Lakeland & Winter Haven Personal Injury & Auto Accidents
When an individual or business injures you through their negligence, incompetence, abuse or misconduct, you are right to feel outraged and ready to do something about it. That other party owes you compensation for the damages they have caused, including your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and The Turnbull Firm is here to get that money for you. We have the experience to know how much your claim is worth and the skills and tenacity to get it for you. After a personal injury, you deserve medical care, compensation and justice. Call our attorneys at The Turnbull Firm, and let’s get started putting you on the road to recovery.
The Experience of a Defense Lawyer, The Heart of a Plaintiff’s Warrior
Firm founder and principal attorney Sanga Turnbull spent years as an insurance company defense lawyer defending nursing homes charged with abuse and neglect of their residents. He represented the top five auto insurance carriers in the state when their insured drivers were alleged to have caused severe accidents with catastrophic injuries. Mr. Turnbull has experience defending insurance companies in injury matters from slip and fall to wrongful death.
Years ago, Sanga Turnbull left the defense side and began representing injury victims exclusively. After nearly a decade running the Lakeland office at an aggressive Florida personal injury law firm, Mr. Turnbull opened The Turnbull Firm to provide accident victims with personalized attention and aggressive representation in a results-oriented legal practice. The Turnbull Firm fights for you.
Comprehensive Florida Personal Injury Law Practice
You can count on The Turnbull Firm for aggressive representation and results in any Central Florida personal injury matter. Our main areas of concentration include the following:
Auto Accidents – Florida law is designed to keep people from filing lawsuits to get fully compensated for their injuries caused by negligent drivers. Florida is also second in the nation in the number of uninsured drivers. The Turnbull Firm looks out for you when a negligent, drunk or distracted driver plows into you. We handle car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents and have experience with all manner of vehicles and all types of crashes.
Nursing Home Negligence – Attorney Sanga Turnbull represented many of the largest nursing home chains in the country, defending them in cases alleging catastrophic injury or wrongful death. Attorney Turnbull is well-prepared to take on any case of nursing home abuse or neglect, put a stop to those wrongful acts, and get proper medical care, compensation and justice for your loved ones.
Slips and Falls – Property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for their customers and guests, but not all companies are responsible property owners. Slip and fall injuries can be severe, and proving the liability of business owners can be complex. They’ll claim the condition was obvious and you should have avoided it, or they didn’t have time to fix it before you fell. We’ll get to the bottom of the accident, uncover the facts, and build a strong case that holds irresponsible property owners accountable when their negligence is at the heart of a slip, trip or fall.
Workplace and Industrial Accidents – Industrial workers are exposed to dangers daily, but even the most inherently dangerous workplaces can be made safe if workers are given the proper training, supervision and equipment to do their jobs safely. We help victims of warehouse accidents, plant accidents and construction site accidents recover compensation from negligent third parties who create an unsafe environment.
Medical Malpractice – Doctors, hospitals and other health care providers must treat their patients with a certain amount of skill and care, and they can be liable for injuries caused by their medical mistakes. We take on hospitals and the insurance companies that shield doctors from responsibility for their surgical errors, medication errors, diagnostic errors, birth injuries and other medical negligence.
Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death – Attorney Sanga Turnbull is experienced in cases involving paralysis and the most severe injuries people can endure. The Turnbull Firm is also here for families who lost a loved to another’s negligence or misconduct. We want justice for you and your loved one by holding those responsible accountable to you and seeing that you get the care and compensation you need and deserve after being severely injured through no fault of your own.
Florida Car & Auto Accidents
Florida can be a dangerous place to drive, and motorist negligence often leads to serious auto accidents. Whether you are involved in a high-speed crash that occurs on I-75 or you are injured in a collision while parking your car, you should learn more about your options for compensation. As we will explain, most Florida car accident claims begin with your auto insurance company, but many traffic crash victims ultimately are able to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver in order to seek financial compensation for the full amount of their losses.
When you are negotiating with an insurance company or seeking compensation from an at-fault driver, it is essential to have a Lakeland & Winter Haven auto accident attorney who can advocate for your right to compensation. The experienced personal injury attorneys at The Turnbull Firm can help.
Getting the Facts About Auto Accidents
How often do car crashes happen in Florida and why? The following are some key statistics from 2018 from Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV):
- 403,626 car crashes occurred in Florida in 2018;
- Nearly 3,000 motor vehicle collisions were fatal;
- More than 167,000 recorded traffic crashes resulted in injuries;
- 3,135 people sustained fatal injuries in motor vehicle crashes; and
- 255,353 people suffered injuries in collisions.
Given the high population, many collisions occur here. It is important for anyone who has been injured to seek advice from an auto accident attorney.
How to File a Car Accident Claim
Since Florida is a no-fault state for auto insurance purposes, a driver’s initial injuries will be covered by his or her own personal injury protection (PIP) insurance. However, if you suffered serious injuries and cannot obtain compensation for the full amount of your injuries, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver or other negligent party. An experienced car accident attorney in Lakeland or Winter Haven can help you from the beginning of the insurance claims process through to a court case.
Car Accident Statute of Limitations
Plaintiffs in auto accident lawsuits have a limited time window in which the law allows them to bring a claim for financial compensation in a courtroom. Under Florida’s personal injury statute of limitations, most car accident lawsuits must be brought within four years from the date of the initial accident. If you fail to bring a lawsuit within that time period, your claim will become time-barred under Florida law.
By working with an aggressive auto collision lawyer as soon as possible, you can ensure that your claim gets filed on time.
Florida Truck Accidents
Accidents involving large commercial trucks typically result in very different injuries than you find with accidents involving two passenger vehicles. Due to the size and weight of these trucks, most victims wind up with severe or catastrophic injuries. Other issues need to be addressed, as well. Florida truck accidents may include multiple defendants, varying degrees of liability, and more victims than a standard auto accident claim. If you have been injured due to a collision with a large commercial truck in Florida, you need an accomplished Lakeland & Winter Haven truck accident attorney who can assist.
At The Turnbull Firm, our personal injury attorneys have the knowledge and experience to build the strongest case possible. We also know how the insurance companies and defense attorneys think. This allows us to anticipate the arguments they will use and the tactics they will employ to avoid paying you the compensation you deserve.
How a Florida Truck Accident Attorney Can Help You
When you retain The Turnbull Firm to represent you after injuries sustained in an accident involving a commercial truck, we will be there for you from start to finish. We will conduct a thorough independent investigation, deal with the insurance company directly, and negotiate for the maximum compensation possible from all liable parties. In the event your claim doesn’t resolve during negotiations, we will prepare your case for litigation. We are not afraid to take on large trucking companies and their defense attorneys at trial. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
Recovering Damages After a Truck Accident in Florida
Even a minor collision between two passenger vehicles can result in damage to the cars and minor injuries to the occupants. Then, imagine the force of a collision between a small vehicle and an 18-wheeler truck. The resulting injuries can be catastrophic, leaving victims needing medical treatment for the rest of their lives. In some cases, a victim may be killed. This could open the door for a wrongful death claim from the victim’s immediate family.
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation related to your:
- Medical expenses to date
- Future medical expenses
- Lost wages to date
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Physical damages to your vehicle
- Punitive damages (in limited circumstances)
The amount of compensation you can recover will vary in every case. You need an attorney on your side who can help you build the strongest case possible; otherwise, you could be missing out on the compensation you deserve.
Proving Liability in a Truck Accident
Proving liability is the key to recovering damages in any personal injury claim, truck accidents included. You need to prove liability against the truck driver, and even the trucking company in some cases. The trucking company may have additional liability if they forced the driver to violate federal trucking regulations by driving too many hours or not inspecting their trucks and loads as required.
Serving Accident and Injury Victims in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Orlando
The Turnbull Firm serves clients throughout Central Florida. If your injuries prevent you from coming to our offices in Lakeland, Winter Haven or Orlando, we’ll gladly travel to you. We can meet with you whether you are at home, in the hospital or a nursing home.
We handle personal injury matters on a contingency fee basis. All of your consultations are free, and we only charge a fee if we are successful in recovering compensation for you. Our fee is taken as a percentage of the amount we recover, consistent with Florida Bar rules, so you never have to worry about paying your lawyer or losing your recovery to legal fees. Call our attorneys at The Turnbull Firm today for your free initial consultation, and let us get started helping you obtain justice and compensation from the people or businesses that wronged you.