Serving Accident Victims Throughout Florida From Offices in Tampa & Ft. Lauderdale
Have you been injured in an accident? Was someone else to blame? You may have the right to seek compensation. Now is the time to discuss your options in seeking and recovering monetary damages for your injuries with a Tampa personal injury attorney. At Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law we believe in acting as advocates for accident and injury victims' rights.
Florida personal injury law may offer you the opportunity to seek financial compensation from the person or entity responsible for your injuries - meaning you can seek justice and get the money you need for medical bills, lost wages, and much more. This can have a significantly positive impact on your ability to rebuild and move on with your life! Trust our personal injury lawyers in Tampa and Ft. Lauderdale with your injury case!
We understand that each client and every case is unique. We work with you to efficiently and effectively develop the proper course of action for your particular case. Over the years, we have become a trusted resource for individuals, families and businesses throughout Tampa.
Our attorneys have over three decades of combined legal experience representing accident and injury victims in Florida. We aren't afraid to fight for our clients' rights and will utilize our knowledge and resources to seek an out of court settlement or, if necessary, a civil court judgment in our clients' favor.
Our Tampa injury attorneys' professionalism, training, experience, and years of hard work have made us a powerful presence in Tampa's legal community. We offer a free consultation with a Tampa personal injury lawyer to discuss your personal injury matter and will be happy to answer your questions and address your concerns in this regard.
Being injured is a serious matter that should be taken care of properly. One of the worst things after an injury is not knowing how long you will suffer for. A seemingly minor injury can turn into something serious or even lead to additional medical complications down the road. You cannot be sure of what the future holds, and when that injury is the fault of another person, they should be held accountable for their actions.
We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and do not accept a penny of your money unless we win your case. That means that speaking with our firm is of no cost to you, and there is no risk when we accept your case. You have nothing to lose!
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Florida?
How long you have to file a claim is dictated by a law called the statute of limitations. According to this law found in the Florida Statutes section 95.11(3)(a), the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in the state of Florida is four years.
More specifically, this means you have four years from the date your injury occurred to file your claim. If you fail to file in this time period, you will risk losing your right to file along with your right to pursue compensation no matter how severe your injuries are.
It’s important to note that exceptions exist that can change this time limit so it’s important to speak to a skilled attorney about the specifics of your case as soon as you can. The legal team at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law can inform you of your rights and options.
Our firm also offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting us today!
There are three types of damages injury victims can pursue in a personal injury case, economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic and non-economic damages are both “compensatory damages,” this means that the main purpose of these damages is to compensate the injured party for a specific loss.
Economic damages compensate for financial losses such as medical expenses and missed days at work, while non-economic damages compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering and mental anguish. The last type of damages, punitive, differs from compensatory damages in that their main purpose is to punish the negligent party for their actions. As such these types of damages are not often awarded.
Courtney Smith, Esq.PartnerAs a founding member of Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, Attorney Smith has transformed his practice into a litigation firm, concentrating his personal injury work on Wrongful Death and Catastrophic injury cases, and he skillfully handles criminal law matters.
Mark Stallworth is a founding Partner of Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, where he practices litigation of both civil and criminal matters. Prior to founding Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, Attorney Stallworth practiced personal injury, medical malpractice, products liability, and nursing home litigation at a major, nationally recognized, law firm based in Tampa, Florida.
After you are involved in an accident, it is easy to prove the expenses of your damages by simply providing hospital and repair statements. It’s often much more difficult to prove the amount of pain and suffering that you experienced as a result of your accident. Our Tampa injury attorneys at Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law can help you through this process if you have questions about how to calculate damages after an injury. To help you get started, there are a few ways that you can calculate your damages and see things through the lens of an insurance company.
Pain and suffering represents the emotional distress or anguish that an individual suffers from after they are involved in an accident due to the negligence of another. Pain and suffering may refer to physical pain, depression, anxiety, memory loss, physical limitations, and many more.
Insurance companies use two basic methods for calculating pain and suffering:
- Per Diem- This method assigns a dollar value for one day (usually the amount of a party’s wages) and then multiplies it by the number of days that the injured party was affected by the injury.
- Multiple- This method is more common and is made by creating a total of the injured party’s economic damages and then applying a multiple from one to five.
Regardless of the method that is used, seeking compensation can be a strenuous and complicated process. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys have the experience you need to seek financial compensation with peace of mind. Contact us today to discuss your case in more detail!
Premises Liability $5 Million
Wrongful Death $1.7 Million
NFL Concussion $1.5 Million
Truck Accident $1 Million
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that we give you the opportunity to work with an aggressive and experienced attorney without paying any upfront fees for your case. In fact, you won't pay anything unless we successfully recover a settlement or judgment on your behalf. Our personal injury lawyers in Tampa, FL believe strongly that you have suffered enough. If you come to work with us, we won't treat you as just another case, but will instead work tirelessly to ensure that we are offering you personalized solutions that are best suited for your individual situation. You won't be treated as if you are being run through a legal machine, but instead will be given the attention that you deserve as a unique client.
Mark and Courtney are a class act.