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Personal Injury Legal Services
When you or a family member is injured, you need a personal injury lawyer who can successfully fight for you and handle the battles ahead. You need someone on your side who has experience in specific areas of personal injury law to get the best results for your case.
Learn more about Matthews Injury Law and see our specialty below. Please contact us to schedule a free case consultation. We are ready to help if you have been injured.
Were You in a Personal Injury Incident?
A variety of events can lead to personal injury. Most commonly, personal injury occurs after a car accident, commercial truck crash, medical malpractice, slip and fall or dog bite, among other events. Personal injury cases usually involve some form of negligence by another party. It is the personal injury attorney’s job to prove that negligence and to prove the losses that you suffered.
Many people wait to see if their pain or injury will improve on its own and only contact a lawyer when it becomes unbearable. An injury does not need to be extreme to warrant a personal injury case. Every injury, every ache, every pain, every symptom matters, and you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an attorney immediately if pain from an accident or negligence affects your life and everyday routine.
Common Causes and Types of Personal Injury
While some car crashes, or auto accidents, only result in property damage, others end in severe injuries or death. In 2016, the National Safety Council estimated 4.6 million roadway users were injured seriously enough to require medical attention. Insurance companies may try to pressure you into a quick settlement and inadequate compensation. Hiring the right lawyer can make a significant difference in the compensation you receive.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
Each year, thousands of Americans are affected by a bicycle or pedestrian accident – many of which result in serious injury. Knowing what steps to take in the moments following an accident and employing the help of an experienced lawyer are imperative to building your case.
Commercial Truck Crashes
Commercial truck crashes are usually catastrophic and trucking companies will spare no expense in immediately investigating the crash to prepare a defense. This often occurs while our victims are still in the hospital. Truck crash cases require a heightened attention to detail, knowledge of trucking laws and a significant amount of work to maximum the recovery for victims. We are willing and ready to put in that work.
Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, hospital, or other healthcare provider fails to provide the standard of care expected by a reasonably competent member of the medical community in the same specialty. Medical malpractice cases involve a high degree of skill and expertise and many other lawyers turn them down due to lack of knowledge or time.
Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries can have severe and long-lasting effects on victims and their families as well. The symptoms and consequences differ significantly depending on the level of injury and whether the injury is “incomplete” or “complete.” Symptoms can range from severe pain to loss of bowel and bladder function to complete paralysis.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Brain injuries are difficult to diagnose and are sometimes overlooked during post-accident treatment. Some brain injuries may present with a skull fracture or laceration, while non-visible injuries can cause nerve cells to stretch and compress. These types of injuries can have a significant impact on the cognitive function and the lifestyle of victims and their families.
Workers’ compensation and the workplace’s premise liability coverage is enough to cover many instances of workplace injury in some instances. However, that coverage may not be enough when a serious injury takes place at work. If your employer fails to do what is required to protect you on the job, you have the right to file a lawsuit for their negligence. Due to the complexity of the workplace injury system, it is always best to speak with a Florida personal injury attorney prior to making this determination.
Work Zone Crashes
In Florida, road construction is an accepted part of everyday travel. Companies working in or near a lane of travel are required to follow very specific laws and standards as set forth by the State of Florida. These laws and standards are in place to protect the traveling public. Unfortunately, many companies working in or near a lane of travel attempt to cut corners and save money by failing to follow the very laws put in place to protect you. This can lead to disastrous consequences. If you have been injured in or near a work zone, someone besides the other driver involved may be at fault for the crash.
There are very specific damages that can be recovered after a wrongful death, and the lawsuit must be brought by the decedent’s personal representative, per Florida Statutes. Attorneys handling wrongful death cases need to be particularly aware of the provisions in the Florida Wrongful Death Act. We are prepared to take on these tragic cases and fight for the survivors.
Acting Quickly After a Personal Injury
Do not wait to contact a personal injury attorney and doctor after an incident. Many people wait days, weeks, or even months to seek help, which could result in ongoing pain and suffering and exceeding the time limit to claim full insurance benefits or file a lawsuit.
Seeing a Doctor Immediately After Your Personal Injury
It is important that you see a doctor immediately if you have any ache, pain, or symptoms following a car accident. Oftentimes, our clients do not even know the extent of their injuries, and they wait to see a doctor until the pain is unbearable. This works against our clients in two ways: (1) the forces on your body when you are involved in a car crash are much more than those involved when you hurt yourself at home because of the weight and speed of the vehicles involved, so you may be more injured than you realize; and (2) you are only able to recover the full amount of your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits if you see a doctor within 14 days.
You must get in to see a doctor immediately to assess your injuries and to begin to establish a record of your pain, symptoms, and injuries suffered in the accident. Hopefully, your pain will get better and your life can return to normal within a few days or weeks. However, if your injuries are worse than they seemed, you have made the right move in proactively seeking injury treatment.
Additionally, to recover your full $10,000 in PIP benefits, you must see a doctor within 14 days of the accident. The doctor must diagnose you with an emergency medical condition. If you wait and do not see the doctor, you may only be able to recover $2,500 in PIP benefits, or worse yet – no PIP benefits. We understand life is busy, and it can be difficult to find the time to see a doctor. But you will be thankful that you did when we are pursuing a claim on your behalf.
Contacting a Lawyer Immediately After Your Personal Injury
Getting in touch with us immediately after an auto accident is critical. We can help guide you through the process and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf, letting you focus on getting better. The sooner you hire us, the sooner we can start our investigation to gather all the insurance information and evidence necessary to maximize the value of your claim. The insurance company starts their work immediately – you should too. Let us fight for you.
Also, there is a limited time to file lawsuits in Florida. The law varies depending on the type of case, but the sooner we can get to work, the better chance we have of getting the best recovery possible. And if the insurance company does not treat you fairly and we have to file a lawsuit, we will not be behind in getting your case ready for litigation and trial.
Finding the Right Personal Injury Attorney Near You
Hiring the right personal injury attorney can be the difference between recovering the maximum amount of compensation or walking away empty handed after a case. Take the proper steps towards hiring a qualified person by asking a personal injury lawyer the following questions:
- How long have you been practicing personal injury law in Florida?
- What kinds of cases are you most experienced in handling?
- What does your verdict record look like?
- How often do you take cases to trial?
- How big is your team?
- Who will be the main person in charge of my case?
- Do you have the financial resources to go up against large insurance companies?
- Will you be my attorney throughout the case and through trial if necessary?
If an attorney cannot answer the questions above or you feel the answers are not adequate, promptly contact another personal injury lawyer.
Hire Matthews Personal Injury Law
Managing Partner Marc Matthews has been practicing law for more than 15 years and spent several years working in the trial departments of some of the most prestigious law firms in the United States. He formed Matthews Injury Law in 2014 to better serve hurt Floridians who need justice.
Always striving to passionately represent clients in seeking to maximize their compensation, our team at Matthews Injury Law has experience representing clients in auto accidents, truck crashes, medical malpractice, spinal cord injury, wrongful death cases, medical malpractice injury cases, and more. Our impressive personal injury verdicts are testaments to the passion and knowledge we dedicate to each case.
The attorneys at Matthews Injury Law do not shy away from difficult and complex cases, nor do we pass over cases revolving around minor injuries, because even minor injuries can impact your life.
The time after an accident or injury can be confusing and stressful. Let Matthews Injury Law help you during this difficult period. Set up a free consultation at our convenient Tampa or Sarasota office locations. Use the easy appointment scheduling tool to find the spot that works with your schedule.
Working with Marc Matthews was the best that you can ask for when having to obtain an attorney. His professionalism is off the charts and he makes sure that you are well taken care of when you are having to deal with any situation. I would highly recommend obtaining Mr. Matthews for your legal inquiries (if needed) as he is the best I have been around.
Marc Matthews handled an extremely difficult case for me. Marc is confident, very aggressive and professional, and I trusted his firm and they exceeded all of my expectations.
— Tim Y.
I highly recommend Marc Matthews along with his team of attorneys, paralegals, and assistants for all of your legal needs. Marc represented me in a personal injury slip and fall case, and he and his staff worked my case efficiently and diligently to a successful conclusion.
— Shakena L.
Marc embodies the true meanings of integrity, professionalism and detail in his work. Having never had to experience this before, I am so fortunate that I chose Marc and the amazing team that he assembled. Efficient, direct, strong and unwavering in the fight for justice. Thank you from every ounce of my heart.
— Christopher S.
Marc Matthews has successfully recovered a great settlement for me from a horrible car accident. His expertise in mediation and preparing me for trial was outstanding.
— Donna S.