Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, can cause a lot of problems in a lot of different ways. After all, your brain controls virtually every function in the rest of your body, and it also regulates your emotions, stores your memories, and maintains your consciousness. Any or all of these functions can suffer damage from a TBI, and thanks to how complicated the brain is your symptoms might not show up until hours or days after the injury occurs.
TBI can have some very long-term effects, too. A brain injury can last years, and in many cases the victims of TBI never fully recover. Also, a recent study has established a solid link between TBI and dementia, a link most neural physicians already suspected existed.
Brain injuries caused by internal problems like tumors and strokes are called acquired brain injuries, while TBI happens because of external sources. These are the top five causes of TBI:
1. Auto Accidents
Well over two million Americans suffer injuries from motor vehicle accidents every year, and around 35,000 people die from fatal crashes. Between 2,400 to 3,200 people die in Florida alone, and... read article
When you’ve been injured in an accident, your whole life is thrown for a loop. Your injuries may even be so severe you perform your normal work duties. In the case of serious injury, your claim should cover the full costs of your accident, not just your medical bills. These costs include any wages lost as the result of your accident.
What Are Lost Wages?
Lost wages are a form of damages awarded in personal injury, wrongful death, and auto accident cases. These damages are the compensation for income that you have missed out on because of the accident. You may be able to claim lost wages for time you’ve missed during hospital and doctors visits, as well as time you’ve had to take off for recovery.
What Is Lost Earning Capacity?
In severe cases that resulted in disability, your injuries may be so severe you can no longer perform your normal job. Lost wages will help you reclaim not only the wages you lost after the accident but the future projected earnings from the loss of employment. These earnings can also include financial benefits like retirement, health... read article
On the whole, American drivers are still wary about self-driving technology. It’s a nice idea when it’s just a pipe dream, but it’s quickly becoming much more real than that and drivers are still wary about the idea of sharing roads with self-driving cars today, right now.
But that fact is changing. AAA has been sending out a survey about self-driving cars every year, and while the percentage of drivers who would be afraid to drive in a self-driving car is 63 percent in the latest poll, that’s down from the 78 percent who said the same thing last year. The number is unlikely to see a double-digit drop every year, but people are definitely getting used to the idea.
Self-Driving As A Spectrum
A big reason why the public is getting used to the idea is because more and more vehicles are coming with “driver assistance” features, features that use cameras and sensors to detect other cars and pedestrians, lines on the road, and even road signs to send alerts to the driver and even take limited control over the vehicle.
For instance, one driver assistance... read article
At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh we have been fighting to protect Florida residents for a combined 100 years. In that time we have seen the devastating impact of drunk driving accidents. We’ve watched families struggle after losing their loved ones, people’s career ruined because their injuries were so severe they couldn’t work, and the immense pain and suffering these accidents have caused. Even worse, we’ve seen how insurance companies manipulate Florida law to help their clients get away with this damage.
Every year in the state of Florida, drunk drivers cause an average of 11,000 injuries and 800 deaths. These are some of the highest rates of drunk driving accident injuries and fatality rates in the country. We believe many of these accidents are preventable with better laws and more enforcement, so we support lowering the threshold for drunk driving to help prevent anymore of these tragic incidents.
Drunk Driving Accident Reduction Is Backed By Science
A recent study conducted by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine found that lowering the state blood alcohol levels could significantly reduce the number of injuries... read article
Hiring an attorney is the best thing you can do after being injured in a car accident. Insurance companies will do everything they can to avoid paying you a fair settlement for your claim. Trying to fight this battle alone is extremely difficult. However, an auto accident attorney understands the laws, the documentation you need to prove your claim, and how to talk to the insurance companies.
If you’ve never been in an auto accident before or have never hired an attorney to represent you, you may not know what to expect in your first meeting. At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, we’ll walk you through every step of the process so that you feel comfortable and confident. If you are meeting with us for the first time, here’s a simple list of things you can prepare to bring to our initial meeting. These documents will help us understand your case and give you better information on how we will proceed.
What To Bring To Your First Meeting With An Attorney
1. Details Of The Accident: Details of the accident are... read article
The State of Florida has some of the highest drunk driving rates in the country. Every year around around 11,000 people are injured in Florida every year from drunk driving accidents. These injuries can often times be very severe. In the case of a drunk driving accident, the other driver is always at fault. So your case may seem pretty cut and dry. However, because of Florida’s complex insurance laws, even though the other driver committed a crime, insurance companies will still try to get out of paying a fair settlement. Therefore, if you’ve been injured in a drunk driving accident, it is extremely important after any drunk driving accident in Florida to hire a knowledgeable attorney.
Never Take The First Offer From The Insurance Companies
Always speak with an attorney first. Insurance companies are in the business of making money, so they will do everything they can to avoid paying you a full and fair settlement. Most of the time they will use a variety of tricks to get you to settle for less than what you are owed, even in cases like drunk driving accidents... read article
Driving while intoxicated wasn’t always treated as seriously as it is today. DWI and DUI laws have been around for over 100 years, but for most of that time the penalties were light and the police would only pull you over if you were obviously driving dangerously. The number of collisions and fatalities involving intoxicated drivers was high even then, but the statistics weren’t widely known or explained to the public.
That started to change in the 1970s. Cars were getting faster and safety was becoming a bigger concern, with the first seat belts introduced in the 1950s but the first seat belt laws passing in the 1980s. It was at this time that studies began to come out about how dangerous drunk driving was, and so states passed harsher laws while police officers looked more closely for drivers under the influence.
Driving Is A Privilege
While many drivers become upset when confronted with sobriety tests and breathalyzers, it’s important to remember at times like this that driving is a privilege and not a right. While you have the right to go anywhere you want throughout the country,... read article
At this point, most states have a ban on texting while driving that makes it a primary offense. That means it’s bad enough that a police officer could pull you over for texting behind the wheel and for no other reason. As the law stands now, a Florida officer can give you a ticket for texting, but only if you do something else that can get you pulled over like running a stoplight or speeding. But that could change soon.
The Dangers Of Texting And Driving
You hear a lot about drinking and driving, and driving under the influence is definitely a real problem. Over 10,000 people in America died in 2015 thanks to accidents that happened when at least one driver involved was over the legal limit, and that’s close to a third of all traffic fatalities that year. Nearly 300,000 people were also injured by drunk-driving accidents.
Distracted driving isn’t nearly as fatal, but it’s still a big problem. In 2015, around 3,500 people died in accidents related to distracted drivers, and nearly 400,000 people suffered injuries. And while 300,000 Americans drive under the influence every day,... read article
Bicycles were a popular way to get around back in the 19th century, but that was back when your best alternative was a horse and carriage. Once affordable motor vehicles came around, Americans upgraded to cars, trucks, and motorcycles and never looked back—at least not until recently. While cycling has stuck around for sport, exercise, and fun, it’s becoming increasingly popular these days as a green way of getting around America’s car-friendly streets.
But with more cyclists comes more cycling accidents. There are the obvious dangers of sharing the road with bigger, faster, and heavier vehicles, but cyclists who don’t pay enough attention are easily capable of running into each other and running into pedestrians.
While these collisions aren’t likely to be as serious as a collision between a motor vehicle and a pedestrian, they can still result in damaged property and medical bills. So are you stuck paying out of pocket when you cause an accident when you’re on a bicycle? Or do you need the equivalent of auto insurance for your bike?
Homeowner’s And Renter’s Insurance
Here’s the good news: if you have a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy, you... read article
When you begin a lawsuit in your personal injury or accident claim, our attorneys may start the process by filing pretrial motions. These motions are designed to shorten the length of court time or further encourage the insurance companies to make a fair settlement based on how the court is ruling on your case. There are several types of pre-trial motions that your attorney may file and you may be a little confused about what they mean. Here is an easy-to-understand guide for all the different kinds of pre-trial motions we may file on your behalf.
The Types Of Pre-Trial Motions
Here are the different types of motions and the legal reasoning behind why would file each one:
Motion To Dismiss: Motion to dismiss is usually filed at the beginning of litigation before the discovery period. A motion to dismiss is usually based on one of the following legal circumstances:
● Lack of subject matter jurisdiction: Lack of subject matter jurisdiction is really about the authority of the court. In the state of Florida, the law states that certain courts such as civil court or probate court have to hear certain types... read article