Author: Ben Murphey


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FL Has Most Road Rage Cases in US – How to Handle a Raging Driver

 
 
If you live in Florida and you have a driver’s license, you probably already know that our state has a lot of angry people on the road. However, you likely aren’t completely aware of the magnitude of the problem.
 
Following an inside look at data from D.C.-based non-profit Gun Violence Archive, Tampa Bay’s ABC affiliate, WFTS, reports that Florida leads the nation in road rage cases, surpassing both California and Texas in the total number of incidents since 2014.
 
Think about that for a moment. In 2017, California was home to 39.5 million people, and Texas boasted more than 28 million. What’s our population here in Florida?…

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Gee, the Traffic is Terrific – December Driving Accidents in Florida

 
2017 marked the ninth consecutive year of rising year-end travel, with some 97.4 million people driving on a trip, and there’s no indication of a change in 2018. What’s more, Orlando, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale all landed in AAA’s top 10 holiday travel destinations.
 
Combine the 14 million licensed drivers on Florida roadways every day with more Floridians taking time off work for the holidays, plus the massive influx of December visitors, and it’s no surprise that Florida’s Integrated Report Exchange System – or FIRES – lists the final month of the year as the top month for auto accidents three out of the last five years (2013-2017).
 
If you happen to end up injured by a holiday run-in on our roadways, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you navigate your next steps.…

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Holiday Decorating: How Floridians Can Avoid Electrical Injuries

The holiday season is here, and many people will be putting up decorative lighting here in Florida. If you’re one of them, you need to know the risks associated with holiday electrical injuries.
 
In this post, we’re going to tell you which injuries are most common, how serious they are, and let you know what you can do to fight back if you are injured due to a defective product or another type of negligence.
 
Florida Electrical Injuries Can Be Serious
 
Electrical accidents from holiday lighting can cause serious injury or death. These are the most common types of injuries associated with electricity:
 

Skin burns
Nerve damage
Heart damage
Seizures
Lack of concentration
Memory loss
Coordination problems
Balance issues

As a result of these injuries, you could also experience anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.…

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Category: Bad Faith Insurance

No, the Florida Supreme Court’s Recent Decision Won’t Change Bad Faith

 
Bad faith insurance occurs when the insurer somehow fails to honor the terms of an insurance policy, acting in so-called “bad faith.”
 
Bad faith insurance claims can become surprisingly complex, particularly when a third party becomes involved. Courts sometimes rely on precedent from prior bad faith cases to make a final judgment, meaning that high-profile cases often cause a stir in the legal community due to potential changes in precedent.
 
A recent ruling by the Florida supreme court has drawn significant attention, with some predicting that the ruling will significantly change how bad faith insurance cases are handled in Florida.
 
Below, we’re going to detail the ruling, and why it is unlikely to cause much of a change.…

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How Florida Parents Get Kids Riding Again after a Bike Crash (and Why)

 
A bike crash is often a frightening and traumatic experience for children – especially if the crash was severe. This can lead to a lot of anxiety when it comes to getting your little one back in the saddle. Sometimes for parents and children alike.
 
In most cases, it’s best to get your child back to riding her bike as soon as health and safety concerns have been addressed – more on that below. Getting back on the proverbial horse (or bike) will help your kid regain her confidence, and to overcome some of the fear and anxiety that may be lingering from the crash.
 
However, pushing your child to start riding again can often be counterproductive, leading to more anxiety that will ultimately compound on itself.…

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Outdoor Slips and Trips: What Causes Floridians to Fall When Outside?

 
Most of the time when you hear about someone slipping and falling outside, it’s due to weather, and the vast majority of those accidents are a result of weather Floridians don’t really see – snow and ice.
 
So, why exactly do people in Florida slip and fall outdoors?
 
Regardless of our warm weather, there are all kinds of conditions that can lead to Floridians falling while outside. Below, we’re going to detail some of the most the common causes of outdoor slip and fall accidents, as well as what you can do to seek compensation if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence.
 
Cluttered areas
 
If you are walking in an area cluttered by items or debris, you have an increased risk of slipping and falling.…

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Category: Electocution

How Floridians Can Fight Back after an Electrocution Injury

 
If you experience an electrocution injury, who can you hold responsible? In this post, we’ll describe common reasons for electrocution injuries and how you can fight back for compensation if someone else caused your injury.
 
The Risk of Electrocution
 
It’s easy to take electricity for granted in our plugged-in society. It’s also easy to forget that electricity can cause serious health issues or death if the current does not flow properly.
 
Every year, about 400 people are killed in the U.S. due to electrocution injuries, and another 4,400 are injured.
 
Electrocution often occurs on the job, especially in the construction industry. It is second only to falls as the leading cause of death for construction workers.…

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Understanding Third Party Negligence in Florida Sexual Assault Claims

 
Sexual assault is a crime that has a long-lasting effect on survivors. They may require extensive medical help. Have difficulty returning to normal tasks like going to work. Struggle with dating and intimacy. Need to attend counseling sessions or treatment for the trauma of the incident.
 
While criminal charges and jail time for the perpetrator may offer some peace of mind, this peace of mind might not last long. Moreover, all too often those responsible for sexual violence face little to no criminal penalties.
 
Worse, all of those “effects” mentioned above tend to come with big financial costs that can easily become a huge drain on survivors. What can they do to get their lives back on track?…

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Category: Bicycle Accidents

Top Ways Drivers Cause Florida Bike Accidents

Bicycling has many advantages for Floridians. You get exercise. Save on gas money and auto repairs. Leave less of a carbon footprint.
 
Unfortunately, one of the biggest drawbacks is a lack of safety, and one of the biggest reasons for this is the high number of bicycle accidents caused by vehicles every year. In this post, we’ll explain how negligent drivers often cause bicycle accidents and what to do if you have been hurt.

Bicycle Injuries and Motorists in Florida
 
About half a million bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year in the U.S., and over 800 people die from bicycle accidents. Many of these deaths and injuries are caused by crashes with motor vehicles, and these numbers continue to rise.…

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Florida Tesla Fire Raises Questions about Defective Cars and Liability

A recent Tesla crash that involved the car catching fire and killed two teens is now being investigated by authorities.
 
A 2014 Tesla Model S allegedly had a battery fire, which led to the deaths of two 18-year-old male teens. A third teenaged male was ejected from the vehicle and was treated for injuries. The police report indicates that speed played a role in the crash. The Fort Lauderdale incident is now under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
 
In this post, we’ll discuss how auto defects create liability for crash injuries, and we’ll explain how compensation works for car crash product liability cases.
 
Numerous Tesla Accidents Involving Fires
 
Tesla cars have been in the news for several fires over the past few years.…

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