Life has many surprises, not all of them good. Accidents occur on Florida’s highways, job sites, poorly maintained premises, and medical facilities, causing physical and mental disability and pain, and sometimes death. Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents; skip, trip, and fall accidents; medical malpractice; nursing home abuse; accidents on the job; acts of violence, and so many other preventable injuries occur in the Tampa Bay region and throughout Florida every day, destroying or damaging lives. If this has happened to you, take heart, because help is available for accident victims and their families in Tampa, St. Pete, and all of Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties at the Stephen Maltezos Law Offices.
Accidents catch you unaware. They often leave victims uncertain how to proceed. When you or a member of your family suffers a serious injury or dies in a Florida accident caused by another person’s negligence, it is normal to feel anger, confusion, and even hopelessness when your lie has been turned upside down. You may not be able to work, and wonder how the bills will ever get paid. You fear for your future and that of your family. How unjust that you are suffering because of someone else’s wrongdoing! Where is the justice?
When life has dealt you a rough blow that should never have happened, you need to legal help to make things right—or at least to make them better. Fortunately, you have come to the right place.
Tampa Bay personal injury attorney Stephen Maltezos understands the hardships, disabilities, pain, and misery that bodily damage can do to your life, whether it is an injury you’ve suffered or the wrongful death of a loved one. With law offices in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, Steve is a highly skilled, deeply committed, and compassionate advocate for the injured in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties and all of the Tampa Bay Area.
Throughout this website you will learn more about many the types of cases Steve can help with. The law is complex and often confusing, so you need a professional to assist you in navigating the legal system to get you the monetary compensation that you need and deserve. We have attempted to provide you with a clear, easy to understand discussion of many of the most common sources of injury and death, along with an overview of your rights and legal options.
Let’s begin by facing the fact that your life may never be what it once was. It may take month or years of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy to get you to the point of maximum improvement. But for many, recovery is never 100 percent. For those with catastrophic injuries such as brain damage, spinal cord trauma, traumatic amputations, and severe burns, the best you can do may be to adjust to the reality of your limitations and make the best of the remainder of your life as a person with disabilities.
For other serious injuries, the road to recovery may take a chunk of time away from your normal life. Having access to the best medical treatment for as long as it is needed may ultimately make you whole again, or nearly so. Having the money to provide for your family during that period of time when you can’t is essential. In either case, it important to hire a lawyer who will fight for the highest possible amount of money, an amount that is fair and adequate to provide for your medical expenses, lost earnings, out-of-pocket expenses, and just as importantly, the damage to your quality of life.
If your injury was caused entirely or in part by someone else’s wrongdoing, whether it was an act of commission or omission—something the individual, company, or government entity actively did to cause your injury, or something they should have done but didn’t that caused your losses ̶ you are entitled to make a claim against that party to recover money to compensate you for your damages. You have the right to receive compensation for your economic losses and your non-economic ones. In a very few cases, a jury may also award you a third type ̶ punitive damages.
These are the losses that you feel in your pocketbook, including lost earnings and employment benefits (current and future), medical expenses, and miscellaneous out-of-pocket expenses. They can be proven by producing employment records, medical bills, and receipts for out-of-pocket expenses you’ve incurred as a result of your injury. These might include the cost of household help, childcare, transportation, medical devices, prescriptions, and the cost of changes to your home or vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair, for example.
These are the damages to your quality of life, which are more difficult to assign a dollar value but which may be even more devastating than your economic damages. Non-economic damages include pain, suffering, mental anguish, damage to significant relationships, and loss of the ability to do the things you once enjoyed—sports, hobbies, social life, and so forth.
Sometimes, the person who caused your injury did something that exhibited a blatant and unconscionable disregard for the life and health of another person. One example might be driving with an extremely high blood alcohol content and predictably causing a fatal or serious accident. In these extreme cases, a jury may award you an additional some of money beyond what they deem to be appropriate compensation for your losses. The point of punitive damages is to punish the wrongdoer and deter future occurrences of the behavior.
If you can prove that another party was responsible for your injuries and can document your economic and non-economic damages, you have a legal right to receive money in compensation for your losses. To win an appropriate amount of money that reflects the full range of your losses, you will need an aggressive and committed personal injury lawyer with trial experience. The insurance adjuster for the defendant will encourage you to negotiate a settlement without the benefit of legal counsel. Don’t give this a moment’s consideration. The adjuster’s job is to pay you as little as possible. Your lawyer’s job is to get you every penny your case is worth.
Call the law offices of Tampa Bay attorney Stephen Maltezos to arrange for a free consultation. Choose a lawyer who cares, and who is aggressive, energetic, and committed to justice for you and your family. You put no money down, pay nothing out of pocket, and only pay legal costs if and when you win money. Act now, because Florida limits the amount of time you have to file a claim. Don’t risk losing your right to recover compensation by waiting too long. Call Maltezos Law today.