Types of Cases We Investigate, Prosecute and Resolve with Action Answers and Advice
Powell & Espat has their office in Tampa, and we take pride in helping people solve tough problems stemming from accident and wrongful death accidents. We represent individuals and families who have suffered a loss through the negligence or intentional acts of another. We pride ourselves on thorough preparation and in-depth fault investigation of claims, followed by aggressive representation through prosecution of the case in court. These are key factors that have come into play in building our record for success that is known throughout the country. At Powell & Espat, we offer our services in every city and county in Florida. We accept referrals from across the country to help out-of-state residents that have been injured in Florida.
We resolve Wrongful Death cases. Wrongful death is when a person is killed due to the fault of another, whether it is a defective product, automobile crash, truck crash motorcycle crash, medical malpractice, failure to provide adequate security, drunk driving, or any other situation where a loss of life has occurred that could have been avoided if others had been more careful.
We resolve Brain Injury cases. Brain injuries are often caused by a sudden blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head, which causes the brain to move inside the skull, and cause microscopic tearing of the axons. Traumatic brain injuries cause serious problems like cognitive, behavioral, communication, or sensory processing problems. In more serious cases, a traumatic brain injury can result in a stupor, vegetative state, coma, or death. Some mild traumatic brain injuries occur without the victim even losing consciousness. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another party you may want to call us at Powell & Espat to discuss your case. We have handled numerous brain injury cases, and have proven them in trial. The signs and symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe depending on the seriousness of the injury. Headaches, confusion, blurry vision, fatigue, dizziness, and difficulties with memory or concentration are all characteristics of mild traumatic brain injury. Moderate or severe cases of traumatic brain injury include all the same symptoms in addition to vomiting, nausea, seizures, slurred speech, unconsciousness, loss of coordination, agitation and difficulty swallowing.
We resolve Catastrophic Injury cases. A catastrophic injury requires an attorney who has experience and knowledge concerning the needs required to support a catastrophically injured person. The cause of the injury must be proven, and then the focus shifts to the costs required to take care of the victim. All too often people think that a million dollars is a lot of money, and that will take care of anyone, but they are wrong. The cost of good medical care to just maintain a catastrophically injured client is many millions of dollars. 24 hour attendant care is very expensive. Medication is expensive, hospital rooms are expensive, doctor care is expensive, testing, feeding, normal hygiene all are expensive. The costs of equipment needed to assist the victim is high, and the equipment wears out and need replacing. All of these costs add up, and when you think about inflation, it takes a lot of money to just keep the victim comfortable. Sadly, the quality of their life has ended, they suffer from pain, disfigurement, the loss of the ability to enjoy life, their future income has stopped, and their expenses have skyrocketed. When it comes time to select a lawyer, make sure you find one who is Board Certified and has experience working with vocational planners, life care planners, and economists. All these experts are needed to quantify what the future costs of care and treatment will be. Sadly, if a catastrophically injured victim does not recover adequate funds for their medical needs, they may become a ward of the State, and receive only the minimal care that the State can provide. This becomes a burden on the taxpayers, and relieves the persons who caused the catastrophic injury of their financial responsibility.
We resolve Sexual Assault and Rape cases. Just a few years ago rape, molestation, and exploitation of women and young people went largely unreported and uncompensated. We are proud to help victims fight back by bringing a law suit for you and your family for the devastating loss caused by these malicious attacks. We bring suit against predators and enablers who carelessly hire, train, supervise and retain these dangerous employees, or bring suit against the business that allows a dangerous environment to exist where a sexual assault can occur.
We resolve Bad Security cases. Negligent security cases result when businesses don’t offer adequate security around their business. All too often, people are victims of serious and violent crimes due to the fault of a landlord or business. It is a fact that criminals look for situations where they can commit a crime and have the least chance of being caught. Therefore they are attracted to places where the security is inadequate. If you or someone you love has been a victim of a violent crime, rape, robbery, murder or assault, please call our office and ask to speak with Matt Powell to discuss your potential claim.
We resolve Drowning cases. Drowning is the leading cause of all accidental deaths among small children (one to four years of age) and the second leading cause among all children from one to 14 years of age, following only motor vehicle accidents. Drownings can occur in a number of places, including public and private swimming pools, recreational waterways such as lakes and ponds, spas, hot tubs and even in bathtubs. In non-fatal cases, with brain damage generally resulting after four minutes of submersion, an estimated 20 percent of victims suffer severe, permanent brain injuries. Fault plays a part in many drownings and near-drowning cases, whether the cause is lack of supervision or a problem with the premises. If you or someone you known died or suffered serious injury as the result of a drowning incident please call Powell & Espat to learn your rights.
We resolve Trucking Crash claims. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a trucking crash, you may want to learn your rights immediately. The trucking companies and their insurance companies have investigators and claims adjusters who will likely arrive on the scene of the crash within minutes. They are gathering information, evidence, and facts to protect themselves, at the expense of the victim. All too often the injuries from a trucking crash are catastrophic. So we urge you to please learn your rights, and if you would like to speak with an attorney, call Matt Powell and ask them if they can help you recover lost wages, medical bills, future loss of earnings, and future medical costs in addition to the damages for pain and suffering.
We resolve Automobile Accidents. If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident you need to learn your rights to help avoid making a costly mistake. Please call our office and ask us to mail to you a free copy of our book called the Automobile Accident Injury Guide. Or if your prefer, you can click on the link and obtain a copy right now.
We resolve Motorcycle Crashes. If you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, you need to know your rights. There are special laws which help protect motorcyclists. Did you know that if you are in a car crash, you must prove at trial that you have a “Permanent Injury”, but if you are in a motorcycle accident, you do not have to prove a permanent injury? This is probably because most victims of a motorcycle accident have very serious and permanent injuries. If you have any questions about a motorcycle accident, scooter accident, or any motorized vehicle accident, call a qualified experienced personal injury lawyer who can explain your rights. Get the facts, learn the law, and protect yourself. Call us at Powell & Espat now.
We resolve Pedestrian Accidents. Getting outside and walking is great for everyone, except for the victim of a pedestrian accident. Sadly, when there is an accident between a car and a person, the person may have catastrophic injuries. Again, there are special laws which are designed to help protect pedestrians rights. If you or someone you know has been injured, and you would like to know your rights, please call us at (813) 222-2222 and ask to speak with Matt Powell.
We resolve Bicycle Accidents. With the high cost of gasoline, today many people are enjoying bicycling. Unfortunately, any collision with a bike rider usually results in very serious injuries. The laws for bicyclists are different than you might think. There are some laws that help bike riders make recoveries from bad drivers. If you have a question about a bike accident, please call us today.
We resolve Medical Malpractice cases. Medical Malpractice is when someone has received improper medical care which has resulted in serious injuries or losses. We will investigate the matter and attempt to determine if a health care provider’s services have fallen below the “standard of care.” Medical Malpractice cases are complex and require a great deal of skill and expertise. If you or a loved one has become a victim of medical malpractice, then please call our office today and ask us to mail to you a free copy of our book called Medical Malpractice – a simple guide to a complex issue. Or if your prefer, click on the link and download your free copy today.
We resolve Birth Related Injuries. If a child has suffered a loss of oxygen during their birth, the temporary suffocation may cause serious brain injuries. Cerebral Palsy is just such an example. Cerebral Palsy is not a disease, but an injury caused during the birth of a child. Cerebral Palsy is a medical mistake. The effects of such a mistake may take a few years to become apparent. If you have any fears or concerns that a child may have suffered a medical mistake, contact us at Powell & Espat immediately. We will be glad to discuss with you any questions you may have about any birth related injuries. In most cases these injuries are irreversible. The most common forms of debilitating birth injury are shoulder dystocia, brachial plexus palsy, Erb's palsy, and Klumpke's palsy. These are generally caused by doctor error during the birthing process and result in nerve damage and reduced motor function of the arm. Another common birth injury, prenatal asphyxia, can result in brain damage. If your child has suffered a birth injury due to the negligence of a doctor or medical provider, your child deserves compensation. Your child needs help for the long-term care and rehabilitation your child needs, as well as the disability and loss of the enjoyment of life. If you have a question, call us at Powell & Espat today.
We resolve Burn Injury cases. Burns are avoidable! If you or someone you know has been a victim of a serious burn, you need to know your rights. Call us at Powell & Espat to discuss what happened. The pain associated with a burn, as well as the lifetime of scarring and the medical treatment and disability are all complex issues that require an experienced attorney who can protect your rights. Whether the burn is from chemicals, electrical, radiation, inhalation of gases, scalding, or any other source, having an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer on your side is important to protect your rights.
We resolve Paralysis cases. Paralysis injuries can occur from a number of causes including trauma, such as a fall or car accident, which damages the spinal cord, and they can also be caused by pharmaceutical drugs, or food poisoning such as botulism. Other possible causes could be medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered paralysis from an injury accident due to someone else’s negligence, please contact us at Powell & Espat and talk to Matt Powell about your concerns.
We resolve Spinal Injuries. Your spine is one of the most sensitive areas of your body. A simple fall can lead to a herniated disc, which is a serious injury that can stay with you for your whole life. At Powell & Espat, we have dedicated our careers to helping people seek compensation for spinal and paralysis injuries of all sorts, from those resulting in spinal cord paralysis to those resulting in paraplegia or traumatic brain injury. We are prepared to find the party responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.
We resolve Dog Bite claims. In Florida, the law is simple, the owner of a dog is strictly liable for any injuries caused by their dog. What strict liability means is that there is no excuse for the dog biting you. The first thing to do after getting proper medical attention is to call the police and animal control to investigate the bite. Also, it is critical to determine who owns the dog that bit you. Even if you are bitten by a dog not at the owners house, their homeowners insurance will pay for your damages because the homeowners insurance follows the dog wherever it may go. Unfortunately, many homeowners insurance policies exclude coverage for dog bites. If you have questions about a dog bite, call Powell & Espat and ask to speak with one of the attorneys about your question.
We resolve Toxic Exposure cases. Today, we are overwhelmed with news reports of people getting sick and dying from exposure to toxic chemicals, mold and fumes. Food, drugs and our home and work environments have been found to contain toxic materials that cause serious injuries. Only the most highly trained and experienced attorneys working with highly educated and battle tested experts can obtain justice and fair compensation for people injured by toxic exposures.
We resolve Construction Accidents. Construction is a dangerous job. One small mistake can be deadly in a construction site. Whether the accident happened just because you were passing by a construction site, or it happened while you were working at one, we can help you. We understand construction safety guidelines and OSHA regulations. We understand how to find the party responsible for your accident and hold them accountable for their actions. We handle accidents such as bulldozer, crane and heavy equipment accidents, falling objects and building collapse.
We resolve Slip & Fall and Trip & Fall cases. If you have suffered a fall due to an unsafe floor, stairs, or some other condition, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself. First, find out what caused you to fall. Was there some slippery item on the floor? Can you tell if it had been on the floor for a long time? If it looks all tracked around, dirty, or a large puddle, then it may have been on the floor for such a long time that an employee, or manager of the store should have known about the danger and had it cleaned up. Proving fault in a slip and fall or trip and fall accident is often hard because usually the victim is embarrassed, nervous, wants to get up, and hopes they are not injured, so they are quick to walk away without taking the time to really look and see why they fell. If you fall, take your time, collect your thoughts, and if you are hurt, try to collect some evidence, such as eyewitness names, or try to notice any signs that the spill may have been there a long time. Make sure a manager knows about the fall, and then seek good medical attention for your injuries. It is important to call an experienced lawyer who can explain your rights to you.
We resolve Dangerous Product cases. Products liability cases are all too common. If you or a friend has been injured by a defective product, you need to know your rights. From airline crashes to dangerous medications, people are unfortunately injured and even killed by bad products on the market. If you have a question about a defective product, please call us at Powell & Espat to learn your rights.
Where We Are Located
Powell & Espat is located in The Hutchinson House which is a Historical National Landmark. The address is 304 South Plant Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606. (map & directions)
Our phone number is (813) 222-2222.
We are located in Hyde Park on the corner of Platt Street and Plant Avenue. We are close to Tampa General Hospital.