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Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Gulfport, FL

If you are looking for a personal injury attorney in Gulfport, we have decades of experience in handling claims.  Our office is only blocks from the edge of Gulfport and no other law firm has handled as many accident claims in the area as we have.  Since 1958, our personal injury law firm has helped countless people who have been injured due to no fault of their own.  

Both Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas attended Stetson College Law located in Gulfport.  They also both lived in Gulfport for their three years of legal education.  Our office is located at 5858 Central Ave, which is only a few blocks from Gulfport and Boca Ciega High School.  This means that we are intimately familiar with all types of injury claims in the area.  Over the years, we have found that the majority of accidents in Gulfport occur on Gulfport Blvd (22nd Ave. S.).  The turn right in front of Stetson causes many people to lose control and veer into oncoming traffic.  There are also countless side streets, stop signs and traffic control lights that cause rear-end accidents and T-bone accidents.  

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Steps to Take After an Auto Accident in Gulfport

Not every auto accident is the same, but there are some general rules to follow regardless of the situation.  If you follow these steps, you will protect yourself and increase your chances at a successful claim.

Step 1 Contact Law Enforcement

After an auto accident, many people mistakenly think that exchanging information is sufficient.  What they don’t understand is that the insurance companies are not bound by handshake agreements or even apologies.  After every accident, the insurance companies interview the parties to the crash and make a determination as to fault.  So, even if you believe that you were not at fault, an insurance company can still place some or all of the blame on you.  In order to limit this from occurring, we advise everyone to contact law enforcement.  They will conduct an independent investigation and draft an accident report.  This accident report will go a long way in speeding up the claim and determining fault. 

Step 2 Take Photographs

It is true that a picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to auto accident cases.  Unfortunately, most people do not think to properly document what happened at the accident scene.  In every case, we like our clients to take photographs of the vehicles and the people involved in the accident at the scene.  Then, once they get to a safe spot with proper lighting, we like to have them take additional photos of the damage.  Finally, if there are any visible injuries, they need to be documented.  This applies to abrasions, bruises, cuts, and any scarring.  When an accident is properly documented, it assists the insurance adjuster and the jury to understand what happens.  Photographs are more powerful than descriptions of the incident.

Step 3 Get Contact Information

Another common mistake by people involved in accidents is the failure to obtain contact information for the other driver and witnesses.  Many people rely on law enforcement to get all of this information and they are shocked when people are left out in the traffic crash report.  Witnesses often stop at the scene, check on the well-being of the people, and then drive off.  Once that witness leaves the scene, they are lost forever.  Therefore, we advise all of our clients to always obtain as much information as possible.

Step 4 Seek Medical Treatment

Perhaps the most important aspect to any injury claim is the medical treatment.  When people who have been injured wait days or weeks to see if the injury gets better, they unintentionally lower the value of their claim.  Insurance companies believe that if you wait to see a doctor, you aren’t that badly injured.  Therefore, we advise all of our clients to seek emergency medical treatment immediately.  If you need to go to a hospital, then err on the side of caution and go.  If your injuries do not rise to that level, then we advise that you treat at an urgent care.  If your injuries are not serious enough for the hospital or an urgent care, then you must get an appointment with an auto injury specialist as soon as possible.  Simply put, the best way to avoid a problem with the insurance company is to get treatment as soon as possible and avoid gaps in treatment.

Step 5 Report the Accident to Insurance

Under your own auto insurance policy, you have an obligation to report the accident within a reasonable amount of time and to cooperate with the investigation.  We advise to contact insurance, report the accident, and get a claim number.  You have no obligation to discuss the severity of your injuries.  You have no obligation to report or cooperate with the insurance company for the other driver.  You should never give a recorded statement without consulting with an attorney first.

Auto Accidents
Bicycle Accidents
Dog Bites / Attack
DUI Accidents
Hit & Run Accidents
Motorcycle Accidents
Premises Liability
PSTA Accidents
Slip & Fall Injuries
Truck Accidents
Uber & Lyft Accidents
Wrongful Death

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?

A personal injury attorney in Gulfport serves many roles.  After every accident, we take over the communication with the insurance company in order to control the flow of information.  We investigate the accident, set up the claim, and find out the insurance coverage.  Most importantly, we medically manage your injury treatment.  This means that we refer you to specialists in the area of personal injury and monitor your treatment.  We protect you by ensuring that there is ample insurance coverage to pay for all of your medical bills.  

Once you have completed your treatment, we prepare a demand to the insurance company for your damages.  In the demand, we discuss liability, the injuries, the history of treatment, lost wages, out of pocket expenses, medical bills, and pain and suffering.  We then negotiate with the insurance company in order to maximize your recovery.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Charge?

All injury attorneys in Gulfport charge the same fee.  This fee is called a contingency.  It means that the lawyer is paid a percentage out of the money that is recovered for you.  You never have to put any money down, pay a flat fee, pay a retainer, or make payments.  The best part about a contingency fee agreement is that if no money is recovered, you do not owe your attorney anything.  Because the lawyer only gets paid if he wins, there is no risk to the client to hire a lawyer to pursue the case.  

The standard fees that are charged by personal injury attorneys in Gulfport are 33% for most claims or 25% if the case is against a state or government entity.

Contact a Gulfport Personal Injury Attorney

We are lawyers specializing in accidents in Gulfport.  We always put your best interests first when it comes to medical care and how much money you recover.  While we hope that you or a loved one has not been injured, the unfortunate reality is that accidents happen.  Our consultations are always free.  We encourage anyone with a potential claim to contact us immediately for assistance.


I was involved in an accident in Bradenton, not even the St. Pete area! I was hit by a large truck, injured and my truck totaled! Mr. McQuaid was extremely helpful, from everything to follow ups, keeping me informed, making sure I had what I needed. He definitely looks out for his clients and has their best interest in mind! He made me feel very comfortable, and was genuinely concerned with my health and well being! He even went over and above a few times to help me! His staff is just as professional and helpful as he was! I give him and his staff a standing ovation! Thank you for all your help and everything you did to help and take care of me and my case! I know who I'm calling with any future issues that I need handled in a prompt and professional manor! Thank you again for all your help!read more
Sister Sara
15:15 19 Sep 19
I am happy to recommend Sean McQuaid to others who are looking for a car accident attorney. My family and I were injured in a car accident when visiting St. Petersburg. Mr. McQuaid was extremely knowledgeable and assisted us with every step along the way. We were very pleased with the results given the circumstances.
Chester Fun
23:06 02 Sep 19
I'm very happy that I chose Mr. McQuaid to represent me after the car accident. This was my first time dealing with this sort of problem and didn't know exactly where to start, but Mr. McQuaid stepped in and pointed me in the right direction. He set me up with all the necessary medical appointments and got the ball rolling. He handled all the paperwork and kept me updated. He is very professional and I highly advise anyone who needs a great Attorney to choose Mr. McQuaid.
Richard Drude
16:31 27 Aug 19
I love mcquaid hes been my attorney for years now. He is great with solving cases and hes good with working with his client's best interests hes a real deal big dog!!! I love them and I would refer everyone that needs a criminal or personal injury lawyer to mcquaid!!
Hynita Mitchell
13:52 26 Aug 19
I was injured in a car accident a couple of years ago. The woman who rear-ended me had minimal insurance coverage, so it was not enough to cover the costs of care I needed due to my injures. I had a severe neck injury and injured both of my TM joints. I suffered from major headaches and neck pain. Despite my treating doctors indicating that I have permanent injures, my own auto insurer refused the demand for my own underinsured motorist coverage. As a result of the denial by my insurance company, Mr. Douglas filed suit on my behalf. He and his staff were wonderful to work with. They were super responsive and walked me through the entire process. He was able to obtain a good settlement for me. I would highly recommend Mr. Douglas, and his law more
Laurel Harris
21:14 03 Aug 19
Great experience as always, Sean expedited my settlement with speed and professionalism while keeping me informed the whole time couldn't ask for anything more I highly recommend their services
Daniel Huddleson
20:02 26 Jun 19
Sean and his whole team are great! Very knowledgeable, professional, and most of all honest. This was my first time being in a situation like this and I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Once hired, I was at ease throughout the whole process knowing Sean was in my corner and fighting for me. Always keeping me in the loop of what was going on as well as being a straight shooter, with tons of experience and insight, allowed me to be able to make the best decisions for me and my family. Would definitely recommend!
Kevin Frye
20:32 12 May 19
Thank You Sean McQuaid, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for being so professional and personal. It felt like I was going to talk to a family member. You have a Top Notch Firm. My everyone be BLESSED.
Lorraine Johnsommitchell
04:33 09 May 19
My attorneys Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas were always the most professional, caring, and compassionate legal team to me. They represented me impeccably because they got to know me personally, thus they were able to relay my injuries and truly speak on my behalf and all that I had been through. I would highly recommend them.
Julia Withrow
20:10 24 Mar 19
I could honestly say with confidence that this is the best law firm in Saint Petersburg! Sean and his firm work as a team to make sure they take care of you personally, and financially. They where very accommodating from the first day. They consistently kept me updated through the process and answered any questions I had either same day or the next. In addition, they where able to cut hospital and doctors bills nearly in half creating more money for my pocket. 10/10!
Mazen Khalil
15:46 12 Mar 19
I would like to thank Johnathon Douglas, Suzanne Sanchez and Sandy Calvert for their outstanding work on my recent auto accident case. I was so impressed with their attention to every detail to make sure there was the very best possible outcome in the case. They were always so quick to respond to every email containing my list of questions and recommended excellent physicians for my care. I highly recommend this firm if you ever need any type of legal assistance. They are all top notch people and wonderful to have on your side!
Laura Guest
02:47 05 Mar 19
Sean McQuaid and his paralegal Suzanne Sanchez handled my personal injury case with compassion, expertise and excellence. I was more than pleased with the outcome and couldn’t have had a more competent team! I recommend Sean and Suzanne for anyone that is looking for personal injury legal assistance. Thank you, Sean and Susanne!
Leslie Driscoll
22:43 12 Feb 19
Sean McQuaid is the best. I'm able to sleep at night anytime he's handling any one of my legal matters. He answers your questions and returns phone calls promptly (once while he was on vacation with his family). Thank you Sean.
Marilyn Lewis
23:08 31 Jan 19
Seasoned professionals capable of handling any level of business/personal endeavor to their client's satisfaction. The ONLY law firm I call or recommend. Sean McQuaid is our go-to lawyer for all of my family's needs over the past two decades - he gets results.
jay johnson
22:58 31 Jan 19
I recently was involved in a motorcycle accident and I immediately contacted Johnathan Douglas . He was very prompt and moved quikly to set up medical advisors that were able to help me. Johnathan was there every step of the way, sometimes on a daily basis. Johnathan is very passionate about his work and is second to none and is very professional. He was able to reach a settlement in my case that I was vey pleased with. I would highly recommend Johnathan to anyone that needs the best representation for your particular needs and he deserves a 5 star rating for sure. Trust me Johnathan will not more
Gene Maxwell
19:37 27 Jan 19
We would like to thank McQuaid & Douglas for the best possible settlement in my husband's Personal Injury case.During this difficult time Sean and Suzanne were there for us through every step of the process. Anytime we had questions or needed updates on the case they quickly responded. We highly recommend them!
Jennifer Rice
16:23 13 Dec 18
Iam very satisfied with my lawyer, Sean McQuaid. He was well informed and smart. He was also helpful and kind. I highly recommend him!
Lubna Hameed
20:13 03 Nov 18
Awesome attorney! Sean McQuaid had my charge dropped. He was on top of every detail. Great experience. Will definetly go to him in a heartbeat if I ever have any legal matters. Will recommend to family/friends.
Brittany 8189
19:58 16 Oct 18
Jonathon Douglas is an amazing attorney. There is no question that Jonathon and his team deserve a 5 star rating. They worked tirelessly to get a great result for me.
Joshua Hale
18:08 07 Sep 18
Jonathon Douglas was there for me and my family in our time of need. If you are looking for an attorney who gets results, look no further. I highly recommend Jonathon.
Bjorn Erickson
18:06 07 Sep 18
Attorney Jonathon Douglas has always been a valuable resource to all things legal for me and my family. However, legal expertise is not the only attribute that defines this lawyer. He has that additional quality of a humane perspective that isn't taught or learned, it's innate. You can find any attorney on the web or TV, but few will cut to the core of your needs as adeptly and compassionately as Jonathon.
ben boyle
15:18 05 Sep 18
I was recently in a car accident and contacted St Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney Jonathon Douglas. The very next day, he got things rolling and put me in touch with medical providers who really helped me. Jonathon was able to quickly move my case forward and reach a settlement that I was very happy with. I would recommend Jonathon Douglas to anyone and everyone.
Scott James
20:54 24 Aug 18
Definitely A five star attorney and very professional Randy M Harris
Randy Harris
20:21 29 Jul 18
If you want and need a great attorney that knows and cares, Sean McQuaid would be the person you want on your side. He shoots straight from the hip with no guessing games. Gets the job done in your favor! Thank you Mr McQuaid!
McMillan's Appliance Plus LLC
17:35 06 Jul 18
If you're looking for a excellent attorney look no further, Sean is hands down the BEST. I've used him several times he has ALWAYS exceeded my expectations. He's very well known and respected amongst the Pinellas country courts, Sean will truly go to bat for you when it matters. Most importantly he's a lawyer with honesty and integrity would HIGHLY recommend to anybody in need.
Dan Tellone
15:44 25 Jun 18
He did a great job I would use him as my lawyer in the future if needed and I would definitely recommend him to my family and friends. Thanks for everything you did for me I appreciate everything! King
Carrie King
03:19 17 Feb 18
Sean McQuaid is an amazing attorney. He has worked with me on 2 cases. Both of which I was extremely satisfied with the outcome. During the entire process, he always kept me up to date and was easy to get ahold of. If I had questions, he would always get back to me right away. He made going through a difficult time much less stressful. And for that I am truly grateful.
Alicia Liberatore
04:58 08 Dec 17
Sean McQuaid and his team where extremely professional and very forthcoming. His response time to requests is impeccable. He is fair, very compassionate and very thorough. He was very protective of myself and my care. He followed through weekly and often daily with my physicians to ensure I received the best care. Thank you, Sean for such an amazing outcome to what was a very difficult time in my life.
Jennifer Fintz
15:51 17 Nov 17
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