Personal Injury Law

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Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents can change your life in an instant. Your health, your income, your job, your future – everything may depend on the potential outcome of your injury case. Our team of trial attorneys has recovered millions of dollars for our clients and we are prepared to get serious about your personal injury case.

At Robert Sparks Attorneys, we’ve seen the strategies that insurance companies and their legal teams deploy in order to block or limit a victim’s financial recoveries in an injury case, and we’ve outmaneuvered them time and time again. Whether your case requires a knowledgeable attorney at the settlement table, or a skilled litigator in the courtroom, our Tampa personal injury lawyers have been there – and they’ve dominated.

Call us today at (813) 606-5050 for your FREE, no-obligation consultation.

Serious Injury?
Time for a Serious Personal Injury Lawyer.

We bring a powerful combination of experience and passion to the table as we fight on behalf of clients who have been seriously injured or have lost loved ones. We stand up for our clients, we go to court, and we get serious results. Call the personal injury lawyers at Robert Sparks Attorneys today – it’s time to get serious.

We Handle All Types of Personal Injury Cases

You Don’t Pay Unless We Win Your Case

One of the benefits of retaining a personal injury lawyer at Robert Sparks Attorneys is that we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay us any up-front costs. You only pay us if we are able to secure a financial recovery for you. Then, our fees will be computed as a percentage of your recovery.

Charging no up-front attorney fees frees you up to choose the best attorney. Financial concerns are one of the top reasons people choose to go unrepresented or self-represented after an accident or injury.

The time after your accident can be riddled with emotional, physical, and financial concerns – this is not the time you need to be worrying about added expenses. This is why we don’t charge hourly or surprise you with hidden fees. When you work with the team at Robert Sparks Attorneys, you don’t pay unless we win.

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Accident Injury Dangers

At Robert Sparks Attorneys, we are proud of our extensive record of safeguarding car accident victims in Tampa. We fight to see that victims suffering serious injuries are never left alone to face their medical bills while also trying to complete a major recovery.

If you travel Interstate 275 or on any busy Tampa roadway, you know about the dangerous and careless decisions local motorists can make. A speeding driver on the narrow lanes of Waters Avenue can miss spotting a red light ahead and ram you from behind at full speed. A distracted motorist on Adamo Drive can be looking at a text instead of noticing a veer into another lane.

These errors in judgment place drivers and passengers at risk of frightening accidents. Unprotected motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians are also vulnerable to life-threatening collisions caused by careless motorists.

When reckless drivers cause these devastating crashes, their car insurance companies must be held fully accountable for any recovery costs you face. The legal professionals at Robert Sparks Attorneys take action to make sure insurance companies provide everything victims need to rebuild their health and their lives. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with a skilled and experienced Tampa lawyer.

To find out more about how we get the most out of Tampa traffic accident injury claims for victims, visit our car accident page.

Other Tampa Personal Injury Hazards

Our attorneys also represent the victims of slip-and-fall and trip-and-fall accidents. When you visit someone else’s property or any business in Tampa, the owners and operators owe you a “duty of care.” Under Florida law, they are under a legal requirement to keep clients, customers, employees, residents, and all visitors safe.

When a grocery store allows spilled milk to sit out on the floor until you come along and fall, the owner and/or the supermarket chain are liable for your recovery costs. If a landlord leaves a loose handrail on a set of stairs unrepaired and you take a tumble, that landlord should provide you with complete financial support while you heal.

Our attorneys also fight for every benefit available for dog bite victims. Florida is a “strict liability” dog bite state. This means that dog owners can be financially responsible for bite wounds, even if their dogs have never bitten before.

Below is only a partial list of the types of personal injury cases we help victims and their families win:

What to Do After a Tampa Personal Injury Accident

After your accident, we conduct a thorough investigation into what happened and identify every at-fault party that should provide you with compensation. Our attorneys build your case with strong evidence and testimony to ensure no insurance adjuster has room to reject your injury claim.

Some of the most effective evidence in your case will come from the scene in the moments after your accident. If you are feeling well enough, do your best to collect important details from the scene:

  •          Get checked out by paramedics. Go to an emergency room if necessary.
  •          Alert authorities. Call 911 after any car accident and have Tampa Police or the Florida Highway Patrol respond. Give them every detail you can remember so they can create a collision report. After an injury at a place of business, alert managers so they can create an incident report.
  •         Secure photographic evidence. Get out your cellphone. In a traffic accident, take photos of the damaged vehicles and traffic signs. After a fall at a business or residential property, take pictures of the hazard that caused you to slip. Get pictures of any visible injuries.
  •         Get contact information from witnesses to allow your Tampa personal injury lawyer to reach them for testimony.
  •         Avoid making statements. Don’t talk over the fault in the case with others involved in the accident. Also, stay away from comments about how badly you are hurt. These comments can be twisted by insurance companies later. Also, avoid giving recorded statements over the phone in the days that follow.
  •          Scan the scene for the possibility of surveillance cameras at nearby businesses or homes. Jot down addresses.
  •          Visit your family doctor. Alert the doctor about your accident. Make sure all injuries are documented on a medical chart. Follow the doctor’s instructions and see any specialists recommended to you.

What Can I Earn Compensation for After a Tampa Accident?

Once your Tampa personal injury claim is ready to file against an insurance company, you’ll need to put together a complete list of everything you’ve lost due to your injury. This list is critical to the success of your case because anything left off will be a cost that comes out of your own pocket.

The skilled lawyers at Robert Sparks Attorneys compile a full rundown of every damage and hardship their clients have endured since your accident. Our experienced professionals will also include some damages you may not have considered. Every factor included will give you the best chance of earning the maximum compensation available for your injury claim.

These are just a few of the factors that will determine the size of your insurance settlement check:

  • All hospital and physical therapy bills now and costs anticipated in the future.
  • Estimated costs of a permanent physical disability over a lifetime. Including a loss of mobility, an amputated limb, and hearing and vision loss.
  • Physical pain experienced.
  • Emotional anguish experienced. The anxiety created in a traumatic accident. The loss of enjoyment of life and the depression that might follow a difficult recovery.
  • Wrongful Death Benefits. For families who have lost a loved one in an accident.
  • Travel costs to doctor’s appointments while you are off your feet and can’t drive. The expense of seeing specialists outside of Tampa.
  • All earnings you’ve lost while missing work.
  • Damage or destruction of property.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim After a Tampa Personal Injury Accident?

Florida allows the victims of personal injury accidents and their families to wait up to four years before filing a claim. If you try to file a claim beyond this deadline, you’ll likely have your case thrown out.

Four years makes it seem like you have time to wait but acting quickly gives your case the best chance of success. When you turn your case over to a qualified Tampa personal injury lawyer in the early going, building an effective case will be easier. Important physical evidence will still be available. Witnesses will be easier to track down for testimony. When you delay, witnesses can move, switch phones and jobs, and become harder to locate.

Tampa Personal Injury Law: Quick Information

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How Do I Know If I Have a Valid Case?

For a personal injury case to have merit, there must have been damages suffered through a negligent or wrongful act. To determine whether you have a case requires a full evaluation your specific circumstances, the degree of injury, and the type of incident that took place. At Robert Sparks Attorneys, we offer a free case evaluation to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your potential case.

How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take to Settle?

The resolutions of these cases vary. In cases of catastrophic injury, as the settlement sought will be extremely high value, it can take longer than those in which the injured victim will recover within a predicted length of time. We always press for a fast resolution, but the recovery of compensation sought must be sufficient and reflect the damages that our client has suffered. If we need to go to court, we will do so for our client.

While we never want to prolong the claims process, our firm is committed to pursuing your case until we believe you are being offered a fair resolution. That being said, we will take your case to court if necessary, which could make the process longer, but it is never our first recourse. We always try to negotiate a settlement outside of court first, which can limit not only the time it takes to secure a settlement, but court fees as well.

What If I’ve Already Been Offered a Settlement?

If you were offered a settlement without representation from an attorney, it is likely you are being offered an amount far lower than you could get with support from our firm. It is advised that you do not sign paperwork or answer questions from insurance adjusters or provide medical records until you speak with us.

Our personal injury attorneys in Tampa can review your settlement offer when you schedule a free consultation.

Isn’t a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Expensive?

Personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis; if we don’t win, you don’t pay. In addition, we advance all of the costs necessary to pay for a medical expert evaluation and to fully investigate and gather evidence to support your claim. This allows you to have high-quality legal representation without an initial outlay of funds. Once the case settles, we would take a predetermined percentage of the settlement.

Will My Tampa Personal Injury Case Go to Court?

Typically, only highly contentious cases are litigated. We prefer to negotiate a settlement outside of court so we can have more control over the outcome. If your case goes to court, the outcome is in the judge and jury’s hands. Every case is different though, so talk to an attorney to discuss the likelihood of your case going to court.

How Much Money Can I Recover From a Personal Injury Settlement in Tampa?

The amount of money we choose to pursue for our clients is based on a number of factors, including the severity of their injuries, the nature of their accident, and the extent of the wrongdoing.

Our goal is typically to recover enough money so that you do not have to pay out of pocket for accident-related expenses.
Damages commonly sought in a Florida personal injury case will include compensation for the victim’s economic damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, property damages, and future medical expenses, as well as compensation for non-economic damages like emotional pain and suffering. However, each case is unique.

Is Hiring a Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Really Necessary?

You are not required by law to retain a personal injury attorney after an accident, but it undoubtedly helps. The claims process can get incredibly sticky, and it is easy for individuals to get taken advantage of if they are unfamiliar with the legal system. You can rest easier knowing you have a qualified lawyer on your side.

Additionally, on average, people get three-and-a-half times more money when they are represented by an attorney versus self-representation.

Insurance companies and other large corporations bank on the fact that they are bigger than you, but you don’t have to let them boss you around.

If you were injured, let us help.
Many accident victims do not receive the full amount of compensation they deserve because they accept the first settlement the insurance company offers.

Our lawyers have extensive experience negotiating with large insurance companies who employ practices such as delaying or lowering claims, and we know how to win.

Hire a Personal Injury Firm With Winning Experience

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Corporations and large insurance providers have built huge legal departments with the sole purpose of intimidating victims and avoiding insurance payouts. At Robert Sparks Attorneys, our team of seasoned personal injury lawyers in Tampa has diverse experience on both sides of the courtroom – we are former prosecutors, former insurance defense attorneys, former public defenders, and former law enforcement.

We know when insurance companies and corporations are trying to prevent you from receiving the rightful compensation you deserve. We can’t be intimidated, and we get serious results.

Our personal injury attorneys have an intimate understanding of how insurance companies think and work. We know what strategies they use to try to undervalue or delay claims. We even know what steps law enforcement may take at the scene of an accident, and we use this information to build stronger, better cases for our clients. Every element of our experience is put to work for our clients as we pursue the best possible resolution.

We’re serious about personal injury litigation, and our results prove it. For more information and a free consultation with one of our Tampa personal injury attorneys, call (813) 606-5050 or contact us online.