Personal Injury Lawyer St Petersburg, Florida

Contact The Barker Law Firm today if you have suffered personal injuries as a result of an accident. You will immediately receive prompt, courteous attention, and the help you need in deciding how to deal with medical bills, property damage, wage loss, insurance claims, and other important questions that you or your family may have following an accident.

What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury is a legal term used to describe an injury to the body, mind or emotions. Claims and lawsuits for personal injuries are brought by injured parties (referred to as “plaintiff” in an actual lawsuit) who have been injured due to the negligence of another individual or corporation. The basis for a personal injury includes negligence, reckless conduct, intentional misconduct and disregard for the safety of others, resulting in injury to another individual.

Why Work With Us

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    1. Experience

    Attorney Brian Barker and his legal team have more than 30 years’ experience representing clients who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others. We have handled hundreds of cases over these past many years and recovered millions of dollars for our clients.

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    2. Compassion

    Brian Barker and his staff understand that when you are injured, emotions are running high and you are in pain.  You have to deal with medical diagnosis, treatment and care, as well as incurring medical expenses and often, lost wages.  Since we have more than 30 years’ experience representing injured clients, we do understand in how many ways an accident affects your life.

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    3. Reputation

    Insurance companies know that Attorney Brian Barker and his team of experienced legal professionals are not afraid to go to trial if they refuse to pay our clients fair compensation for their injuries and damages.  When the going gets tough, The Barker Law Firm gets to work!

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    4. Free Consultations

    Our firm offers free consultations to meet with you to review the facts of your case and discuss. When we are retained to handle your claim, you pay no fees or costs until we get a recovery for you.  The percentage of our fees is regulated by the Florida Supreme Court.  You will be responsible for paying costs out of your recovery as well. If there is no recovery – you owe us NOTHING.

What are Some Causes or Personal Injury?

The most commonly known cause of an injury is a motor vehicle accident. But there are other accidents or circumstances which can cause an individual to sustain a personal injury.  These accidents include but are not limited to bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip/trip/fall accidents, medical malpractice nursing home negligence, products liability, tractor-trailer accidents and wrongful death.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for Personal Injury?

Another person, group of individuals or corporations can be held responsible for injuring someone based upon negligence, if the following can be proven:

  1. The party who caused your accident had an obligation to act reasonably under the circumstances

  2. The party breached the duty to act reasonably under the circumstances

  3. The party’s failure to act reasonably under the circumstances caused injury and

  4. You suffered injury and/or monetary damage as a result of a party breaching their obligation to act reasonably under the circumstances.

Serious injuries can occur when an individual or corporation breaches their obligation to act reasonable.  These could include whiplash, discs of the spine that protrude, bulge or are herniated causing pain, broken bones, severed limbs, brain injuries and sometimes death.

If you believe that you have sustained a personal injury as a result of the negligence of an individual or corporation, it is in your best interests to seek the advice of and retain an attorney/law firm to represent you as soon after your accident as possible.  There are many reasons to retain an attorney as soon as possible to protect your interests.

Should I Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company?

As soon as an injury has occurred, and the at-fault party puts their insurance carrier on notice, the insurance carrier will begin an immediate investigation trying to place some or all of the blame for your injury on you. They are trying to limit their insured (responsible party’s) liability for the accident, thereby significantly reducing their opinion of what your claim is worth.

It is highly possible there within a mere 24 hours after the accident, the responsible party’s insurance adjuster or their investigator will contact you. They want to take a statement from you and get you to admit that

  • you were not injured and

  • that some or all of the fault for the accident rests with you.

They will try to take a recorded statement from you and get you to admit this in a recorded statement.  If you speak with them and give them information, it will be used against you later on.  Even if you hire a lawyer after you have given a statement to the adverse party’s carrier or investigator, the statement you made on the record will be used against you in settlement negotiations and in a lawsuit if a lawsuit needs to be filed.

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Should I Seek Medical Treatment?

There are many things that need to be done after an accident has occurred, and a lawyer specializing in representing individuals who have been in an accident and injured due to the negligence of another party know exactly what to do to protect you. They will advise you on getting your motor vehicle or other property damaged in the accident repaired. They will advise you to seek follow up medical care to diagnose and treat your injuries. This is important even if you received medical care at the scene of the accident or you were transported to the emergency room.

It can sometimes take a few days or even a week for the injuries you sustained to start hurting or restricting your activities of daily living. Getting additional medical treatment will help determine the extent of your injuries and get you treatment for your injuries.  Often, after you have treated for a few weeks or a few months with a doctor or medical facility, you may be sent for additional diagnostic testing because you are not getting better.  The doctors want to investigate what injuries might present themselves on an MRI study that will explain your pain and limitations.

What Is PIP?

PIP insurance, or Personal Injury Protection under Florida law is required by every vehicle owner and driver on the road.  The minimum coverage allowed is $10,000.00. PIP benefits are paid by your own insurance company in your behalf for injuries which YOU sustain in an accident, regardless of who is responsible for the accident.

Standard PIP coverage provides $10,000 of coverage.   PIP will pay 80% of your medical bills and 60% of your lost wages due to your inability to work directly related to the accident.  These benefits are available until the $10,000.00 coverage has been exhausted.

In the State of Florida you only have fourteen (14) days from the date of the accident to obtain medical care for your injuries.  If you do not seek medical care for your injuries within fourteen (14) days from the date of the accident, your PIP carrier can limit your PIP coverage benefits to $2,500.00, regardless of how much coverage you paid premiums for.  It is therefore very important to seek medical care immediately after your accident for your injuries.

Is My Missed Time From Work Due to Injuries From My Auto Accident Covered?

It is possible that your injuries are so severe that you will lose time from your work, resulting in a loss of income. If you have the benefits available under your PIP (personal injury protection) coverage, a lawyer will help you submit your claim for lost wages.  You will receive 66% of your regular pay based on what you earned the 13 weeks before the accident occurred.  This will only be paid by your PIP carrier and only if benefits are still available to you.

The Other Person's Insurance Company has Offered Me a Quick Settlement, What Do I Do?

Although the carrier for the at-fault party may try to settle directly with you for a very small amount and probably a fraction of what your claim is really worth, it is in your best interests to have an attorney represent you and reject the company’s small offer.  The adjuster is trying to save his company money and cheating you out of the true amount of compensation that you deserve for your injuries and other damages such as medical expense and lost wages.

Does Florida Require Bodily Injury Coverage on Auto Insurance Policies?

It is also entirely possible that the person who is at fault for your injuries in an automobile accident carries no insurance to compensate you for the injuries they caused you to sustain.  Bodily injury coverage is not mandatory in the State of Florida.  Licensed drivers are only required to carry PIP coverage to protect themselves and property damage to pay for the repairs to your vehicle up to whatever amount of coverage the other driver carries.

Many states now require that driver’s carry a minimum amount of BI coverage.  The lowest coverage available is a 10/20 coverage policy.  What this means is that you are the cause of an accident and injure another individual or individuals, each injured person will get no more than $10,000 for their injuries, and the insurance company will not pay out more than $20,000 per accident, regardless of how many people are injured.  If there are 4 people in a car that are injured, the total maximum the company will pay out on that claim is $20,000.00.

What is UM Coverage?

Due to Florida being one of the states that does not currently require a licensed driver to carry BI insurance in case they injure someone, it is advisable for drivers to carry UM or uninsured coverage.  In the event that you are involved in an accident caused by a driver who has no bodily injury coverage, your own UM coverage would pay compensation to you for your injuries.  The amount that they pay would depend on the severity of the injuries and other losses.

We are experienced in presenting UM claims to insurance carriers on behalf of our clients.  We represent our clients as vigorously as we would pursue a claim for bodily injury coverage from the at-fault driver, if they carried BI insurance.

While there is an extra premium on your insurance for carrying UM coverage, with the number of drivers who do not carry BI coverage in case they injure someone, UM coverage will ensure that you are compensated in the event you are injured by an uninsured driver.

How Can You Help Me with My Personal Injury Claim?

There is a lot of work involved and experience needed to pursue a personal injury claim as the result of any accident against the responsible parties.  Most people have never had to navigate their way through the maze of work that needs to be done to ensure that they are protected, represented and receive the highest and fairest amount of compensation possible. Insurance carriers and defense attorneys know that The Barker Law Firm has been handling personal injury cases for the past 25 years.  They would not dare try to low ball a settlement of a firm’s client knowing that we are aware of the tactics they would use to settle a claim directly with you for a small amount of money.

If you have sustained any type of injury due to the negligence or fault of another party, under Florida Law you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries and other damages, such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage.

How Can You Help Me with My Personal Injury Claim?

There is a lot of work involved and experience needed to pursue a personal injury claim as the result of any accident against the responsible parties.  Most people have never had to navigate their way through the maze of work that needs to be done to ensure that they are protected, represented and receive the highest and fairest amount of compensation possible. Insurance carriers and defense attorneys know that The Barker Law Firm has been handling personal injury cases for the past 25 years.  They would not dare try to low ball a settlement of a firm’s client knowing that we are aware of the tactics they would use to settle a claim directly with you for a small amount of money.

If you have sustained any type of injury due to the negligence or fault of another party, under Florida Law you are entitled to be compensated for your injuries and other damages, such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage.

No Fees or Costs Unless We Recover.

The Barker Law Firm has been helping victims of accidents and injuries for more than 25 years. Insurance companies immediately get to work on a potential claim when their insured has been involved in an accident. It is the insurance company’s goal to try to prove that their insured is not responsible for the accident or your injuries or that some of the fault for the accident lies with you – our client.

With 30 years’ experience exclusively in personal injury law, our firm knows what the insurance companies are doing to shield themselves from having to compensate you for your injuries and other damages, such as medical bills (present and future), lost wages, property and other damages.

We do not charge a consultation fee to evaluate your case and advise you how to proceed in your best interests. We advance costs in your case such as fees for medical records or filing suit.  Our firm gets paid and our costs are reimbursed when you are compensated for your injuries and other damages. If there is no recovery, you owe us nothing.

If you are injured in any kind of accident, contact The Barker Law Firm to represent you.  727-328-9000.