Distracted driving occurs in a variety of different ways and for various reasons. The technological era has made our lives much more convenient than ever before, but we often try to rely on gadgets and gizmos a little too much. Vehicles are also featuring more and more computer and Internet-related components to make traveling easier, but there is no substitution for safe driving practices by automotive operators. It is never okay to text, or do other activities that take away from your abilities, but avoiding the tasks in areas with road work is essential to the safety and well-being of you, other drivers, and the construction crew.
Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction behind to Florida's transportation infrastructure. Streets, bridges, and other areas received damage. Therefore, there is plenty of construction taking place to remedy the problems, and drivers must take extra safety precautions for the sake of everyone in the vicinity. Taking your eyes off of the road for just an instance can have lasting and dire consequences to a person's way of life. The call, text, app, or whatever can wait,... read article
Many people feel as if workplace accidents cannot happen to them. However, no single industry is completely immune from injuries. Various organizations go out of their way to teach classes and issue equipment in the hopes of eliminating safety concerns. While these places tend to lower the number of occurrences, they do not become excluded from the injury threat entirely. A person does not have to hire an attorney to seek compensation, but when they do, it often proves to be a beneficial choice.
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Insurance companies are notorious for dragging their feet when it comes to settling injury affairs. Rather than paying a large lump sum, they would rather a lengthy process take place, in the hopes of you running out of money and choosing to settle for a smaller monetary value than what you deserve. We have the funding and ability to take your claim to trial if we need to, but insurers often want to settle once they find out you have a proven commodity on your side. Our attorneys understand... read article
Automotive crashes seem to incline steadily every year. Distracted driving, hazardous road conditions, and various other elements contribute to these accidents, but when airbags or other safety features fail during a wreck, grave and severe injuries can occur. Brain injuries, broken bones, and even loss of life are all possibilities. Vehicle or part manufacturers might share the blame, or a single entity may become held at fault.
Medical and rehabilitation costs can spiral out of control quickly, especially if you are out of work while the recovery is taking place. You may be entitled to compensation to cover these and other costs, so contact our office for a free case review to see what your legal options are for offsetting these expenses. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience, and the firm is prepared to fight and make the responsible parties pay for their negligence. You will always receive our undivided attention, and we will go above and beyond to ensure that your customer service expectations become exceeded with our work ethic and dependability.
Malfunctioning Or Defective Seat Belts Have Life-Altering... read article
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to hire a personal injury attorney to make sure that you get a fair settlement for your injuries. Even in extreme injury cases, many people are worried about hiring an injury lawyer because they are afraid that they can’t afford one. However, without an attorney helping them prove their claim and negotiate their damages, these same people may end up with a much lower settlement and ultimately, end up spending more time and money representing themselves than they would have on an attorney.
At Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh, we understand that cost can be a major factor in determining whether or not you choose to get representation in your injury claim. In order to help you understand what a claim can cost, we’ve laid out the basic fees and costs to expect so that you can make an informed decision about hiring an attorney. Here is what to expect:
There are essentially three types of attorney fees. What fee structure you go with depends entirely on the details of the case and what you negotiate... read article
Your front and backyard can look like foreign soil after high winds, and torrential rainfalls have swept through the area. Limbs scattered about, and even whole trees, laying on their sides, uprooted, are not uncommon sights after a hurricane. Shingles, siding, and other building materials somehow find their way onto your property, even if they are not from your structures, and they pose a hazard to emergency personnel, inspectors, or anyone else that is just stopping by to say hello.
We like to give people the benefit of the doubt that they know how to use their common sense to act accordingly when these items become spread around an area, but sometimes, these types of actions are our biggest mistake. Slip and fall accidents are not just a funny occurrence on television, but rather, the acts are a serious part of life that leave people injured and in need of recovery.
Slips And Falls Can Happen In A Home, Business, Or Another Location
Liquid being present on a floor is not the only way for an injury to occur. This image... read article
Mental anguish, physical harm, loss of wages, medical expenses, and various other elements help to determine a suitable payment amount for damages sustained from car crashes, dog bites, and multiple other personal injury cases. Not everyone is entitled to the compensation, but for those who are it can offset some of the recovery costs. Have you or a loved one sustained a single or multiple injuries due to the actions of another person? If you answered yes, live in Sarasota, Bradenton, or another surrounding area, and believe that legal proceedings are in your best interest, feel free to contact our office to schedule a free case review. Allow our lawyers to show you why so many Florida residents have trusted us to represent them over the years.
Important Things That Affect Compensation
The possible items that have an impact on a case's result are endless, but a few of them tend to stand out among the rest. Emotions and adrenaline are at an all time high during and after a car crash, but it is important to keep your tongue on a leash and... read article
Avoid Signing Documents After An Accident Until After Your Personal Injury Attorney Has Reviewed Them
There are a wide array of reasons as to why a person should not sign any releases, or other paperwork, after an accident. Medical and legal jargon is difficult to understand, and the translation of words or phrases can quickly become misinterpreted. If a possible legal action is part of the equation, some companies may attempt to retrieve a signature in hopes of dismissing a claim. Many organizations are even adding clauses and other fine print to help them achieve this goal. However, these items typically do not hold up in court, but still, let a reputable personal injury attorney review the papers first to avoid any confusion.
Reasons Not To Put Your John Hancock On Anything After An Accident
1. Signing a medical release form may result in losing leverage to the insurance company.
Do you have pre-existing medical conditions, or had different types of surgeries performed? Organizations in the insurance industry do not particularly have the best interests of the victim in mind. Instead, profits and bottom lines lead their thought process, and they look for any possible way... read article
With so much carnage revolving around car and truck accidents, bicycles often become lost in the mix. However, with rising gas prices, insurance costs, and various other elements, more and more cyclists are becoming found on our Florida roadways. Bike lanes, safety attire, and even insightful ads to share the roads offer some protection against accidents, but there is still a genuine possibility that one can occur. Tourists can be found daily riding bicycles to soak in the sun, and many residents use them for commuting to work. Drivers of vehicles, riders of bikes, and anyone else between, should remain vigilant in their quest to stay safe, always be aware of their surroundings, and with any luck, accidents will be avoidable.
Filing a claim with the responsible party's insurance company is often the only course of action that victims feel the need to take. However, just like with any other personal injury case, these organizations attempt to discredit the wounds or the individual that received them. In many cases, they will even try to side-step responsibility. These actions can delay proceedings, and when you... read article
The evidence gathering process is one of the most important processes involved in your personal injury case. Whether you’ve been in an automobile accident, motorcycle accident, or slip and fall, evidence collection is necessary to your likelihood of receiving a settlement. The steps of evidence collection are:
Take notes – With a scrap of paper, a receipt you found in your pocket, or a notebook if you have one, immediately start taking notes if you’re able. Write down what you remember about the accident, you how feel, and the damage to you property if any exists, as the adrenaline continues to pump through your body, you might begin to forget important details.
Preserve evidence on the scene – Use your cell phone camera to take photos of your vehicle if you’ve been in an automobile accident, the area surrounding your slip and fall, or any other evidence that may be around the accident scene. Skid marks from tires, damages, and injuries should all be documented using a camera, with the photos saved.
File a police report – After any type of accident, filing a... read article
Whether at work, walking down the street or sidewalk, or in your favorite local store, slip and fall injuries can happen at any time. Every year, over 1 million Americans suffer an injury from a slip and fall, and these accidents are responsible for millions in damages. With the help of a personal injury lawyer, Florida residents who suffer from a slip and fall accident can recoup their losses from the negligent parties who have allowed the hazardous conditions to remain causing the accident.
Elevated Versus Same-Level Falls
When it comes to slip and fall accidents, there are two major types – elevated falls and same-level falls. Elevated falls occur when a person slips and falls from a distance or a height to the ground, and same level falls are falls where a person falls on seemingly level ground. More than 60% of all slip and fall related injuries are the result of same-level falls, but most serious injuries or death are the result of elevated falls.
Over 60% of elevated falls happen at a height of less than 10 feet, and it’s these types of... read article