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Your Online & Legal Life Are The Same Thing

Your Online & Legal Life Are The Same ThingThese days, there is an extra layer to our lives that permeates everything we do, from personal, to professional to even the romantic aspect of our life. That is our digital life, with the social media accounts we maintain, and the direct chat lines we have to friends and family.

On the one hand, this is a great way for us to maintain connections with the people close to us, no matter what time it is, or how far we actually live from each other. Relatives in another country can be easily reached through text, audio or video chat. Social media allows us to capture a single, happy moment of our life and share it with everyone who matters instantly.

But this ability to instantly update friends, family—and even the public at large—about our activities while both fulfilling and convenient, also serves another purpose that few people think about. It is a timeline and often legally admissible testimony of our attitudes and activities.

The Digital Double Life Does Not Exist

In old days of the Internet era, things were largely anonymous. Communication with others on a... ...read full post

Text While Driving May Get Even Tougher

Text While Driving May Get Even TougherIt’s a sad truth of the 21st century that “distracted driving,” that is, the act of driving while engaging in some other activity, is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents in the country. In fact, because distracted driving actually incurs far less legal punishment than drunk driving, the incidences of drunk driving have been steadily dropping with each passing year, while distracted driving related injuries and fatalities have been on the rise.

It’s now gotten to the point where distracted driving is now responsible for more injuries and deaths than drunk driving, but despite that, it wasn’t until 2013 that the most common form of distracted driving, text messaging on a phone, was even declared illegal in Florida. But that illegality comes with some conditions, and while distracted driving can still be a major factor in a personal injury case, it doesn’t help before the accident occurs, which is when it would do the most good.

Secondary Violations

As hard as it may be to believe, while it is considered illegal to text while you are driving, the police cannot do anything about it if that’s... ...read full post

What Happens If You Ignore A Recall?

What Happens If You Ignore A Recall?A product recall is usually a voluntary action taken by a company when it is discovered that something they manufacture may inadvertently contain a design defect that can cause injury to people. In some cases, this is a purely accidental situation, such as a recent recall from the Disney corporation where it was discovered the some children’s wear posed an injury threat through accidental strangulation from a particular line of clothing. In other cases, such as the Volkswagen “dieselgate” scandal, deliberate deception was involved and eventually uncovered proving false performance claims on a supposedly fuel efficient vehicle.

In cases where a product recall is announced due to injury risk, the company is taking a very aggressive, proactive stance to try and prevent personal injury lawsuits. They understand that this is a widespread, manufacturing defect, and they are taking responsibility by trying to get the dangerous product away from the public so that no one will get harmed.

So what happens if you have a car that is subject to a product recall and you do nothing? If you are later injured by that same product defect, do... ...read full post

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Increased Risk Of Injury And Other Related Recall News

Increased Risk Of Injury And Other Related Recall NewsThere is enough risk of injury involved in everyday life, without our vehicles adding to it. However, every vehicle owner understands that there are certain risks involved with owning and operating a car. Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., is issuing a recall for 35,674 potentially affected units. Affected units include certain…

2016 Outlander vehicles
2016 Outlander Sport vehicles

The mechanical components of the inside door latch may not fasten securely in high temperatures. What does that mean for you? Your door may unexpectedly open, increasing your risk of injury. Falling out of a vehicle that is parked is bad enough, but if it happens while the vehicle is moving, your injuries can become life altering.

If you become injured due to a malfunctioning part, you should not have to pay for a company’s mistake. You may be entitled to compensation that will help with medical bills and other expenses. This information is designed with the intent of making you aware to avoid such accidents, but if you become hurt, contact our lawyers for a free case review.

Another Fastener/Latch Related Recall

There are only 54 potentially affected... ...read full post

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Reduce Instances Of Personal Injuries Occurring During Hurricane Season With These Tips

Reduce Instances Of Personal Injuries Occurring During Hurricane Season With These TipsHurricane season is right around the corner and you can never be too prepared. There is so much going on before, during and after the eye hits that it is easy to sustain a personal injury. This could be from your own property, a neighbor being negligent or simply from an act of nature. You can never be completely prepared for every accident or incident that may occur, but planning ahead can reduce the instances of a personal injury occurring.

It is a good idea to always have an emergency supply of food and a fully stocked first aid kit on hand. If the lights go out, for an extended period of time, non-perishable food in your stockpile can be a game changer. Regardless of what time of year it is, you should keep at least one first aid kit in your home. It can also be helpful to have a second one made up to stay in your car. This will ensure that you are ready to face many of the obstacles that life throws your way.

Tips To... ...read full post

Tips To Help Avoid Accidents From Occurring On Your Property

Tips To Help Avoid Accidents From Occurring On Your PropertyA premises liability lawsuit can become a reality if a slip and fall accident were to occur on your property. There are a variety of other reasons this type of lawsuit can be filed against you as well, including any kind of injury that results from a negligent and unsafe condition. There are certain precautions that can be taken to help avoid unwanted accidents or at least reduce the instances of them occurring.

Avoid Accidents On Your Property With These Tips

Hosting a pool party can be fun for you and your guests, but it can also provide numerous ways for accidents to occur. If your party is going to occur at night, make sure that the entire area is well lit. Water can become puddled on areas around the pool, which can easily be slipped upon. In most cases, nobody wants to fall down and providing them adequate light can help them avoid an occurrence. Providing no-slip mats at entrances and exits can also help. If you want to be extremely cautious, posting signs about swimming at your own risk... ...read full post

Unexpected Vehicle Movement Can Occur From This Ford Recall

Unexpected Vehicle Movement Can Occur From This Ford RecallFord is issuing a recall for certain 2017 Ford F-250 Super Duty trucks. These vehicles are equipped with 6.2L engines and 6-speed automatic transmissions. There is a potential problem with the park rod actuating plate. This damage plate can result in unexpected vehicle movement, which increases the chances of you becoming injured or involved in a crash.

To make matters worse, there are no parts available yet to correct the problem. The company is expected to notify owners of the potential hazards sometime in April. As soon as remedy parts become available, owners will be notified a second time through the mail. There are a potential 48,443 affected units involved. Ford’s recall number is 17C06 and owners should contact their customer service department for more information.

Tips To Keep You And Your Family Safe

If you suspect that your vehicle is involved in this recall, it is of the utmost importance to remain vigilant in your quest to keep you and your family safe. We are here if you need us, for any type of personal injury needs, but your safety should... ...read full post

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Things To Do Immediately After Being Involved In Car Crash

Things To Do Immediately After Being Involved In Car CrashBeing involved in a car crash can leave you feeling disoriented and alone. It is a confusing time and if you have sustained injuries, that only adds to these feelings of desperation. For drivers that have never experienced this situation first hand, this list of things to do immediately after a car crash can help you through the process.

The health and safety of you and any other passengers, or drivers involved should always be the top concern of everyone. Vehicles are only material items that can be replaced, but life is irreplaceable. Attempt to make contact with other passengers in your vehicle, if any are present. Having them sound off one by one, is an effective method to make sure that everyone is conscious. Once this is done, you can proceed with other matters.

Do These Things If You Are Involved In A Car Crash

Regardless of who is at fault, it is always important to remain calm. Being flustered goes along with the territory, but treating other drivers with courtesy and respect can go a long way. Yes, your vehicle does have... ...read full post

Target Issues A Recall On Approximately 560,000 Units

Target Issues A Recall On Approximately 560,000 UnitsEaster has come and gone. Your children had a blast opening their baskets and hunting for eggs. They will be enjoying candy and toys for weeks but this recall could have an adverse effect on their overall health. Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs, Easter Grow Toys and Hatch Your Own Dino are the toys that are being recalled. They were sold at Target stores nationwide between February and March of 2017. The toys will have one of two model numbers printed on the packaging or an inside label which are…

Model number- 234-25-1200
Model number- 234-09-0016

Hatch & Grow Easter Eggs come in a variety of colors which include pink, purple or blue. When water is added into the equation they become either a white or brown bunny or a butterfly. The Easter Grow Toys include a yellow chick or a white or brown bunny. The Hatch Your Own Dino toys are either green and yellow, or purple, and they include 1 of 11 dinosaurs.

Keep Your Child Safe

There is a chance that the toy can be swallowed by children. This increases your child’s risk of... ...read full post

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5 Of The Strangest Laws In Florida That You May Have Never Heard Of

5 Of The Strangest Laws In Florida That You May Have Never Heard OfLaws are in place for a reason. They keep us safe and give us guidelines about what is acceptable in society. However, some Florida laws will leave you scratching your head. They are so strange that it makes you wonder how they ever became laws in the first place. It is very important to remember that no matter how ridiculous they may seem, they are still enforceable laws and should be followed.

5 Strange Florida Laws

If you are an unmarried skydiving enthusiast, who happens to be a female, do not attempt to skydive on a Sunday. This seems to take marriage and sacred vows to a whole new level. Unmarried women that are caught committing this weird crime can face jail time and/or fines. There is no need to run out and get married, simply remain aware of the law, and if you do not agree with it, contact your state representatives to voice your opinion.
If you have ever considered having sexual relations with a porcupine, you may want to rethink that idea. It is against the law,... ...read full post

Information About 3 Product Recalls To Help Keep You Safe

Information About 3 Product Recalls To Help Keep You SafeIt seems as if recalls have become a way of life in modern society. We have come to accept the fact that anything man-made can have imperfections. However, when it comes to things like mislabeled packaging or negligence by a company, someone should be held accountable if you are injured by the product.

Food allergies are an unfortunate part of life that many of us have to deal with. A company that does not include items, such as peanuts, to the label is putting these people’s lives in jeopardy. Our lawyers are knowledgeable about all aspects of the law. We are big enough to have the financial needs to handle your case, but we also handle every case on an individual basis to give you the best possible outcome.

Many times, automotive recalls get all of the headlines. Air bags have gotten most of the attention lately, but what about other items that are recalled? Consumers need to be made aware of them to help them remain safe. Stay informed and keep you and your loved ones safe.

3 Recalls That You Should Know About

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Things Aren’t So Simple With Contributory Negligence

Things Aren’t So Simple With Contributory NegligenceIn a typical personal injury case, especially the type that involves negligence on the part of another driver, or company, the goal is straightforward. Someone else is at fault for the injury that you or a family member or friend has suffered. Because someone else is at fault, the goal of the personal injury lawsuit is to prove that fault to a jury, so that the jury can discuss the matter and eventually arrive at a verdict stating that the person accused is at fault, or “liable,” and thus has to pay whatever damages are being sued for.

Of course, while there are some cases that are as simple as this, we live in a “gray” world where things aren’t always so clear cut. In some cases, the party being sued may be at fault, but they may not share 100% of the blame. In these cases, a counter-suit may be launched, which attempts to prove that it’s not just one person that is completely responsible for the injury.

In situations like this, we have what is known as contributory negligence.

Mutual Blame

Contributory negligence, as you may gather... ...read full post

Your Landlord Is Responsible For Your Structural Safety

Your Landlord Is Responsible For Your Structural SafetyWhile actually owning a home is often a long term goal for most people, it’s not something that can usually be achieved right away. For some, home ownership is something will eventually happen with a more stable income and a family to look after. For others, in dense urban centers, homeownership may not even be practical, and a downtown lifestyle makes more economic sense when you rent.

Renting a place to live involves a mix of responsibilities. You may live in an apartment or house, but you don’t own it, someone else—your landlord—does. And that means that there’s a division of who is responsible for what. You may be responsible for paying only some of your utilities, such as electricity, but not water, or none at all. You will usually be responsible for maintaining the residence in the same general condition that you found it in, so you can’t simply knock down a wall in order to make a room bigger for your home office needs.

This also means that some things are the responsibility of your landlord, and your general safety in the home is... ...read full post

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Has Been Recalled

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Has Been RecalledA product recall from a car manufacturer may seem to a car owner to be a big inconvenience in both time and the ability to travel. In reality however, a product recall is simply a car manufacturer being responsible—and scared enough—of the possibility of a lawsuit that they are doing the right thing. Car recalls mean that there is a widespread manufacturing defect with a product, and, when used under certain conditions, people can come to harm through no fault of their own.

If you own last year’s Mitsubishi Outlander, then you will definitely want to give this some serious thought, as the car manufacturer has announced a recall.

Doors & Heat

The 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs have been publicly recalled. Mitsubishi has discovered a flaw in approximately 36000 vehicles in this series that put Florida drivers in particular at risk.

The inside door latch that keeps doors securely closed has a design flaw in this model. When exposed to high temperatures, there is a chance that the latch will fail and the door will open by itself. At high speeds, this means that people in... ...read full post

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Fleeing The Scene Is Not The Answer

Fleeing The Scene Is Not The AnswerIn an ideal world, when mistakes are made, such as two drivers getting into an accident, or, worse yet, one driver hitting a cyclist or pedestrian, things would get resolved quickly. The person responsible for the accident, having accepted his or her role in the incident, would obey the law, provide identification, and remain at the scene until the police arrived and due process takes place with assessing the exact events. A subsequent legal case will be required for something like negligence, personal injury, or, for more severe situations, drunk driving and/or vehicular manslaughter if deaths are involved.

Unfortunately, some people, because they know they are responsible for a serious injury, do not want to deal with the consequences of that action. They may decide that they can’t be punished if they aren’t present to deal with the police and so choose to leave instead.

This is known as a “hit and run,” or, more formally, fleeing the scene. And while it was much easier in the past to simply do this and not face any consequences, 21st century forensics, investigative techniques and surveillance technology have... ...read full post

Social Security Refusal Isn’t A Final Decision

Social Security Refusal Isn’t A Final DecisionFor some people, applying for social security disability insurance, or SSD, is a comparatively simple process. If a worker suffers a clear, debilitating, life-long injury that makes it difficult or impossible to receive gainful employment, this is the exact reason that SSD was created. It is unfair for someone to receive a permanent injury as a result of responsibly doing a job, and having a future forever crippled because of that. SSD ensures that people in this position are not financially punished for simply doing a job and provides the income necessary to continue to live an honest life.

However, for others, an injury at work may not as obvious as something like the loss of a limb, or sight. Some conditions, such as fibromyalgia are permanent muscular injuries, but they are inconsistent, coming and going unpredictably. It can mean a person appears able bodied one moment, but is then unable to complete even simple physicals tasks the next. These more ambiguous injuries may garner more skepticism during an application for social security, and may even result in a refusal.

But just because an application for social... ...read full post

All Parents Should Be Informed Regarding This Product Recall

All Parents Should Be Informed Regarding This Product RecallAny product recall that pertains to a child’s health and well-being should never be taken lightly. Manufacturers often recall products before an actual occurrence happens, but sometimes, one can slip through the cracks. The product in question could pose a choking risk to your little one. The potentially affected toys are manufactured by the Douglas company and include…
 
 

Oliver the Bear
Chewie the English Bulldog
Charlotte the Fox

These are soft and cuddly stuffed animals that kids enjoy keeping close to them. However, it has been brought to the company’s attention that the eyes may detach or loosen from the toys. Cuddling, and playing with them, could pose an increased choking risk to your child. Personal injuries can be sustained and that is never acceptable when our children are involved.

Distributed By A Foundation And Sold To Consumers

There are approximately 25,000 of these items in circulation, so it is very important to be on the look out for them in your household. They were sold nationwide at stores, but they were also distributed to various individuals and organizations by the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). Check your... ...read full post

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What You Need To Know About Product Liability Claims

what-you-need-to-know-about-product-liability-claimsWhile the majority of Florida personal injury law focuses on things like automobile accidents or slip and fall injuries that fall under premises liability, there are more facets to personal injury law than just these basic things. A perfect example of this is product liability, and understanding more about it could help those who have been injured due to defective products get the compensation that they deserve.

However, a number of people who have been injured due to these types of accidents never even realize that they have the right to seek financial restitution for their injuries. With this in mind, we think it's well worth giving it a closer look.

What Is Product Liability Personal Injury?

The first thing you'll want to understand is simply what product liability actually is. Product liability is a type of law wherein the seller or manufacturer of a defective product is held responsible for injuries that their defective product causes. In these situations, injuries sustained because of a defect or improper design will lie with the creator or seller of a product.

Defective products can include a number of different things including:

Poorly manufactured products
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Top Reasons You Need An Attorney

Top Reasons You Need An Attorney When you're injured in an accident in Florida, it can throw your life into chaos in an instant. Injuries can lead to major medical bills, lost time from work that will impact your income, and more. Those who suffer serious injuries may even impact your mental wellbeing, making it harder to fully recover.

Making a full recovery often means being able to get your finances in row, then turning to your physical and mental health. After an accident of any kind, it's well worth finding a personal injury lawyer to help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. Here are some of the main reasons to seek help from a professional personal injury law firm.

They Help You Know What To Expect - Sometimes you may simply not have the right to seek compensation, or may have limited possibilities. No matter the situation, an attorney will explain to you what your options are and then tell you what to expect from the process of seeking compensation.
They Prevent You From Being Taken Advantage Of - It's common for insurance companies to offer an injured person... ...read full post