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How Fault Is Determined When More Than 3 Cars Are Involved In An Accident?

Author: Jennifer Long

Getting into any car accident is stressful but untangling who’s responsible when more than two cars are involved gets even more complicated. That’s particularly true when more than one driver bears some of the blame; in such cases, determining which drivers were negligent and achieving an equitable financial settlement can be a major challenge. With that in … Continue reading How Fault Is Determined When More Than 3 Cars Are Involved In An Accident?

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18 Jan

2019

Florida’s ‘No Fault’ System Puts Limitations on Personal Injury Claims

Author: Jennifer Long

One of Florida’s state-specific laws that is often the subject of misunderstanding and misapplication is the “no fault” law. Drivers adversely impacted by a car accident for which they are not responsible often believe the at-fault driver should be automatically responsible for covering medical costs associated with personal injuries, in addition to vehicle damage. The … Continue reading Florida’s ‘No Fault’ System Puts Limitations on Personal Injury Claims

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16 Jan

2019

Workers’ Compensation: What if I’m Injured While on my Lunch Break?

Author: Jennifer Long

Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to compensate for lost wages and medical expenses if you’re injured on the job–but what if you’re off-the-clock when the accident takes place? In general, any injuries that happen “in the course and scope of employment” are covered by the state’s workers’ compensation system, but whether that covers accidents … Continue reading Workers’ Compensation: What if I’m Injured While on my Lunch Break?

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04 Jan

2019

Shopping in a Big Box Store: Beware of Falling Objects

Author: Jennifer Long

Big Box stores, like Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, Ikea and other similar shopping venues, offer items to consumers at substantial savings. But, before you trek out on your mission to be economical with your purchases, beware. Through the years, there have been a number of people tragically injured, or even killed, when hit by falling … Continue reading Shopping in a Big Box Store: Beware of Falling Objects

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28 Dec

2018

How Does Distracted Driving Cause Car Accidents?

Author: Jennifer Long

In November 2018, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle Department (FHSMV) issued its 2017 driving statistics. Distracted drivers were responsible for 234 fatalities and more than 15,000 injuries of which 3,096 were incapacitating. Every day in Florida, there were 136 distracted driving accidents. Distracted driving falls into three categories: Visual, manual, and cognitive. Visual. … Continue reading How Does Distracted Driving Cause Car Accidents?

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21 Dec

2018

Hit-and-Run Accidents Present a Growing Problem Throughout the State

Author: Jennifer Long

What are the Statistics According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety? According to statistics released by the Florida Highway Patrol, hit-and-run crashes continue to present a significant problem throughout the state. The law enforcement agency found that there were over 98,000 hit-and-run accidents in Florida in 2017 alone, and hit-and-run crashes represent about 25 … Continue reading Hit-and-Run Accidents Present a Growing Problem Throughout the State

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28 Nov

2018

Understanding the Ins and Outs of Ridesharing and Car Accident Liability

Author: Jennifer Long

The popularity of Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services has grown rapidly in recent years. On any given day, thousands upon thousands of Uber and Lyft drivers are operating on Florida’s roads and highways. Of course, this rise in the number of rideshare drivers has also led to an increase in the number of accidents … Continue reading Understanding the Ins and Outs of Ridesharing and Car Accident Liability

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14 Nov

2018

When is it Appropriate to Sue a school District?

Author: Jennifer Long

Among the many defenses school districts use to deter everyday Floridians from filing a civil lawsuit is trying to convince you that you’d be taking money away from children’s education.  Such faulty appeals to emotion may work in some cases, but a series of lawsuits against school districts are moving forward. When people are harmed … Continue reading When is it Appropriate to Sue a school District?

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05 Nov

2018

What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

Author: Armando Edmiston

If you’ve been in an auto accident, you may vividly remember the sinking sensation that comes from realizing a crash is inevitable. And if you haven’t been in an accident, count yourself lucky—the average driver is involved in an accident about once every 17 years, or three to four accidents over the course of a … Continue reading What Should You Do After a Car Accident?

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19 Oct

2018

A Rewired Brain: The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

Author: Armando Edmiston

Although teen drivers often feel invincible, auto accidents remain the top cause of traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related deaths among teens in the 15 through 19 age group. And those who sustain a serious concussion, loss of consciousness, hematoma, or another brain injury in a car crash may be at a significantly higher risk of TBI in the future. Sadly, … Continue reading A Rewired Brain: The Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury

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10 Oct

2018

Lawsuits Mount Against Florida Drug Maker

Author: Armando Edmiston

A South Florida pharmaceutical company has been hit with a bevy of lawsuits over claims it distributed contaminated drugs that sickened and killed children. PharmaTech LLC and it primary distributors have been slammed with upwards of seven separate civil actions stemming from a stool softener product that reportedly contributed to the deaths of at least … Continue reading Lawsuits Mount Against Florida Drug Maker

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05 Sep

2018

Pulse Night Club Shooting Survivors File Lawsuit To Get Answers

Author: Armando Edmiston

Uneven police responses to Florida mass shootings prompted 35 survivors of the Pulse Night Club massacre to file a federal lawsuit against the Orlando Police Department. Nearly two years after Omar Mateen stormed the popular LGBTQ dance club killing 49 people and wounding numerous others, survivors have had an opportunity to watch other killings unfold. … Continue reading Pulse Night Club Shooting Survivors File Lawsuit To Get Answers

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26 Jun

2018

With so Many Hit-and-Runs in Florida, Who Pays for the Damages?

Author: Armando Edmiston

The Sunshine State, along with New Mexico and Louisiana, leads the nation in fatal hit-and-run crashes, according to a recent study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This study analyzed crash data from 2009 through 2016 and determined that, on a nationwide basis, the number of fatal hit-and-runs increased a whopping 60 percent … Continue reading With so Many Hit-and-Runs in Florida, Who Pays for the Damages?

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05 Jun

2018

Should Secret Personal Injury Settlements Be Banned?

Author: Armando Edmiston

The practice of big corporations agreeing to defective product settlements in exchange for secrecy continues to put everyday people in Florida at risk. Whether that personal injury settlement occurs here or in California makes no difference in terms of making the public aware of the dangers of a using a consumer good you may already … Continue reading Should Secret Personal Injury Settlements Be Banned?

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09 Apr

2018

Florida Sees Record Number of PIP Lawsuits in 2017

Author: Jennifer Long

Despite being introduced in 2012 in an effort to curb the growing number of lawsuits, Florida’s no-fault automobile insurance system has actually lead to a record increase in the amount of litigation. A study conducted by the Florida Justice Reform Institute has found that more than 60,000 PIP lawsuits were initiated last year, an explosive … Continue reading Florida Sees Record Number of PIP Lawsuits in 2017

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22 Mar

2018