Personal Injury Claims with Carlson Meissner & Hayslett

Suffering an injury can change your life—and not in a good way. An injury can lead to devastating consequences, including substantial medical bills, mental and physical pain, work restrictions, and the loss of the quality of your life. Nothing can undo the damage caused by a serious injury, but filing a personal injury claim can help you secure the compensation you need to put this behind you and move forward with your life. Navigating a personal injury claim on your own is not easy. That’s why you should seek legal representation from Carlson Meissner & Hayslett's personal injury attorneys in St. Petersburg as soon as possible. Since 1971, our team has helped clients in St. Pete win compensation for their injuries. Now, let us put our experience, resources, and skills to work for you.

Attorneys at Carlson Meissner Law Firm on Personal Injury

Attorney Jennifer A. Burns

What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle In St. Petersburg?

Our personal injury attorneys in St. Petersburg 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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How Long Will It Take to Recover Compensation For My Injuries?

Medical bills will start to pile up shortly after you sustain an injury, which may make you eager to resolve your claim and recover the compensation you need to cover these expenses. But the time that it takes to resolve a claim will vary from a few months to over a year. Many factors will affect how long it will take to resolve a claim, including:

  • Severity of your injuries
  • Time it takes you to reach maximum medical improvement
  • Value of your claim
  • How your claim is resolved (settlement vs. trial)

Recovering compensation won’t happen overnight, but our personal injury lawyers in St. Petersburg are committed to helping you secure the compensation you need as quickly as possible. We will aggressively negotiate with the at-fault party’s insurance company to ensure you are fully compensated in a timely manner.

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How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Because every claim is unique, the value of a personal injury claim varies on a case-by-case basis. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for:

Medical bills

You may be awarded compensation for the medical expenses you have incurred while treating your injuries. This includes both your current and future expenses.

Lost income

If your injuries have affected your ability to work, you can recover compensation for lost wages. You are also entitled to compensation for future lost wages.

Pain and suffering

This type of compensation is awarded to victims who have experienced mental and physical pain and suffering as a result of their injuries.

A number of factors could impact the value of your claim, including the severity and extent of your injuries, the at-fault party’s insurance policy, and the impact that your injuries have had on your personal and professional life. If you would like to know how much your claim is worth, it’s best to speak to our St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys. Tell us more about your case so we can estimate how much compensation you are entitled to by law.

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire A Personal Injury Attorney in St. Pete?

Many people attempt to resolve a personal injury claim on their own because they assume they can’t afford to hire an attorney. Fortunately, every personal injury victim, regardless of their financial status, can afford to seek legal representation.

This is because our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis rather than charging clients an hourly rate or flat fee.

Because we charge a contingency fee, we are not paid for our legal services unless we are able to successfully recover compensation on your behalf. If you win compensation, we will take a percentage of the settlement or verdict. Since the money will come from a settlement or verdict, you won’t have to pay our fees out of your own pocket. If we are not able to win compensation for you, we won’t charge for our legal services. This arrangement ensures that our legal services are affordable and available to all victims in St. Pete.

Meet With Our St. Pete Injury Lawyers During A Free Consultation

If you’ve been injured, you need to seek legal representation from an attorney who will stand in your corner and fight for the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett have decades of experience helping clients secure compensation for their injuries. We are committed to maximizing the compensation you are awarded. To schedule a free consultation regarding your case, call our law firm at 727-616-1210 or visit our contact page.

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

What is mediation?

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

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How long will it take to settle my 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?

According to Florida Statute § 627.736, you have fourteen days to see a doctor after an auto accident. The insurance company may deny your accident claim if you fail to seek medical treatment. Always obtain 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 while avoiding a trial or arbitration. The mediator helps the disputing parties find mutually acceptable solutions.

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

The Florida statute of limitations is four years from the accident date. For an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist (UM), the claim is good for five years.

How much does it cost?

In most cases, a personal injury attorney in St. Petersburg will charge between 10% and 45% of what you are awarded in Florida. The average is 33.33%.

How long will it take to settle my claim?

Most personal injury cases are settled out-of-court faster than a trial. A claim that involves more severe injuries or complex liability issues will take longer to settle.

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

Yes. Spouses are entitled to recover damages for the loss of support and services, loss of companionship and protection, and mental pain and suffering.

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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