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What Happens If I’m Injured When Riding In An Uber Or Lyft?

What Happens If I’m Injured When Riding In An Uber Or Lyft? Ridingsharing apps like Uber and Lyft have become extremely popular, especially in Florida with our high volume of tourists. They are incredibly easy-to-use, cost effective, and for the most part, completely safe. However, no matter what vehicle you are traveling in, accidents can happen. If you are in an accident in a Lyft or Uber and are injured, what happens? Who is liable for your injuries?

 
Common Carrier Laws And Ridesharing Apps
 

Most transportation carriers including bus companies, taxis, and limousines are defined as “common carriers”. With this definition they have a higher legal obligation to protect the safety of their passengers. If you are injured while in the care of a common carrier, they are solely responsible for your injuries. When Lyft and Uber were first starter, because they by all definitions would fall under common carriers, states assumed these rules would apply. However, the companies argued they are not common carriers and that the liability for accidents should fall on the individual drivers.

 
Florida Law And Ridesharing Apps
 

Since Uber and Lyft fell in a grey area, Florida legislators introduced a bill... ...read full post

What Your Florida Temporary Disability Claim Is Worth

What Your Florida Temporary Disability Claim Is WorthWhen you are injured on the job, your whole life can change. Beyond the pain and suffering of your injuries, you may be unable to work and pay your bills. You may not be able to enjoy your usual activities or spend quality time with your family. In the state of Florida, workers are protected in times of workplace caused injury with workers' compensation. However, the laws are very complex on the matter and there are limits to the financial payout. If you are filing a workers' compensation claim for a temporary disability, it’s important that you understand how these state laws will affect the value of your claim.

 
Workers' Compensation Benefits Available In The State Of Florida
 

Depending on the circumstances of your claim, there are a variety of benefits you may qualify for when you are injured:

● Medical benefits for all medical treatments related to the injury as authorized
● Mileage benefits covering the cost of travel to and from a doctor’s office
● Vocational rehabilitation including job training, education, and counseling if the injuries are so severe you cannot return to your job

Workers' compensation also covers your lost income... ...read full post

What Documents Do I Need After A Car Accident?

What Documents Do I Need After A Car Accident? After a car accident, there will be a lot of paperwork you need to gather to prove any damages. When you pursue compensation for your losses, your award will be determined by your ability to prove your claims. This requires evidence of the accident, your injuries, and the connection between the two. The best evidence is documentation of all the events following the accident from medical visits to lost income to vehicle damage. Here is a list of the documents that you should gather after your car accident so you can prove your damages.

Police Report: No matter the circumstances of your accident, you should always call the police. The police will help document the accident in an official record. This record will include important details that can help you prove your claim including:

● Proof the accident occurred
● Potential causes of the accident
● Whether or not any traffic laws were violated
● Witness testimonies

To obtain the police report, you will need to contact the law enforcement agency and provide your name and the name(s) of the other driver(s), the date of the accident, and if possible, the badge number... ...read full post

Understanding The Basics Of Florida Wrongful Death Claims

Understanding The Basics Of Florida Wrongful Death ClaimsIf you’ve lost a loved one through the negligent actions of another party, it can be devastating. Your family and your loved one deserves justice. Though no amount of money will ever make up for the loss of their life, a settlement for wrongful death can help reduce the burden of the loss. It can help make sure everything from funeral costs to your family’s future financial stability are covered.

 
What Is Wrongful Death?
 

Wrongful death is the legal term for when someone has lost their life as the result of another’s negligent or wrongful acts. In the state of Florida, wrongful death is defined by legal code 768.18 “The Wrongful Death Act”. The legal code also defines the right to action, who can file a wrongful death claim, damages that can be awarded, and the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims. Wrongful death is a civil claim and can be filed alongside a criminal case.

 
Who Can File A Wrongful Death Claim In The State Of Florida?
 

Florida law allows a personal representative of the deceased person’s estate to file a wrongful death... ...read full post

Social Security Disability Benefits After A Traumatic Brain Injury

Social Security Disability Benefits After A Traumatic Brain InjuryA Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) can change your life completely. TBIs can impair your ability to function and work a normal job. In some cases of TBI you may qualify for social security disability benefits.

 
What Is TBI?
 

TBI occurs when a person experiences a sudden blow to the head. This blow causes damages to the brain that can include bleeding, bruising, and swelling. TBI can be mild to severe. TBI can cause a loss of cognitive function such as:

● Memory loss
● Dizziness
● Fatigue
● Loss of fine motor skills
● Speech impairments
● Sleep disturbances
● Headaches
● Memory loss
● Difficulty focusing
● Depression
● Reduced thinking and reasoning skills

What makes TBI such a complex injury is often times these symptoms do not show up immediately after the injury. Sometimes it can take it can take months or years for these symptoms to develop. It is critical if you’ve sustained a head injury that you see a medical professional who can diagnose, treat, and monitor your injury.

 
TBI And Social Security Disability
 

In 2016, the Social Security Administration considers TBI a disability under listing 11.18 and listing 12.02. These listings mean that if you have a... ...read full post

Six Most Common Types Of Car Accidents And How An Attorney Can Help

Six Most Common Types Of Car Accidents And How An Attorney Can HelpIf you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you will face a lot of challenges. Beyond just the pain and suffering you are enduring, you’ll also have to deal with the insurance companies who will try to discredit your claims. You’ll have to prove fault, the existence of your injuries, and the value of your claim. During this stressful time, the best thing you can do is get an attorney. No matter what type of accident you are in, an attorney can help make sure your rights are protected and you receive the compensation you deserve. Here is how an attorney can help you will with six most common types of car crashes:

• Head-On Crashes: Head-on collisions are one of the most dangerous auto accidents and almost always lead to debilitating injury. Anytime you are severely injured in an auto accident you need an attorney. Insurance companies are in the business of making money and even in cases of severe injury, will try to undercut the value of your claim. An accident attorney will help you calculate the true value... ...read full post

How Much Is My Florida Permanent Disability Worker’s Compensation Claim Worth?

How Much Is My Florida Permanent Disability Worker’s Compensation Claim Worth?When you are injured on the job it can be devastating, especially if your injuries are permanent. You may be worried about your financial future, your ability to provide for your family, and if your life can ever become normal again. Workers who are permanently injured are protected in the state of Florida with workers’ compensation. However, the laws around workers compensation are pretty complex and the claim values may be less than you think. If you are filing a claim for permanent disability, it’s important to understand how these laws will impact your financial security so you can plan for the future. Here is how Florida law applies to your claim’s value.

 
What Benefits Are Awarded In The State Of Florida?
 

The state of Florida offers a variety of benefits for workplace injuries through workers’ compensation. These include:

● Medical benefits
● Mileage benefits
● Vocational rehabilitation
● Income benefits

All of these benefits are determined by the specific circumstances of your injury.

 
How Does Florida Define “Permanent”?
 

In the state of Florida, permanent injuries are generally considered injuries that will last your lifetime. This can include but is not limited to “permanent... ...read full post

Make Sure To Protect Your Swimming Pool

Make Sure To Protect Your Swimming PoolIt’s summer in Florida, and that means that many people will be taking advantage of both the free time and the hot weather to have some friend and/or family get-togethers in the swimming pool at home. This is an excellent time to remind home owners that while your swimming pool is your own, you do have a responsibility to make it a safe space. And while most people understand that this applies to guests who may visit, it also applies to strangers that you may not have invited. But how is that even legal?
It all depends on whether or not you respect your responsibilities as a pool owner with regards to premises liability.

 
Your Normal Obligations
 

Of course, when you have guests over, especially children, you know that it is important to make sure that the environment is safe. For example if you have a toddler that can’t swim, but are the only supervising adult present, then leave the child alone at the pool while you check on something that may be roasting in the oven, that’s negligence. You are responsible for maintaining a safe pool environment, and... ...read full post