Hernando County Personal Injury Attorney
People in Hernando County who have suffered severe injuries through no fault of their own often find themselves facing months or years of recovery, lost wages, and a massive, ever-growing pile of bills. If you or a loved one has been injured through the negligence of someone else, that person should be held responsible.
When you work with the law firm of Zervos & Calta, PLLC, you can expect our Hernando County personal injury attorneys to fight aggressively for your rights and the compensation you’re owed for your injuries. Our attorneys have the skills to handle any type of personal injury case. Whether you’ve been in a car, bicycle, or slip and fall accident, we’re here for you, and we’ll give you the personalized attention you deserve. You’ll never be left in the dark about your case.
Contact one of our knowledgeable and compassionate injury attorneys today. We have nearly 50 years of combined legal experience in successfully seeking the full and fair compensation our clients need. We can help you, too.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Hernando County
Our attorneys have successfully handled just about every type of personal injury case imaginable. Because we focus solely on personal injury cases, we are highly skilled at what we do. We are prepared to strategically and assertively negotiate your claim or litigate your case in court.
Following are some of the most common types of personal injury cases we handle:
A total of 26 people were killed and 2,460 people were injured in car crashes during a single recent year in Hernando County. Most car accidents are caused by distracted or negligent drivers. If you were injured or your loved one was killed by a distracted, reckless, negligent driver, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses.
Many commercial truck drivers get insufficient sleep and are driving in a fatigued state. Driving while fatigued impairs drivers just as much as driving while drunk. When a distracted or impaired truck driver hits a passenger car, the occupants often suffer serious injuries.
In one recent year, 101 accidents in Hernando County involved a motorcycle, and five motorcyclists were killed. Many motorcycle accidents are caused by negligent drivers failing to look for motorcyclists before making turns or proceeding through an intersection. When a car collides with a motorcycle, the motorcyclist is often severely injured.
Cycling for exercise or transportation has become increasingly popular. In Hernando County, there were 34 crashes involving bicycles in one recent year, but one of them led to the death of the cyclist. Bicycle crashes can be caused by negligent motorists not looking for bicyclists before turning, pulling forward, or backing up.
In one recent year, 59 pedestrian accidents caused seven fatalities in Hernando County. When it comes to cars hitting pedestrians, the drivers of the vehicles are often found to be at fault. Too many motorists fail to look out for pedestrians or observe their right-of-way on the road.
Slip and Fall Accidents
According to the CDC, approximately 800,000 individuals are hospitalized each year due to injuries suffered in slips and falls. Many of these accidents are caused by the negligence of property owners and occupiers. For example, wet floors, broken steps, loose rugs, poor lighting, and potholes can all cause falls. A slip or fall can lead to traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, broken hips and limbs, torn ligaments, tendons, and more.
Traumatic brain injury is one of the most devastating injuries a person can experience. Brain injuries may cause permanent disability and severe emotional anguish. Many individuals who suffer a brain injury cannot work after the accident and simultaneously require expensive care. Financial compensation from the person responsible for the accident can significantly improve the quality of life of victims of these types of injuries.
Spinal Cord Injury
Most people don’t realize how much they take their ability to walk for granted until they lose it. Even more devastating is a spinal cord injury that leads to quadriplegia. People who suffer spinal cord injuries may lose their job and require expensive care for the rest of their life.
A wrongful death is a death caused by negligent or reckless actions of a person or an organization, such as an employer. Certain surviving family members of the victim may be legally entitled to compensation under Florida law.
Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim
If you have suffered a personal injury in Hernando County due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for losses such as:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages during the recovery period
- Future medical bills
- Loss of future wages
- Loss of property
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
In the case of a death, survivors may be entitled to compensation for expenses and losses, such as:
- Funeral expenses
- Emotional distress
- Loss of financial support
How Our Hernando County Personal Injury Attorney Can Help with Your Case
In a personal injury case, you need to contact our experienced personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. We are ready to do all of the work of proving your case and fighting in court for the compensation you deserve, so you can get on with the task of healing and putting your life back together again. It is never a good idea to try to handle a personal injury case without the assistance of an experienced lawyer.
Statute of Limitations on Hernando County Personal Injury Claims
It is essential to contact our office as soon as possible after your injury for two reasons. The first reason is that it is a lot easier to collect evidence to support your case immediately after the injury. If you delay, valuable information like video recordings and eyewitness statements may be lost.
The second reason is that in Florida, you have to settle or file a lawsuit in a personal injury claim within four years of the date of the accident (unless it’s a wrongful death, in which case the time limit is two years).
Steps to Take to Protect Your Rights After an Accident
Immediately after an accident, it’s important you take steps to protect your health and your claim:
- Call 911 and make sure all injured parties receive medical care.
- Cooperate with the police and make sure a police report is filed, but don’t speculate about facts you don’t know.
- Obtain the names and phone numbers of all possible eyewitnesses.
- Take multiple photographs of all damages and of the accident scene.
- Seek medical care. Injuries like whiplash and internal bleeding may not cause symptoms for several hours. Get medical attention as soon as you start feeling symptoms.
- Notify your own insurance company. Do not provide a recorded statement before speaking with an attorney. Do not speak to any other insurance company.
- Call our office for assistance. We’ll fight for the compensation you deserve.
Talk to a Hernando County Personal Injury Attorney Now
Contact us as soon as possible after your accident. You can call us, email us, or engage with our office by live chat. We offer a free consultation to review your case and discuss your legal options.