Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney: Car Drivers to Blame
March 9, 2015 By :
Filed Under : car accident lawyer

Florida Motorcycle Accident Attorney: Car Drivers to Blame

Studies done by the NHTSA show that motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to get into an accident than car drivers. If you’re a rider, that’s an alarming statistic, and you should absolutely be doing everything in your power to decrease your chances of experiencing a crash and getting hurt. Professional safety organizations and regular people seem to agree, and if you take a quick look around, most of the advice (and blame) out there seems to be pointed at riders. Even the NHTSA’s page on motorcycle accidents prominently features safe riding programs, studies on why motorcyclists should wear helmets, and a call for sober riding. All of this is good advice for riders to heed, but it makes it seem like motorcyclists have sole responsibility in preventing accidents. However, a...Read More
Personal Injury Related Medical Research
March 5, 2015 By :

Personal Injury Related Medical Research

As some of you know, I try to keep up with medical research that is related to my personal-injury law practice. This research may pertain to new diagnostic techniques, the efficacy of injury treatment protocols, improving injury outcomes using alternative medicine, etc... Although sometimes I summarize medical abstracts I happen to find generally interesting. Sci-Fi Technology Becoming Reality for Amputees Published in February 2015 – University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Article For those with severe injuries that require amputations: Researchers, with a grant from the White House and DARPA (the advanced military projects group), at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are starting a project with five volunteers essentially plugging prosthetic arms into the spinal...Read More
Personal Injury News: Law Makes Cruise Lines Disclose Crime Stats
February 24, 2015 By :
Filed Under : cruise ship injury

Personal Injury News: Law Makes Cruise Lines Disclose Crime Stats

Though often a fun, relaxing, and stimulating experience for passengers and their families, going on a cruise has always come with certain risks. In the past, due to loopholes in maritime law, cruise lines have been allowed to keep crime reports private from the public. For passengers, that meant placing their lives in the hands of companies who weren’t being upfront with them about all of the dangers of taking a cruise for the duration of their vacation. But thanks to a recent ruling, this is about to change. On December 19, 2014, President Obama signed a law that includes a provision requiring cruise lines to disclose all allegations of crimes at sea to the public. Under this law, cruises must publicly report closed FBI cases, open FBI investigations, and alleged crimes. The US...Read More
Will Tougher Distracted Driving Laws Curb the Epidemic?
February 15, 2015 By :
Filed Under : car accident lawyer

Will Tougher Distracted Driving Laws Curb the Epidemic?

With balmy breeze whipping through your hair as you cruise down the sunny palm tree-fringed highways of Florida, it’s easy to forget our state’s roadways have a big problem—distracted driving. The Florida Department of Transportation defines distracted driving as any type of mental or physical activity that takes the driver’s focus off the task of driving. Distract driving behaviors could include anything from using GPS systems to eating fast food while behind the wheel. But there’s one type of distracted driving in Florida that trumps all others—texting and driving. Texting and driving is the number one cause of accidents in Florida, even beating out driving under the influence of alcohol. In fact, a driver who is texting may be up to six times more likely to cause...Read More
Nationwide Superbowl Ad – A personal injury lawyer’s take
February 2, 2015 By :
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Nationwide Superbowl Ad – A personal injury lawyer’s take

There are many subjects I could focus on that could relate personal-injury law and the Super Bowl. Cliff Avril and Julian Edelman’s possible concussions. Concussions (especially more than one) will likely result in long-term physical degeneration of the brain, diffuse axonal injuries, with behavioral changes. Second Impact Syndrome suggests that multiple blows to the head will only compound the problem. But, I am going to focus this article on what everyone else is talking about: the Nationwide Superbowl Ad. If you didn’t watch the game or check out the commercials afterwards, it’s the one featuring a child who would never grow up after dying in an accident (drowning in a bathtub, ingesting detergent obtained under the kitchen sink, or being crushed by an overturned big-screen...Read More
Reconsider Posting that Selfie!
February 2, 2015 By :

Reconsider Posting that Selfie!

Personal Injury Lawyer – Social Media Ethics In my last blog post (Facebook, Instagram, and Social Media’s Impact on Personal Injury Claims), I talk about how unreasonable it is for a defense lawyer to be able to take one picture from a plaintiff’s social media page and, in good conscious, argue that this picture accurately depicts the other 23.9 hours of that person’s day. I also discuss a Florida 4th DCA personal injury opinion that allows the power of the subpoena to access social-media photos that were meant for one’s friends only. Essentially, the 4th DCA believes that there is no expectation of privacy when Facebook, Instagram or any other social-media outlet is concerned. I also mentioned how the plaintiff, in that 4thDCA case (Nucci v. Target Corp), had taken...Read More
Status Update: I’m Fine!
January 31, 2015 By :

Status Update: I’m Fine!

Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Never before have the minutia of our lives been so well documented. But with social media becoming increasingly pervasive (as you take a picture of your lunch now), it is starting to impact the outcomes of personal injury cases. Please understand that your privacy settings are a false sense of security. Investigators can access just about anything you post on the internet. Furthermore, it may be discoverable through subpoena. In the personal injury / slip and fall case: Nucci v. Target Corp, the 4th DCA, an injured plaintiff’s privacy setting only allowed the plaintiff’s friends to view her pictures. But the court ruled that the relevance of the pictures posted on the injured plaintiff’s social media page, outweighed the...Read More
New Florida Car Seat Law
January 12, 2015 By :
Filed Under : car accident lawyer

New Florida Car Seat Law

New Florida Car Accident Law As of January 1, 2015, children must be restrained in a car or booster seat until the age of 6. Failure to do so results in three points on the driving license and a fine. As a new father of twins and Aventura car accident lawyer, child-seat safety is a topic near and dear to my heart. Please forward this legal update and safety tips to any parents of young children that you know. The ACP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommends that children in automobiles be restrained in a car seat or booster seat until they reach a height of 4’, 9. The average American child reaches this height between the ages of eight and twelve years old.  Prior to 2015, Florida law only required children in automobiles to be restrained in a car seat until the age of...Read More