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Steps to Take If You are Involved in a Truck Accident in Florida

Posted by on Jan 28, 2017 in Personal Injury Law | Comments Off on Steps to Take If You are Involved in a Truck Accident in Florida

Sharing the roadways with big rigs and tractor-trailers is a fact of life. These trucks serve an integral purpose in interstate commerce, transporting goods from one part of the country to another. However, these trucks, like any other motor vehicle on public roadways, are often involved in motor vehicle accidents. Due to their sizes, accidents with tractor-trailers are often devastating, resulting in great bodily injury or even death. If you are involved in a truck accident in Florida, what should you do?

 

First, if you are able, take photographs of the damage to your vehicle. You may also photograph your injuries and the injuries of your passengers, if any were traveling with you. Take photos of the surrounding area as well—such as any center medians that show damage, any tire tread marks on the roadway, or any broken guardrails. Make sure that you note the time of day the accident occurred, as well as the weather conditions. This information will be important for your attorney to review at a later date.

 

Exchange insurance information with the truck driver and any other drivers involved in the accident, but do not discuss fault or liability. Even a simple “I’m sorry” may be used against you later—so simply exchange information and wait for the police to arrive.

 

If any witnesses are present at the scene of the accident, exchange information with these individuals as well. Get their names, phone numbers, and email addresses. Ask them what they saw and where they were when they saw it. If you have a smartphone and it is still functioning, you could take notes on your phone as to what each witness tells you.

 

Even if you do not think you are seriously injured, you should seek medical attention from first responders. Many injuries manifest later. If you do not seek medical attention and later bring a claim seeking compensation for your injuries, the insurance companies and opposing parties may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.  Similarly, make sure you follow your medical providers’ advice and follow up with other medical professionals as needed during your treatment.

 

Keep detailed, organized records of any treatment that you receive, as well as time you miss from work and other damages you suffer as a result of the accident. It is also a good idea to keep a journal in the event that you need to refresh your memory on how the accident impacted you at a later date. These items will strengthen your case if litigation becomes necessary.

 

Although it may be tempting to share your experience with friends and family on social media, do not post anything on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other platforms. Remember, anything you post on the Internet or even send through text message or email may be used against you. Arguing that you are injured may be difficult if your social media posts show you out and about having a good time with your friends.

 

Although it is not required, hiring a Florida personal injury attorney will protect your legal interests. With the assistance of an attorney, your case will increase in value because your attorney will know all of the avenues of recovery that may be available to you. Your attorney will also be aware of all filing deadlines and other important events in your case. If certain deadlines are missed, a claimant may lose the right to recover damages and may be barred from bringing a claim in the future.

 

Sources:

https://shinerlawgroup.com/

 

http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0600-0699/0627/Sections/0627.736.html

 

http://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/frfaqcrash.html

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Why You Should Hire a Long Island Immigration Lawyer

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Immigration Law | Comments Off on Why You Should Hire a Long Island Immigration Lawyer

The immigration process can be one of the most important events in a person’s life. An immigration application / appeal process can make all the difference in where your children grow up, education and their quality of life, as well as the opportunities they could have. Because immigration law can be so complex, and because major changes happen all the time, finding a good immigration lawyer in Long Island can make all the difference in the world. Do not let bad advice and / or experience from co-workers, friends or relatives lead to your immigration chances being dashed, before you ever get started.

A good immigration lawyer can advise you concerning every detail of Long Island immigration law, the latest changes in the law, as well as your best course of action. They will carefully determine every fact, and every aspect of your individual situation, and give you the best advice, as well as the best chance for emigrating successfully. Your Long Island immigration lawyer will work closely with you, whether it’s by the phone, or in person, and will prepare your case accordingly so that you have the best chances for success. The immigration lawyer will be able to decide exactly what individual immigration benefits you may be eligible for, as well as what immigration agencies you might have to go through.

Even if the immigration process doesn’t seem too complicated, there are plenty of setbacks that may occur, which may disrupt your immigration efforts. Even filling out the immigration application can be confusing, and making one or two mistakes could cost you extra time and money, and possibly could disrupt your whole immigration process. A small mistake could have major effects, as it could limit your immigration options; it could limit your stay in the Long Island, or could result in a complete visa denial. If you end up having to hire an immigration lawyer later on in the process to appeal a decision or prepare a fresh application, it will only cost you more money and aggravation. The smart move is to consult with an immigration lawyer from the very beginning, so that the process will run smoother in the end.

Oftentimes your friends or co-workers, and even some immigration consultants, do not have the necessary training or in-depth knowledge to thoroughly understand and apply complex immigration case- law and statutes, and sometimes are not qualified to help you decide what the best course of action is for your particular situation. The Long Island immigration process is much more detailed and complex than just filling out forms and require real technical knowledge and professional expertise.

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Personal Injury Law : Dog Bites

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Bite, Dog bites, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Personal Injury Law : Dog Bites

So you have been bit by a dog, you are hurt, what do you do? Well its first a good idea to get medical care as soon as possible. Dog bites can get infected quite easily, and depending on the severity of the bite, can have long lasting effects on physical capabilities. Lets assume the dog bite is more minor, perhaps a bite on the leg that has drew blood and caused significant pain and required medical assistance however it was not life threatening. After taking down the dog owner’s contact information, head to the emergency room. Give the doctors the owner’s information so that they can confirm that the dog is licensed to the owner and has been vaccinated for rabies.

After you get home from the hospital, write everything down that you remember from the incident. Log everything that was done and said and add up your medical expenses from the incident. Be sure to include any medications given to you, emergency room/hospital costs, as well as any work you may have had to miss.
After writing down everything that you can remember, all resulting costs, send an itemized list of those costs to the owner. Make sure to include a deadline for payment. Make the deadline reasonable, especially if it is a good amount of money. Wait for the deadline. If you had not heard from the owner, then you may have to take them to small claims court. aid1189791-728px-Treat-a-Dog-Bite-Step-11Small claims court is generally the right place for cases that have damages not exceeding $10,000. This amount can vary depending on the city or state. Make sure to check your local rules to ensure you are filing in the correct court. If you have any questions, make sure to check with an Attorney.

Strict Liability in a Nutshell

Some states have specific dog bite statutes that enact ‘strict liability’ this means that the person who was bit does not have to prove that the dog owner did anything wrong. The theory behind putting strict liability on dog bites is to hold dog owners responsible for the injury their dog inflicts, period. This places a large amount of responsibility on the pet owner, encouraging them to train their pet so they are not aggressive in public. Some jurisdictions may have the “one bite rule”. This rule states the dog owner is held to strict liability only if the dog had bitten someone in the past, or acted in a way that the owner should have known the dog would have bitten someone.In order to win a case of strict liability against a dog owner, you must prove the following:

1) You were bit by the dog

2) The person you are suing is the dog’s owner

3) You did not provoke the dog

4) You were in a public place where you had a right to be

5) You sustained damages.

As you can see, it is pretty easy to meet all the criteria. It is important to note that in most states, you are not limited to suing just under a specific dog bite statute. You may also sue under a common law (the owner knew the dog was aggressive) or negligence theory (the owner should have known the dog.

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