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Slip-and-Fall Personal Injury Law

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People are injured in falls every day, but only some of those injuries are someone else’s fault. A legally compensable slip-and-fall accident happens when a person falls because of another person’s negligence (usually a property owner). Here are several examples of recent slip-and-fall lawsuits: Slip-and-Fall Accident Examples A former Miami Dolphin, Bob Kuechenberg, claims… Read More »

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What Is Alternative Dispute Resolution?

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Not every personal injury lawsuit goes to trial. In fact, it is often less expensive and less time-consuming for litigants if their claims are resolved outside of the courtroom (but sometimes a trial is still your best option). There are two main forms of alternative dispute resolution (a method other than litigation used to… Read More »

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Social Security Disability Claimants Wait Months (Even Years) for Hearings

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In Miami, Social Security disability claimants wait an average of 23 months for a hearing after submitting a hearing request. (A hearing occurs after your claim for disability benefits has been denied.) In fact, Florida as a whole has one of the worst hearing backlogs in the country. That’s why you should always ask… Read More »

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Injuries Caused by Hurricane Debris

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Hurricane season is underway, and while there have not been any hurricanes yet this year, tropical storm Cindy recently made landfall before weakening into a tropical depression, dumping rain on the Florida panhandle, downing trees and causing other types of rain and wind damage along the Gulf Coast. In fact, a 10-year-old boy was… Read More »

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The Personal Injury Lawsuit Timeline

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If you have been injured in an accident, the last thing you need to worry about is the legal process. That’s why consulting with an experienced attorney is one of the first things you should do in case of personal injury. But it’s still important to be aware of the process so that you… Read More »

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Florida Hospital Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Medical Records Dispute

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A Jacksonville hospital system recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to decide a legal dispute involving the disclosure of medical records. The case could affect what medical records are discoverable in medical malpractice cases. The Lawsuit This is a medical malpractice case involving a woman who allegedly suffered a severe neurological injury because of… Read More »

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Supreme Court Limits Jurisdiction in Personal Injury Lawsuits

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It’s not enough to have a viable personal injury complaint against a negligent defendant — you also have to file that complaint in the proper court. Otherwise your claims can be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. What Is Jurisdiction? There are two types of jurisdiction: subject matter jurisdiction and personal jurisdiction. Subject matter jurisdiction… Read More »

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Understanding Medical Malpractice Law in Florida

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Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider makes a mistake that injures a patient. However, not all mistakes constitute medical malpractice. Only mistakes that rise to the level of negligence meet the definition of medical malpractice. Specifically, if the healthcare provider violates the standard of care in treating a patient,… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Finds Damages Cap Unconstitutional

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The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled that caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases are unconstitutional, overturning a 2003 law that enacted such caps. Noneconomic damages are damages awarded for pain and suffering. (Economic damages refer to medical expenses, lost wages and other easily quantifiable costs.) Two appeals courts already had held that… Read More »

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Breaking One of These Traffic Laws Can Be Grounds for Personal Injury Lawsuit

By Pendas Law Firm |

Driving comes with inherent risks for everyone on the road: drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Because most of those risks stem from automobile drivers, Florida has numerous traffic safety laws on the books. Breaking one of those laws can be a major factor in a personal injury lawsuit if the motorist’s actions result in… Read More »

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