727-381-9200 St. Petersburg

Blood Clots: The Silent Killer Of Slip And Fall Accidents

Blood Clots: The Silent Killer Of Slip And Fall AccidentsSlip and fall accidents can be devastating. They can cause severe pain and injuries that can fundamentally change your life. The worst part about enduring a serious injury from a slip and fall, is that there are often secondary medical conditions that can develop. These conditions can be as painful as your injuries, or in some cases, like with blood clots, can even threaten your life.
Why It Is So Important To Seek Medical Attention
After any slip and fall, even if the injuries do not seem severe, you need medical treatment. Many injuries like traumatic brain injuries and spinal injuries won’t show signs and symptoms for weeks, even months after the fall. The best thing you can do for your health is to see a physician right away and get a full diagnosis of the injury.
Worsening Medical Conditions
Not only is it important to seek medical attention after your fall, but to continue to follow your doctor’s orders and follow the treatment schedule. Otherwise, new and worse conditions can arise as a result of your injuries. One of the most common is the... read article

Michael J Babboni

Current Trucking Trends That May Increase The Risk Of Accidents

Current Trucking Trends that May Increase the Risk of AccidentsLike other countries, we are dependent on semi trucks to haul the goods we need back and forth. However, accidents are also possible and things can go wrong that ultimately can result in death or injury. Currently, there are a few trends in the trucking industry that may be the cause of increased accidents on the road.
What Is a Truck Accident Claim?
After being injured in an accident involving a semi-truck, the injured party will usually attempt to recover some compensation for their injuries and other damage that occurred. A semi-truck accident claim is when the trucking company is the liable party, and their driver is responsible for the injuries that were sustained during the accident.

When filing a semi-truck accident claim, the fault must be proven which means that the person filing the claim will have to wade through the complicated process while also dealing with their injuries. In this case, hiring an experienced personal injury attorney can be beneficial. They can help walk you through the process and ensure that everything is going as it should be.

The following are a few... read article

Michael J Babboni

Florida May Change PIP Laws By 2020

Florida May Change PIP Laws By 2020A new bill introduced this year may change Florida PIP laws in the next year. The bipartisan bill, SB 1052 was introduced by State Senators Tom Lee-R of Thonotosassa, and Darryl Rouson-D, of St. Petersburg. The bill passed the Senate Infrastructure and Security Committee and has moved on to review at the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it passes there, it will be introduced to the State Senate Floor and voted on in the next session. If this bill progresses, it may fundamentally change the way auto insurance is handled in Florida.
What Is PIP?
PIP, an acronym of Personal Injury Protection, is often referred to as no-fault insurance. It’s a type of auto insurance that covers personal injury regardless of who is at fault. Though over the years, there have been changes to the laws, PIP requirements have been in place since 1979. According to state law, all Florida drivers are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. This law also determines how the benefit should be paid out, what it can cover, and the time... read article

Michael J Babboni

Helpful Information When Dealing With Insurance Adjusters

Helpful Information When Dealing with Insurance Adjusters If you have ever been involved in an accident, then you are probably already well aware of how frustrating and complicated the entire process may prove to be. The process is even further complicated with the introduction of the insurance adjusters that turn up after you file your personal injury claim.
Don't Waste Time
When it comes to insurance claims, you don't want to waste any time gathering the evidence you need to prove your case. The foundation of any successful personal injury case is the evidence you are able to collect. Good evidence to have includes photos of the accident and surroundings and photos of the other vehicles involved.

You should also have a detailed account of what happened. The longer you wait to write this account, the more details you might forget so it is best to do this while it is still fresh in your mind.

Remember, the insurance adjuster assigned to your case is only going to be concerned about the facts, and they do not have your best interests in mind. They are only concerned with the facts that they can hurt your... read article

Michael J Babboni

Helping Your Personal Injury Attorney Help You

Helping Your Personal Injury Attorney Help YouIf you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, then you have probably already considered hiring a personal injury attorney to help with your case.

Hiring an experienced attorney is just the first step to take as you make the journey toward fair compensation for the injuries you may have sustained.

The next step is helping your personal injury attorney help you receive the most compensation possible for your claim. So, how can you do this? Follow the simple tips below to improve your chances after filing your personal injury claim.
Don't Leave Out Any Details
After hiring your personal injury attorney, it is important to tell them the entire story. Any conversation you have with your attorney is protected by attorney-client privilege which means you can feel confident and comfortable telling the attorney the truth. Anything you say to your attorney must be kept in strict confidence.

Share all the details you can about the incident and what happened. Be very specific. If you did anything wrong, don't be afraid to admit it to your lawyer. To help you, they need the whole story minus... read article

Michael J Babboni

How Do My Pre-Existing Case Impact My Auto Accident Settlement?

How Do My Pre-Existing Case Impact My Auto Accident Settlement?After an accident, you’ll quickly find that car insurance companies are not your friend. They will do everything in their power to undermine your claim. They will fight you on the details of the accident, try to blame you for the crash, and even try to claim your injuries aren’t real. One of the most common things we see is insurance companies using pre-existing conditions to claim that your injuries are not from the car accident. However, there are some things you can do to protect yourself from this tactic.
What Is A Pre-Existing Condition?
Pre-existing condition is a common term we hear when dealing with insurance companies. A pre-existing condition is an injury or illness that you had prior to the claim. For example, if you injured your cervical spine a year ago lifting a heavy item. Then after your car accident your cervical spine hurts again, your insurance company could say that the accident didn’t cause the injury but exaggerated an existing injury. Other examples of pre-existing conditions can be chronic illnesses like arthritis or osteoporosis. Often times, these illnesses aren’t... read article

Michael J Babboni

How To Get A Copy Of Your Vehicle Accident Report In Florida

How To Get A Copy Of Your Vehicle Accident Report In FloridaAfter a car accident, the insurance companies are going to put you through the ringer. They will do everything they can to ensure that they don’t have to pay your claim. One of the most common tactics they use is to bury you in paperwork requests. Their hope is that you’ll either be so exhausted from your injuries you’ll fail to provide all of the paperwork they have requested or that you’ll end up getting frustrated with the process and just want to settle as quickly as possible to move on with your life.
Accident Report Requests
One of the most common requests is an accident report. The insurance company is hoping that they’ll be able to scour the report and find something that gets them out of paying you a fair settlement. However, an accident report can actually be your best friend because it can prove you are the victim of another driver. Whether you are simply trying to get a fair flat rate settlement figure, negotiating the value of your claim, or heading to court, you’ll want an accident report.
What... read article

Michael J Babboni

If You Are A Passenger In A Vehicle Accident, Can You Make A Claim?

If You Are A Passenger In A Vehicle Accident, Can You Make A Claim?Anytime you’ve been injured in an auto accident, it’s important to know your rights. Insurance companies are out to make a profit, so they try to avoid paying claims. They will do everything they can to trick you into settling for less than what your damages are worth, or worse, they may even try to trick you out of making a claim period. Whether the driver of your car or the driver of the other car was at fault for the accident, you still have a right to make a claim for your injuries. Here is what you need to know to protect that right.
What Kind Of Damages Are Passengers Eligible For After An Accident?
Passengers are entitled to the same rights to damages as drivers in auto accidents. Damages are a form of compensation awarded to cover the financial expenses associated with the accident. They are designed to pay for a variety of things and depending on the circumstances of your accident may help you cover:

● Medical expenses including treatment, prescriptions, and physical therapy
● Future medical expenses... read article

Michael J Babboni

Injuries Commonly Associated With Slip And Falls

Injuries Commonly Associated with Slip and FallsSlip and falls are some of the most common personal injury cases there are; they often fall under the category of premises liability claims. Slip and fall is a term that is used for a case in which a person slips and falls and becomes injured on someone else's property. Typically, the property is owned and maintained by someone else which means that the owner may be legally responsible for the injuries.
Proving Dangerous Conditions
Slip and falls often occur as the result of negligence like torn carpeting, damaged and broken flooring, poor lighting, and even wet floors. These cases also apply to people that are injured because of a broken sidewalk or a flight of stairs.

These cases may be difficult to prove, however, because you are responsible for proving that the injury was because of the negligence of another. The owner would have had to have somehow created the condition that caused the accident and know that the conditions were present and didn't take the necessary steps to fix the problem.
Common Injuries in Slip and Fall Cases
Slip and fall injuries even account for up to... read article

Michael J Babboni

Preexisting Medical Conditions And Your Personal Injury Claim

Preexisting Medical Conditions and Your Personal Injury ClaimIf you have been involved in an accident and are in the middle of the claims process, then you are probably already well aware of how complicated, drawn out, and complex this type of case can be to prove and to navigate. You will be faced with many questions from the other party's legal team, and insurance adjusters and these questions will undoubtedly include information about any preexisting conditions you may have.

So, the big question is: will your preexisting medical conditions affect your personal injury claim and the compensation you will receive?
Always Disclose Injuries
Injuries can be mental, physical, or a combination of both of these and handling preexisting conditions in addition to new injuries can really take a toll on a person who is already going through so much.

When you have been involved in an accident, it is so important to disclose as much information as you possibly can to your injury attorney, so they have everything they need to help you win your case. This also includes letting them know about any preexisting medical conditions you may have. Doing so will help... read article

Michael J Babboni

Safe Florida Highway Driving

Safe Florida Highway DrivingWhether you are driving on the highway or any other roads, many problems can arise that may result in an accident. From distracted driving to driving while fatigued, there are dangers we all face as motorists on the road; and often, many of these can be avoided by practicing safe driving habits on Florida's highways and roads.
Florida Traffic Laws
First, you need to become familiar with Florida's traffic laws. For example, it is legal to make a right-hand turn at a red light if there is no traffic coming or a sign posted that tells you otherwise. Florida is also the home to several red light cameras at major intersections. These cameras will take snapshots of vehicles that choose to run through red lights. So, be mindful of the traffic signals and the posted signs to avoid a ticket or the chance of getting into an accident.

Florida also has some of the strictest DUI laws in the country as well. When you choose to drive under the influence, you are endangering yourself and those around you. Penalties for first-time offenders may include jail time; the car may be impounded,... read article

Michael J Babboni

The 14-Day Rule: What It Is And How It Can Impact Your Auto Accident Settlement

The 14-Day Rule: What It Is And How It Can Impact Your Auto Accident SettlementAfter an automobile accident, you will quickly learn that Florida insurance laws are very complicated. Insurance companies know this and use the complexities of the laws to get out of paying a fair settlement. One of the most common laws they will try to use against accident victims is the 14-day PIP rule. If you’ve been in an accident, you need to understand the basics of this rule in order to protect yourself.
What Is PIP Coverage?
PIP, an acronym of Personal Injury Protection, is a type of auto insurance coverage covers the cost of injuries after an accident. PIP is often referred to as “no fault” insurance, as the amount is paid to the injured party regardless of who is at fault for the accident. By state law, all drivers in Florida are required to carry a minimum of $10,000 PIP. PIP coverage requirements have been law for decades. However, state legislatures often make changes to the rule. One recent change was in 2013, and included a new amendment to the timeline required for PIP.
What Is The 14-Day... read article

Michael J Babboni

Understanding Florida's Move Over Law

Understanding Florida's Move Over LawFlorida's Move Over Law requires that the driver moves over to the next lane safely when there are stopped law enforcement, emergency, sanitation, or utility service vehicles and tow trucks pulled over on the side of the road. If you are unable to safely move over to the next lane, then the law states that you should slow your vehicle to twenty miles under the posted speed limit.

The Move Over Law was enacted in 2002 and was an attempt to help reduce the number of accidents caused by motorists against law enforcement officials, emergency responders, and others who are stopped on the sides of Florida's highways and roads.
Failure to Move Over
If you fail to move over, the result may be fines, fees, and even points on your driving record. It is considered a noncriminal infraction and is punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as a moving violation. While these penalties don't seem too severe, the costs can begin to add up and can ultimately be quite substantial.
Since you can also have three points added to your license, you can also find yourself with a suspended or revoked license.... read article

Michael J Babboni

What Is A Catastrophic Injury?

What Is A Catastrophic Injury?In our 30 years of practicing injury law, we have seen a range of accident injuries. However, there is nothing more legally complex than a catastrophic injury. A catastrophic injury is an injury that fundamental changes a person’s entire life. It’s an injury so severe the victim can’t work or enjoy their hobbies, they require long-term medical care, and they have lost their normal mental or physical capabilities. The victims of catastrophic injury are often the most vulnerable because their injuries are so severe, they don’t have the ability to fight the insurance companies. The insurance companies know this and will take full advantage. After an accident, if you or a loved one sustained a catastrophic injury, you need to seek legal representation immediately.
What Are Considered Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are an insurance classification that describes injuries that have permanent effects. Some common types of catastrophic injuries include:

● Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): TBI is an injury caused by a violent blow to the head. It can result in lifelong cognitive dysfunction, mobility limitations, and emotional difficulties.
● Loss Of Limbs: A loss of a limb can not only... read article

Michael J Babboni

Who Is To Blame For A Multi-Vehicle Accident In Florida?

Who Is To Blame For A Multi-Vehicle Accident In Florida?As residents of St. Pete’s for decades, we have loved seeing how our city has grown over the years. However, one part of growth that we can all agree is no fun is the increasing amount of traffic. It seems nearly every day there’s a multi-car pileup, especially along Interstate 275 during rush hour. Beyond just being extremely dangerous, these pileups are legally complex and often times accident victims do not get the settlement they deserve to cover their injuries damages.
What Is A Multi-Vehicle Accident?
Most of the time, when we talk about multi-vehicle accidents, we think of the chain collision. These tend to only occur on interstates and freeways where the traffic is congested and people drive at higher speeds. In a multi-vehicle accident, what typically happens is one car rear ends another on the highway and the cars behind do not have time to stop and they also rear end the vehicle in front of them. In St. Pete’s we’ve had multi-vehicle crashes along the interstate with six cars hit each other in a row. A multi-vehicle accident can also... read article

Michael J Babboni

Witnessing A Hit And Run Accident

Witnessing a Hit and Run AccidentFinding yourself as the witness of a hit and run accident can be a very scary and overwhelming experience. There may even be significant damage and even injury because of the accident. With that being said, it is important that you understand what your responsibilities are as the witness of this kind of event and what you need to do following the accident.

As a witness, you ultimately play a significant role, because you can provide objective information that is needed to help frame the sequence of events. The information you provide will prove to be valuable to law enforcement officials, the victims involved in the accident, and even the insurance company if any insurance claims are filed.
What You Need to Know
After witnessing a hit and run, you first need to assess the situation. If you see any injuries, then immediately call 911 and report the accident. You also need to ensure your own safety before approaching the vehicles involved in the case of combustibles or other dangers following the collision.

Don't attempt to assist anyone or move anyone either. It is always best to wait for... read article

Michael J Babboni