The decision to go to trial for a lawsuit involving personal injury or even wrongful death should never be entered into lightly. A trial can be a long and grueling process, and sometimes it may take years to get a legal resolution. But regardless of whether you’re in a criminal trial, or your own civil trial for a lawsuit, there are two things that remain the same; the presence of the jury and the judge. But who is the judge, and why is he or she even there?
Not The Final Arbiter
The presence of the jury is obvious, once it has been explained. A jury is a group of people—in the case of a civil trial, six people—who have been selected to attend the trial. They are the decision makers for whom evidence must be presented, arguments made, witnesses and testimony given. And finally, after final, closing arguments are complete, it is the jury that must deliberate, and reach a decision about whether to award or deny damages in a lawsuit.
In other words, they actually decide the outcome of the trial. So if that’s what they... read article
After you’ve been in a slip and fall accident, and you’ve filed your claim, you may be wondering what the next steps of the process will be. With the assistance of a Florida personal injury lawyer, the entire process of your claim or lawsuit will be made transparent to you, and you’ll be kept in the know with each passing step of the process. Experiencing an injury after a slip and fall is stressful enough, and adding the stress of the unknown into the equation will often simply make the situation worse.
The Demand Package
After the claim has been filed following a slip and fall, the typical first step of the process is the demand package crafted by the injured party’s attorney. This demand package will include:
• The circumstances of the accident – The circumstances of the accident will include all of the details surrounding the slip and fall accident and just how it took place. The hazard that caused the accident, how the fall occurred, and what was going on before the fall will all be covered in the details of... read article
Florida is home to the Everglades, and if you keep going north up the center of the state you’ll find plenty of swamps, lakes, and forests teeming with wildlife. But not all of that wildlife is safe to be around: black bears roam the forests and both crocodiles and alligators call the wetlands of Florida home. And even if you stay clear of the wildlife, swamps and forests don’t exactly follow OSHA standards. So who is responsible for your safety if you’re injured on a tour of Florida’s natural beauty?
If you decide to march out into the wilderness with no guide and you blaze your own trail, then you are the only person responsible for your safety. Even if you’re wandering through a state or federal park or forest, the government has no responsibility for anything that happens to you when you leave the paved and patrolled trails behind. The fact that the wilderness is dangerous and unpredictable is commonly known, and by going into it either alone or in a group you’re implying that you can take care of your own safety.