Is a wrongful death settlement taxable in Florida?

You have filed a wrongful death claim for your loved one and you are wondering if you will have to pay a chunk of the money to the government in taxes. To determine whether a wrongful death settlement is taxable, you need to consider both state and federal taxes as well as what the settlement covers. Is there state income …

Can a Pedestrian Hit by a Car in a Parking Lot File an Injury Claim?

In Florida, if you are a pedestrian hit by a car in a parking lot, the driver’s insurance policy should cover your damages, which may include medical bills, lost wages, or costs related to your injury. Every driver is required by law to maintain no-fault, PIP (personal injury protection) coverage, which unfortunately only covers up to $10,000 in damages. The …

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Accident: 6 Things You Must Do

Knowing what to do after a slip and fall accident can mean the difference between winning compensation and having the insurer deny your claim. Regardless of whether you suffer injuries in a business, public place, or in your friend’s home, follow these six steps: Prioritize Your Health Getting the medical care you need should always be your top priority. If …

Injury Claims Filed for 2011-2017 Ford Explorer Exhaust Leaks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently investigating 2011 to 2015 Ford Explorers for potentially dangerous defects with the exhaust system. Additional model years 2016 and 2017 may also be defective. Hundreds of consumers filed complaints after noticing a sulfur smell in the cabin of their vehicles. Investigators are unsure of how many people have suffered injury from …

Most Common Types of Pharmacy Malpractice

Pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and other trained employees must adhere to very specific guidelines. Because their job is often life or death for patients, they undergo extensive training to ensure they understand and obey these guidelines. Still, mistakes happen. Pharmacy mistakes occur in many ways, and can cause a wide variety of issues for patients. Some of the most common types …

Recovering Compensation for Defective Machinery on a Construction Site

Dealing with heavy machinery and equipment is a daily occurrence for Florida construction workers. Some of these machines, such as cranes or forklifts, are extremely dangerous even when properly maintained and produced. But when workers use defective machinery on construction sites, they can lose limbs, the ability to walk, and sometimes even their lives. If you were injured after using …

AAA Report: Not Getting Enough Sleep Increases Crash Risk

A full night’s sleep is vital to safe driving. According to a recent AAA Foundation survey, skipping out on even one or two hours of sleep the night before can make you more likely to have an accident. Sleeping only four to five hours versus seven to eight hours increases your risk of an accident as much as driving with …

4 Essential Qualities to Look for in a Truck Accident Attorney in Fort Lauderdale

Semi-truck accidents can leave innocent victims stranded in the hospital with piles of bills stacking up. Fortunately, there is help for people injured by negligent truck drivers. With the assistance of an attorney, you can file a claim for compensation and recover enough money to pay for your medical expenses and more. But with so many attorneys claiming to be …

Florida Highway Patrol Ticketing to Stop Aggressive Driving

Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is asking drivers to show a little TACT while driving this month. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks, or TACT, initiative is a statewide safety campaign that will run through October 20, 2016. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of fatal accidents caused by aggressive driving. How bad is aggressive driving in …

Study Finds 14 Accidents Related to Pokémon GO Use While Driving

Pokémon GO, the new virtual reality game that has swept the globe, is so tempting for some people that they play it while driving or while crossing the street. Not surprisingly, distraction related to the game has caused accidents. A Recent Study Links Pokémon GO to Distracted Driving A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine took a sample of …

Accounting for the Long-Term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries

Personal injury claims involving spinal cord injuries are often eligible for higher settlements because of their long-term effects. These injuries affect not only the person’s health, but also their finances and their mental wellbeing. These effects can even extend to family caretakers and will last the lifetime of the injured person. Long-term Effects of Spinal Cord Injuries on Your Health …

3 Reasons Why Texting and Driving Is Dangerous

We have all seen it; you glance at the car speeding down the road next to you and see the driver is texting. And while many people write it off as “something everyone does,” texting and driving is dangerous. Why is texting and driving dangerous? It is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do behind the wheel. …

FMCSA, NHTSA Want to Cap Truck Drivers’ Speed

Accidents involving commercial trucks or buses are among the most dangerous a driver can be involved in. Their sheer size makes these vehicles capable of doing serious damage to anyone around them. That is why two Department of Transportation (DOT) agencies are fighting to set a truck driver speed cap. What is the proposed speed cap? The National Highway Traffic …

Determining Rear-End Collision Fault

Many people believe that a driver in the rear vehicle during a rear-end collision is always at fault for the crash, regardless of the circumstances. In many cases, it is true that the rear driver is to blame. However, there is no rule that says the driver in the rear vehicle is automatically at fault. Instead, the law looks at …

Pedestrian Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe While Walking in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is the second most dangerous city in the United States for pedestrians. While the city is making efforts to improve pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, pedestrians must take matters into their hands. As a pedestrian, you have the power to help reduce your risk of being injured while walking in Fort Lauderdale. To stay safe walking to work or just taking …

AAA Survey Finds 8 in 10 Drivers Admit to Having Road Rage

According to a recent AAA report, 78 percent of U.S. drivers self-report having road rage. That’s nearly 8 in every 10 drivers who reported engaging in an aggressive driving behavior within the last year. AAA conducted the study, which involved 2,705 drivers, in 2014. While few reported regularly engaging in the various behaviors AAA asked about, a significant portion of …

Tips for Staying Out of Truck Blind Spots and Staying Safe Around Trucks

Driving around large trucks can be unnerving and dangerous, but if you stay away from truck blind spots, you can easily maneuver around the truck and get to your destination safe and sound. What are truck blind spots? Every car has blind spots; however, a truck driver’s blind spot, the area he cannot see, is much larger. The four truck …

Before You Accept that Settlement, Consider the Long-term Costs of Brain Injuries

There is no doubt that suffering a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is life changing. Many brain injuries are catastrophic events for both the victim and their family. In fact, more than 5.3 million Americans currently live with permanent disabilities after suffering a TBI. Even when these injuries are not permanent, they often require extensive medical care and ongoing therapy to …

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Signs & Symptoms of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and poisonous gas, which is why it is sometimes referred to as the “invisible killer.” Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common, industrial hazard, but many people are injured or killed by the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning at home and on vacation while in hotels, garages, cars, and boats. Everyone is at …

Signs & Symptoms of a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injuries are classified as mild, moderate or severe. Even so-called “mild closed head injuries” can cause deficits in thinking skills, emotional and behavioral functions, as well as physical abilities. Cognitive problems associated with brain injuries include impaired memory, concentration, attention, slowed learning, and difficulty with planning, reasoning or judgment (executive functioning). People with brain injuries may not be …

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Crash Report Akron, Ohio N237WR

Summation of NTSB crash report Akron, Ohio – N237WR – November 10, 2015. Aircraft: BRITISH AEROSPACE HS 125 700A, registration: N237WR Injuries: 9 Fatal. On November 10, 2015, about 1452 eastern standard time (EST), Execuflight flight 1526, a British Aerospace HS 125-700A, N237WR, departed controlled flight while on approach to landing at Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR) and impacted a …

Diminished Value Claim Get Your Money Back

Diminished value claims can mean more money in your pocket after a car crash if the there driver is at fault.  If you have been in a car accident and the other driver damages your car then their insurance company should pay to repair your vehicle. However, once your vehicle is repaired it is worth far less than it was …

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Breaking: Lawsuit filed against 10 automakers over keyless ignition carbon monoxide deaths

According to Scripps News: “Ten of the world’s largest automakers are facing a consumer class action lawsuit filed early Wednesday morning in California on behalf of millions of Americans who own or lease vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions. The suit alleges the automakers have known for years about increased dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning when people mistakenly leave their keyless ignition …

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Taking on Corporate Giants

I asked myself the other day if my life’s work has made a difference for my clients? I think that it has. Every day our team takes on cases against corporate giants listed on the Fortune 500 for our clients. We looked at last year’s Fortune 500 List, and we were amazed at how many of these companies we have recovered …