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Let Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Chris DeBari personally handle your case from start to finish If you or a loved one have been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of another and you find yourself overwhelmed with medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering? We are here to help you and your family; to listen, to guide and to advise you every step of the way and make sure you don’t settle for less than you deserve. 

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Why Hire Tampa Personal Injury Lawyer Chris DeBari?

Hiring Chris DeBari as your Tampa personal injury lawyer will give you a piece of mind knowing you have a powerful advocate who will fight to get the compensation you deserve.

With nearly 25 Years of experience fighting for the injured, hundreds of won cases going against big insurance companies, Chris’s diverse personal injury and trial experience will help you maximize your financial recovery and provide you with knowledgeable legal representation throughout the process.

Chris has also developed the Post Injury Toolkit to help injured victims better prepare for their personal injury case and have a higher chance at winning a favorable outcome even before hiring an attorney.

You can dwownload a FREE copy of the toolkit here.

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What sets us apart from other Tampa Personal Injury Lawyers

What sets us apart from other Tampa injury attorneys and law firms is that we genuinely treat each client like family and we work each case to benefit our client’s best interest. When you contact Chris, you’re not going to be passed down to some junior-level attorney who just passed his bar exam, Chris will personally respond and take time to work your case from start to finish.

We prioritize our clients and their families, acknowledging the significant impact injuries can have on their lives. Unlike some larger firms, we do not settle cases simply for the sake of meeting quotas. Rather, we assess each case and determine if going trial will be more advantageous for our clients.

Benefits of Getting legal Representation from an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer in Tampa

Fair Compensation for Your Injuries

A Tampa personal injury lawyer like Chris DeBari will have experience in negotiating with insurance companies and other opponents. They’ll have the knowledge and experience to ensure you receive a fair settlement or award for your injuries. Remember, insurance companies are in business to pay you as little as possible. 

 

Stress Reduction and Peace of Mind

Being involved in an accident that caused you injuries is stressful enough, let alone having to deal with powerful insurance companies that by nature are trying to diminish the legitimacy and value of your claim, which can be extremely overwhelming.  By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you’ll have someone on your side who can handle the complex aspects of your case and allow you to focus on your recovery.

Quicker and Higher Settlements 

Studies have shown that people who hire experienced personal injury lawyers tend to receive quicker and higher settlement amounts than those who try to handle their cases on their own. An experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer knows how to negotiate with insurance companies and can often secure a better outcome for you.

 

Ability to go to Trial

When trying to handle your own case without an experienced Tampa personal injury lawyer, you may find yourself frustrated that the insurance company may try to take advantage of you not having legal representation and either refuse to settle or give you a low offer. A Tampa personal injury lawyer with trial experience can take the case to trial to fight for you and help you get the compensation you deserve.

Fighting to get justice for Tampa Personal Injury victims for over two decades!

With decades of experience and hundreds of won cases, you can rest assured that we will get you through the difficult time you’re going through and we will fight for you till the end to make sure you get the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. 

Types of Personal Injury Cases we Handle in Tampa

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Get answers to the most asked questions regarding Tampa personal injury lawyer and 

In Florida, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is typically four years from the date of the accident. However, there are exceptions, so it's important to consult with a personal injury lawyer to ensure you don't miss any important deadlines.

Bring any documentation related to your case, such as medical records, accident reports, photographs, witness statements, and insurance information. This will help the lawyer better understand your situation and provide appropriate advice.

There is no "average" settlement for personal injury cases, as the amount depends on various factors, including the severity of your injuries, the negligence of the at-fault party, and the specific circumstances of your case. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you determine the potential value of your claim.

Most personal injury cases are settled out of court, but there's always a possibility that your case could go to trial if a fair settlement cannot be reached. Your personal injury lawyer will advise you on the best course of action for your specific situation.

Florida follows a pure comparative negligence system, meaning you can still recover damages even if you're partially at fault for your injuries. However, your total compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault. A personal injury lawyer can help you navigate this complex issue and maximize your potential recovery.

To strengthen your personal injury claim, take the following steps:

  • Seek medical attention immediately after the accident, even if you think your injuries are minor. This will provide evidence of your injuries and help establish a connection between the accident and your injuries.
  • Document the accident scene by taking photographs, collecting contact information from witnesses, and obtaining a copy of the police report.
  • Keep a detailed record of all medical treatments, expenses, and missed work due to your injuries.
  • Avoid discussing your case or posting about it on social media, as this information could be used against you in your claim.
  • Consult with a Tampa personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to ensure you follow the appropriate legal process and preserve your rights.
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The length of time it takes to resolve a personal injury case can vary widely depending on the complexity of the case, the willingness of both parties to negotiate, and the court's schedule. Some cases may be resolved within a few months, while others may take years to reach a conclusion. Your personal injury lawyer can provide a more accurate timeline based on the specifics of your case.

While your personal injury case is ongoing, you will still be responsible for paying your medical bills. However, some doctors and hospitals may agree to defer payment until your case is resolved. Additionally, your personal injury lawyer may be able to help you secure financial assistance through medical liens or other arrangements to cover your medical expenses during the legal process.

Although you are not legally required to hire a lawyer for your personal injury claim, doing so is strongly recommended. Personal injury cases can be complex, and an experienced lawyer will be able to navigate the legal system, negotiate with insurance companies, and advocate for your best interests to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

If the at-fault party doesn't have insurance or is underinsured, you may still be able to recover compensation through your own insurance policy's uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. A personal injury lawyer can help you explore all available options for recovering compensation in these situations.

Personal Injury Lawsuit Process & Timeline

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1. Injury occurs

The timeline begins when the victim sustains an injury due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. This could be a car accident, slip and fall, or any other incident causing pain, suffering, and loss of amenity associated with your injury.

3. Consultation with an attorney

Once the victim has received initial medical treatment, it's crucial to consult with a personal injury attorney who can evaluate the merits of the case and provide guidance on the next steps.

4. Investigation and evidence gathering

The attorney will conduct a thorough investigation, gather relevant evidence, and interview witnesses to build a strong case. This phase may include obtaining medical records, police reports, and other critical documentation.

5. Demand letter and negotiation

After building a solid case, the attorney sends a demand letter to the at-fault party's insurance company, outlining the victim's damages and the requested compensation. Negotiations may take place between the victim's attorney and the insurance company, aiming to reach a fair settlement.

6. Filing a lawsuit

If a settlement cannot be reached, the attorney will file a personal injury lawsuit in a Florida court. This step must be taken within the state's statute of limitations, which is typically four years from the date of the injury.

7. Discovery phase

During the discovery phase, both parties exchange information and evidence. This process may involve written questions (interrogatories), requests for documents, and depositions (interviews under oath).

8. Mediation or alternative dispute resolution

Before proceeding to trial, Florida courts often require parties to attempt mediation or another form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to reach a settlement. A neutral third party (mediator) facilitates discussions, helping the parties to find common ground and potentially avoid a trial.

9. Trial preparation

If mediation is unsuccessful, both parties prepare for trial. This involves organizing evidence, developing legal strategies, and preparing witnesses for testimony.

9. Trial

During the trial, both sides present their case to a judge or jury. The plaintiff (victim) must prove that the defendant was negligent and that their negligence caused the injury. If the plaintiff is successful, the court will determine the appropriate compensation.

It’s essential to remember that each personal injury lawsuit is unique, and the specific timeline may vary depending on the case’s complexity and other factors. Consulting with a knowledgeable Tampa personal injury lawyer like Chris DeBari is crucial to navigating the legal process and securing the compensation you deserve. Don’t delay, schedule your FREE no obligation consultation today!

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Client Reviews & Testimonials

  • I am extremely grateful for Chris after my car accident. We contacted him a week after my accident, this being my first one he patiently walked me through the process and next steps. He was able to recommend excellent facilities near my location for me to obtain evaluation and treatment. His...
  • Chris is an awesome attorney! He treated us like family and made sure that everything was handled with our best interest in mind. He was very informative and great at explaining what I did not understand. He always made time to answer any questions about our case and to check in on us regarding our...
  • I was refereed to Chris by another professional. I had a very bad car accident that I sustained a few bad injuries, one that required surgery and another will require surgery in the future. Anytime I had questions and concerns I could call Chris and he either answered the phone or called me back...
  • Chris was so genuine and helpful with my case. He was very personal and assure I was always ok. Chris is very thoughtful and knowledge of the law and what he would consider based on the situation would suit the client best.
  • After my car accident, I was left with a debilitating back injury. Chris helped me get the payout I deserved so I could get the care I needed to get back to normal. Through the whole process, Chris kept me updated, so I was never left wondering what was going on with my case.

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