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The "Eggshell Plaintiff" Rule in Florida

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Nov 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

Recently I was putting together a settlement demand for a client who had been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident for which she required extensive treatment, including surgery. Her concern was that since she had been hurt in an accident many years ago as a child, that her current health...

Florida PIP Law Reform: Consumers Lose Again

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Apr 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

After repeated lobbying of the Florida Legislature for the past four or five years, the insurance industry finally got the “PIP reform” bill they wanted passed. The resulting legislation will undoubtedly be cause for celebration in the boardrooms of “Big Insurance” at the expense of Florida's ins...

Florida’s Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine and the Graves Amendment (or the “Federal Car Rental Business Relief” Act )

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Mar 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

As I discussed in an earlier post, motor vehicles have previously been deemed to be a “dangerous instrumentality” by numerous previous rulings of the Florida courts. As as result, I issued the warning that private automobile owners must be particularly careful when entrusting their vehicle to ano...

No Contact Orders : Not a “Two Way” Street

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Jan 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

In my criminal practice, I have been hired to represent clients who have been charged with both misdemeanor and felony domestic violence charges. In every case , regardless of the merits of the “victim's” allegations, Florida law prohibits the Defendant from having any contact with the victim, ex...

Mediation in Personal Injury Cases

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Oct 09, 2010 | 0 Comments

With the advent of the fourth quarter of 2010, my personal injury practice has, as is usual, focused on reaching year end settlements of cases which are currently in litigation. This trend is in large measure driven by the defendants' insurance companies desire to “clear their books” of cases bef...

Personal Injury Settlements in the Shadow of Medicare

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Jun 07, 2010 | 0 Comments

 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′...

Tampa Bay Area Pain Management Clinics exposed

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | May 25, 2010 | 0 Comments

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 certi...

Auto Insurance

Posted by Robert E. Heyman | Mar 11, 2010 | 0 Comments

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 ...

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