Tampa Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents are common in Tampa and the surrounding areas, and examples of causes are driving through a red light and driving while distracted. Notwithstanding the cause of the accident, if you sustain injuries from someone else’s negligence, you may qualify for compensation. Therefore, hiring a Tampa car accident attorney should be your first step.

When to Hire a Car Accident Attorney in Tampa

It is extremely advantageous to seek legal assistance from a Tampa car accident attorney as soon as possible after the accident. You should still get medical help and report the accident to the authorities first.

At times, it may be challenging to know what to say and what not to say and do after a car crash. Therefore, it is important to work with an attorney in the initial stages of the process to maximize your compensation.

How a Tampa Car Accident Attorney May Assist You

Your Tampa car accident attorney may help you in the following ways:

  • Carrying out an independent investigation into your case
  • Working with other accident experts to build your case and determine how much your claim is worth
  • Gathering new evidence and analyzing the available evidence to establish fault
  • Carrying out fierce negotiations on your behalf
  • Communicating with the other party and their insurer
  • Representing you in court

Accidents are traumatic experiences. You could focus on healing and let a car accident attorney work hard to help you get justice.

How to Choose the Right Car Accident Lawyer in Tampa

To select the right attorney and law firm to handle your case, the following are several factors to consider:

  • Experience: Hire a lawyer with considerable experience with car accident injury cases.
  • Trust: Work with a reputable attorney you can trust.
  • Connection: Working with a lawyer who is familiar with your area could significantly boost your case.
  • Accountability: Hire an attorney you can reach at any time to talk about your case and keep you regularly updated.

Investigating all these factors may help you select the right attorney for your case.

Types of Compensation after a Tampa Car Accident

Florida law outlines two categories of damages in personal injury cases: Economic and non-economic. Economic damages involve financial compensation for your injuries, such as compensation for:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Disability
  • Damage to property
  • Lost income
  • Lost wages
  • Funeral expenses
  • Rehabilitation

Your lawyer must prove you lost money to receive these types of compensation. Nonmonetary damages, on the contrary, are awarded for damages that cannot be financially estimated, such as:

  • Loss of consortium
  • Emotional distress
  • PTSD
  • Chronic pain

You May Get Compensation if You Played a Part in the Accident

The state of Florida has pure comparative negligence laws, meaning you may still get compensation for your injuries, even if you partly contributed to the accident. Your role in the accident will determine how much reward you may get.

Statute of Limitations

The maximum number of years you can wait before filing a personal injury claim in Florida is four years. Therefore, to maintain your right to receive compensation, you must file a complaint no later than four years after your accident. You may not get any compensation if you fail to meet this deadline.

Nonetheless, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations. For example, the law may be tolled if the accident victim is underage, if the injuries were not noticed immediately, or if it was a hit-and-run case.

What to Do After a Car Accident

The steps and decisions you make right after the accident are crucial. The following lists the steps to take to increase your safety and your chances of getting compensated after a car accident:

  1. Do not depart from the scene.
  2. Call 911 to report the accident.
  3. Take as many notes as you can about the accident scene and your injuries. Take photos and videos if possible.
  4. Seek medical help as soon as possible, even if you feel okay. You may also check to see whether anyone requires immediate medical attention, but never apologize or admit to blame.
  5. Do not agree to a recorded interview by an insurance adjuster. Only answer basic questions.
  6. Call your lawyer to know your legal rights and have them handle all communication with insurers and other parties.

Costs of a Tampa Car Accident Lawyer

The legal fees for hiring a Tampa car accident attorney may vary depending on the nature of your injuries and other facts around your case. However, at Eltringham Law Group, we operate on a contingency basis. This means you will not have to make any payments unless we win your case and you receive compensation.

Book a Free Consultation with a Tampa Car Accident Attorney

Eltringham Law Group has a team of highly experienced and qualified Tampa car accident attorneys and personal injury lawyers. We are 100% dedicated to helping victims of auto accidents get justice for their injuries sustained due to someone else’s negligence. We do not work for insurance companies, so you will never have to stress about which side we are on.

Contact us today to book a free consultation and for additional information about how we can help you.

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I usually never leave reviews, good or bad, but for this instance, I most definitely had to. David and Marnie were both AMAZING. They made me feel comfortable and confident in their ability to resolve my case. I was walking in a crosswalk and was hit by a vehicle resulting in having to go to the hospital. I sustained injuries from this that I am still in the midst of dealing with. I contacted the firm and was able to speak with them via zoom immediately. I decided to sign with them on a Monday evening (3 days after my accident) and by Tuesday afternoon (the very next day) my case was settled. And settled for the very max that was able to be obtained. I attribute a lot of this to not only the expertise of the firm, but the relationships that Marnie has built with her experience working as a lawyer within a major insurance provider, which just so happened to be the insurance provider involved in my case. This is incredibly atypical for a case to be settled this quickly, especially with this outcome. It has been two weeks to the day today that my accident has happened and my case has already been resolved. I am blessed and more than happy that I decided to hire this firm. Every case is different, but I can bet that this firm will handle your case with care and the utmost professionalism. I pray I never have to go through a situation like this again, but if I did, I wouldn’t hesitate to call this law firm. Thank you guys very much!!


I highly recommend Eltringham Law Group to anyone seeking legal advice after having a car accident. David Eltringham and his entire staff gave me the personal attention I needed during a very difficult and painful time. David took the extra steps needed to ensure that I received the medical care I needed as well as the financial compensation I deserved. Harold Torres, Paralegal updated me every step of the way. Thank you Eltringham Law Group!

Laura Lauri

I had such a great experience with Eltringham Law Group! I was always kept in the loop and the experience was so personal. I was always in close contact with Teresa who was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would definitely recommend Eltringham Law Group again and again – I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!!!

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Lighthouse™ is a system unique to Eltringham Law Group – Personal Injury & Car Accident Attorneys, it’s what makes us different from other personal injury attorneys. We built this program to hold our own attorneys accountable and make sure our clients are getting the care and consideration they deserve.


Client Onboarding
Client Onboarding

The client meets with our Lighthouse Concierge Team to discuss the details of their potential case. A dedicated Lighthouse Team Member is assigned to the case to gather information and maintain constant communication with the client.


Investigation Case Analyzer
Investigation Case Analyzer

The assigned Lighthouse Team Member gathers and assess all information related to the case. A majority of the information is processed, paperwork is submitted and any questions/concerns the Lighthouse Team has for the client are clearly communicated and addressed.


Client Success Maximizer
Client Success Maximizer

The client meets with their Lighthouse Concierge Team Members to conduct a full review and explanation of the process. Both legal and medical records are reviewed and our team sets realistic and achievable expectations for the client.


Phase 1 Medical
Phase 1 Medical

The client is undergoing treatment at this point of the process and the Lighthouse Concierge Team maintains consistent communication to monitor the treatment scheduled. Additional medical referrals and testing may be required at this point if recommended by the current medical provider.


Phase 2 Medical
Phase 2 Medical

The client finalizes initial medical treatments that may include referrals to specialists, medical procedures, further testing and/or additional treatment recommendations by their medical providers.


Resolution or Litigation
Resolution or Litigation

The Lighthouse Concierge Team is in communication with those involved with and/or responsible for the damages incurred in your case. Two possible outcomes at this stage are 1) an achieved settlement agreement or 2) the inability to achieve a fair settlement that will result in the Eltringham Law Group filing a law suit on your behalf.


Post-Settlement Process
Post-Settlement Process

The case has completed and an agreement/resolution has been achieved with maximum in the best interest of the client. The Lighthouse Concierge Team meets with the client to fully explain the results and work diligently to finalize their case.