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If you are in need of a personal injury attorney in St Pete Beach, please contact us for a free consultation.  Sean McQuaid and Jonathon Douglas are partners at Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, PA, and specialize in accident injury claims on St Pete Beach.  Over the years, they have successfully handled countless auto accident cases and incidents at hotels in the area.  Their goal in every claim is to provide you with the resources to obtain quality medical care and then maximize your financial recovery.

St Pete Beach is mostly a tourist destination, but there is still a small population of residents.  Virtually all of our auto accident cases occur on Gulf Blvd and almost all involve a visitor to the area.  While the hotels all throughout St Pete Beach are generally safe, accidents do happen.  We have handled countless slip and fall claims and other premises liability actions against the hotels.

Our office is located only minutes away from St Pete Beach.  We are the oldest law firm in the area and can be trusted with any type of claim.  We are familiar with the medical professionals in the area, how Palms of Pasadena Hospital works, and how to handle any type of accident.  We are the law firm that people call when they are injured on St Pete Beach.

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Steps to Take After an Auto Accident on St Pete Beach

We understand that after an auto accident on St Pete Beach you may be in shock, upset about the damage to your vehicle, in pain, and overwhelmed from the harassment of the insurance companies.  This list has been put together to provide guidance to improve your chances at a successful claim.

Step 1 Contact Law Enforcement

After every auto accident, it is important to contact law enforcement.  On St Pete Beach, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office will respond to the call.  Many people make the mistake of simply exchanging information.  These handshake deals to avoid contacting the police often backfire.  People do not realize that insurance companies are not bound by what anyone says at the scene of the accident.  If you do not have an accident report from a police officer, the insurance company will investigate on their own, which will slow down the claim.  Further, you simply cannot trust the other person to do the right thing.  It is human nature to not accept full responsibility for mistakes.  For example, the other driver may tell his or her insurance company an excuse such as you were driving too fast and that is what caused the accident.  To protect yourself, contact law enforcement.  Do not feel guilty that the other driver may get a ticket, you need to look out for your own best interests.

Step 2 Take Photographs

It is true that in the case of an auto accident, a picture is worth a thousand words.  While you are at the scene, try to take pictures of the damage to all of the vehicles involved.  We also like it when our clients are able to take pictures of the other driver and the witnesses.  Then, once you get to a safe, well lit area, take more detailed photographs of the damage.  If you have any visible injuries, those need to be captured as well.  Bruising, abrasions, cuts, airbag burns, and/or swelling are all examples of visible injuries that need to be documented.  If you are in a sling or a cast, take photos of that too.  If you have had surgery, take pictures of the area when the bandage is being changed.  We like to show how the wounds heal over time and any scarring that may be left.  Photographs are one of the best ways to tell the story of the accident to an insurance adjuster or a jury.  The general rule is that the more photos, the better. 

Step 3 Obtain Witness Information

A great way to protect your claim after the auto accident is to obtain the contact information for all witnesses.  Often, a witness will stop, make sure that everyone looks fine, and then drive off before the police arrive.  Once that witness has left the scene, they are lost forever.  Witnesses are the best source at proving who caused the accident.  We advise our clients not to trust law enforcement to get the information of all of the witnesses.  All too often, contact information in the accident report is incorrect or even the statements attributed to the witnesses.  Therefore, in order to protect yourself, please get all of the contact information for your own records.  You might save yourself a lot of aggravation with this simple step.

Step 4 Seek Medical Treatment

Perhaps the most important part of any auto accident injury claim is the medical treatment.  The insurance companies look at when you went for treatment, where you went, and whether there were any gaps.  It is extremely important that after every auto accident, you get medical treatment as soon as possible.  If you need to go to a hospital, then go.  If your injuries do not require a hospital trip, then try to go to an Urgent Care.  If you have not done either of those two, then you will need to get in with a doctor who specializes in auto accident injuries immediately.  Many people mistakenly believe that they have 14 days to seek medical care.  The 14 day rule applies to your PIP benefits or no fault insurance, it does not mean that if you wait, you can recover compensation for your injuries from the at-fault driver.  Our office can recommend doctors near you who specialize in your type of injuries and claim.  Since the insurance companies will devalue your claim if you wait, simply don;t give them that excuse.  Always seek immediate treatment and then follow the doctor’s advice.  

Step 5 Contact Insurance 

The final step before hiring a lawyer is to call the insurance company and get a claim number.  You have an obligation with your own insurance company to report the claim within a reasonable amount of time and to cooperate with their investigation.  You do not have any obligation to speak to the insurance company for the at-fault driver.  You also should not go into great detail about the extent of your injuries.  You will be asked about them, but we advise to answer vaguely and simply inform them that you are seeking the advice of a lawyer.  In no situation should you give a recorded statement without first speaking to a lawyer.

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

Steps to Take After an Accident at a Hotel on St Pete Beach

Perhaps the most common source of injuries on St Pete Beach are accidents at hotels.  Since these injuries are usually to guests from out of the area, they have no idea how to handle such an incident.  Normally, they are whisked away to Palms of Pasadena Hospital and then left with your vacation in ruins.  This list was compiled to assist those who are injured and have questions.

Step 1 Make an Incident Report

After the accident, there may be a lot of confusion.  But, before you leave, you must report the incident to security and management.  This is important because they need to be aware to investigate the scene, pull video, and speak to witnesses.  If for some reason you left without reporting the incident, go back the next day and do so.  This report is a critical first step in the process.  You may not get to see their actual investigation report, but at least you have placed them on notice.

Step 2 Take Photographs

Taking photographs of the scene is very important.  If you have slipped on liquid, get pictures of it.  If you have tripped on a broken sidewalk or some other defect, get pictures.  This helps to document how the premises was dangerous and not properly maintained.  Lastly, if you have any visible injuries from the incident, take pictures of them too.

Step 3 Get Witness Information

If someone witnessed the incident, make sure that you get their contact information.  Often, people rely on the hotel or business to do this investigation for them.  Witnesses are often the best way to prove liability, so do you best to track them down.

Step 4 Seek Medical Treatment

The extent of your injuries and your medical treatment are the most important factor in deciding the value of the claim.  Therefore, if you need emergency medical care, go to the hospital.  If you don’t need a trip to the hospital, then go to an Urgent Care.  If you are a visitor to the area, contact a lawyer who can refer you to a medical specialist before you leave.  The first few days after an accident are critical.  If you wait until after you go home to seek treatment, you have already cost yourself money on your case. Call 727-381-2300

How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?

Injury claims against insurance companies can be complicated.  In every case, we notify the at-fault party of the claim.  We find out the insurance coverages and set up the claim.  We then medically manage the file.  We assist our clients with finding appropriate medical care and monitor their treatment.  We make sure that their bills do not get out of control and that there is enough insurance coverage to pay the bills.  Protecting our clients from having to pay medical bills is always a main priority.

Once our clients have completed treatment, we compile the records and submit a demand.  The demand lists the damages in the case including a description of liability, the injuries, the medical treatment, the out of pocket expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  We then attempt to negotiate a resolution with the insurance company.  Most cases settle at this point.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Charge?

All personal injury attorneys handling claims in St Pete Beach charge in the same manner.  The fee arrangement is called a contingency.  This means that the lawyer only gets paid if money is recovered for the client.  There never is any money put down, no retainers, and no payment plans.  If no money is recovered, the client does not owe the lawyer anything.  

The standard fees are 33% for most cases and 25% if the claim is against a state or government agency.  Most cases on St Pete Beach will be against a private person, business, or hotel, so the fee is typically 33%.  

Are There Risks to Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney?

No.  Because the lawyer is only paid if you agree to accept the settlement offer, there is no risk.  You will never owe the lawyer anything unless you recover money.  Because of this fee arrangement, it is common sense to get a lawyer involved as soon as possible.

How Long Does an Injury Claim Normally Take?

The time of the claim depends on the extent of the injuries and the amount of treatment.  So, no two cases are the same.  That being said, there are some general guidelines.  For injuries that only require conservative care such as chiropractic or physical therapy, the claim should be ready for an insurance demand in about 6 months.  If injections are required, then add a couple of  months.  If surgery is needed, add several more months.  Again, these are just rules of thumb.  We try to move every case as quickly as possible.  We realize that the longer a case sits around with no treatment, the case will slowly lose value in the eyes of the insurance companies.

We are proud to serve your needs as personal injury attorneys in St Pete Beach.  We understand that accidents are unexpected and can wreak havoc on your life and that of your family.  Because we are so familiar with handing these claims (especially when our clients are visitors or tourists to the area), we know how to help.  We are trusted by our client because we always put their best interests first.  If you or a loved one has been injured from an accident on St Pete Beach, please contact us for a free consultation.

Testimonials

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 firm.read 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 disappoint.read 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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