“TBI” is short for traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury is one that’s sustained any time that force is applied to the skull and causes permanent damage to the brain.
Although the brain can often compensate for some level of damage by “redistributing” important neurological functions over time, the actual physical trauma suffered by the brain does not heal with time. Some loss of function is inevitably permanent.
Because of that, people with traumatic brain injuries frequently need life-long care. They may suffer from a wide variety of neurological issues and cognitive impairments, which can include potentially fatal symptoms like seizure.
The first months of dealing with a traumatic brain injury can be among the most challenging in any person’s life. The stress, emotional distress and other factors can be overwhelming. During all this, it’s important that your lawyer be especially proactive in helping you.
A Compassionate TBI Lawyer Makes All The Difference In Meeting Your Legal Needs
A TBI sufferer may have various needs that come into play in the course of a case. One of the most important things that a good Florida TBI lawyer will do is take on the challenge of communicating with other relevant parties, including insurance firms and... read article
If you go looking for legal representation in Florida, you will find that there are nearly 100,000 active members of the Florida bar. In 2009, almost 3,000 individuals passed the bar exam in the state of Florida to be admitted as qualified practitioners of law.
Since there are so many attorneys out there, it can be a challenge to select the one who will be best able to provide you with the services you need. You have probably seen advertisements on television, heard them on the radio, and even seen them on benches and buses.
When looking for a Florida attorney, here’s what you need to know:
Your Attorney Should Focus On The Specific Area Of Law That Is Of Concern To You
One of the key reasons why there are “so many” attorneys out there -- not just in Florida, but all over the United States -- is because there are so many different areas of law in which someone could practice. Each area of the law is unique and requires specific knowledge.
When you are choosing an attorney, always select one that has personally overseen successful cases similar to yours. In personal injury cases, for example, your prospective attorney should be able to... read article
There are plenty of different things to think about when you find yourself in the position of needing a law firm in Florida. A law firm needs to be able to provide you with the highest quality of service from the first day of representation in order to protect your rights.
How can you know whether a law firm is really the best one for you? It can be a challenge to know exactly how well a law firm will represent you, but there are plenty of ways for you to get information about a firm and make an informed decision.
Let’s consider some of the ways that you can discover whether a particular law firm is a good match for your needs. Before you agree to be represented by any firm, ask yourself each of the following questions:
Does The Firm Provide Information On Recent Judgments And Cases Won?
A good law firm should win many more cases than it loses. A record of success gives rise to many different judgments that the firm should be more than happy to tell you about. This kind of information -- the amount of the damages awarded and the type of case -- stands in for... read article
What is the most important thing that you can do after an accident?
Although you might have many concerns after an accident, the first thing you should do is contact a trustworthy accident lawyer. If at all possible, do so within an hour after the event.
If you have to be hospitalized for an accident, it may be difficult or impossible to contact a lawyer right away. You should do so as soon as you can or allow someone you trust, such as a spouse or family member, to contact a lawyer for you.
Why? There are many important reasons:
-- Insurance companies are at work developing ways to deny your claim within a short time.
-- Important information and evidence may be misplaced or destroyed at an accident scene.
-- Getting a lawyer helps prevent you from making statements that may undermine your case.
Insurance Companies Are Your Chief Adversary When It Comes To An Accident Claim
Insurance companies work hard to design ways to deny legitimate claims to Florida residents. This is true no matter where in the state you are. An investigator working with an insurance company is often one of the first people on the scene of any kind of automotive accident.
Florida roads are among the busiest in the country, thanks to the millions of people who visit the state each week and the more than 19 million who live here year-round. All those motorists mean that accidents are a regular occurrence. Personal injury attorneys have a lot of different things that they need to consider when a case is open, and the most obvious is fault.
Determining that one party is responsible for the accident is the first step, and after, it's also a must that you determine if things like negligence and recklessness played a role in the accident.
If they did, the likelihood of getting compensation for a client is very high. However, while it's easy to look at the other motorist and nothing else, there are some other things you might want to consider as well.
Fault could lie with other parties beyond just the motorists, and in cases where this is true the settlement amounts could be much higher. Additionally, class action lawsuits could also exist depending upon the situation.
If you've been anywhere near a TV or online news source over the course of 2014, you're probably at least somewhat aware of the GM recall debacle that has been playing out over the last several months. An announcement made on June 17 that more than 3 million additional cars would be recalled has only added to this long drama. For many who are only vaguely aware of what's going on, it can be a little confusing. It's important that you take the time to understand this recall, especially if you're affected in some way.
Recalls are really nothing new. They happen constantly, on everything from baby bottles to vehicles to electronic devices. Normally, when a problem slips through testing and is only noticed after the product is on the market, a recall is initiated to help reduce the chances of further harm being caused by the product. A full refund, repair, or replacement will be given to the consumer.
And at first glance, that was exactly the case with the GM recall of their ignition switches. The switches of certain vehicles – Chevy Cobalts and... read article
Accidents happen all the time. When you consider that more than 19.5 million people live in Florida and that millions more visit each year, it's not much of a surprise that an average of around 250,000 traffic accidents occur in the state on an annual basis. Most of these will be standard style accidents that will result in the parties involved swapping contact and insurance information, but it's not always the case. Sometimes, one driver leaves the scene. These hit and run accidents can be serious or minor, but for the driver involved they're always frustrating.
There are numerous reasons that drivers flee the scene of an accident, including being drunk, having no license, and more. It's a serious crime, and governed under Florida Statutes Chapter 316. In fact, leaving the scene could bring felony charges if the accident is severe enough.
If you're involved in a hit and run accident, there are a few things you'll want to remember. Keeping the following points in mind will help you recover... read article
General Motors has been in the news a lot lately, and not for the greatest reasons. In fact, on June 17, 2014 another 3 million cars were added to the recall list issued by the company. These recalls are related to a similar issue as the ones that have gotten GM so much bad press lately.
First, it's worth taking a look at the original problem and just why GM could be in serious hot water. Essentially, a defect arose within certain vehicles related to the ignition switch. These switches begin to have issues – notably, they automatically switch to a position that eliminates all power going to steering, air bags, and brakes. The defect could cause accidents and lead to serious injuries or death. In total, 13 deaths and 54 accidents have been linked to this defect.
The bigger problem lies in the fact that GM has been shown to know about the switches for some time and to ignore the problem completely rather than issue a recall. Due to this... read article
It's easy to poke fun at lawyers, but the reality is that when you need legal services they can truly be your best friend. There are more than 19.5 million people living in Florida, and millions more visit each year. Thanks to the high population, the state is also home to millions of accidents each year. Some are serious, some are minor. Some are auto related, others slip and falls, and some are as simple as cutting yourself while slicing an onion. But if you're injured and you don't feel like it was your fault, you could deserve financial compensation. That's when an accident attorney is important.
There are several key reasons that turning to an accident lawyer to help you is worth considering, and taking a look at all of them is a good idea. The sooner you speak to an attorney, the faster you can get started getting the help that you need and the compensation you deserve.
Here's a rundown of the main reasons you need an accident attorney... read article
Summertime in Florida is exceptionally hot, with temps regularly reaching more than 100 degrees. Even the winters here can be very warm, which is why beaches are constantly filled up with people and why you'll see swimming pools everywhere. A recent accident at a Florida pool made headlines when a pool pump wasn't grounded properly, leading to a situation where multiple people including children were electrocuted while swimming in it.
While that's obviously a rare occurrence, pool related injuries and fatalities are all too common. There are several things that you'll need to consider if you or a loved one was injured in a swimming pool related accident – or if you're a pool owner who wants to understand more about your responsibilities where personal injury is concerned. About 5,100 pool related accidents occur each year, and since most pool drownings involve kids between 1 and 4 years old, safety is incredibly paramount where pools are concerned.
Most pool accidents are slip and falls or drownings – the electrocution incident is a rarity, but does happen from time to time. Under Florida law, pool... read article
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