What personal injury cases do we handle?
Injuries happen in a variety of ways in and around the Tampa area. Paul Rebein has extensive experience handling various types of personal injury cases, including all of the following:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Train accidents
- Bird scooter accidents
- Lime scooter accidents
- Uber accidents
- Lyft accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Rental car accidents
- Subway accidents
- Scooter accidents
- Taxi accidents
- Construction accidents
- Premises liability incidents
- Medical malpractice
- Product liability incidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse cases
If you do not see the exact cause of your injury on that list, that is okay. Call us today for a free consultation of your case so we can determine how best to help you through this.
Along with personal injury cases, we also help families who have lost a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of others. We understand that those who have lost a loved one are going through tremendous stress, and we are ready to handle the entire case.
What are the most common injuries in a Tampa personal injury claim?
Injuries that victims sustain in these cases vary widely. When you turn to Paul Rebein for help, you are gaining assistance from an attorney who regularly helps clients who have sustained the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Spinal cord injuries (with paralysis)
- Other neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
- Amputations and crush injuries
- Severe lacerations and puncture wounds
- Burn injuries
Along with these acutely traumatic injuries, we also help clients who have sustained workplace injuries that take longer periods of time to develop. This can include repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis, and more. We also assist clients who are suffering from various occupations injuries caused by exposure to hazardous conditions, including respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular illnesses, various types of cancer, and more.
What is the time limit to file a personal injury case in Tampa?
Each state is responsible for setting a time limit for how long victims have to file personal injury claims against the party alleged to have caused the injury. The personal injury statute of limitations in Florida is generally four years from the date the injury occurred (Florida Statutes section 95.051). However, there are some exceptions to this limitation.
- If the injury victim is a minor, then they will have seven years after the date of their injury, or until the standard statute of limitations for the case (whichever is longer) to file a personal injury claim.
- If the defendant in the case (the alleged negligent party) is not in the state of Florida, then the statute of limitations may be paused until they return.
Failing to file a claim within the specified statute of limitations will result in the injury victim being unable to recover any compensation for their losses. It is important to speak to an attorney about filing your Tampa personal injury claim as soon as possible to increase your chances to secure maximum compensation.
Please note that the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Florida does not apply to the requirement for reporting your claim to an insurance carrier. Keep in mind that most insurance carriers have fairly strict reporting requirements that you need to abide by in order to prevent the carrier from denying your claim.
What kind of compensation is available for a Tampa personal injury case?
If you or someone you care about has been injured due to the negligent action of another person, business, or entity, there may be various types of compensation available. Paul Rebein will work diligently to obtain the following compensation on your behalf:
- All medical expenses related to your injuries
- Total costs for physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Prescription medication costs
- Lost income if you are unable to work
- Loss of future earnings if you are disabled
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages in cases of gross negligence
No two personal injury cases are exactly alike, and the total amount of compensation awarded will vary depending on the facts related to each particular situation. Paul Rebein will work to secure all evidence to prove liability. Securing maximum compensation will require standing up to insurance carriers, and Paul Rebein is not afraid to take a case to trial if necessary.
Will your personal injury claim need to go to trial?
Personal injury cases are going to be resolved in one of two ways – through a settlement with insurance carriers or a personal injury trial. The vast majority of personal injury claims are resolved through insurance settlements before a lawsuit is even filed.
However, there are times when insurance carriers refuse to offer a fair settlement. Sometimes, they even deny a claim altogether. When that happens, it may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit in Tampa in order to secure the compensation you need. Even after a lawsuit is filed, the case is very likely to be settled before you actually go to trial. Even so, it still may be necessary to take the case to trial if that is what it takes to secure the compensation you deserve.
Why do you need an attorney for these cases?
The reality is that most people who sustain an injury caused by another individual or entity do not have the resources to handle the case by themselves. However, a Tampa personal injury attorney will be able to step in and handle every aspect of your case. An attorney will be responsible for:
- Obtaining all evidence related to the case, which can include photo and video surveillance, statements from eyewitnesses, accident reports, internal organization memos, and more.
- Work with trusted medical professionals to ensure you are properly cared for. This medical professional will also help calculate your total losses and determine how much medical care you will need.
- Speak to economic and financial experts to help calculate your total economic and non-economic damages.
- Negotiate with all parties involved in an effort to secure the compensation you need.
What to do after sustaining a personal injury in Tampa
In the immediate aftermath of sustaining a personal injury in Tampa, there are various steps you can take to secure maximum compensation for your claim.
- Seek medical attention immediately. Regardless of how minor your injuries may seem, you need to seek medical care. The signs and symptoms of many injuries do not appear for hours or even days after the initial incident in some cases. Seeking medical care not only ensures your well-being, but it also establishes a link between your injuries and the incident.
- Gather as much evidence as possible. If you can safely do so, begin gathering evidence right after the incident. This could include using a smartphone or other device to take photos of injuries, causes of the injuries, debris, and more. Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to the incident and ask how to receive official copies of any accident or police reports.
- Continue your medical care. You need to continue medical care until you have reached maximum medical improvement and have been released by your doctor. Discontinuing care before you have completely healed will give insurance carriers a reason to deny your claim.
- Keep track of expenses. Keep all medical bills, medication costs, out-of-pocket expenses, and any other costs related to the injuries. You should also keep a personal log that details your recovery, to include your level of daily pain and suffering.
- Do not give recorded statements. If an insurance claims adjuster or any other party asks you to give a recorded statement about the incident, refuse to do so. Anything you say, even inadvertently, could be used against you and hurt your claim.
Florida comparative negligence laws
The reality of many personal injury incidents is that there may be more than one party at fault. Many people think that they will not be able to recover any compensation if they had a role in causing their injury, but that is not the case.
Comparative negligence laws exist in most states in the US, and these laws allow a person to recover compensation even if they are partially to blame for their injuries. In most states, a person can recover compensation if they are 51% or 50% or less at fault for the incident. However, Florida operates under a different rule. Florida state laws follow a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that an injury victim can recover compensation for their injuries regardless of their fault (up to 99%).
In these cases, the total amount of compensation an injury victim receives in their case will be reduced based on their percentage of fault.
For example, suppose a person is awarded $100,000 by a jury after a car accident, but the jury also determines that the victim was 20% at fault for the crash. In this case, the injury victim would receive $80,000 in total compensation. Conversely, suppose the same damage amount is awarded, but the jury determines that the injury victim is 80% at fault for the incident. In this case, the victim would receive only $20,000 in total compensation.
A skilled personal injury attorney in Tampa will work to determine fault in your case. The goal of your attorney will be to defend you against the tactics used by the other parties as they seek to lay more blame on you.
Contact us for a free consultation of your case
If you or someone you care about has sustained an injury caused by another person, business, or entity, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. When you turn to Paul Rebein, you are gaining help from a trusted attorney who will guide you through this entire process. Our Tampa personal injury lawyer will conduct a complete investigation into your case in an effort to secure maximum compensation on your behalf. You can rest easy knowing you have a team on your side that is not afraid to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or legal teams. Contact us for a free consultation of your case today.