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If you are suffering a personal injury because of the negligence of another individual, you need an attorney by your side who is committed to taking all necessary steps for your benefit. We are committed to helping people who need a strong legal advisor and require clear answers to complex questions. At the Law Offices of John V. Orrick, P.L., your case matters to us. We do our best to answer all of your questions in a timely and responsive manner. We can meet personally with you to help you better understand your specific case. The individual attention we provide to clients enables us to avoid incurring unnecessary costs that larger firms are known for, and our unique experience allows us to identify and ascertain the necessary documentation that an insurance company is looking for in order for us to obtain the highest amount of compensation for our clients. We treat our clients as friends and family, and we want you to be involved and aware of what to expect from your case. To begin with, you can read through the following answers to a few frequently asked personal injury questions.

How soon should I begin pursuing compensation?
Immediately after you have suffered an injury and sought medical assistance, you should begin pursuing compensation for your damages. Personal injury victims are constrained by a statute of limitations, which is a strict time limit within which you can file a claim for compensation. For a personal injury case in Florida, the statute of limitations is four years. After that time limit has passed, you are barred from ever pursuing compensation for your injuries. Most people are unfamiliar with the compensation claim process and don't understand their legal rights, which is why it is crucial to enlist the help of an attorney from our firm to effectively convey the extent of your damages to the insurance company.

What is negligence in a personal injury case?
In order to pursue a successful personal injury claim, the victim must prove that his or her injuries occurred from the negligence of the at-fault party. Negligence refers to an individual who has not exercised a reasonable standard of care for the lives, health, and safety, of people around them. This individual has caused injury of others from a failure to act in a responsible manner.

What if I am partially at fault for my injuries?
In some cases, the injured party is partially at fault for his or her injuries. Some individuals are unable to recover compensation even if another party's negligence contributed to the injuries. In most cases, however, victims can still receive partial compensation, even if they are responsible to a degree for the incident. The amount of compensation will depend on the involvement of the victim in regard to his or her injuries. A lawyer from our firm can explain what damages you may be able to recover even if you were partially at fault.

How long does a typical personal injury case last?
Personal injury lawsuits can be settled within a few months if they do not require trial, but other cases can take years to fully process. Because every case carries unique traits, it is difficult to estimate a time frame for your case. Some cases that are expected to be concluded quickly can lead to complications that delay the process, while seemingly complex cases may be worked out more quickly than anticipated. It is important to thoroughly document injuries, ongoing treatment, and any adversarial communication with the insurance company representing the other party, and we provide hands-on support throughout the process to minimize the inconvenience to you while you recover.

I was offered a settlement after my accident. Should I accept?
Typically, you should not settle with the insurance company immediately after the accident. Most insurance companies will attempt to settle your injury case without giving you the full compensation you actually deserve. The extent of your injuries and the actual value of your case should be assessed before a settlement is discussed or accepted. We advise you to never agree to a settlement without first consulting an attorney.

Tampa Injury Attorneys Fight for Your Compensation

During a free case evaluation, we can help you determine a strategy for your case to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve. We can personally meet with you at your home, a hospital, or even the scene of the accident and help you determine what should be documented to begin building a strong claim. You can also find out how our firm aggressively fights for our clients to help them obtain the compensation their injuries warrant. Our firm's focus is placed on obtaining the compensation our clients deserve and making sure that they receive the medical treatment needed to return to good health. We communicate with our clients every step of the way to fully assess the extent of our clients' injuries and damages and understand all nuances of the case. Our approach involves quickly identifying and providing only the necessary information to the insurance company in order to obtain the desired case result. Contact our firm today to get started!

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Law Offices of John V. Orrick, P.L - Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer
Located at 6946 West Linebaugh Ave. Tampa, FL 33625. View Map
Phone: (813) 283-5868

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