Personal Injury Lawyers St. Petersburg

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If you’ve been in an accident in St. Petersburg and need an accident attorney, you should never settle for talking to a secretary or investigator. You deserve to meet with an experienced trial attorney. That’s what you’ll get at Zervos & Calta, PLLC. If you or a loved one have been injured or killed as a result of another’s negligence, trust the St. Petersburg personal injury trial lawyers of Zervos and Calta, who have over 40 years of combined courtroom experience.

The insurance companies know which injury lawyers go to trial and which ones will back off and settle your case below value. Zervos and Calta are not afraid to take a case to trial to make sure our clients receive fair compensation. We offer aggressive, honest, and compassionate representation – you are not just a file to us. We give personal attention to your personal injuries.

Common types of injuries

Car Accidents – We know how scary it can be when you have been hurt in an auto accident. You are shaken from the accident, hurting from your injuries, trying to get your vehicle repaired or replaced, and worrying about lost wages and medical bills, all at once. Don’t do it alone. Let our St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys help you. Our car accident lawyer will make sure all of your rights are protected, statutory deadlines are met, your accident is thoroughly investigated and documented, your vehicle gets repaired or replaced, your bills get paid, and you get compensated.

Truck Accidents – Accidents involving trucks and tractor trailers usually involve complex legal issues that only personal injury attorneys who have experience with trucking accidents understand. The law firm of Zervos & Calta has the experience and resources necessary to pursue your case.

Motorcycle Accidents – Florida has been listed as the second most dangerous state in relation to motorcycle accidents and fatalities. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2006, per vehicle mile traveled, motorcyclists’ risk of a fatal crash is 35 times greater than a passenger car.

Those who survive a motorcycle crash tend to suffer serious injuries because there is nothing to protect you from direct contact with the road upon crashing. This is why it is essential that you contact an experienced St. Petersburg FL personal injury lawyer like Zervos & Calta, immediately following a motorcycle accident to protect all of your rights.

Pedestrian Injury – A pedestrian can be considered any person traveling on foot – walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down – who is injured by a motor vehicle. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2013, there was a total of 4,735 pedestrian fatalities in the United States. The number of pedestrian accidents was much, much higher. This means that on average, a pedestrian was killed every 2 hours, and injured every 8 minutes in traffic crashes.

Medical Malpractice – If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of medical care you received, or perhaps medical care you did not receive, then you or your loved one may be entitled to compensation under a theory of law known as medical malpractice. The most common forms of medical malpractice include failure to diagnose or wrong diagnosis, birth injuries, incorrect administration of medication, product liability, improper medical care or treatment, nursing home abuse, incorrect lab reports, or mistaken interpretations of diagnostic studies.

Medical malpractice cases have strict guidelines that must be followed in order to prevail. You must be able to prove that the care you received fell below the normal and accepted standard of care in the industry. There are also time limits within which you have to either settle or file a lawsuit for medical malpractice claims in Florida. That is called the statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations on a medical malpractice claim in Florida is two years from the date of malpractice, or two years from the date of the discovery of the injury resulting from the malpractice, but never to exceed four years from the date the malpractice was committed. Therefore, it is imperative that you contact a personal injury lawyer to handle your malpractice claim. Contact the personal injury law firm of Zervos & Calta, PLLC in Saint Petersburg, FL, and let us help you get compensation for your injuries and medical expenses.

Slip and Fall Accidents – Under Florida’s premises liability law you may hold the owner and/or operator responsible for injuries you sustained on their premises if the injury was caused by their negligent care, maintenance or operation of the property. That is why it is important to contact an injury attorney to preserve photographs of the premises and all other evidence to prove that the owner/operator of the property was negligent. The attorneys at Zervos & Calta have experience representing injury victims of slip and fall accidents, ranging from individual property owners to national retail chain stores.

Wrongful Death – The most unbearable emotional pain occurs when you lose a beloved family member, especially when the death results from someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. St. Petersburg, FL personal injury attorneys Zervos & Calta understand that there is nothing that can be done or said to soothe the pain and suffering from such a loss. We can, however, help ease the financial constrictions that occur when someone dies by pursuing the person or entity responsible for the loss of your family member. The injury attorneys at Zervos & Calta have the skills, experience and resources available to aggressively pursue a wrongful death claim and help you through this difficult time.

Traumatic Brain Injury – A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be devastating to the injured person, as well as his or her family. If you or a loved one has suffered TBI as a result of an accident, then you know first-hand how it can change everything about a person in a matter of seconds, including how that person thinks, acts and feels. A TBI is often a permanent injury with lifelong effects, and can necessitate long-term nursing home care.

Symptoms of a TBI

Pay close attention to whether you or a loved one is showing these common signs and symptoms of a TBI:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Problems with vision, including sensitivity to light
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurring of speech or difficulty in formulating sentences
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Memory Issues
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unusual onset of behavioral issues such as depression, anxiety and/or mood swings.

If you notice these symptoms, contact a medical professional immediately.

It is important to protect your legal rights if you have suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless behavior. That is why it is critical that you contact an accident attorney who is experienced in handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries. The St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers Zervos & Calta understand the legal and medical complexities involved in these cases, and always offer a free consultation.

Spinal Cord Injury – A spinal cord injury (SCI) is a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention. A SCI usually results from external trauma such as a motor vehicle or slip and fall accident. Injuries can range from mild, to moderate, to severe, and could result in motor or sensory deficit, bowel and/or bladder dysfunction, or even paralysis.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center 2019 Data Sheet, there 17,730 new spinal cord injuries suffered each year. They can be devastating injuries. If you or a loved one suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, let the experienced injury attorneys at Zervos & Calta in Pinellas County work to make sure you are fairly compensated.

Bicycle Accidents – Contrary to popular belief, bicyclists do not automatically have the right of way. In Florida, a bicycle is legally defined as a vehicle and the bicyclist is a driver. Bicyclists have the same rights to the roadways, and must obey the same traffic laws as the drivers of other vehicles.

For example, Florida law requires a bicyclist to have a light on the front of their bicycle between sunset and sunrise. The light must project at least 500 feet ahead. You must also have a red reflector on the back of the bicycle. If you are less than 16 years old the law requires you wear a helmet while riding a bicycle. The helmet must meet federal safety standards.

Unfortunately, even when bicyclists follow these precautions, they can still become victims of serious accidents involving another vehicle. If you were injured in a bicycle accident as a result of another person’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and pain and suffering. Contact the lawyers at Zervos & Calta in Saint Petersburg to fight for your rights.

Dog Bites – Florida has a special dog bite statute which provides that an owner of a dog is strictly liable for any damages caused by their dog, where the victim is not trespassing, and did not antagonize or purposely invite the dog to attack. Florida law provides for an exception, however, that states that there is no liability under the statute if the dog bite victim is 6 years of age or older, the bite occurred on the dog owner’s premises, and those premises contain a conspicuously posted sign stating the phrase “Bad Dog.” or “beware of dog”. If you have been injured as a result of a dog bite, the attorneys at Zervos & Calta can help.

Do I have a Personal Injury Claim?

If you or someone you love has suffered bodily injury or a death as a result of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions or behaviors, you have a personal injury case. The injury attorneys at Zervos & Calta in St. Petersburg, FL, can make sure your rights are protected, and also fight to make sure that you are compensated for your injuries.

Do I need a personal injury lawyer after an accident

Insurance companies are notorious for trying to settle a claim for less than the real value of the claim, and they do this by reaching out to you before you have had a chance to hire an attorney. Therefore, you always want to consult with a lawyer before speaking with any insurance company, including your own. The St. Petersburg law offices of Zervos & Calta will fight for your rights.

How much is my case worth?

In determining what your personal injury case is worth, you must look at the damages suffered. Damages are generally comprised of economic damages and non-economic damages. 

Economic damages consist of:

  • Past medical bills
  • Future medical bills for treatment, medical supplies or equipment, medication, caregivers
  • Past lost wages
  • Future wage loss

Non-economic damages consist of:

  • Past pain and suffering
  • Future pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Mental anguish
  • Disfigurement and/or disability
  • Loss of consortium

 What if I am partially at fault?

Florida injury law provides that you can be held a percentage at fault, and still recover for your damages under a theory of law known as “comparative negligence”. The insurance company, or a jury (should the case proceed to trial), can hold you a certain percentage at fault, and any recovery you obtain is then reduced in value by your percentage of fault.

For example, if you slipped and fell in a restaurant but you were distracted from looking where you were going at the time of the accident, or you did not fully stop at a stop sign and it resulted in a motor vehicle accident with another vehicle, then you would be deemed comparatively negligent. You would still be able to bring a claim for your injuries against the other party, who was also at fault for causing the accident. If, however, the accident was solely your fault, you cannot recover for your damages from any other party.

How long do you have to file a claim?

In Florida, if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you must either settle your claim for injuries or file an injury lawsuit within four (4) years from the date of the accident. This is known as the Statute of Limitations. If you do not settle your claim or file a lawsuit within that four (4) year time period, you are forever barred from bringing a claim.

If there is a claim for death or medical malpractice, however, the Statute of Limitations is generally only two (2) years, with some limited exceptions. This is why it is very important for you to contact an accident lawyer immediately following an accident of any kind to make sure your rights are protected.

How long does it take to get a settlement?

How long it takes to settle an auto accident case depends on a number of factors, as no two cases are the same. Some of the factors are:

How aggressive is your personal injury attorney – Do they keep the case moving or does the case sit on a shelf with all of the other files.

What type of treatment do you need and are you receiving – If you need and undergo surgery, you certainly do not want to rush into a settlement as you want to see how you recover to avoid settling for less than your claim may really be worth.

Is it necessary to file a lawsuit – those cases usually take one to two years before you get before a jury.

What insurance company is involved – some insurance companies are known for trying to drag out insurance claims and not process them in a timely fashion.

How Zervos & Calta, PLLC can help you

Being involved in an accident is often a scary and trying ordeal. There are time limitations and legal issues that you must be wary of to avoid giving up any of your rights. The skilled trial lawyers in Saint Petersburg at Zervos & Calta have combined over 40 years of experience in helping accident victims. Let us protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

Steps our firm will take on your behalf

The following are some of the steps that the law team at Zervos & Calta will take when you trust them to handle your personal injury claim:

We investigate all aspects of liability. This includes obtaining the police/incident report, speaking to witnesses and obtaining statements, visiting the scene of the accident, and taking photographs of the vehicles involved, the scene of the accident, and the injuries.

We gather and read all of your medical records and medical bills so that we can assess your injuries and how they have affected your life, to determine the value of your claim.

We investigate and scrutinize all insurance policies in effect at the time of the accident to ensure all potential avenues of compensation are pursued.

We handle all negotiations with the insurance company.

We take your case to trial, if it meets our criteria. Unlike other firms, we do not refer our cases to other attorneys at trial.

What should you do after an accident or injury?

Almost everyone you talk to has been involved in a car accident at some point in their lives. Although everyone may have a different experience, it is almost guaranteed that all would agree that auto accidents can be a terrifying experience which can leave you nervous, upset, and not knowing what to do immediately after an accident has occurred. This is why we think the following might be helpful to refer to at the scene of an accident.

FIRST, always keep calm and determine if anyone is injured. If anyone in your car is injured, call 911 immediately to ensure that help is on the way. Even if no one is injured, you still want to call 911 so that the facts of the accident can be documented by the responding officer and appropriate citations can be issued.

SECOND, make sure it is safe to stay in the car. If it is not, then make sure you exit the car and stay in a safe area until the authorities respond.

THIRD, if it is safe to do so, take photographs of the property damage sustained by all cars involved in the accident.

FOURTH, if the authorities do not respond to the scene, make sure you exchange driver’s license and insurance information with all of the drivers of all of the cars involved in the accident.

FIFTH, always obtain the name, phone number and address of all witnesses to the accident.

LASTLY, once you have left the scene of the accident or have returned home from the emergency room (if you were injured), it is ALWAYS recommended that you contact a car accident lawyer to safeguard your rights.

At Zervos & Calta, remember, our initial consultation is always free and there are no fees paid unless a settlement or verdict is obtained on your behalf. We give personal attention to and are committed to helping those who have been injured as a result of an accident and can be reached at (727) 937-3171.

Talk to us about your legal rights and don’t let time run out on the statutes of limitations if you’ve been injured in St. Petersburg.

Contact us by filling out the form on the right or call 727-937-3171 to schedule a free phone consultation.

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