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A Gas-Related Incident Means Legal Trouble

A Gas-Related Incident Means Legal TroubleNatural gas may not be quite as high in public awareness or popularity as electricity, but it is still an incredibly valuable resource that modern society relies on quite a bit. When properly handled, natural gas can do everything from let us cook, dry our clothes, heat our homes and, at an industrial level, even allow companies to generate the electricity that we use. So in actuality, there’s quite a lot of natural gas that gets pumped around, even in a state like Florida that doesn’t necessarily use it extensively in furnaces for heating purposes.

This also means that in a great many cases, the pipeline and other infrastructure components designed to deliver natural gas, and allow it be easily used, are all considered part of a property. And if the natural gas and delivery usage systems are part of the property, then that means that property owners—whether public or private—have a legal obligation to ensure that the gas is working safely and as intended. If they do not do this, it can mean that a personal injury lawyer may be able to step in if an accident... full post

Hire An Accident Attorney If Injuries Occur From An Automotive Recall

Hire An Accident Attorney If Injuries Occur From An Automotive RecallCars seem to be flying off assembly lines faster than ever before these days. The vehicles come equipped with the latest technologies, gadgets, and gizmos to make the user driving experience as convenient, comfortable, and safe as possible. When these pieces of machinery make it to the market, they are deemed safe for consumers to use, and the manufacturers are held liable for any damages that their products cause. However, these large corporations have the legal teams and resources needed to take these types of claims the distance. The lawyers use tactics like getting victims to sign documents that diminish their rights to compensation, and they stop at virtually nothing to prevent their client from having to pay a fair settlement amount.

Don't let these agents discredit your claim and attempt to shift blame towards driver error. Instead, hire an accident attorney to fight for what you deserve, and always with your best interests in mind. Our lawyer has had a substantial amount of success over the years, so feel free to visit the results section... full post

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Lawsuits Happen At Home Too

Lawsuits Happen At Home TooThere is a particular type of lawsuit that is well known even in public circles amongst people without any expertise in law. The general category of such lawsuits is called “premises liability.” What it means in more practical terms is that someone has a professional and legal obligation to make a space safe for people, and if there is a failure in that responsibility that results in injury, then the injured people may take those property owners to court to sue for damages.

Most of the time, the most well-known examples of premises liability come from public spaces. The ongoing investigation right now to determine the cause of the tragic bridge collapse at the Florida International University, for example, is likely to be a case of premises liability on a large scale once the final cause of the collapse is known. In that particular case, it’s clear that there was no outside force that impacted the bridge under construction, it simply fell apart, seemingly on its own. That means that the resulting deaths and injuries from the public in this public area are possibly the result of the negligence... full post

Improper Social Media Use Can Have A Devastating Impact On A Personal Injury Case

 Improper Social Media Use Can Have A Devastating Impact On A Personal Injury CaseEverybody seems to have a social media account these days. People utilize Facebook, Twitter, and Google to receive news, stay connected with family members, locate old acquaintances, and allow others to follow along with their daily lives. Businesses use the same methods to advertise and let consumers know what sets their organization apart from the rest. Even government officials like President Trump have turned to social media for communicating with the world. However, at times his tweets have been controversial, and they stir up countless hours of debate between followers.

If a person becomes injured in an auto, workplace, or another type of accident, they may be able to seek compensation for their damages. It is usually in an individual's best interest to hire an attorney to deal with the complex Florida legal system. Documents must be obtained from the police department and insurance company to help build a strong case. Additionally, witness testimonies will need to be collected and put on file to achieve the best results. On some occasions, the... full post

Know Where To Turn For Help When A Motorcycle Accident Leaves You Injured

Know Where To Turn For Help When A Motorcycle Accident Leaves You InjuredSouthwest Florida is the perfect location for taking the old bike out for a spin. The weather is ideal for hitting the open road on two wheels and letting the wind whip through your hair. Bike rallies and events are scheduled in different areas throughout the spring and summer months. For instance, the 5th Annual Ocala Fest is set for April 20th, and the Leesburg Bikefest Pre-Party is scheduled for April 26th. Many of the events are for charity, and they help raise money for a variety of causes. Plus, the continual flow of traffic coming to Florida keeps our great state's economy flourishing. Bike

However, with more riders on the roads, the chance of a motorcycle accident occurring increases. Operators should always abide by the laws, drive defensively, and remain aware of their surroundings. Wearing the appropriate safety gear may lessen the severity of any injuries that you receive. If nothing else, at least consider purchasing a high-quality helmet to protect the head. Unlike cars, trucks, and other motor vehicles, a motorcycle does not have any... full post

Even An Office Isn’t Safe

 Even An Office Isn’t SafeHowever, there’s a popular but understandable misconception about worker’s compensation and the odds of an injury occurring at the workplace. Many people mistakenly believe that this type of injury—and thus the associated legal responsibility—are only applicable in an industrial setting. They believe that only people that are exposed on a daily basis to physically hazardous situations, such as working in construction, or at a manufacturing plant with a lot of heavy machinery, need to be protected from workplace hazards.

While it’s true that people who work under these conditions are exposed to greater risk, that doesn’t mean that people in “white collar” jobs like working in an office for an advertising agency, or accounting firm are at no risk at all. Even the so-called office job requires that employers execute certain responsibilities for worker safety.

Floor Surfaces

One of the most common ways for office workers to sustain a preventable injury is improper layout of walking surfaces. Some offices may use tile, or other surfaces that can be very slippery under certain conditions. Other offices may vary their walking surfaces, from carpet to tile and back again, which can create... full post

Reasons To Employ The Services Of A Car Crash Lawyer

Reasons To Employ The Services Of A Car Crash LawyerCars, pickups, vans, eighteen-wheelers, and even motorcycles are beneficial in helping drivers, passengers, or goods travel between locations. They are necessary pieces of equipment for keeping store shelves stocked with products, which allows them to stay readily available for consumers to purchase. However, when distracted driving, a vehicle malfunction, or less than stellar road conditions come into play, accidents are likely to happen. Vehicle wrecks of any kind are unforgiving. Drivers and passengers alike get tossed or jostled around. They can bump their heads, receive lacerations from shattered glass, and obtain a host of other severe issues. Injuries associated with automotive wrecks often include...

• Broken Or Fractured Bones And Sprains
• Whiplash And Other Neck Or Spinal Injuries
• Loss Of Limbs
• Burns
• Brain Injuries
• Death

A lot of things are going on during and after an auto accident. You will likely be experiencing pain and discomfort, your heart will be thumping incredibly fast, and thoughts will be racing at ridiculous speeds. However, it is important to keep your cool, stay calm, and give first aid to other involved parties whenever it is necessary. Contact the... full post

There’s More Than One Injury For Slipping & Falling

There’s More Than One Injury For Slipping & FallingTo some it is considered just a punchline in a joke, or an excuse by greedy people to exploit insurance money from honest businesses and homeowners. But others, slipping and falling in a home or public space is not just a clumsy, embarrassing mishap, it can have very real medical repercussions that can affect a person for months, years, or even permanently. Slipping and falling while out in public or visiting someone else might not seem like such a serious incident, especially when compared to something more dramatic like a car accident. But the human body has a lot of vulnerabilities, and a slip and fall accident can cause a variety of different medical problems depending on the type and severity of fall.

Soft Tissue Damage

This is the type of injury that can sometimes be very difficult to detect because it doesn’t show up on x-rays. If you get a sprained muscle, or even tear a tendon or ligament, initial medical diagnoses may miss this, especially if the true extent of damage only becomes known in the days or weeks following the injury. Because these... full post

Stay Safe On Florida Roadways With These Driving Tips

Stay Safe On Florida Roadways With These Driving TipsSummertime is nearly upon us, and soon, Florida will be hustling and bustling with activity. Tourists from all over the world come to the state for the beautiful beaches, fun amusement parks, and pristine weather conditions. Various organizations will receive revenue boosts from the visitor increase, and the economy will thrive. However, with more people being present, there will also be a substantial amount of traffic on the roads. Therefore, the risk of an automotive accident occurring raises significantly.

With any luck, the driving tips we are going to share will keep you out of any jams, but if a car crash happens, victims may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. Visit our firm’s contact us page or feel free to schedule an appointment over the phone. The personal injury attorney has been practicing law since 1983. He has the experience, know-how, and ability to take cases the distance if need be, but often, insurance companies choose to settle out of court once they find out who is representing the client. So, utilize these... full post

Ways That Contracting An Attorney Can Prove To Be Beneficial After A Trucking Accident

Ways That Contracting An Attorney Can Prove To Be Beneficial After A Trucking AccidentMost people do not fully comprehend the consequences of trucking accidents unless they are first-responders on the scene or directly involved in the incident. Tractor trailers are massive pieces of equipment that are designed to transport heavy loads from one location to the next. Operators spend numerous hours behind the wheel, driving through different types of conditions, and one wrong move is all it takes for a crash to occur. There are laws in effect, which require the big rig drivers to keep track of their working hours and off time, but still, spending so much time traveling from here to there is enough to make anyone tired.

If drowsy driving happens, the truck can drift into other lanes of traffic or even run off the road. With any luck, the operator will regain control after the commotion, but if the load becomes offset, they may lose command of the vehicle altogether. It can strike cars, pedestrians, or stationary objects in the vicinity. Autos can get stuck beneath the trailer taking the occupants on dangerous rides... full post

Know Your Workers Comp Rights

Know Your Workers Comp RightsPeople in Florida take on a huge number of different jobs in order to keep themselves—and their state economy—vibrant and financially healthy. Some people work hard putting up new buildings, or ensuring that new homes and offices get their air conditioning properly installed. Other people dress up as colorful characters from film and television to entertain children. Still others work in offices, filling out reports, crunching numbers, and others are down on a fabrication floor, using plasma torches and other high tech equipment to help build important components of Florida’s vehicles, buildings and other hardware.

The one thing that the state of Florida works to hard to ensure for the majority of its workers is that, should an unexpected event happen that results in injury, there is some kind of financial reimbursement, known as workers compensation. But if you’ve never had to use it, do you know how it works, or what it means to you?

Workers Comp In Florida

Workers compensation, known more commonly was “workers comp,” is a form of insurance that employers in most lines of work are legally required to provide to employees. This is not the... full post

Avoid Getting Taken Advantage Of By Hiring A Reputable Car Crash Lawyer

Avoid Getting Taken Advantage Of By Hiring A Reputable Car Crash LawyerMany people are lucky enough that they never have to experience an automotive accident. Unfortunately, this statement does not ring true for everyone though, and with what seems an endless supply of vehicles on the roads, an incident can occur anytime, anyplace, or anywhere, including right here in Florida. Most operators attempt to drive defensively, which prevents some episodes from transpiring, but sometimes, accidents just happen, and there is no stopping them. These events are stressful, overwhelming, and they can leave the participants with minor or severe injuries. Damages often include but are not limited to…

• Burns, Cuts, Scrapes, And Contusions
• Broken Or Fractured Bones
• Loss Of Life
• Partial Or Fucontll Paralysis

The medical bills to recover from such an injury become expensive to say the very least. Additionally, if the party is missing time from work due to the damage, funds will deplete quickly. It typically becomes difficult for the individual to pay for necessities like food, rent, or utilities. However, if it can be proven that another driver's negligence or recklessness is to blame for the affliction, you may be entitled... full post

Can You Sue Your Insurance Company?

Can You Sue Your Insurance Company?Under ordinary circumstances, an insurance policy that you take out for yourself, your home, your car, or even your medical or dental health represents one thing; peace of mind. The idea, of course, is that you pay premiums every month with the hope that you never need to take advantage of it. But, in the event that something does happen, an unexpected, expensive misfortune, such as a car accident or a storm or even earthquake damaging your home, the insurance that you’ve been paying all this time will “come to the rescue” and compensate you for the costs of repair/treatment/restoration, so you don’t have to shoulder all this financial burden yourself.

But what happens if, after all those years of faithfully paying money every month, some misfortune does befall you, and your insurance company refuses to honor their side of the bargain? Are you just out of luck?

Acting In Bad Faith

Under normal circumstances, an insurance company is both legally and ethically expected to act “uberrima fides,” or, “in good faith.” All this means is that whatever conditions or stipulations they lay out in a contract with a customer,... full post

Be Careful On The Water!

Be Careful On The Water!Florida is a state blessed with sunshine, warm weather and a pleasant environment all year round. But the march of the calendar means that even if we don’t get full seasons of environmental change, we do get the human traffic that comes with seasonal changes. And one of the biggest seasonal changes of the year is upon us now with summer.

Summer doesn’t just mean warmer weather, it also means a huge upsurge in people with more free time, both local and from out of state. With summer vacation both adults and teenagers get some long overdue recreational time, and for Florida, that means there will be a big rise in the number of recreational watercraft out on the waters all around the state. And that also means a rise in the possibility of accidents.

No License Required

People that own boats in Florida do not need to have a license to operate that boat. The closest we get to that in this state is that anyone who was born from 1988 onwards is required to have taken a boat safety course, with a certified card as proof. Beyond that, however,... full post

Helpful Driving Suggestions To Aid Florida Residents In Staying Accident-Free

Helpful Driving Suggestions To Aid Florida Residents In Staying Accident-FreeDriving can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Older generations that have been doing the deed for years may view it as a chore. Parents often feel like they are merely chauffeurs in this world due them continually having to shuttle their kiddos from place to place around town. Meanwhile, 16-year old teenagers see driving as freedom and a way to assert their independence. Regardless of your view on operating a motor vehicle, when doing so, it is of the utmost importance to always pay attention to your surroundings and drive defensively. These actions not only help keep the family that you love safe, but they also keep other folks on or near the roadways that way too.

Unfortunately, automotive accidents can strike anytime, anyplace, and in a moment's notice without warning. For instance, bad tires usually provide warning signs that something is about to go wrong. They tend to cause the steering wheel to shake, which tells the operator it is time to pull over. However, it is also possible for the tire... full post