A serious accident can leave you injured, struggling, and wondering how you’ll get by. Personal injuries can permanently upend our lives, and they can take away important resources like income that we need to function from day to day. When a personal injury leaves you with medical bills, pain, and emotional suffering, you have the right to file a civil action to recover compensation. It’s unfortunate, but it happens every day. When it does happen, you may already know that you’ll need compensation, but how do you get it? When insurance doesn’t apply or won’t offer a fair settlement, filing a personal injury claim may be your best option for fair compensation. Unfortunately, without experienced legal representation and assistance, it’s possible to lose some or all of the compensation you’re owed.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, you owe it to yourself to explore all your legal options. To learn more, contact our Brooksville personal injury lawyers today for a review of your case. Our Brooksville office is conveniently located in the H&K Building on Cortez Boulevard, which is accessible from Wiscon Road. We never charge for consultations, and we only get paid if you do.
Holliday Karatinos Law Firm is Prepared to Take On Your Brooksville Personal Injury Case
If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury in Brooksville, the personal injury lawyers of Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, can offer the guidance, skill, and knowledge that comes from more than 50 years of combined legal experience.
We are a small law firm, which allows us to give close attention to every one of our clients. At the same time, we have the resources to take on the most challenging cases. Since 2006, we have recovered more than $95 million on behalf of our clients. We can put that experience to work for you today.
Our Law Office in Brooksville, Florida
You can visit our personal injury law firm in Brooksville at 15316 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613. Or, contact us online or by phone for a free consultation with a qualified Brooksville personal injury attorney.
Compensation in Florida Personal Injury Cases
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we believe that victims of negligence should not have to shoulder the burdens of an accident alone. This is where compensation plays a pivotal role, helping you prepare for the future and give you the resources you need to take care of yourself and your family in the present.
Types of Compensation Available
When you're injured due to someone else's negligence in Brooksville, you may be entitled to a range of compensatory damages. These are designed to bring you as close as possible to the position you would have been in if the accident hadn't occurred.
Economic Damages: These tangible losses can be easily quantified. They encompass:
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost wages or salary
- Rehabilitation costs
- Property damage
- Future earning capacity if the injury has permanently affected your ability to work.
Non-Economic Damages: While they don't have a direct monetary value, these damages are no less real. They address:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Loss of enjoyment in life due to physical limitations or ongoing pain
- Loss of companionship, particularly in wrongful death cases.
The Holliday Karatinos Approach to Compensation
Our team, with over 50 years of combined legal experience, understands the complexities of personal injury compensation in Brooksville. We take a comprehensive approach, considering not just the immediate aftermath but the long-term effects of your injury. Our goal? To ensure that the compensation you receive truly reflects the pain, suffering, and financial burden you've been subjected to.
It's worth noting that every case is unique, and while past successes can't guarantee future results, they do demonstrate our dedication and commitment. To date, we've secured over $95 million on behalf of our clients. Let us put that experience to work for you.
To truly understand the potential value of your claim and to explore the avenues of compensation available to you, schedule a free consultation with our Brooksville personal injury lawyers.
What Happens if Your Personal Injury Case Goes to Trial?
We resolve most of our clients' cases through settlements. Our hard work and preparation makes a difference when we meet with insurance companies. However, in some cases, the insurance company may refuse to accept liability or make a reasonable settlement offer, and a trial may be necessary.
Typically, claims must be litigated in state court. For instance, if you were hurt in an auto accident, our law firm likely would pursue a lawsuit in the Fifth Judicial Circuit Court at the Hernando County Courthouse, which is located at 20 North Main Street in downtown Brooksville. If your case is appealed for any reason, it would go up to the next level, which is the appellate court. In our region, your case would be heard by the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach.
Some cases end up in federal court. This does not mean the case is more important or has a higher value. Many multi-million-dollar cases are resolved in Circuit Court. However, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction to hear certain types of cases, such as those which involve lawsuits against a federal agency or plaintiffs and defendants from different states. The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa serves our region.
What Should You Do After an Auto Accident?
If you suffer injuries in an accident of any kind in Brooksville, you should take these steps to protect your health and legal rights:
- Get emergency medical attention. If you are involved in a car accident, you must get medical care within 14 days to preserve your no-fault claim under your personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy. It also just makes good sense to get care right away after an accident. A timely diagnosis will document your injuries and prevent the insurance company from claiming that your injuries are not related to your accident.
- Report the crash to your insurance carrier. Under your auto insurance contract, you likely will have to report the collision to your insurance carrier to protect your right to compensation. For workplace injuries or accidents like slips and falls, you need to report your injury to the property owner or a manager of the facility. Make sure to get a copy of your written report.
- Keep all your evidence. Gather and store all medical bills, accident-related receipts, notes, numbers, names, photos and videos, and other relevant information. You will probably need it at some point.
- Order a copy of your crash report. Always get a copy of any official report that is generated. For car crash reports, you can request them online through the Florida Highway Patrol or go directly to the local law enforcement agency that responded to your crash, such as the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. If you were hurt at a store or other commercial building, you should check on whether an incident report was filed.
- Don’t talk to insurance companies without your lawyer. You should never speak to the insurance company without talking to your lawyer first. Specifically, you should not give a recorded statement or accept a settlement offer without input from your attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim in Brooksville?
In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims based on negligence is two years from the date of the accident or injury. However, it's important to note that there are exceptions and nuances based on the specific circumstances of the injury. For example, if the injury claim is against a city or county, you may have a shorter time frame. It's always advisable to consult a skilled Brooksville personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you don't miss any important deadlines.
If I'm partially at fault for my injury, can I still file a claim?
Florida operates under a "pure comparative negligence" rule. This means that if you're found to be partially at fault for your injury, your compensation will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Therefore, even if you believe you were partially at fault, you can still pursue a claim, but your compensation may be adjusted based on your degree of responsibility. Your lawyer will do everything possible to maximize your claim and make sure you are compensated fully for the negligence of the person who harmed you.
Can I file a claim on behalf of a loved one who has been injured or has passed away?
Yes, in Florida, if a loved one is incapacitated due to an injury or has tragically passed away, certain family members or representatives might have the right to file a claim or lawsuit on their behalf. In the case of a severe injury, a legal guardian or power of attorney may have the ability to pursue a claim. In the unfortunate event of a wrongful death, Florida's Wrongful Death Act allows specific close family members (such as spouses, children, or parents) or the estate's representative to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their loss. The specifics of who can file and what damages they can seek depend on the circumstances, so it's crucial to consult with an attorney familiar with Florida's laws regarding this matter.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Are Here to Help You
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, we never charge a fee for a consultation, and we only get paid if we can recover money for our clients. So, you truly have nothing to lose.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
Neighborhoods We Serve
Southern Hills Plantation / Cedar Falls (34601), North Weeki Wachee (34614), Pine Island (34607), Hill N Dale (34602), Royal Highlands (34614), Wiscon (34601), High Point (34613), Ludlow Heights (34601), Lake Lindsey (34601), North Brooksville (34601), Brookridge (34613), South Brooksville (34601, 34604)