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Auto & Motorcycle Accidents

Auto Accidents are responsible for over 3 million injuries a year.

Unfortunately, car accidents are extremely common as drivers are becoming more distracted and paying less attention while driving automobiles. This can have serious effects on victims, leaving some seriously injured, permanently hurt, and financially devastated

If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, our firm can help. We have lawyers who are experienced in handling Auto Accident claims and have handled thousands of these cases. You will receive the highest quality legal representation for your case.

Auto Accident Facts

Car crashes claim 400,000 lives every year.

Fatal car accidents serve as the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 34.

Every day, approximately 115 people die from motor vehicle accidents.

Damages from auto crashes total $150 billion annually.

Every person is likely to experience at least one car accident during their lifetime.

In most cases, we can assist in recovering your lost wages, medical bills, property damage, loss oflife's joys, and other related costs. We will also help you deal with your auto insurance company as far as making any necessary claims, in addition to handling your case against the at-fault driver's insurance company. Even if you are not sure if you are to blame for the accident, please consult withus immediately to discuss a possible auto accident lawsuit. We may still be able to help you with your auto accident claim.


Medical Malpractice

A mere 13 percent of patients who are seriously injured due to medical negligence ever file a Medical Malpractice lawsuit.

The attorneys who handle medical malpractice claims all have had prior experience as defense attorneys for physicians and hospitals. If you have a potential medical malpractice claim, please fill out our free case evaluation form.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional neglects or omits adequate treatment to a patient, resulting in an injury. When a negligent doctor, nurse or other medical staff disregardsstandard procedures and causes harm to a patient, a medical malpractice lawyer should be contacted immediately. Errors in medication, unnecessary surgery, hospital infections, hospital errors and harmful effects from medication cost 225,000 American lives per year. An attorney knowledgeable in medical law can seek compensation for lost wages, unnecessary medical costs and pain and suffering for victims of medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice can occur in any medical field. In addition to hospital malpractice, other types of professional medical malpractice include chiropractic malpractice, dental negligence, malpracticeby an OB/GYN, orthopedic malpractice, psychiatric malpractice, cosmetic surgery errors andnursing home negligence. Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) can also commit professionalmalpractice by refusing eligible members, denying coverage after hearing a policy member's dilemma or refusing to pay for treatments solely because of cost.


Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect

Neglect and abuse of the elderly happens every day and can be physical, emotional, or simple negligence. Whatever form it may take, Nursing Home Abuse must be stopped. The first step is recognizing what constitutes abuse or neglect of the elderly. While neglect of the elderly does not seem as severe as abuse, it occurs more often. Neglect qualifies as the failure of a senior's caretaker to execute the degree of care expected from a person in their position. Victims of nursing homeneglect can experience bedsores, dehydration, malnutrition, medication errors, weight loss, poor personal hygiene and falls. Evidence of elderly abuse is often displayed through rocking, sucking or biting, as well as unexplained open wounds, broken bones, cuts, bruises, burns and over-sedation.

Types of Abuse or Neglect

If you suspect or have witnessed nursing home abuse or neglect, consult an attorney immediately.Types of nursing home abuse can include general neglect, as well as physical, sexual, financial and psychological abuse. Serious examples of abuse in nursing homes may include:

Hitting, pushing or shoving

Improperly restraining

Rape or sexual assault

Isolation from friends and family

Tricking a resident into signing a will, contract or other legal document

Mental or emotional abuse, including verbal threats, babying and silent treatment

Statistics compiled by the National Center on Elder Abuse show that between 1986 and 1994, the number of elder abuse incidents roughly doubled from 120,000 to 240,000. Another study reported that 30% of 5,283 nursing homes were cited for almost 9,000 instances of abuse between 1999 and2000. As more elderly people enter nursing homes, the instances of nursing home abuse cases also increase. By 2030, one in five Americans will be a senior citizen, many of them residing in assisted living facilities. This increase will likely result in an increased workload for nursing home staff members, increased stress, and a rise in nursing home personnel who have not received proper training. Consequently, the number of cases of abuse and neglect of the elderly will likely continue to rise.


Slip & Fall Accidents

Many cases concerning Premise Liability involve slip and fall accidents. These cases are not always as simple as they may appear because they frequently involve complex issues regarding insurance coverage and liability. Many people are not aware that most homeowners' insurance policies provide coverage of medical bills regardless of fault; all that must be proven is that a person was injured onthe property covered by the homeowners' policies. It is not necessary to prove fault on behalf of the homeowner. More importantly, claims are paid by an insurance company and not the actual homeowner.

However, claims must usually be made in a time span which is much shorter than the four-year statute of limitations which is normally applicable in Florida. The time frame is determined fromthe insurance policy itself, so it is important to speak with an experienced attorney who has handled similar cases. Cases involving businesses typically involve complex issues of insurance coverage.Some businesses are covered by multiple insurance policies, and it is important to fully understand each of these policies before making a claim. Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with the many issues that may arise from Premise Liability cases. We have worked with numerous clients who have been hurt on property owned by another person.


Cruise Ships

Cruise Lines and their Vessels are governed by Maritime Law and must meet a comprehensive set of Coast Guard Rules and Regulations to ensure both passenger and crew safety. It is commonplace for cruise ship companies to be careless when it comes to ensuring the safety of those on the ship. Many passengers and crew have fallen victim to injury and even death because of a cruise line's negligence. Injuries happen when the cruise line fails to have appropriate safety guidelines in place and when crew members ignore those guidelines. Minimal security has encouraged attacks onpassengers and crew. Frequent accidents on cruise ships include falls, faulty equipment, sexual assault by crew or passengers, food poisoning, and injuries while on an excursion or other stops on land.

What to do if injured on a Cruise Ship

1. Alert the crew and ship's physician right a1way.

2. Photograph the scene, including anything that may have contributed to the injury.

3. Take note of the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any possible witnesses, including passengers and crew.

4. Photograph the injury if there is visual evidence.

5. Request copies of your medical records and other documentation prior to the end of the trip.

6. If you suffer a severe injury, and you're well offshore or visiting a foreign country, requestthat the cruise company return you to the US for medical attention.

7. Hold on to all paperwork from the cruise. 8. Make a copy of the incident report.

Important Things to Remember

It is very possible that a cruise line is responsible for the injuries you suffered aboard the ship. If you are hurt away from the ship, it is still wise to thoroughly document everything that occurred. Don't forget you're being watched; most cruise ships are stocked with video cameras that may haverecorded your accident on tape. Usually, the cruise ship staff is required to file reports on all injured passengers. Employees who will keep an eye on you include the cabin steward, purser, waiters, bartenders, doctors and medical assistants. Get a second medical opinion as soon as you return home because the medical care onboard a cruise ship is generally not top quality. The Coast Guarddoes not standardize the quality of medical care onboard cruise ships. Medical accommodations are rather sparse on cruise ships and are similar to walk-in clinics with the bare essentials; some do not even have the ability to take x-rays.

Check the back of your cruise ticket for a contract containing such information as rules and regulations and liability information. Read the ticket carefully, and retain it for future reference. Cruise line contracts contain specific limitations regarding the time and place in which a claim can be filed. Get in touch with a maritime lawyer immediately, and refrain from speaking to the cruise line claims people until you've sought out an attorney.