Time management in one form or another is an essential tool to help one complete daily tasks. However, even with these instruments, there never seems to be enough time on any given day. Between work, school, and spending a minuscule minute with the family, there is not much gas left in the tank for anything else. Typically, the last thing on anyone's mind after a stressful week is taking care of the honey-do list of our significant other, but completing the tasks now can prove to be beneficial in the long run.
Premises liability covers a broad range of topics, but it essentially just means that the owner of the property in which the incident occurs is responsible or at fault. The pile of limbs and other storm debris by the walkway needs to be cleared away as quickly as possible to prevent a party from tripping and falling. Of course, we would like to think that people have enough common sense to avoid areas such as these, but all it takes is for one instance... read article
Even the calmest most mild-mannered person can turn to aggressive driving tactics on a bad day. Traffic jams, street construction, or just other driver techniques lead to road rage occurrences and accidents. Distracted driving also takes on a variety of different forms. For instance, a person operating a vehicle that just became informed that a loved one passed away can be lost in their thoughts. Meanwhile, other drivers playing on apps or texting on their smartphones endanger the lives of everyone in the vicinity.
At first glance, these types of actions may not be the easiest to pick up on, but obviously, if a person is holding a burger in one hand, a device in the other, and steering with their knee, it is best to slow down or speed up to avoid them. St. Petersburg is a bustling community that thrives off of tourism, but with additional drivers on the roads, the risks of becoming involved in an accident increase. Along with this growth also comes the higher chances of sustaining an injury. Car crashes leave victims... read article
A familiar sight and concept in the American legal process is that of a jury. It is one of the fundamental rights of every American that, no matter what they have done, if they are going to court to determine innocence, guilt, or financial responsibility, there is a group of peers making the decision. The founders of our country realized generations ago just how unfair it was to give people in authority the sole discretion to decide whether a person should be punished or not, and so our legal system, with a jury trial, was born.
But while the idea of a jury overseeing a criminal trial is well known, the jury can also preside over a civil case. This means that in event you decide to undertake a lawsuit—or find yourself on notice that a lawsuit is being filed against you—a jury decision still applies. And that means that each lawyer must make the argument to average Americans, just like yourself, who will then decide whether a lawsuit is valid or not.
However, unlike a criminal trial, a jury for a civil trial, while normal, is not actually mandatory.
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One of the most common causes of vehicular accidents all over the world is driver negligence. In many cases, the inattentiveness, or even dangerous neglect of another driver more concerned with looking at their phone or driving while under the influence causes a driver error that results in a mishap.
However, in the same way that sometimes an accident on a property can be the result of poor maintenance or care for the environment, the same is sometimes also true of driving. While not as common a cause, there are some instances when the poor maintenance or design of a road is at fault for causing an accident.
How It Happens
An accident as a result of poor roads can occur in many different ways, and it’s not just contingent on bad weather conditions. Some roads are simply too poorly maintained, and have too many potholes, that can result in a car’s erratic traction and performance on the road. Other roads can have poor drainage management, meaning that they get too wet and can cause a high likelihood of “hydroplaning,” where a vehicle travels on liquid too... read article
The sun, sand, and desirable temperatures in Florida make it an essential landing spot for motorcyclists. There are not many better feelings than hitting the open road while the wind whips around you from all directions. Operators and passengers alike enjoy these sensations, but they also share in the pain and misery if an accident occurs. Any time that a person gets into an automobile or on a bike, they take on certain risks. Riders should wear proper safety equipment, even if they are just going around the block. No one knows when tragedy will befall them, so always prepare accordingly, and with any luck, you will not need to seek legal representation to recover compensation for your injuries.
Florida plays host to a variety of different motorcycle rallies, and we must always pay close attention to our surroundings to avoid mishaps. These vehicles, bicycles, and scooters all share our roads, and an accident with one of them can have life-altering consequences. Broken bones, contusions, road rash, and various other outcomes of different severities are possible. While a driver of a bigger car may not... read article
The chances are that if you ask any St. Petersburg driver if they want to participate in an accident that they are going to answer no. The reasoning behind these responses is because car crashes are traumatic experiences that include painful injuries which are sometimes permanent. Truck accidents are some of the most unforgiving types of collisions to be apart of, and severe damage is a possibility when one occurs. These vehicles are so much bigger and heavier than standard passenger cars that the sheer impact alone is devastating. However, if standard safety equipment fails, and a car is allowed to travel underneath a trailer, an increased risk to loss of life becomes a possibility.
First, Make Sure That All Parties Are Okay
Regardless of who is at fault, it is of the utmost importance to check and see if any passengers or drivers require medical attention. Call an ambulance and other emergency personnel if you are able and if not ask a witness or bystander to do it for you. Receiving care should always be the first and top priority of everyone involved.... read article
Employees do a lot of crazy things to satisfy ownership and management. Depending on your line of work, some acts may be more dangerous than others. Regardless of what industry a person works in if an injury occurs while on the job, the employee may become entitled to fair compensation for the damages. Hazardous working conditions are not acceptable on any level, but unfortunately, many workers have to deal with them on a daily basis. Faulty or malfunctioning equipment, debris laying around a work area, or just a negligent act by a coworker can leave you injured and searching for answers.
Having to take on insurance investigators and lawyers representing the organization on your own can seem impossible, but we are here to help. Allow our St. Petersburg firm to go to bat for you. We will obtain necessary evidence like reports and witness testimonies to ensure that your claim has the best chance of success. Legal jargon and complex proceedings leave unprepared plaintiffs bewildered and confused. Our experience, reputation, and professional manners set us apart and allow us to make your legal experience at... read article
One of the great things about the American legal system is that it gives power to the people to take matters into their own hands for justice. While it’s true that criminal law is supervised and enforced first by the police, and then by the courts, civil law is another matter.
Obviously, when there’s been no violation of criminal law, there is no need for police to step in. But that doesn’t mean that a person can’t get justice of their own when someone has done wrong by them. In Florida, there is always the option to go to trial for a civil lawsuit, where the punishment does not come in the form of a jail sentence but in the financial compensation that is rightfully owed to the victim. But how do you go about undertaking a lawsuit? Here’s where we lay out some of the basics.
Get A Lawyer
Any citizen can go to court and represent themselves without a lawyer. In some cases, such as seeking financial compensation in small claims court for amounts less than $5000 this may be advisable. However, when it comes to something... read article
When you decide to take someone to court for a personal injury lawsuit, you are going to trial. This means that some of the things you may have read about in crime fiction, or seen in film and television will be familiar sights. There will be a courtroom, there will be a judge, two opposing lawyers, and in many cases, there will even be a jury present that needs to be convinced—one way or the other—about the merits of a case.
However, most of the courtroom activity portrayed in various types of fiction are for criminal trials. And despite the similarities, there are also some big differences between what happens at a criminal trial and the type that involve lawsuits. We’re going to explain some of the differences and terms that will help you better to understand this type of legal process that we specialize in.
The biggest difference is that criminal trials involve violations of criminal law, which are generally considered harmful acts. Murder, assault, rape and other acts of violence are all considered criminal acts and don’t’ really require explanation. However other acts... read article
Recent years have been a mixed blessing in terms of accident rates for vehicles. On the one hand, it looks like decades of careful education in schools and changing social attitudes have caused a significant reduction in the number of car accidents caused by drunk driving. More people than ever are beginning to realize just how dangerous it is, and are unwilling to face the criminal charges that can come from a conviction.
Tragically, however, another killer for cars is on the rise and has actually overtaken drunk driving as a major cause of accidents throughout America and Florida. It is distracted driving, specifically, people using their phones while they are at the wheel of their car.
Florida’s Unwanted Achievement
In April of this year, a nationwide study was conducted to see how the various states ranked in terms of people ignoring sensible driver safety precautions and driving while using a phone. While the state of Louisiana was the #1 state for distracted driving, Florida, unsurprisingly to the police in the state, came in at #2. According to the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles, 2016 alone saw 50,000... read article