Our firm has been advocating for clients since 1967, so we know from experience how to help victims navigate the personal injury process and obtain maximum compensation for their injuries.

On your road to recovery, the last thing you should deal with is lengthy paperwork. At Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore, our lawyers understand how challenging this time may be for you and your loved ones. That’s why we will handle your claim as efficiently and thoroughly as possible while you focus on recovering.

We provide services for a variety of personal injury matters including, but not limited to, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and class actions. Whether you slipped and fell on a cruise ship, were in an accident with a semi on the highway, or overdosed due to a medication error, the cost of your recovery should not be yours to pay — no matter how you were hurt. Let a compassionate Tampa personal injury lawyer at Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore ease the burden if you or a loved one has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence.

Areas We Serve

Although we’re based in Tampa, our reputation for succeeding in complex cases leads us to practice statewide, serving cities including:

  • Clearwater
  • St. Petersburg
  • Ft. Lauderdale
  • Bradenton
  • Key West
  • Brandon
  • Orlando
  • Sarasota
  • Boca Raton
  • Lakeland
  • Naples
  • Fort Myers
  • Cape Coral
  • Miami
  • West Palm Beach
  • Jacksonville
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Types Of Personal Injury Accidents In Tampa

The phrase “personal injury” covers a number of different injuries and accidents. Our legal team handles all types of these cases and more in Tampa:


While there is a general personal injury process in Tampa, Florida, every case will be different. You can benefit immensely from having an attorney evaluate your case, even if it’s just during a free consultation. A lawyer can help with the following steps in the personal injury process:

Investigate The Accident

Investigate Your Accident in a Personal Injury Claim

First, your lawyer will conduct an initial investigation into your accident, gathering crucial evidence of your injuries and the parties who could be involved. During this phase, we will determine who is responsible for your accident and injuries, the percentages of fault for each party, who could be held liable, the extent of your damages, and more.

Establish Negligence

Your attorney will examine your case and evidence to determine the negligent parties against which you can seek action. However, to prove negligence in a personal injury case, your lawyer must establish the following elements:


  • The defendant owed you a duty of care
  • They breached that duty of care
  • The breach caused your injury
  • You suffered damages as a result of the negligence

Your lawyer will help you prove negligence and determine every potentially liable party in order to maximize your claim.

Determine Your Damages

Determine Your Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

As your attorneys, we will determine calculate the damages you’ve suffered in order to request full and fair compensation. The facts determine the total damages, but other influencing factors come into play such as the identify of the defendants, the number of parties, and where the case is being heard, to name a few.

In addition to assessing your damages, we’ll explore all the avenues of collection and options to ensure you’re compensated to the full extent of the applicable policies and liable parties involved. Damages are both economic and non-economic. In most cases, an injured plaintiff is entitled to make a recovery for property damages, past lost wages and future loss of earning capacity, past and future medical, nursing, hospital and doctors’ bills, as well as an award for pain and suffering, mental anguish, and the loss of the enjoyment of life.

Your lawyer can also utilize the insight of expert witnesses to ensure your claim is complete. For example, we may consult a medical expert on your injuries to determine how they will likely impact your life. That way, you don’t miss out on valuable reimbursement for any future costs resulting from your accident.


Economic damages are money you have list and will in the future lose due to the defendant’s negligence. Economic damages in Tampa personal injury cases include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, reduced earning capacity, and more.


Non-economic damages are intangible losses that a victim can recover. These are not as easily identifiable and may require the keen eye of an experienced legal professional. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, disability or physical impairment, disfigurement, and mental anguish. There is no exact standard for measuring such damage. The amount should be fair and just in the light of the evidence.

File A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Our lawyers can help you pursue a personal injury lawsuit. This involves investigating the claim, attempting to negotiate a settlement, filing a complaint, and presenting your case to a jury. Our lawyers have decades of litigation experience, so we know firsthand what goes into a successful lawsuit.

Many Tampa personal injury cases are resolved without a trial, but our trial-experienced attorneys refuse to back down and take the “easy way out” when it comes to your recovery. If you want to sue, we’ll be your cavalry, committed to taking your case as far as it needs to go in order to bring you rightful compensation.

Finalize Your Settlement

After you finalize a settlement, a portion of it will will likely go to your attorney based on their contingency fee contract. Settlements can also be reduced by health insurance liens and other costs such as filing fees and travel expenses.

At Wagner, Whittemore & McLaughlin, your well-being is far more important than your wallet. Our firm will also have at least two attorneys working on your case without any additional costs. We believe this enables us to provide clients a more robust and outstanding service without breaking the bank.


Contact Our Florida Civil Litigation Lawyers Today

Being the victim of an accident in Tampa can change your life, but it doesn’t have to ruin it. With the help of an understanding and collaborative legal team, you can obtain total compensation to help you afford an ideal recovery. The experienced Tampa personal injury lawyers at Wagner, McLaughlin & Whittemore are ready to help you move past your personal injury accident once and for all. We represent injured clients in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida.

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