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Class Action Lawsuits Increase the Efficiency of the Legal Process

August 8, 2019

In a class action, the plaintiff seeks court approval to litigate on the behalf of a group of similarly situated individuals. When more than one person needs to bring a claim against the same...


Who Is Liable for a Swimming Pool Accident?

August 5, 2019

Summer months in the Sunshine State are ideal for spending time splashing about in a swimming pool with friends and family. Whether the pool is at a private residence, a public facility or a...


Don't Be a Victim of Road Rage

July 19, 2019

Traffic in every major city is heavier than ever before, especially during peak hours for commuting. Unfortunately, that causes many a driver's anger level to steadily increase, while he or she is...


Right of Way Laws for Pedestrians in Florida

July 19, 2019

When you leave home on foot, nobody expects to be involved in an automobile accident. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents do happen and often with a devastating effect to one's life. Living in...


Who Is Responsible for Single Car Accident Head Injury?

June 25, 2019

Head injuries, especially traumatic brain injuries, are often complex and can even be difficult to accurately diagnose following an auto accident. To make matters worse, linking a head injury to...


Tanning Salons May Be Liable for Skin Cancer Damage

June 24, 2019

For many years, there was a major debate over the severity of ultraviolet radiation for patrons of tanning salons. Today, the majority of experts agree that tanning salons pose a danger to...


Who Is Liable When a Dog Bites Somebody?

May 17, 2019

Typically, a dog's owner is legally responsible for a bite and other injuries caused by their animal's aggressiveness. Although dog bites are taken seriously in Florida, the state's dog bite laws...


Do You Know What to Do After an Elderly Person Falls?

May 16, 2019

Aside from auto accidents, slip and falls are the most common cause of unintentional injuries examined at an emergency room. Unfortunately, as we age, changes to our body make a fall more likely....


How to Maximize Compensation from Your Personal Injury Claim

April 12, 2019

If you were injured by someone else's careless or negligent actions (or lack of actions), it is time to consider pursuing a personal injury claim through civil court to seek compensation for your...


Can a Victim of Sexual Violence Sue a Perpetrator for Damages?

April 11, 2019

Although most incidents of assault are prosecuted in criminal court, victims of sexual assault can (and often do) file a civil lawsuit against their perpetrator in tort court. Whether a criminal...


What Is the Difference Between SSI and SSDI Disability Benefits?

March 26, 2019

When you apply for benefits, you need to know the difference between the two disability programs that the Social Security Administration operates. In fact, there is a big difference between the...


Florida Statutes Protect Vulnerable Persons Who Are Victimized

March 22, 2019

According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 10% of the people age 60 or above have experienced some form of elder abuse.  Even more disturbing is the fact that interpersonal...


How Much Does It Cost to Use a Personal Injury Law Firm?

February 18, 2019

Since many people cannot afford to pay a lawyer's hourly rate up front, accident victims who need to hire a personal injury lawyer often opt for a contingency fee arrangement. Unfortunately, not...


How Syllogisms Affect Tort Case Verdicts and Appeals

February 13, 2019

Last year a San Francisco jury awarded a $289 million judgment against Monsanto, the manufacturer of the popular weed killer Roundup. The plaintiff, a groundskeeper who is dying of non-Hodgkin...


Presenting a Wrongful Death Claim for a Florida Auto Accident

January 11, 2019

It was only three days into the New Year when emergency calls rang out across Alachua County. It had happened again. Another fiery crash on Interstate-75 had accounted for multiple deaths as...


 

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