What You Need to Know About Filing a Hurricane Irma Insurance Claim

With hurricane season kicking into gear, it is important to be prepared financially for a major storm or emergency event. During the 2017 hurricane season, the southeast saw three major hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and they caused an estimated $67 billion in damages in less than 30 days. The hurricane season is not expected to be any less damaging …

How Florida Workers’ Compensation Laws Benefit You

Florida has had a workers’ compensation program in effect since the 1930s. The program was put into action in hopes of protecting workers and making it easier for them to get compensated if they were injured on the job. The trade-off is that workers are not allowed to assign fault to their employer and sue them for their injuries. Like …

What are Your Rights if You Have Been Injured by a Defective Product?

Johnson and Johnson has been hit with some 6,000 cases claiming that their baby powder causes ovarian cancer, but last month, the company and its suppliers received a jury verdict penalizing them $21.7 million after a woman claimed exposure to asbestos mixed with the powder caused her to develop mesothelioma, a cancer linked to exposure to asbestos. J&J has denied …

What Florida’s Distracted Driving Laws Mean for You

A Florida man was lucky enough to escape injuries after his car plummeted over 50 feet off an elevated highway. The highway patrol says that Thomas Highhouse, age 61, became distracted by his radio and lost control. He drove off the interstate, became airborne, and fell onto the ground below. Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, and Highhouse …

Why You Need an Attorney if You Have Been Injured in a Truck Accident

On April, 18, 2018, a school bus with 18 student passengers was struck by a semi-truck in Hernando County, Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol reports that the truck was coming off I-75 when it failed to stoop at a red light and struck the side of a school bus. The school bus spun, flipped on its side, and slid nearly …

Should You File a Claim Under the Longshore Act or Workers’ Compensation Act?

Living in Florida provides people with excellent opportunities to work and live near water. As with any occupation, those jobs near water sometimes will involve injuries to the workers. When a worker is injured, there is always the question as to how the injuries will be covered and if they fall under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act or …

Why Florida Motorcyclists are at Risk for Accidents

Florida’s amazing temperatures combined with permissive helmet laws invite thousands of people to take to the roads on their motorcycles. In fact, Florida has the second-highest number of registered motorcycles out of all 50 states. Unfortunately, the sunshine state also has the highest number of fatality accidents involving motorcycles each year. In 2016, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and …

What Evidence do You Have to Give to the Other Side?

It may come as a surprise to some of you to learn that unlike how trials are portrayed on TV, in fact, trials are not about surprising the other side. The “Perry Mason” or “Matlock” moment when an attorney pulls out a secret document to the amazement of the judge, jury, and spectators usually does not happen and is not …

Automobile Recalls and Product Liability are Back in the News

With all the great new technology in auto safety, and as we seemingly transition towards self driving cars, old problems still rear their ugly heads to remind us that cars are machines, built by people, and that quality and safety are never things you can take for granted. New Recall News The first piece of concerning recall news came from …