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Will Mediation Hurt My Personal Injury Lawsuit?

September 20, 2017

The short answer here is no. Mediation is a legal component of the civil court system.  When your attorney files a civil lawsuit on your behalf, the process of litigation begins. Under tort...

Senior Abuse Can Involve Complex Cases of Exploitation

August 15, 2017

According to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the elderly (who represent the fastest growing population group in America) are often subjected to extremely high rates of abuse, neglect and...

Do You Have to Prove the Other Driver Was At Fault?

August 8, 2017

No one leaves home expecting to be in an auto accident but car crashes occur more frequently than most drivers realize. On Florida roadways, car accidents are reported every day of a given year....

Who Is Liable for Keyless Ignition System Injuries?

July 6, 2017

Although you may not remember "Standard 114" or what it regulates, you are more likely to remember the provisions established by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety standard. The two-part regulation...

30 Million Vehicles in the U.S. Still Have Faulty Air Bags

July 3, 2017

Many months ago, a Japanese safety equipment manufacturer announced the largest parts recall in automotive history. That's when Takata Corp owned up to a mistake that high-ranking officials within...

Who Is Responsible for Work Zone Accidents

June 23, 2017

Florida motorist may think that vehicular work zone accidents on state highways always result in injuries or death to construction workers. According to the statistical data provided by the U.S....

Drones are Growing in Popularity but Who's Liable for Damages?

June 9, 2017

Often called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), drones have become popular with companies that have aerial applications as well as private consumers. These aircraft are usually controlled by a pilot...

The Proof May Be in the Picture You Take

May 17, 2017

No one thinks about being the victim of an accident when he or she rolls out of bed. Yet, thousands of people are injured or killed in accidents every day. These range from auto accidents to slip...

Who Will Be At Fault in a Driverless Lawsuit?

May 16, 2017

For most of us, we experienced an "Ah-ha" moment when we heard about Google's driverless car. The autonomous vehicle, a modified Toyota Prius, received the first licensure as a driverless vehicle...

CPSC Approves New Federal Safety Standard for Infant Sling Carriers

May 5, 2017

In an effort to keep America's tiniest citizens safe, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission recently approved a federal mandatory standards aimed at improving the safety of infant sling...

Driving While Fatigued as Dangerous as Driving While Intoxicated, Study Shows

April 21, 2017

Everyone agrees that drunk driving is a dangerous and all-too-often devastating or even fatal choice. But did you know that getting behind the wheel after a night of inadequate sleep – a...

How Distracted Driving Impacts Florida

April 6, 2017

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a national campaign designed to educate drivers about the prevalence and dangers of behind-the-wheel distractions. It's an ever-worsening issue with...

Children's Tragic Deaths Prompt Federal Investigation of Defective Hoverboards

March 22, 2017

A blaze blamed on a malfunctioning hoverboard in Pennsylvania earlier this month has tragically taken two young lives and prompted a federal investigation into the dire safety risks that...

Proposed Bill May Prohibit Kids Under 16 from Operating Boats on Florida Waters

March 1, 2017

Here in the Sunshine State, it's not unusual to see teens at the helm of boats without adult supervision. Florida law allows those as young as 14 to operate boats after passing a boater...

HP Expands Notebook Battery Recall Over Burn Hazard

February 12, 2017

Via the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Palo Alto, CA-based HP has issued an expansion of its earlier recall of notebook batteries that pose a burn hazard. Today, the recall...


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