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What Can I Expect From A Car Accident Settlement?

 What Can I Expect From A Car Accident Settlement?When you’ve been in a Florida car accident, your settlement amount will revolve entirely around the circumstances of the accident itself. Naturally, if your accident was minor you can expect a much lower settlement amount when compared to a serious accident situation. That being said, extensive injuries can occur even in minor accidents, and the severity of your injuries should not be judged at face value, but comprehensively by a medical professional.

 
Car Accident Settlement Amounts For Soft Tissue And “Minor” Injuries
 

When referring to “minor” injuries, this doesn’t take away from the pain, suffering, and inconvenience the injury has caused, only that the injury isn’t expected to result in ongoing complications or require serious medical intervention. Even these “minor” injuries or soft tissue injuries can cause loss of work and quite a bit of discomfort. These are some of the most common car accident injuries and cover everything from bruises to sprained limbs and whiplash.

On average, the settlement one can expect for a car accident resulting in soft tissue injuries is around $10,000 to $25,000, but could range in the higher or lower realm depending... read article

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Attorney Stephen Fernandez

Vaping Might Be Deadly In Ways You Don’t Expect

Vaping Might Be Deadly In Ways You Don’t Expect On May 5, 2018, in St. Petersburg (the one in Florida), firefighters were called in to put out a house fire. Once they put out the fire, they found a 38-year-old man, Tallmadge D’Elia, inside. He was dead, but not from the flames: the autopsy has discovered that he was using a vape pen when it exploded, and two pieces of it entered his brain and killed him.

The Vaping Craze
 

If you haven’t been keeping up with recent trends, you might not know what a “vape pen” even is. The “vape” refers to “vapor,” and vaping or “e-cigarettes” is a new alternative to smoking tobacco that first entered the market in 2007. The way they work is very simple: you pour a liquid into a reservoir, a liquid with flavorings and nicotine (or some other active ingredient), and then you suck on an opening that takes the liquid past a battery that boils it so it enters your lungs as a vapor.

The idea is that vapor is healthier to breathe than smoke, which is true. Smoke from any source includes carcinogens and carbon monoxide, and... read article

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Attorney Michael J Babboni

The Settlement Process And Timeline After A Florida Car Accident

 The Settlement Process And Timeline After A Florida Car AccidentFlorida is a hotspot for tourists, offers plenty for locals, and features some of the most highly loved family entertainment destinations in the world. For these reasons, there are always plenty of cars on the road in Florida, and this leads to plenty of Florida car accidents. If you find yourself in an accident in the state of Florida, it pays to know what to do next.
What Happens Immediately After The Accident?
If property damage or injury appears to exceed $500, by law the accident must be reported to Florida law enforcement. What this means is that if an accident causes very minor damage, like a small bump or scratch in a parking lot, and no parties are at all injured or could be injured, the authorities do not have to be contacted, and the accident can be settled between the two parties and their insurance companies. In these very minor instances, however, an accident report must be filed within 10 days of the accident occurring.

After contacting the authorities, and when in a safe space on the road, reasonable assistance must then be offered... read article

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Attorney M David Shapiro

The Florida SUN Trail Is Getting Longer

Florida Sun Trail ExpansionWhile you can say that feet, bicycles, cars, and trucks are all modes of transportation, there’s a big difference between the first and second pair. Between the weight, the speed, and the engine, cars and trucks can be dangerous to hang around when you’re going about on foot or on a simple bicycle. That’s why communities across the nation have been working to develop and expand paved trails just for walking and unpowered vehicles, a place where you can go biking without having to share the road with much bigger traffic.

It’s good to hear that southwest Florida is nearing the completion of the Florida Sun Trail. The goal of the trail is to connect Clearwater near Tampa to Naples in the south, and to do so with a bike and pedestrian trail that doesn’t have to detour onto a regular street or even cross them at an intersection if it’s a busy part of the city. Instead, the Gulf Coast Trail will forge its own path and offer pedestrian overpasses to get around highways and busy city centers.
The SUN Trail Advantage
The big push for safer non-motorized... read article

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Attorney David L Goldman

The First Steps In Negotiating A Personal Injury Settlement

 The First Steps In Negotiating A Personal Injury SettlementA personal injury can occur anywhere, and if it happens to you, you will want to know what your first steps should be. One of these steps should always be the consultation of a professional and experienced Florida personal injury attorney, who will walk you through the entire process and ensure your settlement is what you deserve. A knowledge of the personal injury negotiation and settlement process can help you to feel more confident, making the experience much less stressful.
The Demand Package And The Beginning Of Negotiations
After seeking medical attention and assessing the total damages from the injury, you and your Florida personal injury attorney will craft a demand package to be sent to the at-fault party’s insurance company. This is your initial offer, and your ideal offer, backed up by your medical bills and evidence backing your claim. After receiving your demand package, the insurance adjuster will have 30 days to respond to the offer with approval or a counter-offer of their own.

It’s important to remember that insurance companies are often looking after their own bottom line, and this means providing the lowest... read article

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Attorney Bernard F Walsh

The FDA Intends To Crack Down On E-Cigarettes

The FDA Intends To Crack Down On E-CigarettesIt’s no secret that tobacco companies try to target teenagers and, if they can, even younger customers. Even before the science of addiction was understood, companies knew that kids who started on their products young were much more likely to stick with them for life—a much shorter life thanks to all the smoke they were inhaling.

These days, we know that addiction, no matter what kind of addiction it is, affects the part of our brain that regulates pleasure. This effect can be permanent, which is what makes relapses so dangerous. On top of that, this part of the brain keeps developing until the early 20s, so any addiction a person experiences before then will be deeper and more permanent than one that takes hold in your 30s or 40s.

The E-Cigarette Problem

E-cigarettes, or vaping, has been an idea for years, but it’s only become practical for the wider market in the past decade or so. The idea is to take a liquid infused with nicotine and heat it up so it vaporizes as you breathe in. With the right mix of chemicals, the nicotine can hit your... read article

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Attorney Stephen Fernandez

The 4 Major Stages Of A Personal Injury Case

The 4 Major Stages Of A Personal Injury CaseWhen you’ve suffered a significant injury or property damage, you deserve some compensation from the party or parties at fault. In a lot of cases the facts are obvious and everyone involved can agree to a fair settlement, but often enough the evidence isn’t easy to pin down and one side or another will get stubborn about what they think they owe. Sometimes the case will go to court, and a few cases will go through one appeal after another until they reach the highest levels of the judicial branch.

It can be a long journey, and it can feel like there’s no end in sight even when you’ve only just begun and there’s no court case to speak of. That’s why it can help to understand the major milestones or stages that a personal injury case typically goes through.

Initial Negotiations

After the incident that caused the personal injury and after you get the immediate treatment and repairs you need, the first stage of a personal injury case is negotiations with the party or parties you believe are responsible. Very often you won’t speak directly to the... read article

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Attorney Michael J Babboni

Navigating The Timeline Of A Personal Injury Case

Navigating The Timeline Of A Personal Injury CaseNo one wants to find themselves facing a personal injury case, but knowing what to expect can make the entire process much less stressful. While the personal injury timeline isn’t an easy one, your Florida personal injury lawyer is there to help you through a much clearer and simpler experience. The timeline of navigating a personal injury case is:

• Your Accident – The timeline begins with your accident, and your accident will serve as something of a foundation for the entirety of the process. After an accident occurs, it’s important to keep a clear head if you’re able, and to begin the evidence collection process as quickly as possible. Calling the police as well as emergency services, taking photos of the scene, and collecting witness contact information should all be completed at this time.

• Seeking medical attention – After your accident you should always seek medical attention. Whether you believe you’ve been injured or not, some soft tissue and brain injuries may not be present straight away, an examination by a medical professional can assess the situation and begin with any necessary medical intervention. The more... read article

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Attorney M David Shapiro

Motorcycle Helmets: Freedom Or Safety?

 Motorcycle Helmets: Freedom Or Safety?Looking from the outside in, the helmet debate that takes place in motorcycle circles doesn’t seem to make sense. A helmet is just one safety precaution, but wearing one reduces your chances of dying in a motorcycle crash by 37 percent and your chance of getting a brain injury by 67 percent. Wearing a helmet to prevent brain damage seems like a no-brainer, and since drivers have to wear seat belts in cars, why not require motorcyclists to wear helmets?
The History Of The Debate
Back when motorcycles first started showing up, helmets were rare and not very effective but speeds were low. However, these speeds were still enough to cause fatalities: one infamous incident happened in 1935 when T. E. Lawrence, the man who would later be known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” died after he crashed his motorcycle and sustained a head injury that would leave him in a coma for six days.

As motorcycles grew in speed, so did the number of fatalities. Still, motorcyclists didn’t like the way helmets looked and so they’d refuse to wear them just because of fashion even after newer and more effective designs... read article

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Attorney David L Goldman

Juul: Nicotine Is For Teens Once More

Juul: Nicotine Is For Teens Once MoreThere’s a good chance that you’re at least a little familiar with a growing trend called “vaping.” Vaping takes pure nicotine, puts it in water rather than dry leaves and paper, and then adds a few other ingredients to preserve it, activate it once it reaches your lungs, and flavor it so it tastes good when it passes through your mouth. You put the liquid in a vaping device, you suck on the opening, and this draws the liquid past a heating element that vaporizes it so you can breathe it in.

The Growth Of Vaping

Smokeless tobacco has been a goal of the industry for decades. Chewing tobacco has been around for a long time, but it colors your teeth and produces ugly brown spit, plus it can lead to oral cancer. Nicotine gum and patches work, but they aren’t as effective as cigarettes. Vapor has been considered for decades, but it was only recently that companies developed vaping devices that work automatically and without any settings the user has to worry about.

The current market leader is the Juul, created by Stanford startup. The device looks more like... read article

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Attorney Bernard F Walsh

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