University Personal Injury Lawyers

If you live in University and have recently been hurt, life can be tough. While there are several outstanding hospitals nearby, medical care is expensive. Even when you have insurance, you can be left with thousands of dollars of debt. On top of that, you may be missing work — or unable to return to your old job at all.

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Car accidents are one of the most common reasons serious injuries can occur in University, Florida. There were 19,802 injury crashes in all of Hillsborough County in 2019 alone, and 219 crashes that lead to at least one death. Slip and falls at a business or apartment complex can be another reason someone finds themselves hurt and unable to pay all of their bills. You may also be the victim of a violent crime that could have been prevented if your apartment complex cared more about security.

Did you know that someone may owe you money for your medical costs and other losses when you have been hurt in a situation like this? If you can identify someone who is at fault and file a claim on their insurance, you can get the money you need to pay your bills and move on with your life. You can even sue them if they refuse to offer a reasonable settlement amount.

When you are hurt, no matter the cause, Darrigo & Diaz can be here for you. We tell you about your legal rights and all your options. Our goal is to give your case the highest chance possible of resulting in compensation for all of your injury losses. If we can’t recover any money for you, you don’t owe anything for our services, so there’s no risk! We also help you file worker’s compensation when you have been hurt at work.

Find out more about how to file a claim and what steps increase your chances of getting a settlement during an absolutely free case review. Call (813) 774-3341 or contact us online to schedule your appointment now. 

Representing Personal Injury Victims in University After Their Accident

Darrigo & Diaz can handle any case where an injury has been caused by someone’s negligence, wrongdoing, or intentional acts. Past case types in our successful track record include:

We Fight for the Rights of Injured People in University

Located right next to the University of South Florida, the community of University, Florida is a great, highly affordable place to live. Quick access to Highway 41 and I-275 means that you can be in Tampa in just minutes. There are also a lot of apartment buildings in the area, meaning it can be easy to find a place to live near good schools and great local businesses.

Unfortunately, living in University is not always safe. Careless drivers can make it dangerous to get on the highway — or to even walk through a parking lot! There are also local businesses that may not take care of their space or that leave out hazards, causing a slip and fall. People may also find themselves at the other end of a violent crime, sometimes ending in brutal injuries and an extended hospital stay.

We at Darrigo & Diaz believe that all people deserve the right to get a fair chance at getting the money they need after such an injury. Whether you are a University of South Florida student or a local resident, you should know about your rights and what steps you need to take to seek compensation.

Know that if a person or business is at fault for your injuries, you have every legal right to hold them responsible. You can file a claim against their liability insurance provider, or you can file a lawsuit to force them to pay for your damages through a court order. Pursuing the money you need in this way isn’t always easy, but working with a personal injury attorney in University makes it much easier. Your attorney will research your case and explore every option available for finding you compensation. We also fight for you every step of the way, giving you the services you need to focus on recovering.

How Does a Personal Injury Claim Usually Work?

Every personal injury case is different, but there are a few common steps that the majority will take.

Someone Is Injured and Receives Medical Treatment

All injury cases start with, well, an injury. Someone is hurt in a car wreck or at a swimming pool or gets involved in a work accident or some other situation. They should then go get medical treatment as quickly as possible. Getting medical treatment is important because it ensures you have a higher chance of making a full recovery. It’s also important because in order to claim compensation you must first have a diagnosis from a professional care provider.

An Injury Claim Is Investigated

Most people are used to filing an insurance claim after they get in a car accident, but the truth is that you should always thoroughly investigate your accident before you start your claim. It is always a good idea to give an insurance company notice of a claim within 4-5 days of your injury, but you should tell them that the claim is still being investigated before you give too many details.

What goes into a claim investigation? First of all, you want to know the exact cause of your injury. Secondly, you want to see if there were factors behind the scenes that could have led to your injury happening. For instance, if a truck driver had been driving for 24 hours straight, in violation of federal laws, then the company that hired them may be at fault for a truck accident that caused you an injury. 

Third, you want to know the full diagnosis for your injury and its full treatment costs. If your injury is serious, then it will be impossible to know until you have been treating your condition for at least a few months.

Working with a University personal injury lawyer makes investigating all of these factors easier. You’ll get help fully documenting your injury causes, and you can be referred to doctors who will help you fully estimate your recovery time and the total amount of care needed.

An Injury Claim Is Filed

Once your full damages and the circumstances of your accident are known, you and your personal injury lawyer will file a claim with the appropriate insurer. The insurer will weigh your claim, perform their own investigation, and typically respond with an offer.

Your first insurance settlement offer is likely to be low because insurers know that many injured parties don’t fully research their damages. Working with a personal injury attorney ensures you know the value of your claim and are prepared to reject an unreasonably low offer.

A Settlement Is Negotiated (Or a Lawsuit Is Filed)

With the help of your attorney, you will respond to the initial offers and any reasons the insurer gave to deny your claim — in part or in full. If the insurance company (or another at-fault party) refuses to pay a reasonable settlement, you have the option of filing a lawsuit.

A Possible Jury Trial

Most injury cases result in a settlement, even after a lawsuit is filed. However, some cases must go on to a trial and be presented in front of a jury. During the trial, the exact same information that went into the claim is presented to the jury. The defendant has the opportunity to respond, and then the jury will deliberate on whether or not the defendant is at fault (liable) and how much money they should pay to the injury victim (or plaintiff).

Work With a University Personal Injury Lawyer to Increase Your Chances of Getting Paid

Not every personal injury case results in compensation for the victim, but when you work alongside an attorney, you will know that you’ve done everything you can to get the money you need. Your lawyer not only makes it easier to investigate your claim and deal with insurers, but they are also preparing your case for a possible jury trial in the event a settlement can’t be reached.

Darrigo & Diaz understands the pain, anguish, and confusion that can come in the aftermath of a bad accident. We are here to inform you of your options, research your case, and apply our 20-plus years of experience to your benefit.

Reach out to us at any time to schedule your no-cost, risk-free case evaluation. Call (813) 774-3341 or contact us online to schedule your free appointment now!


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