When a widely used product causes damages to a lot of people, the victims may all file together against the manufacturer in something called a “mass tort” or a “class action lawsuit.” These types of lawsuits make it easier for each person to get the compensation they need.
How do they work? By taking part in a class action or mass tort lawsuit, each individual plaintiff will not have go to through the long, drawn-out process of going to trial (although this often results in less money awarded per person).
If you are considering filing a claim in a mass tort or class action lawsuit, you may want to check in with your lawmakers first.…
We’ve all heard the story of the woman who sued McDonald’s after her coffee spilled and burned her legs. Many news sources and comedians joked about the story, essentially shaming the woman for taking McDonald’s to court.
The worst part is that most of these people likely didn’t do their homework. They heard about a woman suing over spilling coffee on herself and immediately found the story ridiculous and frivolous.
If you are thinking about filing a personal injury lawsuit related to a product or premises liability, it’s important to understand that you may end up facing similar ridicule due to a lack of true understanding. This should in no way stop you from fighting for the compensation you deserve, but you need to know the public perception that you may be up against in addition to your battle against those who caused your injury.…
Physical trainers and coaches are supposed to push you to your limits, but they also have a responsibility to know where those limits are. Going too far over the limit can severely injure you, and in some cases may even have fatal consequences.
Such is the situation in the sad case of Colt Cardwell, and now his coaches are facing legal consequences as the family presses for justice and accountability with a wrongful death lawsuit.
On February 10, 2015, Colt Cardwell was at conditioning practice with the Warner University football team. Cardwell had transferred to the school earlier in the year to play as an offensive lineman.
During conditioning, he registered heightened blood pressure and experienced trouble breathing, but was allowed by coaches to continue training.…
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.…
Last week, a $125,000 contract was awarded to an actuarial consulting firm to study and predict what would happen if personal injury protection (PIP) was removed from Florida’s state laws. The study was proposed by the Office of Insurance Regulation, and will begin shortly. In September, the results will be presented to Florida Governor Rick Scott, the Senate president, and the House Speaker.
What does this mean? Will PIP end? What might happen if this occurs? To delve into the issue, first we have to look at PIP itself.
What Is Personal Injury Protection?
Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage is another name for Florida’s “no-fault” insurance system. We are one of a dozen states that have no-fault auto insurance laws.…
If you’ve suffered an injury and are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you’re probably wondering how much your case might be worth. Is there some specific formula that is used?
Yes and no.
Generally speaking, insurance adjusters do use a formula to help determine a settlement:
Cost of medical expenses + (medical expenses X 1.5) + loss of income
In other words, if you have $10,000 in medical expenses and lost $5,000 because you weren’t able to work, their settlement offer will likely be in the neighborhood of $30,000. But here’s the thing: that’s just a starting point. And depending on the severity of your injuries and what you’ve suffered, they may end up multiplying by up to 5 – or more – instead of 1.5.…
If have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for the damages you have suffered. But trying to get compensation by yourself isn’t easy. You need the help of an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer.
But you shouldn’t turn to just anyone. You need the right injury attorney. Before you make a decision on who you want to represent you, here are five things you should look for in a personal injury lawyer.
1. Experience. This is one of the top qualities you want in a personal injury lawyer. Talk to people around you and see if they have any good recommendations.…
With year-round warm weather and stunning vistas to enjoy, you might think our state would be a cyclist’s dream. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
In fact, a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention named Florida the number one most deadly state for cyclists. The CDC report combined data from 1975 to 2012, measuring the rate of bicycle deaths associated with traffic.
The report turned up some interesting data points. The rate of mortality in bicycle accidents in America ranges significantly, from 0.04 per 100,000 in the lowest state, Vermont, to a high of 0.57 per 100,000 in Florida. And though bicycles account for only 1% of transportation, cyclists die on US roadways at a rate twice that of those in motor vehicles.…
Injuries often happen at the worst possible time. You may be feeling perfectly healthy and fit… and then an unexpected accident occurs, leaving you debilitated and riddled with pain.
Perhaps you slip and fall in a grocery store, or are involved in a car accident where your neck is injured. You may be hurt while on vacation or after being knocked off your bicycle.
Whatever the cause, even mild injuries can have a lasting effect on your work and personal life. There are many different types of injuries, and each kind may take a different length of time to recover. During the recovery process, you may be unable to perform well at work or complete daily tasks as effectively as you once did.…
In the aftermath of an accident, you may be juggling a range of emotions and difficult questions.
“Why did this happen? How will this injury affect me? Can I afford these medical bills? What if I’m too hurt to work?”
As you struggle with the pain, stress, and confusion, hiring a personal injury lawyer may be the furthest thing from your mind. Yet in many circumstances, finding an experienced injury attorney to help file a personal injury claim may be the solution to many of the problems you are grappling with. With an injury lawyer on your side, you may be able to obtain compensation for medical bills and lost wages.…