance company. Additionally, your lawyer will be able to speak with both insurance companies on your behalf.

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Bicycle Accident

Bicycle accidents are common in Tampa because people tend to be on their bikes often in order to enjoy the great weather. Every year, there are a number of bicycle injuries and fatalities in Tampa. The problem isn’t usually the bicycle rider, but instead the car and truck drivers in the surrounding area. A lot of drivers don’t respect the rights of bicyclists, which can cause accidents. If you’ve been involved in an accident while you were riding a bicycle, it’s important to contact an experienced bicycle accident lawyer right away. Through the accident reconstruction process, experts can determine who was at fault. As an injured bicyclist, you may be entitled to compensation, including lost wages, medical bill costs and other monetary awards.

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Boat Accident

Due to Florida’s many rivers and close access to the ocean, boat accidents are common in Tampa and throughout Florida. While boating, sailing and jet skiing is enjoyable, most people don’t expect an accident to happen. The State of Florida has the largest number of boating-related deaths in the U.S. The most common cause of death during a boat accident is going overboard. In Tampa, the operator of a boat is required to be vigilant in order to prevent injury to passengers. They’re required to pay attention to nearby vessels and swimmers. Unfortunately, many boat accidents are caused by negligent boat operators. Leading causes include careless operation, inattention, high speeds and consuming alcohol.

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Brain Injuries

While brain injuries that result from an accident are common in Tampa, they’re not always easy to detect right away. Symptoms are sometimes mild, which means the injury can go unnoticed even when being treated in the hospital. If you or someone you know has a traumatic brain injury as the result of an accident, it’s important to contact a skilled brain injury lawyer right away. Tampa brain injury cases can be especially tricky due to the resources that are required to win the case. Experienced lawyers will work on your behalf to help you recover from the injury and pay your medical bills. As part of the process, your lawyer will look through your medical records to determine how the brain injury happened and if it was detected in a reasonable amount of time.

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Casino Injury

If you’ve been injured in, or due to the negligence of, a casino, it’s important that you get aggressive representation from a lawyer who knows how to fight the big guys. Casinos protect themselves in a lot of ways, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get compensation from them if they are responsible for an injury you have suffered.

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Criminal Attack

If you or a loved one has been injured in a criminal attack or a violent assault, contact a criminal attack attorney in Tampa right away. When you file a lawsuit, you may be able to have damages covered, including medical bills, loss of wages, and any resulting disabilities. As the victim of a criminal attack, you should not have to take on the resulting financial burden. It’s important to pursue legal action against the person who harmed you as well as any parties who allowed the attack to happen. For example, if you were attacked in a poorly lit parking lot, both the attacker and the security company responsible for lighting the parking lot may be held liable.

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Cruise Ship Accidents

Every year, thousands of people throughout Florida board cruise ships, many of those people right in Tampa. While the point of a cruise is to have fun while traveling the world, there are times when negligent cruise lines result in injuries for passengers. From contracting viruses to being in a slip and fall accident, there are a number of issues that can occur during a cruise. Other types of cruise-related accidents include fires, collisions, negligent security, and inefficient medical care when a passenger needs it. While some information about filing a lawsuit against a cruise company can be found on the cruise ship ticket, it’s important to contact an experienced lawyer who will know exactly how to file the lawsuit as well as any applicable statutes of limitations.

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Dog Bites

An animal attack can happen in a split second. Most commonly, animal attacks are from dogs. Injuries can include facial disfigurement, infections from bites and scratches, and broken bones. In Tampa, the law says that the pet owner is liable when an animal bite occurs. If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog, contact an animal bite lawyer in your area. Your attorney will be able to tell you your rights and work on the victim’s behalf to get you the compensation you deserve. The State of Florida has strict laws when it comes to animal bites and the liability is almost always placed on the pet owner.

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Drunk Driving Accidents

If you’ve been injured or have lost someone you love due to a drunk driver, you’re entitled to compensation. All negligent parties should be held accountable for a drunk driving accident, especially anyone who operates their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. In addition to receiving compensation for medical bills and lost wages, your attorney will work on your behalf to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages punish the defendant, prevent the same type of behavior from happening in the future, and provide additional compensation to the victim. In order to investigate your case, your attorney will gather a host of information, including the police car video from the scene, photographs of the scene, police reports and witness statements.

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Distracted Driver Accidents

Motor vehicle accident fatalities are one of the primary causes of accidental deaths among those 44 years or younger. The fourth highest cause of death for people of all age groups is accidental death. Distracted driving is among the primary causes of traffic accidents. A distracted driving accident lawyer can explain your legal options and help you seek damages if you’re in an accident caused by a distracted driver.

Premises Liability

Legal Malpractice

Legal malpractice can happen in almost any type of case in Florida. For example, your attorney may have a certain number of days to respond to a motion by the other party to the case. But the attorney doesn’t write the date on their calendar, and they miss the deadline. Because of the attorney error, the court rules that you can’t enter valuable evidence into a trial for the jury to consider. You end up losing your case. You may have a valid attorney malpractice case.

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Medical Malpractice

If you or a loved one is suffering from an injury that resulted from medical malpractice, your Tampa lawyer will be able to file a lawsuit against the hospital, healthcare provider, nurse or doctor that was negligent. Medical malpractice happens when a healthcare provider provides treatment for a patient that’s below the standard acceptable level of care. If the healthcare provider does not act in the same way that others with similar training would have, they may be liable for any injuries that result. When you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are terrifying and traumatic, often leading to serious injury or even death. People are rarely prepared for the major effect a motorcycle accident will have on their life. Motorcycle accident victims in Tampa are usually entitled to recovery for lost wages, car rentals, vehicle repair, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Since Tampa motorcycle accidents are varied, it’s important to hire an experienced Tampa motorcycle accident lawyer who has knowledge of local laws. Your lawyer will be able to build the best case possible, taking into account details like traffic laws, motorcycle and other motor vehicle regulations, medial treatments, and liability.

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Nursing Home Injuries

There are a number of ways that nursing home injuries can occur. The nursing home may be held liable if they were negligent in hiring, staffing or training. There can also be a third-party claim if any third-parties related to the nursing home were negligent. Additional types of negligence include breach of rights and medication errors. Nursing home abuse includes emotional, physical, sexual and financial abuse. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, it’s important that you’re able to recognize the signs of abuse, since they’re often dismissed as signs of dementia or old age. Your Tampa personal injury lawyer will report the nursing home abuse or negligent to the correct authorities and then work to make sure the victim’s rights are protected.

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Pedestrian Accident

Every year, there are thousands of road accidents in the U.S. More than 100,000 of these accidents involve pedestrians who are either injured or killed. Over 50% of pedestrian accidents in the U.S. result in the death of the pedestrian. Pedestrian-related accidents are a big concern in Tampa. Statistics show that children and the elderly are the two age groups that are most at risk for injury or death resulting from a pedestrian accident. While some pedestrian accidents are the fault of the pedestrian, a majority of these accidents result from a pedestrian having a run-in with a negligent driver. It’s important to work with an attorney who has experience with pedestrian accidents in Tampa.

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Personal Injury

You may have a personal injury claim if the negligent actions of another person resulted in your injury, or the injury or death of a loved one. In order to seek damages, the injury doesn’t necessarily need to be physical or only physical. Extreme emotional distress, for example, may entitle you to damages in a personal injury case. If you lost a loved one, surviving family members may be eligible for damages. While many personal injury cases in Tampa involve only minor injuries, you may still be entitled to monetary damages to cover the cost of hospital visits, therapy and medications. If extreme negligence occurred, punitive damages can also be sought to ensure the behavior doesn’t continue.

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Premises Liability

Our Tampa premises liability lawyers are skilled attorneys with experience handling premises liability lawsuits for thousands of satisfied customers. With more than three decades of experience, our founder, Jack Bernstein, has built a legal team that offers unrivaled skill and devotion to each and every client.

We know how vital your premises liability claim is to you. It’s that important to us, too. Our Tampa premises liability attorneys are here to make sure that you get the results that you deserve.

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Rideshare Accidents

When you’re involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, knowing where to turn to for help can be confusing. Car accident insurance claims are complicated enough without adding in the rideshare element. However, you are still entitled to compensation if you were injured by another person’s negligence or reckless driving. Our Uber and Lyft accident lawyers explain.

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Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents happen practically every day in Tampa. These types of accidents are often a result of unsafe conditions on somebody else’s property, making them a premises liability case. Unsafe conditions may include poorly maintained property or slippery surfaces. Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, whether you’re shopping, working or visiting a friend. If you’ve been involved in a slip and fall accident, it’s important to get both medical and legal help right away. Since slip and fall cases can be difficult to prove, it’s important to find an attorney who will work to show that the property owner or renter was negligent. Your slip and fall lawyer will launch an investigation when a claim is made and gather the necessary proof.

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Spinal Cord Injuries

If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury from a car accident or another type of traumatic event, you may be experiencing an incredibly difficult lifestyle adjustment. The severity of the injury is determined by how well you’re able to function. You may be facing a complete spinal cord injury if you’ve lost all of your sensory or motor functions below the injury point, or an incomplete injury if you’ve lost partial sensory or motor function below the injury point. See how a spinal cord injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Truck Accident

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, your lawyer will likely file a claim against the trucking company, not the driver. However, there are a number of parties that may be held liable and it’s common for these parties to deny fault in the accident. Your tampa truck accident attorney will be able to determine who is liable for the accident and gather evidence to build a strong case.

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Wrongful Death

If your spouse or an immediate family member has died in an accident in Tampa, it’s important to contact a wrongful death attorney to get help with filing a lawsuit. According to Florida law, wrongful death is defined as a death that occurs due to the reckless, negligent or intentional act of another person. Your attorney may be able to help you receive compensation for your losses. However, Florida has a time limit on filing wrongful death lawsuits, so it’s important to contact a lawyer immediately. Florida’s Wrongful Death Act was setup to help families recover losses after the death of a loved one. You’re able to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you’re the spouse, child or parent of the deceased; if you’re a blood relative who’s dependent on the deceased for support or services; or if you’re an adoptive brother or sister who’s dependent on the deceased for support or services.

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