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Understanding Punitive Damages in a Florida Personal Injury Case

Understanding Punitive Damages in a Florida Personal Injury Case

Filing a personal injury suit that solicits punitive damages is different than a traditional personal injury claim. Not all suits that include claims for punitive damages are successful. As a matter of fact, if you have your hopes pinned on receiving financial compensation for punitive damages in a personal injury case, you should know that they are a rare occurrence in the state of Florida. If you intend to file a Florida personal injury claim that involves punitive damages, it’s [...]

The Florida Rescue Doctrine

The Florida Rescue Doctrine

Several times in your life, you have undoubtedly driven by some type of car accident, most likely while traffic is slowed to pass or while first responders and rescue crews are working to clear the debris and wreckage from the roadway. Now, out of all those post-accident scenes that you have witnessed, how often did you notice someone attempting to help who was not a police officer or an emergency responder?  If you have witnessed a good Samaritan act [...]

2018 Florida Vehicle Collision Statistics 

2018 Florida Vehicle Collision Statistics 

Vehicle collisions are a huge problem throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention routinely cites car accidents as one of the top three causes of accidental deaths nationwide, killing an average of 30,000 victims every year. How do these overwhelming numbers pertain to vehicle collisions in Florida, though?  Listed below are some crash statistics from 2018 and 2019 to help give you a little perspective into what these numbers actually mean. Fatal Crash Statistics from 2018 Millions of [...]

Who is Liable for My Child's Florida Non-Collision School Bus Injury?

Who is Liable for My Child’s Florida Non-Collision School Bus Injury?

Data furnished by the National Safety Council demonstrates that an estimated 13,000 victims are injured every year in accidents involving school buses. More than 25% of these accident-related injuries are sustained by passengers on board the school bus. In some cases, your child’s school district may be responsible for the bus accident. Is the School District Liable for My Child’s Bus Accident Injuries? While the rules vary somewhat from school district to school district, circumstances under which they will likely be [...]

What is the Statute of Limitations on Florida Personal Injury Claims

What is the Statute of Limitations on Florida Personal Injury Claims

The law in Florida gives a different statute of limitations for different types of personal injury claims. Listed below are the various statutes of limitation for the most frequent kinds of personal injury cases in the state of Florida. Automobile Accident The statute of limitations for automobile accident claims is usually four years. Depending on the circumstances, car accident claims can, however, become extremely complex. In most cases, you are given four years from the date that your accident took place to [...]

Understanding Punitive Damages in a Florida Personal Injury Case

Negotiating Loss of Consortium in a Florida Personal Injury Case

Accidents often bring more than just physical injuries. They can also be the source of emotional trauma to the victim, as well as their family. When a person’s careless or malevolent behavior caused injury to your loved one and caused you to suffer emotional trauma, you might have grounds for a lawsuit.   One kind of emotional trauma people often endure is called “loss of consortium”, or sometimes “loss of companionship”. If you are unable to benefit from and enjoy your [...]

What You Need to Know Before Settling Your Florida Bike Accident Claim

What You Need to Know Before Settling Your Florida Bike Accident Claim

Bicycling around Florida, the state with the largest rate of deadly bicycle accidents in the nation, per capita, could potentially lead to critical injuries. If you have sustained injuries during a bicycle accident in Florida, the offender’s insurance carrier may offer you a fast settlement which would, understandably, be very tempting to accept. Before you agree to their offer, however, it is important that you give consideration to a few factors to ensure that you are receiving full and [...]

Is Driving With a Christmas Tree on Your Car Safe?

Is Driving With a Christmas Tree on Your Car Safe?

According to a recent survey conducted by AAA, close to 50% of people who choose to take a fresh-cut Christmas tree home for the holiday season will either knowingly or unknowingly be placing their lives and the lives of others in danger by doing so.   So before you become one with your inner Clark Griswold and precariously perch your pine on top of the family’s station wagon for a semi-obstructed view of the drive back home, there are some statistics [...]

What Are Tort Claims in Florida?

What Are Tort Claims in Florida?

As any personal injury attorney in Florida can tell you, “tort” is legal terminology for personal injuries produced by civil violations. The aim of tort law is to right these civil wrongs by making whole, to whatever extent may be possible, the individual who has endured the injuries, suffering, undue loss, or some other damage brought on by another person’s reckless, negligent, or criminal actions. The purpose of the majority of tort claims in Florida is to recoup your economic [...]

Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine for Injured Victims in Florida

Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine for Injured Victims in Florida

You may have heard about Florida’s dangerous instrumentality doctrine, also referred to as vicarious liability, and are wondering what it is and if it will negatively impact you should you become injured during a car accident in Florida. Regardless of whether you were injured while you were driving another person’s car or your accident involved somebody driving a borrowed car, you might still be entitled to receive financial compensation for your accident-related losses. Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine Dangerous instrumentality is the name given [...]