How Will a Prior Injury Affect My Personal Injury Claim?

August 2, 2010

Anyone who has lived a fairly active lifestyle has probably incurred an injury to their neck, back or an extremity. Unfortunately, many people have also sustained prior injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls or other accidental mishaps with varying degrees of permanent impairment. Many of my clients who seek my […]

Liability under Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine, or “Be careful who drives your car”

July 30, 2010

Under Florida law, motor vehicles have been classified as “dangerous instrumentalities”, a legal determination which can result in significant consequences when a vehicle is involved in an accident which causes personal injuries to others. The doctrine itself is rooted in the “common law” ( or case law) and provides that if the owner of a […]

How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney, or “Can he find the Courthouse?”

July 7, 2010

In this day and age, consumers are literally bombarded with advertising messages from personal injury attorneys. Billboards, Yellow Pages, Internet sites and Television ads all tout how “aggressive” a particular law firm or attorney is in handling personal injury matters. While being “aggressive” is not necessarily a bad quality , you must look beyond the […]

How Much is my Personal Injury case worth?

June 29, 2010

        When meeting with clients who have been injured, whether in auto accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice or other cases, this is usually one of the first questions I am asked. While I certainly understand my clients’ interest in the value of their claim, my usual response is that much more investigation will need […]

Slip and Fall ? Florida Legislators put the Burden back on You

June 22, 2010

       Well, the business friendly legislature in Tallahassee has struck again. First they imposed restrictions on Worker’s Compensation claimants which basically drove claimants’ attorneys out of business and now they have enacted legislation which makes slip and fall injury cases nearly impossible to prove – as if Publix and other merchants needed any more advantages […]

Personal Injury Settlements in the Shadow of Medicare

June 7, 2010

        I guess it was inevitable that the specter of the Federal government would cast its shadow upon settlement agreements between plaintiffs and private insurers, especially in these days of the perceived health care “crisis” and ever expanding Federal entitlement programs.         Since the 1980′s, Medicare has been considered a “secondary” payer, meaning that all […]

Traffic Citation in Auto Accident? The Jury will never know

May 28, 2010

      In my personal injury practice, I constantly interview new clients involved in auto accidents  to obtain the specifics of the accident, their injuries and the extent of the available insurance coverage. On most occasions, the client tells me early on in the interview that the other driver was issued a traffic citation for careless […]

Tampa Bay Area Pain Management Clinics exposed

May 25, 2010

      In my personal injury practice in Tampa Bay, my clients, as part of their treatment for injuries suffered in auto accidents, slip and falls  and other negligence cases, are often referred to legitimate pain management specialists for follow up care. Most pain management physicians are board certified anesthesiologists or have obtained specialized training in […]

Social Network Sites Fair Game to Insurance Company Lawyers

May 1, 2010

  I recently attended a deposition taken of my client by an attorney representing the defendant insurance company. The client had sustained a neck injury in a motor vehicle accident and was still experiencing significant pain symptoms and receiving treatment at the time of the deposition.   Unbeknownst to me, the client had placed a […]

Auto Insurance

March 11, 2010

AUTO INSURANCE EXPLAINED “What is it ? What Does it Pay if I’m injured ? “FullCoverage” is the response I often receive when I ask my clients about their auto insurance. This is a term probably given to them by their insurance agent, but in reality has no legal significance. Too often my clients learn […]