Westchase Personal Injury Lawyer
Each year, insurance companies spend considerable sums of money on slick advertisements which tout their compassion and fairness. The millions of people who are injured in car wrecks, falls, and other personal injuries know all too well these promises are just marketing fluff. When the chips are down and real money is at stake, insurance company lawyers do whatever it takes to protect corporate profits.
On the other hand, the compassionate Westchase personal injury lawyers at the Rinaldo Law Group only care about victims and their well-being. So, we act quickly and decisively to address vehicle replacement, medical care, and other immediate needs. Then, we build a solid, evidence-based claim from the ground up. Then, once your injury case goes to court, we relentlessly fight for your rights.
Kinds of Personal Injuries
When you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, financial compensation is probably the last thing on your mind. Immediate needs, as mentioned above, are much more important.
Healthcare is a good example. The average injury-related medical bill usually exceeds $50,000. Most people live hand to mouth. They cannot possibly pay this amount of money. Even if they could, most accident-related personal injuries, such as whiplash, require specialized care. Only an experienced Westchase personal injury lawyer can arrange for medical care at no upfront cost and direct you to the most well-qualified provider in a given area.
These and other immediate needs are common to pretty much all accident victims in Florida, such as:
- Vehicle Collisions: Head/neck injuries like whiplash are especially common in these incidents. Most victims are completely disabled for several weeks, or even several months, after a crash. If the accident wasn’t their fault, victims deserve compensation for these losses.
- Falls: Pre-existing conditions often increase the risk of a fall or the severity of fall injuries. Generally, insurance companies cannot use these vulnerabilities as an excuse to reduce or deny compensation to these victims.
- Drug Overdose: Opioid overdoses, mostly heroin and powerful prescription painkillers, were almost unheard of in the 1990s. Today, these incidents kill more people than vehicle collisions. Possible responsible parties include the doctor who wrongfully prescribed medication and the property owner who turned a blind eye to drug abuse.
Speaking of doctor misconduct, medical malpractice, especially misdiagnosis, also affects many families in Hillsborough County. Misdiagnosis usually starts with a failure to listen to patients and/or a refusal to order a full range of diagnostic tests.
The Injury Settlement Process
Most cases settle out of court, but most cases don’t settle right away. If the accident’s cause is rather clear, most insurance companies have a duty to settle claims within a few weeks. However, largely because of legal doctrines like comparative fault, liability is usually at least somewhat unclear.
In these cases, attorneys must do something to preserve the victim’s legal rights and pressure the insurance company to settle the claim. That something is usually filing legal paperwork in court.
Sometimes, this technique works right away, and the case settles rather quickly. Other times, however, a judge must appoint a third-party mediator. During mediation, both sides have a duty to negotiate in good faith. Largely because of this court oversight, mediation is usually successful.
These damages usually include compensation for economic losses, such as medical bills, and noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Contact a Compassionate Hillsborough County Personal Injury Lawyer
Accident victims are entitled to fair compensation for their serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced Westchase personal injury attorney, contact the Rinaldo Law Group. We do not charge upfront legal fees in these matters.