For many St. Petersburg residents, navigating the legal process can feel overwhelming or intimidating. There are several rules that you have to follow when filing your case, offering evidence in court, and calculating the value of your damages. If you are curious about pursuing compensation following a truck accident, a St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can manage these tasks for you.
At Distasio Law Firm, our lead attorney has over three decades of experience with personal injury claims, including truck accidents. While you focus on healing from your injuries and getting your life back on track, our legal team will work on your behalf to hold the people who hurt you responsible.
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Determining who may owe you compensation
A truck accident can involve a complicated situation when it comes to figuring out who is at fault. If you decide to pursue compensation, one important aspect of your case will be figuring out who is responsible for your injuries.
There could be multiple parties who share fault and liability for your damages. Here are a few examples of parties from whom you can pursue compensation:
- The truck driver
- The company that hired the truck driver
- The company that leased or rented the truck
- The company that worked on or maintained the truck
- The company that was responsible for loading or unloading cargo from the truck
- The company that hired the truck to perform a service
We can handle the insurance companies for you
Each of these entities may have an insurance policy that can provide you with policy benefits for your injuries and damages. If you work with a lawyer from our firm, they will review these insurance policies and make sure that any insurance companies brought into the situation play fair. Insurance companies may try to avoid paying benefits to someone even if they are injured.
Another unique situation that can arise in a truck accident case with multiple parties has to do with shared fault. If you bring a claim against the truck driver, trucking company, and another third-party linked to the situation, then they may each try to put all the blame on each other. This can delay your case or make it hard for you to move on with your life.
A St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can help you identify who may owe you compensation and work to hold each liable party in your case responsible.
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Damages in a personal injury case
Truck accident victims are also often eager to find out what kind of financial support may be available in a personal injury case. In general, you can seek compensation for any expense that is reasonably related to the accident. Here are a few examples:
- Emergency vehicle transportation costs
- Physical therapy
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
A truck accident can lead to catastrophic or even permanent disabilities for the victim. Because trucks are so large and heavy, they can easily crush a passenger vehicle or strike with an incredible impact. If your injuries are long-term or permanent, then you may also want to seek compensation for the costs that you will probably keep having to pay as a result.
Some examples include:
- Estimated ongoing medical care costs
- Reduced earning capacity
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Emotional anguish
A lawyer from our firm can review your case and calculate your damages. They can also work with experts to determine the financial impact that the accident will likely have on your life going forward, such as a medical consultant or life care planner.
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What to expect from a lawyer with our firm
A St. Petersburg truck accident lawyer from Distasio Law Firm can assist you through every aspect of the legal process, including the initial investigation period before you file your case. We can help you understand the various rules that apply to your case, answer your questions, and give you legal advice.
Your legal team can also:
- Review your case to determine who is liable
- Gather evidence to prove that they are liable
- Review available insurance policies
- File various documents
- Negotiate for a settlement
- Prepare for trial
- Prepare you for a deposition or other court appearance
- Represent you in court
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The deadline to sue in Florida
Florida limits the amount of time that victims have to sue. Accident victims only have four years from the date of the crash to file their personal injury lawsuits, according to Florida Statutes §95.11(3)(a). Some circumstances could alter this deadline.
If you try to file a lawsuit after this legal deadline – also known as a statute of limitations – has expired, your lawsuit may be dismissed. By contacting our firm soon after your accident, we can help you file your case on time and preserve your right to sue.
A free consultation with an attorney is a phone call away
Take some of the mystery out of the financial recovery process by calling Distasio Law Firm now for a free consultation. During this call, you can explain what happened to you, how it has affected your life, and any other important matters related to the crash. We will review your information and help you determine whether you may have a case against the parties who are responsible for the truck accident that hurt you.
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