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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...

Manufacturers and Sellers Are Often a Misunderstood Source of Medical Liability

October 29, 2018

When you hear the words "medical liability", the picture that comes to mind most often is one involving a malpractice lawsuit against a doctor, hospital or other healthcare provider. Truth be...

Compensation for Diminished Value Following a Florida Auto Accident

September 18, 2018

You finally broke down and bought the car of your dreams but the other driver failed to stop in time. Although you have always known how important car insurance coverage can be, there are...

Who Is At Fault in a Multi-Car Accident on a Florida Roadway?

September 17, 2018

If you were involved in a multiple vehicle collision on a Florida roadway determining liability can be complicated. It doesn't matter, if you were the driver at the front of the crash or at the...

Help Stop Elder Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

August 21, 2018

The vast majority of the 40 million family caregivers support loved ones by allowing them to comfortably age in place. These friends and family members assist an older relative with their...

Could a Social Media Post Affect the Outcome of Your Case?

August 20, 2018

The answer is yes. Anything publicly posted about a victim or defendant could be used as evidence during a personal injury trial or other court proceeding. In fact, attorneys for both sides are...


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