Rivas Law Group are Lutz personal injury attorneys that help personal injury victims. We will aggressively fight for the rights of the injured and help recover the maximum compensation.
Address: 17513 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Lutz, FL 33548
Phone: (813) 406-4460
Whether a visitor to Lutz slammed into the back of your car at a stoplight, or your mother suffered a concussion after slipping on wet pavement outside of her local grocery store near highway 41, you want qualified, values-driven Lutz personal injury attorneys to explain your rights and options for compensation.
The skilled Rivas Law Group team knows the local Tampa Bay area and fights for accident victims and their families to reclaim their dignity. We develop plans to obtain compensation and hold negligent, careless or otherwise wrongdoing parties to justice.
Values-Based Legal Representative
When life throws you off your game — you suffer injuries for no reason due to someone else’s fault or endure sudden emotional or financial harm —frustration and anger follow. Finding grace is not easy, but our team restores our clients’ sense of ease and optimism by providing personalized attention after traumatic experiences.
We at the Rivas Law Group pride ourselves on building personal relationships with each of our clients. This compassionate approach inspires creative strategies to meet our clients’ true needs, setting us apart from most other local law firms.
Car Accidents – Our auto accident attorneys are here to stand beside you in your time of need. During our many years of practice, we have helped hundreds of victims just like you get the full compensation they deserve for the damages resulting from their automobile accidents, including medical bills, ongoing medical expenses, damage to your vehicle, lost wages, rental car fees, towing and impound fees, damage to personal property, and pain and suffering.
Truck Accidents – After a big-rig or other commercial truck accident, victims struggle with an array of problems, ranging from the chronic after-effects of injuries to lost productivity at work and ability to concentrate. Seeking fair compensation requires understanding exactly what happened in the crash and why. For instance, did the truck driver’s fatigue cause the crash, or did the maintenance crew over pack the rig before the trip? Truck crash cases often also involve lengthy, complex negotiations with liable insurance companies over what constitutes fair payment. Our truck accident attorneys handle these cases skillfully and fight aggressively for a favorable outcome for clients.
Motorcycle Accidents – Because of their size and structure, motorcycles simply don’t offer their riders as much protection as standard trucks or automobiles. Injuries in a motorcycle accident can be severe, with life-changing consequences. Accidents caused by defective parts, improper road maintenance and road debris can result in serious injuries. These can be tough cases to prove and require the attention of a Lutz motorcycle accident attorney with the expertise and dedication to discover the real causes of the accident and establish who is responsible.
Property Damage Disputes – When a person suffers a property loss due to a natural event or accident, he or she usually expects the insurance company to “play fair” and provide the proper compensation in a timely matter. Unfortunately, disputes over the nature and extent of any liability – as well as over insurance company responses – create significant problems and stress for victims. These obstacles sadly prevent many hurt people from obtaining money they need to fix their homes and cars as well as to pay for medical treatment and lost work time. Our property damage dispute lawyers negotiate effectively with insurers and hold the proper parties accountable for damages.
Brain Injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) affect millions of people every year, leading to billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity. Car and motorcycle accidents, assaults, sports injuries and falls all cause TBIs, and the process of obtaining proper compensation challenges even resolute victims and family members of victims. These people face diverse obstacles, including insurance companies that won’t pay or respond to claims in a timely fashion, agonizing rehab work, financial pressures and psychological ramifications of TBIs. Our brain injury attorneys fight aggressively for the best interests of our clients.
Premises Liability – To win a premises liability case, you must establish that a property owner’s negligence or carelessness led directly or indirectly to harm. Legal action might follow a slip-and-fall incident, swimming pool accident, trip on poorly maintained steps or stairs, vicious animal attack or even assault from a violent patron at a bar. Winning compensation in such a case requires more than just proving that you suffered an injury while on someone else’s property, and the nuances of Florida premises liability challenge even seasoned Lutz personal injury attorneys. Fortunately, our experienced team knows exactly how to help clients advocate for themselves strategically.
Wrongful Death – Losing a loved one in an automobile accident, workplace disaster or other situation in which a person or company’s negligence contributed to the event, creates special challenges for the bereaved. Taking legal action after a wrongful death won’t bring a loved one back, but it can both honor the legacy of the loved one and provide much needed financial support for dependents left behind. Our wrongful death attorneys seek compensation for family members for direct expenses associated with the event that led to the death as well as for future lost earnings, loss of guidance, loss of consortium, punitive damages and other costs.
Negligent Security – Landlords and Tenants of Florida buildings must protect their visitors and shoppers by meeting minimum duties of care. When these responsible parties fail to protect the premises – by hiring incompetent security teams or allowing emergency lighting systems to fail without replacing them, for instance – and someone suffers an injury or assault as a result, the victim can seek compensation for damages. For instance, imagine a shopping plaza owner learns about several attacks that occurred recently at the plaza’s parking lot, but he fails to do anything to increase security. Then a woman patron gets assaulted on her way to her car in that lot. She could bring a negligent security action against that owner. Our premises liability lawyers know how to advocate effectively for victims in these types of cases.
What to Expect from a Personal Injury Case
The first step in any personal injury case is to schedule a free consultation with experienced Lutz personal injury attorneys. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to tell your story and ask questions. The attorney will also assess whether you have a viable claim and, if so, what the next steps might be.
If you do have a viable claim, the attorney will likely ask you to sign a contingency fee agreement. This means that you will not owe any attorneys’ fees unless and until you recover compensation in your case.
The next step is to begin gathering evidence. This might include obtaining police reports, medical records, witness statements, and anything else that will support your claim. The attorney will also begin investigating the other party, such as by looking into their background and talking to witnesses.
Once the attorney has a solid understanding of your case, they will likely send a demand letter to the other party. This letter will outline your injuries and damages and request a certain amount of compensation. If the other party agrees to this amount, the case will settle and you will receive your settlement check. If the other party does not agree to this amount, the attorney will file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf.
The personal injury lawsuit process can be long and complicated. It typically includes filing a complaint, going through discovery, conducting depositions, attending pretrial hearings, and ultimately sometimes going to trial. With an experienced attorney by your side, you have a much higher chance at recovering the compensation you need and deserve.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
The types of damages you can recover in a personal injury claim will depend on the facts of your case. In general, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those that have a specific monetary value, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are those that do not have a specific monetary value, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment
In rare cases, you may also be able to recover punitive damages. These are designed to punish the wrongdoer for their intentional misconduct or gross negligence and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury in Lutz
Is it OK to post about my accident on social media?
It is generally smart to only talk about your case to your accident lawyer, and social media is no different. Posts and comments on the web can be used to build a case against you, even if your post is not directly about the accident itself.
Do I need an attorney if the insurance company wants to settle?
If no one was hurt in your accident, and the damage was minimal, you likely do not need an attorney, but if you had to deal with any injuries, long-term medical treatments, or lost wages because your accident, you may want a Lutz Personal Injury Attorney on your side.
How long do I have to file a wrongful death claim in Florida?
The statute of limitations for a wrongful death suit in Florida is usually two years. There are exceptions, so it is advisable to talk to an experienced attorney soon if you think you have a case.
Do I need a police report after an accident in Florida?
In minor accidents where there are no injuries, a police report may not be needed, but there are a few cases where the police must be contacted immediately:
• There is a death or injury involved
• It is a hit and run
• There is an intoxicated driver involved
• The accident causes more than $500 in damage
Contacting Lutz Personal Injury Attorneys
Via a free initial consultation, in person or over the phone, we will identify appropriate, winning next steps for your case. Our staff speaks both English and Spanish fluently, and we boast a tenacious work ethic and a reputation for responsive customer service.
Don’t let someone else’s wrongdoing or error of omission leave you saddled unfairly with medical bills, anguish, frustration and long term financial struggles. Call the Rivas Law Group right now for the insight you need.