Florida is a state that has some of the highest levels of motorcycle ownership in the nation. That being the case, it’s somewhat more likely to be in a vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.
When it comes to a crash, however, motorcycle owners need to be aware of the possibility that they might not be treated fairly during some phases of the investigation or the ensuing case.
The popular image of the “rogue motorcyclist” has changed over the years. However, there is still a popular perception that someone operating a motorcycle could put others at risk.
That being the case, it’s important to take the right steps immediately after any kind of accident.
A Motorcycle Operator Needs Specialized Representation During An Accident Case
As the driver of a motorcycle, you’re at enhanced risk from any motor vehicle crash. A relatively minor accident that might not cause an issue for the driver of an average car or truck might be very serious for you.
That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you take immediate steps... read article
For many decades, it was virtually impossible for smokers or their families to sue tobacco companies in pursuit of damages around wrongful injury or death. Thankfully, that has changed.
The legal landscape about liability for tobacco companies was deeply shaped by the companies themselves. Many of the major brands were involved in a long campaign of obfuscation, starting in the 1950s, which made it difficult for courts to draw conclusions about the effects of smoking.
Beginning in the 1980s, a change started in terms of what was possible when facing cigarette companies in court. However, it is only recently that large class action lawsuits have been truly effective in winning damages for people whose lives were permanently changed by smoking.
Recently, however, there was a setback for those seeking justice in this kind of matter.
10% Of Engle Lawsuits Filed By Jacksonville Firm Affected By Recent Ruling
Back in 2006, Jacksonville-based Wilner Law Firm advanced claims for more than 4,400 individuals whose lives had been impacted by smoking. For several years, these cases went... read article
Brain injuries are in the news more and more recently as it becomes clear that the threat of a brain injury is far more prevalent than once realized. Brain injuries affect people from all walks of life.
There are several recent stories that brought brain injury -- particularly traumatic brain injury (TBI) -- to the attention of the average American:
Experts have asserted that nearly a third of all NFL players may be suffering brain injuries.
School administrators and coaches now consider young athletes at enhanced risk of TBI.
However, even before these stories broke, there were millions of people all over the U.S. who deal with the effects of brain injury each and every day. Many of the people who struggle with the effects of TBI sustained their injuries as the result of an accident.
An Unusual Combination Of Legal And Medical Knowledge Is Required In TBI Cases
When it comes to the law, many attorneys are specialists. They know a great deal about one or a handful of different areas of... read article
Florida is one of the most beautiful states in the United States, as most people who have had the chance to live here for a while would agree. Everyone in the U.S. knows at least a little bit about the beautiful beaches that you can find on the coasts and throughout South Florida.
One aspect of Florida that people might not be familiar with is the wooded areas. There are significant patches of woodlands in Central Florida. Likewise, there are other breathtaking biomes throughout the state, including the Florida Everglades.
This makes Florida a great place to see wildlife, whether you enjoy birds, mammals, or even reptiles. However, this presents a risk that some other places in the U.S. don’t necessarily have.
Wildlife Presents Hazards Even For The Most Experienced Motorists
Recently a motorcyclist in Monroe County, Florida lost his life after an apparent high-speed collision with a deer. The 50-year-old man, a resident of Wellington, was believed to be an experienced motorcyclist.
He was taken to hospital where, unfortunately, he passed away shortly after the... read article
When it comes to the law, there are many defendants that can provide a significant challenge even to experienced attorneys. For example, when suing a large retailer during a slip and fall case, it’s important to ensure that every aspect of the case is completely “lined up.”
Big tobacco companies are another example. While the number of suits brought against these companies has reached an unusually high volume, each case must still be pursued with great diligence. If mistakes are made, a case can easily be thrown out.
One of the defendants that clients often worry about is insurance companies -- their own and those of other people -- who are involved in a case in connection with a personal injury accident.
It’s true that insurance companies have formidable resources. However, many insurance firms rely on their ability to bully and confuse average people. When faced with a law firm staffed by experienced trial attorneys, the odds shift in your favor.
Insurance Companies Are Out To Stop You From Getting The... read article
Any American knows that there are many special interest groups and organizations out there that are always looking for some form of advantage when it comes to laws and policies of the U.S.
While there are too many organizations to count in the world of political influence, one of the most vexing out there is one you’re already somewhat familiar with -- the insurance industry.
In many states throughout the U.S., the insurance industry lobby is one of the most powerful. Its goal is to make it easier for insurance firms to deny claims that might otherwise be legitimate.
The state of Florida also has a very powerful insurance lobby. However, the unusual conditions here in the Sunshine State have led to some changes in the insurance industry over the years.
Nearly Ten Years With No Hurricanes Has Changed The Game When It Comes To Insurance
While there are some kinds of insurance companies that focus in very specific, narrow niches -- such as most auto insurance companies -- others are highly... read article
Outsourcing is something that happens in many different industries, but did you know that it can also happen in the legal industry? Though it seems impossible, this is becoming more common.
“Outsourcing” is the process of delegating certain responsibilities to another company. That company provides “piece work” that only pertains to a very specific range of responsibilities.
Outsourcing is a more general category and it should not be confused with off-shoring, which is a form of outsourcing that involves using companies outside of the United States.
We are all familiar with outsourcing when it comes to industrial production. Perhaps some people have experience of outsourcing in an office environment. There are also many things that can be outsourced that people don’t think of -- such as the grading of college papers.
However, one thing that you should be leery of is the outsourcing of legal matters. There are many different reasons why outsourcing anything to do with the law can be problematic.
Reasons To Seek Out Law Firms That Do Everything “In-House”
While... read article
Over the last few decades, it has become both easier and more common for individuals to sue tobacco companies in connection with illness and death caused by a life-long smoking habit.
This is a tremendous reversal from the historical situation. We now know that, throughout the 50s, 60s, and 70s, many tobacco companies fought hard to prevent this sort of liability.
In collaboration with public relations firms and others, they sought to “manufacture controversy” about the potential health effects of smoking. These efforts were so successful that it was only in 2011 that significant damages connected with smoking began to be awarded regularly in Florida.
Although it is more effective than ever to pursue damages from Big Tobacco, it still must be done right -- with absolute clarity and adherence to the law. Otherwise, there may be issues such as the situation that developed earlier this month.
“As Any Lawyer Worth His Salt Knows ...”
These are certainly words that no counsel wants to see a judge write in relation to a... read article
When it comes to the legal industry, Florida is in the middle of a transformation. Like many other states, Florida has more legal graduates than it does openings in the legal field. There are also more practicing lawyers in the Sunshine State than in many other states by capita.
Millions of dollars a year is spent on legal advertisements. You find them on TV, on the radio, even on buses and park benches. That being the case, it can be tremendously difficult to choose a Florida lawyer who can help you reach your goals.
There are some basics that you should always keep in mind when you are looking for a lawyer. Remember these points and go beyond advertising to talk to a senior attorney in person before you decide.
Things To Keep In Mind When You Are Considering An Attorney In Florida
Each Area Of The Law Is Different
Every part of the law is different and depends on different skills, knowledge, and personality traits. When it comes to personal injury,... read article
When you are looking for legal representation, it’s absolutely crucial that you find the right kind for the case that you might be involved in. While there are some law firms that purport to have expertise in many different types of law, this is not necessarily always true in practice.
Accident lawyers are different from other lawyers not only in the kinds of things they need to know about the law, but in the way they approach cases -- in order to make sure that you get the results you deserve, an accident lawyer needs to be more aggressive than average.
Why is this the case? In virtually all accident cases, you will be dealing with two adversaries:
The person whose negligence or other behavior caused your accident in the first place.
The insurance company that wants to minimize any payout as a result of the accident.
In some cases, this can mean that you need to deal with two insurance companies, each with its own set of lawyers. These legal teams already know that not... read article
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