It feels like science fiction, but the days when miniature flying vehicles armed with cameras could swoop down from the sky and hover in your backyard, armed with a camera and filming your daily activities is actually a reality. The drone, once a classified military secret used to advance American military campaigns, is now a retail item that anyone can buy in a store and use. Some drones can pick up and carry objects, while others can be mounted with cameras and used for spectacular aerial photography and video shots, similar to the early reconnaissance that the first military drones were used for.
However, with more people buying and using drones, that also means there’s more potential for mischief and abuse. One of the things people are—quite rightfully—concerned about, is the invasion of privacy that comes from a drone with surveillance equipment. Some are concerned that it’s the government people have to worry about, but with the easy commercial availability of drones in stores, as with most things, it’s simply other people that are a bigger concern, not a government conspiracy.
When Drones Go Bad
Some people will fly their... read article
If an accident occurs and you sustain an injury, that’s already a tragedy in and of itself. But if that injury comes as the direct result of another’s actions, then not only is that accident tragic, it could have been easily avoided had the other party been more serious about maintaining basic civic responsibilities such as responsible driving, or the maintenance of the environment for reasons of safety and cleanliness.
When these kinds of injuries occur, you don’t have to simply accept your misfortune and move on. If someone is directly responsible for your injury, a personal injury lawyer can—and will—take your case, so you can get both the justice and the financial compensation that you are owed.
But in pursuing a personal injury case, this means gathering evidence, conducting an investigation and preparing arguments and evidence for court against the party that harmed you. And while all this is going on, once you know that you’ve got a court case, the party you are going to court against will likely have a lawyer and insurance company preparing a defense.
This means that not only are you... read article
When people think about injuries and lawsuits, mold is not generally a topic that comes up on the list. Of course, when most people think or talk about mold, they’re usually referring the kind that appears on bread if you don’t eat it well after expiration date, and if you do decide to eat bread when you can clearly see mold on it, no one is legally responsible for your health in that instance except you.
But there’s another way that mold can be a serious enough problem that not only can it affect your health in profound ways, it may be a big enough issue that you can go to court over it. If you live in a condo complex, apartment building or rent a home or other property where a landlord is expected to maintain the grounds and the building, mold is not just your problem, it’s the landlord’s.
But when a mold infestation takes hold of a building, unfortunately, the serious health problems that come with it are all yours.
How Mold Hurts
Mold are not plants or animals, but something that falls in between both, and... read article
If you’re renting a house or an apartment, you are, in a sense, a customer. You are not going to own the place that you live in, so every time you pay your rent on your residence, you are fulfilling a contract with the landlord, and that contract, in essence is, “I am paying you to ensure that I have a place to live that is safe, secure and properly maintained.” This means that a landlord has a responsibility to look after your personal wellbeing by taking care of all the aspects of home ownership that are his financial and legal obligation.
And if he doesn’t, and you are paying your rent on time, every month, without fail or delay, then the landlord has messed up, not you. And this means you have legal options available to you. This is especially true if your landlord’s negligence has resulted in someone being injured. So what are the instances when an accident attorney would be helpful to you? Here are a few very good examples.
Negligent Fire Precautions
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One of the most common cases that a personal injury lawyer or slip and fall lawyer will handle is known as “negligence.” Simply put, this means that a person has a sustained an injury as a result of someone else failing to exercise the care or duty that they are legally expected to maintain. Sadly, negligence is an all too common occurrence in many different situations. As you would expect from the word itself, negligence is usually just a matter of carelessness or even laziness. An automobile repair shop that doesn’t bother to clean up a pool of grease on the floor can result in a fall. A stairwell with uneven or damaged steps that should be repaired, wasn’t, and a slip occurs. While these injuries are unfortunate, it’s also very easy to understand why someone would allow a moment of weakness or thoughtlessness to create a situation where an accident can happen.
But then there are very serious cases of negligence that are so extreme that they actually change in scope and nature, and Florida law calls these situations Culpable Negligence. What does this mean?
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For many people buying a condo just makes a lot more sense. If you’ve got a busy life in the middle of downtown where space is at a premium, or you’re enjoying the retired life and don’t need the space to raise a family, the condo is an ideal residential solution. It means you have a space that you own, however, you also enjoy living in a complex that is often protected by security for added safety, and is also maintained by a home owners association, or other condo management company that takes care of problems like electricity, cleaning common areas, or ensuring that features like the pool or gym are in working order.
For residents, this means that the money you invest both in the condo and the maintenance of its infrastructure are a legally binding contract. You are, in a sense, a customer in your own home, and that means that the people you are paying money to every month have a contractual and legal obligation to “hold up their end of the deal” and make sure you are living in a safe,... read article
Hit and run accidents are very common in Florida. In 2015, there were 92,000 hit and run accidents causing 19,000 injuries and 208 fatalities. Even with strict penalties including felony charges and a minimum of 3 year license suspension, hit and run accidents are not decreasing. This illegal behavior is a huge issue and makes getting compensation for your property damage and injuries incredibly difficult. So if you’ve been involved in a hit and run accident, here’s what you should do.
What Is A Hit And Run?
A hit and run is when a driver has been in a vehicle collision with either another car, a fixed object, a pedestrian, or cyclist, and then immediately left the scene of the accident. Under Florida Statute 316, if a car owner gets into an accident they are required to do the following:
Stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident.
If another person is injured, provide reasonable assistance including calling an ambulance or emergency services if necessary.
In the case of injury or death, the driver is required to contact the police.
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This year, one of the biggest automobile safety recalls in history was issued. Takata, a manufacturer of airbags that are used by 14 different car companies, issued a recall for their airbags. Takata airbags have been found to be ineffective and have already lead to the deaths of 11 people. The Takata airbag recall impacts 85 million vehicles and may possibly expand to more. To see if your vehicle has been impacted by the Takata airbag recall, go to safercar.gov and search for your car’s vin number. If you are impacted by the Takata recall, or any other major safety recall, it is important you know your rights!
How And When Is An Automotive Recall Issued?
The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regulates the safety of vehicles. If a vehicle does not meet the legal requirements for safety, the NHTSA will force the company to issue a recall. Other times, car manufacturers will find a problem and will directly issue a recall themselves. In both cases, the NHTSA will oversee the recall and ensure the manufacturer is in compliance with the law.
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On April 6th, 2015, Alternate Street Design of Orange Park made a proposal to Lee County Metropolitan Planning Committee in Fort Myers, Florida to install 18 new roundabouts. The planning committee has narrowed the proposal down to five different options and have commissioned trial roundabout designs for two intersections. The first will be at Periwinkle Way in Sanibel and the second will be at Winkler Avenue and Challenger Boulevard in Fort Myers.
These designs will be modeled to include simulated traffic for the intersection, so the committee and the public can see how they will impact traffic in the area. The hope is that these roundabouts will reduce accidents at these intersections. If successful, the county will implement more roundabouts. There is no estimated timeline for the implementation of these roundabouts, but the hope is they will be approved within the year.
Are Roundabouts Safer?
With the plans to implement roundabouts in Fort Myers, FL many wonder if roundabouts are actually safer than traditional, four-way intersections. The answer is they are safer. In fact studies have shown that roundabouts are a lot safer than traditional intersections. On... read article
Car accidents are the number one cause of spinal cord injuries. They account for 35% of all spinal cord injuries. Our spines are strong but they were not designed to deal with the force of impact during a car accident. So they can easily be injured in an auto collision. Spinal cord injuries can be extremely painful and can possibly lead to severe, long term health effects and chronic pain. So if you’ve experienced a spinal cord injury from an auto accident, it is crucial you see a doctor immediately to get on a treatment plan. Your doctor will diagnose your condition and recommend treatment options. If you are experiencing a spinal cord injury, here are some of the symptoms of the most common spinal cord injuries to help you understand your affliction.
A herniated disc, also called a “slipped disc,” is when one of the soft cushions between your vertebrae, called a disc, slips out of place. The center of the disc is soft and once slipped will then irritate the sensitive nerves along your spine. Common symptoms of a herniated... read article