Personal Injury and Accident Attorney Blog
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On May 04, 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that was designed to reduce auto accident fraud, lower the cost of auto insurance premiums, and reduce the litigation costs associated with the current Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance statute.
On May 04, 2012, Governor Rick Scott signed legislation that purportedly aims to reduce auto accident fraud, lower the cost of auto insurance premiums, and reduce the litigation costs associated with the current Personal Injury Protection (“PIP”) insurance statute. A portion of the revised statute goes into effect on July 01, 2012, with the remainder going into effect on January 01, 2013.
After numerous attempts to limit their liability from injuries that occur, commercial businesses aimed at providing entertainment for children have, in-part, succeeded. Fortunately, thanks to the efforts by the Florida Justice Association, the final legislation is far less onerous than the bill that was originally filed. This compromise legislation which was passed during the most recent session of the Florida Legislature authorizes natural guardians of minors to waive claims, in advance, for injuries or death. Prior to this new bill, the Florida Supreme Court held that a pre-injury release executed by a parent on behalf of a minor child was unenforceable against a minor or the minor’s estate in a tort action arising from injuries from participation in a commercial activity. Specifically, this new bill allows natural guardians of minors to waive, in advance, claims for injuries or death arising from risks inherent in commercial activities.
While most drivers are well aware of the inherent dangers of driving a vehicle on Florida’s roadways, far fewer realize that a substantial number of crashes are caused by improperly maintained or defective tires. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that more than 6000 motor vehicle accident occur annually as a result of these issues. Listed below are some suggestions from the Rubber Manufactures Association to help prevent this type of incident from occurring.
Every year 1.5 million people in the United States become sick or severely injured as a result of medication errors, according to the Institute of Medicine. Out of this number, 100,000 die. The most common medication error relates to the administration of a drug, where a patient is given an improper dosage. Other errors involve a doctor or health care professional administering the wrong drug entirely or simply patient misuse of the medication prescribed.
Recently the Florida Supreme Court issued a new Opinion limiting the type of information lawyers can include on their websites. Beginning in June 2010 law firm websites may no longer include testimonials, laudatory statements, and information about past results. While some changes to the current rules were necessary, with the proliferation of advertising it will now be more difficult for prospective clients to determine whether the lawyer they intend to hire has the experience necessary to handle their case. There are however many additional ways to obtain that information. The first and most obvious way it to simply ask the lawyer, over the phone or at the initial meeting, to tell you what qualifies them to represent you.
While no one plans to get into an auto accident, they happen. Though it may be difficult to keep a clear and level head, it is important to understand what to do in the event of an accident to ensure that you protect your rights and your best interests.
It is no secret that the way we communicate and interact with each other has been permanently changed as a result of the advent of social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, & Twitter. Recent statistics indicate that Facebook now has more than 300 million active users – a number that grows by more than 250,000 every day.
With the holidays upon us, consumers are often advised to shop early, in an effort to save time and money. However, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is alerting consumers that products and toys purchased early may have since been recalled. Toys with small parts, broken toys, or even toys made with dangerous substances can be potentially fatal for children. A recent statistic stated that 44 percent of toy-related deaths were due to choking, while nearly 80,000 emergency room visits for children under the age of five were a result of toy-related injuries.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Florida's judges and lawyers should no longer "friend" each other on Facebook, the popular social networking site, according to a ruling from the state's Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.
At least one South Florida judge warned her pals with a Facebook status update that they could be "unfriended," and the ruling has prompted others to do the same. The committee ruled Nov. 17 that online "friendships" could create the impression that lawyers are in a special position to influence their judge friends.
Brian Noval learned an important lesson: Never talk back to a judge.
According to WFOR-Ch. 4, Noval's bond hearing Wednesday in front of Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley began like most hearings do -- Noval's name was called, the charges read and bail set.
But Noval, in jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence, objected when Hurley ordered him held without bail.
"Going after somebody with a knife," Hurley said. "The court finds there's a danger to the victim."
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Board of Chiropractic
RULE NO.: RULE TITLE:
64B2-17.0055 Release of Medical Records; Reasonable Costs of Reproduction
PURPOSE AND EFFECT: The Board proposes the rule amendment in order to clarify the costs of reproducing copies >of medical records.
SUMMARY: The costs of reproducing copies of medical records will be clarified.
The Florida Attorney General's office has accused Axiom Worldwide, its president and CEO James J. Gibson, and its vice-president Nicholas Exarhos of using false and misleading claims to market their spinal decompression machines.