Author: John Lawlor


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Category: Victims of Violence

Lawsuit against Pulse Shooter’s Wife, Employer May Be Thrown Out

The shooting at the Pulse Nightclub last June still casts a dark cloud over Orlando and the LGBT community. While Orlando residents and tourists alike visit the site of the shooting to pay their respects to the 49 victims, the victims’ families are fighting for justice and compensation in court.
 
Unfortunately, these families appear to have hit a roadblock, and their case may be thrown out of court. What happened?
 
To understand, you first have to know who the families were trying to sue and why.
 
Who Is the Lawsuit Against?
 

The person behind the Pulse Nightclub shooting was Omar Mateen. Before the shooting, Mateen was working as a security guard for G4S Secure Solutions.…

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Category: Auto Accidents

New Drivers, More Driving Lead to Surge in Florida Crashes

If you have driven on Florida roads for a few years, you already know that our state does not have a perfect driving record, much less many of the people on the roads. Florida tends to be one of the top states for auto accidents, year after year. If you’ve noticed an increase in the amount of crashes, you’re not alone. The rising number of Florida auto accidents isn’t going to bring us down in the rankings any time soon.
 
In 2016, Florida saw over 3,200 traffic fatalities. That’s almost nine deaths throughout the state every day. The number of traffic fatalities also comes with close to a 10% increase in accidents from 2015, as well as an increase in hit-and-run accidents.…

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Category: Wrongful Death

Abortion May Soon Potentially Qualify as a Wrongful Death

Whatever your opinions on abortion itself, it is hard to argue against the sentiment that the decision to have an abortion is typically a painful one. Many women suffer from mental anguish and trauma after terminating a pregnancy.
 
A bill now making its way through the Florida legislature – HB 19 – seeks not only to acknowledge this suffering, but offer women who have had an abortion to take legal action against the doctor who performed the procedure and receive compensation for what they have had to endure. Essentially, they can file a wrongful death lawsuit because the doctor terminated their pregnancy.
 
How would this work according to the law?…

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Determining Fault in a Chain-Reaction Crash in Florida

Since we live in a no-fault state, most of the time Floridians don’t need to worry too much about who’s to blame for a car crash. Regardless of who caused the accident, PIP will cover both drivers up to $10,000.
 
Unfortunately, if you are seriously hurt in an accident, your costs can easily exceed that amount. Medical bills pile up fast, and you also have to account for things like money lost due to having to take time off of work.
 
Luckily, there’s a way to get compensation from the responsible party – file a personal injury lawsuit. If you can prove the other driver was negligent, you can hold them accountable for their actions and get them to cover your expenses – and possibly even more.…

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It’s Not Just Texting – Avoid These Apps While You’re Driving

Remember “Pokemon Go?” A few months ago, it was the hottest app around. Millions of Pokemon fans around the world could live out their dreams of being a Pokemon master around their town or city. However, just as quickly as it caught on, it started causing controversy – the app was distracting drivers and pedestrians alike, causing countless accidents and even deaths on the road.
 
Pokemon Go shed a fresh light on the fact that phones can cause distracted driving due to more than just texting – you can put yourself in big danger from opening up any app on your phone. In fact, though texting and driving has become the poster child for dangerous behavior while behind the wheel, some sources say that it takes a backseat to the dangers of using phone apps while driving.…

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Hit by a Negligent Driver While Barhopping on NYE? Fight Back

For those who go out to the bars, New Year’s Eve is typically one big mess. It can be a fun mess, but it’s still a mess – people trying to connect with their friends or find that special someone before midnight, drivers acting frustrated and crazy, and everywhere you go you face crowds, crowds, crowds. Living in a warm state like Florida gives you an advantage in this regard: if one place is super busy, you and your friends don’t have to drive to have fun – just walk to the next bar down the street!
 
Unfortunately, not everyone does this. Some just can’t leave their cars behind – even if they have been drinking.…

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You’ve Been in an Accident With An Uber in Florida… Now What?

Uber provides a fantastic opportunity for both drivers and passengers around Florida. For drivers, it’s a great way to make your own hours and earn some easy money. For passengers, it’s relatively cheap, can be ordered with the click of a button, and a great alternative to finding a designated driver when you’re going out for the night or during the holidays.
 
Uber cars, however, can be involved in accidents just like any other vehicle. Uber drivers are not perfect, and even if they are incredibly careful, there’s still the possibility of getting hit by another driver.
 
So what happens when you get into an accident involving an Uber?…

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Florida’s Pure Comparative Negligence Law Can Reduce Compensation

Florida is a no-fault state. That means every driver is required by law to get $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, and that you are automatically covered up to this amount if you are ever injured or your car is damaged in an auto accident.
 
However, sometimes the cost of injuries and other damages goes well above that amount. Moreover, everyone knows that in most car crashes, someone is to blame. Someone is at fault.
 
In our state, those two things align – if your damages are severe, you are allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other driver and attempt to collect compensation by proving their negligence.…

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What Happens If My Car Crash Injuries Don’t Show Up Right Away?

After it is over, it can be easy for auto accident victims to ignore small symptoms. After all, you may experience back or neck pain just from hunching over your work desk all day, so it doesn’t seem all that odd if you have notice them after a crash. Plus, a lot of people are just happy that nothing more serious happened and may want to get back to their normal lives as soon as possible.
 
Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. Often, car crash injuries may not make themselves known right away, and if victims are not seen by a doctor, problems can stick around for years – and even develop into something worse.…

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Category: Auto Defects | Auto Recalls

Lawmakers Push to Punish Auto Manufacturers for Faulty Products

Can you imagine trying to sell a car without seatbelts? It wasn’t so long ago that doing so was not only possible, but quite common.
 
In 1966, President Johnson signed the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. This groundbreaking legislation set safety standards that has led to things like the presence of airbags, antilock brakes, and seatbelts. It also greatly reduced the amount of auto accidents and traffic-related fatalities. Estimates say that the law has saved 453,000 lives since 1975.
 
How did the law come about?
 
It was inspired partially by “Unsafe at Any Speed,” a book written by Ralph Nader (yes, that Ralph Nader). The book notoriously called out automakers for hesitating to add safety features, and the lack of regulation that allowed automobiles to be so unsafe.…

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