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HS Basketball Dangers Florida Parents Should Watch Out For

 
We’re right in the middle of high school basketball season in Florida, and if your child is on the team at his or her school, you’re likely caught up in the excitement of it all. However, it’s important to remember that basketball is a contact sport and injuries do happen. In fact, over the past several years injuries have actually been on the rise.
 
In this post, we’re going to cover some facts about basketball injuries, which ones happen most commonly, and what you can do if an injury occurs due to someone else’s negligence.
 
Facts about Basketball Injuries
 
Basketball is far more than simply running back and forth on a court.…

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What to Do If You Were Injured by a Holiday Gift in Florida

 
The holidays have come and gone, and most of us have gotten back to life as usual. However, if you were injured by a holiday gift, you may be left with painful and debilitating injuries – not to mention hefty medical bills. You may even be unable to return to work, compromising your family’s financial future.
 
Seeking damages for your injuries can help to address these concerns.
 
Many times, product-related injuries are due to defects in product design or manufacturing, or to inadequacies in the product’s warnings and instructions. A successful product liability claim generally requires a thorough investigation of the product by experts, and documentation of your injuries and their financial and emotional ramifications.…

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If You Suffered Damage from Irma, You Can Still Apply to FEMA

If you are a survivor of Hurricane Irma in Florida, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still offering assistance – but not for much longer. You must act quickly if you need federal help.
 
The date has been extended so you can file for FEMA individual disaster assistance through Nov. 24. FEMA extended the deadline for anyone who needs coverage for personal property loss, home repairs, or rental assistance which has not been covered by insurance.
 
How to get help from FEMA
 
Contact FEMA online at disasterassistance.gov or call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day of the week.
 
You can also access other recovery resources, including unemployment help, family services, and mental health services.…

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House Passes Bill to Reduce Mass Tort and Class Action Lawsuits

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.…

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Prepare for the Potential Fallout of Filing a Slip and Fall Lawsuit

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.…

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Florida Football Player’s Death Leads to Lawsuit for University

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.…

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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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Is Florida Planning to End Personal Injury Protection?

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.…

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What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

 
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.…

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5 Things You Should Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

 
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.…

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