Personal Injury Lawyer Representing Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties, Florida
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. is a personal injury law firm serving Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. We help clients and their families obtain justice for injuries caused by the negligence of another. We will fight passionately to defend your rights and earn full compensation for damages related to pain & suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more.
With more than a decade of experience in personal injury law and appellate practice, we’ve managed a diverse variety of cases and circumstances. We’ll guide you in the most efficient path to earning the justice you deserve under Florida law.
Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
All too often, victims of personal injury cases attempt to file their own claims – only to be denied or duped into a low settlement. If you have suffered losses due to the negligence of another person or entity, you need a specialized personal injury lawyer on your side.
Personal injury lawyers know the process, the common tricks used against victims, and how to make sure you don’t leave anything on the table in earning the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Personal Injury Cases We Take
At Wendy Doyle-Palumbo Esq., we take a broad range of personal injury cases, including (but not limited to):
Hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle accidents happen in Florida every year – and the consequences are not always black and white. Our experts will sort out everything from auto insurance and medical bills to lost wages and emotional distress.
The effects of motorcycle accidents almost always result in extreme personal injury – or in some cases, death. If you’re suffering from a motorcycle accident, we’ll make sure you get the support you need to cope with financial, physical, and emotional damages.
Commercial Trucking Accidents
Commercial trucking accidents are some of the most devastating events that occur on the road – and commonly result in serious physical and financial losses. Our personal injury firm will help you manage the debilitating effects of your accident and get you back on your feet.
Florida’s waters are famous for their beauty, which unfortunately results in hundreds of personal injury cases every year due to operator inattentiveness. Accidents on the water are extremely dangerous – if you’ve been affected, we’ll help you earn rightful compensation.
There is truly nothing more painful than losing a loved one due to the negligence of another person or entity. No matter what – or who – caused the devastating loss, our team will fight tooth and nail to hold the right party accountable.
Thousands of people are injured every year due to inadequate property security and maintenance. Wendy Doyle-Palumbo Esq. will help you achieve rightful compensation for slip and fall accidents or any other injury sustained due to negligence of the property owner.
The Midwest has tornados. The West Coast has earthquakes. We have hurricanes. If you’ve suffered a personal injury due to a hurricane, you have options. We’ll help you obtain adequate insurance compensation, government aid, and more to cope with the damages.
Florida leads the nation in pedestrian injuries. Whether you’ve suffered a personal injury due to an at-fault motorist, cyclist, or anything else, our firm will help you get the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and every other loss tied to your accident.
Damages to property – like a vehicle, boat, or motorcycle – can significantly depreciate its value. In this scenario, we’ll guide you in seeking and earning the difference between your property’s original value and the value after the accident.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
At Wendy Doyle-Palumbo Esq., we won’t “settle” for anything less than the maximum compensation for your personal injury. The awards you receive are based on both measurable and immeasurable losses. These are characterized by three distinct categories:
1. Economic Losses
Economic losses are closely tied to the quantifiable hardships you faced due to your personal injury. These include (but are not limited to):
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss in future earning capabilities
2. Non-Economic Losses
Non-economic losses refer to the intangible losses suffered from your personal injury. These include (but are not limited to):
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss in quality of life
- Physical or mental impairment
3. Punitive Damages
Punitive damages are meant to punish the at-fault party(s) for the negligence that resulted in your personal injury. Our law firm will fight to obtain the maximum amount in holding the at-fault party accountable.
No amount of money can undo the injuries and hardships you’ve suffered. With our help, you’ll get the compensation you need to put your personal injury behind you and live your best life.
The Process of Personal Injury Cases
No two personal injury cases are the same – but our proven process to receive the highest benefits under Florida law is clear-cut.
1. Provide a FREE Case Evaluation
Our initial consultation is an obligation-free session to determine the details of your accident, the validity of your personal injury case, and the next steps to achieving justice.
2. Conduct an Independent Investigation
This is where we’ll dive into the finer details of your case, including police reports, the scene of the accident, photographs, witness accounts, medical records, and everything else to give you the strongest case.
3. Demand Your Compensation Package
This is arguably the most important part of your personal injury case. With all the evidence gathered from our investigation, we’ll create the demand letter outlining your case, liability, damages, and all other expenses you intend to recoup.
4. File the Personal Injury Lawsuit
Many personal injury cases are settled out of court. If an agreement is not reached, you will need to take the matter a step further. In this scenario, we will begin the litigation process in escalating your case to court.
5. Carry Out a Case Discovery
This is where we will conduct an investigation of the other side’s case and legal claims. We’ll take depositions of all parties involved – witnesses, insurance companies, medical organizations, etc. This process can take several months to a year depending on the complexity of the case.
6. Mediation & Negotiation
Following the conclusion of the discovery phase, we will enter discussions with the opposing party’s lawyers to determine an appropriate settlement. No matter how complex your case may be, we always negotiate with one goal: obtain the maximum compensation for your personal injury.
7. Go to Trial
If an agreement cannot be met in mediation, the case will go to trial. Personal injury trials can last anywhere from a single day to a couple weeks. There is no such thing as a “guarantee” when a case goes before a jury – but you can rest assured we will present your claims and demands in the most advantageous way.
8. Manage Appeals
It’s not uncommon for the losing party to appeal the case. With years of experience in the appellate process, we’ll make sure you don’t just win the first time around, we’ll make sure you win in the end – whenever that may be.
Personal Injury Statute of Limitations
Florida’s Statute of Limitations sets restrictions on how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit after the accident. In the State of Florida, these limitations differ based on the type of case.
- Personal injury cases: Four years after the date of the accident
- Wrongful death cases: Two years after the date of death.
- Personal injury claims against the government: Two years after the date of the accident.
Why Hire Us?
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have been seriously injured, you need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you are not taken to the emergency room immediately, try to take pictures of the scene and get the contact information of any witnesses. Most importantly, DO NOT ADMIT FAULT or even apologize to anyone involved – as this will be used against you in court.
You don’t. This is why you need to set up an appointment with a personal injury attorney to assess the facts in detail. In the consultation, the lawyer will discuss how the law factors into your situation – and what you may be able to earn in compensation.
It’s tough to gauge an injury immediately after an accident – as your adrenaline will be pumping like crazy. You may not realize you’re injured for a couple days. If authorities ask if you are injured, tell them you don’t know – then consult a doctor.
This depends on your situation. In the state of Florida, you generally have four years to file a case after the date of the accident. If you are filing a wrongful death case, you have two years from the date of death. If you are filing a personal injury case against a government entity, you have two years from the date of the accident.
No! Do NOT speak with an insurance adjuster for anyone else involved in the case. They may seem polite on the phone, but they are professionals at coaxing information out of people to reduce liability. If you get a call from an insurance adjuster, tell them to speak to your attorney. This is a big one!
You can certainly receive benefits from the at-fault party if you have a pre-existing condition. The damages may be reduced, but you can hold the other party liable for making your pre-existing condition worse. These cases can get complicated. Hiring a specialized attorney is absolutely crucial here.
In the State of Florida, the law operates as “comparative negligence”. In a nutshell, this means you can still receive compensation if you are partly at-fault in the accident. However, your recovery may be lessened depending on the circumstances and the jury’s determination.
Most personal injury cases end in an out-of-court settlement between the defendant or their insurance company. However, the timeline is nearly impossible to predict. There are a number of moving parts that are simply out of your hands. Personal injury attorneys are critical here to expedite the process and navigate around delays.
Personal injury lawyers are essential in getting the maximum compensation in the shortest amount of time. They know all the steps, tricks, and ways to negotiate for the highest settlement. Declining to use a lawyer makes you vulnerable – and the chances of winning your case go drastically down.
You should never have to worry about paying personal injury attorneys. A trustworthy lawyer will take your case free of charge. They know they will collect their fee as part of the settlement you receive from the other party. This is called a contingency fee arrangement. Generally, they will take between a 30-35 percent cut of your settlement – but this may be higher if you go to trial and/or the appellate process.
For any other questions about personal injury under Florida law, reach out to our team and we’ll provide the answer as soon as possible.
Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq.
Serving Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus Counties, Florida
I’m Wendy – a personal injury lawyer proudly helping victims in Pasco, Hernando, and Citrus counties earn justice for their suffering due to the negligence of another person or entity. I’ve been fighting cases under Florida law since 2004 with a dedication to earning the biggest payouts for clients.
Over the years, I’ve earned a reputation for two things: I don’t take shortcuts and I don’t mince words. I look at each case from every angle imaginable and develop a plan to reach
the best possible outcome. When you work with me, you’re guaranteed a compassionate, aggressive, and relentless fight to win your case.