Has someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of an accident? You need legal representation from a personal injury lawyer who understands the effects of TBI and the legal recourse available to victims.
So, what are the effects of TBI?
Traumatic brains injuries are classified as either being mild or severe. A brain injury is considered mild if loss of consciousness and/or confusion and disorientation lasts less than 30 minutes. A doctor will likely issue MRI and CAT scans, but these are often normal in mild TBI cases. The doctor will need to pay attention to the individual’s symptoms. Which can include cognitive problems such as headache, difficulty thinking and processing information, trouble remembering, attention deficits, frustration, agitation, and changes in mood.
If you or someone you love experiences any of the above symptoms after an accident, make sure to take note and see a doctor immediately. These problems can be overlooked or minimized, but they present real and dangerous consequences.
If an individual loses consciousness for more than 30 minutes and experiences memory loss longer than 24 hours after the trauma, the TBI is... read article
Florida is leading the way when it comes to driverless vehicle implementation on roads. It is currently the only state to allow a truly driverless car. Florida Statutes Section 316.85 allows for the operation of AVs on public roads without an “operator” physically in the vehicle. Florida had previously allowed AVs only for testing, but on April 4th, 2016, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that went into effect July 1st that removed that limitation, along with the requirement that the vehicle “operator” be present in the vehicle. The bills states:
1. AVs must still have a means to engage or disengage the autonomous technology and a mechanism to alert the operator of a technology failure.
2. If there is a failure, the operator must be able to take control, or if the operator “does not, or is not able to, take control of the autonomous vehicle, the vehicle must “be capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete stop.”
3. An AV can arguably be deployed so long as a remote operator is available to receive alerts about system failures, and onboard vehicle software is capable of safely bringing... read article
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Awareness month. According to a study by the National Highway Safety and Traffic Administration (NHTSA), drugged driving, also known as drug impaired driving, is on the rise. Though drunk driving still presents the greatest threat on the road, both illicit and pharmaceutical drug use are causing more accidents every year. Drugged driving is a serious problem in the state of Florida, causing an average of 1,798 accidents every year. In order to promote awareness for this growing issue, here are some important facts about drugged driving.
Drugged Driving Statistics
On average, over 10 million people drive under the influence of drugs every year. According the NHTSA, 16% of weekend and nighttime drivers tested positive for drugs, while one in ten tested positive to illegal drugs. 38% of all of the people who died in automobile accidents tested positively for either illegal or pharmaceutical drugs that could impair their driving. This is comparable to the amount of accident victims that tested positive for alcohol.
Commonly Found Drugs
The majority of drugged drivers tested positive for marijuana at 34.7%. While 9.7% tested positive for amphetamines,... read article
In a recent blog post, we discussed what personal injury protection was in regard to automobile insurance in the state of Florida. Today, we will divulge into a disappointing aspect of personal injury protection: fraudulent activity. While the number of drivers and auto accidents has remained fairly consistent in recent years, the number of PIP claims has grown rapidly. In the past few years, Florida has led the nation in PIP Questionable Claim referrals, and has had nearly twice as many as the next highest state.
Recent Legislation was Passed In an Attempt to Curtail the Rapidly Growing Problem of Fraud
Once described as a “billion dollar tax” on Florida’s citizens, fraudulent activity within the PIP system was seen as a problem that needed to be solved. In 2012, legislation was passed in order to reform the system, immediately resulting in a 10 percent decrease in the rate of PIP fraud. The legislation enforced stronger penalties for medical providers who commit PIP fraud; this included a five-year license suspension and a ten-year restriction from PIP reimbursement. Additionally, the law limited injured parties to within 14 days after the accident... read article
On November 8th, 2016, Florida passed a law legalizing cannabis for medical uses. If you are currently using, or are thinking about using cannabis for medicinal purposes, or even if you use recreationally, here is what you need to know before getting behind the wheel.
In Florida, the same laws apply to driving under the influence of marijuana as they do to driving under the influence of alcohol. If you get pulled over after partaking in any product containing THC, a police officer will give you a field sobriety test if they suspect impairment.
The penalty for a person’s first DUI conviction in Florida is up to six months in jail, a fine of between $500-1000, or both. Penalties increase as the number of convictions a person has increases. If you cause death, serious injury, or property damage, the judge will impose monthly probation reporting requirements, mandatory community service, and the completion of a substance abuse course and psychological evaluation. That is in addition to harsher fines and prison time.
Don’t let this happen to you.
The science of testing for marijuana impairment is severely lacking. THC can stay... read article
When you’ve been injured in an accident on the job, you will quickly become overwhelmed by the number of worker’s compensation attorneys in Florida. With so many available options, it can be hard to determine which attorney will be the best for representing your interests. Here is an easy guide to picking the best worker’s compensation attorney in Florida:
1. Look For Credentials
Before hiring any attorney, you want to make sure that they are registered with the Florida Bar Association. The Florida Bar Association is a comprehensive list of all the attorneys that are legally allowed to practice law in the state of Florida. It also contains a list of some of their credentials and any marks against their record. You can search any attorney easily at their website directory located here.
2. Look For Experience in Florida
Attorneys that have years of experience representing clients in Florida usually know best how to navigate the complex legal system of our state. Worker’s Compensation is especially complex because there are more parties involved than in other accident claims, so you need an attorney who has represented... read article
After you’ve been in an accident, whether from a car crash, a slip or trip and fall, or on the job, the full extent of your injuries may not show up for day, weeks, and even, years. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a common injury endured from accidents. However, the signs and symptoms of TBI may not show up right away and may not even become a hindrance to your life for years to come. So when you’ve been in an accident, especially one where you have hit your head, you need to seek medical treatment right away and carefully monitor your health to ensure that you catch any long-term damage as soon as possible so you can get the best care right away.
Symptoms of TBI
When you’ve injured your head during an accident, you need to watch for all the symptoms associated with TBI. TBI is a complex set of illnesses and has a wide range of symptoms, both physically apparent and invisible. Understanding these symptoms can help make sure you receive adequate care for your injuries so they do not get worse. Here are... read article
During the stressful blur of an after-accident experience, it can be difficult and confusing to figure out what damages you may be entitled to. You may be still suffering from your injuries, you could have psychological trauma, and because of this, you may not know quite where to begin when it comes to calculating your damages and seeing just what compensation you’re able to receive. In the state of Florida, those who are seeking personal injury compensation after an auto accident resulting in death or serious injury are entitled to several different types of damages.
Florida’s No-Fault System
It’s important to note that Florida operates under a no-fault system, which means that your insurance provider will be the one to compensate for your injuries after an auto-accident that may be the fault of a negligent party. If the other party also sustained injuries, it would be their insurance policy that covers their damages as well. However, in cases of serious injury or death, your PIP, or personal injury protection, policy may not cover all of the damages you have incurred, and in these instances you may have... read article
Across the nation, one of the most dangerous times to be out on the road is during the holiday season. From Thanksgiving until the New Year, traffic related injuries and death are at an all-time high throughout all 50 states, Florida included. In order to have a truly happy holiday season, it’s important to remain vigilant and safe while on the roadways, and to prepare yourself with a plan in case of a worst-case accident scenario.
Holiday Driving And Alcohol
The most common cause of this spike in holiday-related traffic accidents is alcohol, and MADD, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, estimates that 52% of all traffic related fatalities that will occur during New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day will be alcohol related. One of the most fatal traffic periods on Florida record, according to Florida Traffic Crash Statistics, was the New Year of 2009, when 34 traffic fatalities occurred during a 96-hour holiday period, and 56% of those fatalities had alcohol involvement. It’s no secret that intoxication and driving lead to fatal or serious traffic accidents, and the celebratory nature of the holiday season lends itself... read article
An injury due to a car accident is something that no person wishes to experience. Psychological trauma combined with physical trauma stemming from the incident will even create a compounding situation that makes the injury even more difficult to recover from. Combine this with pain, lost work, medical appointments, rehabilitation, and fighting for compensation, and you’ll find that you have a very stressful situation on your hands.
While car accident injuries vary widely, we want to break down the top 3 most common types of car accident injuries and what you may expect after experiencing them:
1. Head injuries
Head injuries is a general term, but as far as car accident injuries go, they are some of the single most common. These can range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury with lasting effects, and your experience with a head injury will vary greatly depending on the severity. For mild head injuries, a hospital trip is typically required to ensure something more serious isn’t going on, but loss of work time may be avoided and recovery can be... read article