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St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys

Our legal team understands that everything can change in an instant if you or a loved one is involved in an accident in St.Petersburg, Florida. If you have recently suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence or reckless behavior, you do not have to deal with the consequences alone. At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., our knowledgeable and dedicated St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers will provide you with the compassion and attention you need during this difficult and confusing time. 

Even though you may believe you know who is liable for your injuries, it is best to take your personal injury case to an attorney who can investigate the events resulting from your accident and determine who should be held accountable. The personal injury attorneys at Lewis & Castagliola, P.A. can help you stand up and fight for your rights. Whether in the hospital or your home, our law firm is happy to meet you where it is most convenient. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.

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About Our Law Firm

Lewis & Castagliola, P.A. is a law firm based in St.Petersburg and represents clients throughout Florida, including Central Florida and the Gulf Coast. With us, you will receive legal representation that is focused on you. A St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer will work personally with you to ensure your needs are met.

For many years, we have seen the frustration, pain, and uncertainties personal injury victims face following an accident. That is why we have chosen to fight for the rights of injured victims and their families in St. Petersburg and throughout Florida. We want to let you focus on your recovery and help you get back to your life while we fight for the compensation you deserve.

Here at Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., our skilled injury attorneys know how to handle all kinds of personal injury cases. Moreover, we understand the various tactics insurance companies use to minimize the settlement of your personal injury claims. So, we will fight aggressively to make sure you receive the financial compensation you need to put your life back together.

When you contact our legal team, we will work hard to support you after your personal injury accident by taking time to get to know your case and the injuries you’ve suffered from. Contact us today and rest assured that you have chosen a law firm that knows how to win.

About Our Lawyers

Paul Castagliola and Alexander T. Lewis are Floridians who have studied law in the state and are dedicated to giving back to the local community. They are members of the Florida Bar, and Mr. Castagliola is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble. This recognition represents excellence in the legal profession and ethical standards, as reviewed by his peers and former clients.

From the beginning, Mr. Lewis and Mr. Castagliola strove to excel in personal injury law and do an excellent job at getting their clients the compensation they deserve. Over the years, they’ve handled thousands of cases, fighting both with insurance companies and in trials for people with severe or catastrophic injuries, as well as for those who filed wrongful death claims.

Most of their cases have been resolved by settlement before a jury trial is even necessary. However, even if your personal injury case does not settle, they both have the knowledge, skills, and resources to reject the insurance companies' final offer and proceed to a jury trial.

About Our Practice Areas

Preventable accidents are an unfortunate part of life in Florida. When your injuries result from someone else's negligence, you have the legal right to receive compensation for the damages and losses they caused.

At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., our primary goal is to fight for your personal injury claim and to achieve a fair and efficient result, whether this means working out an offer or taking your case to trial. First and foremost, we handle only personal injury cases, meaning that we can focus 100 percent of our attention on this area of law. Our practice areas include:

Getting injured in a car accident can be a terrifying experience. Even minor accidents can cause a tremendous amount of worry and fear, but if your accident is serious, you may find yourself facing severe injuries. What can you do as medical bills and expenses start to pile up? You deserve to have a St. Petersburg personal injury attorney on your side to fight for your rights to receive compensation and ensure you have the money you need to recover following a car accident. Whether you were harmed in a hit-and-run accident or head-on collision, you need a lawyer to handle your personal injury lawsuit.

A large truck can easily weigh 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. Truck accidents often result in life-threatening injuries and a lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability. For these reasons, truck accident survivors need a skillful personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of these cases.

Motor scooters are popular throughout St. Petersburg, FL, but just like using any other motor vehicle, they come with dangers and warnings. Scooters are linked to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and over a dozen deaths in the country within the past few years. If you were harmed in a scooter accident, contact us to learn more about how our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers can serve you.

Due to their insurance coverage and regulations, Uber & Lyft accidents can be highly complex. Uber and Lyft drivers are treated as independent contractors and not employees of these companies, which may have a significant impact on your case. Do not fight your personal injury claim alone. Instead, call a St. Petersburg personal injury attorney of Lewis & Castagliola, P.A.

While Florida is one of the most extraordinary states to ride in due to its manageable weather year-round and incredible beach highways as compared to other states, motorcycle accidents cannot be prevented. Due to the low profile and Florida's helmet law being repealed, you may suffer severe injuries or wrongful death if you are involved in a motorcycle accident. Our law firm is here to help and review all your legal options.

Slip and fall accidents may seem like extreme cases, but we are all too familiar with them. Our personal injury lawyers have handled many slip-and-fall cases and can help you select the best course of legal action. Yet, insurance companies rarely wish to cooperate with accident victims or they might try to pin the blame on you. If this happens, you may find yourself dealing with a time-consuming and overwhelming battle trying to get the money you deserve.

Over 4,100 boat accidents occurred in the U.S. in 2015, with Florida accounting for almost 20 percent. Boat accidents that take place close to the Florida shoreline will most likely be handled under Florida or federal law. But an accident occurring further away may be subject to maritime law. Please get in touch with our law firm if you have been injured in a boat accident, and let us ensure your rights are protected.

If you were injured in a bike accident in St. Petersburg, FL, you have fundamental legal rights you should follow steps to protect. As an injured cyclist, you can seek compensation for your accident-related losses, and the negligent party who hit you must be held responsible. To determine if you have a claim, call a St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer of Lewis & Castagliola, P.A.

Pedestrian accidents are a considerable problem here in St. Petersburg, so you must know your legal rights. The St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers at Lewis & Castagliola, P.A. have helped many injured pedestrians get the financial compensation they deserved while letting them focus on their recovery.

Losing a loved one is a terrifying and painful experience. If someone died due to the fault of another party, the survivors who suffered damages from their loved one's sudden death might be able to recover compensation for their losses. Wrongful death cases can get complicated very quickly, but our wrongful death attorneys are here to make sense of the law for you and answer any questions you have.

Drunk driving is dangerous and can put everyone else at risk on the road. While no amount of money can undo the pain, suffering, and trauma of being involved in a drunk driving accident, you can recover compensation for the many measurable impacts you must deal with in the aftermath. Call us today to speak to a personal injury lawyer.

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Florida is one of the U.S. states with the highest number of medical malpractice claims and payments. The mistakes made by doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers may result in long-term consequences for their patients. Consult with your St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer to determine whether you have experienced a case of medical malpractice.

Why Choose The St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorneys of Lewis & Castagliola, P.A.?

While you may choose to handle your personal injury claim alone, doing so will most likely work against your favor. Without a personal injury lawyer, you could risk your odds and receive a lower settlement than those with a similar case and a lawyer. Moreover, insurance companies will consider various tactics to pay you as little money as possible for your claim.

After you have been involved in a personal injury accident in St. Petersburg, FL, you must start pursuing compensation immediately. At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., we can prevent you from saying something to insurance companies that could hurt your claim. Once insurance adjusters discover that you have secured representation, all the communication and negotiations about your personal injury claim will go through our law office. Do not give those responsible for your damages and their insurance companies an advantage.

Our legal team is always standing by to answer your call or respond to your online request for legal help. Regardless of the time or the day, our compassionate St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers are here to supply you with the support and guidance you need during this challenging time. More than that, our personal injury attorneys function on a contingency fee basis, implying you do not have to pay us unless you win.

There are a ton of personal injury law firms out there to choose from, but here is why we believe that we are your best choice:

Aggressive and Prompt

Our law firm represents injured victims and not insurance companies. Our personal injury lawyers push insurance companies to settle claims quickly and fair through an aggressive and prompt representation of our clients.

Hundreds of Millions Recovered

Our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our client and their families, including various million-dollar case results.

No Fee Guarantee

At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., our job is to make your recovery and life more manageable. You incur no costs or fees when you use our services unless we win your case. No exceptions.

Immediate Help

We understand that availability matters the most. Our customer service staff and legal professionals are on standby 24/7 to speak with you. Call us at any time for a free case evaluation.

Commitment to Community

Our personal injury attorneys are Floridians who strive to make the communities we serve safer for everyone. Our clients have described us as dedicated and ideal for anyone in the community to turn to if they have suffered a personal injury.

How to Determine Who Is at Fault

No one ever wants to get into an accident, yet, millions of people suffer injuries annually in various accidents that are not their fault. Such accidents can result in considerable injuries and damages, turning victims' life upside down. In just a fraction of a second, you could face medical expenses and a lifetime of pain.

When it comes to determining fault, it is vital to know that Florida is a no-fault state. This means that if you were harmed, even if you are not to blame, you have to use your personal injury protection policy first. As such, all Florida drivers are required to carry PIP policies to enable them to pay their damages and medical bills.

However, collecting from your insurance policy is challenging enough. This is where we step in. We want to help injured accident survivors file a claim with their PIP policies while exploring their legal options for filing an injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties.

After you have exhausted your PIP policy, filing a personal injury claim is best practice to collect the compensation you need and deserve. However, to do so, you must prove who is responsible for the personal injury accident and your injuries. Proving negligence and liability involve establishing four elements:

  • The at-fault party owes you a duty of care
  • The at-fault party has acted recklessly and breached their duty of care
  • The breach has led to your accident and injuries
  • You have suffered actual damages

At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., our legal team knows that determining liability often involves extensive investigation. As such, we will dig deep into your personal injury accident to uncover all responsible parties. In many cases, multiple parties can share the blame. To build a solid case and get maximum compensation for your losses, during the investigation, our legal team will:

  • Examine police reports and review medical reports
  • Interview eyewitnesses
  • Employ accident reconstruction experts
  • Examine the accident site and damage
  • Review and collect evidence

If you suffered injuries in St.Petersburg or anywhere in the state of Florida, we are ready to help. Call us today at 727-343-3477 and schedule a free consultation.

What Are Personal Injury Damages?

When you are pursuing compensation following a Florida accident, it is vital to seek compensation for all of your personal injury accident-related losses. After all, you only have one possibility to assert your legal right in an injury lawsuit, and if you leave money on the table, you may be forced to live with the consequences for months, years, or the rest of your life. In Florida, you can seek compensation for the following damages:

Economic damages cover the most direct losses of your accident. These include damage to property, medical expenses (current and future costs of testing, diagnosis, surgical procedures, treatment, rehabilitation, and therapy), loss of income and benefits, and loss of earning capacity. Medical expenses can quickly add up, especially in cases where victims become permanently disabled and need lifelong nursing care.

Florida imposes no caps on economic damages. However, you need to document all the damages you might be claiming fully.

Such damages are awarded upon evaluating elements such as scarring, disfigurement, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, inconvenience, or loss of consortium. Pain and suffering are typically awarded generously by juries, which is why responsible parties and their insurance companies often seek a settlement to avoid this. 

Insurance adjusters might employ a pain multiplier strategy to determine a reasonable number during the settlement process. This method involves the total of economic damages multiplied by a number the insurers deem appropriate, typically between 1.5 and 5. In Florida, non-economic damages can be pursued in all types of personal injury claims without limit.

Punitive damages are special damages that exceed the actual damages you have experienced. Under Florida law, they are limited to three times the amount of economic damages, or $500,000. If these damages exceed the $500,000 amount, the jury must award the higher amount. In this regard, the cap is not a strict limit but rather an attempt to prevent juries from offering punitive damages significantly higher than the economic ones. 

The concept behind these damages is to punish past behavior that negligently causes injuries and to change future behavior. Moreover, punitive damages were designed to discourage wrongdoers from intentionally acting in a similar manner that caused the injuries. However, most Florida personal injury cases are not pursued or awarded punitive damages.

After suffering injuries or the death of a loved one, you have the right to file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for your injuries and related losses. We comprehend that every case is unique, and every individual may need different types of damages. When you retain us, we will review the details of your injury case and determine what damages you can pursue.

At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., our St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers want to make sure that you will get the financial compensation you need to tackle any injury complications. For that, we will closely work with you and medical experts so that you will receive the money you need currently and in the future. Although the majority of our personal injury cases have ended with a settlement, if a fair number cannot be reached, our attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial.

When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Some accident victims are reluctant to seek legal help following an accident. You have to understand your legal options to make well-informed decisions. If you were injured or the at-fault party's insurance company is disputing your personal injury claim, consulting with a skillful and knowledgeable attorney is an excellent idea.

If you are unsure whether to hire a personal injury lawyer to handle your personal injury claim, there are some questions you should ask yourself:

  • Is liability for your accident disputed?
  • Have you sustained severe injuries or permanent disabilities?
  • Are multiple parties involved in your case?
  • Are you being blamed by the insurance companies for contributing to the cause of your injuries?
  • Is the insurance company working in bad faith?
  • Does your claim involve a government entity?

If you respond yes to any of these questions, it is best to seek legal help immediately. Please remember that the at-fault party's insurance company has a team of adjusters working to protect it from liability. None of them are on your side. All the investigators and adjusters working for the insurance company will fight against your best interest.

We know that this is not a fair game. That is why you need to even the playing field by hiring our legal team to fight for your right and receive fair compensation. You deserve nothing but the best, so having someone on your side which is concerned about your best interests is vital. Failing to seek legal representation after a severe accident could cost you money and time. But the sooner you have a personal injury lawyer investing in your case, the sooner you can focus on your recovery and family.

Upon determining that you have a valid personal injury claim, we begin working on your case and will leave no stone unturned when investigating what happened and who caused your accident so that we can establish liability. Communication is a fundamental right, so we will keep you in the loop to let you know the status of your personal injury case.

At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., we have a long history of helping personal injury accident victims receive the money they need to make their lives whole again. Contact us today to discuss your legal options, and let us help you through this difficult time.

FAQs

How much your injury case is worth depends on various factors related to your unique situation. As such, it is only possible to determine the value of your case once you have spoken with our personal injury attorneys. While we cannot guarantee a specific amount, we can tell you what your case may be worth.

Characteristics that impact the value of your personal injury case include the severity and longevity of your injuries, the personal assets of the responsible party, whether you share some liability, and what insurance policy the responsible party is insured by.

Regardless of your pre-existing medical conditions, you can still legally pursue compensation from the negligent party. However, such cases can be more complicated because the at-fault party's insurance company may try to reduce your settlement for the pre-existing condition. Hiring a personal injury attorney to advocate for you is key in this scenario.

It depends on whether you can agree on a fair settlement. Only around 5 percent of injury cases go to trial, with the other 95 percent settling out of court. It is unlikely that your personal injury case will make it to trial, but if it does, you can rely on our legal team to fight aggressively on your behalf. At Lewis & Castagliola, P.A., we are not intimidated by the court, and whenever needed, we are there for you!

The statute of limitations for personal injury cases founded on recklessness and negligence in Florida is four years. Wrongful death cases, auto accidents, and premises liability have a four-year statute of limitations. Medical malpractice has a two-year statute of limitation, and product liability cases have two or four years, depending on the case. The clock typically starts at the date of injury. After the statute of limitations runs out, you will lose your legal right to file a lawsuit for financial compensation.

Contacting a St. Petersburg personal injury lawyer as early as possible can help you maximize your opportunity to obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve.

Yes, you have to see a healthcare provider for two reasons: to protect your health and your legal rights. Under Florida Statute 627.736, the state's personal injury protection law, you have 14 days to see a doctor after being involved in an accident if you want to seek compensation for your medical expenses and other losses. The insurance company may decline your accident claim if you fail to get medical treatment within this timeline.

Then there are the health risks. Blurred vision or self-diagnosing headaches can be deadly. Aches and pains might be signs of more severe injuries. You may have a traumatic brain injury, internal bleeding, or spinal injury that self-diagnosis will miss.

Being injured due to someone else’s reckless behavior or negligence is a frustrating feeling. So do not let the at-fault party and their insurance companies take advantage of you. Contact us today!

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