Author: John Lawlor


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Category: Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death in Florida: The Elements You Need to Prove to Win

Prior to the 19th century, wrongful death and survivor statutes did not exist. Back then it was only the injured person who could bring forth a legal claim (“tort”) for any wrongdoings done against them. The family or heirs of a person who died as a result of another person’s negligence, carelessness, or intentional act could, therefore, not sue. Basically, when the injured party died, so did the legal claim.
Thankfully, things today are different, and the estate of a deceased person can sue for wrongful death per Florida statutes section 768.19. Our state defines wrongful death as death that can be attributed partially or wholly to the wrongful act, default, negligence, or breach of duty by another person or entity.…

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Category: Legal Malpractice

Damages You Can Sue for in Florida Legal Malpractice Claims

 
Has a Florida attorney handled your case in a negligent manner? Did it cause you injury?
 
If so, you may be able to file a legal malpractice lawsuit against them. In this post, we’re going to describe what damages you can sue your ex-lawyer for.
 
First let’s look at what it takes to have a winning case.
 
Understanding the Legal Malpractice Laws of Florida
 
If an attorney acts with negligence that causes losses for you, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.
 
How can you prove that they are guilty of malpractice and should be held liable?
 
The court will look at several key components before ruling on your case:
 

Did the attorney owe you a duty of care?…

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How to Get the Right (Safe) Car for Your Florida Teen

 
Are you looking to buy your teen their first car?
 
It’s a bigger decision than you might realize. While the vehicle they drive isn’t everything, it could be the difference between them getting into a serious car accident or keeping a clean record – and teens aren’t exactly known as the safest drivers on the road.
 
That’s why we decided to compile a list of what types of cars are safest for your teen – and the other drivers who will be sharing the road with them.
 
First, what not to get – and why.
 
Why an Old Beater Isn’t Best for Your Florida Teen
 
Many parents think that getting an old, cheap car is the best choice for their teen’s first car.…

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Black Friday Injuries Floridians Should Watch Out For

 
Headed out to shop on Black Friday? Be careful.
 
You probably don’t consider this shopping “holiday” especially dangerous. However, with about 90 million Americans ravenous for deals on Black Friday – causing heavy crowds and extra traffic – numerous Florida shoppers to suffer injuries every single year.
 
In this post, we’ll cover the most common injuries that happen on Black Friday, how you can protect yourself, and what you can do to get help if you or a loved one is hurt.
 
Common Types of Shopping Injuries
 
Shopping injuries can result whether you are in a major retail store, small retail business, or shopping mall. Injuries can be minor, or they can require extensive medical treatment.…

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Florida Parents: Protect Your Kids from These Common Holiday Injuries

Halloween is just the beginning of the holiday season, and there are lots of ways your kids can get hurt over the next few months.
 
Below, we’re going to cover common injuries that kids suffer over the holidays and let you know how you can get help if the worst does occur and your child has an accident.
 
Car Crashes
 
Yes, auto accidents can happen any time of the year, but as more people hit the roads during the holidays, the risk of a car crash increases. To protect your child:
 

Stay alert when you are driving
Make sure your child’s car seat is the right type for his or her height and weight
Always wear your seat belt
Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking

Choking
 
Your child can choke on any piece of food that is too hard or too big.…

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The Difference between Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Florida

 
The death of a loved one is a tragic and devastating event for the entire family, and it is even worse if that death could have been prevented but for the negligent actions of another party.
 
In Florida, the deceased person’s family members may choose to recover damages for the pain, suffering, and financial burdens associated with their loved one’s death if that death could have been prevented. Typically, there are two types of claims that can be filed after the loss of a loved one – wrongful death and survival actions.
 
Although wrongful death and survival actions are similar and are sometimes confused, there are several key differences.…

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Apps That Can Save You from Florida Traffic – and an Accident

 
Looking for an app to make your commute more efficient?
 
These apps can help you avoid congested roads to make your trip faster and safer and decrease your chances of getting in an accident.
 
Best Driving and Traffic Apps
 
These are the most popular driving apps on the market right now that can help you have a faster, safer commute.
 
Google Maps
Use this navigation tool to plan your route, whether you are using your car, bike, public transportation, a taxi, or simply walking. People enjoy its accuracy and ease of use. It has intuitive programming to help you find the best way.
 
As a nice bonus, you can also use this app to book restaurant reservations, check reviews, or order food from your phone.…

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Florida Schools Are Back in Session – Driving Reminders to Stay Safe

Florida schools are just starting up for the fall. Although going back to school is exciting for kids (and a relief for many parents), this time of year also comes with increased risks for certain types of accidents, particularly in school zones. As students and drivers adjust to safety rules in school zones, there is often an increase in crashes.
 
School zones are often chaotic, so it may be easier to become involved in an accident than you think. Below we cover driving reminders to stay safe. More children are hit by cars near schools than in any other location. This means that as a responsible driver, you’ll need to share the road with pedestrians, buses, other drivers, and children on bicycles in school zones.
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How to Sue a Florida Funeral Home for Negligence

 
Florida law considers death to be sacred. Because of this, it must be handled properly by funeral homes and mortuaries. If negligence occurs in these places regarding how your loved one’s remains are handled, you may have the right to seek compensation.
 
In this post, we’ll explain ways funeral homes can be negligent, how the laws work, and what you can do to get help.
 
What Qualifies as Funeral Home or Mortuary Negligence in Florida?
 
When you choose a funeral home or mortuary’s services, the business has a duty to provide you with a reasonable standard of care. Whatever services the average person would expect to receive under similar circumstances set the expectation of reasonable care.…

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Ways Florida Kids Get Hurt at Summer Camp – and What to Do About It           

 
Is your child attending a summer camp this year? You need to know what to do if your child experiences an injury at summer camp. In this post, we’ll tell you about the most common injuries and ways to protect your child against them. We’ll also let you know what to do if your child was injured due to someone else’s negligence.
 
Most Common Florida Summer Camp Injuries
 
Your child may experience one or more of these most common types of summer camp injuries.
 
Falls or Collisions
Whether your child is attending a sports camp, nature camp, arts camp, or any other type, dangerous falls may occur.…

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