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Everything You Need To Know About Whiplash Injuries

Everything You Need To Know About Whiplash InjuriesThere are many serious injuries that can occur after an accident. One of the most common is the soft tissue injury whiplash. Sadly, many people underestimate the severity of this painful injury because of pop culture references that infer whiplash is not a serious condition. These myths are so pervasive that doctors now refer to whiplash as “cervical sprain”, “cervical strain”, and “hypertension injury.” However, regardless of what people think, whiplash is a very serious and painful injury that can interfere in your normal life.
What Is Whiplash?
Whiplash is an injury happens when your neck is suddenly whipped back and forth after an impact. The most common cause of whiplash is rear-end car accidents, but slip or trip and falls, as well as blows to the head from sports or assault can also cause whiplash. Whiplash can cause injury to the vertebrae in your neck and back and the soft tissue of the muscles and ligaments. Whiplash injuries aren’t always immediately recognized after an accident and they can become very painful over time. Many people don’t realize they have whiplash until weeks, and sometimes... read article

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Can You Receive Compensation For A Dog Bite?

Can You Receive Compensation For A Dog Bite?When you are bitten by someone else’s dog, your injuries can be very severe. Dog attacks are sadly common and account for our one third of all homeowners insurance claims. However, dog bite laws vary from state to state, making this a difficult claim to understand. In the state of Florida a dog owner can be held liable if their dog attacks you, so you can file a claim with their insurance and receive compensation to pay for your injuries.
How The State Of Florida Defines Liability
According to Florida statute 767.04, a dog owner can be held liable for a dog bite: “The owner of any dog that bites any person while such person is on or in a public place, or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, is liable for damages suffered by persons bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owners’ knowledge of such viciousness.” However, since Florida tends to be a split liability state when it comes to accident injuries, the law also states: “However, any negligence... read article

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Always Read The Fine Print

Always Read The Fine PrintContracts are a common part of doing business in America. Service contracts are especially common between leases, service agreements, and nondisclosure documents. Nowadays, there’s a contract for almost anything including recreational activities. These contracts often contain a section called a liability waiver. Liability waivers are a legally binding contract that lifts the liability of the company providing the service in the case of certain circumstances. Liability waivers don’t seem like a big deal, but if you are injured in an accident, you may be signing away your rights to compensation.
What Is A Liability Waiver?
A liability waiver is often referred to as the “fine print” of a contract, because they are deliberately written in small type and contain complex legalese that the average person does not understand. A liability waiver is basically an agreement between you and another party that relieves the other party of any responsibility for injuries that would normally fall under ordinary negligence. Liability waivers function to serve two purposes. The first, is to relieve the party of any injuries caused by ordinary negligence, even catastrophic injuries. The second, is to provide written proof... read article

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A Poorly Loaded Or Strapped Truck Could Put You In Need Of The St. Pete Lawyer

a-poorly-loaded-or-strapped-truck-could-put-you-in-need-of-the-st-pete-lawyerMost of us have only seen truck rollovers or collisions in the movies, and we prefer to keep it that way. Unfortunately, not all drivers are so lucky, and they have dealt with these happenings up close and personally. Our society relies on trucking companies to keep products readily available for consumers, but still, most drivers can't stand to be next to the vehicles on the highway. People have their reasons, but these feelings usually stem from traditionally sized passenger vehicles being minuscule when compared to 18-wheelers. These machines are built to carry heavy machinery, timber, and virtually anything else that can be loaded onto a trailer. However, an improperly loaded truck is a recipe for disaster. Common issues that lead to accidents include...

•  Worn-out straps of inadequate strength
•  Loads that exceed the vehicle's limit
•  Improper maintenance
•  Shipments that are not properly balanced

Wrecks involving trucks can be some of the most unforgiving kinds. They happen for countless reasons, but the most common one is fatigued driving. When a person becomes sleepy, or their reflexes unalert, swerving between lanes is a real possibility. Other cars and even pedestrians in the... read article

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Be Mindful Of What You Buy This Holiday Season To Avoid Giving A Defective Product As A Gift

be-mindful-of-what-you-buy-this-holiday-season-to-avoid-giving-a-defective-product-as-a-giftAlthough Black Friday sales have come and gone, many people will spend the next few weeks searching for the perfect gift to give that special someone in their life. The wish list of children have grown over the months, and parents do everything in their power to meet the demands. However, with so much going on like cooking, cleaning, and spreading holiday cheer, people can forget to look at reviews or recall information. They splurge and spend money on the items without ever realizing that it poses an injury risk to the recipient. Of course, acting in this manner is how it should be, because when products hit the market, they are deemed to be safe for consumers to use.

Have you or a loved one sustained an injury from a defective product in St. Petersburg? If it can be proven that the manufacturer acted negligently, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Settlement amounts are determined by various aspects including...

• Current And Future Lost Wages
• Punitive Costs
• Pain And Suffering
• Current And Future Medical Expenses

Our accident attorney, Michael Babboni, has practiced law in Florida since 1987. He brings... read article

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Contact An Auto Accident Lawyer For These Reasons

contact-an-auto-accident-lawyer-for-these-reasonMost people get up every morning and head off to work. Even if they hate their employer, they still trudge along each day providing reliable service. Some individuals do it to gain accolades like promotions, while others see working as a necessary task that supports their family. Regardless of the reason, these employees are dependable, and they have the same expectations for their vehicle. Workers rely on their cars to take them between their home and office, as well as, for taking kiddos to school, hitting the gym, and numerous other activities. Automotive owners pamper and wash their vehicles to extend their life, but sometimes they still break down. These actions are expected because as a society, we understand that anything human-made can and will break.

However, people also expect their cars to be safe transportation, not only for them but also for passengers and others on the roads. Many of us have experienced a stalled out engine, and we know that the situation is scary and unpleasant. Other vehicles fly past you at high speeds, and attempting to get to the shoulder can seem nearly impossible. These actions can leave you feeling... read article

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Motorcycle Accidents Are Possible In St Petersburg During All Times Of The Year

motorcycle-accidents-are-possible-in-st-petersburg-during-all-times-of-the-yearMany areas around our great nation become plagued by snow and ice during the winter months. Florida offers ideal weather for riding a scooter, motorcycle, or bicycle at almost any time. Tourists come to St Petersburg from all around the globe, and residents must stay on their toes to prevent accidents from occurring. These people do not always know the locale, and it is not uncommon to see another driver dash across multiple lanes of traffic to reach their exit. Not all pedestrians and cyclists are aware of appropriate safety practices, and they can easily walk, or ride, into oncoming traffic if they are not careful. We are right in the midst of the holiday season, which means more and more visitors will be headed our way to stay with friends or family. Additionally, charity events like bike rallies or runs are scheduled to raise presents for less fortunate children. These are good things, but to keep them from turning ugly quickly, all drivers must drive defensively.

Even with helmets, vests, and other safety equipment, motorcycle riders are more exposed than car operators. Anyone that has ever been involved in laying their bike... read article

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Negligent Acts Could Put You In Need Of A Personal Injury Attorney

Negligent Acts Could Put You In Need Of A Personal Injury Attorney

All around the world, people head out in search of excitement and adventure. Many of us partake in mountain climbing, skydiving, and other toe-curling, adrenaline pumping activities that can cause bodily harm or personal injuries. A person participating in these acts accepts these dangers because the rush just feels so good. However, some hazards and risks surround us every day. For instance, no one expects to spill coffee on their lap while driving to work, but it happens, and the single action can set off a chain of events with life-altering consequences. The burning sensation on the driver's legs can divert their attention from the road, cause the steering wheel to become jerked one way, or another, and result in a vehicle crash.

Not only is the person left with self-inflicted, non-intentional wounds from their beverage, but the party in the other car can receive various damages too. Typical injuries from automotive accidents include...

• Whiplash or other neck ailments
• Concussions and more severe traumatic brain injuries
• Lacerations, broken bones and contusions
• Temporary or permanent paralysis
• Wrongful death

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Things People Should Avoid While Being Involved In A Personal Injury Case

things-people-should-avoid-while-being-involved-in-a-personal-injury-caseCar crashes, dog bites, and numerous other types of accidents happen, worldwide, on a daily basis. Personal injury law covers a wide range of categories because people can sustain damages from almost anywhere, and at any time. Simple tasks such as going to a friend's house for a backyard barbecue can turn dangerous, especially if the property has not received appropriate upkeep over the years. Stepping onto a rickety, old apartment balcony or staircase can result in a slip and fall accident. The possibilities of how wounds can become inflicted are endless, but if a person is involved in a personal injury lawsuit, they should do their best to avoid doing certain things.

 Do not talk about the claim with anyone other than your attorney.

This declaration includes sending out tweets, posts, and other social media statements. More and more lawyers, police, and insurance companies are looking at these accounts in an attempt to find something to discredit the claim. Unfortunately, this tactic works more often than one might think, so to achieve the best results for your case, just don't talk about injury matters. If you have an accident attorney on your... read article

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Are You Entitled To Compensation?

are-you-entitled-to-compensationIf you have recently been injured in a car accident and suffered damage to your property, then you may be entitled to compensation for the damages and injuries you have sustained.

 

 
Finding Fault
 

Sometimes it is clear who is at fault during an accident, but sometimes there are situations in which it may not be as clear to those involved. The best way to help your insurance company find liability and fault is to accurately explain all the details of what happened and where the damage on each vehicle is located. Be sure to provide as many supporting details as possible and be as accurate and precise as you can.
The Claim
 

When submitting the claim for the accident, you will need to have all the proper documentation and evidence available. The police report is one of the first things the insurance companies on both ends will consider. Therefore, it is so important to call the police immediately following the accident so that they can file the accident report.

The police report will help facilitate the claim being filed and will ensure a certain level of accuracy when it comes to the details of the accident. A... read article

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How A Lawyer Can Help With Insurance Claims

how-a-lawyer-can-help-with-insurance-claimsIf you have recently been denied a claim through the insurance company but feel that you are entitled to a fair settlement, then an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer may be able to help you.
How do you know when to call a lawyer? If you are experiencing any of the following, then it may be time to get some additional help.

 
Should You Hire a Lawyer?
 

Is the insurance company sending their own lawyer to speak to you? If so, you should remember that they are not on your side and your best interests are not being taken into consideration.

Have you been experiencing a lengthy delay in the payment of a claim? Then something may be wrong. If the claim is being prolonged and you are unsure why you have not received payment, then a lawyer will be able to help you obtain the information you are seeking.

The majority of the time you will be able to successfully handle an insurance claim on your own, but sometimes you are in need of some additional help to make sure that you are receiving what you deserve and to ensure that you are being treated fairly by... read article

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Involved In A Slip And Fall?

 involved-in-a-slip-and-fallSlip and falls are personal injury cases in which a person slips or trips and is subsequently injured as a result on someone else’s property. A lot of the time, slip and fall cases are also categorized under premises liability claims because the accidents occur on property that is maintained and owned by someone else that may be held responsible for the injuries.
Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Case
 

Each slip and fall case is different and determining who is at fault rests on the property owner and if they were aware that there may be a safety issue and if they acted carefully to help prevent any accidents from happening on their property.

If you are involved in the slip and fall, then you must be able to prove that the accident was caused due to the negligence of the owner and a dangerous condition that was present such as poor lighting, broken or cracked walkways or sidewalks, or a wet floor.

In order to prove that the owner is responsible for the dangerous conditions in which the accident occurred then you must be able to show that the owner did, in... read article

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Steps To Follow After An Automobile Accident

steps-to-follow-after-an-automobile-accidentSo, you have been involved in a car accident and suffered damage to your vehicle as well as injuries. You called the police to come out and file a police report and you have been treated for your injuries following your accident. What’s left to do?

If there has been substantial damage to your vehicle and you have suffered injuries yourself because of an accident, then you may be entitled to compensation. However, it is important to follow these steps in order to gain the most out of your claim.

Step One: Call the police immediately following the accident. You will want to remain at the scene and check on all drivers and passengers that were involved to make sure that everyone is okay. If you suffered any injuries, you should immediately report them and allow the medical professionals to treat you.

Step Two: Gather all necessary information including the name and insurance information for the other driver, obtain a copy of the police report, hold on to all your medical records as a result of the accident, take photographs of the cars involved as well as the scene in which the accident took place.

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Texting And Driving In Florida

texting-and-driving-in-floridaFlorida remains just one of four states that consider texting and driving to be only a secondary offense. Meaning, if law enforcement officers see you texting and driving, they cannot legally pull you over unless you are breaking another law as well.

In other words, if you are a Florida driver, you can only be cited for texting if you were first stopped for speeding or not wearing your seatbelt. Texting and driving contribute significantly to distracted driving and can be dangerous.

It is important that you retain focus and attention while you are driving, and this cannot be done if your eyes are on your phone, rather than the road. If you are cited for texting and driving as a secondary offense in Florida, then you can expect no points for the first offense, two points are added to the primary offense if the texting was happening in a school zone, and six points may be added if the texting resulted in some kind of crash. Drivers may also be fined $30 for texting while driving.

A bill is currently making its way through Florida Legislature that would finally make texting and driving a... read article

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