If you’ve been in an accident in St. Petersburg and need a personal injury 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 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.
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.
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 as truck accident lawyers and the resources necessary to pursue your case.
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 motorcyle accident attorney like Zervos & Calta, immediately following a motorcycle accident to protect all of your rights.
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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. Anyone injured as a pedestrian should consult with our pedestrian accident lawyers as soon as possible for legal advice.
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 medical malpractice lawyers 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 a slip and fall accident attorney to preserve photographs of the premises and all other evidence to prove that the owner/operator of the property was negligent. The St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers at Zervos & Calta have experience representing victims injured in a slip and fall accident, ranging from individual property owners to national retail chain stores.
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 wrongful death lawyers 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.
Pay close attention to whether you or a loved one is showing these common signs and symptoms of a TBI:
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 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.
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 bicycle accident lawyers at Zervos & Calta in Saint Petersburg to fight for your rights.
Dog Bite Injury
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 727-362-6552 to schedule a free phone consultation.
Choosing a good personal injury lawyer entails doing a little background work, which can make a big difference in the outcome of your case. Some things to look for:
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.
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St. Petersburg, FL 33702
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Once considered a prime destination for retirees, the city has transformed its image in the past 30 years and is now one of Florida’s most vibrant and exciting locations. Founded in the late 19th century, St. Petersburg, FL has a population of a little over 255,000 people. It is recognized as the second-largest municipality in the entire Tampa Bay Area.
No matter what time of day it is, the pier is the social center of St Petersburg – or St Pete, as it is known locally. Situated on the east side of the city, it feels just like the Gulf of Mexico and offers somewhere beautiful and sunny that people of all interests can enjoy. It is home to a bustling shopping center, which is strikingly shaped like an inverted pyramid, where you’ll find restaurants that allow you to dine with the water directly beneath you. Alternatively, head all the way to the end of the pier to the fishing platform, where you’ll be able to enjoy a fabulous view of the sunset. You can never run out of things to do in the picturesque city of St. Petersburg.
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