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Important Information About An Increased Risk Of Fire

 Important Information About An Increased Risk Of FirePeople expect to remain safe and sound while operating their vehicles, and why not? Today's cars have anti-lock brakes, air bags, seat belts, and tons of other safety devices. However, auto accidents are anything but forgiving, and they can leave people with a host of different injuries. Even with advanced protection, car crash damages often include...

• Concussions And Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Burns, Lacerations, And Contusions
• Neck, Back, And Spine Injuries n
• Broken Or Fractured Bones
• Organ Damage, Internal Bleeding, And Even Death

It only takes a moment for a person's life to change dramatically. Looking away from the road to check a text, adjust the radio, or talk to a passenger can turn into a nightmare quickly. If a driver's attention is elsewhere, they may fail to apply the brakes when traffic stops in front of them, accidentally swerve into another lane, or miss seeing a pedestrian crossing the street. Vehicle operators should always remain aware of their surroundings and avoid distractions. With any luck, these actions will keep them and others safely out of harm's way.

If you or a loved one sustains injuries from an... full post

Know About This Automotive Child Seat Issue To Keep Your Kiddo Safe

Know About This Automotive Child Seat Issue To Keep Your Kiddo SafeParents go above and beyond to keep their children safely out of harm's way. They purchase high-quality car seats, strollers, and even pay close attention to the types of toys that they buy. People also look for the safest vehicles. After all, potential dangers are lurking around every corner, especially when a person is operating a motor vehicle. Driver negligence, obstacles in the street, and road construction are common culprits behind car crashes. Lucky folks walk away from auto accidents without a scratch, but other people sustain injuries. Damages often include...

• Loss Of Limbs
• Spinal Injuries
• Death
• Fractures Or Broken Bones
• Burns, Lacerations, And Bruises

These matters are horrible enough for adults, but when a little one is added to the equation, they can become that more catastrophic. Tensions are already high after a wreck, but when a kid is involved, parents can lose their cool. Avoid making the situation worse by attempting to stay calm. Of course, this feat is easier said than done, but people must try because the last thing anyone needs after an accident is a road rage incident.

People... full post

Let A Lawyer Help You Obtain Compensation After A Dog Bite

 Let A Lawyer Help You Obtain Compensation After A Dog BiteDog bites and animal attacks are dangerous issues. They leave people with physical wounds and often cause them to fear pets for the rest of their lives. In Jacksonville recently, a 6-year old girl had to be hospitalized after sustaining severe, life-threatening injuries from a dog attack. The child was unresponsive and transported to a nearby hospital. Unfortunately, after two days the little one passed away.

Some breeds are more vicious than others, and the canine, in this case, appeared to be a pit bull mix. The family did not even own the dog. They were doing a favor and watching the pooch for a friend while they went away on vacation. It is fitting to increase awareness about dog bites because it is summertime. The kiddos are out of school, and they regularly have companions over for play dates, sleepovers, or video game sessions. A routine visit can turn into a catastrophe in a hurry.

When people think about dog bites, they probably imagine a tiny nip or a small scratch from a claw. However, events like... full post

You Don’t Have To Wear Helmet, But Should You?

You Don’t Have To Wear Helmet, But Should You?Unlike other states in the country, Florida does not have a “universal” helmet law for motorcyclists that requires them to wear a helmet at all times while on a motorcycle. It’s easy to see why motorcycle enthusiasts in Florida wouldn’t want to. With some of the best weather in the country, as well as scenic, open roads, wearing a helmet can—similar to being in a car—make a person feel cut off from the environment he or she is in. And since the point of a motorcycle is to be fully immersed in the environment while riding, helmets may seem counter-productive.

It’s for this and other reasons that the state of Florida has put certain conditions in place that allow motorcy-clists—if they so choose—to ride a motorcycle without a helmet, or legal ramifications. But of course, not wearing a helmet means that the rider is exposed to more risk of physical injury. Or is this really the case? Let the statistics speak for themselves.

Reducing Risk

Of course, any kind of safety mechanism is not a guarantee of absolute protection, but it is a significant factor in reducing... full post

Motorcyclists Are Always At Risk In Florida

Motorcyclists Are Always At Risk In FloridaIt should come as no surprise to anyone in Florida that because of the warm, year round weather, we see a lot of enthusiasts choosing to ride motorcycles here. Unfortunately, a more tragic consequence of this year ‘round usage, combined with not always high-and-dry weather conditions is that Florida is also the #1 state in the USA for motorcycle related deaths. And there are plenty of reasons for that.

Single Vehicle Accidents

Not all accidents on the road involve interactions with other vehicles. Florida’s weather is a great example of this. The state might not get much in the way of snow, but it certainly gets rain. A motorcyclist going at high speeds and not compensating for the reduced traction—or the possibility of hydroplaning—can easily lose control of the vehicle and go off the road.

Many motorcyclists are injured in incidents that don’t involve another vehicle at all. Slick roads, taking a turn too fast and too tight, or even just getting distracted due to not wearing a helmet or glasses, and having an insect hit a motorcyclist’s face can all be factors that can lead to an accident.

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Pedestrians Are Not Always In The Right

Pedestrians Are Not Always In The RightIn the world of physics, there is simply no debate about who wins in a confrontation between a pedestrian on the street, and a vehicle. The vehicle is going to win every time simply because it is bigger, has more mass, and thus is capable of delivering much more force on impact when it is in motion. A pedestrian, comparatively speaking, is much less durable, and often subject to severe injuries when making contact with a vehicle.

This has, in recent years, been an injury risk made even worse by the new trend in American vehicles, SUVs, or sports utility vehicles. Normal cars have a lower overall height compared to SUVs, which meant that, at least in the case of adults, vehicular impacts most commonly occurred in the waist-to-leg area, thus having a higher chance of less serious injuries. Because SUVs are taller vehicles, now impacts with adults can be around the stomach-to-chest area, and for children this may mean the entire upper body, including the head, is at risk.

So while the sad reality is that pedestrians are extremely vulnerable during accidents, this does not necessarily mean... full post

People Can Receive Serious Injuries From Motorcycle Accidents

   People Can Receive Serious Injuries From Motorcycle AccidentsFlorida is an excellent place to see the sights on a Harley, Honda, BMW, or another type of motorcycle. It offers pristine conditions to hit the open road and let the wind whip through your hair. In fact, the state is home to many charitable events, parties, and other functions just for bike enthusiasts. For instance, on August 11, 2018, the Veteran Enforcers Motorcycle Association is hosting the "Riding for our Kids @ PAL of Jax" affair. It raises funds to create educational, athletic and leadership programs, which ensure children have positive alternatives for after-school activities.

Motorcycle riders accept certain risks every time they mount their bikes. The cycles don't have doors, roofs, airbags, seat belts, or other things to keep them safe. Plus, the vehicles are much smaller than traditional cars and trucks, so they can easily get lost in a mirror's blind spot. Cyclists and other drivers on the roadways must remain aware of their surroundings to avoid collisions. Unfortunately, not all accidents are preventable though, and flesh and bone are no match for metal. Common ... full post

Reasons To Hire An Attorney After A Trucking Accident

 Reasons To Hire An Attorney After A Trucking AccidentMost drivers are intimidated by big rigs being next to them on the road and rightfully so. Tractor-trailers are enormous when compared to conventional cars, trucks, and even SUVs. As if their sheer size is not enough to cause people to feel threatened, the eighteen-wheelers are also loaded down with heavy cargo, freight, logs, and more. This added weight makes it harder for the vehicles to stop, and when traffic abruptly comes to a halt in front of them, stopping is nearly impossible.

Additionally, if the trailer is packed incorrectly, the weight can shift when the driver takes a turn or curve too quickly, which in many cases, causes the truck to flip. Unfortunately, this action is a recipe for disaster for the eighteen-wheeler and cars in the nearby vicinity. Injuries that are common in trucking accidents include...

• Burns, Cuts, Contusions
• Whiplash Or Other Neck Injuries
• Broken And Fractured Bones
• Internal Bleeding Or Organ Damage
• Loss Of Limbs
• Death

These trucks are necessary as they get items to store shelves for consumers to purchase. Without them, people wouldn't be able to run out and buy groceries, clothing,... full post

Safe Driving Tips For Parents And Teens

e Driving Tips For Parents And TeensMost kiddos can't wait to hit the ripe old age of 16. They can obtain their license and get a little bit of freedom from their parents. However, mothers, fathers, and other guardians are not quite as excited about the event. Although they have raised upstanding, responsible young adults, they also know that they will have constant worries about the safety and well-being of their little ones. Unfortunately, these anxieties and concerns never go away, no matter the kiddo's age, so parents must think outside-of-the-box to ensure that their children are prepared for whatever life throws at them on the roadways.

After all, an accident can happen at any time, and on many occasions, the incident is not even the teen driver's fault. Unfortunately, when crashes do occur, they are anything but forgiving. Common injuries that people sustain from wrecks include...

• Burns, Cuts, Bruises
• Fractured And Broken Bones
• Brain Injuries
• Paralysis
• Loss Of Life

If you or your teen driver receive injuries from an auto accident, you may be entitled to a fair compensation amount if it can be proven that another driver acted negligently or recklessly. For more... full post

Florida Law Requires You To Stay At The Scene

 Florida Law Requires You To Stay At The SceneSadly, one of the reasons that societies like the United States require laws in place is to have something enforceable—and punishable—when common decency is not enough to compel people to do the right thing. One of the most common examples of this in modern life is the “hit and run.” Put simply, when a driver gets into an accident, whether it is hitting a piece of property, a person, or even another vehicle, the driver then flees. In these cases, it’s almost never ignorance, and is a deliberate attempt to evade whatever financial or legal consequences may be due.

Changes For The Better

Sadly, Florida has, for years, had a pretty significant hit and run rate. 25% of accidents occurring in the state involved drivers in the incident fleeing the scene. In some cases, those that fled the scene were responsible for serious injuries or even death. The “last straw” was in 2012, when Aaron Cohen, a 31 year old cyclist, was struck in central Florida, in February, and died.

The person who struck and killed Aaron Cohen was, it was later determined, drunk. However, because... full post

How To File A Workers’ Compensation Claim- The Right Way

How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim- The Right WayWorkers Compensation benefits can be found across the country and in nearly all states and is a way to get compensated if you are involved in an accident at work and sustained any kind of injury or illness related to the job.

Workers Compensation may cover all the medical bills associated with the injury and may also pay disability payments if you find that you are unable to work for a specified amount of time. Typically, in this case, you can receive up to two-thirds of your regular salary while you are out.

Who Pays Worker Compensation Claims?

Employers of the state pay premiums, and when a claim is filed, the insurance company will investigate and then determine what benefits are offered to the individual who has been injured.
The specific guidelines and benefits information for workers compensation will vary from state to state, but generally, the injured individual will have to notify their employer of the injury.

Understanding the Process

When injured, the individual must seek the appropriate medical help that is necessary for their injuries and then immediately notify their employer or supervisor of the... full post

Social Security Matters- When To Speak To An Attorney About Your Benefits

Social Security Matters- When to Speak to an Attorney About Your BenefitsSocial security disability is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program with benefits that are paid to you and certain members of your family if you are insured. When the benefits payout, it means you had worked long enough, and you paid social security taxes during that time.

What Qualifies for Social Security Disability Income?

Certain conditions qualify for social security disability. However, both medical disability and non-medical criteria are used when determining benefits. But you will have to first prove that you are in fact medically disabled before you can begin receiving benefits.
Musculoskeletal problems including back conditions and other joint and bone conditions, senses and speech issues including hearing and vision loss, and respiratory illnesses may qualify you for social security disability.

Are There Maximum Income Levels for Social Security?

There are no limits regarding unearned income which means that an individual who is collecting SSDI (social security disability income) can also receive monetary support from other sources as well including money from investments, interest, or the income of their spouse.

The Chances of Acceptance

It has been found that approximately two-thirds of people who apply... full post

Do You Need An Attorney For A Workplace Accident?

Do You Need An Attorney For A Workplace Accident? Every day, accidents happen on job sites around Florida. And when they occur, it's easy for the person who was hurt to assume that they just need to file a worker's comp claim and be done with the process. In a perfect world, that would be the case. But it's rare that things work out that way, and for many people, the help of an accident attorney will be a must after a workplace accident. If you want to ensure that you make a total recovery, speaking to one of these experts will be vital.
There are several reasons for this:

• Ensuring that you actually don’t' get refused in your claim. It's common for insurance companies to do all that they can to refuse a payment or try to deny claims. You may end up being denied just so the powerful insurance companies can save money. A personal injury attorney will argue your rights and ensure that this doesn't happen.

• You may only be offered a fraction of what you're actually owed. In some instances, insurance companies may try to give you a... full post

Even The Insured May Need To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit

Even The Insured May Need To File A Personal Injury Lawsuit When you're injured in an accident in Florida, it can have long-term, far-reaching consequences on your life. Making a full recovery isn't easy, and it's often something that comes with a financial struggle as well as a physical one. For most who are hurt, a financial recovery is only really possible with help from an insurance settlement or something similar. But far too often, people assume that their insurance policy will handle their needs.

After all, Florida still has PIP coverage requirements. These insurance policies mean that no matter who is to blame for an accident, your own insurance should cover the costs and pay for the financial burdens you're dealing with. But that's not always the case.

There are two significant reasons that you might need to consider talking to a personal injury lawyer and getting help with your situation.

• For one, your insurance policy may not cover all of your expenses. Medical costs, lost wages from work, future medical bills, and more can all have an impact on your financial stability. If an insurance policy doesn't cover all of those factors,... full post

What If You Are Injured In A Resort Or Theme Park?

What If You Are Injured In A Resort Or Theme Park?Florida is famous for a lot of things, but high on that list is the huge number of amusement parks, resorts, and other destinations that bring millions of tourists to the area every year. While these locations must go through intense inspections and meet the highest standards of excellence, the fact is that accidents do happen.

The most recent example of this occurred on June 14, 2018, at the Daytona Beach Boardwalk. The Sand Blaster roller coaster derailed and two passengers fell 34 feet, being seriously injured in the process. Along with them, seven more passengers went to the hospital for less serious injuries. But what happens when you're injured in an accident of this nature? What rights do you have? Understanding these questions could help you ensure that you are able to make a full recovery.

What Are Your Rights? 

In any Florida accident, those who are injured in an accident have the right to seek financial compensation for their injuries if they can prove that their injuries were a direct result of someone else's reckless or negligent actions. This applies... full post

4 Tips For Avoiding Premises Liability Suits

4 Tips For Avoiding Premises Liability SuitsWhen you own or manage a property, you take on a responsibility to keep your guests safe. You also need to keep your employees safe, but that’s covered by other areas of law since they’re expected to enter dangerous areas and operate dangerous equipment, something your guests should avoid. If something does happen, it could end up as your responsibility, either directly because your property is too dangerous or indirectly because your employee endangered a guest.

Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of liability lawsuits. Many businesses and homeowners forget about these things, and doing so can open you up to serious damages. As such, this is also a checklist for people injured on someone else’s property: if the things on this list weren’t present when you were injured, you may have a strong case for a premises liability suit.

• Make Regular Inspections (With A Paper Trail)

Age catches up with everything, people and property alike. An old shelf could start to buckle under the weight of new inventory, an old water heater could start... full post

Traffic Tickets Are Down & Accidents Are Up

Traffic Tickets Are Down & Accidents Are UpFlorida is always going to have the sun and weather all year round that makes it a great place to drive or take a motorcycle out on the road. But if the recent statistics from state law enforcement are anything to go by, there’s a disturbing new trend that’s on the rise on our roads and highways. Less enforcement of traffic law is leading to a rise in the number of car accidents that are occurring.

The Law Does Matter

One of the most interesting statistics to come out of state law enforcement is the apparent correlation between how active police officers are in enforcing traffic laws, and the number of accidents that occur on the road. State law enforcement shared their data from the years 2012-2017. Over the years, fewer traffic tickets for speeding, distracted driving and other moving violations have been issued as the years have passed.

There are numerous reasons for this. One is that Florida is now trying to rely more on educational efforts, as well as giving people warnings before issuing a ticket. Another is one of budgets; Florida law enforcement has become... full post

Is Asbestos Making A Comeback?

Is Asbestos Making A Comeback?On June 1st, the Environmental Protection Agency made an announcement, tentatively going forward with approving new uses of asbestos in the USA. The new ruling, which is quite broad, and unfocused, allows for the introduction and integration of many new asbestos products into general usage, as long as the EPA itself approves the new usage. The EPA, however, is not relying on established protocols or guidance for the dangers of asbestos that have already been documented. Instead, they will be using new guidelines that are much more general, unspecific, and, in fact, will allow for far greater exposure of asbestos to the public since they don’t rely on existing medical or scientific data to evaluate these new uses.

So what does this mean for people in homes and buildings in Florida?

State Law Still Matters

Even with the EPA now seemingly moving forward to bring more new asbestos products back into mainstream use, this does not change two critical factors; the medically documented danger of asbestos, or the premises liability that may be associated with it.

Florida personal injury law still firmly upholds the rights of the... full post