When you’re hurt in any kind of accident, finding your footing again can be tricky. After all, the accident will leave you injured physically as well as financially. Often, those who are hurt struggle to know just what to do.
Making things even more complex is that those hurt in a premises liability accident will face an even harder battle to get back on their feet. The reason? Proving fault in a case like this is much more complicated than in an auto accident or workplace injury.
A Long Road To Recovery
Not only can a premises liability accident leave you hurt physically, but financially. You’ll face a wide range of potential issues including:
• Lost wages due to missing work
• Medical bills
• Long term medical costs
• And more
And insurance companies often only cover a small bit of your true expenses – if they help at all. In premises liability, it’s far too common for those who are hurt to be denied any kind of compensation at all due to the simple fact that proving you are owed anything is so difficult to do.
The Question of Fault
Being hurt... read article
For decades, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol has been the number one scourge on our roads. DUIs lead to untold injuries and accidents every single year, and those hurt by a drunk driver often face a long recovery with plenty of frustration. But there is a new plague throughout Florida and the rest of the country – texting while driving.
A Huge Problem
It doesn’t take long to figure out just how dangerous distracted driving can be when you look at the statistics related to it. Consider the following.
One out of every four accidents in the USA is caused as a direct result of texting while driving.
Cell phone use on the road leads to 1.6 million accidents every single year.
Almost 390,000 injuries occur due to accidents related to texting while driving
24% of fatal accidents with a driver aged 30 to 39 involved a cell phone
27% of adults admit to texting while they drive
660,000 drivers are using their mobile devices while driving at any daylight moment
In short, this is an issue that goes far beyond just ‘teen... read article
Florida has one of the highest incidence rates of drunk drivers of any state in the US. As a result many Florida residents find themselves dealing with the aftermath of being hit by a drunk driver. Drunk driving accidents are a lot more difficult to handle than a regular car accident because it will involve both state and civil courts. In order to protect yourself during this complex process, it is important to understand what to do following a drunk driving accident. Here are the six most important steps to take:
Immediately Call 911
No matter the details of the accident, you need to contact the authorities immediately. If you are severely injured, follow the instructions of the EMTs and go to the hospital if required. Otherwise, stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. In many cases, drunk drivers will flee the scene. If that happens try to get as much information about the vehicle as possible including make, model, color, and license plate. When the police arrive, file a report. The police report will be an important piece... read article
When you’re hurt in an accident of any kind, it can be difficult to know what to do next. And when that accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else, there is a layer of frustration that is impossible to overstate.
Making things even more frustrating, most who are hurt in any kind of accident will find that they have a huge uphill road to travel in order to get any kind of financial compensation for their injuries. It’s far too common to be stuck struggling to get a penny from insurance companies or those responsible for your accident. Often, that comes down to the fact that those on the other side have little respect for those who are hurt. But a personal injury lawyer can change that.
What Are Your Rights?
First, it’s worth understanding that you do have rights – more than some often realize. If you’re hurt in an accident, you have the right to get compensation if that accident was caused by the recklessness or negligence of someone else.
Negligence or recklessness can mean a lot of different things including:
•... read article
In a recent lawsuit an Arkansas woman filed a claim against Pfizer, Inc. She alleged that Pfizer, who manufactures the commonly used arthritis treatment drug Xeljanz commonly used to treat arthritis, failed to warn U.S. consumers on the packaging that the drug can lead to sepsis. The result of this lack of warning caused her to develop septic shock, multi-organ failure, and gangrene.
Labels In European Union And Other Countries Warn Consumers of Xeljanz Risks
While labeling for Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR that are sold in the United States does not list the risk of sepsis and other serious side effects, The packaging of the medication that is sold in Canada, Australia and the European Union does have those warnings on the label. In fact the sale of Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR in the European Union was not initially approved due to concerns of sepsis.
Deception By Pfizer In Labeling And Reporting of Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR:
The lawsuit alleges that Pfizer refrained from its procedure of cross-country labeling to broaden the consumer base in the U.S. In addition, the lawsuit claims that Pfizer... read article
It is so common these days to take an Uber or Lyft or other rideshare service. They are a quick, easy, and money-saving option. However, what happens if the driver has an accident while you are a passenger? If you get hurt as a passenger in a Lyft or Uber car how do you get compensation and who pays? The general rule of thumb is that financial responsibility comes from the at-fault drivers insurance. In the case of rideshares it can also come from Uber or Lyft own car insurance coverage.
What You Need To Know As A Passenger In An Uber or Lyft.
When you are a passenger in an Uber or Lyft it is difficult to determine who is liable. You need to take into consideration the following:
● Florida Accident Liabilities Still Apply: If the Uber or Lyft driver is at fault but you are not severely injured you cover your own personal injury losses.
● If Your Injuries Are Serious Or Permanent injury: In this case you can go outside of Florida’s no-fault system and bring a claim for full compensation.
● Rideshare Drivers Insurance... read article
When you’ve been injured in an accident, your bills will start piling up fast. Between all your medical expenses including doctor visits, treatments, therapy, and prescriptions, and losing income from missing work, you may find yourself buried in debts. It doesn’t help that bill collectors don’t have any patience and will expect you to pay right away. In these cases, you will feel like you need your settlement to go through quickly. However, that is what the insurance companies are counting on.
Insurance Companies Love Fast Settlements
Insurance companies know that accident injuries are expensive. They also know that even people who were well off prior to the accident, rarely have the resources to pay for their expenses. They are banking on the fact that faced with these financial pressures, you’ll want to settle quickly. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and they don’t want to pay out anything for settlements. So one of the most common tactics they use to pay less is to bank on your financial pressured. They know that if your resources are drained and you... read article
Florida is a biker’s paradise. With miles of shoreline, stunning beauty everywhere, and great weather, taking your motorcycle out on the open road here is a true treat. But when the unthinkable happens and you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, what do you do?
A motorcycle accident can leave you struggling to recover physically as well as financially. And making matters worse, motorcycle accident can lead to some of the most serious injuries on the road due to the fact that there is little between you and the pavement – no airbags, no seatbelts. Common injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident include:
• Broken bones
• Head trauma
• And more
In short, you can be seriously injured and left struggling to recover. And when a death occurs due to an accident, those left behind may end up facing even more struggles due to the sudden loss of a source of income – and the grief in its wake.
The Problem With Insurance
No matter the specifics, the fact is that a motorcycle accident can change your life forever. And getting back on your feet after an... read article
While most attorneys take on new clients every day, contrary to popular belief, more cases are turned down that accepted. If you have been turned down by an attorney, it is important to understand it is nothing personal. Talk to several attorneys. You may have two turn you down and the third feels you have a valid case. However, there are some cases that every attorney will turn you down.
Why Is My Case Being Declined?
While you are interviewing and speaking with an attorney, they are using their knowledge and expertise to evaluate your case. They are deciding not only if it can be won, but the costs involved and their ability to represent you. Here are the main reasons that a personal injury lawyer will take into consideration and may turn your injury case down:
• Difficulty In Establishing Liability: If the other person or company’s liability is going to be difficult or establishing fault will be difficult, an attorney may turn you down. For example if you slip on some water in front of a store fall and get badly... read article
Florida has some of the highest rates of motor vehicle accidents in the country. As a result, our legislators have done everything they can to help reduce the costs of these accidents. They have written very complex laws to help reduce the burden on taxpayers. Sadly, insurance companies have taken full advantage of these complex laws and made it very difficult for accident victims to receive a fair settlement for their injuries. However, with the support of an accident attorney, you can get the fair compensation you are owed.
Why Is Proving Fault Important After An Accident?
Florida law is clear that whoever caused the accident has to pay for the damages they caused. Though people often refer to Florida as a “no fault” state. That title only applies to the distribution of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) after an accident. PIP coverage is distributed to cover any of the medical costs of an accident no matter who is at fault. What Florida actually uses to determine fault after an accident is a “comparative fault” system.
Comparative fault means that... read article