Brandon Personal Injury Lawyer
Getting hurt can change your life in an instant. You can end up with hefty medical bills, and you may be unable to return to work for weeks or months at a time. When you have suffered these sorts of losses, know that a Brandon personal injury lawyer may be able to assist you with recovering the compensation you need.
By pursuing negligent parties, you can hold them accountable for the full extent of your damages. In these times, it is helpful to find a firm that knows your town and has experience dealing with the court system in your county. Darrigo & Diaz is here to assist you throughout the recovery process, offering advice and guidance while providing full-service legal representation that meets all of your needs. Rest assured that if we cannot reach a reasonable settlement with your insurance company, we will fight in the courtroom to get you the maximum amount for your losses.
If you have been injured in a Brandon accident, call us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We want to hear the details of your case and help you develop a winning legal strategy. Give us a call today at (813) 820-6397 or contact us online to schedule your free case review.
Representation for Brandon Personal Injury
We have over 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases at Darrigo & Diaz. If the negligent actions of another caused you to be injured in an accident, we are here to help you devise a winning strategy to recover damages for your pain and losses. We have experience in the following areas:
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injury
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Wrongful death
- Bicycle accidents
- Boating accidents
- Traumatic brain injury
- Construction accidents
- Bus accidents
- Cruise ship accidents
- Dangerous drugs
- Motorcycle accidents
- Dog bites
- Drunk driving accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Negligent security
- Mass tort, class action suits
- Pedestrian accidents
- Defective products
- Spinal cord injury
- Swimming pool accidents
- Work injuries
- Hurricane damage claims
We Will Help You Win Your Personal Injury Case
The last thing you want to do after a car accident is deal with insurance companies and lawsuits, especially if you were injured. Insurance companies can take advantage of your desire to put the matter behind you and pressure you into a lowball offer. An experienced attorney can help take the pressure off if you or a loved one was injured in an accident.
The personal injury lawyers at Darrigo & Diaz of Brandon are here to help. We can answer all of your questions about the legal process following a car accident and work to get you the settlement that you deserve.
If you are physically injured, it can take even longer to get back on your feet after an accident. Legal action, lawsuits, insurance, and settlements are our areas of expertise, and we will guide you every step of the way.
From gathering evidence to working with subject matter experts to strengthen your case, our primary goal is to give you the highest chances possible of fully recovering your damages.
We Know How to Deal With Insurance Companies
The insurance company’s goal is to offer you the least possible amount that you will accept. They often pressure victims to admit fault so they can pay you less for their accident. We have learned how to deal with insurance companies to recover the maximum amount of compensation for our clients.
Rest assured, we will not accept a lowball offer. If the insurance company offers you less than what is fair, Darrigo & Diaz will help you file a lawsuit against the at-fault parties.
We also provide you with assistance to help you avoid the most common pitfalls insurers may put in your path to prevent you from obtaining the total amount of compensation to which you would otherwise be entitled. For example, insurers may allege you had a pre-existing condition or that you were partially at fault for your accident. We rigorously investigate your case and use the full extent of your legal rights to help you mitigate such tactics.
Common Types of Damages Awarded After Personal Injury Accidents
The most common types of damages that get factored into the total amount of accident damages are:
Medical Treatment Costs
A successful personal injury claim can allow you to recover all costs directly related to your accident. These include the costs of treatment you have already received and the cost of any future projected treatments.
Coverage areas in a typical liability insurance policy provide benefits for emergency medical treatment, nursing, diagnostics, medication, ambulatory services, surgery, testing, clinical visits, outpatient treatments, physical rehabilitation, and more.
A lost wages claim can allow you to recover the total amount of earnings you have lost as a result of your injury. That includes all income you could not earn, whether you missed work entirely or experienced a reduction in income because you were unable to assume your typical duties or work schedule. In cases where you have a permanent inability to return to your old job duties, a personal injury claim may be able to provide you with compensation for job retraining as well as compensation for any documentable losses in overall earnings potential.
Out of Pocket Expenses
Common incidental out-of-pocket costs related to your accident may include transportation to your medical appointments, approved over-the-counter remedies, the cost of a rental vehicle, and other possibilities. Any reasonable and necessary expenses directly spurred by your injury could be eligible for reclamation.
Vehicle Repair, Personal Property Replacement
If you were involved in an accident, a personal injury claim can include compensation for your property damage. That may involve a vehicle damaged in a car accident, or it could provide you with money to replace a damaged phone, watch, device, or valued article of clothing.
Pain and Suffering
Compensation awarded in a personal injury claim can include a monetary amount intended to “reimburse” you for the physical discomfort and emotional hardships you have been through. Most insurers will offer a nominal amount for this category in an initial settlement offer, but if you have endured extensive suffering as a result of an injury or an inability to enjoy life as usual, then Darrigo & Diaz can help you fight for as much compensation as possible for the personal difficulties you and your family have gone through.
Punitive damages are only awarded by juries at the conclusion of a personal injury civil trial. They are considered appropriate in cases where the negligent party’s actions could be considered grossly out of line with normal conduct or when they have shown a wanton disregard for the value of human life. These types of damages are also sometimes called “exemplary damages” because they make an example of the defending party in order to deter others from taking similar actions.
Who Is at Fault for My Accident?
Any injury could technically form the basis of a personal injury claim, so long as it was inflicted by a person or business that acted negligently.
Negligence claims, in a nutshell, seek to prove the following four main elements:
- The party had a duty of care to obey laws, follow professional standards, and act in a reasonably safe manner
- The party breached their duty of care, failing to follow all laws or taking risks they would have reasonably known to have a high chance of causing injury
- The party’s breach was the proximate cause, or most-direct cause, of your injury
- The injury led to damages, including medical costs, lost wages, and other losses
Common Types of Negligent Parties
The most common parties named in personal injury claims include:
Distracted driving accidents are a leading cause of injury in Hillsborough County, where Brandon is located. Vehicular accidents led to 16,450 injuries and 213 deaths in the county in 2020 alone.
Negligent Property or Business Owners
Property owners have a duty of care to keep their premises free from hazards that could cause injury to customers and invited guests. They also have a duty to warn occupants in the event there is a hazard that cannot be reasonably removed. Common accidents caused by these types of individuals include slips and falls, broken stairs or railings, inadequate lighting, electrical hazards, inadequate security, and more.
Florida law holds dog owners strictly liable for attacks that injure others. Even if the owner had no prior indication that the dog was dangerous, they could be held responsible for the costs of an injury.
Defective Product Manufacturers
From dangerous drugs to vehicles that put people’s lives in danger, defective products can seriously injure or kill. These cases can be complex and pit injury victims against powerful corporate lawyers, but Darrigo & Diaz is not afraid to stand up for your legal rights.
Medical Care Providers
Doctors and other medical professionals have to meet standards of care to minimize the risks of causing avoidable harm to their patients. When they deviate from these standards and cause injury, the victim can seek compensation from medical malpractice insurers.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance Providers
Workers’ comp insurance provides injured employees with compensation for their medical treatments and partial replacement of their wages while they recover.
Property Damage Claims Providers
Homeowners insurance companies and other businesses promise to indemnify, or protect, policyholders in the event of a hurricane or other catastrophic event. Unfortunately, getting compensation for needed property repairs can be difficult. Darrigo & Diaz can provide you with seasoned council to help you succeed in these claims and obtain all benefits to which you should be entitled under your policy.
Will I Need to Go to Court to Settle My Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury claims can be settled at any point. This resolution typically occurs after a round of negotiations with the appropriate insurance company after a claim has been filed. In other words, the majority of personal injury cases are resolved without needing to file a lawsuit or go to court.
However, in some cases, personal injury victims cannot reach an amicable resolution through the insurance process. The victim may also be unable to present a strong claim without all the facts available, necessitating discovery and other court motions to help them gather the needed evidence.
If your personal injury lawyer in Brandon, Florida determines that insurers aren’t giving your claim the respect it deserves or that you could benefit from the legal protections offered under certain court motions, we will advise you to file a lawsuit to advance your claim.
Suing another party is often a way to get them to take your claim more seriously, and it can also provide you with the power to subpoena evidence, question those involved, and request certain court motions from the presiding judge. Cases that advance to this level are often settled through alternative dispute resolution (e.g. mediation) or out-of-court settlements.
In select cases, the lawsuit will advance to a hearing and jury trial. Darrigo & Diaz has successfully recovered millions for our clients in and out of court. We know the evidence and arguments that impact jurors, and we approach every case as if it is ready to go to court. We promise we will use every legal tool to apply the most appropriate strategy to your case to seek all compensation you need to fully recover from your accident.
Brandon Attorneys Darrigo & Diaz Are Here to Help Fight for Your Personal Injury Case
If you have been hurt in an accident, know that you don’t have to face the insurance company or the legal system alone. Experienced Brandon attorneys at Darrigo & Diaz can help you seek to recover the maximum settlement for your injuries, damages, and losses following an accident.
Our services come at no up-front cost to you, and they cost you nothing unless we can recover some or all of your damages. In other words, there’s no risk to working with a Brandon personal injury lawyer who’s ready to fight for your legal rights.
Speak to an attorney at no cost to learn how we might approach your case to seek the full extent of your damages. Call us today for a free consultation at (813) 820-6397 or contact us online.