Carlson Meissner & Hayslett: Your Trusted Personal Injury Attorneys in Clearwater

An injury can change your life forever. Severe injuries can lead to thousands of dollars in medical bills, cause immense pain and suffering, and affect your ability to work. No one deserves to face these consequences alone—especially people who were injured in an accident that was not their fault. If it happens to you, it’s in your best interest to turn to one of our personal injury attorneys in Clearwater, FL, here at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett for help. You are entitled to compensation for your injuries, and our attorneys are committed to helping you obtain it. Let us handle your personal injury claim so you can focus on what matters most—recovering from your injuries. With over 125 years of combined legal experience, we know what it takes to win compensation for our clients.

Clearwater attorneys at Carlson Meissner Law Firm on Personal Injury

Attorney Jennifer A. Burns

What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle In Clearwater?

Our personal injury attorneys in Clearwater are passionate about protecting the rights of the injured.

Our attorneys handle a wide range of personal injury cases, including:

  • Car Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Boat Accidents
  • Jet Ski Accidents
  • Ridesharing Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Hit and Run
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dental Malpractice
  • Birth Injuries
  • Hospital Malpractice
  • Surgical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Burn Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Premises Liability
  • Workers' Compensation

Let us put our experience, resources, and knowledge to work for you.

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Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer in Clearwater?

You may be entitled to compensation, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to recover. Compensation is never guaranteed. But the best way to increase your chances of securing compensation is hiring an experienced personal injury attorney.

Our personal injury attorneys will handle every aspect of your claim, starting with the investigation. We will work with expert witnesses, reconstruct the accident, analyze evidence from the scene, interview witnesses, obtain surveillance footage, and gather other types of evidence that we need to establish liability in your case.

Then, we will begin aggressively negotiating with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Our goal is to reach a fair settlement during these negotiations. But if it’s not possible to achieve this goal, we won’t hesitate to seek justice in court by filing a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.

We have the resources and knowledge to win compensation for our clients in the most complex personal injury cases. We won’t back down until you are fully compensated for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

What Types of Compensation Can I Recover For My Injuries?

If you have been injured due to another person’s negligence, it’s important to understand your right to compensation. As a victim of negligence, you have the right to recover compensation for:

Medical expenses

You can recover compensation for the medical expenses you have already incurred and the expenses you expect to incur in the future to treat your injuries.

Lost wages

If your injuries have affected your ability to work, the at-fault party must compensate you for the wages you have already lost and the wages you expect to lose in the future.

Pain and suffering

The at-fault party must also compensate you for any mental and physical pain and suffering you have experienced as a result of your injuries.

The value of your personal injury claim will vary depending on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, how your injuries were treated, the impact your injuries have had on your life, and the long-term effects of your injuries. To discuss the value of your case, speak to our attorneys today.

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How Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

Many people assume that they cannot afford to hire a personal injury attorney, but the truth is that every victim can afford legal representation. Initial consultations with our attorneys are free. During this consultation, you will learn more about your legal options, the value of your case, and the steps we will take to help you recover compensation.

There’s no obligation to hire us during the initial consultation. But if you do choose to hire our firm, our attorneys will represent you on a contingency basis, which means attorneys’ fees will not be due until and unless we recover compensation for you. We will take a percentage of the compensation that is awarded to you. But if we cannot recover compensation for you, we will not charge you for our legal services. Contact our experienced personal injury attorneys to take the first step towards getting the compensation you need and deserve after sustaining an injury.

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Discuss Your Case With Our Personal Injury Attorneys During A Free Consultation

Have you been injured? Don’t wait any longer to take legal action against the party that caused you harm. Seek legal representation from one of our Clearwater personal injury attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett right away. For decades, we have helped our clients maximize the compensation they are awarded for their injuries. Now, we are here to help you. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call 727-219-2272 or fill out the form on this website.

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Do I have to visit a medical doctor for a personal injury case?

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How long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?

Can my spouse or children recover for any losses my injuries caused?

Can a case be settled without my permission?

Do I have to visit a medical doctor for a personal injury case?

Going to an MD is not a requirement for filing a valid Personal Injury claim; however, when opting not to visit an MD, you do run the risk of receiving an adjuster who does not view alternative medicine specialists as qualified. You can see your physician, an orthopedic doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncture specialist, or other alternative medicine providers. Always attain valid medical documentation as evidence of medical treatment and costs, including doctor visits, ambulance rides, physical therapy, and follow-up appointments.

What is mediation?

Mediation involves each side of a case agreeing to use a neutral third party to try to resolve the claim without going to trial. The mediator assists the parties as they discuss their dispute to help them find mutually acceptable resolutions. If you reach an agreement at mediation, you can avoid a trial or arbitration.

What is the statute of limitations in Florida for a personal injury case?

For most personal injury claims involving bodily injuries, the Florida statute of limitations is four years from the accident date. You have four years from the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. The Statute of Limitations for an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist (UM) claim is five years.

How much does it cost?

In most cases, in Florida, a personal injury attorney will charge between 10% and 45% of what you are awarded, with the average being 33.33%.

How long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?

Most personal injury cases are settled out-of-court, which is faster than a trial. A claim that involves more severe injuries or complex liability issues will take longer to settle. Having a personal injury attorney will speed up the process, but it could still take months or years, especially if it goes to trial.

Can my spouse or children recover for any losses my injuries caused?

Yes. For example, your spouse can recover for various damages, including any lost support and services they have suffered due to your injuries. They would also be entitled to pursue a claim for loss of consortium, a legal term for the expected benefits a married couple would enjoy that you and your spouse may no longer be able to engage in due to your injuries. Your children would also be entitled to recover for any lost support and services they may have suffered due to your injuries.

Can a case be settled without my permission?

No. While we will always advise you whether we believe a settlement offer is in your best interests, you always decide on any settlement offer for your personal injury claim.

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