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Who Is Liable When a Dog Bites Somebody?

May 17, 2019

Typically, a dog's owner is legally responsible for a bite and other injuries caused by their animal's aggressiveness. Although dog bites are taken seriously in Florida, the state's dog bite laws...


Do You Know What to Do After an Elderly Person Falls?

May 16, 2019

Aside from auto accidents, slip and falls are the most common cause of unintentional injuries examined at an emergency room. Unfortunately, as we age, changes to our body make a fall more likely....


How to Maximize Compensation from Your Personal Injury Claim

April 12, 2019

If you were injured by someone else's careless or negligent actions (or lack of actions), it is time to consider pursuing a personal injury claim through civil court to seek compensation for your...


Can a Victim of Sexual Violence Sue a Perpetrator for Damages?

April 11, 2019

Although most incidents of assault are prosecuted in criminal court, victims of sexual assault can (and often do) file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator in tort court. Whether a criminal...


What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI Disability Benefits?

March 26, 2019

When you apply for benefits, you need to know the difference between the two disability programs that the Social Security Administration operates. In fact, there is a big difference between the...


Florida Statutes Protect Vulnerable Persons Who Are Victimized

March 22, 2019

According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 10% of the people age 60 or above have experienced some form of elder abuse.  Even more disturbing is the fact that interpersonal...


How Much Does It Cost to Use a Personal Injury Law Firm?

February 18, 2019

Since many people cannot afford to pay a lawyer's hourly rate up front, accident victims who need to hire a personal injury lawyer often opt for a contingency fee arrangement. Unfortunately, not...


How Syllogisms Affect Tort Case Verdicts and Appeals

February 13, 2019

Last year a San Francisco jury awarded a $289 million judgment against Monsanto, the manufacturer of the popular weed killer Roundup. The plaintiff, a groundskeeper who is dying of non-Hodgkin...


Presenting a Wrongful Death Claim for a Florida Auto Accident

January 11, 2019

It was only three days into the New Year when emergency calls rang out across Alachua County. It had happened again. Another fiery crash on Interstate-75 had accounted for multiple deaths as...


Medical Mistakes Are a Growing Reality for Patients

January 2, 2019

According to a recent Johns Hopkins study, more than 250,000 patients in the United States die from medical errors every year, whereas other sources claim the numbers to be as high as 440,000....


What Happens When Alcohol Is Involved?

December 26, 2018

Dram shop laws enacted in most states makes a business that sells alcoholic drinks or a host who serves liquor to a drinker who is obviously intoxicated (or close to it), strictly liable to anyone...


Who Is Liable for Defective Holiday Gifts?

December 21, 2018

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans spend more than $700 billion on holiday gifts and goodies each year. However, when you give or receive a present from someone, you...


Can I Sue for a Workplace Injury?

November 20, 2018

Rather than make a claim against your employer for a work-related injury, you would typically go through your company's workers' compensation insurance, which avoids a suit in civil court. In...


How Long After an Accident Can You Claim Head Injury?

November 19, 2018

Under Florida's statute of limitations, an injured party has four years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit in the state's civil courts. In rare cases, you may not know...


Be a Responsible Homeowner for the Holidays

October 30, 2018

It is that time of year again. The month and a half when you are most likely to have guests and workers in your home. Although visiting someone's home should be an enjoyable experience, injuries...


 

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