At the heart of our firm, we are people helping people.
We give you the edge over the government and insurance companies
Dade City, Zephyrhills, and Tampa Bay Disability Law Firm
Suffering from a disability or injury can be a trying experience. Often, injuries and diagnoses come up without warning, whether it be through a Florida car accident, workplace accident or slip-and-fall accident. At the Disability Law Firm, Attorney Robert C. Alston helps injury victims and those diagnosed with serious disabilities confront and resolve the various legal issues they face thoughtfully and effectively.
Level the Playing Field
Robert has dedicated his career to providing a strong helping hand to those experiencing financial, physical, and mental difficulties.
Personal Injury Cases
AN ATTORNEY PROVIDES AN ADVANTAGE.
Social Security Disability Cases
ROBERT ALSTON GIVES YOU AN ADVANTAGE.
In 85 percent of cases where an insurance company settles an injury claim, the injured party had hired an attorney.
Why Choose Us
Our highly skilled and dedicated staff provides big firm results without sacrificing personal service.
A Family of Clients
Every client is treated like we would want our families to be treated: with respect, honor, and integrity. Once you become a client, you are a client for life.
Over the years, we have developed our own systems and processes that give you the best chance of success.
No Cost Up Front
You pay nothing for our services unless we win your case, or we are successful with your claim.
CAN I AFFORD A LAWYER?
Recover more with an attorney
Studies show that when damages are awarded in personal injury cases, those who have hired a lawyer get higher payouts than those who did not.
Payouts are higher with a lawyer
We cover the costs of your case
Insurance payouts to injured people are 3.5 times higher when working with an attorney than for people who fight insurance companies alone.
People represented by an attorney receive settlements in car accident cases that are 40 percent higher than those without an attorney.
FEES & COSTS:
At the Disability Law Firm, we ease the financial strains incurred after sustaining injuries in an auto-accident. Our firm works on a contingency basis. We will not get paid unless you receive payment for your injuries.
This allows you to focus on your medical care and recovery without the added concern of paying for medical bills and attorney fees. While you focus on getting better, we pursue your claim and fight for your compensation.
We advance all the costs associated with your case and conduct any additional investigation.
5 Mistakes That Will Cost You
Car accidents are among the most common type of personal injury case.
There are over 650 Florida car accidents each day, or 200,000 per year. Florida ranks third for states with the highest number of fatal car accidents.
Florida law requires motorists to follow traffic laws and posted signage. In addition, the law imposes on drivers a duty to operate their vehicles safely and responsibly. When those rules are not followed, accidents and injuries occur. It is important that one knows what to do, should they ever be in an accident themselves.
FLORIDA CAR ACCIDENTS
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Failure to yield
At the Disability Law Firm, we routinely handle a wide variety of Florida car accident cases, such as those arising from the following accidents.
• Rear-end collisions
• Vehicle rollovers
• Head-on collisions
• Chain-reaction accidents
• Motorcycle accidents
• Semi-truck accidents
Can I Still Recover Even if I Am Partially at Fault?
Fortunately, under the state's comparative fault law, the answer is yes.
One of the most common questions accident victims ask is whether they can recover for their injuries if they shared in the responsibility for causing the accident. Fortunately, under the state’s comparative fault law, the answer is yes. However, an accident victim who is partially at fault will have their recovery amount reduced by their percentage of fault. Unlike other states that apply a modified comparative fault approach that prohibits accident victims who were more than 50 percent responsible from recovering for their injuries, Florida law allows for an accident victim to recover for their injuries regardless of their own level of responsibility.
What You Need To Know
It is crucial for accident victims to understand how the recovery process works.
01 | Medical Care
In many Florida personal injury cases, the accident victim sustains severe injuries requiring major medical procedures, follow-up care, and rehabilitation. These expenses can add up to tens of thousands – or even hundreds of thousands – of dollars. On top of these expenses, injury victims frequently miss significant time from work and endure substantial pain and suffering.
02 | Insurance Requirements
Florida law does not require motorists to pay for injuries they cause. Florida is a no-fault state, meaning that injury victims must first turn to their own insurance company for coverage. This coverage is referred to as PIP, or “personal injury protection” coverage. However, PIP policies do not include coverage for pain and suffering. In the event of an accident that causes “serious injury,” accident victims can pursue a claim against the at-fault party. Many times, the only way to recover for your injuries is through UM coverage which you must purchase from your insurance company.
03 | Claim Denials
On the one hand, insurance companies can provide accident victims with an avenue of recovery where there may not otherwise be one. However, insurance companies are notoriously difficult to work with, and will often deny claims or offer low-ball settlement offers in hopes of getting the case to “go away” for as little money as possible. Complicating matters is the fact that insurance companies are frequent litigants in court and have a team of lawyers to represent their interests.
04 | Attorney Advantage
Accident victims should not listen to a biased insurance adjuster when evaluating the strength of their case and should instead consider reaching out to an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer who is accustomed to dealing with difficult insurance companies. At the Disability Law Firm, we can help to level the playing field by providing you with the knowledge, experience and dedication necessary to confront insurance companies head-on.
Social Security Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI
The federal government provides two types of disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Social Security Disability Insurance
Supplemental Security Income
WHO CAN FILE: Individuals who are unable to work due to disability and have earned enough work credits through the payment of Social Security taxes. In some cases, a disabled employee could be eligible for both SSDI and SSI, provided they have a work history and limited income and resources.
Under certain circumstances disabled widows or widowers, and children who had a disability starting before the age of 22, may also qualify for SSDI benefits based on the employment history of a loved one.
WHO CAN FILE: Individuals who are unable to work due to disability and have not earned enough work credits through the payment of Social Security taxes. SSI benefits are only available to those with limited or no income and resources.
There are also child SSI benefits and SSI benefits for older adults. Persons who are receiving SSI benefits may also become eligible to receive medical assistance in the form of Medicaid.
Applying for Disability
Disability applicants face a potentially lengthy, frustrating and complicated process when it comes to obtaining the benefits they need and deserve. We will take on that process so you can have peace of mind.
An initial application must be submitted and reviewed by the Social Security Administration.
If a claim is denied, a timely appeal is required to keep your case moving forward.
A hearing may be required where a judge will review evidence and take your testimony to determine if you are disabled.
Social Security Disability:
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What Sets Us Apart
Accident victims who have been injured as a result of another’s negligence are entitled to pursue a Florida personal injury claim.
Most injury claims are brought under the legal theory of negligence, which requires an accident victim to establish that the at-fault party violated a duty of care that was owed to the accident victim, and that this breach caused their injuries.
Personal injury law is primarily governed by state law. In Florida, there are several legal concepts and doctrines that injury victims must keep in mind. For example, most accident victims must bring a Florida injury claim within four years. However, wrongful death cases and medical malpractice claims are subject to a two-year statute of limitations.
You don't have to fight insurance companies on your own. Put an experienced personal injury lawyer in your corner. At our law firm, your initial evaluation is free and we don't get paid unless you win.