Florida’s legal industry is facing a crisis: There is a surplus of hundreds more new attorneys than there are law firm openings each and every year. Florida’s growth in this category has been steady, with more than 30% growth in the profession since 2000.
According to a survey by the Florida Bar Association last year, almost 50% of lawyers surveyed consider the overall number of attorneys to be “the most serious problem facing the legal profession” today.
More than 25% of lawyers have reduced their compensation as a result of this situation, but that’s not the only way that it impacts you, the legal consumer. In a saturated landscape with plenty of competition, it’s important to be savvy.
Don’t Let More Competition Obscure Your View Of What You Need In A Lawyer
How can you make sure you get the best attorneys around for your case?
Let’s look at some of the most important things that you can keep in mind while deciding:
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When it comes to personal injury cases, insurance companies have one major advantage over the people who have been harmed: They can play the waiting game.
Insurance companies often have tens of thousands of dollars at stake when it comes to a personal injury case. However, they are willing to fight in court to prevent a payout -- even if the legal fees mean that they only “save” a few dollars overall.
In the meantime, people who are suffering from serious injury following an accident -- such as a slip and fall or automotive accident -- need help right away. They often rely upon insurance payments to help them get the treatment they require, and they don’t have long to wait for their funds.
Since it can take a long time to settle with the parties who might be responsible for an accident, insurance payments provide welcome relief. But what happens when insurance companies fight?
Insurance companies are often willing to do whatever it will take to avoid a payout, but they have one major weakness that no amount of... read article
You may or may not know that Florida is one of the states with the highest concentration of lawyers in the United States. There are about 2,000 openings for lawyers each year in the state of Florida, with more than 2,700 new practitioners typically passing the bar exam.
With so many lawyers out there, it can be very difficult for you to select the ones most competent to help you. To get the best outcome for your case, you need lawyers who are capable of deploying truly specialized skills for you.
What makes for a great accident lawyer? There are several different aspects that need to all be working in tandem in order for you to get excellent results from your case. Let’s take a look at some of the most important of these.
A Good Accident Lawyer In Florida Is Familiar With The Local Area
Florida is one of the most expensive places in the United States to own a car, and it can also be one of the most dangerous places to be a motorist. In addition to... read article
If you are involved in a personal injury or wrongful death case, you’ll soon find out that insurance companies will go to great lengths to avoid paying out any claims.
This unfortunate truth has been demonstrated again and again over many years in Florida. Unfortunately, insurance companies rely upon legal maneuvering to protect their profit.
Many insurance companies spend millions of dollars each year trying to undermine the claims of their own clients. Compared to the amount that they might stand to pay out in claims, they may save only a few hundred dollars in some of these cases.
Nevertheless, they are willing and able to fight -- and a recent case has shed light on just how far some insurance companies may go when it comes to personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Hillsborough County Is Planning To Sue Star Insurance Co. Over Wrongful Death Settlement
Four years ago, a 39-year-old Hillsborough County native and nurse was killed after her car plowed into a disabled Hillsborough County vehicle.... read article
On Tuesday, August 19, a federal judge appointed an attorney to the executive committee that has been tasked with overseeing multidistrict litigation around General Motors’ now infamous ignition switch recall.
The litigation is very complex and affects more than one hundred individuals. In addition to wrongful injury, there are elements of economic loss and bankruptcy that the litigation will have to take into account.
Although the expansion of the executive committee might not seem like a significant move, it likely means that the litigation is moving into a new and more contentious phase. It may soon be time for the plaintiffs in this wide-ranging case to be heard.
With both ignition failure and failure of airbags to operate as expected, General Motors is now facing accusations of putting potentially thousands of motors’ lives at risk; not only the owners of the affected vehicles, but members of their families as well as the public.
How did we get here? Unfortunately, this story is repeated on a regular basis across the history of the United States. That’s one reason why if you... read article
On July 18, 2014, Florida became the state in the nation to provide for the largest amount of damages ever in a wrongful death claim related to smoking. A jury awarded more than $23 billion in damages in a suit filed against R.J. Reynolds, the second-largest tobacco company in the United States.
Michael Johnson, Sr., died of lung cancer at the age of 36 after a lifetime of smoking. His death left his widow distraught and challenged to care for their two children. Her case is one of many thousands regarding smoking that have entered the books in Florida over the last several years.
According to a 2006 ruling by Florida’s State Supreme Court, plaintiffs who are suing tobacco companies need only prove that a deceased party was addicted to cigarette smoking and that smoking caused his or her death.
Although a huge selection of cases involving tobacco-related illness and wrongful death have been on the books in Florida, the immense amount of money in play has sent this particular case skyrocketing to... read article
A collision or other motor vehicle accident with a truck driver can leave you with severe, debilitating injuries for life. The average “semi” truck is more than fifty feet long and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds -- that is to say, 40 tons.
By comparison, the average passenger car is somewhere between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds. Even a “glancing” collision with a large truck can completely decimate the car and may severely injure or kill anyone inside the smaller vehicle.
Because of the significant health consequences of a truck collision, time is of the essence in reaching a settlement. You need an expert attorney who understands the ins and outs of truck accidents in order to reach your goals in a reasonable period of time.
Likewise, the scene of a truck accident can be difficult to navigate and the evidence that you may need can be hard to find. Your legal team should understand the critical ways of establishing the true responsibility in an incident so that your rights can be protected.
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A slip and fall case can leave you with life-long injuries that may require ongoing care for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, slip and fall cases are not easy to resolve, and can take months or even years to be completely settled.
Before you get involved in a slip and fall case, understand the following:
Slip And Fall Can Happen In The Home, Not Just In BusinessesIf you have been the victim of a slip and fall injury in a private home rather than a business, you can still take the case to court. Likewise, if you slip and fall in a public place, it can be possible to collect damages from the entity or individual responsible for that space.
You Must Be Ready To Prove Negligence In A CaseIt is crucial to work with a good slip and fall attorney because the burden of proof lies heavily on you, the plaintiff, in this kind of case. It has to be “more likely than not” that the defendant acted negligently... read article
If you have been paying attention to attorneys’ advertisements lately, you will notice that many law firms describe themselves as “aggressive.” What does it really mean to be “aggressive” in terms of practicing law, and how does it help you, the plaintiff, reach your goals?
Anyone can claim to be “aggressive,” but what many people don’t realize is that you can really find out whether or not a law firm has been aggressive or not by reviewing its cases. And yes, though this trait is often overused in commercials, it does make a very substantial difference.
The Importance Of An Aggressive Personal Injury Lawyer Stated In Plain English
When you have been wrongfully injured as the result of someone else’s actions or negligence, there is often a great deal of bluffing that goes on from the side of the defense.
The defending side wants to do everything possible to prevent such a case from going to a jury.
Generally speaking, juries are sympathetic to individuals who have suffered from wrongful injury.... read article
These days, it seems there are more sinkholes opening up throughout the state of Florida than ever. Although sinkholes are relatively rare, residents of Florida live at enhanced risk of these disasters -- since 2010, nearly 300 sinkholes have opened up all across Florida.
The latest sinkhole -- found in Hillsborough County, near Tampa -- is more than a hundred feet wide and thirty feet deep as of the time of this writing. Because of the nature of sinkholes, it is impossible to know whether it is done growing or will continue to expand.
Homeowners have very little warning when it comes to sinkholes. In March, 2013, a man in Hillsborough “disappeared” after a sinkhole suddenly opened up under his bedroom. That man’s body was never recovered.
Sinkholes are highly unpredictable and can happen at any time. In the event of a sinkhole, the only safe course of action for anyone within a home is to depart the premises as fast as possible. However, that does not mean that your legal options are... read article
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