What Is a Personal Injury Lawyer and Do I Need One?

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If you have been involved in a an SUV or car accident in the Tampa Bay area call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353.
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Personal Injury Lawyers provide legal assistance to accident victims who have been injured by others. Personal injury victims are entitled to receive money as compensation for damages. If you or a loved one have been injured by a negligent, careless, or reckless driver you need a personal injury lawyer.

Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Damages may be recovered for medical and hospital bills, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, and other out of pocket financial burdens. Damages may be available for physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, disability, scarring, disfigurement, and inability to lead a normal life. If the party responsible for your injuries is found to be especially negligent and careless, punitive damages may be awarded. A personal injury attorney can help guide you through the process.

Most vehicle accidents involve:

  • Bodily Injury B broken bones, spinal cord trauma, brain injuries, and skull fractures.
  • Permanent Disability B difficulty standing, walking and exercising.
  • Disfigurement B scars caused by the accident and the mental anguish associated with the scaring.
  • Pain and Suffering B immediate pain and future pain caused by your injuries.
  • Mental Anguish B mental health damage such as long term panic, anxiety, depression, and grief.
  • Loss of Enjoyment in Life B injuries and trauma that can leave you unable to enjoy your life as you did before the crash.
  • Loss of Consortium B damaged relationships. If you are in a loving, stable marriage or relationship and are suddenly unable to provide help and companionship to your partner because of your injuries, they may have a right to compensation.

Most vehicle accidents involve:

  • Medical Expenses B hospital and emergency room charges, ambulance fees, physical therapy, medical equipment, and consultations with health care professionals.
  • Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity B money you would have earned had you been able to work.
  • Future Medical Expenses B your injuries may require medical attention throughout the years.

Treatment of sustained injuries may be costly, painful and may take months, or even years. An experienced Personal Injury attorney can seek the financial compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering and for medical treatment and needed care.

Are Catastrophic Injury Cases Different?

Catastrophic Injury Cases are very different. Finding enough money to compensate injured parties for lifelong care is often complicated and difficult.

Are Wrongful Death Cases Different?

Wrongful Death Cases are very different. A wrongful death claim provides compensation to survivors of accidents when your loved one’s death was caused by negligence.

Is There a Time Limitation?

Yes, there are time limitations. To be eligible for personal injury protection (PIP) medical benefits under the law, persons injured in a motor vehicle accident must seek medical care within Fourteen Days of the accident. Also, there are restrictions on how long an injured person may wait to file a claim or lawsuit against a wrongdoer. Failure to act within these time frames may bar you from relief.

If you or a loved one are accident victims who have been injured by others and need help getting compensation for your injuries, call Tampa Personal Injury Attorney, Martin J. Hernandez of Fernandez & Hernandez at 813-229-5353.

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Mark Lenox
Mark Lenox
16:55 14 Nov 19
I was arrested for my 2nd DUI and I've reached out to Mr. Hernandez explaining my situation. He made me feel safe through out the whole process. He helped me and extremely happy with the result. Martin knows clearly what are the best steps to take that's why I highly recommend him to anyone.read more
Kimberly McLendon
Kimberly McLendon
02:06 14 Nov 19
Martin Hernandez and his entire staff are extremely friendly,caring,knowledgeable, and treat you like apart of the family. I hired Martin approximately 2 years ago. My case was a complicated one. But Martin Hernandez did an absolute amazing job. I was always kept current of what was going on with my case. Anytime I called, if Martin was unavailable his hard working staff got the answers I needed. I would recommend Martin Hernandez to everyone. He's dedicated to each case. If you're looking for a lawyer who doesn't just represent you,but welcomes you like family to his firm, Here's your answer. If I could give 50 stars I would. Thank you Martin& staff for all you did. Kimberly Mclendonread more
Chuck Hermanes
Chuck Hermanes
22:21 07 Nov 19
My medical bills had been piling up long before I decided to contact an attorney, and by that time the statute of limitations was close to ending. My friend recommended Martin Hernandez who is very knowledgeable and who saved me in my situation. My medical bills are finally taken care of because of the work of Martin and his team. From the very beginning, I have no doubt that’s why he had so many great reviews from others. And I am 100% satisfied client who definitely recommend him to anyone.read more
Kymii Plur
Kymii Plur
14:49 01 Nov 19
Martin is the absolute sweetest most understanding lawyer I have ever met. He is very knowledgeable of every situation and will get you the money that you are deserved. His staff is amazing I love everyone there I couldn't speak more highly of all of them. I would recommend Martin and his staff to my family and anyone who is in need of an attorney don't waste your time with others go see Martin he will take care of you !read more
Gabbie Bell
Gabbie Bell
09:32 26 Oct 19
Martin is very professional, marvelous , and meet all expectations far as handling my family law case.I strongly suggest him to anyone who is in need of the best lawyer in Florida. Finest lawyer I've ever meet and i thank him for winning my case . He'll be hired by me anytime needed.read more
Johanna Gonzalez
Johanna Gonzalez
21:17 24 Oct 19
Great service. They took my case and guided me throughout the entire process with care and kindness. Thank you!
Parker Darlan
Parker Darlan
17:27 21 Oct 19
Martin and his office were very quick to respond to our inquiry and very professional. Extremely helpful and willing to listen to the issue and address it in a timely manner. I would certainly use him in the future.read more
Stetson Madison
Stetson Madison
21:02 27 Sep 19
He has been very helpful as my attorney and made himself available whenever I needed. There has been multiple times I wanted to just take a deal to get it over with but he has continued to work for me to get me in the best situation possible. He is very easy to work with and passionate about helping. He is not just a great lawyer but also a great human being!read more
Louie Serg
Louie Serg
15:51 13 Sep 19
My needs were met and the firm was invested in my case and me as a person. They were easily accessible, return phone calls and emails promptly. Aggressive, when it was require and got the job done. Martin and his staff all produced the quality of an attorney and firm that anyone would want to hire.read more
Ted Esposito
Ted Esposito
16:49 07 Sep 19
I was involved in a car accident and the first person I called was Martin. He was very understanding and made it very easy to get the insurance claims process underway. After a year of physical therapy, my case was settled and closed. Thank you so very much!read more
Arica Schmied
Arica Schmied
18:04 20 Aug 19
Amazing attorney!! Martin Hernandez and his firm are the best you'll find. I have known Martin for years and he has helped my sister and friends in their car accident cases. I can't say enough good things. He is very knowledgeable, kind, and will treat you like family!read more
Noah Chase
Noah Chase
08:48 19 Aug 19
Mr. Hernandez is clearly very experienced - based on my interactions with him. I look for an attorney based on integrity and experience. I found the integrity that I was looking for with Mr. Hernandez. I would recommend his services to anyone.read more
Fabian Prentice
Fabian Prentice
18:49 13 Aug 19
Martin is an amazing attorney and was able to get all 3 charges off my record. I knew I could count on him from the moment I retained him as my attorney. He was quick to answer any questions I had and was very reliable. My case lasted over a year and he was always keeping contact with me the whole time. I would highly recommend him if you need a criminal defense attorney.read more
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